If you’ve been following along with our #BareFeetontheBeach series, you know by now that I’m a serious beach bum. As a result I love beach themed decor and craft ideas. Today I’m sharing some of my own as well as some fabulous and inspiring ideas from other bloggers. Check them out and get ready to DIY your own beachy goodness.
At a local high-end department store they feature a silhouette portrait artist a few days a week who will create a silhouette of your child while you shop. These darling portraits are outrageously expensive, but really cool. I decided to create one for our living of the Bear back when he was about a year old. I started it, then it sat in my craft closet for TWO YEARS while I had another baby, forgot about it, etc. I finally finished it and I love it. It was easy, though a bit intimidating. I’ll walk you through the process I used so you can make one of your own. I think it would be fun to do the whole family, pets included. It only cost about $5 to make, and would be cheaper if you made more.
We always have a project under way at our little Duck Creek Ranch, and right now it is all yard, all the time. Today Jed is going to share a bit about how we are completely changing the look and usability of our yard in another “He Says” post. Savings.com sponsored this post so that you could hear about their amazingly huge Home Depot giveaway. They are giving away 150 Home Depot $20 gift cards over the next three days and you do not want to miss out. Use the link above or click the box below to enter.
Today I’m showing you how to make a super cute tiny turban headband for the little cutie in your life, made from old onesies or t-shirts. These are so simple and quick to make, but I love the way they look and that my daughter’s stained and outgrown clothing can find new life in darling accessories. These require no sewing and can be made in about two minutes, seriously.
Here’s all you need to make these cute headbands:
scissors (sharp for cutting fabric)
old baby t-shirt or onesie with at least a 2 inch stain free strip in the middle
Patterns and stripes are especially cute if they are a similar shade on both sides of the fabric.
Cut a strip out of the middle of the t-shirt or onesie. Knit fabrics are ideal because they are less likely to fray. I like to cut a 2-3 inch strip for each headband, but you can test different widths and see what you like the best.
This is the perfect use for all of those outgrown onesies with stains around the collar, and is so quick and easy. After you cut out your strip, stretch it out using your hands. Then twist it over once, then once more to form the turban style twist shown below. You’re done. See what I mean about super quick and easy? Find a cute baby to wear it and whip out 20 more while you catch up on Downton Abbey.
Isn’t it the cutest on my Pearl Girl?! Another bonus is the headbands are super comfy because they are made from soft, worn in fabric. Here’s another fun idea: make one in your size to match your little one. You can also cut the strip and tie a knot to create another style of headband.
What is your favorite way to upcycle old clothes?
Do you have a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie yet?
Nope, me either.
Our gift budget is tight right now and I am the queen of procrastinators. There are a million things I’d love to buy for Jed, but unfortunately they all cost money. The Cirque du Soleil tickets I’d really love to get him are WAY over our budget. He doesn’t really care about Valentine’s Day, but I want him to feel loved. I’ve rounded up a few fun ideas for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts from blogger friends to share with you with permission from the creators. Feel free to pin this post for the round up but always pin individual projects from their blog of origin through the links below. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love. Check out my frugal date night ideas here for a little more V-day inspiration.
Teeny tiny baby footprints are one of my favorite ways to preserve a snapshot of a child’s growth. I made a sweet and simple ornament for our Pearl girl’s first Christmas using one of her newborn footprints. It was so easy to make and really inexpensive. Make your own Christmas footprint ornament to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas with the instructions below.
I love the joy of Easter and the new life it brings. You can read some of my other Easter posts here
. Last year I looked long and hard to find the perfect Easter basket for the Bear, but all the options I loved were too pricey. I had paint and ribbon on hand and decided to make a frugal, durable, cute Easter basket. I purchased a peck size basket at Hobby Lobby for about $4.
Here’s a crappy image of a peck basket
from Amazon so you can see what it looked like before. I totally forgot to take before pics.
I painted the basket using Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Satin in Heritage White and a sponge brush. It took two coats to really cover the wood.
I used my glue gun to line the inside and outside with satin ribbon leftover from our wedding. Yes, we’ve been married almost 5 years. Yes, I probably over bought on wedding ribbon. Oh well. The ribbon serves two purposes. It looks super cute and covers up the rough edges and staples that hold the peck basket together.
I tied satin ribbon into bows on each handle and glued them in place. I’m sure these will have to be replaced someday but they are holding up well so far.
I painted the Bear’s name onto the basket using a navy blue paint pen. I am not skilled in the handwriting department so it took a few tries and a few wipe off/repaints. I finally went with dot letters because they are very forgiving and look super cute. I highly recommend this method if you struggle with paint pen writing like I do.
We use ribbon as Easter grass after seeing the idea on Young House Love
and not wanting to find the plastic stuff everywhere. My dad hates the plastic Easter grass with a passion (4 kids = a ton of Easter grass clean up over the years) and loves this idea. I used two rolls of green ribbon from the dollar store and just unrolled them completely and put them in the basket. The clean up is incredibly easy. You just pick up each long piece of ribbon and throw it back into the basket. We’ve made a game out of tossing the ribbon and eggs back into the basket after Bear inevitably dumps them out.
The Bear loves his basket even more this year. He has carried it all over the house and loves playing with the ribbon and plastic eggs.
What’s your favorite Easter candy?
I’m obsessed with Cadbury eggs.