How to: Create a Photo Gallery Wall

After moving to a new house, the pretty grey walls were all waiting to be decorated.  During the open house, this house was decorated with huge framed paintings and canvases.  But I’ve always wanted to try putting together a photo gallery wall and here I saw my opportunity!  In order to plan out the design of the photo gallery, I used huge 11×17″ sheets of paper to cut to the sizes of my frames.  (Tip:  I labeled each paper with a number and placed a post-it note with the same number on the frame.  I found that even though the frames were similar sizes, this made the project more accurate.)

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This gave me the chance to move things around and play with the shape of the overall gallery.  I started from the middle with some of the larger frames and then extended the design outwards towards the two walls.  Everything was spaced apart approximately 2.5 inches on the top, bottom, and sides.  After I settled on a design and was happy with what I saw, I actually left it on the wall for a couple weeks to make sure that I didn’t want to change anything.

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When I was ready to start nailing, I measured and made pencil marks directly on the paper hanging on the wall.  After I hammered the nails in, I ripped down the paper from the wall.  The hardest part was probably finding photos to put into the frames!  The key was to select some posed portrait photos and then balance them out with photos of sunsets, palm trees, beaches, and architecture.  I love that I was able to mix photos from Hawaii, Venice, Tokyo, Mexico, and California in this photo gallery.  I even have a hand drawn illustration by Ella (age 6) of our family.  Hope you have as much fun as I do when you create your own photo gallery!

DIY Glass Vial Pendant Necklace

DIY Glass Vial Pendant Necklace |

This is one of my favorite jewelry DIYs!  It’s simple, easy, and completely customizable.  There are so many different sizes of glass vial available, so you can make a small and dainty vial on a thin chain or a larger vial on a thicker, sturdier chain.  In my glass vials, I used faceted aquamarine and gold spinel rondelle beads (approximately 2-3mm).  But you can also fill with sand, colorful seed beads, or glass chip beads.  See below for the simple step-by-step instructions.

What you’ll need:

  • Chain
  • Jump ring
  • Spring ring clasp
  • Glass vial with cork top
  • Screw eye
  • Beads
  • Flat nose jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutter

Step by Step

1.  Fill your glass vial with a decorative element of your choice (seed beads, rondelle beads, sand, or chip beads).  Secure the cork top tightly.

2.  Screw on the screw eye in the middle of the cork.

3.  Loop the chain through the eye of the screw and use your pliers to secure a jump ring on one end of the chain.

4.  On the other side of the chain, use your pliers to secure the spring ring clasp.

That’s it, you are done!  The beauty of this necklace is that you can replace the vial contents with another type or color of bead that will give the entire necklace a whole new feel.  Have fun making!

DIY Frozen Snowflake Hair Clips

Frozen Hair Clips

For Ella’s sixth birthday party this year, she of course insisted on having a Frozen theme!  Just another opportunity to wear her Halloween costume, so sure, why not?  Since I booked her party at a ballet studio, I wanted some quick and easy crafts that I could prep and bring with us.


What you’ll need:

  • Snowflake hole punch
  • Hair clips
  • Glue dots (1/2″)
  • Jewels or buttons
  • Purple and blue cardstock paper

Punch Snowflakes

1.  First, punch out a bunch of snowflakes out from the cardstock.  I chose to use purple, light blue, and teal blue colored cardstock.

Glue Dot

2.  I decided to use 1/2″ glue dots instead of glue because they were easy and fast to use.  They are also super sticky, so everything will stick together nicely.  Just make sure that the kids don’t try to apply them with their fingers.  Use the glue dots to adhere the paper snowflakes to the hair clips and layer on jewels.

Frozen Hair Clips Finished

3.  Here are some of the different types of hair clips we created after layering the buttons and jewels on the snowflakes!  Quick, super easy, and the girls were in love.  They all wore their new Frozen snowflake hair clips home, along with some teal fleece no-sew scarves that the girls hand-cut as well!

DIY Colorful Crayon Valentine’s Day Card

Here is a last minute Valentine’s Card that I did for my 2 year old’s preschool class.  Their class ranges in age from 2-6, so I was looking for something appropriate to span that age group!  All you need is a bunch of crayons and some cardstock paper to print the cards on.  I used washi tape, but any tape will do!  Washi tape is a little less sticky, so the crayon wrapping won’t be ripped when the kids take the tape off.

Click this link for the printable that I created:  Colorful Valentine’s Printable.  Open up the file and print onto white cardstock.  Then, cut at the grey lines and tape on your crayons.  Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones 🙂

12 Clever DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

As I’ve been scouring blogs and Pinterest for clever, fun, and easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards, I have found a bunch!  So I just wanted to share all of my favorites.  Most of these are aimed towards kid’s classroom ideas, but there are a couple that are great for co-workers and friends (like the succulents & donuts).  So cute, some of these could make great party favors as well!

Oranges via Craftaholics Anonymous | Succulents from See Kate Sew | Perler Beads via Camille Styles| Donuts via Sugar & Charm | Mad Lib cards via Made Vibrant | Racecar via Real Simple | Have a Ball via The Macs | Awesome Applesauce via Delia Creates | Starbursts via BHG | Socks Valentine via Crafting Chicks | EOS lip balm cards via By Dawn Nicole

DIY Worm & Fuzzy Valentine’s Day Cards

3 more days until Valentine’s Day!  I was in a panic the other day because I have exactly 73 Valentine’s Day cards to make, with 3 kids attending preschool/Kindergarten/3rd grade.  But then I found this super cute printable at Project Nursery and it was so easy to get done.  All I needed was a 1.5 inch circle hole punch and some 3×4 inch clear bags.   Lucas loves gummy worms, so this Valentine’s Day card was a definite winner in his book.  Stuffing the bags got a sugary, but we used gloves so it was a pretty easy project and cleanup!

DIY Kid’s Tassel + Bell Necklace

DIY Kids Tassel + Bell Necklace

Here is another kid’s jewelry DIY that Ella and I created together.  This one is a little more advanced than the Colorful Straw + Bead Necklace that I posted previously.  But the materials are still simple and easily accessible!  Ella loved being able to choose her own colors for the embroidery thread and skipped around the house jingling happily afterward.


Here’s what you need:

  • Embroidery floss
  • Silver necklace
  • Bell
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry plier
  • Scissors
  • Fork (optional)

1.  First, make the little tassels out of the embroidery thread.  Use a fork or your fingers to wrap the embroidery floss around several times before tying the top and cutting the ends.

2.  Attach the bell as the centerpiece of your necklace using a jump ring to loop onto the chain.  Or, attach a cluster of bells!

3.  Attach the tassels along the necklace using jump rings to loop onto the chain.

On Ella

9 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

How is your holiday shopping going?  I’ve been avoiding all malls and stores, opting to scour the internet for good deals.  So far, it’s been pretty easy!  Everything has arrived to my door step and all I’ve been doing is wrapping.  I’m been pinning some great wrapping ideas, so I just wanted to share!  Now I can put all my baking twine, clothespins, gold bells, and chalkboard pens to great use.

9 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Chalkboard Wrapping Paper via Going Home to Roost  | Grosgrain Ribbon and Bells via Freckles Chick | Clothespin Gift Toppers via Creature Comforts | Twine Snowflake via Fellow Fellow | Pom Pom & Twig Gift Topper via Rue Coco | Paper Strip Wreaths via A Subtle Revelry | Crepe Paper Holly & Pom Pom Toppers via The House That Lars Built | Winter Scene Photo Toppers via Design Sponge | Foil Baking Cups via Hey Look

9 DIYs for the Thanksgiving Kid’s Table

Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving?  1 week to go…  As the kids are big enough to sit at a table by themselves, I’ve been looking for some fun Thanksgiving DIY projects to keep them busy on Turkey Day and to make their Thanksgiving dinner experience extra special!  These are nine of my favorites.  Of course, I might be a little biased because two of the nine are from Kiwi Crate.  Our team had a bunch of fun kid testing the Turkey Placecards (poking feathers into clay is a very satisfying craft) and the Turkey Toss Game (what kid doesn’t like knocking stuff down?).  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

9 DIYs for the Thanksgiving Kids Table

Felt Crayon Holders via Skip to My Lou  | Kid’s Table via Amy Atlas | Turkey Placecards via The Celebration Shoppe | Turkey Rice Krispy Treats via Shugary Treats | Paper Bag Turkey via One Charming Party | Placemat Printables via A Girl and a Glue Gun | Thanksgiving Bingo via Crazy Little Projects | Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder via Fiskars | Turkey Toss Game via The Celebration Shoppe