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Floating Headboard DIY (no nail holes!!!)

When I stumbled upon these pictures from Brian’s blog, Hazzard Family Blog, on Pinterest I knew immediately that this was the headboard project for me.

Initially I was leaning towards a DIY tufted headboard (cause they are all over Pinterest), but my fiance reminded me that he lives here too and the tufted style is a little too feminine for our bedroom.  (You’re welcome Nick!)

Here’s how we accomplished this project:

1. Buy Materials

  • 1 x 6″ boards. Make sure to get ones that are straight! I’d recommend a lumber store over a large home improvement retailer for better quality wood.
  • Stain – We love using Miniwax band stain. The color we picked was Dark Walnut (2716)
  • Polyurethane – We used a semi-gloss so that it’s glossy enough to be easy to dust but not super shiny.
  • Sandpaper – 220 grit for a smooth finish. You might want to buy a lower grit if your wood is rough and sand with that first.
  • Painters tape
  • 3M Command Strips – 12 lb. These are the heavy duty kind. You will need 4 per board for safety!
Here's what we used for stain, seal and strips!
Here’s what we used for stain, seal and strips!

2. Sand the BoardsPile of Wood Dust

Sand the flat part of BOTH SIDES of the boards. Don’t forget the edges too! You can hand-sand these, but if your neighbor has a sander I’d recommend borrowing it. There will be wood flakes everywhere, so be sure to do this activity in a space that can handle the mess. 


3. Stain the Boards

This is the BEST step. Staining wood is so very satisfying. Watching the wood go from plain to colorful is the best part of any wood project.

For this project I stained the wood once, let it dry overnight and then stained a second time the next day to darken the color. I used a roller to apply the stain and wiped it down with an old t-shirt.

Stain Layers

4. Seal the Boards

Polyurethane is basically a liquid plastic that will help seal in the color and give wood a finished look. Without it your wood project swill collect dirt and can stain with water.

*** Make sure to use a tool that you are ok throwing away for this step. Polyurethane is nearly impossible to wash out of a nice brush.*** I learned this the hard way 🙁

Applying Sealant

Apply the polyurethane using a roller. GO SLOW to avoid micro bubbles. Try to stir the can every few minutes using very smooth and slow strokes, trying to minimize the amount of air getting stirred in. If you have any bubbles that don’t go away in a few minutes, use a brush to smooth the sealant.

With and Without Stain

5. Hang the Boards

Ok folks, this is where the fun begins. I know that hanging 4 to 6 boards perfectly horizontal and keeping consistent spacing seems like an impossible feat, but believe me when I say THIS TOOK LESS THAN 45 MINUTES. Here are the methods I used to hang the boards.

To hang each board I used 3 or 4 of the 3M Command Strips shown above. The boards near the bottom got 3 and the ones near the top got 4. I was worried at first that this was a huge risk and I’d wake up with a broken nose, but our boards have been hanging for months and there have been zero issues.

To hang the first (lowest) board, use a piece of painters tape to create a level line on the wall. Align the board with this line to adhere to the wall. (If you need more help, check out my tutorial for hanging a mirror here. The same rules apply).

Apply a piece of level tape to the wall to place the first board.
Apply a piece of level tape to the wall to place the first board.

Now, I know that if you wanted to measure out an inch or two from the top of the first board and then reapply the tape and re-level the tape and then stick on another board, you could. BUT remember I promised getting this done quickly. So instead of doing it that way, I took about 5 minutes and turned on my engineering brain to find a better solution. The answer: BOUNCY BALLS! 

I tapes 4 bouncy balls to the top of the board and then set the bottom of the next board on top of those. Then move the bouncy balls up to the top of the new board and keep going. It took about 10 minutes to get all 5 boards (not including the first one) applied to the wall.

How to hang perfectly spaced boards
How to hang perfectly spaced boards

I also applied a piece of tape, leveled vertically, to the edge of the boards to help keep them aligned on the edge for a sharp modern look.


Before and After

Before and After

Completed Floating Headboard DIY Project

Sleepy Puppy – Knit Animal

Recently the (amazing) woman who watches my dog had a baby. I wanted to thank her in a special way so I found  this modification of a pattern from  The original “Pupster” pattern can be found here.Knit Instructions


Although in the website this little puppy fits nicely into someone’s hands, mine came out about twice as large! I did use size 6 needles as instructed, but my yarn must have been larger than what this pattern asked for. Here’s the correct yarn if you do want a small puppy in the chocolate color: 

Aspen 3I was able to make this in two days. It is not overly complicated but does require a moderate amount of sewing.Puppy in Pieces


As shown in this picture, the pattern instructs you to make all of the pieces separately and then sew them together (tail not shown).

As described in the modification I used one solid color instead of the “Pupster” pattern which has white face and paw accents. I also choose to use embroidery for the eyes instead of plastic since this is safer for infants (tutorial for face).

Face Close Up


I definitely think that using the “sleepy face” from is a lot cuter than regular button eyes.


If you have never made a knit stuffed animal before I’m not sure if I would suggest starting with this one.  The entire thing is knit by making flat pieces and then sewing up the seam.  It can be difficult to make this look pretty if you’re new to working with yarn.

Side View


This pattern used about 50 g of yarn which made it a great project for “cleaning up” my clutter of half used skeins.



One more of my dog modeling with the sleepy puppy toy, because why not?

Aspen 1

DIY Magnets – The perfect gift on a budget

I am dedicating this post to my friend, Anna Fiore, who taught me how to make these wonderful magnets last winter.  Since then, I’ve made over 40 magnets and have sent them to friends all over the US!

What you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Old Magazines
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Super Glue (I recommend Loctite gel control)
  • 1 – 1.5 inch Clear Glass Mosaic Circles (Check out the sidebar for a link to Amazon to buy 50 for $9.99)Magnets
  • Magnets – Do not use magnet tape, it is not strong enough.  You can get these “Flexible Magnets” at most craft stores. They are worth the few extra dollars.


Steps 1-3 edited

Step 1: Find an image in a magazine that you think would make a cute magnet.  Place the glass circle over the image to ensure it will fit.  Use the pencil to draw a line all the way around the circle, as close to the base as possible.

Step 2: Cut out the image, cutting along the INSIDE of the circle.

Step 3: Use the paint brush to apply Mod Podge to the TOP of the image. That’s right, cover the image that you want to turn into the magnet with the Mod Podge.

Steps 4-6 edited

Step 4: Place the glass circle onto the sticky side of the image.  Turn the glass circle over and Mod Podge the entire back.  Ensure to smooth down all of the edges.

Step 5: Separate one magnet from the stack.  Use the super glue, Loctite in my case, to glue the magnet to the back of the magazine image.

Step 6: Let dry for about 15 minutes.

The best thing about this gift is that you can fully personalize the magnets.  Here are some examples:

For a Male Friend



I made these for a friend who likes hamburgers, football, and the IU Hoosiers.



Gift for a Girl




I made these for a girl friend who likes mail, coffee, and kittens.



Magnet Set 3



These three were made for a sorority sister who likes makeup and is an engineer!



Here’s a set of magnets that I’ve gifted to two friends over the course of a year.  You can tell based on the images I chose that they like Breaking Bad, Girls, Game of thrones, and the Voice.  Penguins are Shanna’s favorite animal and I thought Adam would appreciate the shark and the bacon.

Magnet Gifts
Customize your magnets gifts to the likes and interests of your friends!

Halloween Mummy Jars

Originally Pinned By Crafts Re-Designed

I saw this cute and simple craft last Halloween and thought it was too cute to pass up.  I ended up using this as a craft for my sister’s 12th birthday party (October birthdays get the best crafts!).  The good news is that if a group of pre-teens can tackle making mummy jars, you can too.

The supplies are in the medium price range.  To get the authentic mummy look you have to use gauze (grocery store or pharmacy).  A roll of gauze is around $3, but it isn’t very much.  To make about 8 mummy jars of various sizes I used about 6 rolls of gauze. Aside from that mod-podge is cheap and you can use old sauce jars that are clean instead of buying Ball jars.

Here’s what it looks like without the spooky effects:

Mummy Jars with the lights on.
Mummy Jars with the lights on.

Making the mummy jars is as easy as it looks. Get the gauze all mod-pogde-y and wrap it around the jars.  I recommend cutting the gauze into different widths and trying to wrap it sporadically so it doesn’t look uniformly placed.

Hot glue on some googly eyes and you’re good to go.

It takes AT LEAST 24 hours for these to dry completely so best not to save this craft for October 30th.

You can use a tea light, or buy flickering LED lights to put in side the jars.


Single Mummy Jar, The perfect Halloween Craft for Kids

Candy Bar Fathers Day Card

My younger sister saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect gift for her dad/my step-dad.  Since he’s a sweet tooth it was a perfect gift.

Another example of this idea comes from Lil’ Luna’s Fathers Day Candy Bar Poster.

Emily and my mom came up with the text and I helped Emily put it together.  We used a few golf themes since our dad is an avid golfer (i.e. “step up to the MOUNDS”).

Happy Father's Day!

The full text reads:

“For Fathers Day I could have taken you on a shopping SPREE or golfing… When you step up on the MOUNDS I will try not to SNICKER as you CRUNCH the ball, or I can make you a PB sandwich and you can lick my BUTTERFINGERS, then we can split a MILKYWAY be-TWIX us.  Since I don’t have a job with a PAYDAY I thought I would give you this card instead.”

Ok ok maybe it’s cheesy and very grammatically questionable, but still super cute.


We were able to get all of the candy bars to stay on very well using packing tape.

Candy Bar Father's Day Card

Happy Pinning!

80’s Themed Neon Cassette Tapes

This Pinspiration was originally from Setting The Mood.

What is more 80’s than neon AND cassette tapes?  The most challenging part of creating these amazing 80’s party decorations was finding cassette tapes.  Think about it, when was the last time you stumbled across a large pile of cassette tapes?  We tried searching vintage stores and Goodwill to no avail.  My mom found about 10 or so that she was willing to part with.  We were also able to buy some cassettes from WalMart, but fair warning, don’t ask the employees in the electronics department if they have cassettes because they will wrongly tell you “no” and look at you like you’re crazy for wanting to buy cassette tapes.

Model Maker Brand Spray Paint White Primer Spray PaintWe purchased five different neon spray paint colors (yellow, green, purple, orange, and blue).  We used a range of brands, but overwhelmingly the Model Master brand (left) worked the best.  I ended up having to use a white primer coat first to get the Krylon brand to cover the plastic (above).

Yellow and Purple Spray Painted Cassettes

Here you can see what the tapes looked like without a coat of primer.

It was pretty disappointing, but after adding the primer the color was a lot less transparent.


I thought it might look cool to use the actual tape as string to tie the cassettes together.  I just pulled out some of the tape and used the slits and holes int he plastic on the cassette tape case to keep them together.  You can put two or three cassettes on a string based on where you will hang them.  Most of mine ended up going on ceiling lights, so more than 3 would have been a nuisance.

Hanging Neon Cassette Tapes DSC_0031









Happy Pinning!


Masking Tape Painting

Originally by Maria Teorien  See original Pin here
Like most crafty women on Pinterest, I saw this pin and immediately thought “that is so pretty and totally doable”. After having actually done it I can contest that yes, it is pretty and definitely doable. The materials are not cheap unless you already own acrylic paints (which I did). I will also caution that this took me about 4 hours from start to finish. I gave this to my younger sister as a birthday gift and it made a great addition to her teenage bedroom.

Canvas – I bought this size at a craft store for about $20
Paint brushes – larger brushes make the project go faster. Also having more than one will speed things up, otherwise you have to run to a sink and wash between each color change.
Various acrylic paints – I HIGHLY SUGGEST buying white and dark colors so that you can mix to make more color options. I also used a shiny gold which I think added some interest. In Maria’s pin she used gold as the backdrop; silver would also look nice.
Tape – Maria used regular masking tape. I used “drafting tape” purchased at the craft store which I think gives slightly crisper lines.

Slowly peel off the tape
Masking Tape Painting – Paint and Let Dry











Place the tape in a pattern that has a focal point (In this case, most of the lines are directed towards the bottom right side of the canvas).

Both Maria and I used this technique and I think it brings depth to the finished work instead of having all of the tape lines completely random.

I also taped the edges of the canvas to help give it a clean edge. Unlike Maria’s painting I used the canvas white as my backdrop instead of painting a metallic background (mostly cause I was feeling lazy).
Wait until the tape dries to peel off. I had to do each section with AT LEAST two coats of paint.

Hang on a wall and voila!

Happy Pinning!

Floating Candles with Twigs

Originally pinned by The Family CEO

See the original instructions here

This project only cost $7.50. The vase was about $7 at the craft store and the candle was $0.49. You can spend $30 on a candle that doesn’t look nearly this pretty!

I originally picked these materials from my garden to use:
tall grass
mint plant trimmings

The bad news is all of these things float, including the twigs. So, I was able to cut the twigs to that they pressed against the sides of the vase to hold them selves in. The candle also helped to keep everything in there.

To me this was pretty, but kind of boring, so I tried adding the tall grass (huge fail) and then the mint. The mint stayed down after setting it under the twigs a little bit. It also gave the whole thing a nice aroma.

Overall this was an easy, cheap project that I enjoyed for about 5 days before the water got dingy.

Happy Pinning!

Toilet Paper Roll Picture Frame Painting

Toilet Paper Roll Picture Frame Painting
Originally by Creative Carmella

See the original Pin here Toilet Paper Roll Painting

After re-pinning this cute craft I tried making it with my 11 year old sister. It was a great Saturday project for us. All in all it only took about one hour for us each to make one frame. The instructions provided by Creative Carmella were simple and easy to follow. The only suggestion I would make is to add a little extra glue to the photo corners to help them stick to the canvas.

I added a 1/2″ black ribbon around the outside to give a clean finish to the edges.


Happy PInning!