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. 😉
Here is a close up of the boards.
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.
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.
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.
Close up of the Y.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Ta-Da! A new adorable child apron that you can now use while you cook, bake, or party. 🙂
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.