Category Archives: DIY Projects

Step by Step Easy Princess Cape

September 11, 2015

Hi!

Does your princess in your house that LOVES to dress up?  This is an easy, and fun princess cape that she will love wearing over her dress ups.  
Easy Princess Cape by Simplistically Sassy

My Jedi Robe is one of my most popular posts.  It is incredibly easy, and so fun for all ages to become a Jedi.
 Jedi Robe

I decided I needed a more girly version (although, my girls do enjoy being Jedi’s as well!).  I used the same process to create a step by step easy princess cape, and my girls are loving how it turned out.  I’ve only made one so far, and really, that’s the bigger issue.  😉
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BYU Tween Boy Room Makeover

January 15, 2015

**Just a little disclaimer.  This project was done in the middle of the summer … like 6 months ago.  I just am finally sharing with you all.  I hope you love it!BYU-Tween-Boy-Room-Makeover by Simplistically Sassy

Every summer my in-laws have each of our kids sleep over, one at a time, for an entire week.  The kids LOVE this time away from all their siblings, the chance to be the only child, and time with grandma and grandpa.  It’s also super fun to see how the dynamics with the kids change when one of them is gone.  I love it.  

My oldest has been waiting VERY patiently for his room to be painted.  He decided on a BYU room (our favorite college team), which I loved because I felt like it was something he could grow up with and we wouldn’t have to change it in 2 years.  After dropping him off for his week away, I turned to my husband and said, “I have a great idea!!  Let’s surprise him and redo his room while he’s gone.  We’ll do this and this and this, and I can keep it within a budget!”  He kind of stared at me like I was insane.  I was determined though.  My husband was a painter back in his college days, and so he’s SUPER picky about paint.  Which is great with me (he’s good at it, so he’s allowed to be picky). Once I told him my grand plans, he said he was okay helping me when I needed it.  SWEET!  I was so excited to get going on it knowing I’d have the paint help as needed.

I searched around and found some awesome ideas on Pinterest (of course).  I did get several of my ideas from Kristen Duke Photography blog.  She has some adorable printable that I used, and use altered some of her ideas.

Here is our BYU tween boy room makeover!!  Hope you enjoy the tour!

We’ll start with my favorite view.  🙂  I love how this desk area worked out.  We had the shelves in his room already (purchased at IKEA for a great price), and we already had the desk as well, in his room even.  I just bought a pack of 4 cork board squares, and printed out some picture of a helmet and cut, and then used and x acto knife to cut around it.  I free handed the football – and then my husband fixed it to look like a football. 😉

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

Here is a close up of the boards. BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

Then his closet actually has a dresser that was sitting in the garage waiting to be painted and fixed up a little bit.  I painted that blue and we got knew knobs.  His name above the door was actually red, so I redid the entire sign.  Luckily I have a Silhouette so it was possible.

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

Here is the full view.  The bookcase was red, white and blue.  So I painted the shelves black and the side blue, and left the white on the edges – I did have to touch it up, but it was easy.

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

View of the bed area.  The desk is just to the left of the window (if you like perspective like that).   My friend has great prices on vinyl and was able to get the giant oval Y done for me.  I found a large piece of wood that was really thin in my basement and painted it white.   Then we just put the Y on it.

I printed off the sayings I liked and wanted on the walls (the upper two) in 8×11 and just bought some cheap frames from Walmart.  

I happen to have a gray piece of wood stuff (lol, no idea what it really is) in the basement, and my husband said it was fine to use.  I painted the edges in the dark blue, and used my vinyl cutter to print off the BYU Fight Song.  I LOVE that part.  

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

 

Close up of the Y.

 

 

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

 

Here is the close up of the sayings that he has above his bed.  I love the dark blue one since he’s the oldest of 6, I thought it was a great reminder for him about how awesome he really is.

 

 

 

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

Here is a close up of the fight song, and also a closer look at the pain we did on the walls.  I got the idea from Jenna Burger Design.  Here are the measurements we used to paint:

The widths of the stripes from top to bottom are: 9 inch, 1-1/4 inch, 3 inches, and 1/4 inch.

Between each stripe is one painters tape width. So, while painting, we had tape on top, painted blue, tape, painted black, tape, painted blue, tape, painted black.  Then the white of course is left when we take the tape off.  I LOVE how it turned out.

BYU Bedroom by Simplistically Sassy

Kids School Display Board

August 11, 2014

Kids Display Board by Simplistically Sassy

I am totally in love with out this project turned out.  I was recently at IKEA for a catalog launch party, which was awesome.  I got to bring the kids, and we had an amazing breakfast, and then had to shop around once we were done.  IKEA

I found this great magnetic board that I totally fell in love with.  It was only $13, which made it even more appealing.  I knew right away that I wanted it to display the kids work from school.  Spelling tests, math tests, art work, etc.  I wanted a place that wasn’t my fridge.  Having my fridge full of papers makes me crazy and it feels like my kitchen is so messy.  This migraine kids school display board will make them smile to see the awesome things they’ve done and what their siblings have done too.Kids School Display Board by Simplistically Sassy

We hung it up right by our computer desk (in our dining area), where we can all see it, but it’s not in the midst of all the craziness that is the kitchen.  I added the fun quotes (using IKEA frames) too, hoping that as the kids struggle to want to do homework, or not getting a perfect score, we can be reminded of the important things, and that it’s important to keep trying.

There are more Dr. Seuss quotes and printables here.Quotes for Kids

 

Easy and Adorable Child Apron

May 1, 2014

Child Apron by Simplistically Sassy

My friend Tia, from Events to Celebrate posted a while back about a baking party.  I LOVED the idea of it, and I knew that I had to do it for my daughter who would be seven soon.  I talked with her and she was on board.  I loved planning this party.  It was so so much fun.  Make sure to check back, I’ll have full party details this week.

I knew right away that I wanted to take on the task of making aprons for the girls that would be coming.  I looked into a few ideas, and found this one.  It was similar to what I wanted, but I knew I wanted to add my own twist into it as well.

Materials for an easy Child’s Apron
1 fat quarter (or a piece of fabric 18×22)
1/8th of a yard of fabric (for ties)
Pattern (doubles as pocket)

Apron

You’re going to take your fat quarter and fold it in half, so it’s measuring 9×22.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

You’ll print and cut the pattern piece, and then pin it to the non folded side, and cut.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Once that was done, I went ahead and surged the edge, but that is totally optional.  You could easily double fold the edge, press it, and then sewed the edge, so you’ve got a clean edge.  Even with surging it, I still folded it over, pressed it, and then sewed it down to have a clean edge.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Pocket

Take your two pieces that you cut from the pattern.  Put them right sides together, and sew around two of the edges, and then on the third edge make sure to leave a hole to turn the pocket right side out.

Before flipping the pocket, clip the corners of the pocket, being careful not to clip the edge you’ve just stitched. 

Flip the pocket right side out.  Then you can flip the edges of the hole down into the pocket, and sew along the outside of the pocket side that you left the hole.  Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Then place the pocket where you’d like it on the apron.  Pin, then stitch it onto the apron making the outside stitching that should match the stitching in the above step.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Apron Ties

For the longer ties that will go around the back, I cut 2 pieces of fabric 22×3, and then for the tie around the neck I cut it 14×3.Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Next, I pressed each of the stripes in half to measure 22×1.5, and then I surged the ends to make a boat almost.  Again, if you don’t have a surger, just do a zig-zag stitch.  Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Clip the corners. like we did in a previous step, flip it so wrongs sides are together.  I just surged the edges again here, and left them like that.  However, if you’d like a clean edge all the way, you can clip the edge in, and sew down, and you’ll have an outer stitch just like on the pocket. 

Once that is all done, position the ties as you’d like.  The longer at the waist, the shorter at the top.

Sew those into place really well, and you’re done!Child Apron by Simplistically Sasy

Ta-Da!  A new adorable child apron that you can now use while you cook, bake, or party.  🙂

 

5 Minute Microwaveable Warmer

March 14, 2014

5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

My friend Amy posted on Instagram one day about how she whipped up a 5 minute microwaveable warmer using socks.  I thought it was brilliant.  I saw these adorable kids socks in the Target dollar section and snagged them.  The frog ones are toddler size, and the stripped ones are kids size.  You could do this with an old (clean) sock, or it’d be fun to make a super long neck warmer with a knee high adult sock.  Wouldn’t one of those toe socks be super fun to have too?  

What you need for a 5 minute microwaveable warmer:
Socks (just make sure it’s clean socks …)
Rice (although there are loads of other things you could use)
Funnel
Essential oils (optional) 5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

I wrapped my sock around the funnel to ensure that I didn’t get rice all over the place.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

If you want to use essential oil measure your rice into a plastic bag, put 2-3 drops of oil in in the rice, close the bag and mix the rice around to ensure that the oil is mixed in well.

Then I just poured the rice in.  For the toddler sock, I used 1 cup of rice.  For the kids sock I used 2 cups, but could have used another 1/2 cup at least if I’d wanted it fuller.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

I used a cloths pin to hold them shut for a moment while I helped the kids for a moment, and so I could take them down to my dungeon sewing room.  It works well if you need a pause for a moment.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Then I sewed them closed in two places, to be safe.  Since they both had a stripe at the top, I did it under the stipe, and right in the middle of the stripe.5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Once they were all sewn up they were ready to use.  Heat according to desired warmness.  🙂5 minute microwaveable warmer by Simplistically Sassy

Santa Wreath Tutorial

December 12, 2013

Santa Wreath Tutorial

I’m super excited to bring back and share this Santa Wreath Tutorial with you all again.  It’s one of my FAVORITE Christmas decorations.  It’s so easy, and so adorable!

Materials Needed:
Wrapped Straw Wreath
Fuzzy Yarn
Fun Fur Yarn
Santa Hat
Ribbon
Glue Gun

First thing you’ll want to do is grab your fuzzy yarn.  You’ll want to wrap it about 2/3 the way around the wreath.  You can see that mine has gaps in it.  You can fill them in but you also don’t have to.  When you’ve done about 2/3 the way around, you’ll want to wrap it across to make the mustache part of the beard.  I wrapped mine about 3 times.Santa Claus Wreath  1

Santa Claus Wreath 1

Next, you’ll use you’re fun fur.  You’ll wrap it like you did with the fuzzy yarn, and you can fill in those gaps a little bit more.  Wrap this the exact same way, and also wrap across the wreath to create more a mustache look.Santa Claus Wreath 1

Alright, now you’ll want to see how your Santa hat fits.  Mine was totally not big enough (like, even for my little kids heads, this hat was really little).  I just cut mine right up the back, until when I set it on the wreath it wrapped around properly.Santa Claus Wreath 1

Before gluing my hat on, I got my ribbon (that is sheer here, so it’s harder to see), and I wrapped that around the wreath where I wanted it to be. Then I grabbed the glue gun, and just went to town with it.  🙂  Once it looked right, I let things dry and settle.
Santa Claus Wreath 1

Then you can hang it on your door for all to enjoy your adorable little Santa wreath.

 

I’m so excited to to be a part of A Crafty Christmas today!!  To check out Emily’s awesome site, you can click on the image.

Crafty Christmas