Articles written in the category : Do it yourself

A mini-workshop for your child… made from a night stand!

Remember my post on how to convert a night stand into a mini-range? Well, now we have something for boys too! :) If you’re thinking of throwing away your night stand, why not consider recycling it into a mini-workshop (carpentry-type) for your children? Here’s how:

We started off by choosing the night stand from our Logik collection. I wanted something dark, so the metallic accents and bright colors would stand out.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 night stand, preferably with a drawer for putting toys away

Night stand from the Logik collection

  • A screwdriver
  • Metallic wrap or vinyl

Metallic vinyl

  • Glue: Plain white or in a spray can
  • *Optional: A cup with a rim that’s wider than the base
  • 3 pieces (lengths) of MDF, particle board, or wood for the new back panel
  • Pegboard, to be used for hanging tools in the garage – equal width to the night stand and roughly the same height (if you don’t have the tools to cut it down to the right size, ask your hardware store to do this for you)
  • Wood screws (probably 6-8)
  • Hooks: Both standard and for pegboard

Pegboard hook

  • Adhesive tape in a variety of bright colors

Steps:

1. Start off by taking the top off the night stand (it’s fastened with cams, which you can loosen with a screwdriver).

An Easter egg hunt for your own little treasures

To enjoy the long Easter weekend with your family, what could be better than an Easter egg hunt!

Here are some tips on how to make this activity a success. 

First of all, I suggest you buy plastic eggs that split in half. : You can personalize them by inserting all kinds of little surprises for the children, such as chocolates, candies, stickers, press-on tattoos, etc. At any dollar store, you will find many little tokens that will delight your treasure hunters.

To spice things up a little, choose a different coloured egg for each child. They will have to find eggs in the colour assigned to them. This will also give everyone a chance to participate fully, regardless of their age.

Finally, since the children will be full of energy when they finish the hunt, prepare other activities to keep them busy: drawing or painting so that they let their imaginations run wild on Easter themes, colouring, creating bunny masks, etc.

Take the opportunity to immortalize your little drawings in photos and videos!

Happy Easter!

 

The joys of camping… in your basement!

Looking for an original activity, with lots of laughs, to surprise your little ones and give them a taste of summer? Why not suggest the joys of indoor camping… in your basement!

Every child will have fun organizing this very special evening. You can start that afternoon: first, put up the tents and lay the mattresses out on the floor, then get to work transforming your basement into an enchanted forest. Brighten up this space with Christmas garlands – they’re a great way to reproduce the most majestic starry skies. A small improvised campfire made from cardboard and tissue, with a few camping chairs placed around it – and there you go: you’re all ready for an outdoor evening of songs!

Add a soft, woolly touch to your little darling’s room

Looking for something original and personalized for your little one’s décor? Texture contrasts are becoming the new “in” thing – so why not go bold and put a mix of materials together for a great-looking effect? Today, I’ll show you a decorative piece that’s easy to create at a very low cost, which can blend in nicely with the existing décor: a homemade mobile fashioned from balls of knitting yarn.

Materials needed…

  • Styrofoam balls (choose the sizes and quantity you want)
  • Approximately half a ball of yarn per Styrofoam ball, depending on the size of the ball (color choices are up to you)
  • Small finishing nails
  • The process…

    1.To start off, I wound the yarn once around the Styrofoam ball, then tied a knot.

    2.I then wound the yarn around the ball until it was covered completely.

    3.Once I was done, I tied a firm knot to hold the yarn in place.

    4.To hang the balls, I used yarn of the same color (a piece of fishing line could also have done the trick), which I tied into a knot around the ball. Finally, I attached the length of yarn to the ceiling with a finishing nail (you’ll find that it’s easier to hang the ball if you tie a small knot at the end of the piece of yarn or fishing line).

    A low-cost, designer-style deer head wall mount

    While foxes are a new thing in the design world, deer have always been seen here and there, in the form of hunting trophies… but that has changed in the past few years, with more and more people including deer or moose heads in their décor. As a big fan of the rustic Country style, I really like any décor that includes deer heads – but I’m NOT a hunter! For those who, like me, aren’t big on hunting, or perhaps if you do hunt but have yet to bag something ;) , I’ve found the perfect solution for making a deer head part of your décor at a low cost. It even blends nicely into a very contemporary décor!

    Materials

    Here’s what I need for my DIY project:

  • 2 foam board panels, 32” X 40”, for a head measuring approximately 16” (L) X 20” (H) X 14” (D)
  • Around 10 sheets of white paper
  • Utility knife (Exacto)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper – the finest grade available
  • Step 1: I printed my pattern (actual size) on sheets of white paper, and then used my scissors to cut out each piece.

    Click here to download the pattern (PDF)

    Step 2: I then traced the outline of each piece on the foam board with my pencil (using a pencil meant that I could erase any marks that remained on the cutouts).