DIY Hopscotch Mat

Today, I wanted to pop in and share with you a fun and simple DIY.  The weather is heating up around here and we are spending tons of time outdoors.  We had a pool party a few weeks ago and I wanted to add some creative games for the kids to play.

DIY Hopscotch matt with watermark

My kids spend hours playing hopscotch at the park and at school, so I thought it would be fun to make a portable hopscotch mat.

Here is what you will need:

  • Plain black runner
  • White Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • White craft paint
  • Small paint brush

I really think the hardest part of this project was finding a black runner.  You would think they would be everywhere.  I spent hours scouring the internet and could not find a plain black one in the dimensions I wanted.  Finally, I found one on sale at Homegoods.

Here is what you do:

First, using a level, measure the boxes that the numbers will go in and outline them lightly in chalk.

Second, freehand or use a stencil to add numbers to the boxes and trace the numbers in chalk.

Third, go over the entire template with white craft paint.

Finally, spend hours watching your children have fun playing hopscotch wherever their hearts desire- even indoors!

Here is a final picture of Audrey trying to be like her big sister.  Don’t quite think she gets how to play yet!

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This is one of the many DIY project I did for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.  You can read about it here or on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron.

What do you think?  Have you ever done a DIY specifically for kids?  I hope this one provides endless hours of entertainment!

Hope you are having a great week!

xoxo

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PATIO STYLE CHALLENGE REVEAL!!!

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Hello friends!  As many of you may know, I have been working behind the scene for the Home Depot’s Patio Style Challenge. The project was competed in late March, and I have been DYING to share the details with you.

Well, today is the day.  My post on my Patio Style Challenge is up today on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron. Working with the team at The Home Depot was a dream come true.  A local news crew even came out to film my space.  You can see my 15 minutes of fame here.  Pinch me!! Here are some of the highlights from my space.

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I will have another post coming with a list of sources and tutorials coming for all the DIY’s featured in this post!

Head on over to The Apron to see all of the details of the space.  Feel free to leave a comment on The Apron.  It would make my day!

A huge thank you to Danielle Alysse Photography for the beautiful photos.

Linking up to Best of the Nest and Inspire Me Tuesday!

xoxo

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The Patio Umbrella Upgraded

Hi friends!!  As I was planning for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, I went on the hunt for the perfect outdoor umbrella. I was inspired by these sophisticated yet playful umbrellas in fun colors that shout summer!  Some of them are just a tad out my price range, so I ended up DIY’ing a version of my own with some tassels.   OB-Patio Umbrellas

Greek Isle / Tassel / Pom Pom / Pagoda / Scallop / Balinese

Aren’t these such a chic take on the classic canvas umbrella?  They add such an element of whimsy and have my DIY wheels spinning.  Which one is you favorite?

Until next time!

xoxo

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DIY Towel Tree

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Hi friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  We did and now we are off on a trip to Disneyland!  Time will tell if we leave it the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

I am so excited to be participating in a new series with some super talented bloggers.  We will be blogging on a new topic each month.  As spring is in the air, this month we are blogging about all things outdoors. I am really excited about the project I have to share with you today.

It has felt like spring here in California for a while.  In the spring and summer, our family spends a ton of time in the pool.  One of the things that drives me crazy is that my kids leave their pool towels in a heap on the ground and they never dry out and I have to bring them in and wash them.  Actually, now that I think about it, the same thing happens inside!!

I found a fun DIY fix to this problem.  It is called a towel tree and it is made out of very basic materials from the Home Depot.

DIY Towel Tree

Here is what you will need:

Tools:

  • drill
  • pipe cutter
  • screwsetter bit
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter’s square
  • 7/8″ wood bit

Materials:

  • 4 x 4 cedar (4 1/2′)
  • 5/4 x 6 cedar (6′)
  • outdoor wood glue
  • 3/4″ copper pipe (12′)
  • 3/4″ copper end caps (4)
  • post cap
  • paint or wood sealer/finish

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut the main post and feet to size. See the diagram here.  Sand these pieces before assembly, and use a screwsetter bit in all screw locations.
  2. Using a 7/8″ wood bit, drill 2 holes in the post for the 3/4″ copper pipe as indicated.
  3. Install the four feet, using outdoor wood glue and 2″ deck screws. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure that the post is vertical to the base. Apply glue, secure each foot with one screw then set the second screw when the leg is at right angles to the post.
  4. Cut two lengths of 3/4″ copper pipe to size, and insert them through the pre-drilled holes in the post. Cap each end with a 3/4″ end cap.
  5. Using a little glue or caulking, attach the post cap.

 
If you need more detail, you can see the formal plans and specifications here.

Isn’t this a fun solution?  You could even use it to hang swim suits out to dry.  I am also really pleased with how the copper looks against the white.

So far, my children have not become so lazy that hanging it on one of these low hangers is too much trouble.  But  . . . time will tell!

For more outdoor inspiration, definitely hop over to these amazing blogs to see what fun outdoor ideas my blogging buddies have to share.

Glamista Home

Away She Went 

Small Town Rambler

This Crazy Thing Called Life

xoxo

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Favorite Outdoor Pillows

Hi loves!  I have major spring fever and after putting together my Patio Style Challenge for Home Depot, I have scoured sources for outdoor pillows.  I love it that there are so many options these days, and these pillows look high-end and almost good enough to use indoors.  The range of patterns and colors has really expanded in recent years.  Gone are the days of boring beige canvas!

Here is a selection of my favorite outdoor pillows.  They range in price from low to high and can be found at all different sorts of retailers.  Do you think I have blue and green on the brain or what???

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Aren’t these fabulous? Can you tell which ones are from a big box store and which are super high-end? See, you can get the look for less!  Stay tuned as I am going to do a round-up of the best outdoor fabric you can buy and use to make your own fabulous pillows.

Until next time  . . . .

xoxo,

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