12 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks

12 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks

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If you want some pretty new furniture for your home, but you don’t have the budget: no worries! Head to the thrift store, a garage sale, or maybe IKEA and find some furniture that just needs a little love and creativity to turn into the piece you’re looking for. Check out these 12 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks I found below.

 

1) A plain IKEA dresser can be turned into a fancy little dresser that will brighten up any room! Found on Bliss at Home.

A plain IKEA dresser can be turned into a fancy little dresser that will brighten up any room! Found on Bliss at Home.

2) This beautiful ottoman coffee table was made from a plain IKEA coffee table. She goes into great detail on how to tuft this pretty thing. Check it out on Melodrama.

This beautiful ottoman coffee table was made from a plain IKEA coffee table. She goes into great detail on how to tuft this pretty thing. Check it out on Melodrama.

3) This was a free found cabinet and it’s now a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the finished product. Check out the DIY on Poppytalk.

This was a free found cabinet and it's now a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the finished product. Check out the DIY on Poppytalk.

To check out the complete list of Creative DIY Furniture Hacks head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

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12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces

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Trend: 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces

I love searching the internet for small space decorating ideas and it seems you guys really enjoyed my clever decorating ideas for small spaces post I put together a few weeks back, so I thought I’d share some more small space ideas with you on the Better Homes and Gardens blog! This time I’m talking all about neat laundry room DIYs for Small Spaces. You may recall that I live in a 950 square foot home and I know how tough it can be to create a functional home with barely any space to work with. Even if you don’t live in a tiny home these ideas could help you organize.

1. If your laundry room is in a space that’s pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog. If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

2. I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs. I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

3. This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It’s folds up into the wall when you don’t need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It's folds up into the wall when you don't need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

To check out the full list of Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces, head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

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New items in the shop!

The Paper Mama Enamel Pins: Pug, Oregon Trail, Corgi

Good morning! I’m getting ready for the holiday season by adding more items to my shop. These cute pins are available through my Etsy shop, or if you’re in Portland you can find some of them at a few different stores around the area (Crafty Wonderland, Antler Gallery, Wanderlust, Tilde, and Darling Distraction).

First up: My Oregon Trail pin! I’m so excited about this one. I’m a born and raised Oregonian and it just makes me so happy to be selling this pin. If you grew up here you probably spent a lot of time in elementary school learning all about the Oregon Trail.

Oregon Trail - Enamel Lapel Pin - Button Oregon Trail - Enamel Lapel Pin - Button

Next, we have my little floral crown pug! I finally have a pug pin for all those pug fanatics out there.

Pug Dog Enamel Lapel Pin - Button

Lastly, I have the new corgi pin. It’s almost exactly the same as the last design, but the legs are just drawn a little different.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Enamel Lapel Pin - Button

Head on over to the shop to check out the new pins and a few of my past designs!

– Chelsey

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DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft!

DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft! DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft!

I may craft and make things for a living, but that doesn’t stop me from also crafting with my daughter. To be honest: crafting with my daughter is much more enjoyable than a lot of other art projects I work on. When I’m making things with her I try to be less of a perfectionist (I try) and it’s fun to see what she can do. She usually wants me to make my own version of whatever craft we are making, and she will make hers all on her own (with a little help from me here and there).

We recently started watching Creative Galaxy on Amazon Kids. The show is a “make-along, create-along” cartoon and it really inspires my kiddo! Each show highlights a creative craft (painting, music, sculpting, cooking, etc.) and it encourages kids to get excited about their own creative ideas and the process of using creative arts to solve problems. We may have zoomed through the whole first season, but luckily the second season of Creative Galaxy is starting on the 16th!

SO, since my daughter just started first grade (wow, time is flying by) today’s fun kid-project is all about erasers! Did you know you could make your own erasers? I had no idea. I was at the craft store and found this clay eraser kit right next to all the polymer clay. And, guess what? The erasers actually work!

DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft! DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft!

Supplies needed for the erasers:

  • Eraser clay kit (I found mine at Michaels, but you can also find on Amazon)
  • Sculpting tools: something metal with a skinny flat side to cut (safe for kids to use), a few toothpicks, tweezers, and anything else you think might help.
  • Pencils
  • A straw to make bite marks.
  • An oven to bake the erasers!

Check out my video to see how we crafted each eraser (click on “full screen” to see the larger video)!

TIP: After we made this video I did realize there might be an easier way to keep the erasers from squishing when you cut them. Pop them in the freezer for about 30 minutes and THEN cut them. Our watermelon got pretty squished during the cutting process, but it’s still fun and cute!

After we made these erasers my daughter felt confident to make her own set and she surprised me with them. How cute are they? She added sprinkles to her doughnut and she made a pickle guy all by herself. Ha!

DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft!

The whole project costs were under $10 and we made a lot of erasers with that clay! If you need some more kid crafting inspiration I suggest you really do check out the Creative Galaxy show on Amazon Kids. A lot of kids shows drive me nuts, but this one is a-okay in my book. Check out the trailer for season 2 to see what fun you might find while watching.

I always want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama). I might share your craft on my IG!

– Chelsey

P.S. This is a sponsored post from Amazon Kids. I was paid to share this fun kid craft with you! Creative Galaxy, from Out of the Blue Enterprises (Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood), is a “make-along, create-along” animated art adventure series that celebrates creative thinking through crafts, story, music, and dance. The series follows the adventures of Arty and his silly side-kick Epiphany, as they travel around the galaxy to solve problems using many different forms of art. Each episode highlights a unique creative medium (painting, music, sculpting, cooking, etc.) to reinforce to kids that art is all around us in many different forms. The interactive stories and live action segments encourage young viewers at home to get excited about their own creative ideas and the process of using creative arts to solve problems! And the second season is kicking off with twice the fun. Season 2 features 11 brand-new, two-part episodes with 24 live action craft segments – and many famous friends! Brooke Shields, Jason Priestly, Samantha Bee, Lisa Loeb, Donovan Patton and Cloris Leachman are just some of celebrities who lend their voices to characters who appear throughout the show.

DIY Food Erasers Kid Craft!

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