Gift Ideas for Dad #3: Giant Outdoor Jenga Game

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If you’ve been around any of my sites, you know I come from a game-loving family. So when I came across the idea for a giant Jenga game, I was instantly sold. Emma from A Beautiful Mess felt the same way after playing for the first time at a friend’s house and immediately came home to build her own set. As she says, it is a pretty easy and inexpensive project – just cut some boards, sand them smooth, and then paint them if you want to. This would be a gift that keeps giving for Dad as your family enjoys giant Jenga competitions outside all summer long!

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Liven Up Your Table with a Painted Stripe Tablecloth

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Jordan from Oh Happy Day and her team worked together to create this bright and beautiful striped tablecloth – with PAINT! I am a huge fan of painting on fabric, so this project is right up my alley. Jordan simply taped off stripes on a store-bought tablecloth and then painted them in with fabric paint. [...Read More]

Cheap and Easy Colorful Felt Garland

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Once a long time ago Roberta of Mommy Like Whoa loved to fill her house with all of Anthropologie’s pretties. Then she got married and had kids who broke many of those expensive pretties. Doh! Roberta says luckily she is a crafty gal and has been able to create her own pretties for way less cash – like this colorful felt garland she made for free using scraps of felt and embroidery thread. This is adorable for a party or just day-to-day hanging on a mantel or draped on a buffet.

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Cookout Food Labels

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for backyard BBQs, bonfires, and pool parties. Jaime from That’s My Letter shares an idea for creating the perfect party table with her mini croquet mallet food labels. I mean how cute are these? Aside from just looking adorable, these food labels clearly mark all the grub so guests know what’s being served. They’re also versatile enough to be used as place cards or garden markers if you remove the base.

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Flower Cake Stand

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What do you get when you combine a candle holder, a cake pan, and silk flowers from the Goodwill? A super cheap, designer-inspired cake stand perfect for displaying delectable desserts! Morena over at Morena’s Corner made this easy peasy dessert stand by simply gluing together her three items and then spray painting them for a uniform finish. The flowers are beautiful for Mother’s Day, but you could customize your stand for any occasion by using theme-appropriate items. Think rattles for a baby shower, toys for a kids birthday party…

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Wooden Chalkboard Sign

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A piece of scrap plywood can become a birthday sign that doubles as wall décor following this tutorial from Jaime at That’s My Letter.  The chalkboard finish makes this sign very versatile. Hang it for a party like Jaime did and then later add it a bedroom or playroom as wall décor. No doubt kids would love to change the message for tea parties, restaurant, and other pretend play.

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Popsicle Stick Beverage Tags

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Here’s another variation of Ballard’s beverage tags from Susan at Between Naps on the Porch that requires no cutting. Nope, instead you just have to devote yourself to the arduous task of consuming fudge popsicles {giggle}. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out these beverage tags that Susan made from upcycled fudge pop sticks. In addition to having a reason to eat ice cream, I love Susan’s idea to add a little decoration for the occasion. Too cute!

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Wood Drink Pitcher Labels

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Morgan from Sweet and Salty Sugar Boys loves all things Southern Living, so it was no surprise that she was immediately smitten with their beverage tags sold through Ballard. Morgan made hers for free using paint stirrers. She suggests creating some of these tags as gifts personalized to the recipient. For example, labels with different [...Read More]