10.17.17

DIY Hanging Ghost Halloween Decoration!

Halloween is almost here guys! Are you as excited when the Holidays come around as I am? I LOVE decorating. It starts with Halloween and doesn’t end until New Years. This year I felt like we were missing something though. We have a lot of low hanging branches that are perfect for hanging decorations on. I went to Walmart and their hanging ghosts were $14-$30 EACH! They were basically pieces of plastic with a cloth hanging over them so I thought I would find a quick and easy way to make them at home.

Fabric is pretty expensive now days so I decided to use gossamer. I bought a whole roll on Amazon for this project.

I had some scrap wood in our garage that I used the circular saw to cut into stake size pieces. If I didn’t have so much scrap wood I would have gone to Home Depot and bought some 1×1’s.

You’ll need:

  • Gossamer
  • Wood 1×1’s (I used scrap wood)
  • String (I used cotton cooking string from my kitchen)
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • 1 inch Screws
  • Drill bit for large holes
  • White spray paint

Start by cutting your wood into 10-12 inch pieces. Then screw them together like a “t”. I used a single screw and it worked fine. Now drill a hole with a drill bit large enough to fish your string through. It helps to have your wood painted white because the wood will show a bit through the gossamer. Mine scrap wood was already painted so I was able to skip that step. Luckily spray paint is simple enough.

Once you have the “skeleton” of the ghost built I rolled out the gossamer. You’ll have to decide what look you’re going for with your ghost. I didn’t want my fabric hanging down too long so I cut about a 7 foot sheet of gossamer.

Next is probably the most tricky part of the whole ghost! You have to puff out the gossamer enough in the shape of a ball. I thought my ghost looked better with a head so this is why I did this. Once you have a semi round shape tie it off tightly with your string.

Now cut a one inch slit at the top of your ghost’s head so you can reach the hole you drilled. Now fish the string through the drilled hole and tie it in a double knot.

The best part about this DIY is that it cost me less than $30! I only made 10 ghosts but if I needed to I could make many more. That’s only $3/ghost which is pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned. Are you guys ready for Halloween!? What are you’re favorite things about this Holiday?

I hope you enjoyed this DIY!

10.14.17

RV Hacks

Hey guys! I need to start sharing out camper hacks more because I find them so helpful myself. I love love love love our camper! We have a hybrid which means it has hard walls with pop out tent beds. We started with a smaller one – 186RD which we quickly outgrew. Now we have the largest one Starcraft has to offer. The Starcraft Travel Star 236TBS has 3 pop out queen beds. If you are interested in a tour I’ll leave the video down below.

Let’s start with how I bathe the bebe boy in the camper. Our first 186RD had a tiny bathtub in it which was a HUGE selling point for us since we are a family with young children. Young kids tend to get very VERY messy on camping trips so a bathtub is a great luxury. Unfortunately the larger hybrids did not offer a bathtub so I had to find another way to wash the kids. Audrey is old enough to shower now, but Elliot still needs a bath. Since this is for an RV it needed to be light and compact. I found this Summer Infant bath for our shower floor. It has an inflatable bottom and it folds in half after use. The sides also pin up so you can lay very young babies in it. We’ve been washing Elliot in it on camping trips since he was 2 months old. Now that he can sit up on his own I just fill it up and plop him in there with some things to play with.


Command hooks are your best friend if you are an RV’er! Funny enough, I never liked Command Hooks until we bought our first camper. I never saw the point because I would just nail things into the walls at home. I really had no use for taped on wall hooks. But let me tell you, I use them non stop in my RV! Any time I need to fix or organize something I always reach for these babies. These ones are my favorite all purpose size. I just used some mini CH to hand a sheet between the front and back section of the RV. I was going to use a tension rod, but realized that I’d have to set it up and take it down each time. Now I just hand the sheet on the two hooks and it works great!

Another annoying part about being in an RV is that there are NO paper towel holders – at least in ours. So I bought this plastic holder for $0.98 and it works great! It’s light and simple and it works just fine.

Now here is a hack that I ADORE! I hope you will too. It was a bit tricky to get up but in the end so worth it. I love my knives, mostly cleavers obviously. I don’t have expensive knives but I keep them sharpened so they work just as well in my opinion. Maybe one day I’ll drop some cash on an expensive knife, but for now especially in the camper these work great. I bought this magnetic knife holder for our kitchen before we moved. Since then it has had no place until now! One of the hardest things about adding things to an RV are the walls. They are filled with wires and important structures that keep the RV going. You need to be careful if you ever puncture or screw something into the walls. A magnetic knife holder is constantly pulled from the wall so you must make sure it’s stuck on there good. I used pop rivets to get this baby up and it worked perfectly!

The last hack I have for you are these shelf dividers and shelf baskets. RV’s have the weirdest dimensions like super deep cabinets that are so deep you can’t reach to the back. We have those! Once I put food in, there was so much wasted space since the cabinets were so tall. I put these dividers in them so I could have more space to store food. Make sure you measure your cabinets and buy the ones that will fit properly. We also had these shelves at the top of our RV that were difficult to work with. I bough simple plastic baskets that fit up there and that stopped things from falling down during the commute. I also use the baskets in the cabinet so I can easily get to things in the back.

10.09.17

DIY Basket Painting and Dying

A while ago I posted a DIY project I did painting a lamp for Audrey’s room. At the same time I re decorated these two wired baskets at the bottom of her night table. They were black and cream and they just didn’t go with the rest of her room. The baskets were originally from Walmart. They are from the Better Homes and Gardens line which I love. They have so many cute items at affordable prices.

Here are how they looked before I started. The linen basket liner just buttons on so it’s easy to remove. I used my favorite gold spray paint for this project. I’ve tried so many gold spray paint brands, but this one seems to be the best in terms of color. It’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint.

After I painted the baskets I started working on dying the basket liner. I love Rit liquid dye. Most Wal-Marts have them in the laundry section of the store. They also have the boxed version which is cheaper, but I find that the liquid lowers the chance of random spotting. I dyed the liners in my laundry room sink. I used to dye in my top loading washing machine all the time. That would be the ideal situation, but I have a front loader now. So the sink was the second best option. Be careful when using this stuff because it is a DYE! Wear gloves to protect your skin if you need to. Other than that just follow the instructions on the back of the bottle.

I spray painted the baskets 3 times and I only used half a bottle of the Rit dye for my project. After you are done dying the fabric you need to run it through a wash cycle. After its rinsed I take it out to air dry. I didn’t need to prime or sand the wired baskets before spray painting and they came out perfect. Make sure you are spraying light coats to avoid drips. Here is the finished night stand below. Do you like it? I also painted the lamp to match.

09.28.17

DIY Lamp Remodel!

When Tom is on hospital service my DIY bug seems to come out. We take up most of each other’s free time so when he’s working 16 hour days I have some extra time for projects. I’ve been wanting to paint this lamp in Audrey’s room for a while now. Paint is a wonderful tool for any DIYer! It’s the easiest way to freshen up so many things.

I used 3 colors that I bought from Walmart. Rust-oleum ivory, Krylon gloss blue ocean breeze, and Rust-oleum Candy Pink.

I started by painting the stem of the lamp pink. It was really simple and unfortunately the pictures did not turn out well. I sprayed it 3 times to get good coverage in all the nooks. I started painting the shade by first painting the whole thing ivory. It took another 3 coats. My lamp shade is linen so it has texture that looks weird once it’s painted. But it’s not really noticeable once the lamp is all put together. I just had to work with what I had! I still like the way it turned out. I taped the lamp vertically with the masking tape. I didn’t measure. I probably should have, but I was too lazy. Once it was painted it looked great so wohoo me haha. Once the tape was on, I sprayed it with the blue color.

After an hour I took the tape off and got to see my masterpiece! The textured lamp looks really bad in this lighting, but I promise it doesn’t look this bad in person. This DIY is so easy and simple. I didn’t even prime or sand! Which is probably the worst part of painting furniture. Sanding is so tedious ugh. Audrey is very happy with her new lamp.

Here is the finished product on her night stand. It looks SO good. Are you interested in learning how I re-did those 2 baskets on the bottom? Well stayed tuned. I have another tutorial coming up about those.