Mini Master Makeover – DIY Bedroom Update On A Budget

DIY Bedroom Update on a Budget! My master bedroom was in desperate need of a re-fresh. But I'm a girl on a budget with a heart for DIY! So I came up with economical ways to spruce things up and create a super cozy refuge.

It was time. Long overdue actually. Our master bedroom was in desperate need of a refresh. Our comforter had gotten pretty ratty, our sheets were thread-bare and the headboard was feeling too busy. I’m a big believer in colour, I know it’s not for everyone, but I actually loved all the patterns I had going on in the old bedroom. But. My health has been struggling lately and I need to do everything in my power to encourage quality sleep. Including making my bedroom as comfy cozy as possible. So for my DIY bedroom update, I opted to stick with greys and pinks and keep things as soft and un-busy as possible. Here’s what I came up with! All on a budget of course. 🙂

DIY Bedroom Update on a Budget! My master bedroom was in desperate need of a re-fresh. But I'm a girl on a budget with a heart for DIY! So I came up with economical ways to spruce things up and create a super cozy refuge.

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I’ve been planning this master bedroom update for a while now. The flip side of not having a lot of money to accomplish projects is that you usually have to do a LOT of advanced planning and waiting. 🙂

Maybe some day I’ll be able to just walk into IKEA and buy an entire bedroom, furniture, decor and the works as is. But today is not that day. So that means being a little creative instead.

All in all, I spent about $85 (cad) of my own cash on this master mini-makover. But in the interest of full disclosure, if I had paid for everything outright it would have cost about $300. Which is still not a bad price for such a cozy bedroom!

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DIY Christmas Banner – with free printable pattern

Make this simple DIY Christmas banner using the free printable pattern! A quick way to add some diy Christmas decor to your collection.

Christmas is just around the corner and I need to get crafting! I’ll likely make most of the gifts I give this year. I love the looks on people’s faces, “Oh good, another homemade gift from Laura, what is it?!” Hahaha, I find it simply irresistible! But every year I like to add to my collection of Christmas decorations too. Last year I made a tree skirt, a couple years before I made our advent calendar. This year I stuck with something quick and simple. All combined this cute DIY Christmas banner took about 45 mins to make. You can grab the free printable pattern here so you can make one too!

Make this simple DIY Christmas banner using the free printable pattern! A quick way to add some diy Christmas decor to your collection.

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The key to this project is in keeping it simple. It’s a quick do-able project to add to your diy Christmas decor collection. You could easily change up the text too. I’ll include an alphabet in the printables so you can create your own phrase if your want to. The font is called Candy, which I thought was very appropriate for Christmas. 🙂

Plus I figured it was time I created a diy that uses wool felt, it is my weapon of choice after all!

(If you’re looking for even more Christmas craft ideas, check out this post!)

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17 Sites with Fun and Free Hand Embroidery Patterns

A gorgeous collection of free hand embroidery patterns! Check out this round up of 18 websites that are full of beautiful and free pattern downloads for hand embroidery and cross stitch. Stunning floral embroidery patterns and adorably cute cross stitch.

Hand embroidery is my jam. I incorporate it as much as I can into my work, and it’s my craft of choice for personal projects too. There’s something so therapeutic about proceeding one stitch at a time and watching your creation come together slowly. If there’s any way I can hand-stitch something, I will. I even love binding quilts by hand! I’ve seen so many gorgeous free hand embroidery patterns out there that I wanted to round them up into one place for easy reference. There are some seriously talented pattern makers in internet land!

A gorgeous collection of free hand embroidery patterns! Check out this round up of 17 websites that are full of beautiful and free pattern downloads for hand embroidery and cross stitch. Stunning floral embroidery patterns and adorably cute cross stitch.

 

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Most of these sites have many more free hand embroidery patterns than the ones I’ve pictured here. Some sites you have to dig around a bit to find the free hand embroidery patterns, others have them nicely grouped on a single page. And a few sites you have to sign up to get access to the patterns.

But all the patterns pictured in this post are totally free! Many of the pattern makers also have more complex patterns for sale. But it’s really nice to have so many free options.

Free Hand Embroidery Patterns

Just click on the name of the site to locate the patterns.

Flamingo Toes

Obviously, I love the use of felt in the terrarium embroidery!

Free embroidery patterns on Flamingo Toes

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DIY Sticker Books for Kids

How to make a DIY sticker book for kids out of upcycled paper. A simple tutorial for both reducing waste and creating a fun project for the kiddos!

Often when I order something from Amazon, it arrives in a much-too-big box which is filled with brown paper or those little air pillow thingies. It feels crazy to me to take a perfectly good piece of brown paper and just throw it out. (Well, recycle it actually, but still.) Sometimes I save the paper for the kiddos to simply use for colouring, or I use it to draft sewing patterns. This time though, I used it to create DIY sticker books for the boys!

How to make a DIY sticker book for kids out of upcycled paper. A simple tutorial for both reducing waste and creating a fun project for the kiddos!

 

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My boys have an on-again off-again relationship with stickers. It’s either a sticker mania phase or a total loss of interest in all things sticky. Are kids incapable of a happy middle ground?! With anything in life? Who knows.

At any rate, in an effort to reuse items before they hit the trash AND in an effort to not spend more money, I created these upcycled DIY sticker books. Now when the sticker mania strikes, about once a month when their sticker subscription arrives, the boys have books with their names on them to use as they please!

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30 Cardboard Box Costumes

Looking for some fun cardboard box costumes for Halloween? Look no further! I've rounded up 30 of the cutest and cleverest costumes you can create using only a cardboard box and some imagination. DIY Halloween costumes for the whole family!

With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to start dreaming up some costume ideas. If your kids are like mine, they will likely change their minds about what they want about 23 times leading up to the day. So you should have a few different options up your sleeve! Since most of us have a couple of boxes lying around at all times, some ideas for cardboard box costumes are good to have on hand. Most of these you can whip up using only scissors, string and paint!

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Looking for some fun cardboard box costumes for Halloween? Look no further! I've rounded up 30 of the cutest and cleverest costumes you can create using only a cardboard box and some imagination. DIY Halloween costumes for the whole family!

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I’m a big believer in the homemade Halloween costume. And not just because I’m an avid crafter and any excuse for a project will do!

Creating a costume can be a family exercise in creativity. Get everyone involved and the kiddos can have a little pride in a costume they helped make. Store bought costumes tend to be cheaply made and will fall apart half-way through the trick or treating anyway.

Yes, I understand that cardboard box costumes aren’t going to last more than one night either, but at least they required a little imagination and effort. You’ll be making memories to last a lifetime!

Because you’ll always remember the year that little Johnny dressed up as a washing machine!

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