Show your colors with a quick and easy patriotic fan wreath

Show your colors with a quick and easy patriotic fan wreath

This patriotic fan wreath is a festive project that comes together quickly.

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Show your colors with a quick and easy Patriotic Fan Wreath. Also try making a photo backdrop!

Supplies NeededShow your colors with a quick and easy patriotic fan wreath

  • Patriotic fans- here’s where I bought mine
  • Stars- found at this link
  • Ribbon or string to hang with
  • Glue gun or strong tape- something to hold things together

Make your Patriotic Fan Wreath

  1. Open all the fans and secure them with glue or tape.
  2. Fold over the tabs or cut them off.
  3. Lay the fans out and experiment with the arrangement until you find a layout you like.
  4. Glue or tape them together. If it’s going to be outside, use extra glue or tape- the wind likes to catch the fans.
  5. Add some stars.
  6. Glue a string to the back for hanging.

Show your colors with a quick and easy patriotic wreath or photo backdrop!

Create a fun backdrop for pictures at your party!

Add more fans and stars to create a bigger area and a great photo spot!

Show your colors with a quick and easy patriotic wreath or photo backdrop!

Enjoy!

I love how quickly this project goes together! It’s easy, festive and looks like more work than it actually takes.

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Pamper your books with a new bag

Pamper your books with a new bag

Design your own bag for carrying books- or anything else. Makes a great gift for teachers, moms, and more!

Make a custom bag to show your love of books!

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What you need

Tote
I used this one and really like it:

Iron-On 
I used regular black and pink foil

Cricut machine or supplies to cut design by hand

How to create your book bag

1. Measure your bag so be sure the graphic is the size you want. Choose the colors you want to match your bag.

2. Access the Cricut file HERE.

3. Proceed to cut- be sure to select reverse image for the words and the backing is placed down when loaded in the machine.

4. Remove the excess iron-on and arrange the graphics as desired on the bag.

5. Iron designs on, following the instructions on the materials.

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Brighten up your space with an easy paper pom pom bouquet! It's an inexpensive project and comes together quickly! DIY, spring, party, gift, fast, craft to make, kids  

Make an easy paper pom pom bouquet

Make an easy paper pom pom bouquet

Brighten up your space with an easy paper pom pom bouquet! It’s an inexpensive project and comes together quickly!

Brighten up your space with an easy paper pom pom bouquet! It's an inexpensive project and comes together quickly! DIY, spring, party, gift, fast, craft to make, kids

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Oops!  A strong arm put a hole in the wall?  Fix it!

Oops! A strong arm put a hole in the wall? Fix it!

It might not be the plan but sometimes we’re stronger than we think.
Fix that hole in your wall so it will look good as new!

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What You Need

Spackling- I like THIS KIND because it’s pink when wet and turns white when dry.  No guessing!

Self-Adhesive Wall Patch (here’s one)

Scraper- THIS would work for small to medium holes

Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge like this

Or, get a kit like THIS and supplement any other supplies needed.

First, scrape off the excess mess and clean up/sand the edges.

Fix Hole in the Wall 2

Stick on the self-adhesive wall patch.

Fix Hole in the Wall 3

Use your putty knife to spread the spackling.

Get it as flat and smooth as you can.

Fix Hole in the Wall 4

If you got the pink kind you can watch it dry.

(because you have nothing better to do, right?)
Or, check back later to see the progress.

Fix Hole in the Wall 5

When it’s completely dry, sand it nice and flat.

Fix Hole in the Wall 6

Brush away the dust and you’re ready for painting!

Fix Hole in the Wall 8

Yay!  Much better!

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Using Rolling Shelves for Easy Food Storage

Using Rolling Shelves for Easy Food Storage

Rotating food storage made easy with rolling shelves!  Whether you’re making your own or using store-bought, they are fabulous for pantry organization!

Organize your pantry or food storage with rolling shelves!  They’re easy to make and are SO useful!

How to Make

Start with a set of utility shelves like THIS SET or THESE.  Put on the top, bottom and middle shelf.

Get sheets of wood the same size (or slightly deeper) than the shelves, lengths of 2″x1/2 wood and extra nuts and bolts.

Measure the distance for the cans or products you want to store on the shelves.  Mark where you want to put the dividers then nail or screw them to the sheets of wood.

Place bolts in the front corners to hold the front of the rolling shelf.

Rolling Shelves Front Corner

Place bolts a couple inches higher in the back corner to give the shelf the angle.  You could also bolt blocks of wood to give the shelf an extra “base”.

Rolling Shelves Rear Corner

If you’re planning on loading a lot of weight on the shelves, you can add an extra corner bracket over the first one for extra stability.

Insert the rolling shelf onto the bolts.  (Be careful!  Don’t pinch your fingers like I did!)  Be sure it’s evenly balanced and secure.

Rolling Shelves corner view

You’re ready to load the shelves.  Put heavy items on the lower shelves for stability.

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Standing Rolling Shelves

Rolling Can Organizer for Pantry or Shelves

Another Organizer for Pantry

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Calendar on a String

Calendar on a String

Keep important papers, kids’ artwork, and calendars handy and organized using a string.

Papers, papers everywhere!  There are so many papers to organize and keep up with.   I use several different systems to organize various papers and schedules, but there are some things that are nice to keep visible.

Create an uncluttered spot to see your weekly to do list, a monthly calendar and any thoughts, invitations, or announcements.  It’s a simple way to see what’s important now without being too overwhelming.

 

Create Your Organizing String

Supplies Needed

2 Metal Washers

Binder clips (Various sizes can be fun)

Cording or String  (I like this one)

2 Nails

Create

1- Decide how wide you want your string to be and place your nails.

2- Hold the string up and experiment with how deep of a swag you want.  Leave an extra 2 inches on each end for attaching to the washer then cut.

Calendar on a String- place ring

3- Fold the end of the string over about two inches from the end and poke through the washer.  Pull the length of the string through the loop and adjust it down.  Repeat on the other end.

4- Hang the washers on the nails, add the paperclips and papers.  Done!

 

These are the calendars I’ve been using this year.  I really love them both!  The links to both are below.

The monthly calendar is from Skip To My Lou.  I love how cute they are!  I don’t actually write on these- I love them too much to mess them up.

The weekly calendar is from The Confident Mom.  I’ve used her planners for several years- and her Summer Survival Calendars- and they work really well for me!

This works really well for kids artwork, pictures, and other important papers.