Monday, April 22, 2013

Up cycled cupcake holder

Hi friends ! I know, I know. It's been forever. Life with toddlers can get so crazy busy. Am I coming back from the blog grave? I really don't know, but in honor of earth day I wanted to share one of my favorite new re-use ideas.
I've been getting these amazing organic apples at Costco. They come in these giant plastic containers with individual compartments that just so happen to make amazing cupcake holders (photo below). Now you can transport your cupcakes smash free without buying one of those overpriced special containers. Simply wash, dry, and reuse.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Changing table gone to pot

  When I was about to give away my daughters old changing table my cousin (and master upcycler) convinced me to keep it around for something because you just "never know."
Fast forward six months to spring and I decide we need a potting table and this changing table fits the bill. Here's what you need for this project:
-Old changing table
-Nails and hammer (or staplegun or screws and drill)
- s-hooks
- lattice or peg board cut to fit
Attach the lattice to the back of the changing table. Throw on some S-hooks, hang some garden tools and have a potting party! Now if only the ground would thaw.....
looking clean now....sure to be full of soil bags, dirt, etc in a few weeks

Friday, February 3, 2012

DIY door draft stopper

   Have a drafty door? Or possibly a rather loud toddler and a door that has over an inch gap at the bottom which allows all the "quiet time" noise to bleed into the sleeping siblings room?
   If either of those sounds like your house, I invite you to try my up cycled door draft stopper. Up until today I was just using a half rolled up towel. Not exactly appealing compared to my new creation.
Here's what you'll need:
- Old pair of footed tights
- a ribbon to tie the end (or if u use footless tights you can just tie both ends)
- old baby bath towel or rice. ( rice will keep the stopper from moving around so much, but it costs more and is a little riskier with toddlers involved of one was ever to "come open")
1. Cut the tights up the crotch- in half
2. Lay your material at base of doorway and cut the length you need.
3. Fill the stocking with rice or rolled baby towel
4. Tie the end and you are done!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Black beans and coconut rice with lots of fun flair

  Tonight we tried a recipe courtesy of Michael Natkin at Herbivoracious. This dish is easy healthy, kid friendly, and seriously delish. I substituted white with brown rice and made the beans from scratch. Click here for the recipe.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lampshade makeover

 I've been trying to find material thick enough to cover up a subpar stencil attempt on a lampshade. The material was in my closet all along! Since the shirt was gathered the bottom no adhesive was required.
   Here is the lampshade before:
Here it is after:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wine box divider crowns

    Next time u have wine box dividers, cut then in half, tape them together and let the kids decorate away. We used chalk, stickers, and markers for ours.(tip: you can get the dividers in the box bin at Costco)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Paper bag jellyfish

  We finally went to the aquarium at the Mall of America today. The jellyfish exhibit was pretty great and I decided on the way home I needed to figure out a way to make one. Here's what I came up with:
Brown paper grocery bag
Crepe paper
Googly eyes
Glue or tape
1. Cut a large circle from paper bag
2. Cut a slit to about the middle of the circle

3. Paint the circle (we also used circle brush for dots)
4. Once dry, overlap the slits to make a dome and glue or tape shut
5. Glue or tape eyes and draw a mouth
6. Turn upsidedown in a bowl (this keeps it from sliding around)
7. Glue or tape streamers to underside of bag.

8. Hang and enjoy!