Front Entryway Makeover

Front Entryway Makeover

We have lived in our home for almost 9 years and we have finally focused some time and energy into sprucing up our front entry. With getting married and having two kids, a lot of our home updates were tossed to the bottom of the to-do list. Not any more! I recently spent a bit of time fixing up this tiny space to make it more welcoming for us when we come into our home.

Front Entryway Makeover

Our entry is pretty skinny and we didn’t really have much room for any large pieces of furniture, but I still wanted something to hold random things, keys, and possibly shoes. I found this shoe organizer online and it was just skinny enough to fit in this space.

Front Entryway Makeover

Since this is the first spot and last spot we see when we leave, or come home, I wanted a little note center. I needed a spot to collect any reminders I might want to hang for my husband, or a place to hang cards we receive in the mail. I found this cute unfinished note hanger at Michaels and gave the frame a bit of a makeover with some white paint. I removed the rope hanger it had at the top and instead attached it to the wall with Command Strips (I hang almost all artwork in my house with these things).

Front Entryway Makeover

Next up I hung a mirror to check my makeup before I leave, one of my illustrations, and my paper floral “S” (find the tutorial to make that monogram floral letter here). The photo canvas of my daughter has actually been hanging up there all alone for quite a while now. It is on hinges and covers our alarm panel (there’s a DIY on how to do that here). The vase is actually a pencil holder (found at Michaels) that I put a jar full of flowers in.

Front Entryway Makeover

Front Entryway Makeover

This space definitely needed more color, so I wandered to Michael’s to check out their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line. “Hello” seemed like the appropriate thing to hang in an entry. I used this grey Americana Maxx Gloss paint for the outside section and this pretty coral paint for the inside. When they were all dry I attached some command strips to the back of each letter to hang on the wall.

Front Entryway Makeover

Front Entryway Makeover

I have to say I’m so happy with how the Front Entryway Makeover turned out. So much better than before. Speaking of before, it turns out I forgot to take before photos of the entry (I’m going to blame my mom brain), so I had to wander through my old photos to find something to show how it looked before the makeover. This photo was taken back in 2011 and the space looks so much better. I still want to paint the front door and walls, eventually.

Have you finished any projects on your to do list lately?

If you loved my “Hello” project, take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!


– Chelsey

P.S. Michaels provided me with a store gift card to share this blog post with you. The best part about crafting is putting your own spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless.

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Tiny Toy Organization

Tiny Toy Organization

Tiny Toy Organization

In the 6 years my daughter has been on this fine earth, she has gathered quite the collection of tiny toys. They. Are. Everywhere. How do you keep track of all these items? She’ll often come to me asking if I know where a specific tiny item is, and I usually have no idea. With a new baby we definitely needed to come up with a new organized storage system for these tiny “choking hazards”. They can’t lie around the house anymore since we are probably about 6 months away from a crawling baby that will stick everything in her mouth.

Tiny Toy Organization

Tiny Toy Organization

On a recent trip to Michaels I discovered this new Cre8ted Spaces collection and it’s perfect for the tiny toy storage (this line has over 300 different items in 4 coordinating colors)! My daughter went through and organized all her Shopkins, Lalaloopsies, and Littlest Pet Shop toys into these colorful wood boxes. They each have individual trays inside that worked out perfectly for organizing. We dumped all her doll shoes and accessories into another wooden box, her shell collection into these cute jars, and then jewelry into that small blue box.

I’m so happy with her organized toys, but I have to tell you I am jealous that she gets to use these pretty boxes in her room, instead of me. I have a glass door cabinet that could use some organization. The pops of color I would get from these boxes could be perfect.

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun storage projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 makers’ ideas on The Glue String for tips on designing, organizing and decorating their favorite places!


– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels store gift card to create this blog post.

Categories: diy, home


Day 49 Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Day 49 of my 50 DIY Days: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Cakes aren’t just for birthdays. They are perfect for any celebration, even in the Fall and Winter. Maybe this season you skip the pie and bring a cake to your holiday dinner instead? I’m sorry. Pretend I never said that, pie is always necessary. Bring pie AND cake to your holiday dinner! There, that’s better. Winter is just around the corner, so be sure to print out my Happy Winter Cake Topper to decorate that cake (and pie) and go!

Supplies needed to make the Happy Winter Cake Topper:

Directions:

Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

  • Print out the printable Happy Winter printout onto your white cardstock paper.
  • Use some scissors to cut out around the words (leaving a tiny bit of white space around the words)
  • Hot glue the bamboo skewers onto the back of the words. Decorate your cake and done.

Christmas Treat: Happy Winter Cake Topper (with free printable)

Total cost: $0 (I already had the paper and skewers needed for this project)

Are you wondering what the 50 DIY Days is? Each year I share a bunch of holiday DIY ideas, recipes, and guides to inspire you during the Fall. Now, through early December, you’ll find a ton of great ideas to get you ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any sort of holiday gift giving. You can check out this link to explore past DIY Days.

– Chelsey

I want to see your creations! Share what your making with me on Instagram. It could be one of my DIY’s, or a project you’re working on. Share with my IG account @thepapermama and use the hashtag #papermamafriends.

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Day 42 Holiday Decor: Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

Day 42 of my 50 DIY Days: Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

It’s officially entertaining season. Friends and family will be gathering together to celebrate the season and each other. Since it’s time to entertain, you’re probably planning out your tables ape for the big meal. What theme will it be? How many people are coming? Which fork goes where? Does Aunt Ruth want to sit next to cousin Lenny? I can’t help you with those questions, but I can help you plan out an adorable kids tablescape. Don’t forget about the kiddos!

Growing up we always had a kids table and sometimes we still have a kids table that the “kids” sit at (even though we’re all in our 20’s and 30’s), but I loved it. You get to be silly, and maybe feed the dog some veggies, all while your parents are busy and distracted and the “big person table”. Wayfair recently challenged me to come up with a lovely tablescape for the kids. I explored their site to find just the right supplies to put it together, and I’m loving how it turned out.

While wandering their site I noticed a set of these adorable ceramic TV dinner trays and I knew what my theme was going to be: 50’s TV Dinner for the Holidays. I also found some other great items to go along with this theme (like those ceramic cans and glass milk bottles).

When putting together a kids table, there are a few things you should think about and plan to have for the kids.

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

Kids are always hungry. You feed them, and they’re starving 30 minutes later. So, you need a snack at the table so the kids don’t lose their minds and meltdown if dinner takes a little bit longer to finish (you know that turkey can be trouble). I provided some yummy crackers in this adorable tasty container.

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

– Give them something to do. Kids love the word “bored” and tend to use it a lot. I don’t think you can completely stop that word from appearing, but you can do something to entertain the kids for a bit. I provided a free printable What’s For Dinner coloring page that you can print out and use for your kids table. Check out the tiny kids menu folding tutorial below to see how to fold this page into a little pocket to hold crayons.

How to fold a kids menu to hold crayons

1. Print out the coloring pages (set to two sided). 2. Fold down the top of the paper and leave about 25% of the coloring page showing. 3. Fold up the bottom portion of the page. 4. Fold the left and right side of the the page, leaving the “color time” in the center. 5. Tuck in one of the folded sides of the page into the other folded sides. 6. Add crayons, and you’re done.

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

– Maybe skip the breakable items on the table, and go for plastic decor. My daughter is pretty good with breakable items, so I wasn’t worried she would break anything. If your kid is a bit younger and maybe likes to throw things, I’d skip the glassware. As far as candles go, I did pick out these adorable glitter flameless candles so the kids could also have some lovely candlelight for their meal.

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

Kids Holiday Tablescape Idea

You don’t have to go all out to create a fun kids table, just get creative with items you already have from home and maybe add a couple of new purchases to make it more exciting. If you want to create this look for your kids holiday table, check out where I got them here: TV Tray Plates, Fringed Napkins, Tasty Storage with Lid, Dairy Bottles, Lips Cheese Board, ceramic can jar, gold glitter battery operated candles, indoor or outdoor rug, and flatware.

Does you family do the holiday kids table? You can check out more kids table ideas on Instagram by looking at the #MEETMEATTHEKIDSTABLE hashtag.

– Chelsey

Wayfair provided products from their site for me to create this post. You can check out this link to explore past DIY Days. I want to see your creations! Share what your making with me on Instagram. It could be one of my DIY’s, or a project you’re working on. Share with my IG account @thepapermama and use the hashtag #papermamafriends.

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