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diy throw pillow from placemats

My daughter has a birthday coming up and all she wants is decor for her bedroom. Throw pillows is at the top of her list. Have you priced throw pillows lately? They are crazy expensive! I found these placemats on a shopping trip and thought they were perfect for what she was wanting.

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It is so hard to tell, but they are a rich gold, glitter and so pretty!

All you will need is placemats, a sewing machine and pillow inserts or stuffing for the inside of your pillow. Pillow forms can also be so expensive. A little trick I use is buying an inexpensive pillow from Walmart and cutting it up. The pillow I used for this was about $3 and stuffed 2 12 inch throw pillows.
Turn your pillows pretty sides together and sew around the edge, leaving one side open. Once you have sewn the sides, you can turn it right side out.

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Now you can stuff it as full as you would like. I like mine really fluffy, especially since they have a tendency to flatten out over time.

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Once you have stuffed it, you can sew that last side shut. You can do this by hand so that the seams don’t show. I had a pretty thick placemat so this step was sort of hard, but if you are using a regular texture placemat it should be a little easier. There you have some great throw pillows that cost so much less than one throw pillow that is already made.

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Summer Boredom Buster Idea

We are only a couple of weeks into summer break and if I hear “I am bored!” one more time I am going to go crazy!  I have one child that is the biggest user of the word, but all of my kids have claimed to be bored more than once.  For the sake of my sanity, and my children not being sent away to boarding school I came up with this idea.  I had seen it a few years back via pinterest, but couldn’t find it again to save my life!  Oh well, I just made my own version.

The idea is that the child must have done everything on the list before he/she can claim to be bored.  I made it easy to read and will hang it on my fridge so no one can claim to forget.  This week will be the test to see if it actually helps.  I know that not all of the items on my list are pertinent to everyone, but it is a good starting point to help you brainstorm some ideas of your own.  Good luck!  If you try it, let us know how it works out for your family!

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Easy, Quick, Father’s Day Card

Father’s day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without a card for the Dads in your life!  This card is super simple so the kids can do it, and is versatile.  Use white paper for a dress shirt, plaid for an ever day shirt, or maybe even a Hawaiian print for the dad who likes the islands!

You will need:

2 of the same papers of your choice (Just standard sized)

If doing a dress shirt pick a coordinating piece of paper for the tie

Scissors

Glue stick

Buttons if doing a casual shirt, your tie will cover if you are doing a dress shirt

Begin by folding one of your sheets of paper in half.  Now, cut a strip off of the other paper for the collar.  It doesn’t need to be super wide.  If you are doing a printed paper that is not printed on both sides, you will want to cut your strip twice as wide as you want it and fold it in half, print side out.  This way the inside of the collar matches the rest of the shirt.  Fold it so it looks like this.

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Now glue your collar on to the front of your shirt by placing the back against the top of the card, and gluing the collar pieces down to the front of the card.  It should stay that way.

If you are doing a dress shirt, cut the tie out of your paper you have for that.  If you are doing a casual shirt, glue your buttons to the front.  Now you will want to cut a pocket out (again for the casual shirt).  Make it shaped like this:

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Now you are ready to add a sentiment to the inside of your card, and you are done!  Now you have a cute shirt card for the Dad you love!

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Photo booths are such a fun and easy way to celebrate at a party. My daughter turned 13 and wanted to do something fun, but wasn’t sure what that would be that didn’t feel “babyish”. A photo booth was a great way for the girls to have fun and let out their inner top model while they snapped photos. While cell phones aren’t my favorite thing at a party (I want them to be with the ones that are there and not focused on their phone) they came in handy so that I didn’t have to play photographer all night. Which, I am sure also helped some of the girls feel more free to be goofy without me standing over them all night.

All you need is a white sheet and some streamers for the backdrop. Hang in a well lit area. This is hard if the party is at night, but just find a spot where you can either move some lamps over, or where you have an overhead light.

We tacked our sheet to the wall being sure to hang it high enough that it wouldn’t show for the taller girls. We hung it at the height of the doors. Take your streamers and tape them at the top of the sheet, where the edges are above. Once you have the steamers the way you want, take one more and tape it over those raw edges so that they are covered.

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All you need are some fun props (super easy to make) and you are all set to get snapping your guests having fun at your next party.

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