Make Your Own DIY Drawer Organizer – Great for Kitchen or “Junk” Drawers!

DIY Drawer Organizer

This week I started reorganizing the house, and on the top of the to do list was making the kitchen more functional. I live in military housing so my kitchen is extremely short on space, especially when it comes to drawer space. There are two very large drawers in the kitchen, one occupies my silverware and the other occupies my kitchen utensils.

When I started organizing the utensil drawer I remembered seeing a picture on FB of something similar to what I have done. It looked simple enough that I didn’t think to save it so when I started to recreate it I only wanted to use materials I already had on hand, just in case it was a DIY fail! I’m not exactly the most creative person so if you have trouble seeing yourself tackling this DIY project, please know it’s extremely simple. So simple in fact that I plan on doing the same thing to my junk drawer.

I can’t do anything too permanent since I rent, but you can always use a hot glue gun instead of tape for a much cleaner look. Although if you decide to hot glue the pieces down instead of taping them my suggestion would be to put down self-adhesive shelf liner on all sides of the drawer so you don’t mess up the integrity of the wood.

What you will need:

  • Tape (double sided and regular)
  • Card Stock (add a pop of color by choosing a pattern or bright color)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Directions:

  1. Fold the card stock long ways in half and use the double sided tape to tape the open side together.
  2. Measure and mark with a pencil 1-inch from the taped side (this measurement may vary depending on the height of your drawer). Then use the ruler as a tool to bend the card stock in perfect line.
  3. Once you’ve made your first crease you’ll want to eyeball how many sheets of paper you’ll need to create your first pocket. I only needed six sheets total (one sheet to create the outside pockets and two taped together to create the inside pockets). Once you’ve established how large or small you want your pockets to be. Measure 1/2-inch on all four sides and use the ruler as a tool to bend the card stock on both ends creating two small rectangles on the taped side.
  4. Cut the rectangle out. Then on the 1-inch flap cut at an angle forming a triangle cut out.
  5. Place the card stock in the drawer and tap all three flaps down.
  6. Repeat this process three more times or however many times needed and you’re done! It’s that simple!

Applique Tutorial | Make A Fun St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shirt

Applique Tutorial

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Thanks for stopping by from The St Patrick’s Day Blog Carnival! Welcome readers from The Crockpot Ladies! Read to the end of this post to find your next stop!

St Patrick’s Day is coming up soon and I decided to make my daughter a cute outfit so her green is covered for the day. No pinching please!

I wanted to do something simple, so I decided to just take a plain white t-shirt and applique a shamrock onto it.

I also made a pair of wide leg pants (see my how to make pants tutorial) to go with her cute shirt.

Her outfit is complete!

(I’m thinking about making my son a leprechaun applique shirt as well!)

This applique tutorial will teach you that applique doesn’t have to be hard or scary. You just need to have the right tools and the right technique.

Here are the supplies needed for this applique tutorial:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Spray adhesive for Fabric
  • Thread either coordinating or contrasting with your fabric choice (depending on the look you are going for)
  • Plain T-Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine capable of doing a zig zag stitch
  • Iron on or water soluble stabilizer (optional, I don’t use it)
  • Shamrock (I printed out this one and made it a bit smaller) or other applique piece

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Valentine’s Day Robot Candy Craft

I was perusing Pinterest one day and I saw the cutest little Valentine’s Day Robot!

I pinned it and abruptly forgot about it until one day when I was in the Dollar Tree.

I was in the Valentine’s Day candy aisle and all of the “ingredients” for this craft were right next to each other!

This is actually super simple and somewhat self explanatory by looking at the picture.

You just need a box of Sweethearts, Smarties, Starburst, a hot glue gun and some googly eyes!

First off, go ahead and fill out the “To” and “From” on the back of the box.

Step 1: Glue 6 Starbursts together in sets of 2

Step 2: Glue Googly Eyes on the front of 1 set of the glued together Starburst

Step 3: Glue that set of Starburst on to the top of the Sweethearts box

Step 4: Glue the other 2 sets of Starbursts on the bottom of the box as feet.

Step 5: Glue the Smarties as “arms” on either side of the box.

Pass out to your friends! So super cute!

*TIP* When you glue the Starburst, turn the square so that you are putting the glue on the side without the fold. Mainly so you don’t have to worry about the glue seeping into the cracks and getting on the candy.

This would be a fun classroom project with liquid glue, but you would need to allow time for the glue to dry. This would NOT be a good glue stick project though.

Snowmen From A Hand Print Keepsake Christmas Ornament (Easy & Frugal!)

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Looking for a cute memorable Christmas Ornament craft to do with your kids or students?

Check out this Snowmen From A Hand Print Keepsake Christmas Ornament that my daughter came home from school with today!

It’s an ordinary ball ornament, but if you look closely, you can tell it’s ACTUALLY her handprint!

It looks like they dipped her hand in some white pant and had her place her hand as if she was holding the ornament. Then (after the paint dried) with either markers or colored sharpies they created snowmen out of her fingers and thumbs! On the opposite side is her name and the year.

Then they tied a little ribbon to the top.

SO cute! Definitely a keepsake that will be on our tree for a long time to come!

Enjoy!

Thanks to Ms Saskia & Ms Karen for this AWESOME crafty Christmas idea!

10 Resources for Learning to “Do It Yourself”

Learning how to do your own home improvement projects can save you money. Doing things for yourself will also give you a sense of pride in your own accomplishments. If you’re not sure how to learn to “do it yourself,” check out these ideas.

Local Library

Your local library can be a gold mine of information. Take a look at the assortment of books on building and home improvement to learn how to do home improvement projects.

YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for “how to” videos. Search around for quality videos that teach simple DIY principles.

Friends

Ask your friends if they are going to be doing any projects around their home. Offer to help if they will teach you how to do the work. (this is especially helpful when it comes to vehicle maintenance or repair DIY!)

Local Home Improvement Centers

Many local home improvement centers like Home Depot and Lowe’s offer occasional classes for DIY projects. Ask about upcoming workshops then plan to attend and learn as much as you can.

Community Colleges

Community colleges often offer free or low-cost classes in a variety of subjects. Check with your local college about any DIY and home improvement classes that are available during the given semester.

Internet Resources

The Internet is full of websites and articles that explain how to do things. You can easily learn basic home improvement principles or even some harder projects through various websites. You will need to have time to wade through the fluff to find the gems that are hidden, though.

Check out:

Anna White

Tip Junkie

A Southern Mom 

Home Improvement Television Shows

Check out your cable or satellite stations for home improvement shows that demonstrate various projects. Stations like HGTV, DIY Network, and The Learning Channel usually have a variety of shows that you can learn a great deal from (also look for links during the shows. Sometimes they mention that the link to the instructions are on their website!)

DVD Resources

Check your local video store or library for DVD’s that teach home improvement skills. These will usually be found in the documentary or personal fulfillment sections.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check around your area for volunteer opportunities that can teach you home improvement skills. Groups like Habitat for Humanity are always in need of volunteers to help build their homes. They usually accept volunteers with all skill levels and will teach you as you work on projects with the group.

Family Members

Ask your family members for help. You may have several family members who are handy with tools and are quite the DIY experts. Ask them to teach you some basic things or ask to help with their next project.

Learning how to “do it yourself” doesn’t have to be difficult. Most often you can learn what you need if you just know the right places to ask. Take some time to research what’s available in your area or ask the people you know for help. Your friends and family will probably be happy to teach you what they know.

10 Ways to Garden for Less!

 

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty in the garden, you may not enjoy the expense that can come along with it. Gardening — whether you are growing veggies or flowers — doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. Check out these tips for gardening for less.

Start Your Own Seeds

Starting plants from seed is actually much cheaper (and more meaningful) than buying plants from a nursery. You can start flower seeds and vegetable seeds before the gardening season starts then have those plants ready to transplant after the danger of frost has passed.

Save Your Seeds

At the end of the growing season, save and dry flower heads from your perennials. You can even save some vegetable seeds. Save these for next season and start again.

Create Your Own Compost

Every gardener should have a compost pile. This will give you rich soil to add to your existing soil.

This Let it Rot!: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey’s Down-to-Earth Guides) is a highly rated resource to learn more about the practice of composting.

Do Some Trading

Use the old barter and trade system to get plants, gardening supplies, seeds, and other things you need.

Use Recycled Containers for Pots

Don’t go out and buy new pots and containers for your gardening projects. Take a look around at items you already have that can be used as containers. Use old buckets, milk jugs, soda bottles, even disposable cups and bowls. Anything can be used as a flower pot or a container to grow garden plants in.

Plant Perennials

Perennial flowers are the perfect choice for low-cost, long-term gardening. While the initial cost of buying perennials is not cheap, the lifespan and benefits of these plants make them a worthwhile investment. Perennials will come back year after year and will spread to fill in a flower bed. You can split them up and transplant so you will end up with several plants from one.

Shop Dollar Stores

Dollar stores are great sources for cheap gardening products. Whether you are looking for decorative items, seeds, or gardening tools, your local dollar stores is worth shopping at.

Ask for Starts of Plants

If you have friends and family who have a lot of perennials growing in their gardens and flower beds, ask for starts. Even one small start of a perennial can turn into several plants for you — for free.

Use Newspapers for Weed Cloth

Plain newspapers make great weed cloths. Save up your newspaper sections then put them down to keep weeds at bay in your garden area. Wet the newspapers as you lay them out then cover them with dirt and compost. Don’t use slick ads, but opt for the plain newsprint papers.

Save Your Kitchen Scraps

Some kitchen scraps can be added directly to your garden soil instead of the compost bin. Drop a banana peel around a rose bush to help it grow better. Grind up eggshells then sprinkle the dust around the base of plants. Dry out your coffee grounds then sprinkle into the soil around the base of plants.

Keep a trash bowl on your countertop for scraps! This Rachael Ray Melamine Garbage Bowl with Rubber Foot is a popular one (but of course you can use whatever bowl you have laying around! This one is just super pretty 😉 )

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive if you know a few of the cheap tricks. Don’t spend hard-earned money that doesn’t need to be spent — use a few of these ideas to save you money on your gardening projects.

Join Me & Create a 2014 Summer Photo Bucket List!

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Summer is here! Summer in Texas can be brutal. If you aren’t:

A. in the water

B. in the AC

you can expect to sweat buckets!

That said, summer is also a great time to create some wonderful memories. I want to be sure that this  year, I don’t let the hot summer days pass us by.

That’s why, I created a 2014 Summer Photo Bucket List!

These are the 10 things I plan to make sure I have a picture of by the end of summer (I am giving myself June, July and August to get these pictures done, posted AND printed!).

(Speaking of printing pictures, have you heard of the new Canon PIXMA printer? I LOVE this commercial!)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the most part they are things we definitely do every summer, but I might not necessarily take pictures of. Be sure to come back to this post often, I intend to update this everytime I take a bucket list picture!

1. Jumping into a pool

2. Going on a road trip/day trip

3. Riding bikes outside

4. Eating a snowcone


5. Water Balloon Fight!

6. Playing with Sidewalk Chalk

7. Roasting marshmallows

8. Hanging out at the beach

9. Having fun with friends

10. Reading a good book outdoors

As we complete these items, I will post the pictures on this post!

Another self imposed rule is that these pictures HAVE to be with my NICE Canon camera. No camera phones!

Do you have a summer picture bucket list? Post it below! Or post it on your blog and link me to it! 

 

 

A Southern Mom: Keeping Hair Tangle Free

Do you struggle with brushing your kid’s hair? Maybe even your own hair?

Check out this post I posted on A Southern Mom today:

I’ve always been slightly tenderheaded, but I might as well have concrete for a scalp in comparison to my VERY tender headed daughter.

She is NOT a fan of the ol’ hairbrush and fortunately for her…she has fairly straight hair.

Unfortunately for her, she still wakes up every single morning with a giant birds nest in the back of her head.

So even though the rest of the day is fairly knot free, in the morning we have a real BEAST to deal with.

Read the rest on A Southern Mom!

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