These paper town shelf sitters are great for placing on high shelves that you really never quite know what to put there. They’re whimsical, unique and cost mere pennies to make! They are, of course wonderful for kids rooms or like me, an adult who likes unique and fun decor in her office. I had a full set of shelves with a window and window seat in the middle along one wall and I wasn’t sure what to put on the top shelf. As is typical of me, I wanted something unique. I came up with the idea of a fairy town but buying real small fairy houses would have cost a small fortune. So I talked to my daughter Jennifer and we came up with the idea of a paper town. She drew it up for me. It’s a mixture of a hobbit/fairy/gnome village and I love it. She made all the patterns herself. We have both PDF and Silhouette files.  I put a string of LED lights behind it and its just lovely.

If you’d like to see some more whimsical paper decorating ideas, check out our paper 3D dragon craft wall decor (also in my office) and our Darling Little Birdies DIY Room Decor.

 

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NOTES: These will stand straight up unless they are by a vent. The sturdier the card stock the better they will stay straight. You can also use tooth picks hot glued at an angle to act as a brace if needed.

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Gather your supplies. How many items you cut will of course depend on the size of the area where you will be placing your village.

 Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

The top shelf is where I decided to place mine.  Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

I took each pattern and stapled it to the cardstock so I would not have slippage as I cut with my X-acto knife. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

Then, on a safe surface or cutting mat I cut out each item, being careful to NOT cut on any of the dotted lines. Those are for folding only. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

This is the cut out piece. You can see small pieces that I have not popped out yet.You can also see how careful you must be in your cutting. The middle tree is only held on by its small stump.  Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

I now use a ruler and pen or other object to crease along the dotted line to help in folding.  Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

Bend carefully up. You want to do it in increments so your piece sits straight up. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

The mountain pieces require gluing them together. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

I also added tape on the flat part in back. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

These are all the cut out pieces. I arranged my town so that the lines where I pieced the mountains together did not show. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

Using double sided tape, I attached my pieces to my shelf near the shelf ledge. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

It turned out great! Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

I then bought a remote light set and placed it behind the town. Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

This is how it looks when the lights are low.

Is that awesome or what? Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.  Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.  Grab the free printables and make these unique and inexpensive paper town shelf sitters! They will add a bit of whimsy to any room and only cost pennies.

 

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Rethink your resolutions this year with our free New Years Resolution Ideas Kit featuring Casual Resolutions, the fun no stress way to set goals!

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This is our 3rd year to update this popular kit. It’s full of new ideas, new colors, a new calendar and this time we have a quote craft we’re also linking to go with it to help inspire you! Believe it or not, its time again to make those New Years Resolutions, that phrase that either inspires you or makes your stomach hurt. For some, it’s about all the possibilities that a new year can bring. For others it just another list that you have to get done. Well, we think setting resolutions should be a blast so we’re here to change your perception once and for all with our free New Years Resolutions Idea Kit which focuses on “Casual Resolutions” because who the heck needs another guilt list?

Our kit has printables to keep your goals fun and stress free! Now listen closely as this is the important part: The list you make are things you’d like to accomplish during the year, but if you don’t… no big whoop. You feel good about what you do accomplish and let the rest go because there’s always next year! Like most things in life, this is all in how you view it. So, enjoy the new year, learn some new stuff but most of all have fun!  Make sure you grab our Motivational Quote Kit with ten free quotes and a display stand DIY. It’s perfect for inspiring you on your journey!

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Instructions for New Years Resolution Ideas

  • Download and print out the kit. You can hang the pages on the fridge or place them in a binder with your other sheets.
  • Write down things on your calendar that you would enjoy doing. Remember, don’t make this a guilt list filled with things you “should do”. Choose things you will look forward to and truly want to do to learn, grow or just have a good time with. Use our idea list if you need inspiration!
  • Use the Objective Planner sheet to formulate your ideas and plans for your goals.
  • Have fun! This is about the journey and enjoying it. Add or remove items from your list if needed as you go along.

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I put my kit in a colored colored binder.

Rethink your resolutions this year with our free New Years Resolution Ideas Kit featuring Casual Resolutions, the fun no stress way to set goals!

I chose a quote from our free Printable Motivational Quotes to slide into the front pocket of my binder. This one seemed perfect.Rethink your resolutions this year with our free New Years Resolution Ideas Kit featuring Casual Resolutions, the fun no stress way to set goals!

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Rethink your resolutions this year with our free New Years Resolution Ideas Kit featuring Casual Resolutions, the fun no stress way to set goals!

Of course, nearby I have my Classy Quote Display Stand I made to switch out the other free quotes you can grab from the same post. Rethink your resolutions this year with our free New Years Resolution Ideas Kit featuring Casual Resolutions, the fun no stress way to set goals!

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This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!

Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies

Printable Quotes

Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)


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Gather your basic supplies.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I added white on the bottom of my candle stick. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the rest of it metallic gold.  I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the stick  and then the wood wall. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

 You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting.  You can easily slip a paper in the top part. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Cut out your quotes from our free download packet. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

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Let your chiropractor know how much you appreciate them with this special beautifully designed humorous gift quote you can make using our free printable.

Many years back I heard of a chiropractor that had this sign in his office and I never forgot it. I love it when controversy is embraced with humor. Our chiropractor has literally saved Roy from being crippled, all without making a single cut on his body or without a single drug.  She’s amazing. If you’d like to give a small thank you to your own chiropractor who has  a sense of humor you can print out this high resolution graphic and frame in a nice 5″x7″ frame. It’s sure to make them smile.

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Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table!

Make these beautiful 3D placecards by downloading our free printable below. Print it on cardstock and add a bit of gold glitter and you have a sparkly addition to your Christmas table. It’s a perfect match to our Poinsettia Placemats or Centerpiece! Also, even though you’re working with a tiny bit of glitter here, make sure to check out our How to Organize & Use Glitter post for tips on working with glitter easily and with less mess!

Christmas Placecards Supplies

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Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! Download beautiful free printable poinsettia Christmas placecards. All you need are scissors and some glue and dab of glitter to add sparkle to your table! free-poinsettia-printable-christmas-placecards-sq

 

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Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Being thankful can be difficult when life gets in the way and the daily grind gets us down. Even teens and kids get stressed out with school and chores. Our Gratitude Tokens can help!  Well, we have two printable versions that work for adults, teens and kids alike to help everyone remember the wonderful things in their life on those days when they forget.  You can make either a “Let Gratitude Grow Flower” or a “Here Comes the Sun”. Print them, fill out the answer on the back and put them on a string, key chain, or ribbon. Then get your token to remind you just how lucky you are when you need it most!  If you’d like more gratitude ideas check our very popular Encourage Thankfulness with Gratitude Stones and our A Thankful Heart, A 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, also with awesome printables!

Being Thankful Reminder Token Supplies

  • Printables Below
  • Small hole punch I prefer a 1/8″ size for string.  A regular size will work but the hole may need to be punched a bit further up into the petal or raindrop.
  • String or Chain or Key Ring that snaps open
  • White Cardstock  This is what I keep in stock at home. Its 110 lb very bright so its heavy. You can buy smaller packs that are not quite as heavy though I do like heavier weight cardstock for this type for project.

Free Token Printables

The packet also comes with a page each of blanks in case you want to come up with your own questions.

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Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

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NOTE: There are 30 questions, one for each day of the month, should you decide to make it a month long activity. It can also be done for an evening activity. younger children can be helped. You can use all or just some of the questions.  Write the short answer to each of the statements on the back of each petal or raindrop. Then when you or others are having a bad day you pull out the  gratitude token to remind yourself how wonderful your life truly is.

 

Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Cut out the petals or raindrops. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Punch holes where shown.Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

If you have an awl it can help you line up smaller holes for putting string into. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Write the answers to the questions on the back of each petal or drop.Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Whenever you are having a bad day bring our your cards and look through them.gratitude-reminder-tokens-sq Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

 

 

 

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We'll show you how to stop smoking in 3 weeks with only 3 minutes a day using simple acupressure! Print out our pocket card and see if it works for you!blank630x20We'll show you how to stop smoking in 3 weeks with only 3 minutes a day using simple acupressure! Print out our pocket card and see if it works for you!This article explains how to stop smoking using simple acupressure! It’s worked for many people and just might help you! One thing for sure is its too easy not to at least give it a try! Acupressure is an ancient healing scientific art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago and is actually a predecessor to Acupuncture. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure. The fingers or other objects are used to press points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy to aid healing.

How It Works

We'll show you how to stop smoking in 3 weeks with only 3 minutes a day using simple acupressure! Print out our pocket card and see if it works for you!Acupressure is based on the body having 14 “meridians” that carry energy throughout it. These meridians start at your fingertips and connect to the brain and then go outward from there. Think of your body as a plumbing system full of inter-connected pipes. If a pipe gets blocked, it slows down the water rushing through the system. You may have a block in one place that causes a problem further down the line. It is the same with your body’s meridians.

Acupressure removes obstructions in your body’s energy system allowing it to flow the way it should, thus removing the specific problems associated with a specific blockage. That is why pressing on certain points can alleviate problems in other areas of the body. Many times you will notice that a specific point is extremely tender. This means there’s a problem in that meridian.

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We'll show you how to stop smoking in 3 weeks with only 3 minutes a day using simple acupressure! Print out our pocket card and see if it works for you!

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IMPORTANT: It is not necessary to have your “last cigarette” and then start. The desire to continue smoking should automatically begin to slowly disappear to allow you to naturally stop on your own. All you need is a positive attitude and consistency to do the program daily for three weeks. You should not have normal withdrawal symptoms due to the nature of acupressure. Some people experience excessive sweating. You should drink plenty of water during your treatment.

We'll show you how to stop smoking in 3 weeks with only 3 minutes a day using simple acupressure! Print out our pocket card and see if it works for you!

POINT #1: Proper placement is very important. This point is inside the ear rim on the front wall of the inner ear towards the front of the face. (Not on the rim itself.) Insert tool as shown and press firmly for 30 seconds. Repeat on other ear.

POINT #2: This point is directly on ridge or rim of the lower ear at the highest point. It is situated in the center of the small mound that sticks up. Press firmly for 30 seconds. Repeat on other ear.

WARNING: 30 seconds is recommended as doing it longer can make you dizzy. You can do it up to 60 seconds per point if you do not get dizzy.

RwaterRESULTS: With this treatment you should either have no desire for cigarettes or else they will begin tasting very unpleasant to you. Due to the signals that acupressure gives the brain, the only possible side effect you might experience is an increase in sweating.

REMEMBER: Drink lots of water, as this helps flush the toxins out and increases success of the program. It’s suggested that you use no other method to stop smoking while doing the acupressure program.

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Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now! blank630x20Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download of our own patterns below. (In both pdf and Silhouette Cutter format!) These will work on pint size or quart jars. The lovely paper rose that you see can be made using our simple tutorial 5 Minute Beautiful Paper Flowers.  We also found a better way to tint those jars! So make sure you view How to Paint Mason Jars Easily with Less Mess.

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Gather the few supplies you’ll need.

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Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.

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A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.

Painting or tinting jars can be pretty sloppy work. With our great tips you will learn not only how to paint mason jars easily but with very little mess!

 

You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto  knife. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

They’re now ready to place in your jars.Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.

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Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.Make these beautiful DIY paper flowers in 5 minutes or less! Use them in your crafts or decorating. Attach them to a lamp shade. Even use them in your hair!blank630x20Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!blank630x20

Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!blank630x20Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.  Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

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In this article I share the unique story of how we found our newest family member Oliver Sprout. There’s also a free potty training puppy chart you can print out to help keep track of your own puppy’s schedule!  Plus you can also read how to make darling 5 Minute Puppy Dog Bow Ties like the one Oliver is sporting! Don’t forget to make your little one his own Personalized Dog Bowls!

Time for a Dog

We’ve always had a dog in the house for most of our 37 years of marriage, but when we lost our last dog Maggie, I took a break.  I started feeling a strong need for another dog a while back and it finally felt like the time was right. I asked my husband Roy to pick it out without me. I know that’s a bit odd but Roy is incredibly intuitive and I knew he would be led to the perfect dog for us and I didn’t want my funky vibes messing things up.  I told him to just use his intuition and that’s all that mattered. Breed, age, size was of little importance. Within a week of my decision he had looked at a few dogs but none were “our” dog. Then on Saturday August 13th a friend told me that the Humane Society was set up at the local Petco.

Off to Petco

I told Roy about Petco and off he went. He told me he walked into the store and there were lots of puppies in crates. He looked at them all and noticed there was one in a cage by itself that was just sitting there staring directly at him while all the others were doing their own puppy thing and ignoring him. All of a sudden there was some loud noise in the store and the dogs started barking and going crazy.  All except that one pup who just sat there not making a peep, staring at Roy.  Roy went over to it and stuck his finger in the cage and the little guy nuzzled up against him. He took him out and within a few minutes knew this was our dog.

Roy called me from Petco and said “I found our dog but I’m not going to send you a picture”.  He wanted me to be surprised. The little pup slept on his lap the entire way home. He called me when he got near the house and I went out to greet him and took the little ball of fur and it was love at first sight. We brought him inside and our 10 year old granddaughter Alyssa was there at the time. After a minute or two she said “He looks like an Oliver.”  I said “Well I’ll be… he does look like an Oliver.”  Now the Humane Society had given him a temporary name of “Sprout and that seemed likewise fitting so we named him Oliver Sprout.

The gal at the store also told Roy how they got the pup. Someone saw this little bitty thing walking out of a field all by himself somewhere in town. Good person that they were, they picked him up and brought him to the Humane Society.  I thought maybe that’s where the name Sprout came from… because he came out of a field and he was so tiny.

A Special Dog

Grab a free potty training puppy chart and read about how a very special puppy named Oliver Sprout found a loving home with the help of the Humane Society.

Asleep in my arms.

Oliver is a calm loving little guy who likes to snuggle and is very playful as most puppies are. He’s taken a particular attachment to Roy and Roy to him.

When I went to bed that night I let Oliver lay by me for a few minutes which he did as calmly as can be.  Roy came in to get him  to take him out with him and another interesting thing happened.

Now, Roy has a connection with animals in general and all of them are drawn to him, but he’s never been over the top with them. He’s not been one to kiss them and he doesn’t care to be licked. When he picked up this little pup, he kissed him on the top of the head, and went out.   That was when I really knew this was a special dog. As kind and loving as Roy is to animals, I’ve never seen him kiss any of them including our past pets.

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I told Roy the next day I think Oliver Sprout walked out of that field looking for us and was waiting for Roy to come into Petco, that’s why he was sitting there so calming looking at him when he came in. That’s what I choose to believe anyway. One thing is for sure, Roy and I and Oliver’s life just became much richer.

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Please, if you’re looking for a new family member, go to your local Humane Society or shelters. Change the life of a pet that was unloved or needs a new caring home and change your own life at the same time.

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This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire! blank630x20We’ve got a wonderful way to inspire your kids to do their homework with a small portable desk homework helper station! It comes complete with pencil/pen holder, snack holder, inspirational quote and a place to store their homework. This very creative upcycle made from a TV tray comes together very quickly and you can color it however you want. We have THREE FREE PRINTABLE THEMES to choose from!

It also utilizes our Homework Helper Wall Pockets which you make using 3 ring binders!  You might also remember our Portable DIY Lego Table we made from the same type of TV stand!

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NOTES: You can design the desk however you like, but we will link to the exact items we used below. You can use a variety of containers for the top. Use one longer one if you wish!  Just make sure there is room for them to work.

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NOTES TO KEEP IN MIND:  Measure the top of our tray and purchase the containers ahead of time. You can then adjust the painting to fit the containers if desired. Keep in mind this is a small surface so you want fairly slim containers so there is still room to do homework on.

We started with an old wood TV tray you can find at many thrift stores.

This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

The top was a bit worn so we sanded it. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Spray paint one side of the table the color you want. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

After the first color dried, tape off the dividing area and paint the other side.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

You can use Washi tape if desired to decorate it. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Designs work best if you don’t use a large container that will cover it up.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

We decided to use sticky backed Velcro to hold our containers in place.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Decide where you will place the container(s)This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Apply a strip of Velcro to the back and to the table. Though we used a larger strip, we decided a small piece on each end would work better.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Print out the labels and signs of choice and cut them out.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

To make them sturdier and last longer we applied packing tape over the small ones before cutting them out.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Our TV stand had a cross bar that was in the middle of the legs and high enough to attach a pouch. We used one of our Homework Helper Wall Pockets to hang on the bar. We added two grommets to the container to allow it to hang. These are super easy to make and grommets are also cheap and easy to use! Check out our tutorial to make your own!Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!This is the pouch we made for our homework helper desk.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Two small screws were placed in the cross bar to hang our pouch. You could also tie it on using ribbon or heavy string. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

This is the “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” theme.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

A snack bin.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

A container for pencils and pens etc.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Our pouch with an inspiring quote. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20 This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20 This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20

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Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set! blank630x20

Wall mounted file pockets are expensive. We’ll, we’ve found a way to make super cheap & creative wall mounted holders using 3 ring binders!  The pockets can be used to organize or hold all types of things but we created 7 different printables so they can be used as a homework helper.  You can even use wet erase markers to write on the charts and keep track of what needs done when!   It’s a very unique and useful upcycle project. These would also go great with our small wall pouches made from recycled CDs!  We used one of these pouches to make a Homework Helper Portable Desk.

  Homework Helper Pouch Supplies

NOTE: The pouches are made to hold light weight items such as paper. If you would like a much stronger hold use E6000 and allow it to dry.

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Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

The first thing you need to do is remove the metal ring strip from each of the binders. This can be a little tricky depending on the type, but generally you can carefully pry them off using screwdriver and pliers. We insert a large flat screwdriver next to where it was attached and then twisted the screwdriver to help pull the metal up.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

After bending the metal center up a little we used pliers to reach under and twist the brad that attached it. The goal is to remove the rings with the least amount of damage to the binder itself. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

We ended up having to pull the brads out after we twisted the metal bar off. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

This does leave a hole on each side of the binder. But it is the back of the binder so it doesn’t matter as that part will be against the wall. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Cut your paint sticks to about 8.5″ or 9″. These will fall about an inch below the top so that there is a little give when placing items in the pouches.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Binders with metal removed and cut paint stick ready for gluing.  Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

OPTIONAL GROMMETS

You can also insert two grommets in your binder before assembly. This allows them to be hung with nails or even ribbons rather than using Command Strips. Its super easy.

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Check out our other post! (Click the photo)This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

This is how the wood will be placed in the binder. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Paint the sticks.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Start by gluing along one side of the binder as far up as the stick will go. (You could also glue directly onto the stick. Place the stick in place quickly. Do this for both sides of the binder.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!Place a line of glue on the tops of the sticks.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Fold the opposite side of your binder over onto the wood strips being careful to line them up correctly. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Print out the binder inserts.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Slide them into place.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Command Strips work wonderfully for hanging your binders on the wall.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

The homework helper binders are completed and ready for use!Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Wet erase markers work great on the surface! (Dry erase doesn’t rub off as well)Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

 

 

 

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Who doesn’t need a little more positivity in their life?  Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield!  Customize with your favorite colors and patterns to create a one of a kind work of art in just 5 minutes!  A great way to add a little flair to your decor while sending a positive message, this lightweight construction hangs anywhere to keep the negativity away. Don’t forget to check out our multiple FREE downloads below for different color schemes.

If you would like to wear your positive good vibes check out our Good Vibe Necklace made with shrinky dinks!

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Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Print the download of choice and cut just inside the black outline.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Cut the scrapbook paper or gift wrap paper of your choice.  When the downloaded cutout is placed on the paper, it should have at least an inch of space all around the cutout.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using a glue stick or spray glue, cover the back of the scrapbook/wrapping paper completely.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Lay the sticky side of the paper onto a sheet of foam board and smooth out any creases.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Cover the back of the download cutout with a glue stick or spray glue.  Apply to the center of the previous sheet of paper, smoothing as you go.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Let dry for 1 minute.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using a ruler and pencil, measure 1/2 an inch around the downloaded cutout.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
When complete, there should be a 1/2 inch “frame” surrounding the center image.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Using an X-acto knife, place the foam board onto a cutting board and cut along the pencil line.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
When complete, gently pop the shield out.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
If any pencil lines can still be seen, gently erase, being careful not to pull up the paper.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Slightly bend the soda pull tab.  It is common for the edges of the tab to break, however, the remaining aluminum will still hold the tab together.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Place a small amount of hot glue onto the bottom (solid) portion of the tab.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.
Adhere to the upper center of the shield.  To be sure the tab is centered, use a ruler to draw a line down the center of the back of the shield.
Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.

Your Anti Bad Vibe Shield will definitely make a statement!Surround yourself in good energy with our anti bad vibe shield! Hang anywhere to keep the negativity away! Multiple downloads for different color schemes.

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Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!blank630x20

Tired of telling people  to turn off the lights, put the lid down or shut the door? We’ve got two sheets of eye catching printable friendly reminders! We’ve got one for many typical things you have to keep reminding people about including some unique ones!

If you’d like even more printable “helps”, hop over and grab our small Time Zone Map and our super easy to read Metric Chart!

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NOTE: There is one blank reminder note that can be laminated and written on over and over with a dry erase marker. For the dishwasher reminder you can glue a tiny magnet to the back.

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Gather the basic supplies, the free download above, scissors and double sided tape.

Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

 

Laminating the reminders makes them last a long time. You can even use packing tape for the smaller ones though press on laminating sheets are great for all kinds of things and fairly cheap. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

If you’re using packing tape to laminate your reminders cover each one carefully. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Then cut them out. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

If you use full size laminating sheets you can do an entire page at once. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Slowly and carefully cover your page so you don’t get bubbles. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Cut out your reminders. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

These are ready to be placed!Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Use double sided scotch tape for most of the reminders. It comes off easily when needed.Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

For the dishwasher reminder a small magnet works perfect.Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Glue your magnet onto the back. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Now for the fun part! Place all our reminders in a container to take from room to room as you place your reminders.Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Check out where we placed some of ours!Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

This larger laminated reminder is great for making small notes using a dry erase marker. Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

A reminder for younger kids.Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

A reminder for younger and older “kids”.  (i.e. husbands.)Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

Watching your electric bill? Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

A special positive reminder anytime someone looks in the mirror!Are you tired of telling family members to turn off the lights, put down the lid or shut the door? Grab our free eye catching printable friendly reminders!

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A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. I had purchased a wipe off calendar but it looked pretty plain hanging on my office wall so Roy grabbed some wood strips and made me a quick rough frame that I nailed on around the calendar. Then I added four inexpensive plastic wall clocks from Walmart and set one to each time zone. You could also create an extended family time zone wall as we did in the past and set each clocks time to where each family member lives.

We’ve got free printables you can use to make your own plaques and also Silhouette versions if you happen to own that machine. We also have a free mini time zone chart to keep handy.  I keep mine near my desk along with my Daylight Saving Time Reminder that you can print.blank630x20

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NOTE:  You can purchase a variety of styles of calendars. They come by year or month and some allow you to write in your own numbers. Some use dry erase markers and some use wet erase. For my needs I chose a  full year wall calendar. It is wet erase. I link to it below.

  • Wall Calendar (I purchased this exact one for 2016.  It’s a wet erase type of board and I purchased these markers to use with it.
  • Plastic wall clocks  I purchased mine at Walmart for $4 each.
  • Wood Strips for frame and time zone plaques.  We used 1.5″ pieces cut to fit the calendar. 8″ pieces were cut for the time zone plaques.
  • Tiny nails to hold frame on the wall.
  • Command Strips tape if desired to hold the time zone plaques on.
  • Time zone labels, free download below

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The scheduling calendar right out of the box.

A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

Roy made a simple rough wood frame for it by measuring 1.5″ slats and cutting them to fit the border of the calendar.A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

The slats were held together with a bracing strip on the front right and left of each side.A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!

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The frame was painted black.A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!

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We hung the frame over the calendar, holding it on with 4 tiny nails. A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

Four plastic clocks were used for the time zones. Using the same wood as for the frame, we cut 1.5″x8″ wood strips for the labels. A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

I used my Silhouette cutter to cut the labels out of vinyl and placed them onto the slats. There is also a free pdf you can cut and Mod Podge on.  A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20 A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

Command Strips were used to hold the time zone plaques in place. A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20 A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20 A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20 A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. Learn how to make your own with time zone clocks above it!blank630x20

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A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!blank630x20A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash.    Having participated in and attended more than my fair share of them through the years,  I’ve created a printable kit (actually 5 of them!) that has a detailed list of great pointers and an outline to assure your success.  The kit is filled with useful printables of all types including some you probably wouldn’t think of such as a “Testing Station”. There’s also an inventory sheet to keep track of what sells.

So grab the kit of your choice (we have five colors) and start planning your most awesomely successful yard sale ever!  To help you gather your items, check out our 3 Box Rule Dejunking article.  It will take the pain out of cleaning out!

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Roy smiling at a yard sale we helped my parents set up last year. A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

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Our Own Yard Sale, June 2016

I printed out a copy of the checklist and signs from the kits below.A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

blank630x20Rather than a money box I opted for a sectioned pouch that I wore at all times. A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

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We put our signs up the morning of, after we had the yard sale set up.

A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

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Ready to go!A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

blank630x20Our granddaughter sold lemonade and cookies for $25.A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

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All of these items are listed in our downloadable kit.

 

A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

  • Price stickers. We used these and they make pricing easy!
  • Money Box  We’ve actually used a shoe box in years past. Whatever you use, make sure it’s in someone’s possession at all times.
  • Batteries for items. (You can use cheap ones, just make sure battery operated items are equipped.)
  • Clear zip lock bags to hold parts of small items.
  • Extension Cord and Power Strip  (For a testing table.)
  • Tables (borrow as many as you can)
  • Lots of change, bills and coins.
  • Saved grocery bags (to put buyer’s items in.)
  • Soft music (Optional. See checklist)
  • Refreshments, drinks or items for a very inexpensive bake sale. (Optional. See checklist.)
  • Full Yard Sale Kit (In case you’d rather not make your own signs. We strongly suggest you still print our check list. )

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A yard sale is a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. Grab one of our printable kits with tips and checklist that will assure your success!

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Yard Sale Outline

This info is in our kit as a printable check list.

IMPORTANT TIPS AT A GLANCE
Have a lot to sell or wait until you do.
Sell working, clean items.
Put batteries in things.
Price everything.
Do NOT overprice.
Have lots of change (coins and bills).
Set up a testing table with a power strip.
Use a money box that someone handles at all times.
Take down street signs and ads at the end.DECLUTTER
•Spend months/weeks/days gathering stuff to sell.
•Our article “3 Box Rule Dejunking” will help you out!
http://bit.ly/3boxruleCHOOSE THE DAY OR WEEKEND
Saturdays are the best day for yard sales.
• Check the weather forecast.
•Don’t schedule the sale on holidays.
•Don’t schedule the sale when big events are happening.ADVERTISE
Week Before:
•Place an ad on www.craigslist.org
•Place an ad on www.garagesalestracker.com
•Place an ad on www.garagesalecow.com
•Place a notice on any local bulletin boards.
•Make signs to hang the day of the sale. (Signs included.)PREPARATION
•Go to the bank and get plenty of change (coins and bills).
•Use a money box. Assign someone to be with the box at all times. (Pay Here & Cash Only Sign included.)
•Load up on grocery store bags.
•Make pricing labels or buy them ready made.
•Gather an extension cord and power strip.
•Gather batteries.
•Have a tape measure for people to use if needed.
•Use zip lock bags for items with small pieces.PREPARE ITEMS TO SELL
•Clean anything that is dirty.
•Make sure electrical and battery items work.
•Put batteries in things.
•Clearly price everything! Making people ask will lose you sales and it’s lazy.
•Do not overprice. Either you want to sell it or you don’t.
•Adjust a small amount so you can come down a little if asked. See “DAY OF” below.THINGS THAT MAKE A SALE EXTRA AWESOME
•Play soft music.
•Free doughnuts or a super cheap bake sale.
•Water or sodas. Sodas for a dime.
•If you sell treats super cheap or give them away it’s a good idea to put up a sign: Only 1 each please. (Sign included.)
•Put up a sale sign. For example $2 off if they spend $10 or more.

DAY OF
7 AM is the best time to start a yard sale.
•Set up at least an hour early. People will come early to beat the crowd. Let them. Sending people away will lose you sales.
•Set up a “testing station” with a power strip for testing electrical items. (Sign included.)
•Place street signs in prominent, legal spots early in the morning. (Signs included.)
•Expect to be bid down. Adjust accordingly. People like to think they’re getting a good deal.
•Group like items together and use signs above the groups. (Signs included.)
•Keep things neat.
•Use tables if at all possible so people don’t have to bend over to look at everything.
•Do not pile stuff in boxes and make people dig through them.
•Hang clothing. Ironed clothing, hung up sells much better. (Don’t sell torn or stained items.)
•Have a FREE table. It’s good karma. Ü (Sign included.)

AFTER THE SALE
•Immediately donate the leftovers. Just do it and don’t think twice.
•Immediately take down signs and remove online ads.
•Count your money.

 

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Garage Sale Statistics
Average number of yard sales each week in the US 165,000
Average number of people who purchase something at a yard sale each week 690,000
Average number of yard sales listed on Craigslist each week 95,000
Average number of items sold at yard sales each week 4,967,500
Total US weekly revenue from yard sales $4,222,375
Best time to start a yard sale 7:00 am
Best day to hold a yard sale Saturday
3 Least liked yard sale items:       Stuffed Animals, Televisions, Magazines
3 Best loved yard sale items:       Tools, Collectibles, Sports Equipment
Those who expect to negotiate the price 42%
Those who leave within 2 minutes if they find nothing interesting. 97%
Average profit margin when items purchased are resold on eBay 462 %
Average Cost Per Item
Clothing apparel $0.59
Accessories $0.70
Crafting items $0.45
Decorative items $0.83
Entertainment (DVD, CD, Books, Games) $0.47
Household goods, (dishes, office supplies) $0.57
Yard items (plants, trimmers, mower) $2.37

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If you’ve got adult children living at home, you’re not alone. In fact, almost 40% of adult children do. (1) There are a lot of reasons for this: economy, saving for school etc. But the fact is many adult kids are moving back home so we might as well make the best of it. We’ve had our children live with us at various times after adulthood and in all honesty we were happy to do it. But there are certain inherent issues that can crop up with the situation. So we’ve got a few pointers to help save your sanity and keep your relationship intact.

For more tips on relationships read How To Diffuse an Argument.  You can also get our free high resolution frame-able quote at the bottom of the post. It comes in two sizes. 5″x7″ and 8″x10″.

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It can be difficult drawing the line between our children being kids and being adults. This means as parents it’s easy for us to overstep our bounds on what we should and should not try to control. Just as it can be hard for the parents to view kids as adults, it can also be hard for the kids to get out of “kid” mode where they expect things from you that you’ve always done.

In reality the rules should be simple and logical. Despite the fact that they’ll always be “your babies”,  they are adults and deserve the same autonomy any adult should have. However, you are no longer required to take care of them nor do you owe them. They are adults and need to act like it. They are in your home. So you get to call the shots. The key is to make them fair and reasonable.

It’s a great idea to write up a family contract of goals and expectations.

The quote "We've child-proofed our home but they keep getting in" hangs in our home. We've got some good tips for those of you who also have boomerang kids.THINGS YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REQUIRE

  1. Discuss their goals and the length of the stay before they ever move in and what their plans are. Revisit that discussion every few weeks to make sure things are on track.
  2. They clean up after themselves. No ifs ands or buts.
  3. They pitch in on housework.
  4. Depending on the situation, they contribute financially. If they can’t, they do extra things around the house to compensate.

THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO REQUIRE

  1. What they do outside the home.
  2. Who their friends are.
  3. How late they stay out.
  4. If they go to church.
  5. What they wear.

The quote "We've child-proofed our home but they keep getting in" hangs in our home. We've got some good tips for those of you who also have boomerang kids.Respect them as another adult and don’t try to manipulate or force things on them that you would not force on another adult. By this point in their lives they have decided if they want to go to church, who their friends are, who they date etc. Setting up rules where you overstep your bounds will only harm your relationship.

Your rules should have to do with what affects your home and those in it. If they smoke and you don’t, then they do it outside. And you don’t give them a dirty look or make snide remarks when they do. If they drink and you don’t, you can request they not do it inside. You can also stipulate they may drink in the home but not be intoxicated.

The key is respect for another person’s rights unless it infringes on yours, just as you should do with anyone. If rules are broken, never get angry. Simply reiterate the rules and if they are broken constantly, then calmly explain they must move out. If rules were set ahead of time with consequence it should not be a surprise. Anger only tears relationships apart, so always be respectful and act with integrity.

Treating your kids with love and respect and not judging choices they make will go far to keeping a strong bond of love and trust between you and make living together a lot easier.

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Print and Frame Quote

pdf 5×7 and 8×10 sizes

Boomerang Kids 5

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Need More Help?

Amazon has a couple of great books on just this topic.

How To Really Love Your Adult Child
Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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It was a sad day indeed when the phrase “Hold the door!” became part of our culture. Never has there been a more beloved character than Hodor, the very large man with a very large heart who can only utter one word.   This little doorstop is in honor of that great man. The graphic was drawn by our daughter Jennifer.

You might also enjoy our Gratitude Stones and the Burlap Pouches that go with them. They make me think of him.

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Hold the Door Doorstop Supplies

  • Wood wedge aprox 4″ long and 1.5″ at high point
  • 4″x6″ piece of 1/4″ wood. We used thin Lauan Plywood   (Lowes has small sheets for $4.00)
  • Free printables below
  • Spray paint of choice. We used gold and silver.
  • Thumb tacks silver or brass
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood or other strong glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Spray Adhesive (Used to apply the printables
  • Clear Sealer (Optional. Helps prevent smearing when Mod Podging over printables)

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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Cut your wood. Wedges are super easy to cut. Any thin wood can be used for the 4×6 piece.

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Sand your wood pieces.

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Carefully cut out your graphic of choice.

A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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Paint your wood and wedge.

A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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We used spray adhesive to attach our printables. Spray them evenly or else they will bubble when you Mod Podge over them.

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The thumbtacks will have a small bit of the stem on them which can be pushed into softer wood. Otherwise you can glue them on.

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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Before using the Mod Podge make sure your ink is dry. It’s also helpful to spray a clear coat of sealer over the ink. This helps prevent smudging.

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With long gentle strokes cover brush Mod Podge over the front of your doorstop.

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Glue the wedge on with strong glue.

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A quick and appropriate doorstop with free printables that you can make to honor this man whose huge size was only appareled by his huge heart.

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Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you’ll miss them and to keep in touch! There are two poems, depending on if you are moving nearby or far away. Tie on the tags that have your new address and phone number.

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Cardstock of choice for house and tag

Regular white inkjet paper for poem

Printable template, poem and tags (free below)

String of choice

1/8th hole punch

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Gather your supplies.

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Print your house onto card stock and cut out. Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

Print out the poem sheet on regular paper and cut out.  Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

Glue the poem onto the house.Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

Print the tags of choice onto cardstock and cut out just inside the border line. Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

Punch a small hole in your tag and the top of your house. Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

Tie your tag onto your house after filling in your information. Moving can be bittersweet but these printable poetic moving announcements are a fun way to let your neighbors know you'll miss them and to keep in touch!blank630x20

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We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

I’d always wanted to learn how to etch glass but assumed it was difficult, taking all kinds of funky chemicals and a lot of time. Silly me.  5 minutes. That’s how long it took me. After my first one I proceeded to search the house looking for things I could etch designs onto. It’s a bit addicting.

silhouette.pattern.includedIt does require etching cream and sticky type stencils. A small bottle of the etching cream lasts a long time.  If you have a cutting machine, such as Silhouette, you can make your own stencils, which is what I did.   (Hint: Grab your etching cream at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon.)  FYI You can grab the free sketching images below. There is a pdf version and a Silhouette cutter version.

One fun use for etching is to decorate up your own personal glass water bottles. You can also learn Why Glass Water Bottles are Better!

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The stencil is adhesive vinyl I cut myself on my Silhouette machine. You can purchase all types of designs.

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Carefully  adhere your stencil /label to your object.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Apply the etching cream over the open parts. You don’t want it too thin. Be very careful not to get the cream on your skin. Wash your brush with water when done. We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

You can let it sit from 2 to 3 minutes according to the directions, though the time can vary. I did 5 minutes. After that time rinse off the cream.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Rub the remaining cream off with a sponge.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Remove the stencil  and give it a final cleaning. NOTE: You won’t be able to see the etching well until the glass is dry. That’s it!We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20 We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

 

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Grab our free printable Earth Day quiz! It’s full of interesting and fun facts.  The three page downloadable pdf has two pages of informative questions and a page with the answers.

Do you know how long it takes foil to decompose? How about disposable diapers? Learn how much trash the average American makes every day.  Some of the answers are guaranteed to surprise you!   If you’d like another fun thing to do for Earth Day, or any day for that matter, check out our DIY World Clock for Earth Day, or spread a little love and beauty on the earth with our Wildflower Seed Bombs. blank630x20

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This helpful metric chart will come in handy when your doing online shopping, among other things, and need to know lengths. It's also got great hints!blank630x20This helpful metric chart will come in handy when your doing online shopping, among other things, and need to know lengths. It's also got great hints!Have you ever been frustrated when shopping online and what you want is listed in metrics? (Assuming you are from the U.S. of course.) Well, this helpful metric chart will be indispensable!

It’s not that I have anything against metrics, it’s just that growing up in the U.S. inches and feet are ingrained in my brain. Being a crafter I buy quite a bit of supplies online. I regularly come across things that are listed in metrics for length or width, such as ribbon and jewelry parts.  I created this metric chart which can be kept or taped up somewhere handy. Though after you go over it and read the hints I doubt you’ll need to look at it again.  For another handy printable, check out our Daylight Savings Time Reminders.

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Nice metal ruler with both inches and cm/mm

Awesome metric placement (plastic coated) We purchased one of these. It shows all the metrics. Great for kids and adults!
This helpful metric chart will come in handy when your doing online shopping, among other things, and need to know lengths. It's also got great hints!

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The chart only focuses on millimeters, centimeters and meters.  (pdf)

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Online Metric Converters

Still Struggling? Bookmark this page and use these online converters. (Millimeters and centimeters to inches)

www.metric-conversions.org

Metric Conversion

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Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

DIY Wood Hanging No Soliciting Signs 1Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors.  They’re small but noticeable and effective.  All that’s needed is small wood slats you can buy ready made or cut yourself, our free printables below and some metal screw eye rings (like we used for our DIY Necklace) and suction cups. If you have a metal door you can glue magnets on the back! Paint them any color. They make great housewarming gifts!

If you liked this you also might like our Gandalf You Shall Not Pass Door Hanger.

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Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!

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I found a pair of 12″ x 1.5″ slats at the local craft store.

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Measure the paper on your slat.Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Cut off the excess. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Sand the end. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Hand or spray paint your wood.Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

For inserting eyelets measure approximately 1″ on each end and mark. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Drilling a tiny hole is optional but helps the insertion of the metal screw eyes. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Coat your board with Mod Podge. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

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Attach the metal screw eye rings. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

IMPORTANT: You must apply some sort of spray fixative such as clear spray paint to keep the ink letters from smearing when you use Mod Podge. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

After the clear spray dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

If you will be hanging the sign on a metal door you can glue on strong magnets. Command strips will also hold it in place on any type of door. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

Attach your tiny suction cups to hang your sign facing outward on windows. Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20 Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. A 1.5" wood slat and our free printables will get you started!blank630x20

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Portable DIY Lego Table

Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stickers. Voila! blank630x20Kids and adults alike love Lego and our family is no different. I wanted a portable DIY Lego table for my newly updated living room and I wanted it to match. I went through my garage and found an old wooden TV tray. It was perfect! I painted it to match my living room and even added some gold stickers and leg tips. It’s chic and fun!

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  • Wood TV tray (you can find these at thrift stores)
  • Paints of choice. We used white acrylic indoor paint and Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
  • Lego mat  (We used a 15″x15″.)
  • Fine tooth saw or utility knife (We had a saw and used that but I’ve seen people cut the mats with a heavy duty utility knife.)
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Glue
  • Stencils or labels (optional)

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If you’d like to use the “CREATE” text you can download it as either a pdf or Silhouette file.  It is sized to fit a standard tv tray.

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This was the old TV stand I started with.

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Most of the top will be covered so sanding is optional depending on the shape its in.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

It took about four coats of paint. I hand painted mine but spray painting would work great also and be much quicker.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

Because my tray had rounded edges I wanted my Lego mat to match so we traced the corners.

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My TV tray measured 19″ x 15 1/4″. The Lego mat was 15″ square so we had to cut one row off of one side for a nice fit. Then we cut the rounded edges.  I’ve seen people cut these mats with a strong utility knife also. Just be very careful if you choose to do it that way.  After we sawed the corners I took a light sandpaper to them to smooth them out.Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I could have ordered two mats to cover the entire top of my tray but I liked the idea of having text on one side. I chose the word “create”. As I had a Silhouette cutting machine, I cut my letters out of vinyl and then spray painted them metallic gold before applying. You could also print out the letters, cut them out and then Mod Podge them onto your tray. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I used hot glue to attach my mat on all edges. Any glue would work. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

I wanted gold tipped legs so we taped them up for painting. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

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I toyed with the idea of adding a handle on the edge but as the tray is so light I decided against it. My tray stands against the wall in my living room ready for use. Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20 Love Lego? Make this easy portable DIY Lego table from an old TV stand. You can even have it match your decor. A Lego mat, paint, glue and stencils. Voila!blank630x20

 

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!blank630x20These small plastic parts chest are not just for nails and screws!  (As you can see in our Craft Room Organization Ideas.) With a little paint, labels and some bling, you can transform them into a classy and stylish way to organize office supplies.  We’ve got printable standard drawer size labels you can use for your own cabinets if desired. Your office supplies never looked so good!  blank630x20

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LABEL SIZES & CHESTS: Many of these types of chests have drawers that are generally standard in size but they may vary slightly. These labels will fit drawers that measure approx. 4.5″x2.25″ for the large size and 2″x1.25″ for the small size. Also,  some drawers can have a divider slot on the inner front of the drawers. Those cannot easily have labels on the inside but you can attach them  easily to the outside. I personally have three different brands and sizes of chests and the labels fit all of them.

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  1. Remove the drawers from the chest. Spray paint the chest the color of your choice, using two or three thin layers, allowing them to dry completely in between each coat.
  2. Lay out the drawers, gather all your office supplies and place them in.
  3. Write the titles on your labels to match the drawers.
  4. Print and cut out your labels. They are aligned in such a way that you should be able to cut directly between them with no trimming required. (Unless a specific drawer needs it.)
  5. I attached my labels inside the front of each drawer but you can also attach them to the outside if desired.
  6. Using a spray adhesive that allows for temporary bonds, lightly spray the fronts of your labels (or the backs if you’re placing them on the outside of the drawers.) I used 3M General Purpose  Adhesive  which does both permanent and temporary bonds depending on how long you let the glue dry before affixing to the item. I let the spray set for 60 seconds to make the bond temporary.   I barely sprayed mine with tiny short spurts as I just wanted enough adhesive to tack the label into place. This allows you to easily replace labels in the future.
  7. Fill up the chest with your drawers!

My office supplies had gotten a bit out of hand.

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I purchased a plastic parts chest.

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I spray painted it to match my office.

Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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I chose to put my labels on the inside of the drawers facing outward. I took them outside and laid them all face up on a piece of old poster board. Then I did a very light spritz on all of them and let them set for 60 seconds for a temporary bond. This way I can change my labels easily in the future if needed.

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A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful! It requires no special jewelry parts other than the chain. We have two different versions and various sizes of the printable used. With a tiny hand-painted heart on the back, it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift or any day gift! If you’re looking for more simple ideas  check out our Pixel Heart Necklace and our Spice Lid Upcycled Locket.  And don’t forget our Good Vibe Necklaceblank630x20
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DIY Necklace Supplies

NOTE: I already had the screw eye bolts and the chain. Make sure you use a small eye screw yet large enough to fit the small size ball chain. Though I link to the general categories below on Amazon, I suggest buying them locally so you can match sizes.

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A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Carefully cut a slice off your wine cork. I cut mine with a cheap saw from the Dollar Store. A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Sand both sides to make them smooth.A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Cut out your graphic of choice. A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Coat all sides of your cork in Mod Podge and allow to dry.A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Mod Podge your graphic onto the cork. NOTE: Let your inkjet image set for a few hours if you have a problem with it smearing. Or you can spray it with a clear gloss to prevent that from happening before using the Mod Podge over it. A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Insert your metal eyelet into the top of the cork.A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Carefully screw it in as straight as possible. A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

I wanted a heart on the back of my necklace so I practiced painting a few before actually adding one to the back. A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20

Add the heart and another layer of Mod Podge after it dries.A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20 A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20 A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20 A beautiful little DIY necklace to give someone you love, made from a cork, our free printable and a hardware eyelet. So simple but so meaningful!blank630x20It's not much but it's all I have...blank630x20

 

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This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

This peace dove ornament is not just for the holiday season.  (Read the  poem below and you’ll understand why.)  The dove is a symbol of peace, which we tend to think about quite a bit during the Christmas season. But this little peace dove is meant to be used throughout the year as a reminder to keep peace in our hearts at all times.

Very simple and inexpensive to make, all you need is a foam craft sheet, glue and thread. We’ve included two sizes of printable patterns and of course the poem, also in various sizes. These make wonderful  gifts for neighbors and friends. Feel free to use them as tree ornaments also!

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Peace Dove Pattern & Poem Download

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This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.

 

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Using the patterns trace your dove onto a foam sheet.

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Attach a silver or gold thread into the wings. NOTE: You can also do this after you attach them which might make it easier to determine placement for balance. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

Test the fit of your wings onto the top of the bird. The gap on the wings might need trimmed a little to make it fit perfect. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

Place a thin line of hot glue on the top of the bird where the wings will sit. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.

blank630x20Quickly place your wings on the glue. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

If giving the peace dove as a gift, print and cut out the size of poem you will use. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

You can attach a charm or bead at the bottom if desired. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

You can also place a gem for the eye. This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20 This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20This peace dove is not just meant for Christmas but to be used as a year round reminder. Use the free pattern and printable poem for a unique gift.blank630x20

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Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

Get your family organized with a Star Wars Family Command Center! We made ours from an old magnetic dry erase board we had lying around. (We put chalkboard contact paper on half of it.) There’s a variety of ways you can create yours and we’ve got a printable quote plus printable Star Wars planets you can make magnets from.

We’ll also show you how to quickly turn a plastic chalk holder into a lightsaber! Add a small family photo for each person, a catch all box and some hooks and you’ve got a spot everyone can keep track of what’s going on in the family. (P.S. For those who have a Silhouette cutting machine we have those files for download in addition to the pdfs.)

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Supplies for Family Command Center

These are what we used for our center. Other options are easily available!

  • Large dry erase type board. (You could use an old frame and turn it into a full chalkboard using the same concept and ideas.)
  • Chalkboard Contact Paper
  • Chalk holder  (Many choices for these, some of which already look a bit like a lightsaber!)
  • Silver Spray Paint
  • 1″ Wood Rounds (for magnets)
  • Magnets for back of wood.
  • Cup hooks (for keys)
  • Small cheap frames, one per family member.
  • Mod Podge (for planet magnets)
  • Glue
  • Box to use for container. (We used a long shipping box.)
  • Downloadable planets and quote below.

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We’ve got two versions for you. The first is a PDF. The quote is only the size that a normal sheet of paper will allow. The second is for those who have a Silhouette cutting machine which allows you to cut out longer quotes on vinyl.

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THE BOARD

You can make a Star Wars Family Command Center in a variety of ways. Hopefully ours will inspire you!

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THE CATCH ALL BOX

You could use a variety of boxes, even a cereal box, for a holder on your family command center. I had a long mailing box that was the perfect size so I used that. Just cut off the top, cover it something or paint it, then glue it on your board. Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

PLANET MAGNETS (if your board is magnetic)Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

FAMILY PHOTOS

We grabbed some small flat frames at our local Dollar store. They didn’t need to be painted as they were already the right color… bonus! You could also attach plain photos to your board with no frames!Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

CHALK LIGHTSABER

If you use  chalkboard contact paper, or even paint on your center you can get these nifty little chalk holders. We had one that we spray painted and quickly made into a lightsaber using Sharpie markers!Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20

This shows all the parts to our Star Wars Family Command Center. We used things we already had so use our ideas as a jumping off point for your own center!

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The chalk holder and Star Wars magnets you can make using our free printables. Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20 Make a Star Wars Family Command Center! Use our free printable quote and planets for magnets. Then you too can say "The Force is Strong in My Family"!blank630x20The Force is Calling To Youblank630x20blank630x20blank630x20

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For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included! blank630x20Being grateful is important to a happier life. So here’s a fun unique gratitude activity to encourage more awareness of  things generally taken for granted.  Grab a tiny inexpensive spiral memo pad and print out the free labels and quotes provided, then follow the simple instructions. These are wonderful any time of year. Give them to your kids. Make a batch for a family or group activity. Or create a basket full to pass out at Thanksgiving dinner.  No matter how you use them they are a fun way to inspire thankfulness.blank630x20

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Get the flip top memo pads.

For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Cut out the front label in the size you want.For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Glue it onto the front of your pad.For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Cut out the quotations provided.For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Glue them throughout your notebook.For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Add a pencil that you’ve cut and sharpened to fit nicely in the metal spirals.For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral notebook, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Add extras if desired. The books are wonderful as is but if desired,  you can add extras to them such as Washi tape strips here and there, or a ribbon tied onto the spirals. Small charms can also be added to the spiral.

For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

Also optional is spray painting the pencils. Its pretty easy to do. Just cover the top part with tape, spray paint and then cut them down to size. For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20

For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 For a fun unique gratitude activity for any age, grab a tiny spiral memo pad, our free printouts and make a Gratitude on the Go book. Instructions included!blank630x20 What if you woke up tomorrow...blank630x20

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The power of imagination is undeniable. Make a Positive Potions Kit to inspire your kids. 25 free printable labels and instructions. (Fun for adults too!)blank630x20The power of imagination is undeniable and this Positive Magic Potions kit might just be the little boost your child needs! You can use any size clear bottle and we have two sizes of labels you can print along with an instruction sheet that details the ability of each potion.  FYI: We also have a tutorial on how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown. It’s super easy!

Going to the dentist? Take 4 drops of Bravery. Studying for a test? A few drops of Mind Power should do the trick.  There are a few fun one’s too such as Fairy Vision and Laughing Brew. 25 labels in all.
DISCLAIMER: Only to be used for good. Results may vary.

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Positive Potions Kit BottlesThere are 25 labels to pick from. Use as many as you wish depending on how many bottles you have. This kit can be given with the food coloring in it for older children. That way they can mix their own.

  • Small clear bottles. I purchased these: Glass Cork Bottles,   Glass Dropper Bottles  (Plastic bottle from Walmart. Set of four.)
  • Printed labels and instruction sheet below. (You can use parchment paper for the detail sheet.)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Box or container for potions (optional)
  • Food coloring gel.  I purchased these: Wilton Primary Colors Gel,   Wilton Neon Colors Gel.
  • Toothpicks (for dipping into gel)
  • Distilled Water (Regular water will work but distilled keeps longer.)
  • Optional: Here is how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown below. A simple and fast upcycled project!

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These are the exact bottles I used. I painted the lids of the plastic ones black.

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Print out the free labels and cut out the size you need.

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Use clear packing tape to attach labels to the bottles to protect them if they get wet.

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The power of imagination is undeniable. Make a Positive Potions Kit to inspire your kids. 25 free printable labels and instructions. (Fun for adults too!)

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Fill with distilled water. Regular water works too but distilled stays fresh longer.

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For small bottles dip a toothpick into the food coloring gel.

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It doesn’t take much to color the water!The power of imagination is undeniable. Make a Positive Potions Kit to inspire your kids. 25 free printable labels and instructions. (Fun for adults too!)

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For larger bottles use a drop of gel or regular food coloring. Mix colors if desired.

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Print out the detail sheet to use with the potions. I used a light brown parchment type paper for effect.

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The power of imagination is undeniable. Make a Positive Potions Kit to inspire your kids. 25 free printable labels and instructions. (Fun for adults too!)

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We have a full tutorial on how to make this simple Upcycled Celtic Box. Quick and easy!

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Don’t forget to check out our Upcycled Small Celtic Box Tutorial!

We'll show you how to turn a small cardboard box into a beautiful upcycled Celtic style container! All you need is some a hot glue gun and a little paint.

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Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20

Here’s a fun Halloween game (or anytime game for that matter!) Kids and adults alike will enjoy “Monster!” Just grab our free downloadable printables which includes the instructions and make a monster dice using a wood block and some wiggle eyes. It can be played with two or more or in groups and has various scoring options. Let players copy the monster example or use their creativity to create their own. blank630x20
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Supplies for Monster! Halloween Game

  • Free printables below. One sheet per player
  • Wood block for dice (one die per group)
  • Paint (optional)
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You can paint your block before adding eyes if desired.Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20

Carefully add on your eyes to match a regular dice. Some eyes come with adhesive on them. Others will require you to add a tiny dab of glue on them. Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20

How To Play  (instructions also in download)

NUMBER OF PLAYERS 2 or more

SUPPLIES: Set of dice. Printed game sheet. Pencils (regular or colored)

GOAL: To be the first person to complete your monster, then to be the player with the most points at the end of all nine rounds (if you choose to tally points).

RULES: Everyone must throw a 6 to begin drawing.   The first player to complete the monster shouts “Monster!” Everyone adds up their points (the number for each part). Person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.

DRAWING: You can draw the example monster or draw your own as long as it has all the body parts needed. There is a blank sheet should you choose to place your own monster example on it instead of the one we have.

YOUNGER CHILD OPTION: You can let the one who drew the monster win and not tally points.

GROUP OPTION: Each group has its own game set. Play is the same as above, but the winner in each group moves to the group to the right. The person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.

OTHER OPTIONS: People can draw their own style of monster if they wish as long as they use only the parts described.

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Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20 Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20 Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20 Monster! is a fun Halloween game you can quickly make using our free printables, a wood block and some wiggle eyes. Entertaining for adults and children!blank630x20

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