DIY Retro Camper Planter

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Summer is on our minds. We can taste the refreshing sweetness of watermelon, and feel long summer nights in the air. In the summer, adventure awaits! Whether the adventure is at the pool, in the woods, on the road or in the air, we like to go, see and do with our kids.

In addition to the sense of adventure we’re feeling, we are also slightly obsessed with retro campers and airstream trailers. No, camping is not our forte. We take after our dad on that one, but if we had a retro camper, we may be convinced to venture into the wilderness. Jenna would most definitely have a pair of heels in tow.

Until that pretty, retro camper comes along, we will have to create our own DIY versions of them. This pink one is going to a special teacher about to venture out to a new school and job. This would also make a great gift for graduates and friends who love to travel.

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Materials:

Directions:

Print a retro camper, designed by the Silhouette America store. If you don’t have an electronic cutter, you can find one online, print, cut and trace.

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Roll out the clay, place camper shapes on the clay, and trace with an X-acto knife.

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Set the shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the oven according to package directions.

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Once shapes are cool, paint them.

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Let the paint dry. Assemble the retro camper with all the shapes and E-6000 glue. We made a yellow pennant flag banner, and love the playful look it adds to the camper.

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Buy or design a Hello Adventure design from Silhouette, and print the vinyl design according to package instructions.

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Place strips of painter’s tape over the top of the design, and remove. The text should now be on the tape.

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Place the tape {with text} sticky-side down on the planter, and use a straight-edge to remove any bubbles.

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Piece by piece, remove the painter’s tape, and the vinyl should stay on the planter. If your planter is wood like ours, you may have to use one finger to hold the vinyl in place as you pull the tape up.

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Add a liberal amount of glue to the back of the retro camper, and glue it to the planter. Let it dry for 12-24 hours so it doesn’t slide down.

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Plant a pretty plant.

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DIY Tropical Leaf Coasters

We took our minds on a trip to paradise recently. It didn’t cost much, and no flight was necessary.

OK, it’s not the real thing, but our DIY tropical leaf coasters have tropical vibes written all over them, and they take us back to wonderful memories on the beach. Curbly has all the details here.

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DIY Swing Shelf

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Jessica recently made a DIY Shelf inspired by the Teak Swing Shelf from one of our favorite stores, Anthropologie. It’s cute enough for her kids to want to swing on, but beautiful {and rustic} enough to hang in her home. Plus, it’s easy and affordable to make! We’re loving this Anthropologie hack.

Check out all the how-to details at Momtastic.

 

DIY Geometric Shelf

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Maybe it’s because we are born and raised Colorado girls, but the phrase The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go by John Muir, speaks to us. There’s something nostalgic about the mountains – the beauty, the nature and the escape – that we long for.  We spend many weekends in the mountains to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and Jessica is lucky enough to see the peaks in her backyard every morning from her window.

We found a triangle geometric shelf from Michaels, and it was practically begging us to be transformed into a DIY mountain shelf. Plus, we found it to be a fun display for all the knick knacks our kids like to collect.

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Materials:

  • wood triangle shelf, Michaels
  • spray paint, black
  • felt, white
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • kids toys

Directions:

Paint the triangle shelf black.

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Once the shelf is dry, measure the size of the peak on all sides of the wood. We placed the white felt on top of each side of the wood triangle, and traced the outline with a pencil, and then cut it out.

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Apply glue to the edges of the ‘peak’ on the wood, and press the white felt down.

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Fill the shelves with all the cute little knick knacks your kids like to collect, and find a place to display.

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That’s all for now. Just as the phrase goes, The Mountains are calling, and I must Go…

Faux Moss Spring Cork Board and DIY Flower Pushpins

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It’s almost spring time, so naturally we’re upgrading our cork boards. If you have to be stuck inside at work on a beautiful spring day with dingy, fluorescent lighting, why not add a little greenery and blooms to the walls for color and sunshine?!

Here’s how we made our DIY faux moss cork board and flower push pins.

Materials:

  • Faux moss, in this case a table runner from Pier 1 {you could also use turf}
  • Flowers
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Cork board squares, Michaels
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Pushpins

Directions:

Lay out the faux moss runner. Measure the cork board squares on the moss, and pencil an outline of the cork board on the back of the moss. Cut the faux moss with the X-acto knife. We had enough moss to fully cover two squares, and decorate the third square with the word BLOOM, and grass/stems. If you want to trim all the cork boards into slightly smaller squares, there will be enough faux moss to cover all three.

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Glue the moss onto the cork board. We lined the edges of the moss with hot glue, and pressed down.

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Pull the flower blooms from the stems, and glue onto the pushpins. We kept the middle plastic part of the flower to retain its shape, so we just cut the long part of the plastic stem from under the flower.

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Glue twine onto the back of the cork squares {in the center} to hang the board.

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Hang photos, notes and art prints.

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