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How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets

 Painting bathroom cabinets is a pretty simple weekend project that only has three simple steps. If you can tape, sand, and paint, you can paint bathroom cabinets.


Derek and I are no stranger to painting cabinets. We've hired it out and paid someone else to do it, we've done it on our own with a paint sprayer, and we've painted by hand twice. I can honestly say my preferred method so far has been painting them by hand on our own.


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We paid professionals to paint our kitchen cabinets in Georgia, and they started chipping basically the same week they were done. When we bought our last house before this current one, we used a paint sprayer for our cabinets but it left them with a weird texture that can happen if you're not an expert with a paint sprayer and know exactly how to dial it in correctly. 

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We've done this hand painting method twice now and both times we've had consistent even results, no chipping, and it's held up perfectly! 

How to Paint Bathroom Cabinets:

To paint bathroom cabinets you're going to tape off all the walls. Unscrew the doors and drawers, sand everything down, wipe with a tak cloth, and then paint with 2-3 coats of your favorite satin finish paint. After everything is dried you'll reassemble your vanity, and you're finished! It really is such a simple project and the results have turned out perfectly for us the two times we've done this project. 

What Supplies Do You Need To Paint Bathroom Cabinets?

Best Paint for Bathroom Cabinets:

We've used Behr Marquee Satin Enamel (color matched to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy) paint from The Home Depot for both of the bathroom vanities in our current home. It's a paint and primer in one which is why we don't prime the cabinets in this project, so it saves you that step. The finish holds up really well in the bathroom and wipes clean easily without being way too shiny like a semigloss paint. This paint was recommended to me by someone else who has used and loved it, and although we only have three months of wear on the paint at the time of writing this, I can say that we have no chips or issues! I'll be sure to come back and update this over time, but we're super happy with how this is holding up!

Complete Steps for Painting Bathroom Cabinets:

To paint bathroom cabinets, you're first going to need to tape off your vanity from the floor, the walls, and the counter top above it. This will ensure you get nice crisp lines, and that you won't get paint where you don't want it. 

After everything is taped off, remove the doors and drawers and put all their accompanying screws into a zip lock bag. This way you'll have them when you need to reassemble everything later. 


With those things out of the way you're ready to start sanding. You're going to sand down your doors, drawers, and base cabinet with 220 grit sand paper. This is enough to take the old finish off of the cabinet, and will give the new paint something to grab onto. 

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Once you're done sanding everything really well, you'll grab a tak cloth to wipe everything down. The tak cloth is a super sticky piece of fabric that will grab and wipe away all the sanded sawdust so that it doesn't ruin your paint finish. 

Next take your doors and drawers out to the garage and set them onto painter tripods. This keeps them up off the ground while you're painting, but doesn't leave an imprint in the paint of your door or drawer. You'll need four painter tripods per door/drawer so that everything has a stable surface while you're working. 


Now you're ready to paint! I use a two inch angle brush to get into the detailed edging on the cabinet doors, and areas on the vanity that the roller is too large for and cannot reach. Once I've brushed everything in with my angled brush, I use the 4 inch foam paint roller for the rest. Always start on the backside of your cabinet doors and drawers so that the last coat you finish is on the front.

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I find it best to start with the vanity, and then go out to the garage to paint the doors and drawers, and then go back inside to paint the vanity again, and then back to the garage to flip the doors and drawers over and paint their other side. This just helps to keep everything moving and so that I'm not constantly washing brushes in between coats a million times. 

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Always paint with thin coats to ensure a smooth finish and allow for about an hour of dry time between coats before starting your next coat. I have never sanded in between coats, but if you have lines and feel like you need to, then sand between coats. Just know I didn't and I don't regret that decision.


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Once everything has three coats of paint and has had plenty of time to dry and your doors, drawers, and vanity are not sticky to the touch, reassemble your vanity. After we paint a vanity we always put felt furniture pad stickers on the inside of the corner of the doors to ensure the painted door won't stick to the painted vanity. 

Note: We did not use a top coat to finish these. We didn't on our bathroom in our last house and they held up fine, and these ones so far have held up fine without as well. 


That is everything you need to know about how we painted our bathroom cabinets! Like I've said, we've tried all the methods so far and this has by far been the easiest method with the best results for us. I think we're planning on doing the same method for our kitchen cabinets in the next few months! 

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DIY Halloween Popcorn Party Favors

DIY Halloween Popcorn Party Favors are a quick and easy Halloween treat to put together for any family or class Halloween Party.

With Halloween right around the corner I'm getting excited for all the family parties, dinners, decor, and festivities that are ahead of us. Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays and I love celebrating it with my kids each year. Derek's family hosts a Halloween party each year for the nieces and nephews and it's something that we're looking forward to doing again this year. 


I made these Halloween Popcorn Party favors a few years ago, and I think that they would be the perfect Halloween party favor for any festivity that you're participating in this year. They can easily be adapted with seal snack size bags of popcorn for a class party, or you can fill your own snack size baggie with some popcorn and make yours how I did below! 

What You Need to Make Halloween Popcorn Party Favors

These Halloween Popcorn Party Favors are super easy to make! All you need is some popcorn, snack sized ziplock bags, construction paper or cardstock, and some spooky Halloween stickers to make this easy craft come to life. If you can't find stickers you could even cut out black construction paper into the shape of bats.

You'll also need some simple items from your home such as a pencil, ruler, scissors, and a stapler to put the finishing touches on your popcorn party favors. 

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How to Make Halloween Popcorn Party Favors:

To make these the halloween popcorn party favors the first thing you're going to do is trace your snack size sandwich bag out onto a piece of paper. This should give you a square/rectangle shape the exact size as your sandwich bag. 

Then you're going to cut out that square and fold it in half. Once your paper is folded in half you can then stick your bat stickers (or any Halloween stickers of your choice), or your bats that you drew and cut out, onto the center of your folded piece of paper. 

Once you have your bat on your paper you're going to stick the side of your baggie with the ziplock opening inside the folded portion of your paper so that the ziplock is covered. From there you staple the piece of paper in place to make a super cute and easy halloween popcorn party favor for your next family gathering or school party! Repeat this process as necessary until you have all the bags you need.

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Supplies:

Halloween Colored Construction Paper or Card Stock (purple, green, orange, etc...)
6 Snack Size Sealable Baggies
Ruler
Scissors 
Pencil
Stapler
Bat Stickers or Cut Out Your Own Bats

Directions:

  1. Trace a snack size sandwich baggie onto a piece of card stock
  2. Cut out your shape and then fold it in half. 
  3. Stick your bat stickers onto the middle of your folded paper, or tape/staple your drawn bat onto your folded paper. 
  4. Stick the opening side of your resealable bag into the folded part of your paper and then staple your bat paper onto your bag. 
  5. Repeat as necessary until all of your popcorn bags are completed!

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DIY Lycra Compression Bed Sheets for Deep Pressure Input

A few years ago someone commented asking if I could do a blog post sharing our bedtime routine. I kind of laughed it off because that is a pretty non-existent thing in our home. What works for a week or month often doesn't work the next, and it's a constant changing battle in our home.

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Kinsley has always been a pretty awful sleeper. Part of that is because she has middle interhemispheric variant holoprosencephaly, which is the long way of saying she has a few brain malformations. She is certainly a lot more high functioning than we ever thought she would be, but she does have several long term issues, one of them being sleep related. Because Kinsley has a lot of spasticity in her lower extremities, she often kicks or flails her legs when she is trying to get to sleep, which means she wakes herself up when she is just starting to fall asleep, or will easily wake herself from a deep sleep in the middle of the night. 

In 2016 we started using a weighted sensory blanket to help solve the problem. The sensory blanket worked really well for a long time, but then Kinsley got too tall for it and Derek and I were having to run into her room several times a night to get it back onto her. For her birthday in 2017 my friend's mom made her a new blanket, but that meant that we had a period of a couple months between the first blanket not working and the new one arriving at our house that we had to figure out a solution for. 


Why We Made A Lycra Compression Bed Sheet: 

I have a few friends with children on the Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder spectrum, and a lot of them had told me about the benefits of deep pressure input. We obviously had success with it in the past which is why we used weighted blankets, but many of my friends were having success getting their children to sleep with compression bed sheets to provide that same grounding sensory input, and I thought it was worth a try. 

What Is a Compression Bed Sheet? 

A compression bed sheet is essentially a bed sheet that fits over your mattress like a sleeping bag would. They're usually pretty tight and hold your child in place so that they can't move around as much in the middle of the night. They give your child a nice deep pressure feeling like being hugged, while still allowing your child to safely get in and out of the bed and be safe while they sleep. 

Initially when I had heard about these sheets several years ago I was hesitant to try it with Kinsley because she was so immobile at the time and I worried about her getting trapped. When we were in between weighted blankets though, that one year made such a big difference with her mobility that we decided to make her a compression sheet as an intermittent fix until her new blanket arrived. 

Why Make A Compression Bed Sheet Instead of Buying? 

I am not the most crafty person on the planet, but if I can make a sensory bed sheet, I promise you can too. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this, just to find out that it might not work. When I was looking online, store bought compression bed sheets were between $30-$40, which was more than I wanted to spend on something that might not work. 

I went to Hobby Lobby and found some stretchy jersey knit fabric for $5, borrowed a friend's sewing machine, and made my own for less than $10 after I bought thread for the project as well. The savings were well worth making the compression bed sheet on my own and it took maybe 15 minutes to sew the entire thing together. 

If you have a child, or know of someone who could benefit from this, here is a super easy (really, so easy) tutorial on how to make a compression bed sheet for your child. 


Supplies:

Fabric (enough to fit the bed)
Thread
Sewing Machine

Directions: 

Measure the top of your mattress. You'll need just the length and the width. You'll then want to multiply that by two (a piece for the top, and a piece for the bottom). By not measuring the thickness of the mattress, you're ensuring the fabric will be tight enough when stretched over the mattress. 

Head to the fabric store and get your fabric. Lycra is ideal, but Hobby Lobby didn't have any when I went, and so I just went with a thick stretchy blend that they had that felt durable. I did mine on a crib size mattress and 1 1/2 yards was the perfect amount. 

I then laid the fabric out on my table and folded it in half (right sides together). I pinned the long open seam shut, and then pinned the bottom edge shut as well. 


Using a zig-zag stich, I sewed together the two pinned sides, and then I turned the sheet right side out. 


At this point it just looks like a big stretchy sleeping bag. Congratulations, you've succeeded.

Then I simply headed up stairs, placed the new sheet on top of the mattress, and put it back in the bed. 




Have your child try it out to make sure it's not too tight and is comfortable, and then get yourself a full night sleep!


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Free June 2020 Coloring Pages

I'm back with another coloring page bundle for the month of June. I've been having so much fun creating these pages each month, and it's been so fun to see hundreds of you downloading the images and sharing them with your children! There are so many fun and wonderful occasions to celebrate in the month of June, and I wanted to make sure that I included them all in this bundle! 

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What's Included in this month's free coloring bundle?
This month's free coloring bundle includes six PDF pages of everything you need to celebrate the month of June. I've included a coloring page for Father's Day, National Donut Day, Flag Day, and a coloring page for the first day of summer. There is also a super fun baseball coloring page for the sports fans in your house. 

In light of the recent events in our country, I also made an "all you need is love" coloring page. I know my voice is small here on the internet, but I felt like this was a small way that I could incorporate inclusion. I hope your children color those people every color of the rainbow and make each and everyone as unique as they should be. 



How to Print the Coloring Pages:
To download this month's coloring pages, scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can click a link to take you to the free downloads. It will take you to a google drive where you can download the files onto your computer, or print them directly from the drive. 


My Favorite Printer:
If you're in the market for a new printer, we just bought the Epson Super Tank printer from Target and it's been the best purchase ever! With the ink that comes in the box, you can print 4,500 color pages and 7,000 black and white pages before having to buy more ink! For our family this printer will pay for itself in less than six months! We have zero regrets about this printer!


I want to see your pictures!
My favorite thing is when you tag me in your photos (I'm on instagram @thehappyflammily) of your little ones enjoying the coloring pages, so be sure to tag me in your pictures on your instagram stories or in your feed so I can share your pictures too!

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Free May Printable Coloring Pages

Right before Easter I launched coloring pages for the first time and they were a huge hit! I decided that I would try and attempt to launch some new coloring pages each month for you to download! I'm really excited about how this month's coloring pages turned out and tried to his all the wonderful holidays coming up in May! 

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What's Included in the Pack:
This month's coloring pack contains seven coloring pages to help you celebrate all of May's best moments from May Day, to Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, and ending the month with Memorial day! There are also a couple fun coloring pages like hiking and mountains, fun trucks, and a color by number!

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How to Print the Coloring Pages:
To download this month's coloring pages, scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can click a link to take you to the free downloads. It will take you to a google drive where you can download the files onto your computer, or print them directly from the drive. 

My Favorite Printer:
If you're in the market for a new printer, we just bought the Epson Super Tank printer from Target and it's been the best purchase ever! With the ink that comes in the box, you can print 4,500 color pages and 7,000 black and white pages before having to buy more ink! For our family this printer will pay for itself in less than six months! We have zero regrets about this printer! 

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I want to see your pictures!
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16 Inside Activities for Kids

If you're spending lots of time inside this winter, or need something to do that isn't far from home, these 16 inside activities for kids will hopefully bust the boredom!

Raise your hand if you foolishly thought this quarantine was just going to be a fun couple of weeks at home. We are on week nine at home in our house (kids got the flu before lock down and never got better before this all happened), and to be honest it's starting to weigh me down a bit. 

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The last couple of weeks have been hard, and since getting an iPad to for online learning, it's all Kinsley asks for about 99% of the day. If you haven't had a five year old ask you if she can play the iPad for eight hours straight, are you even living life? 


16 Inside Activities for Kids:

If you need an arsenal of go-to, quick and easy mostly screen free activities (some require a screen, but the screen isn't the major point of the activity), here are 16 of our favorite go-to activities for this time at home. 


Color By Number Books: 

Kyle is obsessed with color-by-number coloring sheets. We bought him several different color-by-number coloring books on Amazon over the last year and he's been obsessed with all of them. In that same realm, I've also thought that the Sticker By Number books are really cool too. Here's a quick list of the ones we've bought, and ones we're interested in. 

Reading

I know every parent says this, but if you have a kid who loves to read, totally monopolize on that. Even Kinsley who can't actually read loves to look at books on the couch, and be read to for long periods of time. You can see all my book lists and recommendations here.

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Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a super fun and easy activity to put together for your kids. Make sure you're in a good mood when you start because it's similar to slime and will make a mess. You kids will love it though! For instructions on how to make Oobleck, click here!

Make Slime

In the same vein as the last suggestion, play with slime! I have never really made slime at home, but we usually just get it from the dollar spot at Target. It comes in small containers, and doesn't actually make a huge mess. The kids love sticking their action figures and other toys into it, and then dig them out. They could literally do this for hours straight. 

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Homemade Play-Dough Recipe

If you haven't made homemade play-dough, you're honestly missing out. I find it to be so much softer and more enjoyable to play with than the real stuff, and it could totally double as a homeschool science lesson for the day. This is our go-to recipe for homemade play-dough.

Audiobooks

Kyle recently discovered Audiobooks and it has been so fun for him. He's listened to most of the Boxcar Children series during quarantine, and asks to listen on the iPad every night before bed. This is one of those activities where you need a device, but the device is facilitating something better. We use an app called Epic, which is free for 30 days and then goes to $6.99 a month. They have a huge selection of unlimited books to read, and listen to, and we've loved it for both Kyle and Kinsley. We even went to cancel our membership before we had to pay after the trial, and they gave us another month for only $2.99. You can try Epic free for 30 days here.

Learn to Draw Books

This is another one we haven't done yet, but probably should since we're majorly failing on keeping up with Kyle's art class. I loved these books as a kid because it was always so fun to draw my favorite characters. You can see a huge variety of learning to draw books here. 

Cooking with Kids 

I've really wanted to take this time to teach Kyle how to cook in the kitchen. We bought him a kid's cookbook, Kids Bake: 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes. I'm super excited for it to get here and start working through some recipes with him and get him more comfortable with cooking. You could also try a Raddish Kids subscription.

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Free Printable Coloring Pages 

My kids love when I print them out random coloring pages that I find on google, or the ones that I've made and shared here on the blog. If you need something in a hurry without spending money, these are always my go-to for a quick and easy activity. Be sure to come back on May 1st when I launch six new free coloring pages! 

Write Letters to Family 

This is something we really need to do this week! My friends over at LDZStudios made these super cute printable envelopes that I really want to print out and send letters in! 

Kids Yoga

If you didn't know we switched Kyle from a public school to a private school this year. We learned since switching that apparently his old school did Cosmic Kids Yoga everyday in his French class... who knew? Anyways, he's apparently a yoga aficionado so we made a rule that he couldn't play on screens unless he does yoga first... which involves a screen but this is an activity with a greater good than just vegging.  There are a ton of different themed videos like Harry Potter Yoga, Dinosaur Yoga, Minecraft, etc... Kyle apparently knows them all and tells me which one he wants to do and I turn it on for him. 

Bike Rides 

We've gotten really into bike rides during quarantine. Kinsley can now pedal her trike with basically no help from us, and Kyle has gotten really good at pedaling his bike with confidence, which has been huge for him. Derek and I just walk up and down our street while the kids ride to their content, and it's the best. 

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Visit a Free Little Library 

There are a couple of these libraries near us and we've been frequenting them the last couple weeks. These libraries can be found in people's driveways, parks, the side of the road... they're everywhere! You can find a list of ones near you here. The basic idea is that you take a book you want, and you leave a book to share. We've found some real gems and always leave a couple books behind for someone else too! 

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Board Games 

We've gotten into lots and lots of board games the last several weeks. Here is a post with some of our favorites... It's pretty outdated though, so I'll have to do an updated one soon!

Craft Box 

We took an old mason jar box and filled it with tons of arts and craft supplies. Whenever the kids are getting restless we pull the box out and let them go ham on all the supplies. It's the best money we've ever spent. 

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What are you doing right now to keep your kids busy and yourself sane? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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How to Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further. 

I love doing messy activities with my kids. I know I'm probably not in the norm with that statement, but I love it because it entertains them for hours! Things like slime, finger paints, glitter, glue, etc... I lay it out for the kids and they let their imaginations run wild and take over the rest. 

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We were having one of those Sundays that seem to go on and on with no chance of bedtime in sight, and decided to try making this Oobleck with the kids a few weeks ago. It was super fun, kept them busy right up until bedtime, and they both had a blast. 

How to Make Oobleck:

There are a lot of different recipes I've seen for how to make Oobleck going around on the internet, but the best Oobleck recipe we've used it to simply use equal parts water and cornstarch. Once our mixture was done, we stirred in some food coloring to make it a little more fun for the kids, and then let them have a blast with it. 

If you pick up a big handful of it, it feels like a solid, only for it to completely turn runny and melt through the cracks in your fingers. 

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What is Oobleck?

Essentially it's a mixture of cornstarch and water. It isn't quite a liquid, and it isn't quite a solid. When you stick your hands in it, it feels wet, but your hands don't penetrate all the way through to the bottom of the bowl right away. They kind of sit on the surface, and then slowly sink in after a few seconds. 

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How to make Oobleck more fun:

If you want to add a little flair to your play, you can add some marbles or toys into it that you don't mind getting messy. You can then let your children look for the objects inside the Oobleck to make it more of a little scavenger hunt instead of a messy free for all (we went for the free for all but if you need structure this is a good option!)



How to Make Oobleck

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How to Make Oobleck
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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further.

Ingredients

How to Make Oobleck
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine all your ingredients together in a bowl, and enjoy your playtime!

Have you made Oobleck with your kids? It would be a fun sensory game while we're all at home right now!

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FREE Easter Springtime Coloring Pages

Spring is right around the corner and I'm sure we're all looking for simple things to do with our kids these days. I made some fun Easter printables for my own kids over the weekend and thought that it would be fun to share them with each of you.


While we're in the throws of homeschooling and being with our kids all the time, I love to use the afternoons to let our kids be more creative. Whether that's painting, coloring, making jewelry with beads, baking, etc... I really like to let the creative juices flow in the afternoons. Having some new and exciting coloring sheets on hand is an easy way to introduce them to something they haven't seen before, and give them them something new to spark their interests. 

Click here to download your free springtime coloring pack! 


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St Patrick's Mason Jar Centerpiece DIY

Crafting is not something that comes naturally, but I really love when you can make something that turns out super cute and costs less than what you can get already put together at a store somewhere. Bonus points when the DIY you're working with is so easy its literally fool proof. 

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We've never had any fun St Patrick's decorations in the past, and while I'm not about to make my home look like a green explosion, I thought that this little St Patrick's Day mason jar centerpiece would be a fun little touch to make it look like we're somewhat in the holiday spirit over here. 

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The supplies for this project were super easy to come by. I already had the mason jars from this Dollar Tree Fall Centerpiece I posted about several months ago, I already had the greenery that I put in them from that previous project as well. I added a can of gold spray paint into my Walmart Grocery Delivery order, and I got the shamrock stickers from the Dollar Tree. Everything is super easy and accessible, and you don't need to chase down supplies from a million stores, my kind of DIY. 

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Supplies:
3 Mason Jars (Dollar Tree or Walmart)
Gold Spray Paint (Walmart)
Shamrock Stickers (Amazon)
Greenery (Amazon)
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Directions:
Start off by spraying your mason jars evenly with the gold spray paint and allow them to try in a cool dry place. 

One the paint is dry and you're able to handle the jars, place your stickers onto the jars. I did mine in a staggering pattern. Working vertically and starting at the top I did three stickers in one row, and then staggered two stickers in the next row, and then three stickers in the following row, and worked that pattern all around the jar. 

Once you've finished sticking on all of your stickers, add some fun spring time greenery, and add to your favorite little nook in your home!


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DIY Princess Carriage Wheelchair Boxtume with Amazon

This post is sponsored by Amazon Prime, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One thing that I've wanted to do with Kinsley since we got her first wheelchair was to make her a sweet Boxtume, or a costume made from a box. I've seen so many amazing wheelchair costumes over the years, and figured I could easily make one out of some Amazon smile boxes and some craft supplies we had around our home. 


The busier life gets for us, the more I look for simple ways to get things done. I feel like I always have a million Amazon smile boxes hanging out around our garage from all the things I'm ordering from Prime with fast, free shipping, and figured Halloween was the perfect time to put all those boxes to good use. 


Kinsley wanted to be a princess for Halloween this year and decided that I could jazz up her wheelchair with a sweet Carriage Boxtume! This was seriously so easy to put together, and took no time at all! The best part was that everything attached easily to the wheelchair without any straps, tape, or glue, which means that I don't have to worry about potentially ruining her chair, and everything snaps on and off in about one minute flat! 


Supplies:
4 Large Amazon smile boxes
Blue Paint
White Paint
Foam Brushes
Purple Marker
Pink Ribbon
White Bows



Directions:
Start by taking a wheel off of your wheelchair and sitting it on a box. Trace the inside circle of the wheel and then cut out the circle. Use the circle you just cut out to trace and cut another circle. These two pieces should easily pop right into the wheels when you're done cutting. 



Next you need to cut a large half circle carriage shape. I just freehanded this and then cut out a big window in the middle of it. Then, I took the shape I just cut out, and traced it to make another carriage window on the other side of the chair the same size as the first.



Once I cute everything out, I painted all of the pieces. Again, I did all of this free hand. I painted the lines on the wheels white, and then once the white paint was dried, I went ahead and painted the blue triangle pieces next. I then painted the big carriage pieces with dark blue paint. 


Once the paint was dried I took a purple marker and drew some loop de loop shapes all the way down the white lines and connected everything with a big circle in the middle of the wheels. 

I took some big white bows and tied them to the top and two sides of the carriage pieces, and then wove some big pink tulle through the bows to match her princess dress.


Once everything was done I simply wedged the carriage pieces down into her seat, and popped the wheel pieces into place, and I was finished!

What fun Boxtumes are you going to make this year with your Amazon smile boxes? I’d love to hear in the comments below!


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