DIY :: Chalkboard Tray

Who’s ready for a new DIY craft this week? Are you shouting, “Me, me, me!!!” yet? If not, you need to be because—I kid you not when I say—not only is this DIY craft fun to make, but it’s actually functional. And in the words of my husband when he saw the finished product (during the building process he was a bit skeptical that I’d even finish it), he took one look and said, “WOW, that is by far the coolest and most practical thing you ever made, Linds. Nice job.”

So let’s get going, shall we? I found this project over at Shanty-2-Chic but altered it a bit, opting to use rope for handles in lieu of drawer pulls. So if you’re not afraid to use a drill (I promise, they’re not that intimidating!), then I’m going to show you how you can make this awesome tray for about $7.

DIY Chalkboard Tray @ The Sassy Momma

DIY Chalkboard Tray

Materials Needed:

  • 1 x 12 @ 12 ft. I bought this at Home Depot and had them cut the 12-foot section into 2 foot sections (so I had a total of 6 trays).
  • Rustoleum Chalk Board Spray Paint
  • Miniwax Wood Stain (I chose the Early American stain and it looks great!)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Some type of sander
  • 3/8” rope (or whatever thickness you want)
  • Drill and ½” drill bit

Directions:

First things first, sand your board so it’s nice and smooth. Next, you need to stain your board. Using a brush, swipe one coat of stain on the top and sides of the board. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and, using a clean cloth, wipe away any excess stain. Do the same for the back of the board.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 1 @ The Sassy Momma  Once dry, you’re going to take your painter’s tape and tape around the edges of your board. Using your chalkboard paint, spray two coats of paint. A word of advice, be sure that your tape is completely smooth. I didn’t do this and the chalkboard paint seeped under the tape edges (so I repainted…because I’m completely Type A…so that the lines were sharp and straight).

DIY Chalkboard Tray 2 @ The Sassy Momma

Once that’s dry, you need to measure where you’re going to drill for your handles. This is completely up to you but using my ½” drill bit I drilled each hole 3 ½“ from the side of the board (the 3 ½” mark and 7 ½” mark) and halfway between the edge of the board and the start of the chalkboard paint.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 4 @ The Sassy Momma

Once you’ve made your two holes on each side weave your rope through the holes and tie them in a knot so that they’re secure.

DIY Chalkboard Tray 5 @ The Sassy Momma

DIY Chalkboard Tray 6 @ The Sassy Momma  BOOM! All done! Now, go present this beautiful wood creation to any of the skeptics and flaunt your woodworking ability! Or, just go put some yummy food on it use it at your next get together :)

Cute DIY Chalkboard Tray

November 2, 2013 - 10:48 pm

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April 29, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Mary Catherine Adam - You’ve inspired me, Linds!!

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The Sassy Momma - Thanks MC! My goal is to inspire one momma at a time, so it’s great to hear that :)

DIY :: Fall Burlap Wreath

It’s starting to feel like fall up here and you know what that means? Time to break out the burlap and make another fall-inspired (although this time) burlap wreath. I’d actually put burlap on my list of loves right now. Seriously, this stuff is so freaking versatile! Think about it, you can make burlap pillows, curtains, bed skirts, wreaths, and the list could go on and on… Not to mention, all of the burlap ribbon was 50% off at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. Who can argue with that?

So grab some burlap, a wreath form (or wire hanger), and let’s start crafting! As always, if you have any questions leave them in the comments section and I’ll respond as soon as possible.

DIY Fall Burlap Wreath @ The Sassy Momma

Xoxo Lindsey

DIY Burlap Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • Medium wreath form (or wire hanger)
  • 2 rolls of 15 foot burlap ribbon
  • 1 roll of accent ribbon
  • Pipe cleaner (cut in half) that matches accent ribbon
  • Embellishment of some sort (I used a small “V” that was covered in faux moss that I had made from another craft project so you could do something similar or use flowers, a big bow, etc.).

Directions:

With wreaths in particular, I often get questions about terms I use to describe certain parts of the wreath. So before we get started, I will describe some of the various parts I will refer to below. If you’re using a wreath form, there are 3 slots (outside, middle, inside) in each section. Each section is between 2 cross bars, and any cross bar is a great starting/ending point for making your wreath. Make sense? Below is a picture if you’re like me and are more visual.

Wreath Descriptions

1.)   To start, take your pipe cleaner and secure it to any outside cross bar.

2.)   This is where it’s a bit different than making the deco mesh wreaths as usually you work on top of the form. The next step is to pull the burlap from underneath the wreath form (through the outer-most slot) and secure the end of the burlap to the pipe cleaner.

3.)   Now the easy part, time to make your pretty “poufs”. To make the poufs you’re simply going to pull about 6” worth of burlap from underneath the wreath form through each slot and then do this as many times as you want in each section. I always work left to right, top to bottom. In each section, I made 6 poufs.

4.)   Once you reach the end, you’ll secure the burlap to the original pipe cleaner used as your starting point.

How to make a burlap wreath

5.)   Now it’s time to add your accent ribbon. To do this, you’ll pick a starting point and secure ribbon to the wreath form with pipe cleaners. Make sure the ribbon is evenly spaced when making your poufs. As you can see, I used brown pipe cleaner (it’s what I had on hand) but I would suggest matching your pipe cleaner to your accent ribbon so it’s less noticeable.

How to make a burlap wreath 2

6.)   Add embellishments to your wreath (e.g., decorative letters, flowers, bows, extra ribbon), hang it up and ta-da! All finished!

DIY Burlap Wreath

Overall, this wreath took about 30 minutes to make and the total cost was about $11. I love the way it turned out and I love that you can add different embellishments depending on the season. I would love to see what you guys come up with so if you make a wreath, please post it to The Sassy Momma Facebook page!

September 14, 2013 - 1:43 am

Janice - Hi there! This is a great tutorial but I was wondering where you found the chevron ribbon?

September 14, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The Sassy Momma - Hi Janice, I bought the chevron ribbon at Hobby Lobby as well. It was in the same section (free standing display) that was holding all of the burlap ribbon.

September 14, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Christina - I was just wondering if you secured each of the poufs you made. Did you tie a pipe cleaner around each one you pulled through?

September 14, 2013 - 1:36 pm

The Sassy Momma - Great question Christina- I should have mentioned that in my instructions! No, I did not secure the burlap poufs. I simply pulled the ribbon through each slot and since it’s thick, the ribbon stays put and you don’t have to tie pipe cleaner around the poufs to keep them up. The only one I tied was the initial burlap to the frame to start the wreath out. I DID secure each CHEVRON pouf with a pipe cleaner (weave the pipe cleaner under the frame). Hope this helps!

September 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Traci - I love this burlap wreath and your tutorial. The cutest burlap wreath I’ve seen!

September 16, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Amy Reinecke - Thanks for this tutorial, I just made one today. I just read you didn’t secure the burlap first… wanted to share it works either way but wish I would have done it that way because I think it would have been a little more forgiving. Either way I’m very happy with the way my wreath turned out! Thanks!

September 21, 2013 - 8:36 am

Samantha Arrowood - How many inches was the wire wreath form that you bought?

September 21, 2013 - 8:51 am

The Sassy Momma - I used a 16″ wreath frame

September 23, 2013 - 12:48 am

Sara - This is the cutest thing ever. I have to make it! Bless you for pictures and writing out the directions, but I’m still confused! I get how to pull it from under and fasten it (step 1 and 2), but step 3 is causing me the confusion. Am I going over and under each slot?? I’m obviously way too much of a visual learner and need a video! Ahh! Help! :) I guess I could play around with it until I figure it out?!

September 23, 2013 - 7:53 am

The Sassy Momma - Hi Sara! Seeing this comment started my day off right :) I’m a visual girl too, so I totally get your question. Hopefully I can explain it better here… For Step 3 (and this goes for the rest of the wreath) you’re simply going to pull the burlap from the underside of the wreath frame (through the slot), just like you do in Step 2 to create each pouf. By pulling from the underside, you DON’T have to secure the poufs with pipe cleaner and you can make as many poufs as your little heart desires. Hope this helps! If you need more, just write another comment :) And I’ll do my best to make a video for us “visual girls”! Happy Crafting!

September 24, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Patty - Did you mean a wire clothes hanger? If so how would I achieve the fullness being a single wire? Thanks!

September 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Rachel - Just curious how this would work with a wire hanger instead of wreath form…Was looking to make some for teacher’s gifts and trying to see how to cut costs if I made multiple ones.

September 28, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Brenna N. Evncho - LOVE this idea! Thanks for the specs and beautiful creation. Keep it up!

October 4, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Tina - For the accent ribbon, did you weave the through the form also? I bought my supplies and can’t wait to start!

October 6, 2013 - 8:23 am

The Sassy Momma - Patty, I did indeed mean a clothes wire hanger! I’ve never made a burlap wreath with one, but I HAVE made a few deco mesh wreaths with them (wire hangers). You can still achieve the fullness (with deco mesh and a wire hanger), you just have to really scrunch up the mesh after every pouf and secure it with a pipe cleaner to the hanger. In my opinion, I like the look of wreaths on wreath forms better so that’s what I use.

October 6, 2013 - 8:27 am

The Sassy Momma - Rachel, I’ve only used a wire hanger as a base with deco mesh (not burlap) and with the deco mesh you would start by securing the end with a pipe cleaner to the hanger (which you’ve molded into a circle- see my Ornament wreath post for an example) then make a pouf, secure that to the hanger, etc. etc. Then you’d take your accent chevron ribbon and pick a starting point and weave it in and out of the burlap and secure that with pipe cleaners as well. Like I said, I haven’t tried it with burlap so I’m not sure how it would turn out- but it’s worth a shot! Otherwise, you can buy wreath forms at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and use a 40% off coupon.

October 6, 2013 - 8:29 am

The Sassy Momma - Hi Tina, I didn’t weave the accent ribbon through the form. I picked a starting point on the form and secured the end of the ribbon to that with a pipe cleaner then made poufs on top of the burlap and then I’d secure the chevron ribbon to the form at every crossbar so it was equally spaced. Hope this helps!!!

October 9, 2013 - 8:42 pm

andrea - Have you used burlap ribbon trimmed with wire before? I realized that is what I bought.

October 14, 2013 - 4:03 pm

The Sassy Momma - Hi Andrea, no I have not used burlap trimmed with wire before. You could try it out (I’m sure it would work) I’m just now sure what the finished product will look like. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

October 17, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Amy c - Love this wreath!! Thank you for the tutorial! One question…how did you secure the embellishment? Hot glue?

October 17, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Amy c - Cant wait to make mine!!

October 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

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October 28, 2013 - 11:35 am

The Sassy Momma - Amy, I secured the embellishment with hot glue :)

October 30, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Meredith - I’ve bought all of my supplies and can’t wait to get started. Did you stay with the outside slot each time or did you alternate?

November 7, 2013 - 8:35 am

The Sassy Momma - Hi Meredith, great question! I started at the top every time :)

July 2, 2014 - 7:23 am

Debbie - Hi Sassy, I was wondering if you twisted your burlap when you reach the bottom to go back up to the top or did you just go straight up top. Top without twisting in the back. I hope you understand what I mean. Thanks Debbie.

August 25, 2014 - 11:47 am

Jennifer - Hey I am a VERY visual person as well and this is pretty helpful but I am also confused on the part where you start weaving the burlap. (step 3) do you weave it on the outer slots the whole time and then go around on the middle and then the inside? or do you alternate throughout? sorry I have read it a couple of times and looked at the pictures but cant grasp this part :( also you were saying about 6 poofs for each section do you just do about 6 then move to the next section and continue all the way around ?

August 29, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Kelli - I have to admit that at first I thought I was quite the idiot but once you start doing it then everything you say to do makes sense. Mine is shaping up and already plan to make one for my Mom. Thanks for the tutorial!

November 14, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Amber - Hey. I love your wreath! How wide was the burlap you used and how wide was the chevron ribbon? Thanks!!

August 19, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Linda Elmore - thanks so much for sharing this tutorial, it’s awesome!

August 19, 2015 - 3:25 pm

The Sassy Momma - I’m glad you liked it Linda!

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Harper :: Six Months Old

Happy Six Month Birthday to our sweet baby girl! Harper is by far the best, most exciting thing that has ever happened to our family. She is so full of life, love, and pure happiness and I hope that never changes. I could go on and on about the things that she does that make us smile and about how much we adore her but I’d rather share some of the pictures I took on her special day.

Harper 6 Months Old @ The Sassy Momma

6 Month Old Photo @ The Sassy Momma

Wondering what this cupcake business is all about

6 Month Old Photo @ The Sassy Momma

It’s safe to say she enjoyed her cupcake

Trying a cupcake for the first time

Xoxo Lindsey

August 21, 2013 - 10:50 am

THerese - Love this beautiful little Goddaughter of ours. She looks so darn cute in these pix!

September 14, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Jill Taylor - What kind of camera do you use? Beautiful quality.

September 17, 2013 - 9:45 am

The Sassy Momma - Hi Jill,

I use a Canon Rebel T1i and shoot with the “nifty-fifty” lens and use iPhoto to edit. I’m pretty basic :)

DIY :: Car Seat Canopy

Oh, the car seat canopy. This was one of those “it looks really cute but is it all that practical” items and I’m here to say that yes, yes, YES they are practical. In fact, I loved my “winter canopy” so much I decided to make a “summer canopy” with lighter fabric for Harper. If you’re teetering on the edge as to whether or not to make one of these fabulous accessories, read on…

DIY Car Seat Canopy @ The Sassy Momma

So why are they so great?

  1. They keep prying eyes (and germy fingers) away from your baby.
  2. They offer protection from the sun, wind, and snow.
  3. They shut out the light so your baby can take a nice snooze when you’re out and about.
  4. Lastly, they are so cute.

Who wouldn’t want to have a car seat decorated in a trendy fabric? I know I did, so I started searching for one. I very quickly realized that most of what I saw online was not cute and wasn’t really my style.  That’s when I knew I had to make one.

Winter Car Seat Canopy @ The Sassy Momma

The minky fabric made this canopy so warm during the snowy winter months.

I am not a master seamstress. In fact, I only learned to sew right before Harper was born. This canopy was the second result of my new-found skill (the first being these cute burp cloths). You don’t have to be a great sewer (I’m certainly not) to make one. All you need to be able to do is sew straight lines. Not to mention, you’ll be able to make something so much sassier and cheaper than anything you could buy at the store or online.

Summer Canopy @ The Sassy Momma

You can find the step-by-step tutorial that I used at Mommy by day, Crafter by night. Ashley provides excellent, easy-to-read instructions that even the rookie sewer can understand!

Happy Crafting!

Xoxo Lindsey

DIY :: Washer & Ribbon Necklace

Hi friends! I know I’ve been MIA for a while but we had all of our family in town for H’s baptism and because of all of the go-go-go and non-stop action, I ended up coming down with a nasty sinus infection. A week later, I’m finally starting to feel like myself again and ready to rejoin society… so, what do I do? Go to Hobby Lobby and Home Depot of course. In a maxi dress with a 5 month old strapped to my chest. Not feeling like death equals time for a craft.

Last week, I went on a pinning spree and found a super cute DIY necklace that only required two materials- washers and grosgrain ribbon. Unheard of right? What craft only uses two things?! Once I saw this, it became a craft must. After all, there was no sewing, hot gluing, or painting of any kind. Oh, and did I mention it costs less than $6 and only takes half an hour to make? You’re welcome…now go have fun and make yourself or one of your gal pals a cute and sassy necklace :)

DIY Washer & Ribbon Necklace @ The Sassy Momma

Happy Crafting!

Xoxo Lindsey

DIY Washer & Ribbon Necklace with Video Tutorial

Materials Needed:

  • 5/8” wide grosgrain ribbon, about a yard (buy it when it’s 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
  • 4 small (5/16 diameter) zinc cut washers
  • 2 packs (of 6) ½” diameter SAE washers
  • 7 large ½” diameter zinc cut washers

DIY Necklace @ The Sassy Momma

Directions:

  • Before you start, lay out your washers in this order:
    • S-S-M-M-M-M-M-M-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-M-M-M-M-M-M-S-S
  • This will be the order that you thread the washers onto your ribbon
  • Leave about 6”- 8” at the end of your ribbon and thread washer #1
  • Thread washer #2 then take the tail end of ribbon and thread up through washer #1 then thread it back down washer #2 (see my tutorial video for instructions on this step). Pull the ribbon tight. This creates the “lacing” for the necklace
  • Do this over and over again for each additional washer
  • When you get to your final washer take the end of the ribbon and thread it back down the final washer
  • All finished!
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