DIY Event Chalk Boards

DIY Event Chalk Boards

If you’ve ever hosted a birthday party, anniversary, or shower you may have noticed that a lot of people have a Chalkboard that says something about the person that the party is for. They are fun, easy to make and super cute. 

You can always purchase one on ETSY and have someone custom make it for you but trust me half the fun in having these are making them yourself. Finding the right embellishments you want, the different fonts, and deciding what you want to stay. 

The first one I made was for my niece’s first birthday party and I searched hundreds of templates but I just couldn’t find one that would have everything I wanted to include. That’s when I figured I would just give my hand at Arts & Crafts a go. 

I’m not very good when it comes to drawing, but what I did was look up pictures & fonts online and then try my best to free hand it on a piece of paper several times before I drew the real thing. Some of the smaller pictures I was able to print via my computer and then trace onto the board; and I even went outside the box by finding a gift bag or card at the store related to my theme and using that to trace onto the board. 

It took quite a long time to complete but I had so much fun making the board and it was worth it. Everyone was really pleased with how it came out, and I ended up sending it to my sister and brother in law; they had it framed. 

The possibilities with these kinds of boards are endless!


So first things first…

What You’ll Need:

  1. Black Foam Board (either a small one or a tri-fold) 

  2. Metallic Markers

  3. Ruler

  4. Pencil or Colored Pencil

  5. Pictures & Fonts

  6. Stickers 


  • Use a sheet of computer paper and make rough drafts of how you want your project to look before you go straight for the board. You won’t get it right on the first try. 

  • When you are ready to do your board, either free hand or trace in your photos first with pencil. Then go over them with colored pencil; lightly, before you use your Metallic Marker. 

  • Then start with your fonts and work your way from top to bottom.

  • If your going to be making sections on your board; do that FIRST.

  • Take your time.  

I just made another one for my cousin’s baby shower; I’ll be making two for the shower but the bigger one is not finished yet…Have a look…




Easter Peep Centerpiece

Easter Peep Centerpiece

First, I planned on making this Easter Peep Topiary that I saw on Pinterest…for my nieces’ first birthday  (Easter themed)

Two words for you…


The problem was those things are top heavy so it didn’t matter the kind of base I had, how much hot glue I used to what size styrofoam ball I used I had the same result. 

The other problem was the peeps refused to stay on the toothpicks. 


Since I had several boxes of Peeps I needed to do something with them so I made something much easier and I was pleased with the results and the kiddos loved it.



I feel like there may be an easier way to figuring out Peep Trees and I’ll probably try again. Considering my niece’s birthday falls just a few days before Easter I feel like we’ll have plenty more opportunities. 



Craft Me If You Dare!

Craft Me If You Dare!




I knew even before I moved into my new house that I needed some space for all the arts and crafts that I had literally been hoarding into laundry baskets, drawers, and into tote bins. Nothing was organized; and when I went to look for something I could never find it; therefore I would have to buy new stuff. So when I found out that with our new house I would have a spare bedroom all the ideas started spinning in my head. 
The first thing I needed to do was get organized and I think that this was the hardest part of the entire renovation. Luckily, as I said I was moving so I had reason to go through things, unpack, and put my crafts in their proper place. Crayons with crayons, colored pencils with colored pencils, glue with glue, well you get the picture. As I was unpacking I realized I had so much more stuff than I realized…Colored pencils and crayons by the dozens!
So the next thing I needed to do was get ideas so I hit the Pinterest Boards and after scrolling through tons and tons of boards I finally found the one that stuck out to me the most. It was simple yet everything I wanted in my room. I messaged her immediately so I could get information on where she purchased her shelves and rails. She got back to me right away and led me straight to IKEA. Now, I don’t have an IKEA store anywhere near me but I had been in one a couple times in Florida and was familiar with their merchandise. I was able to go right online and order what I needed for a very affordable price. It was shipped to me within days. 

I’ve never planned out a room before of how I wanted it to look from a single photo and making it actually come to life. It’s not completely finished but it’s really getting there. If it wasn’t for the website I crossed I would have never fallen in love with the room I have now. I love organizing this room, changing things up and switching things around. Finding out what was going to work and what wouldn’t. I love the color blue, anything blue reels me in hook, line and sinker. So in my room you will see a lot of blue, but I tried to do a balance of baby blue and white on one wall and cadet blue and white on the other wall. 

I went to Target and purchased from the dollar section SPRITZ Metal Pails and I love them. I use them for almost everything in my house. (Side Note: They are perfect in the laundry room for spare change.) 
The Starfish bottle is from A.C Moore Arts & Crafts on sale for $1.00


Wall Shelf

I love the blue tote of vintage letters and photo albums from my relatives in Italy.



Wall Decor


Cork Board Decor


Art Decor

My nonna is 87 years old and she absolutely loves the art therapy. She colors dozens of pictures a day and I think its just so sweet when she shows them to me or colors me a few pictures. I had been looking through the booklet one day as we were talking; I didn’t really think she was paying attention when I said I would like for her to color this particular picture for me because I thought it would  look great in my room. Sure enough, she was listening and went out of her way to frame it for me, along with some others; and of course used my favorite color...Blue! (Now I just have to hang them up) 

Budget Breakdown

  • 900IKEA EKBY VALTER Birch Bracket (4)…$20.00 ($5.00 a piece)
  • 9000IKEA EKBY VALTER White Wall Shelf (1)…$14.99 (Short)
  • 908IKEA EKBY Valter White Wall Shelf (1)…$17.99 (Long)
  • IKEA Steel Wire Basket (1)…$8.75
  • ShelfIKEA BYGEL RAIL (3)…$35.25 ($11.75 a piece)
  • IKEA BYGEL S-Hook (1 pack)…$3.99
  • 9088SPRITZ Metal Pails..(8) $8.00 ($1.00 a piece)


I hope you enjoy my craft room and design one too! 
Craft Me If You Dare!



Lollipop lollipop

Mr. Owl how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie Pop?

Lollipop lollipop
Oh lolli lolli lolli
Lollipop lollipop

The world may never know.

Having a 4th of July BBQ and as I’ve made Lollipop trees before I never thought of doing one for 4th of July until I saw it on Pinterest and said to myself “Self…You have to do that too”. So, if you’ve never made a Lollipop tree, here is a simple DIY tutorial.

What You’ll Need

  • 2016-06-27 21.29.51.jpg6″ Styrofoam Ball
  • 2016-06-27 21.29.54Party City Plastic Bucket (Color of Choice) 
    • For this, depending on what your making your Lollipop tree for you can go with something a little nicer for example a flower pot or tin pail  or basket even. 
  • 2016-06-27 21.30.13Tootsie Pops
    • Since I was doing a specific color I purchased them at Wegmans instead of buying a box and not having enough of the right color. 

Step I:

Place your 6″ styrofoam ball into the plastic bucket. It should fit in perfectly so that half is inside the bucket and half is outside. 

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Step II:

Place your lollipops inside the foam; starting at the top and working your way in a circle to the bottom. Give them a little space in between one another but not too much.

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Step III:

Place out on a table for guests to enjoy. 

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For the Love of Wine

For the Love of Wine Corks

For all you wine lovers out there before you toss your wine corks away try a simple DIY project.

DIY Wine Cork Vase

I’ve been working in the restaurant business for years and never once thought of collecting corks for DIY projects. I only started collecting them about a month ago and already have about 500. The first project I decided to do was a wine cork vase which I saw on Pinterest; which is about half finished. 

What You’ll Need~

  • 2016-06-19 18.35.22A large cylinder vase (Purchased at Target)
  • 2016-05-04 15.04.592016-04-29 17.20.32Wine Corks (A few hundred)
  • LED Twig branches (Which I don’t have yet)

So once you have the vase and the corks all you got to do is fill it up and add the LED twig branches. Easy Peasy 

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DIY Beach Decor Shell Letter

DIY Beach Decor Shell Letter

What You’ll Need~

  • Wood Letter
  • Blue Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sea Shells
  • Hot Glue Gun 

I’ve been seeing the shell letters all over Pinterest along the lines of coastal living and though I don’t live coastal in any remote sense I have started a coastal theme in my home. I decided to do one coastal letter; (B~for the initial in my name) but I knew before I even did this project that I didn’t want the letter over loaded with shells like most of the pictures I saw. 

If your making one, you can decorate it however you like. With jewelry, sea glass, sea shells, star fish, pearls, sand dollars etc.

The letters are cheap and you can get them anywhere.  I got mine from Target in the dollar section. I was looking for something that had a ribbon on it so that I could hang it from a hook. It was originally green. Not the right color but it had the ribbon that I was looking for to hang easily so I purchased it.

I’ve had the shells from a previous project, these were the ones left over. I believe I got them at Hobby Lobby for approximately $4.00. The other couple shells are from the beach in Florida. 

I used the blue chalk paint to repaint over the green and to paint some of the shells. Then waited for them to dry. 

I then used hot glue to attach the shells to the letter. Though I probably could have used shell glue if I had some; it might have worked better. 

This is a very simple DIY project and inexpensive. 

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My letter has a lot of open spaces so there is room for additions. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to attach some pearls or smaller shells into the open spaces.





I saw this idea on Pinterest and it reminded me of something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. It’s a great addition to my yard adding height and visual fun to my house. I love the outcome. I might just make another. It was so cheap, and took about ten minutes of my time. See below for~


What You’ll Need~

  • Spray Paint Accessories
    • Drop Cloth~I already had the drop cloth, but it’s available pretty much anywhere. I got mine at Walmart for $3.99; and I just use it over and over again. (Always use the drop cloth when spray painting; avoid the mess) 
    • Mask~I already had the mask as well, I got at Walmart; they come in a large package for $1.00 (Also, always use the mask, or you’re going to get sick) 
    • Goggles~Again, I already had the goggles, but I got them at Walmart for $2.00
    • Spray Paint Spray Grip~I love using the Rust Oleum Spray grip, it’s cheap, and durable. I’ve had it, but I purchased it at Walmart for $2.00. It makes spray painting so much easier. 
    • Blue Spray Paint (See below for details) 

I absolutely love the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch. It works so well and this is a great color (Satin Aqua). I’ve been using it on all my projects. I get it at Walmart for $3.00; the Primer is included. 

  • 8″ Pot (1) & 5″ Pot (1)
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  • 6″ Pots (4)
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  • 4 Foot Rebar
  • Hammer
  • Bird Decor
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  • Miracle Grow Garden Soil 
  • Flowers/Basil/Pepper Plant

Step I: 

  1. Spray paint your pots (See above for different sizes) 

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Make sure to spray paint the outside, let dry–and then paint the inside. Make sure both sides are dry before you begin the project. 

Step II: 

  1. Hammer your stake into the ground at least 2 feet. 
  2. Next, take 8″ pot and thread down the stake. 
  3. Fill with Garden Soil

Step III: 

  1. Next thread your first 6″ pot down the stake till it touches the Garden Soil and tilt to the right. 
  2. Fill with Garden Soil

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Step IV:

  1. Take your 2nd 6″ pot and thread down the stake, tilt to the left. 
  2. Fill with Garden Soil

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Step V: 

  1. Take your 3rd pot and thread down the stake, tilt to the right.
  2. Fill with Garden Soil. 

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Step VI:

  • Take your final 6″ pot and thread down the stake, tilting to the left.
  • Fill with Garden Soil.

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Step VII:

So now you should have your 8″ pot at your base standing up straight and your four 6″ pots tilting on alternating sides (right & left). They should all be filled with potting soil. You have one pot left and this is the 5″ pot. 

  1. Thread the 5″ pot down the remainder of the stake, tilt to the right.
  2. Fill with Garden Soil. 

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Almost finished!

Step VIII:

  1. Add your plants to each pot. I chose Basil to put in each pot and Peppers in another pot. 

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  1. I’ll be adding flowers to the base pot
  2. The bird decal will be added to the top tier.
  3. Pound the remaining rebar into the ground so it does not show from the Garden Soil. 

Helpful Tips~

  • Start at the bottom and work your way up
  • Don’t wait till the end to add the Garden Soil…Thread the pot, then add the Garden soil for each one. 
  • Make sure the rebar stays centered and straight as you work your way to the top. 
  • Sizes will vary including the size of your rebar. It may not match mine. Do what works for you.