For school-age kids summer means endless days of outside play, water fun, popsicles…. and summer reading! And what better place to snuggle up with a book than in a cozy play tent like this one that Erin from Life in the Dub Lane made for her son? Like Erin suggests, this would also be a great addition to the classroom for all you teachers out there. Your kids will love having their own private escape, and you will love the fact that you saved tons of money!
Jen from House of Wood built this knockoff Land of Nod play stand using plans from Ana White for her two favorite 3-year-old girls for Christmas last year. Needless to say, the pre-schoolers absolutely loved it! And what’s not to love? It’s a “lemonade stand, farmers market, theater, post office, bakery… even a Psychiatric Help booth a la Charlie Brown” all rolled into one. Like Jen says, “The girls are only limited by their imaginations!”
As soon as Amanda from Mommy is Coocoo had a daughter she knew she wanted her to have a dollhouse. She loved the versatility of a bookshelf/dollhouse since her daughter may not want to play with dolls forever but would, of course, always have toys and books in need of storage. Amanda was able to create her own from a secondhand wooden dollhouse in need of a little love. With a fresh coat of paint, it’s the perfect little home for her daughter’s dolls or books and other toys!
Megan from Our Pinteresting Family wanted to fill a small space in her baby’s nursery and found some adorable animal prints from Land of Nod that she loved. Instead of spending $100 for the set of four, Megan created her own for $8 TOTAL! She simply used Mod Podge to adhere scrapbook paper to her canvases and then animal silhouettes she cut with her Silhouette. The whole project took only 20 minutes with some drying time in between!
Like Kim of Simply Living, every DIYer loves a simple and cheap project, and these floating bookshelves are just that! Kim created each shelf using an L bracket and a secondhand book she didn’t mind drilling into. She says, “This is such a fun element, and the fact it was so easy and inexpensive makes it even better!”
Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs always blows me away with her UH-mazing DIY projects and design skills. The girl is good! So good in fact that she and her husband David created their own set golden faceted lamp bases out of MDF… for only about $11 a piece. David has already figured out all those tricky angles, so the hard part is done. You can just get your MDF and cut and glue your way to DIY gorgeous geometric lamps!
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!