Monday, October 15, 2012

Upcycled Kids Table/Confessions of a Board Game Addicted Family

Are your kids as destructive as a swarm of locusts like mine? 

We have a 5, 3, and 1 year old who can produce wear and tear on any household object like a pro.

This little card table is so handy at our house for board games, if you know us you will know our LOVE of board games!

So with little money, here is a quick DIY. These tables are main stars at Goodwill and yard sales, so if you see one for 5 bucks it will be well worth the investment. 

I wanted to include this picture because my simple DIY started out as an epic FAIL. I had the great idea to do this in silver.... it did not look cute at all.

What I used was two cans of spray paint, apply an even coat. Some decorative duct tape and some scraps of card stock. Only because I ran out of duct tape, but I'll claim that was my design intent.  ;)

Apply your design of paper or tape, a few layers of mod podge, and a clear spray sealant and.....

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Doggie Doo

Doggie Doo

 This game is fun and gross; two good board game qualities. 

I told you we like our board games.... 

 Thanks for reading and I promise to not be a stranger for so long this time. I am still humbled and impressed by all the people who read this. 

Poor Badger

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oh my JEEZ!

   If you apart of the Ikea rewards program or are on the mailing list, I am sure you got the same AWESOME surprise in the mail that I got. Complete ERMAGERD moment! Going to wait until the little ones go to bed and dissect this book like I'm Nick Cage and there is a map in it you can only see with a black light. 

   Enjoy your catalog fellow Ikea fans and DIYers!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Something I saw on pinterest; the series.

I've been planning on doing this for a while now, a series of reviews of the awesome projects that I've pinned and tried on pinterest.  I want to start by saying two things... 

1. If you are not on pinterest, go NOW! (well AFTER you read this of course). Pinterest is the greatest thing since Martha Stewart for people who craft, bake, cook, or ANY Martha related interest.

2. My goal in this series is to NOT be mean to another crafter. People who create are my people and in the words of one of the funniest females EVER, Whoopi Goldberg; 'if you can't be witty, don't be sh@#%^'. Pinterest has so many awesome ideas, I just wanted to share my thoughts and let you know if it is worth your time and money.

This project has been all over pinterest and blogged by many people, so I have no clue who to source as the original. The cost is very cheap. Just 2 yards of fabric and a cheap $7 roller blind (with about $4 worth of hardware). 

Very simple instructions; just hot glue your fabric to the roller blind, like wrapping a present. 

The amount of time was good too. Me and my husband did this during one 30 minute episode of Parks and Rec. God bless Ron Swanson!

So out of a 5 'pin' rating. I give this 2 and a 1/2 pins. Very cheap and easy to do, not much skill required. The only issue we had is that the blind does not roll up so well. This window had been a HUGE pain in our neck, funneling sunlight into the home like a laser beam. We are very happy with the outcome but we do wish it rolled up easier. This might be an error on our part or a flaw in the blind itself...either way it is a great idea to add something unique and one of a kind for little money. 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

DIY: Key Rack

                It has been a hot minute since I did one of my Poor Badger blogs, I have really missed it. We've had a great year so far this 2012, I just have been kept bust with a 4, 3, and 1 year old. Even as I type this I am bathing one kid for church and creeping silently to avoid waking the other two. But I truly miss this and I miss the people I've met doing this.

           Now for some old business:

           I am blessed, humbled, and dumbfounded that over 11,000 people read my blog last year. People from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, Australia,and North America showed up to my blog. Still haven't cracked that Antarctic market though. ;)

          Thank you for that, I do hope to have more projects for you.

          Onto the project!

          This came out of a scary and frustrating situation. My husband is a janitor for a local school system and carries a set of keys for the doors, closets, etc. If he loses those keys it is MAJOR TROUBLE! Guess what he did? Hid them over his vacation so he wouldn't lose them and FORGOT where he hid them! Thank God he found them and so out of a crisis a craft emerged!

You'll need:
*a board ($2.99 @Hobby Lobby)
*scrapbook paper in any style (.59 @ Hobby Lobby)
*some hardware to hang the keys (50% sale @ Hobby Lobby.... $1.50 a PIECE!!!)
*some paint
*mod podge
*some screws

          First I painted the edge, any color you want. I Liked the dark brown with the woodsy style.

             After you paint it, figure out where on the board you want your hardware. Place and mark where the screw needs to go.

               Pre-drill your pilot holes. This makes things easier afterwards.

        Apply scrapbook paper to board with a thin layer of mod podge. Smooth out paper and work with any air bubble.


            Use your tiny scissors to trim the extra away.

             Apply 1 or 2 coats of mod podge to the entire project, depending on how you want it. Then screw your screws into the board. Your paper won't tear because you drilled the pilot holes.

              Because we are poor folk and do things as easy peezy as possible, I used my diet Dr. Pepper lid to make a hanging tab on the back. 

There you go! If Hobby Lobby doesn't have the 
hardware on sale, print off their 40% coupon from
their site. This would also be cute if you used cute
drawer knobs, old faucets found at a yard sale,
or something from nature. 

Thanks for reading and I promise not to be 
such a stranger anymore!