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

Some Easter Fun!

Hey guys!  I’m back tonight with my first post…woot woot!  You are as excited as I am, right??  Okay good.  Now let’s get into it!

I did a quick little Spring/Easter project that I want to share with you guys.  Isn’t is so colorful and springy??  The cheery colors are helping me kick my winter blues haha.  I already have an idea for what I am going to replace the adorable bunnies with after Easter but you’re just gonna have to wait!  But for now let’s get into a little bit of spring, shall we?

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So this is what we started off with:

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Don’t be scare of the Vaseline, it’s not weird.  Although rubber gloves were also involved haha.  This part of the project only cost about $6 (includes pink ribbon that is not pictured)  but I had the paints and Vaseline on hand already.

So to start it off I painted the pots brown.  Don’t worry about doing this perfectly.  As you can see I don’t paint the inside completely.  You just want to be sure that when you have your flowers in your pots you don’t see any of the original pot color.

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The next part is where the Vaseline comes into play.  I learned this technique over at Shanty 2 Chic.  You can read their post about it here http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/03/distress-paint-with-vaseline.html. The Vaseline helps to get a distressed look.  Anywhere you want the base color to peak through just rub a bit of Vaseline.  But I recommend wearing gloves because it feels gross!  Trust me on this people…just wear the gloves.  And just use a little Vaseline.  You don’t need much.

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After that just put your top color on!  Once I had the blue on I decided I didn’t really want the distressed look so I didn’t try to sand it down at all.  If I did I would have tried a 220 sand paper and sanded it very lightly to get some of the brown to show through.  BTW, this blue is THE BEST color ever!  I think if you continue to read my blog you will see that I have a slight obsession with it!  It’s Americana “Indian Turquoise”.  You can buy it at Michael’s.  That’s it for the pots!  For the tiny wreath’s I planned on painting them with a brush but it didn’t work out so I just took them out to the garage and gave them a few coats of gloss white spray paint.  Just remember to do a few light coats.  The best part is those little cuties only cost $.49/ea at Michael’s.  I think I should stock up and find other uses for them because they are almost the cutest thing ever!  I just put some ribbon around them and taped the ribbon to the inside of the pot.  Easy peasy!  The flowers and rabbit were all from Hobby Lobby.  I think they have a much better flower selection but remember your coupon.  The cute little bunnies were $3.99 on sale for 50% off…go snatch some up before they are gone!

And that’s it!  We officially got through our first post together…was it as awesome as you had imagined?  haha.  If you have a Pinterest (of course you do, who doesn’t) you should definitely pin this!  And just because I didn’t show you what you can really do with the awesome distressing technique from the Shanty 2 Chic girls I wanted to show you a picture frame I did so you can see what you can do with it.  And yes, it is Indian Turquoise.  I told you it’s an obsession people…don’t judge!

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Well hope you all have a good weekend and I will be back Monday night to show you guys my newest furniture build.  And don’t forget…get Pinning 🙂

~Steph