Pallet Board Christmas Trees

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I am going to share with you another quick, easy, and free pallet project.  Christmas is only two weeks away and I am NOT ready!  We don’t have a tree up, we have barely any decorations out, and guess how many presents I have purchased.  Zero!  Big fat goose egg, folks.  I seriously need to get my rear into gear.  Buuuut, I do have these adorable pallet trees on display and I’m loving them!  I also love that they were free and crazy easy to make.  Aren’t they adorable?

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I didn’t even use a measuring tape.  I’ll give you guys the measurements of my finished trees but really you can just do whatever you like.  I cut my tops of my trees and then decided on the size of the middle board from that.  Followed by the bottom.  The short sides of the middle and bottom boards are pretty close to the length of the long side on the board above.  Pretty confusing, huh?  Let’s try to simplifiy haha.  The long side of the top=the short side of the middle.  The long side of the middle=the short side of the bottom.  Here are the sizes of mine.  All the measurements are the long side and they are cut at a 45° angle.

Large Tree                                                      Small Tree

Top-6.5″                                                         Top-4.75″

Middle-14″                                                    Middle-11″

Bottom-21″                                                   Bottom-16.5″

Back Board-14.5″                                        Back-11.25″

Once I had my boards cut I sanded them very lightly.  To put them together I just used glue and my nail gun.

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All finished up!  These are so easy and look great!  I made 4 in about 30 minutes.  If you have some pallets laying around you should definitely whip some of these up.  They would even make a cute gift for someone!  And if you are looking for some other ideas for pallets check out my other pallet projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a post and feel free to Pin my projects!  Have a great day!!

 

~Steph

Summer Series–Cardboard Box “TV”

Hey friends!!  Do you follow me on Instagram?  If you do, you probably saw the picture I posted of my kiddos coloring a box last night.  The other day one of my daughters told me she wanted to be on TV and she even came up with a way to make it happen.  Smart kid, I tell ya!  She’s super creative and I pretty much always love her ideas.  So, she said, “Why don’t we get a box, color it like a tv, and pretend we are on tv?”  Well kid, I think that’s genius!  So we went to Walmart and got a moving box for $3.77.  This is the link for the one we bought.

When we got the box home we had to do a little “TV” prep work to do.  After taping up the ends, we painted the whole box white.  Ours was brown with green pictures and lettering all over it.  Once it was painted we got out a big scrapbook and traced it onto the side so we had a guide for cutting out our “screen”.  Once the screen is cut out cut a little door in the back and let the kids go crazy decorating that bad boy!

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Now that it’s beautifully customized, hop in!

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Now the only thing left to do is get an audience…

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Since they are watching this amazing TV show at home it’s okay to have crazy swimming hair like the cute chick in the audience!

And there you have it, folks!  Thanks to a very creative little girl we now have a fun project for under $4!  It’s almost like a few projects rolled into one.  Painting-check.  Coloring-check.  Becoming a tv star at only 4 and 7 years old-check!  Now, I’m off to think of some other fun things to do with a box.

Before I go, don’t forget to check out our preview Summer Series posts!
“Frozen” Glitter Gak
2-Ingredient No Bake Clay

~Steph

Quick and Easy Toddler Bed

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Hey friends!  I’m back today sharing a quick, easy, AND inexpensive toddler bed before spending the weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather we are finally getting here in NE!  If you have a little one who is ready to get out of their crib this is a great project.  It really could not be any easier.  Just some lumber and a few hours and you can have this…

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

I got my inspiration for this from this bed that Shanty 2 Chic and Ana White teamed up on.  I decided to not put the platform on because I figured my girls would probably figure out a way to hurt themselves with it…perhaps use it as a diving board or something.  They’re creative like that 🙂  I think I will eventually make some type of headboards to go with them but first I need to build one more.  I decided to only do one to make sure I liked it before spending the money on another.

So to build the bed I built a box out of 2x6s using my Kreg Jig.  Next, I put 2x2s running the length of the bed on each side just screwed through the 2×2 into the 2x6s.  After that, just screw some 1x3s slats into the 2x2s to lay your mattress on.  The best thing to do would be to measure you mattress and figure out your measurements from there.

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Once this is all done just add your bun feet onto the bottom.  Aren’t they adorable?!

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog! Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

Now just prime and paint and you’re done!  I’m really loving the color.  I chose it because I found some amazing fabric at JoAnn that I am going to make new bedding with.  I’ll definitely show you guys when it’s all finished up but for now I’m really happy with how it looks.  And the best part is, my girlies love it!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

~Steph

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Quick and Easy Picture Ledges

Hey y’all!  Did you have a great week?  Like I said back in the Autism post here, I am back with a little quick project for you all.  I said two this week so a post Saturday night and another Sunday night is me keeping my word, right?  I think it is haha.  So let’s get on with this people!

So, the last few weeks I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t gotten many new things done.  I have been busy refinishing my dining room table and building some chairs to go with it.  And spending lots of time with these people…

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I did get a few picture ledges built for a customer though so I thought I would show you all how to do them.  They are, of course, Ana White plans.  It’s true guys, I’m completely obsessed with her!  These ledges are amazingly simple and a perfect starter project.  A friend of mine actually just started off with these.  She made some beautiful ledges for her bathroom!

You can make the ledges as long as you would like.  You can also make them as deep as you want but I wouldn’t recommend going to deep because there isn’t much to support them.  The deepest shelves I have made with these plans were 6″ and I honestly was not super comfortable with them because I was afraid of them being to heavy once they were filled up.  If you do decide to make some of these don’t come blaming me if your shelves were to heavy and they came crashing down in the middle of the night along with a chunk of drywall haha.

So to build these frames all you will need is 3 pieces of wood cut to the same length.  I would just measure the area you are putting them and build them to fit the space.  The best part of DIY is making everything look like it was made just for it’s new home.  For these shelves I used 1×3’s for the back and bottom and a 1×2 for the front.

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The assembly of these could not be simpler.  I use 2″ self tapping screws and just screw the back into the bottom.  Be sure to use glue and make sure you are keeping in mind what sides of the wood you want to be seen.  If one side is pretty and the other not so much just face the bad side to the back and you won’t ever have to see it!

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I would recommend putting screws about every 6″ or so.  Next step is adding the front.  I believe in Ana White’s plans you screw the front on but I just use my nail gun and attach the fronts using glue and some finish nails.

Now you have some ledges!  I sand them down a bit making sure to get any rough edges then either prime and paint or stain.  Keep in mind that stain will not work over glue so be sure you are wiping any glue that squeezes out off of your project.  To attach them I use 3″ self tapping screws and screw right through the backs being extra careful that I am drilling into the center of studs.  Now decorate!

Here are the shelves I was building for a customer.  She is using these for a book display in her baby’s nursery.  Such a cute idea!  Oh and look at that bench!  If you missed it you can read the post about it here 😉

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Here are some shelves I have made for my house.  I love how versatile they are.  And I also love that I can change out pictures so easily!

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Hope you all decide to make some of these easy little ledges.  They are so simple but are a great way to fill up a wall.  Hope you all have a great night and I will be back tomorrow with the pictures of my new dining room!  If you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook.  You can get a little sneak of the table!

~Steph