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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make a Mail Holder Bulletin Board

By Christina Dennis

I’m not a very good housekeeper and when it comes to organizing bits of paper and mail around the home, I’m terrible at it! I’m slowly trying to put together a little corner in my house to collect random things like mail, pens, phones etc. I installed a small corner shelf in a spot by my back door and then made this easy bulletin board that doubles as a mail holder to hang above it. It’s a simple project that requires no sewing and very few supplies!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Supplies:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut the top 2″ off of an ice cream bucket. This will help keep the pocket on your mail holder nice and stiff and you’re repurposing something!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay the plastic strip across your bulletin board’s width and determine where you’ll need to cut it to make the top of the pocket. I cut mine so that there was approximately a 2″ rise in the center (from the board to the plastic strip). Also make sure the ends of the strip curve over the sides of the bulletin board and are flush with the back. Cut the strip.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay your bulletin board right-side-down on your fabric, and cut your fabric to size. Make sure you have enough fabric on all sides to pull over the side and back edge of the board (leaving extra fabric is always better than cutting it too small)!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Using a glue gun, pull the fabric taut around the front of the board to the back and glue it down on the back edge. To glue the corners down, fold them as pictured above, and then fold them again along the second angle before continuing on.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

The covered bulletin board will look like this, above – how cute! You could use it as-is, but adding this little pocket takes this board to the next level…

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that is as long as your plastic piece + enough to wrap around the sides of your bulletin board and as high as you want the pocket to be (I made mine about half the height of the board) + enough to wrap around the bottom of your bulletin board + 2 1/2″ to wrap around the plastic strip. Glue about 1/2″ of the fabric, with the right side of it down, to one edge of the strip. When the glue is dry, fold the fabric down so that the right side is showing (as pictured above). Leave an equal amount of fabric on each side of the strip; this is what you’ll use to fold over and glue to your board later.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Turn the fabric over the strip and pull it up over it. Glue it down on the other edge.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Glue the pocket onto the bulletin board by gluing the edges around the board as you did with the original fabric piece. Make sure to pull the plastic strip and fabric taut so that the pocket will be smooth.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

You’re all done! Now you have a functional catch-all board that matches your decor!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew a Buttoned Pillow Cover

by Christina Dennis

I’m working on giving my master bedroom a little makeover this spring. I love the look of decorative cushions in fun colours, and they do wonders for changing the look of a room! These pillow covers were based off of a pillow cover I had purchased with a buttoned opening on the back. I loved the buttons so much that I decided that the buttons should be on the front side!

DIY Buttoned Pillow Cover Tutorial

This tutorial is really simple. I found the hardest parts were ensuring the measurements were correct and sewing the button holes (I avoid any type of closure sewing – buttons, zippers, all of them). But once you make one, you’ll want to make a half dozen for your home! They are a quick little project to brighten up your living room, your baby’s room, or your bedroom.

Materials:

  • Square pillow form
  • 1/2 yard cotton decor fabric (or a full yard if your pillow is larger than 16 inches)
  • 3 buttons (3/4″ to 1″ wide)

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

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Directions:

Measure your pillow form from end to end. For my master bedroom project so far, I purchased and measured one 20″ pillow form and two 17″ pillow forms.

One side of the pillow is plain, so cut one square of fabric that is ONE INCH larger than your pillow form measurement (to allow for 1/2″ seam allowances). If you want to center a pattern from your fabric on the pillow, keep this in mind when cutting (above, I centered a yellow flower on the back piece).

Multiply your pillow width by 0.66 (2/3). Add 6″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold + an extra 3″ to go beneath the large piece for the button placket). This is the width your large front piece, which is approximately 2/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The button holes will go on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once, keeping in mind fabric pattern placement!

Multiply your pillow width by 0.33 (1/3). Add 3″ to this measurement (for a seam allowance and fold) . This is the width your small front piece, which is approximately 1/3 of the pillow width (the length is the same as your back piece/pillow form length). The buttons will be sewn on the hemmed edge of this piece. Measure twice and cut once!

Now you will be sewing the large hems on the front pieces for the button placket. On each front piece, using the side that is the regular pillow form width, turn the raw edge over 1/2″ and press. Then, turn again 2 1/2″. Press. Sew along this hem, approximately 1/8″ from the fold.

Lay the larger piece over top of the small piece with the hems facing eachother. The large piece should then overlap the smaller piece by 2 1/2″, covering the lower piece’s hem. Pin at the ends to secure, then stay-stitch the ends 1/4″ from the raw edges.

Now, lay this front piece over the previously cut back piece, right sides together. The nice thing about this project is that if you measured the front pieces incorrectly, you can trim either side at this point to match the front piece! Pin around the perimeter, then sew the pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the corners at an angle (this gives a nice crisp corner when turned right-side-out).

Turn the pillow right-side-out through the opening. Poke the corners out. Next, find the center of the top button placket using a measuring tape. Mark the center with a pin near the hem sewing line. Using another pin, mark your button’s width directly below that (example: if your button measures 3/4″ inch, put a pin 3/4″ below the first pin) to mark where your button hole begins and ends.

I unfortunately have a manual button holer on my machine, so I have to use this marking process. If you have an automatic button holer – bonus! Follow the directions on your machine to make the button holes.

Then, use the same pin-marking technique to place one button hole centered between this middle button hole and the edge of the pillow. Repeat for the other side.

Hand-stitch the buttons on the lower placket by measuring in the same manner and marking with pins. Center them vertically on the lower piece’s hem.

And, voila! You are finished. Press the pillow cover if you wish, and place the pillow form inside. Button it up & make a few more. So pretty!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Free Printables

Free Fruit of the Spirit Wall Art Printable

by Christina Dennis

I have to argue that three-year-old toddlers are more of a challenge to parent than two-year-olds. “The Terrible Threes” – it has a ring to it, no? While I love my children more than words can express, today was one of those days where my toddler was more than a handful and I felt myself spiraling downward near the end of the day.

Last week, I designed myself some artwork to hang on a wall in our home based on these verses from the Bible:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I admit that today was a day where I felt I did not share some of these in my home, but it is these difficult days that remind me that I need to rely on God’s Spirit to parent my girls with these qualities. Tonight, I am thankful for God’s strength and His grace. I am thankful for a loving support system of family and friends that encourage me as a mother.

I am sharing this printable artwork with you with the hope that it will encourage you too!

This free PDF download is a 5 x7 piece of artwork. You can download it here: The DIY Mommy Fruits of the Spirit Printable

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays

Throw a Rapunzel Theme Party

My oldest daughter turned three years old on January 1st, and she is madly in love with Disney’s “Tangled” movie. She is obsessed with all things “Rapunzel”, and loves to dress up in princess dresses and dance around the house. When I asked her what type of party she’s like, I listed a Rapunzel Party as an option and her eyes instantly lit up. That was the one!

Between Pinterest and some fantastic crafting blogs I follow, I managed to come up with a completely DIY Rapunzel-themed party for a low cost. It was a lot of work, but my daughter loved it!

Here is how I did it, and how you can too:

THE CAKE:

The cake was the most difficult part, and it was inspired by this cake, this cake and this cake. I started with rainbow bit cake mix, baked two 10″ round cakes and layered them with a purple buttercream icing. Then, I iced the entire cake in purple buttercream and made marshmallow fondant with this recipe. I personally had a difficult time working with the fondant (it was either too sticky or, when I added more icing sugar, it broke easily). I’m hoping it’s a skill that just takes time! I dyed half of the fondant green and put it over the cake, and then used a small lid to cut circles out of the remaining fondant that I had dyed purple and pink. I arranged the circles to create the flowers (I glued the petals together with buttercream icing) and rolled a small ball out of yellow fondant for the centers. I added a strip of purple fondant to the bottom of the cake and arranged the flowers in a semi-circle on the top of the cake.

For the tower, I purchased cake donuts and a large chocolate muffin. I stacked those together and “glued” them all in place with a lot of buttercream icing. For the top of the tower, I dipped a waffle cone in some white chocolate that I had dyed purple and then I attached the cone to the muffin with buttercream icing.

Finally, I added green vines, yellow hair, and grass detailing to the cake with buttercream icing. Overall I was satisfied with the cake, though the tower fell after a few hours! I’d suggest some sort of dowel system to make it last better!

THE DECOR:

I kept the party decor relatively simple. I hung tissue paper poms in pink, yellow and purple from the ceiling over the cake table. My daughter and I had a great time making them together using this tutorial. (Bonus: We used them as decor in her room afterward!) We made a simple banner (like the one in the Tangled movie when they are in the market) out of paper and string. The printable template for the banner flags can be found here. My daughter saw the banner and instantly requested that a “Pascal” (the lizard from the movie) be perched on it, so we found a picture of him online and printed it and cut it out!

I had some paper lanterns from a previous party, so used those on the table, and we purchased some Tangled-themed treat bags and plates.


THE COSTUME:

One of the first things my daughter requested when she knew she was going to have a Rapunzel party was a Rapunzel dress and hair! We found a dress to purchase online, but my very talented mother made a gorgeous Rapunzel wig using this tutorial. The yarn she chose was perfect – it was a buttery soft and fat acrylic in the perfect and softest shade of yellow. She glue-gunned flowers in the braid as a finishing touch.


THE FOOD:

For the main dish, I had the idea to make these fun calzones that look like a Rapunzel braid! They were toddler-friendly and delicious. Rather than using a bread machine, I hand-made the dough the night before, let it rise for a couple of hours, put it in a large bag in the fridge, and then took it out the morning of the party. After it rose again for another couple of hours, I rolled it out, placed the filling in, criss-crossed the dough over the filling and baked them. In addition to the calzones, we had some simple veggie, fruit and cracker trays.

We had a wonderful, simple Rapunzel-themed party and my daughter had a great time with her friends (and we had a good, solid sleep afterward)!

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