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DIY: Decoupaged Knobs


It was recently Mod Podge’s 45th birthday and I saw all kinds of posts in the blogosphere about great  projects to do with my favorite sticky medium. I had recently completed a time-consuming refinishing job on the boys' new changing table (a lovely hand-me-down from a neighbor), but I still needed some great knobs to complete the look.

I love Anthropologie’s hardware, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $8-12 per knob. Instead, I went to Home Depot and bought wooden knobs for $2 each and broke out the Mod Podge.

What you need: 

  • Pretty paper, cut into small rectangles (mine were smaller than ¼ inch by ½ inch)
  • Mod Podge
  • Knobs

 Here’s how: 

  1. Lay out something to protect your surface.
  2. Apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the base of the knob, I just used my fingers. 
  3. Lay a strip of paper on the Mod Podge. Make sure to wrap the paper slightly around the bottom of the knob.
  4. Repeat until you’ve circled the whole base, alternate papers to get kind of a patchwork effect.
  5. Smooth a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the first layer.
  6. Repeat with another layer that slightly overlaps the top of the last.
  7. Continue repeating until whole knob is covered. 

This is one of those projects that you can't really mess up. Just improvise as you go along and keep smoothing the paper. The finished product is really pretty and practical.


Homemade Stocking Stuffers


I'm no Nathalee, but I did a little homemade Christmas project myself this year. I made play dough to put in Baby Mo's stocking stuffers. Look at these!  

This wasn't a very hard or time consuming project but I do not really enjoy crafts very much so I was proud of myself. I used this recipe with some gel-based food coloring and packed my concoctions in glass jars I found at Target.

I know store-bought Play-Doh is supposed to be non-toxic - and it probably is - but I still like the idea of homemade gifts that we can all enjoy. I just hope the dough isn't hard as a rock in a few days! 

My husband gave me a little talking-to recently about over buying for Baby Mo. Sound familiar? I had to clamp down on buying toys to put under our tree no matter HOW good of a deal they were or intellectually stimulating the toys may be. But home made play dough for the stockings? Now how could he object to that?  

What are the homemade goodies that you put for your little one under the tree or hanging in a stocking this holiday season? 


How To: DIY No-Sew Splat Mat


Nic really loves whole milk.  So much so that he’s gone off purees—he’d rather just suck down a huge bottle of cow’s milk.  In an attempt to make purees and other spoon-fed foods fun again, I’ve decided it’s time for Nic to start feeding himself.  I knew this would be a messy proposition and that my unsealed hardwood floors wouldn’t be able to take it. 

So, I went on the hunt for the perfect splat mat for under the high chair.  I wanted it to be big and pretty.  I couldn’t find the perfect combination, so I decided to make one for myself.

What you need:Oil cloth edges make for easy no-sew crafts!

Oil cloth has the wonderful characteristic of not fraying.  So, like felt, it does not need to be hemmed. 

Your mat will be ready to go in just a few easy steps:

  1. Unroll your fabric on the floor, good side down.  My oil cloth came with unfinished sides and the ends were cut a bit unevenly, so I had to trim each side.  At first, I tried to do this free-hand, but it didn’t work out at all.
  2. Use your yard stick and marker to draw straight lines for cutting on each side.  Make sure to mark the “wrong” side of the fabric.
  3. Cut along your lines.  Again, keep the fabric good side down—it’s much easier to cut this way.
  4. Roll out your one-of-a-kind mat under the high chair and admire your work!