DIY: A Swing Set Made for A Princess

How a few hours on a Saturday can lead to hours of fun

We have an aging redwood playset that my kids have had since my nine year old was two and a half. It’s been a lot of fun, but it is badly aged, and both kids are too big for it. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new swingset, since both kids will likely age out of it in the not-too-distant future. But with Covid still on the rise, and the parks being too risky, we decided to DIY a simple yet sturdy swingset they would enjoy.

First, we bought four treated lumber 4X4x8 posts, a treated lumber 2x6x10 board and one treated lumber 4x6x10 post. We also bought metal swing set hardware from Amazon.

We started by inserting the 4X6 posts into the brackets to create both A-frames.

Repeat on both sides and then insert the 4X6x12 to make the top of the swing set. When all of your boards are inserted into the brackets, stand it up (with help- don’t do this alone) and tighten the bolts with an impact driver.
Then, make sure the ground under your swing set is completely level. If it isn’t, move it around to where you want it.
Cut your 2×6 in half and use wood screws to attach it to the 4×4 posts. This will stabilize it and create your A-frame.
Double check your lag screws and make sure everything is tightened down.
Install your swing hanging brackets. We used six of these and we measured before drilling.
Then, hang your swings and you are done! We reused the swings and trapeze bar from our old playset.

Looks like the tiny Lumbers approve!

DIY Christmas Wreath from Leftover Materials

I had some Christmas things lying around that I wanted to use up. For some reason, I had two cheap, thin wreaths lying around. I don’t remember why I bought these but they have been here forever.

Did you know you can wire two thin, cheap wreaths together to make one fluffier wreath that looks more expensive? You can.

Start by fluffing all of the branches out horizontally on the bottom wreath. Then, set the other wreath on top and wire them together.

Then, fluff out your wreath and add whatever bow or floral pics you would like.

Cute feline crafting assistants are optional but highly encouraged. Just don’t let them eat your wreath.

I eventually plan to add some floral picks and some ornaments to this wreath, but for now, I am only using left over items.

What Christmas crafts are you making?

Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

Six Wood Signs You Can Make Right Now!

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Things are continuing with our remodel and we are right on track to be finished with the project by the end of October. I’ll post an update next week, but for now, I want to share some simple and easy wood signs that you can make yourself!

I have made each of these and I love how they all turned out!

1. Bible verse pallet signs

We purchased ready-made wood pallet signs from Hobby Lobby and created stencils using a Silhouette Cameo. We then painted the stencils and hung them above our bed. We love how they turned out!

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Read about how we made these signs here.

2. Fixer Upper inspired “bakery” sign

I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper and all things Magnolia and Joanna Gaines. I wanted a sign that she sells, but it made more sense to create it instead of buy it. I made my own version and I loved it!

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Want to copy a beautiful sign for free using materials you already have? Read all about it here!

3. Faux vintage sign

I love metal signs, and while I can’t create an antique metal sign, I can fake something that looks like the real deal.

And if you click here and read the post, you can too.

4. IKEA Tray Sign

My mom once gave me a cute IKEA metal tray. I used a Silhouette Cameo to create a vinyl sign. It was easy to do and I enjoyed doing it. You can read all about it here!

I hope you have enjoyed these farmhouse signs! Happy creating!