These No Sew Baby Barefoot Sandals are the perfect little sandal for babies! You can customize a pair for all their little outfits!
Backyard Games are a summer staple for our family! There are so many variations and we all love the time spent together as a family! we’ve got indoor games turned outdoor games, popular outdoor games, outdoor water game and more!
A fun Summer kids printable game! This 4th of July Word Scramble is perfect for an afternoon activity this upcoming Independence Day! Looking for more 4th of July Kids Activities? Scroll to the bottom for some links to some other fun games!
This light and fluffy Lemon Jello Cake is the perfect summer cake! It’s a family recipe that most haven’t heard of and people quickly become lifetime lovers of it!
A fun Summer kids printable game! This Summer Word Scramble is perfect for an afternoon activity during a hot or rainy day!
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Hey friends! The weather has finally improved a bit after weeks of pretty consistent rain and crazy winds, so I started to work on my porch a little. Sadly, our Spring is so bi-polar here in Northern Utah, that I don’t really get to decorate my porch for Spring. Being that it’s already the first of May, I decided to just jump to Summer decorations. Yesterday I threw together this DIY Hello Summer Wooden Board just using some scrap wood, a little vinyl, my Cricut and a little paint!
DIY Hello Summer Wooden Board Supplies:
26×26″ 1/4″ Plywood
1″ x 3″ x 9′ Trim or wood (I believe you can buy it in 8′ or 10′ pieces)
Nails and Nail Gun
Circular Saw and Miter Saw (or Hand Saw)
Paint – whatever color you choose
Vinyl Stencils made using my Cricut Explore Air 2
Cut a 26×26″ Square:
We had some extra 1/4″ plywood in the garage leftover from when I made my Floating Shelves, so that is what I used for my base square. I knew that I wanted to hang my end result with command strips, so I was looking for lightweight materials. I then took my hand Ryobi circular saw and cut a 26×26″ square. You’ll want to measure the area you want to hang the sign and adjust your cuts accordingly.
Cut and Create Frame:
We had some leftover trim in the garage from when we finished our basement. So, that is what I used. I had a few 1″ x 3″ x 8′ pre-primed boards. You could really use so many different materials for your frame though. Thin fence posts, stakes (I love using stakes), or trim of any width. Just figure out the look you want and go for it!
I put my miter saw on a 45° angle and cut pieces 27″ from the outside corner to corner. You will need to rotate your wood pieces as you make the cuts, to ensure that the pieces will butt up together correctly. So, as you are making your cuts, make sure they are being done at the right angle. Once the 4 pieces are cut, attach using wood glue and then nail together on the corners using your nail gun. If you love making simple projects like this and don’t already own a Ryobi Cordless AirStrike Brad Nailer, then I suggest you add that to your shopping cart! It comes in sooo handy! This frame will just sit on top of the square wood piece.
Paint wood square and frame:
I wanted a very classic and simple look. So, I decided to go with a metal look for the frame. I am OBSESSED with all the new metallic paint lines that are coming out. A few weeks ago at SNAP Conference, I got some samples of FolkArt Brushed Metal Paint and DecorArt’s new Extreme Sheen Metallic Paints and so I decided to use them.
I started by painting the frame using FolkArt Brushed Metal in 5166 Brushed Black Paint. I painted two light coats on the frame. For the final coat I mixed DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Tin and a tiny bit of the DecorArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Pearl and rough painted it on.
I then painted the wood square with a basic white paint. After is dried, I put one thing coat of DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Pearl on top of the white paint. I loved the little shimmer it gave the board and I feel like it helped tie into the metal look of the frame. In the picture above, the right side has the Pearl painted on it and the left side doesn’t!
Allow the paint on the wood square and frame to dry really well.
Cut Vinyl Stencil using Cricut Explore Air 2:
First up, get your Cricut Explore Air 2 or other Cricut machine ready! You are welcome to make your own file (with your own words) or you are welcome to use the file I created HERE. Keep in mind that if you are adjusting the size of your overall wooden sign, then you will want to adjust the size of your fonts.
Because I use the cut file as a stencil, I always just use a piece of a scrap vinyl or a color that I have a lot of.
After cutting your file, weed your letter out and add transfer tape to your vinyl stencil! looking for tips on using Transfer Tape? Check out this great post by Pretty Providence on the Cricut Blog. Applying transfer tape will help you place the stencil onto your wooden board.
Apply Stencils and Paint:
I decided to wait and actually attach the frame AFTER I painted the words on using the stencils. However, I did have it sitting in place to help with my lining up my words.
Just eye where you would like the stencils placed. I ended up applying and painting my words one at a time. It just worked easiest and allowed me to make sure they lined up like I wanted. I painted the word Summer using FolkArt Brushed Metal in 5166 Brushed Black Paint. And then I painted the word Hello in my mixture of DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Tin and a tiny bit of the DecorArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Pearl!
Attach frame to Back:
Double check that your frame is lined parallel with the bottom of the world Summer. To double check this I measured from the bottom of the “S” to the frame and then the bottom of the ‘R’ to the frame. Then carefully flip over your board and frame.
I used 4 – 3/4″ screws to attach the square board to the frame.
And that’s it! WOOHOO!!
I put it on my porch (one of my favorite places to decorate)!!
One of my favorite ways to hang signs on my porch is to use Outdoor Command Strips! My tip is to apply them to your house first, then push your board (or whatever you’re hanging) onto the command strips. You will want to make sure the surface is flat too.
For this sign, I applied 3 command strips to the top row of strips and then 3 command strips to the lower row.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hey friends! During the summer we generally try to do any outdoor activities in the morning while it’s still somewhat cooler outside. Then in the afternoon sometimes I can get my 3 year old to fall asleep and my older kids will do quiet time! For me quiet time basically means them doing an activity that doesn’t require my help, so that I can try to fit in a little work time or house cleaning time! One the days that Dylan doesn’t fall asleep, then we’ll do a project or activity that needs moms help! My boys are obsessed with doing art projects and so we’ve been playing around with lots of different chalk and paint recipes this summer! They’ll go outside and draw on the concrete and run through the sprinkler!
Today I am sharing with you some of our favorite recipes, plus a few that are on our list to try! Check them out!
This recipe is a very standard chalk recipe! I love the molds that Grey used to make her “pops!”
I love this recipe, because having the ice chalk on the popsicle sticks really helps little hands not get so messy! Plus, the wet look it leaves on the ground is pretty rad!
My kids love this recipe, because they have a little bit more control of their art work because they use paint brushes! However, if you have little little kids this doesn’t work as well, because they may dump the containers of paint out.
I have boys and they love anything the fizzes! So, they loved using this recipe and then spraying it with vinegar!
We’ve been saving this recipe for a day when we can really make a day of it! I can already tell it’s going to be a good time!
In my opinion, anything glow in the dark is extra fun! Amiright? My kids loved doing this last week! And, I am totally going to make some red, white and blue glow in the dark for the holiday fun this month!
My kids loved this and it sprays off the ground super easy! Don’t be shocked if your kiddos spray each other either! haha!
My older kids liked doing this, but it was a little hard for my 3 year old. Be prepared for a mess if you’re including littles! I personally will probably just do this again with my older boys if Dylan is napping!
This is an activity that we love to do as a family! We all work on a “masterpiece” and then put it up in one of the boys room for a while!
This paint is so fun! It has a very cool look to it and is really fun when painting with objects! We love to make this on REALLY hot days when we need an inside activity!
This recipe is super quick and fun! I love making this for my youngest, because it doesn’t transfer to the skin and is a really clean up!
Do you have any other recipes that I should know about? I hope you have a great rest of the summer friends!
Hey its me again, Sara, from Twelve On Main. I am so excited to be here again today! I hope that you are thoroughly enjoying your summer so far, I know we are My favorite thing about the summer are the late sunsets. That means more hours in my day to do what ever we want. We are invariably always working on one project or another and why not? It’s summer! Here are 10 DIY projects you must do this summer.
Lets start out with this great project:
Make Your Own Cement Candles
What a fun way to create some candles for your outdoor space. You could even make it with citronella candles to keep those nasty bugs away.
DIY Concrete Candles | Love Create Celebrate
DIY Jute String Lights
Aren’t these lights adorable? I think I will make some to hang on my back porch.
DIY Jute String Lanterns | Love Create Celebrate
DIY Address Wall Planter
This planter would look great to display your address on. I love the idea of planting some succulents in it.
DIY Address Number Wall Planter | Shanty2Chic.com
DIY Beverage Station
This beverage station is super easy to make and would be a great addition to your outdoor dining space. It is also very economical and easily customizable to any style you may want.
Easy DIY Beverage Station | Twelve On Main
Simple DIY Bench
This easy bench would be so cute in a garden area or on a front porch.
Simple DIY Bench | Linda Pa Landet
DIY Beginner Garden Bed
What a great way to start that garden you have always wanted to grow. Start small, this simple tutorial will get you there.
DIY Beginner Raised Garden Bed | Makingjoyofprettythings.com
Make A Vertical Herb Garden
When you may not have enough space for planters a vertical herb garden is an excellent option.
Make A Vertical Herb Garden | Two Purple Couches
The One Hour Fire Pit
I love this fire pit and how easy it is to make! Whats better than having a cookout in your own backyard? It is one of our most favorite things to do.
The One Hour Fire Pit | Shabby Creek Cottage
DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles
These citronella mason jar candles are so adorable. Keep those pesky bugs away in style.
DIY Mason Jar Citronella Candles | onelittleproject.com
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
This is one project that has been on my list for a while! It would be so great to spend some time outside watching a movie.
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen | Shabby Creek Cottage
You should really try some of these easy DIY projects out. They can add so much to your outdoor spaces. I know there are a here that I will be working on….as soon as I get a little time. Thanks for letting me visit a little while today! I love to stop by and visit. Have a great day!
If you like this post, go checkout some of my other fun DIY projects and posts!
This drink has several names, but we call it Brazilian Lemonade! It is so fresh tasting and my favorite drink during the spring and summer, especially when we are having friends over for a BBQ! The added cream makes it extra tasty and is hands down my favorite part of the drink!
Hey friends! The warm weather has been so nice the last month, but I also forgot about how much work it can be to keep the kids all happy outside, with plenty of cool snacks and drinks too! I went out and bought them new balls, sports equipment, etc and realized I can’t do that either… it would cost too much money to keep up with all summer. So, I did these 5 things to help save my sanity and save me money! And they’re going to keep working all summer long!
1. Have a Kids Water Station!
I don’t know about you, but after a day of kids playing, I can go outside and clean up like 5-10 half drank water bottles! I love having all the neighbor kids at my house, but I don’t enjoy wasting the money on water bottles that they aren’t finishing. I was so excited when I learned that Brita had created water filters that attach to water jugs – the Brita Jug Filter! Not only will this be amazing for the kids to use this summer, but it will come in so handy during our soccer season, BBQ’s, our many camping trips we have planned this summer and for my husbands hunting trips! This summer, during play days, I plan on putting my water jug on a table, with some cups, and just let the kids get drinks out of that. No more wasted water bottles – Woohoo!
The Brita Jug Filter makes filtering large quantities of water easy and is going to help eliminate the need for bulk water bottle waste. I also wanted to mention that the Brita Jug Filter system comes with adapters that works with all Jug systems: Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid!
I have already pulled it out a couple times and the kids love it! And I feel like they are staying hydrated better! The other day I also put out some water balloons and otter pops and the kids gravitated to our house immediately!
2. Take Some Time to Plan Your Summer!
I find my kids are so much more content, when they know our schedule. When my kids are content and we’re organized, I just don’t spend money! There are no desperate drives to our local soda and cookie shop “just to get out of the house!” I swear to you that I can easily spend $15 per trip, if my car is full of my kids! I also find when I’m planning my weeks out, that I’m better at making sure I have snacks in the house and meals planned! Which also saves us money! There are so many great suggestions for summer schedules out there on the web. I love this one from Remarkable Home for summer!
3. Kids Summer Reading Program
I like to keep my kids reading all summer long! We have this rule that we can’t play with friends until after lunch (except for when we have pre-planned activities of course). In the morning I let my kids get up, have some lazy time if they want, do a chore, pick up their room and do their required reading time and a worksheet! It helps us maintain a routine and I know we all stay more sane with this schedule! But, because we aren’t having books sent home from school, it could get pricey keeping my kids supplied with new books. So, when I discovered that libraries do a Kids Summer Reading Program I was excited. This gives my kids the opportunity each week to go get a few new books and also helps keep them motivated to read, because there are awards and sometimes prizes associated with their reading accomplishments!
4. Find Free and Affordable Local Activities
I was shocked to find out how many super affordable or even FREE summer programs there are in my area. Most cities offer free outdoor movies throughout the summer! Also, check the www.kidsbowlfree.com website to see if there is a bowling alley near you offering free bowling all summer. Our closest bowling alley is like 35 minutes away, so we won’t do this daily or even weekly. But, I still signed up and I bet we’ll go 3-5 times during the summer! Then see if your local movie theatre is offering summer movie passes. Our local theatre offers a $10 Summer Movie Pass that gets us into a movie a week. My kids always love this and it’s nice having an indoor activity option on a really really hot day! Our city also offers a City Pass (called Pass of all Passes) that gets us into lots of local stuff (waterparks, fun center, movies, baseball games, etc) for free once purchased (and I got our passes for $15 a person). As you can see there really are so so many options! Just take the time to search your city, I assure you that you’ll be surprised at all the free or affordable activities that are offered this summer!
5. Have a Family Swap Day
We’ve done this the last few summers and not only do I love it, but my kids TOTALLY love it! It’s a change of a pace for them and the other moms always come up with such fun activities, that I generally wouldn’t think of or wouldn’t want to do. Plus, it gives you a day to have the house empty for an afternoon! So, you can either have some down time or catch up on housework without being interrupted! I also learned that when I am planning an activity to do with my kids, it generally doesn’t cost me any more (and if it does very little more) to make it work for a few extra kids! So, this really doesn’t cost me any more money! Brita is currently giving away a trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for 2! Go and nominate your #H20hero today for a chance to win – just check out the Be a Brita Hero giveaway now! This giveaway is so great and such a fun way to give a shoutout to your unsung hero!
“Most heroes don’t have capes and masks. It’s the unsung heroes that make someone else’s life a little better.”