Paint an Aztec Rug with Drop Cloth

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Like me, you have probably seen your fair share of painted rugs. However, I was still blown away when I stumbled upon this “Aztec wonder” that Janel from Nellie Bellie created with a drop cloth and paint. Yep, that’s paint, Folks! Janel cut shapes from sponges and then stamped away, building “basic design on top of basic design.” All I can is “Wowzers!” This takes rug painting to a whole new level!

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Personalized Alphabet Wall Art

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Jenn from Endlessly Inspired shares how she created personalized alphabet nursery art using a free online photo editing website. If photo editing sounds out of your comfort level, do not fear! Jenn literally walks you through the entire process, from selecting the font to creating alphabet rows to changing the color. She also shows all the possibilities and how easily you can modify the design to fit the space. Wouldn’t this make a darling baby shower gift?

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Kids Play Canopy Even the Beginner Can Sew!

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Forts made out of sheets… zippered play tents…large cardboard boxes… Kids love having their own “secret” hideaways. Christina from 2 Little Hooligans shares at The Girl Creative how she created a special retreat for her little ones using a hula hoop and twin sheets. Christina says this is a beginner project that takes just a couple of hours, and you sure can’t beat the price when store-bought play tents like this cost well over $100. It’s so stinkin’ cute that I want to crawl inside!

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Solid Wood Pyramid Block Set

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Jaime from That’s My Letter teamed up with Ana White to build a 100-piece solid wood block set inspired by Land of Nod. Now I know blocks aren’t technically décor, but… with the multitude of colors and pyramid design, I dare say these blocks would make an artistic statement in any play space or bedroom! Jaime even colored the blocks with food coloring, so they are safe for little ones to chew on build with. That Jaime always thinks of everything!

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Paper Mache Unicorn Head Wall Décor

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I am just loving this paper mache unicorn head that Ashley from Lil Blue Boo created for her little one’s playroom. It is unique and fun and really makes a statement! Ashley walks you through the entire process, showing you how she formed the head from newspaper, paper towels, and book pages. I love the look of the black and white text with the hot pink plaque. Didn’t Ashley do an amazing job?!?

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Multi-Purpose Kids Play Stand

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It’s a grocery store… No, wait, it’s a lemonade stand… How about a post office? This play stand made by Jaime from That’s My Letter is so versatile I cannot possibly list all its uses. Jaime built the stand using plans from Ana White and then created interchangeable buntings and signs so the stand can quickly and easily change functions. You have to check out all Jaime’s pics because they are too stinkin’ cute! LOVE!

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Personalized Transportation Wall Art

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Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog is currently giving her boys’ room a makeover, and they needed art! Abby says she’s too cheap to buy “real” art and knows she can get exactly what she wants through DIY. Abby found a Land of Nod piece that provided awesome inspiration and made her own with basically a stack of scrapbook paper and scissors. I love what Abby says about creating this artwork for her boys: “One of the reasons I love projects like this, though, is that even though it’s not perfect, I was able to give my boys a fun, unique piece of art for their room that they will always know was a gift to them from mommy. There’s something really satisfying about putting your own personal touch on a space, especially when it’s for someone you love!” SO true!!!

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Simple Toy Box with Safety Lid

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With the help of Ana White’s plans, Jaime from That’s My Letter built this simple, modern toy box with inset sides and a personalized lid. And let me just say this baby covers all the bases when it comes to safety with a child safe closure that holds its position and a cut-out in front so no little fingers get pinched!  The lumber and hardware cost less than half of the retail price, making this DIY version a beautiful and budget-friendly option.

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