diy day.

This has become one of my favorite days; it’s the perfect opportunity to get together with girlfriends,  chat, eat yummy breakfast foods, and the kiddos get to play together. Plus we all leave with seasonal or home crafts for our house — what’s better than that?! This was the third time we’ve done a DIY day and at the end of this particular Saturday one of the girls said, “I think we are getting better at this” and we all agreed.  She meant that we are getting better at picking crafts that are easy to have staged (some/most of the prep work is already done so all we have to do is put them together) and we are getting craftier and better and what we are putting together.  You can read about our Christmas DIY day here. So far we’ve done a fall DIY day, Christmas DIY and this one was spring/home crafts.

Here’s how it works:

Three or four other girls and I (five is the most we’ve done and I wouldn’t suggest having more than that if you want to be finished with all five crafts by noon-1:00ish) each pick a craft we want to do and then bring enough for the other girls to make our particular craft. Ideally our craft would be finished for an example and then we’d be able to help while the others made our craft.  For example, my project was wooden blocks that were going to say Spring, Summer, Lucky and have stars/stripes on each side. Since I already had the blocks cut down to size I brought six for each girl, white and cream spray paint so they could decide what color to to do theirs, sandpaper to sand them down and make them distressed, and vinyl letters cut with my cricut.  At the last minute I had issues with my cricut mat (I didn’t have one!) so my project wasn’t staged as much as it could have been and took a little longer cutting the letters all that morning while we were there.  The vinyl is awesome though and you are able to lift it up and restick it until it’s in the right place. Today while I was at Michaels I found a few other embellishments to add to them to make them a little more springy/summery. I love how they turned out! (I have one block that’s a little shorter than all the others – all the other girls’ blocks are the same size – mine are just rustic – the word we used to describe the imperfections and character our homemade items have.)

Spray painting the blocks.

The other projects we did this particular day were:

Wanted/Lost Socks Sign:

Isn’t this the cutest? I’ve seen these go across on Pinterest and was excited to actually get to make one! My friend Melissa already had these awesome pieces of wood cut to size and in various stains to choose from.  Then we choose scrapbook paper and cut it to the size we wanted; mod-podged it onto the wood; then used the cricut and cut out vinyl letters (don’t mind mine they aren’t straight – I can’t mess with them anymore or it’s going to screw up the paper! I am not the most patient crafter and this gets me in trouble as you can see.) and finally hot glued the clothes pins on.  She even had the little hanging thing to hammer into the back so it’s ready to hang in the laundry room. Although I have way more than five socks that are missing their mate this is so cute in a laundry room. You probably can’t tell in the picture but there is a perfect little ledge on the top where a picture frame could rest as well –  just another way this will add charm to my laundry room.

Cutting the paper for the board while the Cricut does what it does best.

Days Until Sign:

This was another wooden sign project that we will be able to use year round.  My friend Mitzi had the signs all cut and her letters all cut from her cricut (she was more prepared than I). We put the letters down on the sign where we wanted them and then used chalkboard spray paint and did two coats.  After they were dry we peeled the letters off and had a perfect chalkboard sign that can be personalized  to whatever event you want to countdown for. The paint did leak a little under the vinyl but we decided it gave it that “rustic” look we were so fond of.  She also had small vinyl pink flowers we could add if we wanted to make it more spring themed and then you could peel them off when that season was over. Simple, fun, and finished in about 30 minutes — my kind of craft!

The boards with the letters all laid out ready to be stuck on where we want them.

For all three of the craft days we’ve done we have had one of our Moms or a babysitter there to help with the kids just because it can get a little crazy and that way we can work on what we came to work on and someone else can help keep the kiddos busy. We also usually bring a yummy breakfast item to share (usually a found recipe on Pinterest) and there’s plenty of coffee to get us through the morning.

Such cuties with their new friend Karissa who was so great with them!

This has been such a fun tradition to start and I look forward to when our girls are big enough to join in too. If you need some more ideas or information about having your own DIY day don’t hesitate to ask!

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