Category Archives: DIY

Printable: Adventure Time Go Fish!

We love Adventure Time. Our whole family. We also love card games. So why not put the two together?! BEHOLD: Adventure Time Go Fish!

Adventure Time Go Fish! Free Printable Card Game

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Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

We recently installed new shelves, but with all the books taken out of storage, we were still having trouble with space. We had mass-market paperbacks stacked either two-deep or rows on top of each other. Either way, not the best. I had saved a pin showing lifts for a DVD shelf, but didn’t like way it was set up. The pin image shows a closed, fixed-width cube-shelf, but our shelves are open and I needed a more fluid, adjustable system that I could add or move chunks for future book accumulation. Then we made a random trip to the dollar store one day, and found the solution.

Paperbacks on shelf: Before

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Printable Minecraft Bookmarks

My son is Minecraft-crazy. He also reads every night before bed, but can rarely find a bookmark when he needs one (defaulting to Kleenex). He was super-psyched when I made him these Minecraft bookmarks!

Printable Minecraft Bookmarks | grungezombie.net

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Packing Away the Christmas Tree

For years now, I’ve been trying different methods for cinching the Christmas Tree pieces so it will fit back in its original box for storage. I’ve tried: large zip-ties (too expensive for one-time use), various strings and twines (cut up my fingers something awful), bungee cords (awkward and ill-fitting), and even strips of muslin (left strings all over the tree branches). I was getting really frustrated. $5 Christmas Tree Storage Solution: Use thrifted belts to cinch down artificial tree branches for storage in original box or tight space.

Then I thought of trying cinch-straps, but they are not cheap and kind of complicated. Then one day at the local Goodwill, I was slapped in the face by an idea: BELTS. DUH.

tree-belts.

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Bunny Poops & Bunny Tails!

Do-it-yourself snacks for those Easter baskets! Fill snack-sized plastic zipper bags with 1/2 cup cocoa puffs for “Bunny Poops”, or 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows for “Bunny Tails”. If you’re buying a fresh bag of marshmallows, you may want to spread them out on a paper plate and let them air-dry for about 30 minutes; they tend to clump together in sticky lumps if you put them in the zipper bag too fresh (learned the hard way).

Bunny Poops & Bunny Tails

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B-MO Valentine! (with Printable PDF)

If you haven’t already guessed, we love Adventure Time! So, (like the crazy person I am) I suggested to Gunner that we use the papercraft Beemo from the Cartoon Network website that he loves so much. He said, “Yeah! And we can make him red!” … and it all spiraled from there.

B-MO Valentine Free Printable PDF

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Tutorial: Basic LEGO Bricks Cake

For my son’s sixth birthday, I threw caution to the wind an attempted a LEGO bricks cake. Up to this point, my only experiences with cake-making have been: Prepare boxed cake, frost and “decorate”. So I searched for some instructions and found two articles in particular that seemed the most simple and accessible. The first one has a photo of a professional cake posted along with the recipe, complete with crisp fondant seams and “unrealistic” stacking. The second has the same instructions but with a photo that more accurately matches the methods so I could get a better idea of what to expect.

Here is my end result:

LEGO Bricks Cake!

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Pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer

Pile o' pillowcases

I decided to participate in CraftHope Project 9 and make some pillowcases for the ConKerr Cancer foundation, and they’re finally finished! Not quite in time for the CraftHope deadline, but that’s okay since ConKerr collects pillowcases year-round. It was so much fun making these!
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Tutorial: Beanbags with Covers

I was super-psyched when I received an email from a Girl Scout Troop leader, inquiring about the Beanbags with removable covers that I had made for my nephew for his birthday. She was interested in making them as a project for her Troop to donate to shelters, and asked if I would be willing to send some instructions. So I took some photos and wrote up some instructions, and decided to make it into a tutorial to post here on the blog!

Download the Beanbags Tutorial PDF

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Tutorial: Dancing Ribbon Rings

With my niece’s birthday (6 years old!) coming up, I was searching around for something to get her when I discovered these beauties: Dancing Ribbon Rings.

These would make awesome party favors for a little girl’s party! They’re quick and easy, and relatively inexpensive. They would also work great in Easter or May Day baskets, or make them red-white-and-blue for the 4th of July, or Christmas-them-up for stocking stuffers!

Download the Ribbon Rings Tutorial PDF

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