Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DIY Tape Dispenser using a Ryobi Trim Router

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
diy tape dispenser

Forever trying to organize my work space and wanting to use the new Ryobi One+ Trim Router I made this tape dispenser and I'm sharing the free plans with you.  This is just one project idea you can make using the Ryobi Trim Router, this little tool packs quite a punch!

Ryobi trim router

I first got my hands on the trim router at The Home Depot Tool ProSpective event back in April:

Friday, June 9, 2017

DIY Lemonade Stand

Build a classic lemonade stand.

diy lemonade stand

It's hard to believe but of all the pieces I have built never have I done an official lemonade stand.  So when a friend asked me to build one for an event I said sure!  She requested a stand similar to Kristyn's at Lil' Luna here and I got to building.

diy kids lemonade stand

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day Giveaway (not just for dads!)

father's day giveaway

Everyone loves tools and what better gift for dad than more tools!  I've got a Father's Day giveaway and of course it's not just for dads.

Anyone who appreciates tools is welcome to enter.

ryobi tools drill and driver

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I'm a huge fan of Ryobi Tools.  I use them consistently on almost every project, above I used them to build the deck platform on an outdoor cabana.  Ryobi Tools are perfect the average home DIYer doing big and small projects.

DIY Wood Stars

DIY wood stars from scrap wood.

diy wood stars

Make your own wood stars wall decor just in time for the holiday season, I'll show you how down below.

pottery barn milled log stars

First let's start with the inspiration.  I know you saw these milled log stars over at Pottery Barn and you love them too!  But you don't want to pay $129 for the pair?

Monday, June 5, 2017

DIY Bottle Opener Game

diy bottle opener game with lights

Let's make a fun bottle opener game just in time for Father's Day and backyard get togethers!  I'm sharing my version of the bottle opener game complete with lights down below.

You can learn to make this bottle opener game at The Home Depot DIY Workshop event next Satuday, June 10th at 10am.


bottle opener game DIY Workshop

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Summer 2017 Outdoor Home Tour

A special hello to you readers coming from Cassie's home at Cassie Bustamante.  Her home is always filled with fun surprises and Summer is no exception!  If you haven't visited her please check it out, I'll be right here waiting.

As part of the Seasonal Simplicity home tour series hosted by April at House by Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie I'm here today to share with you our Summer outdoor space.  This week 25 diy and home bloggers will give you a beautiful glimpse into their summer homes with tons of inspiration and different styles, a feast for your eyes.

outdoor summer patio lounge furniture

seasonal simplicity summer blogger series

Naturally summer brings us outdoors so I'm focusing on the back patio space.  I recently completed a makeover where I swapped out the giant trestle dining table for a more casual and comfortable lounge area.

Friday, June 2, 2017

DIY Road Trip Lap Desk & Giveaway

Summer is upon us and that means time to hit the open road!  Today I'm sharing this diy road trip lap desk you'll want to make for all of your travelers.

diy portable lap desk

I teamed up with my friends at Ryobi Nation to bring you free plans for this lap desk and they have generously offered a tool giveaway for one lucky reader!

ryobi power tools giveaway

Head on over to Ryobi Nation for the complete step by step tutorial to make a portable lap desk.  While you're there be sure to browse through all the road trip project ideas, you might just find something perfect for your summer adventures.

Keep reading to enter the giveaway down below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

DIY Outdoor Planter

How to build wood planter from a scrap fence piece.

diy outdoor planter

DIY Wedding Cake Ornament Favors

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

diy wedding cake ornament favors

Wedding season is upon us and today I have an easy wedding cake ornament favor project to share.  If you're looking for an inexpensive, handmade favor idea that's simple and beautiful then stay tuned for all the details below.  

diy wedding cake ornament favors

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bottle Opener Game DIY Workshop at The Home Depot

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Looking for a fun Father's Day gift idea you can make yourself?  Join us for a DIY Workshop at The Home Depot and learn to make this bottle opener game:


DIY Workshop bottle opener game

Dads and kids will enjoy using this bottle opener game to see who collects the most points.  Gather the whole family together for this Do-It Yourself Workshop at The Home Depot.  The DIY Workshop will teach you how to make this bottle opener game.

Bottle Opener Game DIY Workshop
@ your local The Home Depot store
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
10 - 11:30 am

DIY Workshops at The Home Depot register button


Did you know The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

My fellow diy bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this bottle opener game and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!
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And if you want to follow along as I build my bottle opener game I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.
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Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

* I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the WOMMA Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY Tabletop Herb Garden & DecoArt Giveaway

diy tabletop herb garden

All the fairies are welcome in my tabletop herb garden fairy house.  I partnered with DecoArt using their Patio Paint line of weather resistant acrylic paints to create this bright and cheery tabletop herb garden.  I made this tabletop garden by modifying an unfinished wood birdhouse then painted it using fun DecoArt Patio Paint colors.

tabletop garden using patio paint

For the complete step by step tutorial go to DecoArt's blog here and you will find all the instructions on how to create this tabletop herb garden from a birdhouse.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DIY Mini Putt Course & Ryobi Tool Giveaway

Let the outdoor games begin!  The weather has turned and we can now make the most of our outdoor spaces.  I recently added this diy mini putt course outdoor game to our backyard space and I'm sharing the free plans with you.

diy mini putt course

All the details including cut lists and step by step instructions are over at Ryobi Nation along with many more outdoor games you'll want to consider adding to your outdoor space.  BONUS! I have a Ryobi tools giveaway down below!

Ryobi Nation diy projects

You can build two mini putt course tracks from one sheet of plywood and one artificial grass rug and then players can compete!

diy mini putt course dimensions

Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Wall Bins

diy wall bins

DIY wall bins for storage and organization.  Back at it again today Ana White and I are sharing another handmade holiday gift build that's great for any age.  Ana has the plans for these perfect sized wall bins sure to be a much appreciated gift for anyone.

handbuilt holiday

We're building our way towards the big day less than 5 weeks away!  Get started now on all your diy gift builds and your friends and family will be thanking you. 

diy wall bins for storage

Who needs cute storage?  Everyone!  I built these wall bins using Ana's plans here for two tween nieces but the finish options are endless and they would be great for boys, girls, adults or even in a nursery.

DIY Moving Announcements

diy moving annoucements

 Make your own unique sewn moving announcements with drop cloth pockets and manila shipping tags:

diy moving annoucements drop cloth pouch

Locker Style Mudroom: Locker Cubbies

locker style mudroom cubbies free plans

As promised last week, I'm back sharing the locker style mudroom build and today it's the top portion of locker cubbies.

diy locker and bench cubbies free plans

To refresh your memory I am referring to this DIY locker and bench unit I built for a friend back in July 2012.  After a bazillion requests I've finally made plans to share with my readers so you can build it yourself.

diy locker and bench cubbies free plans

Last week I shared the shoe cubby bench plans here and this week we will complete the project with the locker cubbies.

locker style mudroom cubbies free plans

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DIY Giant Marquee Letters

Today I'll show you how to make giant marquee letters (4' x 3') because it's easier than you think!

diy giant marquee letters tutorial

I recently made three giant marquee letters for our school spring auction and I have the steps down below to show you how to do it yourself.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Haven 2017

Hello friends and a special welcome to all you readers coming from Traci's place at Beneath My Heart.  I'm Jaime for anyone new and that's me below waving to you in front of my giant USA map I made for the Haven Conference last summer:  


giant USA map made from Purebond plywood


I'm here today because I've been selected as a Haven Mentor for the 2017 conference and I thought I'd share a bit about myself as a DIY blogger.

Haven Mentor blog hop

How many years have you been blogging?

I've been blogging for 7 years and it has flown by in a blink!  I started, as most bloggers do, wanting to share a kitchen renovation with my friends and family so everyone could see the progress and change in tidy little post packages.  That kitchen renovation led to sharing all types of projects (and I cringe at those early posts now!) from sewing to painting and my all time favorite - building.

kitchen renovation 2010

SECRET #1: I used an iphone for ALL my photos for the first 3 years of blogging!

What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vertical Succulent Garden Frame

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Today is the day we celebrate with a virtual party!  Ten diy bloggers sharing their custom versions of the vertical succulent garden Do-It-Herself Workshop project.  I opted to make my planter into a vertical succulent garden frame: 

diy vertical succulent garden frame

The DIH workshop at The Home Depot is happening this Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm, click here to register at your local store.  Learn to make a vertical succulent garden with just a few simple steps.

DIH workshop at The Home Depot vertical succulent garden

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vertical Succulent Garden DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Happy Monday and what better way to start the week than with the 2017 Do It Herself Workshops annoucement at The Home Depot!  I'm over the moon excited to be part of the DIH Workshops team again along with a few of my fellow diy bloggers.  We're kicking off the workshops with this beautiful vertical succulent garden project:


Vertical Succulent Garden DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

Looking for a fun Spring project?  Gather a few friends together for this Do-It Herself Workshop at The Home Depot.  The DIH Workshop will teach you how to make this vertical succulent garden.

@ your local The Home Depot store
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
6:30 - 8pm

register button DIH Workshops at The Home Depot

Did you know The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

My fellow diy bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this vertical succulent garden and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!

And if you want to follow along as I build my garden I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.

Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

* I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the WOMMA Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY Fence Style Easter Basket free plans

A super cute fence style Easter basket made from scrap wood and paint stir sticks.  I'm sharing the free plans to build this fun Easter project down below.

diy fence style easter basket

Earlier this week I posted my Martha inspired Easter basket complete with all the chocolate bunnies and eggs.

diy easter basket with faux chocolate bunnies and eggs

I  promised plans for the actual basket and I'm here to deliver.  But if you want more details on the faux chocolate bunnies and eggs plus check out 5 more Martha inspired blogger Easter baskets click here.

Down below I share the free plans in addition to real life steps as I built these baskets.  Be sure to read through all steps before beginning.

Monday, April 3, 2017

DIY Chocolate Easter Basket


Sharing my Martha Stewart inspired Easter basket today and I decided to make a chocolate Easter basket.  Real chocolate is always a good idea for any Easter basket but my version is full of faux chocolate bunnies and eggs.

diy chocolate easter basket

I'm joining with five other crafty bloggers who created Martha Stewart inspired Easter baskets to celebrate the season:

Martha Stewart inspired Easter baskets


Be sure to visit each one as they are all unique and completely doable!


A special shout out to Ariel from PMQ for Two for organizing this blog hop and challenging us, I'm so happy to have my chocolate Easter basket included.

faux chocolate easter basket

I used scrap wood and plastic eggs then painted everything dark chocolate gloss to make it all look like real chocolate.