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DIY Hot Wheels Storage & Display for all your Die Cast Cars!

April 11, 2019

Is your child obsessed with Matchbox Cars and you don’t know where to put them? I’ve got an easy way to make your own Hot Wheels storage display that any cars crazed kid will love.

Hot Wheels Storage Ideas
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Malakai is crazy for his cars and he has a bit of OCD tendencies when he wants to arrange them. They’ve got to be facing the correct way and he wants to know they’re going to stay that way. My husband and I came up with this toy car storage solution so that I won’t have cars all over my desk and they can be displayed just how he likes them. Create this Hot Wheels storage to make your life a little easier like it’s made mine.

If you didn’t know, Malakai was born premature so he really does have OCD tendencies when it comes to really anything. He will cry for longer than I like to admit and so for my sanity this had to happen. We also have about a 1500 sq. ft. house and so a large toy car storage solution isn’t very practical for us.

We used some inexpensive 3X.5″ planks and some L brackets to set this up. My husband also decided to give his brother my Ryobi nail gun so this was done the old-fashioned way with some nails and good ole elbow grease and some math. I’m glad it’s up though because his toy cars were getting out of control. 

Supplies for your DIY Toy Car Storage

  • 3X.5″ Wood Planks
  • L Brackets
  • Nails and Hammer or Nail Gun
  • Wood Putty
  • Mouse Sander and Sand Paper
  • Wood Stain
  • Cheesecloth
  • Drill
  • Wall Screws

How to make a Display for your Diecast Cars

We began by measuring the small area of our corner. Our cutout on this wall is 34″ high and so we began by figuring out how high we wanted it to go. I didn’t want it to be exactly where the wall cut off so we measured and cut two boards 32″ high as our endcaps.

We then measured how wide we needed the wooden planks for your car toy display. The other side of this corner wall is a large window so one side was longer than the other. The width on the smaller length of the wall is 34″ wide and on the longer side we cut the boards to be 50″ wide.

Cut your wood planks to those lengths and then cut one side on each board on a 45-degree angle to create the corner pieces and so that they’ll match flush.

The base of our toy car display is right on top of our baseboard. He can have cars on the floor and then build up the car display case and place them on each shelf having their eyes look right at him and he’s as content as can be.

How to attach your Hot Wheels Storage to the Walls

In the corners, we used the L Brackets so that the boards would not bend and they were supported. You can use a Kreg Jig but don’t ask me how to do it. This isn’t so much a permanent fixture in our home so I wanted it just to be up and something that can easily be taken down for when we move.

Secure one side of the bracket to the board before you assemble completely. Put two on each corner piece. Each board is 3″‘ apart, Use some finishing nails and secure the wooden planks together and then use your wood filler to fill in the nail hole and seams.

Wait for it to dry and then sand the wood filler as smooth as possible. Use a mouse sander because that’ll cut your time in half with that tool alone.

One thing we didn’t do while it was off the wall was stained it and that was the worst mistake we made. Stain your wood using some mixed stain and a cheesecloth. Wipe it on your wood and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe with a clean cloth.

​​​​​​​And just so you know, I did have to wait until Malakai was at the babysitter before I could arrange the cars the way I wanted them to look. They’re already on the floor. LOL

Christmas - Electronic Crafting

The Cutest Homemade Christmas Farmhouse Pillow and FREE SVG File

December 19, 2018

Having a farmhouse Christmas is something new in decorations that I am trying this year. Learn how easy it is to make your very own farmhouse pillow for Christmas and grab the free SVG file to make it on your Cricut, Silhouette or Brother.

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I’ve changed up my Christmas decor to be more farmhouse by adding more felt banners, white snowflakes and just a more homey look all around. I love this Merry Everything pillow and I’m also contemplating if I should leave it up year round so I can say goodbye to the Debbie Downers.

Supplies for your Christmas Farmhouse Pillow

Upload your image into your design software. Cricut Design Space is extremely new user-friendly. Silhouette America’s software is a lot like Adobe Illustrator. Now that I’m becoming more familiar in Adobe Illustrator, it’s making me more confident in using Silhouette’s software.

You want to be sure to mirror your image before you cut. You’re going to not want to cut completely through the carrier sheet of your Iron On because it will hold your image together and have protection between your Iron On and the heating vessel.
If you’re going to adhere your HTV with an Iron, use these instructions here. If you’re going to use a Cricut EasyPress, use these settings available here.

Pay attention to the material you are pressing on. It always depends what material you’re pressing your image on and what type of Iron On Vinyl you’re using. A lot of the shinier, metallic HTV requires a cold peel method which some people say to wait 30 minutes to be safe. This will prevent your HTV from wrinkling.

For the most part, most HTV is warm peel so after you’ve pressed your image, remove the carrier sheet right after. Be careful not to burn yourself. It’s helpful to have a pair of tweezers on hand when you’re going to be using this method

How do I keep my Iron On Vinyl from lifting after washing them?

After you’ve pressed your image, be sure to wash your items inside out and on a gentle cycle to prevent the HTV from lifting. Hang dry your Christmas farmhouse pillow to make it last longer. Care is just as important as the application so follow all of the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Christmas - Electronic Crafting

Easiest Way to Make Your Own Custom Doormat and a FREE Happy Holidays SVG File

December 18, 2018

Have you wanted to learn how to make your own custom doormat? Use these tips and tricks to learn the easiest way to get crisp lines on your doormat and while you’re at it, download the FREE Happy Holidays SVG file to cut with your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother ScanNCut.

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There are a few things to know before you make your custom doormat and I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks to achieve crisp lines, reduce bleeding from your paints and how to save you time.

Supplies for your DIY custom doormat

or

DIY doormat for Christmas that says Happy Holidays

A few weeks ago I made this Hocus Pocus Spell Book Doormat and I learned a lot of things you shouldn’t do while making a personalized doormat.

Don’t use stencil vinyl. It will not stick to the fibers in these types of doormats. You want to use something that you’ll be able to get a good adhesion while also allowing crisp lines when you’re painting your doormat.

What should I use when painting a doormat?

You want to use some freezer paper. I linked to my favorite above and it fits perfectly in a Cricut or Silhouette. This Happy Holidays SVG file can be uploaded to any electronic cutting software. I don’t know much about the Brother ScanNCut but I do know that you will have to have the designer edition of Silhouettes software which is an extra expense.

To upload a photo or SVG file into Cricut Design Space is free. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. I like uploading SVG files better than PNG or JPEG files because everything is done for me and I don’t need to do any additional edits. To see how to upload an image into Design Space, click here.

How do I make stencils with freezer paper?

You can use an x-acto knife when cutting freezer paper or an electronic cutter. To make a stencil with your freezer paper, lay your printed image on a cutting mat and then lay the freezer paper shiny-side down on top. Cut your freezer paper over the image and you’ve made a stencil.

To cut freezer paper with your Cricut or Silhouette, lay your freezer paper shiny-side facing down on the cutting mat. Cut it as you would regular vinyl and then weed the image while it is still on the mat.

How do I iron freezer paper?

Lay your image on your surface shiny-side down and use the cotton setting on your iron with no steam. You want to press well so that you have no lifting on any of your pieces so that the ink doesn’t bleed through.

Any middle areas of letters just place them where they should go and press again with your iron.

Use some appropriate ink and use a foam stippling brush to put your ink on the areas. If you’re using fabric ink or regular acrylic craft ink, pay attention to the instructions on how to use them.

To stencil, you want to have a plate of your ink and then an open area so that you can blot off the excess ink. When stenciling, the less the better. You’d want to have to paint more than getting a blob of paint and risk bleeding.

How long should I wait before removing freezer paper?

Allow your ink to dry completely before peeling your freezer paper off your custom doormat. I like to wait at least fifteen minutes if I’m using acrylic paint. If you use fabric paint, wait 30 minutes and then set it again with the iron.

The same technique can be used on t-shirts but you will need to use fabric paint for that.

That’s it! That is how easy it is to make your own custom doormat. It’s inexpensive and you can make it match any holiday.

Electronic Crafting - Home Decor - Thanksgiving

FREE Thanksgiving SVG File and Pillow Idea

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is Halloween and Christmas’ little brother, it’s almost always forgotten. Use this FREE Thanksgiving SVG file to help jog your memory.

free thanksgiving svg pillow idea
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I don’t have any Thanksgiving decorations. I don’t quilt anything fall-like, I just don’t really make anything Fall style. I love Halloween so I don’t know why I’m like this. Maybe it’s hereditary. Every Halloween I’d pass out candy and decorate the tree at the same time. That’s what every 14-year-old does, right?

Supplies to make your DIY Thanksgiving Pillow

Download the image above to your computer as an SVG file. When you have a Cricut, it’s really easy and is free to do. If you have a Silhouette machine, you have to purchase an additional program license to be able to upload your own SVG files. I personally liked the designer edition for Silhouette and it’s worth every penny.

Reverse the image when you cut it to make sure that it goes on the correct way.

Weed your image using a safety pin or a weeding tool. Just remove what you don’t want to be on your pillow and pull that off of the carrier sheet. When you cut an image out of HTV or Iron-On Vinyl, you don’t want to cut completely through. You want it to kiss cut the image so that you have that carrier sheet to hold your HTV where it should be while you’re pressing.

Lay your pillowcase down over a folded towel or use an EasyPress mat. Press at 315ºF for 30 seconds. Be sure to double check your settings and that they match what HTV material you’re pressing. Every kind of HTV has different settings so be sure to follow manufacturers instructions.

using the small EasyPress

This image is from my Mischief Managed Harry Potter Socks but it’s the right temperature and length for what you’re trying to do.

After you’ve pressed, follow the instructions if your HTV is a cold or hot peel. Most smooth HTV is hot peel but shiny foil is cold peel. Again, all HTV is different so follow the manufacturers instructions. 

thanksgiving svg file on a pillow

Home Decor

Get the Fixer Upper look from World Market

April 27, 2017

Have you wanted to get the Fixer Upper sytle in your home but don’t know where to start?
World Market is a great resource to get the farmhouse look.
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I love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.Stripe kitchen towel Round Evan Mirror Nihal Baskets Gulianna Collection Gray wash clockGlass pie sign Lavendar WreathCorrine Chandelieraccordian light 3-TIER GLASS DRYING RACKCharlotte tote basketAmelie cake stand

Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?

Home Decor

Easy DIY Photo Hanger

March 3, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias

Display your Instagram photos easily and super chic using this DIY photo holder for less than $15.

So remember a while ago when I hung my stockings from this board? I showed you on that post how I put together the board and the wire. Now I’ve taken that same wire, some of my favorite photos and this string of lights from Paper Source, to display my photos in an easy way, and a pretty cute way too.

Display your Instagram photos easily and super chic using this DIY photo holder for less than $15.

I ran to Walmart and grabbed these new Energizer ecoAdvanced AA batteries and these Twinkle Lights from Paper Source. I only needed 3 and I was set. My original idea was to do a firefly jar, however, the box from the light wouldn’t fit in the mouth of the jar. I really like how this ended up looking and it seems like more of an original idea.

Display your Instagram photos easily and super chic using this DIY photo holder for less than $15.

Display your Instagram photos easily and super chic using this DIY photo holder for less than $15.

For the pictures, I took some favorite washi tapes of mine and just wrapped it around the photo and the wire for it to hang. So simple, yet so efficient to share our memories of family near and far. The picture with my husband in the red shirt I love. My oldest is 3-4 and he’s peed his pants but he’s just smiling for his aunt, happy as a clam.

Display your Instagram photos easily and super chic using this DIY photo holder for less than $15.

What I love about these lights is that they are so bright and I know that they’ll last because of the new technology of the Energizer ecoAdvanced AA batteries. Some things that you should know is that it’s the very first battery on the market that has reused material, they are also available in AAA and its Energizers newest product. To learn more, visit bringinginnovation.net.

Now for the fun part! There is a “Guilt Free Giveaway” going on and you can win $1,000 in gift cards. Just enter below and good luck!

 

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Christmas - Home Decor

DIY Stocking Holder with RYOBI

November 17, 2014

DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirlThis stocking holder was so fun and it has a DUAL PURPOSE! Yeah, you heard me right! Once the holidays are over, take those cute little stockings down and you’ve got yourselves a little Instagram photo holder! How fun is that? This was really easy and for a building project, really inexpensive. I’m not saying $2 here but for all the wood and photo holders I spent a total of $20.DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl

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[right]DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl[/right]

I first headed off to Home Depot and got me a primed piece of MDF that’s 8″X6′. You could choose raw wood but I chose the primed because I knew I wanted to use Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint.

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[right]DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl[/right]

I’m really a big fan of her paint. It’s easy to use, dries quickly and it’s foolproof. I use my old NutriBullet to blend up my paint and I rarely have any lumps. I used to mix by hand and I was constantly getting clumps or unmanaged tones. For this, I used about 1/2 cup of Eulalie’s Sky and 1/2 cup luke warm water. I brushed it on it two coats with an hour between and no sanding. Afterwards, I applied a light coating of her Hemp Oil. It adds a great sheen and makes the colors a lot richer.

Ryobi Drill

I then had an Ikea DIGNITET Curtain Wire that I wanted to use for the stockings/photos. I used my RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-Ion Starter Drill, available at Home Depot. I measured about 3″ from both ends and 4″ from the top so that I had a center point. I needed to pre-drill some holes into the board so that when it was time to put it into the wall, I had some traction.

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[right]DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl[/right]

Just like any Ikea directions, they are a blast to follow but the trick was to not make it too tight until you have it hanging on the wall and then you won’t whack your face with a tight wire! I just used some clothespins to secure the stockings to the wire.

DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl

I won my RYOBI starter tool set from SNAP last April and I love it! The ONE+ system is so awesome and I tried to keep it hidden from my husband. He’s got his own work tools that his job has bought for him that cost a lot more that RYOBI but I catch him always using mine. He loves that they are all battery powered and they just depend on that same battery. It’s lightweight and the battery stays powerful all the way to the end. I’m definitely getting over the fear of cutting my fingers off and using them a lot more often!

DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl

It’s been a perfect addition to our family room over our couch and I’ve still got a bit to go but it’s getting there! I love it with my Advent Calendar I made this month too! Make sure you check out all the blogs participating in this RYOBI blog hop and see what wonderful holiday projects they’ve made! Make sure you head over to RYOBI Nation to sign up for their newsletters, I always get great inspiration!

XOXO, Lindsay

DIY Stocking Holder/Photo Holder built with RYOBI on seelindsay.com #buildlikeagirl[left]Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree– Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art– DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity– My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders– Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
PB Inspired Wall Art– Create and Babble
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story[/left]
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Advent calendar- Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates- Pink When
Joy wood slice sign- Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor- Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display- Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree- Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag- Being Spiffy
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Halloween - Home Decor

My Fall Mantel

October 13, 2014

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fallWelcome to my stop on the Fall Harvest Blog Hop. I’m so glad that Abbey had me and that I get to share my Fall Mantel with you. I’ll share with you some of my inspirations and some of my easy decorating tips to get your shelves/mantels just right. I tend to like the cluttered look if you didn’t notice. For me, the more the merrier!

So I don’t really have a true mantel. The options that they gave us for a fireplace when we built were not my favorite. It really was just straight against the wall with a small niche for a TV. Not my kind of deal. I love traditional fireplaces, with the ornate detail, all painted white – maybe a little scuffed up. I hope to one day have that but for now I have my Chunky Shelves.

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fallThey used to be black when we had our old decor and I needed to lighten it up to really bring brightness into our house. I’ve always been a fan of white and now it’s trending so I have a reason to paint everything white! White is classic and it will never go out. You’re always safe painting something white.

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fallWhen I decorate these shelves, I really just find all I can and just add and then edit. If you’re ever questioning something, it’s probably not right – I’m always adding and taking away pretty much the entire day I decorate.

My small figures are my most favorite items. I only have them for Halloween and Christmas. The small ones run around $24 a piece but their expressions are so fun. I like to find ones that depict something that we’ve gone through in our lives. That to me is something that I always look for in figurines. My mom has some of these same ones but three little girls to represent the three little granddaughters.

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fallAnother thing that I love is filling a vase or object with something interesting. This bird-cage is filled with these ghosts, bats and spiders but they really are bells that hang as ornaments.  Collect small items that you can just place in random places. Target has a lot of great items this year. The decor feels old and vintage and just spectacular! The dollar store is another great place to pull inspiration. Check out my post on how I created this calendar and how I pull a lot of items from the dollar store.

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fallThe chalk art I created using the method from The Project Girl. She has these great Fall free printables on her site and she did this same process transferring it onto a slate. I got my slate at Michaels for $10 and followed her instructions to create mine. I love it! To see how I created mine, check out the Hazel and Ruby blog here. I used the Hazel and Ruby Chalk Art Kit that is simply amazing. You can easily use their stencils as well to create a similar look too! I also made some really fun DIY Cork Letter Magnets for my little spellers recently too!

I got the great owl from Target, the dolls and various items are just from some local boutiques. The medicine jars I was able to find at a flea market and I just printed labels from Martha Stewart Online, I added some brown ink on the top of it for some aging. The various letter F’s are from Michaels with the exclusion of the green one which I also found at a flea market. The treat bags are Print Then Cut by Cricut which you can see the full instructions here. The skull is from the dollar store which I just painted with glitter paint. I’d paint it black first before if I were to do it again. It took a lot of paint!

Fall Mantel Decor on seelindsay.com | #fallmantel | #falldecor | #fall

Again, I don’t have a traditional mantel but that doesn’t stop me from decorating a fabulous piece. These cost me less than $45 to construct and they are so fun to decorate for every holiday. Take what you can and make it work to your advantage. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. These things I’ve collected over the years and it’s fun to add it and see what it looks like. Just make sure that you stick with a pretty consistent color palette to ensure that everything is cohesive.

So now here are the other bloggers I’ve teamed up with to share their Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!
75 Fall Harvest Ideas

Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!