Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY

Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Well we’re back to the routine folks, and I’m not going to lie, in some ways it’s a total bummer.  I may or may not still be quietly listening to Christmas music in my car to get me through the post-holiday hangover.  But in other ways it’s kind of nice to see the friends who have been busy or out of town, get back to activities and feel productive again.  It’s been chilly and rainy here in So Cal, which doesn’t help the fact that I’d really rather still be sitting in my jammies under the tree with a fire roaring.

On the last day before Hubby went back to work, we took down the tree, packed up the decorations, and took down the holiday cards that were hanging from our kitchen cabinets.  They were just sitting on my counter in a sad little stack while I decided whether I would tuck them in a box or toss them completely.

Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’ve always wanted to do something to organize my cards but I’ve also always been too lazy after the holiday season comes around.  Usually the stack gets thrown in a box or drawer to be discovered years later in a spring cleaning spree and tossed or re-tucked somewhere else.  But this time I decided to do something with them and I’m so glad that I did.  It literally took me five minutes and cost me absolutely nothing.  I put our holiday card on top and can put my fun little book away to look back on and compare in the future.  Now I just have to find the stacks from previous years and do the same to declutter and cherish forever.

I’m calling this a tutorial but let’s be honest folks, this was a pretty easy one.  Enjoy!

Supplies
Holiday cards
Hole puncher
Ribbon

How To…
1) Gather cards and organize them in the format that you’d like them in the booklet
2) Punch one hole in the top corner of each card
3) Run the ribbon through the hole and tie a double knot, leaving some extra room to allow you to flip through the cards in the future.

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So there’s this person that I know.  She’s my BFF.  She’s my support system.  She’s my role model.  She’s my babysitter {and my kids’ favorite person}.  She’s my mama {hi mom!}.

She had a big birthday this year {I’m sorry in advance for splashing your age all over the internet, Mom} and my equally awesome and thoughtful Daddy decided it we had to plan a big surprise party to celebrate her in a big way.  So he turned to his former-event-planner and professional-pinterest-er daughter {moi} to help with some of the details.

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And while I quickly threw together some fun place cards and matching paper goods, and found some gorgeous flowers from Trader Joe’s to arrange in some easy glass vases {I want to be a florist when I grow up…and I apologize that those pics make up most of this post….but, flowers.}, I had the most fun making these fabulous oversized photo numbers for our guest book and gift table out of old photos that my Dad smuggled to me.  It was a blast for me and also a fun surprise for my mom and our guests, most of whom hadn’t seen photos from her childhood.

The best part is that they were quick, easy and put together from things I already had on hand!  So free.  Because free is good.

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Another fun last minute idea?  Throw these together for your NYE party this week, featuring photos of your guests from the last year!

 

Supplies
Old photos or photo copies of them
Glue stick
Poster board
Pen
Scissors

How To…
1) Use the pen to draw out the number(s) on the poster board
2) Cut the numbers out using scissors
3) Lay out the photos on top of the numbers so that they fit
4) If necessary, cut down the poster board slightly to coordinate with the size of the photos
5) Use the glue stick to stick them on

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See?  Easy peasey.  Enjoy!

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Our little guy’s nursery just wouldn’t be complete without some cute prints for the gallery wall.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a print-a-holic, and I’m especially partial to the free printables that pop up on Pinterest {follow me here}.  Because, free.  How often does free home decor happen?  Not very often, people.

At first I pinned around casually and then scoured the internet until I found the perfect additions to our baby boy’s grey and blue room.  I wanted them to be sweet, but also a little masculine and boyish.  There was only one that I felt the need to make myself, and I’m pretty stoked with how that one turned out too.

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I spray painted these frames white because I had the paint and Target only had one of the white ones after I checked a million times.  I love the look of non-uniform frames in most of my other rooms, but for some reason the vision I had for this room was more clean and I wanted everything to match.  And once I get something weird like that in my head, there’s no turning back.

The letters came from Jo Ann back in the summer when they had all of the nautical stuff, but I’m sure you could replicate something similar with some unfinished wood letters and a nice stain.

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Links to download each of the free prints are below, and I pinned a bunch more on my baby boy Pinterest board if you need others too!

I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So
Initial Print {customizable!}
Be Brave Little One
I’ll Love You Forever
Feathers
ABC’s Eye Love You
Let Him Sleep
Little Love
Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

There isn’t much to this tutorial, but I threw this together the other day and just had to share!  As I’ve mentioned, we’re rearranging the whole house in anticipation of baby #2.  So when the office/craft room became the guest room/office, we had furniture and shelving that had to be moved.

Once we popped the shelves up above the desk {which will remain unpictured because it’s ridiculously messy and I wasn’t motivated enough to clean it for photos…or to take photos that were well lit enough…#sorryimnotsorry #lazyandpregnant}, there was just a weird gap in between that I knew I had to fill in somehow.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And somehow for me always ends up being photos because how can you not love them?  Photos are everything to me…I try to take at least one photo a day of my munchkin on my phone {have you heard of the Collect app? It organizes them all for you…I’ve been doing it every day since she was born!}, and as long as I get Hubby on board, I take professional photos whenever I can.  It might be because I don’t have the most spectacular memory, but I feel like photos are the best way to capture life and hold on to it forever.

Anyway.  Back to the mini project.  I realized I had jute left over from making my rustic mason jars and some fun mini clothespins from the holidays {I’m pretty sure they sell them at Target, Joann and Michaels} and all I needed was some push pins and a few of my favorite photos.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I did some online research and found out that Walgreens will print Instagram photos for you for 39 cents each {and they often run coupon codes for cheaper}.  You can pick them up in the store for free!  You have to trim them when you get them, but it was worth it for this whole project costing about $3.50.  And now that I know, I can switch them out whenever I feel like it without breaking the bank.

So overall it was a cheap and easy project that puts a smile on my face every time I walk into the room.  Total win.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

PS No sponsored content in this post!  Just sharing the love and the ideas! 

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Note: I’m a little bummed that for some reason my *fancy* camera pictures turned out a little funky and didn’t capture the subtle ombre on this one.  Take my word for it, and my junky, unstyled iPhone pictures scattered for reference.  #fail

Where I went to college, pretty much everyone lived in one little community and pretty much everyone who lived there was students.  So at the end of each school year, seniors would pack up, move out, and leave their junky Ikea furniture on the side of the street in hopes of adult furniture in their first real apartment.  The younger kids who were moving in from the dorms would immediately scoop them up and use them without a thought {or sometimes, without a thorough cleaning}.

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial I’m slightly grossed out to say that Hubby and I grabbed our fair share of what we like to call “curb furniture,” and even more grossed out to tell you that we have actually kept some of these pieces, and one of them is now to be used for my infant son’s room {please please trust that it was well cleaned at the time and has been scrubbed up and fully lined for cleanliness}.  But, second time mom.  So, whatever.

So if you’re not so disgusted that you’ve stopped reading and gone to call child services at this point, I’m excited to tell you how I spiffed up this Ikea dresser to be positively charming with no sanding.  Yes, that’s right, I said it.  No sanding.  Sanding before refinishing furniture is pretty much my least favorite thing to do, so when I read about Zinsser Primer Spray Paint on Pinterest, I thought why not give it a try.  And it works.  And hallelujah.

Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what I did to pretty-fy this little dresser.  It was cheap, fast nap time project.  There is nothing I love more than refinishing a piece of furniture in the space of one nap.  And did I mention that I threw this one together with two “sample size” paint samples from Home Depot and some primer?

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies
Old dresser
One sample paint of your darkest desired paint color for the darkest of the ombre drawers {I’d love to tell you the color but I got so messy that the top got covered in paint and I don’t even know what it was. #fail}
One sample of white paint 
Zinsser Primer Spray Paint {or sanding equipment}
Paint brush
Paint tray {tip: you can honestly use a large, sturdy paper plate if you’d prefer}
Opt: Spray paint for hardware {I used this one for this project}

How To…

  1. Remove drawers and scrub everything down and remove all hardware (pulls/knobs)
  2. Tape off anything on the drawers that you want to keep in the original color.  This dresser had some exposed wood look on the edges of the drawers and around the frame of the dresser that I wanted to keep to make it look a little more masculine.  If you’re cool with getting the whole drawer that color, just go for it.
  3. Paint with primer and let dry for 30 mins to an hour {I was painting in the backyard in the sun so it dried pretty quickly}
  4. While you’re waiting for it to dry, if you’re not happy with the knobs as is, you can also spray paint them to update!  Just stand them up and spray…it’s so easy!  If you feel like they keep tipping, you can also poke holes in a piece of old cardboard and actually screw them into it so they have to stand up straight.
  5. Paint over the first drawer with your main color.  Let dry.
  6. Paint a second coat with your main color.  Make sure you’re happy with it, because you’re going to kill the paint with the next step.
  7. I used about a third of sample for my first drawer, so I filled the rest of the paint sample jar up with white paint and mixed it in and this is what I used for my second drawer.  If this doesn’t seem like a  big enough change to you, you can also pour the amount of paint needed into your tray and mix in more white.
  8. Paint two coats, letting dry in between, on the second drawer.
  9. Fill the paint sample to the top with white and mix again.  Again, you can always mix in more white in the tray if you’re not feeling the contrast.
  10. Paint two coats, letting dry in between, on the third drawer.
  11. Let everything dry, screw the hardware back in, and enjoy

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Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish | I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

PS the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links so I do get paid if you click or purchase, but they’re mostly just there to help you with your shopping list! Blue Ombre Dresser | No Sanding Ikea Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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