Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY Under $5 {4th of July Display}

It's almost here! Fireworks, parades, BBQs, good ol' flag themed outfits. I love the 4th of July, but have not had a lot of time to decorate for it. I got some Americana decor out a couple of days ago to bring a little festive in to my life.



Uncle Sam, white pillar candle and candle sticks: thrift store $2.50 last year
Flag themed stars: Target $1 section two years ago
Canvas: recent blog review
Raffia, jute, white candle: on hand
Glass candle holder: 2 for $1 Dollar Tree


Now it's time to link up your $5 projects!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5








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Monday, June 27, 2011

Make a Memory {Summer Sponge Bombs}

Here we are, week 4 of the Make a Memory series. Each Monday now through the end of August I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let's dive right in and see how Heather from Whipperberry and her family make a memory!


We are soooo excited to be participating in Make a Memory Monday at A Little Tipsy today!! Happy Monday all… This is Heather from WhipperBerry. We live in sweltering Las Vegas and any good Summer memories involve water for sure!!

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A few years ago I was planning an activity for our youth at church and I came up with our version of water dodge ball. We used large car wash sponges and several huge buckets of water in a large field, broke the kiddos up into teams and let them go to town. They LOVED it!!! It has become a tradition every summer here in these parts. When Michelle asked if I had a fun memory maker this was the first thing I thought of… but of course I needed a fun WhipperBerry Spin!! I found this picture on Pinterest from Positively Splendid

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… and thought it would be a fun addition to our water dodge ball tradition. I bought sponges, a mop and some drawer liners. All very durable materials!

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The girls and I then cut up the mop, sponges and drawer liners to make our components for the sponge bombs.

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You then decide how big you want your bombs to be… I cut each sponge into thirds {tall thirds} and used two sponges per bomb. and then randomly added the color strips.

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We then gathered them and wrapped them with a cable tie.

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Cinch the cable tie down really tight…

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… and then trim the tail.

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You may be worried about he cable tie… but don’t. By the time you cinch it down real tight the hard knob gets lost inside the sponges and it doesn’t cause any problems at all. My kiddos have played with these for HOURS without any complaints.

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Trim the long strips to make it a little more uniform. Fluff and grab a bucket!!!

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Aren’t they cute?!?

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Even my little guy LOVED them. He had to play with them while dry as to not get his poor cast wet. The good news… his cast came off today!! YEA!!

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Let the kiddos go WILD! They LOVE these!! Who needs Sponge Bob when you have SPONGE BOMBS!!!!

Happy Summer everyone and thanks Michelle for letting us join the party!!

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Heather never ceases to amaze! These are so fun and with two boys, I love that they are super durable! Thanks so much for a another great way to make a memory!




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Saturday, June 25, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

Another great week of affordable projects! Thanks so much to all those who participated in the DIY under $5 linky this week! Here are the features for this week:

Link with the highest clicks:

Reuseable Sandwich Bags from Craft Buds



My faves:

Stamped Faux Rocks from 320 Days of Sunshine



Flower Wreath from Wayward Girls Crafts



American Flag Tickets from Organize and Decorate Everything


I can't wait to see more from all of you!

Be sure to grab your A Little Tipsy featured button here.


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Point of View: Shelves {Book Shelves}



Welcome to another month of Point of View where, on the 4th Friday of each month, we each show you our takes on a particular theme. This month's theme is SHELVES. Just look at the fun projects we have lined up for you!


1. Camilla (Rosy Red Buttons)
2. Michelle (Stay right here!)
3. Jonie (Just Between Friends)
4. Amy (Ameroonie Designs)
5. Gwen (Gwenny Penny)

Are you interested in participating as a guest member of Point of View? We are looking for people who would like to join us. We will be including one guest each month, so if you would like to take part contact Amy from Ameroonie Designs (utahchemnrd@yahoo.com). Please include your blog name and URL, and we will add you to the list. You will be notified in advance when it is your turn.

Now on to my shelves! Book shelves to be exact. No, not shelves to house books, books hung as shelves! I loved this idea when I first saw it on Kojo Designs and just had to make some with my own twist of course. Her books were all put together as one shelf, but I wanted to put dinos on mine for my little guys paleontology room and they are too long to fit on the book so I made each book an individual shelf.



Here's what you'll need:



  • Books
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • L Brackets
  • Screws
  • Anchors
  • Clamps
  • Drill
1. First, make paper cutouts of your books, write the book colors on them and hang them on the wall re-arranging them until you are happy.



2. Next measure so they will be evenly spaced and hold the brackets where you will want your books and mark where the holes need to be with your pencil. Drill the holes and place anchors so the screws won't pull out of the dry wall. Now, screw the L brackets in place.



3. Next, screw the books on to the brackets. We decided to use clamps to hold the books closed tighter so the screws would grab more of the pages and make them more secure.



4. Place your decor and you're done!



I will have a dino on each book I just need to put the rest together. They are just wood puzzles I got at Harbor Freight for $1 each, but they are perfect for what I wanted!



Now we would love to see your take on shelves!! Head over to the Point of View linky party over on Just Between Friends and you may be featured on one of the Point of View contributors sites.


Linking up with:
Design Dazzle


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY Under $5

This week I had some DIY under $5 linky party "business" to take care of so I split up my project post and the party. Be sure to click over and see my my $4 "How I Became a Pirate" Activity Day project!

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Now on to business...

I need to clarify a couple of the rules for the link party. When I said please only link up things one time, I meant one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Please don't link up the same project to week after week. We want to see your new fresh ideas!

Also, please make sure the post you link up is something that you made, not something you featured. It can be inspired by someone else, but should not be another person's idea and pictures.


Now it's time to link up your $5 projects!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5







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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DIY Under $5 {How I Became a Pirate}

With a house full of boys we are all about the pirates these days! My 3 year old and his little cousin LOVE the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates so we decided to do a pirate training camp. I got a lot of my inspiration directly from the book "How I Became a Pirate".

We started off by making "sand" castles out of rice krispy treats. I sprayed the table and their hands with non-stick spray, gave them a big glob and let them go to town.

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I gave them each an eye patch and a pirate hat to start a treasure hunt. I totally love how they look like Jake (spiky brown hair and a sword) and Cubby (blonde with a map) from Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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And what kind of treasure hunt would it be without a map?



I just drew a rough sketch of our backyard on cream colored cardstock, crumpled it up and burned the edges. I tied it closed with some net from a bag of oranges. There is a little path with X's for different pirate tasks.

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Their first task was to sail their ship.



-aka- inside out cardboard box taped to a point at one side.

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They sailed to their next two tasks: walking the plank and the peg leg race.

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Last, they searched for the big red X, strategically placed in a tree, where they found two little treasure chests full of "gold." Made by covering plastic baby food containers in brown card stock and filling with Reese's Pieces.

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They also each got a gold piece (penny) to add to their treasure chest (tissue box covered in brown cardstock) for each task they completed along the way.


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At the end we counted up their gold and they got to trade it for paint stick swords (pictured above) and spy glasses made from yellow and gray card stock.

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I'm fairly certain my son thought it was the best day ever as he played with it all day, long after his cousin had to go home.

Purchased:
Reese's Pieces $1
Rice Krispies and Marshmallows $3
Everything else on hand
Total cost: $4

I am posting the linky party separately this week so the post won't be miles long, but be sure to link up your $5 or less project!