DIY Kids Activities

How to Teach Kids to be Good Stewards of Their Canadian Community

We are very thankful to be living in such a beautiful country. Canada is truly glorious and free, and my family and I are excited to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday this year! In honour of Canada’s big birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to really remind my kiddos (and myself) how important it is to be good stewards of our Canadian community. We have the honour of living in such an incredible part of the world with so much natural beauty and we need to take care of it. Want to help your kids learn how to take care of their environment too? Here are some tips on how to each your kids to be good stewards of their community. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how you can help keep Canada clean together with GLAD.Continue reading

How to make a boho wall hanging from a thrifted doily
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Thrift Store Crafts

Make a Boho Wall Hanging from a Thrifted Doily (Video)

Happy Spring, my friends! I’m so excited that Spring is officially here. It’s already getting warmer outside, we’re slowly getting the Spring jackets and rubber boots in rotation, and I’m chomping at the bit to start digging in the garden. Even though Spring is a little slower to arrive up here in Alberta, Canada, I like to start making our home feel fresh and Springy inside ASAP. This unique and pretty wall hanging was made from a doily I found at Value Village, and I think it’s so unique and Spring-like. It didn’t take long to make, it only cost me $4, and I love its boho vibe! Let me show you how to make it.Continue reading

Thrifted Shabby Chic Gallery Wall and Ruffled Lamp in Blush Pink, White and Gold #12MonthsofDIY
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Thrift Store Crafts, Upcycling Ideas

A Thrifted Shabby Chic Gallery Wall and Lamp Makeover #12MonthsofDIY

Doesn’t it feel good to make someone else’s trash into your own treasure? I love upcycling projects. There’s something so rewarding about reusing items and breathing new life into them. Not only are you being kind to our earth by saving things from the dumpster, but you’re able to get really creative by imagining a new use and look for something! This month, I was able to find a collection of items at our local Value Village that were begging for a makeover and turned them into a pretty shabby chic gallery wall for Little C’s room! I also gave a lovely lamp I found a bit of a feminine makeover, and it also looks really gorgeous in Little C’s room. Let me show you how, and make sure you visit all of the other bloggers at the end of this post to see what they made from their Value Village finds!
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How to make a large DIY reclaimed wood clock from an electrical reel
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

Make a Giant Reclaimed Wood Clock from an Electrical Reel #12MonthsofDIY

Building a giant wooden clock has been on my DIY wish list for a long time. When I knew “wood” month for our #12MonthsofDIY challenge was coming up, I had the motivation to finally tackle this project! Today I want to share with you how to make a large reclaimed wooden clock from an electrical reel, and make sure to check out the bottom of this post for 11 more wood DIYs from 11 other Canadian bloggers.Continue reading

How to turn an old filing cabinet or an old dresser into a gorgeous campaign dresser inspired piece with Fat Paint chalk style paint (Amanda Forrest Collection Navy State of Mind)
DIY Home Decor, Reviews & Giveaways

A Campaign Dresser Inspired Filing Cabinet Makeover + Win the Entire Amanda Forrest FAT Paint Collection! (Ends 03/07)

Have you ever thought up a DIY project in your head and then after you completed it it turned out just as good if not better than your imagination?! This is how I feel about this campaign dresser inspired makeover I just completed on our icky old filing cabinet. With the help of The FAT Paint Company, I was able to give a piece I was THISCLOSE to throwing out a gorgeous new life. Let me show you how I did it, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see a video tutorial and to enter to win the new Amanda Forrest FAT Paint collection for your very own PLUS a room makeover from Amanda herself!Continue reading

A shabby chic message centre from a chippy old door - read the instructions here on thediymommy.com.
Cleaning & Organization, DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

Make a Message Centre from an Old Door (+ Win Tickets to See Bryan Baeumler at the Edmonton Renovation Show!)

Next Friday is the start of the Edmonton Renovation Show and I’m excited to be a part of it this year! I created something for the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge Unhinged! presented by Rust-Oleum in support of Habitat for Humanity Northern Alberta. We were asked to make something from an old door we found at the HFH Restore, and I created a DIY message centre. Today, I wanted to share how I made it so that you could make one too, how you can bid on my door creation (with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity) and how you could win 4 tickets to the Edmonton Renovation Show next weekend PLUS front row seats to hear Bryan Baeumler speak next Friday night!
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How to make faux mercury glass vases from recycled jars - this method doesn't use a water + vinegar spray prior to the spray paint!
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

Make Faux Mercury Glass Vases from Recycled Jars

There’s something SO satisfying about taking something headed for the trash or for the recycling bin and turning it into something pretty, isn’t there? I’m sure not ashamed to say that I LOVE creating treasure from trash and those have been some of my favourite projects. Not only are they budget-friendly, but they usually cause you to use every ounce of creativity you have. Today, I’m sharing with you how I made some beautiful faux mercury glass vases from old pickle jars and baby food jars. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I have a thing using jars in my craft projects – they are so handy-dandy! Also, please scroll down to the bottom of this post to see more trash-to-treasure DIY projects from my blogging friends.Continue reading

Vintage midcentury cane chairs painted white and reupholstered in grey cotton velvet.
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

A Vintage Cane Chair Pair Makeover in Grey Velvet

Once upon a time – well, almost exactly one year ago – an avid Vintage Treasures Hunter spotted a pair of mid-century cane chairs on Kijiji. “Dear husband,” she said as she peered up at her Main Squeeze, “would you mind driving an hour both ways to pick up these amazing-I’ll-never-find-a-deal-like-this-ever-again-totally-vintage-tufted-i-love-them chairs with your truck?” The treasure hunter’s husband nodded his head, rolled his eyes, and picked up the vintage chair pair for his wife whose love language he knew was Antique Shopping. It took a full year and the help of the Vintage Treasure Hunter’s talented mom to fully reinvent the darling Vintage Chair Pair, but they were worth every bit of effort. These special chairs will be loved again for years to come with their new paint job and gorgeous new upholstery.

This is the story of a pair of mid-century cane chairs I found, and how it took us a year to fully finish redoing them.Continue reading

How to make a laundry room counter top from a door; such a unique countertop idea!
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make a Laundry Room Countertop from an Old Door

With a really limited budget for our laundry room finishing, we had to come up with a creative solution for the counter top that would go over our washer and dryer. I knew I wanted something solid over the machines that I could fold clothes or store laundry baskets on, but it had to be something inexpensive… or free. I thought about a good solution for a while. I finally had decided upon staining some plywood and cutting it to fit over our machines until it hit me one night. What’s flat, 30″ deep and free? AN OOPSIE DOOR. I had just thought of another use for the little stack of doors we have in storage that were wrongly ordered when we built Our DIY House! Why not?!Continue reading

Unique and fun idea: display Instagram photos on an old door with twine and clothespins.
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make an Instagram Photo Display with an Old Door

Remember my advent calendar made from a leftover door from our house build? Well, here’s what we’ve done with it now: it’s a fun display of my Instagram photos! There’s no hiding that I’m slightly addicted to sharing photos on Instagram, and there are some great memories of our little family on there. I had some of my favourite photos printed by Sticky9, and then displayed them on my “old” door:Continue reading