DIY decoupage photo display

I love having photos displayed around my house, especially ones that look as nice as these ones. I particularly like that they’re hung by a ribbon. I’m sort of photo crazy when it comes to my kids and choose every moment  of the day to snap random pictures of them, and since I have a printer, I print out all my own photos at home. You don’t necessarily have to use wood blocks, you can choose any surface you want and it will come out the same way, using the mod podge. For those of you that have never done this before, just follow the tutorial, and It’s all trial and error the first time with doing anything really, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

I found this DIY at The Whoot, and there’s actually quite a few different options that they show for decoupage photo projects, so just choose the one that appeals more to you, and start creating!

 

Ciao Lovelies

Photo credits // The Woot

Theme of the week

Good morning my lovelies, it’s shaping to be a fantastic week I think, and I have some pretty great DIY projects to keep you busy. This weeks theme, is Decoupage. We’re going to cover everything from furniture, to decor, and I can’t wait. For those of you who are new to decoupaging, you can find more information about it here. Now this just gives you the basics on how to start, so it’s probably a good idea to test it out and see how it goes your first time. Pick a newspaper picture, magazine picture, whatever you like, and just do that test run, so when you try out these projects, or others, you’ll be ready for it.

Keep tuned, because my first DIY is coming now, and keep checking everyday for the newest one.

 

Ciao Lovelies

 

Taking the weekend off

If you also follow my blog, The Runaway Girl, you will already know what I am going to say. I am taking the weekend off from posting any new content, as I am the parent of a special needs child who has mental and behavioral health conditions. Today is an extremely tough day, and I fear tomorrow will be the same. Each post requires a bit of research the previous night to find the content I want for the next day, I tend to be picky on what I post. I don’t usually have a lot of time either, the previous night, because I don’t sit down until late, so from here on out, to save time, and still be able to enjoy doing this, I will be scheduling each post to go out every morning, and have all the research done the night before. So until Monday, I bid you farewell, and I have a few great DIY projects for my readers to enjoy trying out.

 

Ciao Lovelies

DIY Superhero decor

Good morning my superhero fanatics, I have a good for you this morning. A DIY you are going to love, especially if you’re a kid and you still like running around in that superman cape. My son still semi loves superheroes, and I’ve always wanted to redo his room in that theme. Never being sure if he was still in that phase, from day-to-day, I never did, but I’m bringing it to you now, the full spectrum of things that can be done in your home.

First we start with the furniture, let’s make it pop shall we?

After searching for a tutorial on making a superhero dresser, all I could find on pinterest was people who had done it, but only posted pictures (utterly frustrating), so I finally found this one, from Dude Mom. She explains in-depth how to accomplish this task.

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Photo credits // Dude Mom

Next we have superhero bookcases, you must have a place to display those comics and all related books.

At Teach Me Mommy, you can find one tutorial on how to accomplish this, and it comes out pretty great in fact.

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Photo credits // Teach Me Mommy

There wasn’t a lot of tutorials on how to make your own bookshelf, just more pictures from people who had done it. come on people, post some instructions for the less artistically able! So we move on to superhero wall art.

If you check out All Things Thrifty, you will find a 3 part tutorial on how to create some pretty awesome DIY wall art. Check it out, it’s something special. There are three different links posted below for each one.

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Photo credits // All Things Thrifty

Captain America wall art

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Photo credits // All Things Thrifty

Batman wall art

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Photo credits // All Things Thrifty

Here we have something special!

Here at A girl and a glue gun, you will find an awesome step by step on how to make a superhero lamp, who wouldn’t want that, adult or child?

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Photo credits // A girl and a glue gun

Time to get your cape on boys and girls, crime never sleeps, and Justice never waits, there are criminals to catch. So adorn your favorite superhero wear and go save the world!

 

Ciao Lovelies

Photo credits // HD wallpapers, featured image

 

 

 

 

DIY Game of Thrones

We are almost at the point of next week’s theme of the week, almost, a few more days. So until then, it’s one lovely random post a day, I have a thing about starting a theme in the middle of the week.

This week my lovelies, I am happy, oh so happy, to bring my love of being a geek, to my blog. I am dedicating today to all geeks, and bookworms, and of course, lovers of game of thrones. Yes I said, it, the wonderful world of the best television show I know (well, besides vikings). Those of you who can appreciate my obsession with this show, keep reading then, because I have not one, but several DIY projects for you to showcase how much of a fan you really are!

First we have my ultimate favorite, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon eggs. I just had to have these in my home, and after following a few bunk links on how to make them, I found Avanti Morocha, who gives a step by step on how to make these using paper mache.

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Photo credits // Avanti Morocha

But if you want to make sure that these eggs will last, especially if you have kiddos in the house, go to Buzzfeed, and check out Caroline Emiller, and Chelsea Evers post showing you exactly how to do this. But they use them as candle holders, so they make a hole in the eggs. But if you want to keep them whole, don’t do that, just move on to painting them. But back to Avanti’s post, give it a look if you prefer to use paper mache.

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Photo credits // Buzzfeed

Let’s move on the next best DIY of this week, or for us fans, of this century!

This one is for the ladies who love their shoes, but relish their passion for game of thrones even more. Now I don’t typicall like shoes this high, so I may go a bit smaller, but the video found Here, shows you how to make your own shoes for game of thrones. Using cocktail swords, some hi-tack glue, and a pair of your favorite platform shoes. But be gentle, as Nixxie Rose says, they break quite easy.

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Photo credits // Nixxie Rose

You want to sit like a king you say? Well that can be achieved by creating your own Iron throne. It’s the best one I’ve found out there with extensive steps to create this. It seems fairly easy, but may require a bit of time. Then again, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this is the only way to watch the next episode of GOT.

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Photo credits // Instructables

If you’ve watched the show, you’ve probably read the books, so this is a must have item. GOT bookends to hold your precious books. Rob explains how to do it in his video at Mad stuff with rob.

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Photo credits // Mad stuff with rob

That’s all for now my lovelies, but tomorrow I’ll post another DIY for us geeks.

Ciao Lovelies

Photo credits // Shinforce, featured image

 

 

 

 

DIY mother’s day gifts to wow your mom with this year.

With mother’s day coming up in May, I thought I’d do an early post for those people who want to do a DIY project for their moms, including kids. So, here’s a few ideas, as to how you could make a great gift for the woman who’s done it all for you through the years, just a sweet, thoughtful way to give back.

For the mom who loves candles, what better gift to give, than birch bark candle holders. So I bring you the tutorial on making these from Just a smidgen. A website that has a lot more than just DIY projects, but also photography, recipes, room makeovers, and more.

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Photo credits // Just a smidgen

Next we have a project for the kids who want to give something special to mom. Every mom needs some her time, a spa day maybe. By giving her one of these homemade spa baskets, you’re giving her the relaxation she could use on a tough day. You can find the tutorial at Mom 4 real.

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Photo credits // Mom 4 real

Here is a project to give those moms who like natural, and beauty. This is a honey ginger body scrub (two of my favorites), that’s easy to make and can be dressed with a nice jar, some ribbon and a pretty label. Found at Lia Griffith.

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Photo credit //  Lia Griffith

To follow the theme of homemade beauty products, we also have Lavender bath salts, best displayed in a large apothecary jar like the picture, more for mom. But if you can’t find one of those, which can be found on Ebay, or etsy, then any jar will do.

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Photo credit // Lia Griffith

Another cute craft for the kids to do for mom, would be these Patchwork pots, from A bit of sunshine. These are quick and easy, and safe for the kids to help make.

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Photo credit // A bit of sunshine

I really like this one, because I like jewelry and this is a very cute piece, that would match with pretty much anything, and it’s inexpensive to make. This project also comes from a bit of sunshine, and the tutorial can be found at A knockoff necklace.

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Photo credit // A bit of sunshine

Well, that’s a few ideas to get you started, but don’t forget, I live and swear by pinterest, so that is also an option to find the perfect DIY gift, and mom will love whatever it is you gift her this year. Have a very happy mother’s day mothers.

 

Ciao Lovelies

photo credits // main image, Metro UK

Multi sensory environment for your kids without breaking the bank.

With my son having a multitude of different conditions, being able to wind down, and take some quiet time for himself is key. Especially when he’s having an episode of anger, or is upset and needs to calm down, a room for himself where he can do this, is something he really needs. When I worked at a pediatric long-term care facility for kids mostly with muscular conditions and neurological conditions, they had a room there for kids who needed just that, a dark, quiet place of calm, but also sensory stimulation in its lightest form. It was their sensory room with everything from soft lighting, to large tubes with bubbles and more lights. There was even rubber mats for them to sit on, and swings for them to relax in.

These rooms were called multi-sensory enviroment (MSE). Being able to provide your child with an MSE in your home can be expensive, as I’ve learned in trying to create my own. But there are ways you can do this without breaking the budget.

When I googled DIY sensory rooms, there were so many links, but not a lot of information for the type of rooms you would see in a care facility. They use a lot of expensive equipment, so after searching for a bit, I found Houzz which gives you ideas for different types of sensory rooms. But what I’m seeing (if you have the room), is a lot of these rooms tend to use ball pits, or some form of swings. I don’t particularly have a lot of space in my son’s room, so like most of you, that would probably be a no go. But I can still make the lights work, some gadgets, perhaps figure out an area for a swing. For those of us that have limited space, there will be some things that just won’t work. But you will still be able create the perfect room for your child. Snoezelen rooms are very popular with care facilities and parents who have children that have sensory issues. Their website is a great place to start after you’ve checked out Houzz, because you may get some more ideas, as to what items you may need.

Ciao Lovelies

Photo credits // Snoezelen