DIY Tulip Wreath

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Years ago I spotted this tulip wreath on Etsy.

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It’s super cute but it was also $90 dollars and there was no way on earth that I was going to pay that so I set about creating my own for a fraction of the cost.

I have had this wreath for 3 years now and it is still holding up quite well.

Many people have asked me how I made it so I am sharing it with you today.

You will need:

1 Foam wreath

1 roll of white 2 inch ribbon (get it in the sale bin because no one will see it)

Hot glue

Several bunches of fake tulips in what ever colours you like

Floral wire

I have recently seen other tutorials on making a wreath like this and a lot of people seem to get their tulips at the dollar store. I got mine at Michaels when they were 60% off. The tulips at the dollar store were not very attractive.

Here is how you make it:

Wrap the ribbon around the wreath slightly over lapping. Don’t make it too tight or you won’t be able to tuck your flowers into it.

Hot glue the end of your ribbon to the wreath

Cut the ends off your tulips. I left 4 inches of stem

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Begin tucking your flowers into the ribbon. Use one colour at a time and alternate their placement from left to right. Use the floral wire if needed to make sure that your tulips are tight to the wreath, or you can hot glue your flowers if you are happy with the placement.

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Place your other tulips into the ribbon using the same alternating pattern.

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Fill in any blank spots with the remaining tulips.

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Wrap a few inches of floral wire around the top of your wreath. Careful not to cover the tops of the tulips. Make a small loop so you will be able to hang it off a hook or nail on your door or wall.

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So pretty and so easy.

Total cost…$31.00. Much better than $90!

I have had many compliments on this wreath over the years. Most people can’t believe that it is home made.

You can use other flowers too. I think it would look amazing with hydrangeas, lavender or even roses.

 

 

A New Big Boy Bedroom- Part 2

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In a previous post you saw all the elements that went into creating Callum’s new room.

Now it is time to reveal the outcome.

But first let me give you a little taste of what his room looked like before…

A mess like this was not uncommon. The drawers on the front of the bed help to contain some of Callum’s clutter.

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His old desk was meant for toddlers and was being used as a place for his hamsters.

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And no it wasn’t Halloween when this picture was taken. He just likes to dress up in costumes on random days.

I put up a white board over the summer above his toy box. They have since been moved and it is now the place where his desk resides.

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His old bunk beds seemed so large and imposing.

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Now for the moment you have all been waiting for…

I think my favourite part aside from how nice and clean everything looks is the decals.

They took about 20 minutes to put up.

I spaced them 10 inches apart. I started by doing it freehand but it looked really wonky so I ended up measuring and now it looks even and well spaced.

The water colour pictures above his bed were printed off the internet. When it gets warmer I plan on taking Callum down to the marina so he can take some pictures of boats and the lake. Using the Waterlogue app you can change any picture on your phone, ipad or computer into water colour. It’s really cool.

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Callum is so thrilled with his room.

He has been keeping it clean and loves spending time drawing and writing at his desk.

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His room feels so spacious now that the clutter is off the floor and everything has a place.

IMG_2226The drawers under the bed really help with keeping things clean. I used to step on all of these toys at least once a day. His floor was like walking through a mine field of angry birds and Lego.

So as traumatic as it was to say good bye to his first big boy bed I am happy that we did this for Callum. He deserves a room that is functional and fun.

 

 

 

 

A New Big Boy Bedroom-Part 1

There is a running joke in my family that I lack human emotion. I am not known for being affectionate or sentimental so I know that part of this post will come as a shock to some of my friends and family.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post we are redoing Callum’s room. He wanted a nautical theme so we have painted his room blue, ordered some vinyl decals for the walls and he got a new bed, bedding and curtains. He is so excited about having a room that is not in shambles.

I thought this would be easy. It’s just a coat of paint and some new furniture. I was so wrong.

I spent several hours pouring over wall paper designs, which duvet cover was best and different styles of beds, I just wasn’t prepared for the emotion that came with actually implementing this plan.

A few weeks ago we sold Callum’s bunk beds. I never thought I would be so sentimental over beds that I really despised. Have you ever tried making the top bunk or trying to clean it after a child has thrown up? It is awful. I thought I would be happy to see these beds go.

Then I remembered everything that these beds represent.  Not only was this Callum’s first big boy bed it was also the place where Sofie finally slept through the night.

Sofie was six when we got these beds. The first night we got them she wanted to sleep with Callum. We were fine with it figuring that Callum might enjoy the company. Turns out it was Sofie that needed Callum. For six years Sofie did not slept through the night. She had constant nightmares and was a sleepwalker. It was awful! Then we got these beds and it was like a gift from God. She finally slept. She finally felt safe and secure.

These beds were a huge milestone for Sofie and Callum and I was surprisingly sad to see them leave. I actually needed a hug from Chris.

At this point I know my mom is running to get my step father to tell him that I have a feeling.

Sofie slept with Callum off and on for two years. Callum was her security blanket. She needed him and he was happy to be there for her. I feel so blessed that my children have so much love for each other and that at such a young age they knew how important they were to each other.

Okay, enough of the sentimental stuff.

His room is almost complete except for the decals which are en route from Israel.

His bed came from Ikea and was $299.00. We sold his bunk beds for $200.00 so we only paid $99.00

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It is a trundle bed with drawers on the front. Having an extra bed is a necessity for sleepovers and for poor Sofie. When we have relatives stay with us she gets the boot from her room and sleeps with Callum.

His curtains and bedding came from West Elm.

Everything was on sale so the grand total was $147.00

The decals are from Etsy and they were $45.00

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The paint is a very light blue from Sherwin Williams. I had a 30% off coupon and it was still $60.00! It was worth it though. It covered the green paint in one coat.

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We also got a desk for Callum for $30.oo on Kijiji.

Grand total for everything…$321.00.

This is a bedroom that he can grow up with and I won’t have to paint or redecorate for several years.

Stay tuned.. the reveal will be coming later this week.

 

 

 

DIY Cadbury Creme Eggs

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My kids are not fans of Easter Chocolate.

Every year we do the egg hunt and not one egg ever gets eaten.

I buy chocolate bunnies and they go untouched until I eventually find them at the bottom of a drawer and they get tossed in the garbage.

So this Easter they are getting home made treats.

We are all huge fans of Cadbury Crème Eggs but I am not a huge fan of the price.

A few years ago I decided I would try my hand at making my own. They were delicious but aesthetically awful. I dipped them in chocolate and, well lets just say they didn’t look so appealing.

This time around I thought that molds might be a better option. I ended up buying lollipop molds which I think will help in avoiding the dreaded chocolate covered hands around the white couch issue.

Here is what you will need

1/2 corn syrup

1/4 tsp salt

3 cups icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 bag milk chocolate chips

Combine everything in your mixer (except the chocolate) or stir for several minutes by hand until everything is combined and smooth.

Remove 1/3 of the mix and colour it yellow

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Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. As you can see from the picture it is a sticky mess and impossible to work with unless it is cold.

While the crème is setting up you can melt your chocolate and spoon a small amount of chocolate into the molds. Don’t add too much or you won’t have enough room for the crème.

Oil your hands so the crème doesn’t stick to you.

Take a teaspoon of the white, roll it into a ball and flatten.

Roll a small amount of yellow and place it in the middle of the white.

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Wrap the white around the yellow and place in the mold. Add your lollipop sticks and press into the crème.

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Cover with chocolate and smooth.

Let set for 20 minutes before removing from the mold.

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So cute, delicious and easy.

Happy Easter!