Hanna from Stripes & Polka Dots says she has a love-hate relationship with poufs. She loves the look and function, but why must they be so crazy expensive? Hanna had been thinking (and thinking some more) about making her own until she finally took the plunge, creating this numbered wonder inspired by Land of Nod. [...Read More]
Brit from House Updated needed a kids’ play table that was big enough for large coloring books, Legos, and for two kids to sit side-by-side when the table was pushed against the wall. Her existing table was too small and had seen better days. Brit decided it was time to make a new one to [...Read More]
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!
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!
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!
Carla of Blueberry Junkie is in the process of revamping her kids’ playroom, and one of the things she wanted to incorporate was an art area. Carla was challenged with neatly storing and organizing the art supplies without making them out-of-sight and, thus, out-of-mind for her kids. That’s where Ana White’s plans for numbered wall cubbies come in! Carla used scrap pallet wood from her garage to build her own cubbies in just a couple of hours. I love how inviting it is with the paper roll underneath!
Melanie of The French Cottage had been holding onto a tear-out of a Restoration Hardware chalkboard for years. However, she says her “inner frugalista” would not allow her to spend $499 on a chalkboard. Melanie also knew she could build her own chalkboard for much less and did just that for $50, which isn’t too shabby for a ginormous framed chalkboard. The fact that this chalkboard has a vintage schoolhouse look makes it perfect for Melanie’s son’s playroom. It’s a piece that both mommas and children can enjoy!
Laura of The Experimental Home had always wanted an activity table with a built-in roll of paper for her kids’ playroom. However, when Laura actually started decorating the space, $200 and up seemed like a lot more money than when she was just dreaming about it. Laura decided to make her own out of an old coffee table instead. She spent around $15 on a cafe curtain rod, a roll of paper, and some big paper clips and about 15 minutes assembling the table. Sounds like a much wiser investment for a table that will undoubtedly see quite a few scribble marks in its lifetime!