DIY Batgirl Costume for under $15!

I have to admit that it took me a while (several years) to get into the Halloween thing, but seeing how much the kiddos (hubs included) love it, I have learned to love it too. However, I think that paying $35 for a Batgirl costume is crazy, so I decided to just make my own.

DIY Batgirl Costume for under $15

What you will need

  • A large pink shirt
  • Two pink Foamies
  • Two silver Foamies
  • Half yard of pink fabric

*All items were purchased at Michael’s for just under $15.

DIY Batgirl Costume

Creating the Symbol

  1. Do a Google search for the Batman symbol
  2. Trace it on the back of the silver foam sheet
  3. Trace over the indentation it leaves with a pen to make it easier to cut

DIY Batgirl Costume

I attached the symbol with some Mod Podge, but then decided to hand stitch around it with some gray string and liked that much better.

DIY Batgirl Costume

Transforming the oversized shirt into a little dress

  1. Cut shirt to the desired length
  2. Make triangle cuts along the bottom
  3. Make some stitches on the sides to create a waist
  4. Cut off the sleeves and stitch whats left to pull it together

DIY Batgirl Costume

Making the belt

  1. Print a smaller version of the logo and trace it on the silver foam
  2. Take a ruler to trace the belt line and cut

DIY Batgirl Costume

Take the left over fabric from cutting the shirt, trim along the seem and attach if to the belt so you can tie it on.

DIY Batgirl Costume

DIY Batgirl Costume

Time for the cape

I just cut my fabric in half and hand stitched the two pieces together. I made some triangle cuts to the bottom and used hemming tape on the sides. With the remaining silver foam and fabric from the sleeves I created a tie on similar to the belt.

DIY Batgirl Costume

DIY Batgirl Costume

Use the pink foam and some string to make the boots and arm pieces.

DIY Batgirl Costume
I had a Batman mask from one of my sons old costumes and I just used some glitter and Mod Podge to transform it.

DIY Batgirl Costume

DIY Batgirl Costume

You don’t have a mask to transform? Just make one out of the left over silver foam or skip it!

DIY Batgirl Costume

Time to fight some bad guys!

DIY Batgirl Costume

Thanks for the visit! Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Beca

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Tea party time! DIY Princess Tea Tray.

My little Monkey loves to have tea parties and we have soooo much fun with them, but the tea (aka water) was damaging the Mod Podge tray I made her. I know, I know the hubs already said “Why don’t you just stop using water??” Well, the water is half the fun!!

DIY Princess Tea tray

After looking into different options I came up with this cute little solution:

DIY Princess Tea Tray

I used a plastic photo frame I had purchased at Target for another project I never started. Her tea set is Disney Princess themed, so I picked up some princess stickers to go with it, some beads and wire.

DIY Princess Tea Tray

The first thing I did was use some scrap wood and clamps to secure the frame and drill holes for the handles.

DIY Princess Tea Tray

Before you drill make sure to have a piece of paper on the back so that the drill doesn’t scuff up the plastic.

DIY Princess Tea Tray

I didn’t want wire on the inside of the tray so I drilled two holes to loop the wire back out.

DIY Tea Party Tray

The next step is fun and one that your little can help with! What little kid doesn’t love putting beads on a string or wire???

DIY Princess Tea tray

DIY Princess Tea Tray

I cut out the sheet of stickers so I could move them around and play with the layout and background color before putting it all together.

DIY Tea Party Tray

DIY Princess Tea Tray

Flip the frame upside down and cover it with Mod Podge and attach your decorated paper.

DIY Princess Tea Tray

Note: If your parties are really wild and you spill lots of tea, you may want to add a small bead of clear caulk where all the pieces of the frame join together.

She loves it!!

DIY Princess Tea Tray

Time to party!!

DIY Princess Tea Tray

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Beca

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Fall / Halloween Letter Blocks

It’s been a crazy few days around here! I did my first craft show on Saturday and last week I had the great pleassure of being a guest blogger over a TitiCrafty! I wanted to also share it with you here in case you missed it. I love fall! Don’t you? I love the colors, the decorations and the temperature change. The problem is that by the time I’m mentally ready to start decorating for Fall it’s really time for Halloween, do you feel that way? Any ways, I wanted to make something I could use for both since they are so close together and here is what I came up with:

Fall / Halloween Letter Blocks

Fall and Halloween letter Blocks

Here is what you will need:

  • A piece of 4 x 4 from the home improvement store or pre-cut blocks from the craft store
  • Hand saw or table saw
  • Burlap
  • Nail tacks or Upholstery Nail Tacks
  • Freezer Paper
  • Printer
  • Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun

Steps

Cut your 4 x 4 to the desired size, I cut mine to 3″ and then sanded all the edges and corners down:

Fall and Halloween Blocks

This was the perfect project to try printing directly on to my burlap and this is where the Freezer Paper and iron come in. Using a regular sheet of printer paper as a template I cut my burlap and Freezer paper to 8.5 x 11. Place the shiny side of the Freeze paper face down on the burlap and iron over the non shiny side. This causes the Freezer paper to stick to the burlap and gives the printer something to pull on. I designed the block letters in Illustrator adding block outlines so I could cut them out easier. If you like you can download and use the PDF here: Fall Letters and Boo Letters.

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I cut out the letters and stained my blocks:

Fall and Halloween Letter Blocks

I wanted to make sure the burlap didn’t lift off from the blocks, so I used my hot glue gun to secure them to the blocks before adding the nail tacks on:

Fall and Halloween Letter Blocks

Repeat the same process for the other side and your all done.

Fall and Halloween Letter Blocks

Fall and Halloween Letter Blocks

Fall and Halloween Block Letters

I love that I can display them in different ways! I hope you enjoyed this little project as much as I did.

Beca

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Large Hand Painted Lyrics Sign

Have you ever had a week, a month or a season of what feels like never-ending stress? Yeah, we all have. This past year has been an incredibly challenging year for us but, through it all we have found peace and strength in the Lord, our family and friends who we are so blessed to have. I’m a very emotional person so even though in my heart I know it’s all in God’s hands, I’ve had many many days when my emotions have taken over and overwhelmed me. A couple of weeks a go I was having one of those days and as I was driving home changing stations I turned K-Love on just as Your Love is Like a River by Third Day came on and BAM! It was just the reminder and comfort I needed. The tears of sadness turned to tears of joy and peace. I can’t really put into words how I felt at that moment because the timing was just…. well, heavenly.

I’ve been wanting to make a large sing for a while and I decided to make one using one of my favorite lines from that song “When all my strength and hope is gone Your love is like a rock that I am standing on”.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

I usually use my Cricut to cut a template when making signs, but I wanted different and larger fonts than I could get from my Cricut. It was time to try a different technique.

Here is what you will need:

  • Wood
  • Photoshop or other graphics software
  • Carbon paper
  • Painting and distressing materials
  • Thin brushes

I had some left over plywood so I measured and cut to the desired size.
plywood

I painted the edges of it brown and added Vaseline over the corners and edges before covering it all with white. This is my favorite distressing technique.

Large Hand Painted Lyrics Sing

I used Photoshop to design the quote.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

Once I was happy with how it looked, I sliced it and printed it out on 9 different sheets.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

After putting the quote sheets back together and placing them where I wanted them, I put the carbon paper behind the sheets and traced all the letters with a pen.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

This is what it looks like after I traced it out.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

With a very thin brush I painted the outline and then filled them in.

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

Wipe off the areas with Vaseline and sand as desired to get something like this:

Large Hand Painted Lyric Sign

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like this as much as I do.

Hugs!
Beca

TGIF Link Party No. 13 – I’m Co – Hosting!


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Caramelized Pear Pie Filling by Kleinworth & Co. I don’t even think I’ve heard of pear pie, but this sure makes me want one! Gina comes up with some awesome pie fillings that always get my mouth watering. I bet this is a great alternative to the classic apple pie and perfect for fall!
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Bye Bye Fruit Fly by Jazzy Gourmet. I don’t know about you but this year was awful for fruit flies, it seemed like every time I got rid of them they’d be back a few days later. Sherry has some great tips and a video demonstration on how to get rid of these little buggers. 
Got Water? by Chaos with a Curve. I definitely need to drink a lot more water and I’ll be downloading this app asap! What a great way to keep track of your water consumption. 
Healthy Apple Chips by We Do Fun Here. I love a simple and healthy snack that is still really delicious and these are just that. Easy to make and perfect for fall!
Homemade PayDay Candy Bars by The Casual Craftlete. I love me a PayDay candy bar, the sweet chewy goodness mixed with the crunch of roasted nuts… delicious! I love the idea of making them at home, and they have marshmallows in them… who knew!?
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DIY Perfect Slouchy Tee by Domestic Bliss Squared. I love these kinds of shirts and who knew it was this easy to create that look. I have a pile of t-shirts that I am going to be trying this on soon.
Easy DIY Apothecary Jars by Elizabeth Joan Designs. I have always loved the look of apothecary jars. They are perfect for storage and are decorative. These DIY jars are so easy and inexpensive and can be made from jars you already own.
Avocado Crostini by Joyful Healthy Eats. I love anything to do with avocados. These crostinis look so yummy. The avocado is piled high with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on crusty bread, great for a snack or party.
Chocolate Orange Revel Bars by Cookin’ for the Seven Dwarfs. I have been on a major dessert bar kick and these just got added to my list. Chocolate and orange are a perfect flavor combo. I could eat a whole plate!
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Purse and Scarf Hanger

Do you hang your purse from one of those coat hooks? I do and I can’t even count how many purse handles I have damaged by doing that and I didn’t even realize that the hooks were causing the damage. For my last birthday my in-laws spoiled me with a gift certificate that I used to get a very nice purse. I started to hang this purse on the door knob in the laundry room and after a few months I realized that the purse handles still looked like new and that’s when the light bulb went off. Using the door handle as a purse hanger wasn’t very practical, so I decided to make a new purse holder with the same shape of the door knob.

Purse and Scarf Holder

What you need:

  • A thick piece of wood
  • A fence post cap
  • Paint
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Sand Paper
  • Curtains rings
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Color String
  • Metal Hooks

I wanted a fun bright and girly design.

Purse and Scarf Holder

I used my Cricut to create a Choose Joy Stencil.

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I added a cute little button to the flower and traced the words with a black marker to make the words pop a bit more.
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I put the fence post cap through the bottom of a plastic cup for an easier painting and drying process.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Pre-drill a hole to screw the post cap right in.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Originally this was only going to be a purse hanger, but I had to find a new solution to my Pinterest fail scarf project. You know, the one where you use curtain rings on a hanger to hang all your scarfs. Great idea, but mine ended up hanging all to one side which drove me crazy.
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Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create did an awesome guest post of a Creative Scarf Hanger over on Titi Crafty and I thought that was the perfect solution to my scarf problem. So I implemented that I idea to my purse holder.

I played with the positioning on of the rings till I found a layout I liked. I a hot glue gun to set the rings in place.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

I added some pink string.

Purse and Scarf Holder

I drilled some holes to the bottom and added 3 hooks to attach the rings.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Do you like it? Could you use one of these? I love how this turned out. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs,

Beca

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DIY Farmhouse Bed

OK I can’t take much credit for this one because it was built by Mr. Creative Dominican with a little help from our oldest, but I did all the begging and the painting to get this done and that counts right? I was shocked that the hubs agreed to do this project when I approached him with Ana-White’s Farmhouse plans. It was a bigger shock when we went to the store to get the wood and he wanted to get the higher quality and more expensive one (he is totally getting the DIY bug LOL) I really wanted the cheaper cracked and imperfect wood for a really country farmhouse feel. I originally planned to distressed the heck out of it, but I loved it so much in plain white that I decided to skip the distressing.

At the time I wasn’t blogging much so we didn’t take lots of pictures of the process but I love how it turned out so I wanted to share.

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

The first coat of paint was brushed on and that was a big yuck! I gave it a second coat using a foam roller and that made it soooooo much better. No brush strokes at all! I love it. Please ignore the ugly lamps and tables they will be gone soon (another project :-) ).

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed
I want to give a special thanks to my mother-in-law for the beautiful hand made quilt. I love it!.

Thanks for stopping by
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Beca

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DIY Dollhouse

So my little girl asked for a Dollhouse for her 3rd birthday and of course I couldn’t just go buy a house, I had to build one for her. You should have seen the look on the hubs face when I told him and of course this just made me more determined. I followed Ana-White’s Dream House plans except that I got a little excited about the build and added an extra floor.

DIY Dollhouse

The plans on her site list the total cost on this project to be around $200, I ended up spending around $50 total. My original plan was to have the hardware store make most of the plywood cuts for me (I was willing to pay extra for the cuts), but the guy said the best he could do was to cut it to fit in my van, boo. After walking up and down every isle trying to come up with a plan B, I came across some thick plywood pre-cut at 24″ x 24″ for $4.99 each and since the plans called for 24″ x 32″ I decided that 24″ x 24″ would work. For the walls I just used two pieces of 2×6 cut to 14″ and glued together.

DIY Dollhouse Materials

I cut 16 pieces of 2x2s at 24″ for the floor frames.

DIY Dollhouse

This was the perfect project to use my new toy and now favorite tool, the Kreg Jig.

DIY Dollhouse

Once my pocket holes were drilled I just attached the 2x2s to all 4 sides using screws and wood glue.

DIY Dollhouse

I added scrapbooking paper with Mod Podge to the walls and later a strip of white paper to the top and bottom to imitate molding.

DIY Dollhouse

I added some furniture made out of some scrap wood.

DIY Dolhouse furniture

DIY Dolhouse furniture

DIY Dollhouse
DIY Dollhouse
DIY Dollhouse
DIY Dollhouse

DIY Dollhouse

DIY Dollhouse

I made the walls a bit taller than the plans called for and at first I was thinking it was a mistake, but then I saw that Barbie liked to ride her horse in the house and I was glad I added the extra head space..LOL

DIY Dollhouse

I have to admit I was having second thoughts about this project and that was only because she kept saying she wanted doors and a pool with her house among other things. I was worried that she would have been happier with a house that had doors, windows and a working door bell, but when I saw her jumping up and down after she saw it I was glad I built it for her. She is already making requests for a TV, pillows, blankets and a video game room for the house so it will be fun to just keep adding furniture and things to it. We spent some time yesterday building and painting some additional furniture and I loved it. Next, I plan to add an elevator.

DIY Dollhouse

DIY Dollhouse

I hope you like it as much we do! If you like it, show some love by sharing it, pinning it, liking it or leaving a comment. I love comments! Follow my blog via the links on the right column or via Pinterest and Facebook to keep up with all my projects.

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Beca

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Storage Bin to Toy Box Makeover

I was tired of looking at the ugly plastic bin I’ve been using as a toy box, but I didn’t want to spend money on an actual toy box. I decided to just give the bin a little makeover. It just took some wrapping paper, Mod Podge, burlap and decorative fence post caps to go from this:

Storage bin to toy box makeover.

To this:

Storage bin to toy box makeover

Like it? I think it looks great. The bin is in my family room so I picked materials that would go well with my current decor, but the possibilities are endless.

Materials:

1. Bin
2. Fabric or wrapping paper. I used about a yard of burlap and wrapping paper I picked up at the dollar store
3. To keep the cost down I used decorative fence post caps as the legs instead of actual furniture legs. They cost about $3 each
4. Rope
5. Mod Podge
6. Hot glue
7. Lock nuts

I brushed the Mod Podge on the bin with a sponge brush working in small sections so I could attach the wrapping paper and keep wrinkles to a minimum. I still had to recruit a helper to hold the bin down for me. Isn’t he cute?

Storage bin to toy box makeover

My bin had a bit of a curve at the top. In the picture above you can see that I made some cuts to the paper so it would bend better and stay smooth below the curve. After I had it nice and smooth I trimmed off the extra paper.

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I covered the lid and the section with the curve with some burlap using my hot glue gun. Now it was time to attach the legs. Attaching the legs was super simple, I just drilled a hole and screwed them right in. They are on super tight, I got this idea after putting together one of my daughter’s ridding toys where the screws just went right in to the plastic.

Storage bin to toy box makeover

The screws that poked out inside were large and I was worried that they could scratch my little one if she decided to sit inside, so I added the Lock nuts to the top to cover up the pointy part and avoid any problems later.

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Storage bin to toy box makeover
Storage bin to toy box makeover

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Thanks for the visit!

Beca

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DIY Patriotic Silverware and Napkin Caddy

Wow Fourth of July is tomorrow! Here is a fun little project to help you celebrate. This was inspired by Ana White’s Soda Crate plans. I modified mine a bit because I wanted to add a section for napkins.

DIY Patriotic silverware Caddy

I used all 1 x 6 wood since I wasn’t creating a handle. I also used some small left over chunks of wood to lift up the napkins a bit.

DIY Patriotic Silverware Caddy_wood

I added 3 1/8″ to the sides to make up for the addition of the napkin space.

DIY Patriotic Silverware Caddy assembly

I painted all the wood white before I assembled it. I used wood glue and some nails to put it together.

1. I used electrical tape to tape off the stripes (it was all I had and I didn’t want to go to the sore…shhh don’t tell the hubby).
2. The stars stencil was made with a star punch and some scrap of paper.
3. After it all dried I gave it a good sanding to distress it and round out the corners a bit.
4. I wanted to tone down the colors, so I just used some brown craft paint that was rubbed on with a wet paper towel.
5. Finally I rubbed a black ink pad all over it.

DIY Patriotic Silverware Caddy painting

DIY Patriotic Silverware Caddy

DIY Patriotic Silverware Caddy

I’m very happy with how it turned out! I hope you liked it too! If you like it, show some love by sharing it, pinning it, liking it or leaving a comment. I love comments! Follow my blog via the links on the right column or via Pinterest and Facebook to keep up with all my projects.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Beca

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