Got a small drawer that’s looking kind of boring?
I’ve got a simple solution for you.
And guess what. You probably already have it at home.
Oh, and it’s really easy to do too.
What is it you ask?
White Printer Paper!
Who doesn’t have some white paper laying around somewhere in their house?
So here’s how I came up with this simple DIY (I’ll keep it short, it’s not the most exciting story) I was organizing my vanity for a previous post Simple Decor and Organization for a Teeny Tiny Vanity and didn’t like how it’s small drawer looked on the inside.
It needed some freshening up.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at first and considered leaving it alone. I was going to fill it with all my hair accessories anyway but I eventually came across some leftover printer paper in my closet.
I knew exactly what to do!
This is what the drawer looked like before:
See, kind of blah.
ok, let’s get to the fun stuff now!
HERE WE GO…
How to Line a Small Drawer With White Printer Paper
Here’s what you’ll need:
A few white printer sheets (I only needed 2 sheets) a ruler, scissors, a pen or pencil and tape.
Lay one sheet of paper into the drawer.
Grab your ruler, slide it down to the front (or end) of the drawer and create a crease.
Give the ruler a good push with your hand to create a nice clean crease.
If your sheet just so happens to fit perfectly into the drawer your in luck! Skip this step and move on to the next one.
Measure how much space you have remaining to cover with the printer sheets.
Now, grab your second sheet.
Place a small mark with a pen or pencil on that sheet using the measurement that you just took so you know where to cut in the next step.
Cut off the excess piece from your second sheet.
Create a crease on your second sheet just like you did in step 1.
Then cut the creased stripe off of both sheets.
Now, this next step is what makes this DIY very simple and easy for anyone to do with items that you probably already have.
Grab your tape, take a small piece and loop it in your finger.
Tape that piece down to one of the corners on your first sheet.
Repeat this step and place four pieces (or more if you wish) on each corner.
Do this for the second sheet as well (and any other sheets if you needed to use more than two sheets).
You may be wondering whether or not this will hold up in your drawer with just a few pieces of tape.
And I get you, I wasn’t sure at first either.
But I’ve had my drawer like this since I organized my vanity for that previous post and it has held up with zero issues since then 🙂
What I like most about using a few small pieces of tape as opposed to something stronger is that if you ever become bored of this look you can easily pull it up and start over again with something new. If you use something like contact paper (which I love so not knocking one bit!) or a stronger adhesive, you may not be able to remove it so easily in the future.
Ok let’s finish things up here.
Lay all your sheets of paper into the drawers.
Press down on all the corners and where ever else you have tape and that’s it!
You my fellow DIY’er are DONE!
This is what it looks like when I filled it up with all my hair accessories:
Now you have an updated, bright and clean look for any small drawer in your home.
I hope you enjoyed this and decide to give it a try in your home today.
Thanks for stopping by!
Do you like changing out your home decor every time a new season kicks in?
Well then, keep scrolling through. This easy tutorial using mason jars and faux flowers may just spark some summertime decor ideas perfect for your home!
I must admit, I’ve never done much to decorate for the summer. Changing out the curtains, comforter and maybe the kitchen towels is as far as it always goes for me.
But I really enjoyed working on my spring centerpiece post. It left me wanting to do more with faux flowers. Plus, I was really inspired by this blog post I recently read from the clean and scentsible blog. Jenn’s pretty pink peonies really made me want to bring something similar into my home for the summer. So I eventually took a trip to the dollar store (I have a black thumb so I don’t do fresh flowers 🙂 ) and found the most beautiful faux flowers!
I couldn’t just walk away with the pink flowers reminding me of that post that inspired me. There were so many to pick from. I had to buy a few more.
Look at that vibrant color!
(Oh and in case your wondering, yes, those flowers are laying on our apartment radiator. When my precious 1-year-old is about to wake up from naptime I hustle to get things done and throw perfection out the window)
Ok, let’s jump right in and get started!
Here we go…
3 Quick and Easy Summer Home Decor Ideas Using Mason Jars and Faux Flowers
Here’s what you’ll need:
As I just mentioned, I got mine at the dollar store but you can also find a great selection of faux flowers at craft stores like Michaels, Walmart and of course the dollar tree.
I picked three bright coral faux flowers that resemble peonies. One yellow and another light pink flower resembling forsythias. The light pink flowers were exactly like the yellow (one piece) but I cut all the stems apart before taking this photo.
So in total I’m working with five faux flowers.
I’m using two large jars and a smaller jar. These were another dollar store find.
A Few Fun Accessories
I love making use of items I already have at home when I’m organizing or doing any sort of DIY.
So here I’m using:
A yellow necklace I haven’t worn in some time.
A long pink beaded necklace, another necklace I hardly ever wear.
My daughter’s headband that doesn’t fit her anymore.
Don’t worry if you can’t find a matching necklace for your flowers. A strand of white pearls can work. I’d use fake pearls, don’t pull out your good stuff for this! 😉
Consider an adjustable bracelet as well in place of a necklace similar to my yellow necklace.
Use ribbon or burlap for a more rustic look if you don’t have a headband like mine.
Rocks and Fairy Lights (or any other fillers you may already have at home)
I purchased my rocks at Home Depot a few years ago for a separate project but this is another item I’ve seen many times at craft and dollar stores.
The fairy lights came from Amazon. Here’s the link if you’re interested: Led string lights.
Here’s what I did with the yellow flowers:
NOTE: this centerpiece will work best in an area where the back part will not show if you use a necklace similar to mine. You’ll see why next.
Wrap your necklace around the top part of the mason jar and secure in place with two pieces of tape.
I’m using the yellow necklace for this centerpiece and as you can see the pretty stones are only along the front part of the necklace. The back part only consists of the chain. This is why you may want to place this somewhere that won’t allow the back part (and those two pieces of tape) to show.
Gently place the rocks into the mason jar.
Arrange most of your rocks in a way that you are leaving some space in the center. You are basically forming a funnel like shape. This is so that you create an area for your flowers to go into.
Drop your flowers into the mason jar.
Bend and move the stems and flowers around to create the look you want.
Suddenly my home is summertime ready!
Moving onto the light pink flowers.
Wrap the headband (or ribbon) around the center of the Mason Jar.
Drop in your fairy lights.
Leave the battery pack outside.
Secure the battery pack in the headband along the back part of the mason jar.
Cut your flower into separate pieces like I did here.
Add your flowers to the mason jar and…
Anyone else in the mood to go catch some fireflies in a jar?
Ok now on to those pretty coral flowers.
Wrap the beaded necklace (or a long strand of pearls) around the mason jar.
Gently drop your rocks into the jar. Place them the same way we did with the yellow flowers, leaving some space in the center for the flowers to rest in.
Bend the stems so they are the perfect height.
I also cut off some of the stems before bending them because the flowers were way too long. You can use a wire cutter if you wish or just do what I did and bend the stem like 20 (thousand) times back and forth til it breaks off.
Who doesn’t enjoy a challenge every now and then?
Bend your flower a bit. This will make them look much nicer once they are in the mason jar.
Drop in your flowers AND…
I’m in love…
There you have it! Three quick, easy and beautiful summer home decor ideas with inexpensive faux flowers and mason jars!
I really hope you enjoyed this and hope it inspired you to come up with a few of your own easy home decor ideas that are perfect for summer too.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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Are you coming to the end of your precious little baby’s first year and looking for a cheap solution to organize and store all those clothes he or she grew out of?
I figured out a way that worked great for me. Wanna find out if it can work for you too?
Well then keep reading. I’ve got a cheap solution for you!
So I had a large bag of my daughters outgrown clothes in my closet. She’s 16 months now and still wearing a few of her outfits from 12 months so I mostly have clothes from 0 – 9 months to store.
Every time she’d grow out of something, I’d toss it in that bag. It’s been taking up valuable shoe space! The bag had to go.
So I got to thinking. The solution had to be something that wouldn’t take up a ton of space. My closets are pretty full and I don’t have an attic or basement to store things in either. I’m in a one bedroom apartment! So I needed something other than large bins or boxes.
Eventually here’s what I came up with:
Old Shoe Boxes!
I had a few shoe boxes under my bed and I knew if I could empty them out I could then use them for her clothes. Thankfully, with a little organizing and moving things around, I managed to make some space in my closet for the shoes in those boxes. It’s amazing how we can figure things out and make space where we thought there was no space when we really need to.
Ok you know what comes next, I start organizing some baby clothes. So that’s enough talking (writing). Let’s get started!
Here we go…
A Cheap Way to Organize and Store Outgrown Baby Clothes!
Find a few old shoe boxes. The larger the box the better so it holds more.
Think boxes for knee-high boots or those bulky Uggs many of us have (or knock-off Uggs, hey they are all cute to me!)
Check your husband/boyfriend’s closet for boxes too!
Clean your boxes.
Because if you found them under the bed, like me, they are most probably very dusty.
I just wiped mine down with a rag and my Method all-purpose cleaner. You can use whatever cleanser you’d like. Even just a cloth dampened with some water would work.
Don’t go crazy with whatever liquid you choose to use. You don’t want to ruin the boxes. Remember, we’re working with cardboard here!
Step 3 (Optional!)
I decided that I had to make the boxes pretty.
I just had too.
My shoe boxes were looking kind of boring.
If you don’t want to do this that’s ok. Don’t bother. Your shoe boxes won’t mind and I won’t either. Move on to step 4 where we’ll talk about folding.
I used close to two rolls of contact paper (9 ft. x 18 in.) that I found at Family Dollar to fancy up my shoe boxes.
I’d love to tell you step by step how I covered my boxes with the contact paper but I don’t really follow any specific steps whenever I use this stuff (which is pretty often).
I just peel, pray, stick and repeat ’til I’m done.
And I don’t care much about a few air bubbles or whether or not the pattern matches perfectly in spots where ends are meeting. If you look closely, you can see my lack of perfection all throughout my photos.
But, if you won’t except anything other than perfection for your shoe boxes then don’t worry. I won’t leave you hanging.
I found the perfect tutorial by Amy at Homey Oh My to guide you with this fun project!
She gives clear and easy to follow instructions. With her help, no one can mess this up! You can click here to be directed to her blog post.
This one’s important
How to fold the clothes.
Ok, I’m about to ramble a bit, you can skip this next paragraph if you’d like. I won’t be offended!
I had a hard time getting everything to fit in the boxes when I first decided I would use shoe boxes to store my daughter’s clothes. I was going to give up and move on to find another solution. I tried folding them a few different ways but nothing worked. Later that day I was in my bedroom with my daughter. She was playing with (making a mess of) all of my scarves and pulling them out of the drawers. When she was done I quickly grabbed everything to put them back but I was in a bit of a rush so I started rolling them up and neatly placing (shoving) them back in the drawers as opposed to putting them away as they were before which was neatly folded. When I was done I noticed I had more space to spare compared to before!
So I had a light bulb moment…
Roll her clothes so they fit in the shoe boxes!
I’m amazed at how much more I was able to fit by just simply rolling the clothes.
Follow these simple steps to roll everything like I did:
- First, lay your piece of clothing on a table or flat surface and fold it down the middle once.
- Next, fold in the sleeves for tops, dresses with sleeves and onesies.
- Then start rolling. Be sure to roll very tightly so your finished rolled item is as small as possible.
- For pants, shorts and skirts just fold down the middle and start rolling.
This is what you want to be left with:
Also, make sure everything is the same height or shorter than the height of the box. (see picture below)
This is so that the top of your shoe box will fit and close properly.
I repeated the first step for most of the larger items and folded them in thirds so that they were the right size. (Anything that was size 6 months and)
Pile your baby’s clothes as you go with the rolled side down so that they don’t un-roll while you continue rolling everything else.
I rolled about ten to fifteen pieces then placed them standing up in the box before continuing with the rest.
Start filling up your boxes.
Here’s what I did:
First, I decided to use the smallest box for her white onesies. She’s still wearing a few of her onesies that are labeled 9 months (amazing how sizes can be so different depending on the store) so I didn’t have too many of these to store.
The medium sized box turned out perfect for all her pj’s.
The rest of her clothes, minus coats and any bulky items, went into the largest box.
Don’t worry, we will talk about the bulkier items in Step 8
Another way to organize everything would be by size but that would probably work best if you can find boxes of similar sizes. One box can be from 0-3 months, another for 3-6 months and so on.
Label your boxes.
You can use whatever you’d like of course. White printer paper, a black marker and some tape would get the job done too!
Storing the boxes.
I decided to store my boxes back under the bed. What’s great about this is that I still have some space for a few more boxes. So next time I start organizing more of her clothes I’ll know exactly where to store them.
Storing bulky items.
I decided to use dollar tree storage bags for the bulkier items like her coats, thick sweaters, and a Halloween costume.
I only needed to use two bags (photo of one included) and for now, I am keeping them both hanging off a hanger in my closet.
These bags are very sturdy and they can fit under the bed if you’d like next to your boxes.
Ok that’s it!
Hope you enjoyed this and found some ideas to help you tackle your baby’s mountain of outgrown clothes and get them stored and organized!
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Today I’m sharing how to make a quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece.
In my last post, I shared how to create a unique spring centerpiece. I really enjoyed creating that centerpiece. It left me craving more DIY spring decor! I placed that centerpiece on the living room table so now I decided I would create something for my kitchen table.
I searched Pinterest for some inspiration and came across tons of centerpiece ideas using plastic Easter eggs. I’ve never used those plastic eggs for anything other than Easter baskets for my nieces.
How did I not know about this genius, inexpensive and easy way to decorate?!?
Anyway, I started searching through my home to see how I can create a centerpiece of my own using plastic Easter eggs. I didn’t want to just copycat someone else’s idea off of Pinterest. That would just be wrong.
So, after a bit of search for what items I could use (I love decorating with items I already own!) I came across a few blue faux hydrangeas I had in my bedroom and some plastic cups in the kitchen and sure enough, I knew exactly what to do.
Here we go…
A super quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece!
Here are all the supplies you will need:
4 clear plastic cups I’m using solo brand 9 oz cups from Walmart but you can also find similar cups at the dollar store
Plastic Easter eggs, preferably of different sizes and textures (I had a few large and medium eggs left over from previous years and I purchased a bag of mini eggs covered with glitter from the dollar tree)
Faux Flowers with small flowers and/or roses that you can pull off. I’m using blue and white flowers but any color will do.
FYI: the mini eggs I purchase from the dollar tree had a short string connected to them for hanging. I just yanked the string out of each egg. So if you find these eggs be sure to grab them and don’t worry, the string will come right out!
1. Start by lining up the plastic cups side by side on your table:
2. Drop your Easter eggs into the cups. I placed one large egg first, followed by a medium egg. Then I placed two small eggs next to the medium egg:
Do you see the Easter cuteness coming together!
3. Pull off your small flowers. I used 3 flowers per cup:
4. Place your flowers on top of the eggs:
Is anyone else getting a fun Hawaiian vibe here?
And that’s it!
You now have a very sweet, quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece to display in your home!
Who else has a high chair right by their kitchen table? lol
Ok, I’ll stop now. But don’t these little cups just put a smile on your face!
Ok seriously I’m done now 🙂🙃
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I hope you enjoyed this and decide to try it out in your home too.