The Tree Wall

I wanted to share this beautiful idea for a living area: a tree wall feature.  Sharron decided to decorate this wall space with a tree shape.  She simply put the word out that she was looking for someone with artist ability to paint the wall for her (you can find people on Gumtree, through Google or find a local Facebook buy/sell group and ask in there). It cost $50.

The great thing about this design is you can just throw frames up however you like, without them needing to be in line. And it looks fantastic!

Family Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

Family Tree Wall

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Nature Inspired Playgrounds

Playgrounds in Australia tend to have similar look about them. Plastic slides painted in primary colours, a springy toy that often doesn’t spring, and a token swing set in a sea of chip bark. I remember this one playground at Warwick we discovered as a family on one of our road trips, and it was so refreshingly different because it was an older playground and had play equipment the kids hadn’t seen before. An old fashioned merry-go-round was in one corner, a wide metal climbing frame in another, and if you drew a triangle between three points, the tall-tall slide would be found at the third point. 

Playground

Playground

Health and safety regulations are there to protect our children, but in a world increasingly afraid of litigation, it has become easier to install one size fits all play equipment rather than innovative, custom playgrounds that work within the natural environment. 

Is it healthy to impose a top-down approach on our children’s play, driven often by standardisation?  Or can a little risk in play actually be a good thing?

Recently I discovered Infinite Playgrounds in the UK – a collaboration of artists and educators that are breaking the mould in playground design.

The designers at Infinite Playgrounds believe it’s possible to find the right balance between risk and safety – their bespoke, natural and unique playground creations allow children’s imaginations to run wild. I found the playgrounds so stunningly inspirational, and I wanted to share them here.

Infinite Playgrounds design spaces that complement the existing environment. They make use of hills and banks, installing slides or waterfall streams. Where trees have been felled, they create natural climbing structures. The opportunities for active and imaginative play are endless. Be inspired by some of their incredible playground designs:

Nature inspired playground

Nature inspired playground

Nature inspired playground

Nature inspired playground

Nature inspired playground

“Playgrounds should be built in a way that allows children to manage risks and become independent learners.  This leaves the traditional idea of play equipment behind and moves forward to exciting and challenging spaces for children to play, with managed risk that is justified by the high play value children gain from our natural elements such as our climbing trees.”
— Sam McGeever, Creative Director, Infinite Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

 “Play areas should challenge children to the limits of their own abilities; a child of three will access a playground very differently to a child of five or eleven years, and again differently for a confident child of three to one who may be more cautious or have a developmental delay.  Therefore it is essential that play equipment is exciting and open-ended in order to develop with children, supporting and scaffolding their natural ability.”
— Helen Law, Creative Director, Infinite Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

“We must be careful that health and safety laws don’t prevent child-led, explorative play, which give children risk management skills and confidence that last throughout their lives. The world is full of hazards and children need to learn to assess and respond to them in order to protect themselves. Risks have value in that they can be an opportunity for learning and for this reason they should not be eliminated altogether.”
— Joanne Law, Early Years Consultant, Infinite Playgrounds

Nature inspired playground

Nature inspired playground

The longer I parent, the more I believe in the importance in NOT compartmentalising our children into the boxes society often provides. I touched on this when I wrote about our favourite play spaces (and why they weren’t playgrounds). And yet — YES — there is absolutely the need for (the right kind of) research into safety and the establishment of general guidelines to protect our kids. There needs to be a balance and it needs to be motivated by caring for kids, not the bottom line or fear.

It’s a conversation worth having.

I love this quote from Joanne Law: We must be careful that health and safety laws don’t prevent child-led, explorative play, which give children risk management skills and confidence that last throughout their lives.

When I look at the Infinate Playground designs and read about their philosophy, I see a good and true balance; it inspires me, and fills me with hope for a world that truly cares about the wholistic development and wellbeing of this new generation we are raising.

The Building Process

Check out more of the building process over on the Infinite Playground Facebook page.

Do you think modern playgrounds serve our children well?
Share with us how you manage risk in your child’s play time. 

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Infinite Playgrounds on Facebook – great pics, inspiration and behind the scenes

Infinite Playgrounds Website

DIY Lego Play Table

My friend Belinda from BAC Photography told me about her Lego table project she did with her boys. The process is really very simple and achievable and such a fabulous way to facilitate Lego play. She’s sharing how she put it together below.

The Lego City Project

DIY Lego Play Table

My twin boys have always loved building blocks!

It started on their first birthday when they received a Mega Blocks truck that came with some bricks. The novelty of pushing the truck had long warn off but connecting the giant bricks went on and on.

On their 3rd birthday they received their first set of Duplo and we didn’t see them for the rest of the day.

The cycle started again on their 5th birthday when we moved into our current phase. LEGO!

Now the collections have begun in earnest, the real creations are coming out and the walking on Lego (mostly by mum and day) is in full swing!

Over the last two years we have bought a lot of new sets of Lego for our boys (as have family and friends for birthdays and Christmas) but we (my husband and I) were finding that we would build something, but would then be destroyed and part of this was because it would be on the floor and get tripped over or trodden on.

My husband then had an idea! LIGHTBULB!

We had a big sheet of plywood in the garage (waiting to be thrown out), so using this we put in to place Operation Lego City.

Step 1

Source a piece of plywood – If you don’t have a piece of plywood lying around like we did, it is relatively cheap to buy from a hardware store. Just think about the size you want for the space you have (or if you want it to fit on top of an existing table).  Plywood comes in many different sizes.

Step 2

Begin painting – Get the kids involved. Start with a white base coat and then anything goes. We went with a green section for around the city, blue for the ocean  and a grey strip for our airport runway!

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DIY Lego Table

DIY Lego Table

Step 3

Watch paint dry – kids are terrible at this. They can’t wait  for the paint to dry so they can start placing their Lego City!

Step 4

Let the building begin!

We had a lot of fun building with the boys and enjoying them play for hours! You can add to the city as you go and ebay is great for picking up second hand roads and sets too. It doesn’t even have to be all Lego, we added in a Tomy train set around the city too.

To keep the plywood off the floor, we purchased two small tables to rest it on.  We can move it around if we need to and it gives us storage underneath too (an existing coffee table could work in the same way).  

Making it permanent: For a more permanent solution, the plywood can be glued down on a suitable table. For an unpainted wooden table (or sand back if required), just use PVA glue over the entire surface of the table, place the plywood over the top and rest heavy objects on top and allow to dry over night.  This can be done on other surfaces (ie. not wood) too, but a product like No More Nails would be needed. Just ask at your local hardware for some advice and they are really helpful.

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

DIY Lego Play Table

Taking the project one step further 

The novelty of my boys Lego city has not warn off but to add to the fun, we decided to make a book. Our own story book!

We set up a robbery at the museum, a fire on the plane, a near miss train crash and of course a police chase around the city to catch the bad guys. My boys set up the scenes and we took the photos together, then we created a story to read along to with our images… there are so many places now were you can order up these digital photo albums and the kids can be involved in the process the whole way!

Not only do my boys love their Lego City, but they take care of it and the creations they have built far better than before we had a table to store it on. They are protective of it when friends come around and keep it cleaner than their bedroom. We are adding new things all the time and they boys are already planning for the new Lego they have asked Santa for.

Although the table is big and does take up a lot of room, they are only young once and tomorrow they will be grown up and out on their own and I’ll be left reminiscing about all the Lego I have stepped on over the years in an empty toy room.

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DIY Skateboard Shelf

I was at my sister’s on the weekend and this is a little idea worth sharing. You can pick up small retro-like skateboards from places like Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and BIG W from about $15 (like this Avigo one).   They can often be found in second hand stores for cheap too. These skateboards make for cute shelfs for knick knacks in a child’s bedroom.

DIY Skateboard Shelf

Materials

Small Plastic Skateboard

2 Angle (or L) Brackets – found in the hardware section in many places

Screws (make sure they are short enough so they don’t go entirely through the skateboard – just measure roughly on the side)

Instructions

1. Attach the L Brackets to the wall. To do this, use a level to mark ensure they are horizontally even.  Then, use the skateboard to measure how wide apart the brackets need to be: the brackets need to sit just inside the wheels as shown in the pictures below.

2. Sit the skate board on to the brackets, leave just a tiny gap from the wall. Then, it’s simple a matter of screwing a short screw (just make sure it is long enough to go through the bracket and into the skateboard plastic without going out through the top) from the underside of skateboard, up through the 2 brackets and into the skateboard to the shelf is secure.  

DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

Display

Fill with completed Lego, money boxes or decorative things.

DIY Skateboard Shelf

DIY Skateboard Shelf

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How My Bedroom Colour Scheme Helped

bedroom colour theme -- with sheets

I’ve collected a lot of mish-mash of items over the years: new things; hand-me-downs; old things.  My house doesn’t look anything like a magazine. I don’t mind.  Mostly.  However, sometimes, just sometimes, a seed of discontent grows inside me. 

Discontentment is an interesting thing, and I’ve learned to take a moment to analyse it before it grows. Sometimes, all I need to do in this situation is give myself a pep talk and set my expectations straight. Get over it. However, sometimes the unrest growing stems from legitimate reasons; sometimes from real needs and sometimes because of the way I’m made up.

I’m not a materialist person, never have been. But I love beauty. Truly beautiful things: colour, light, shadows, nature, interacting lines, simple good-good design…things that add value to life.   I know myself and how I interact with the world around me.  I know that colours, sound, light, nature: it all impacts on me greatly. It’s part of who I am.  

I’ve lived in many places, and some suited me better than others.  There’s no point waiting for a perfect situation to come upon me. No.  Neither have I found it helpful to continually squash myself — my God-given beauty — under the banner of should-be-gratefullness. Should be. Should be. Should be. It’s about seeking to balance reality with expectation; it’s about acceptance while still investing in things that help me shine; it’s about being an overcomer.  

So I see value in acknowledging how I feel (without wallowing and becoming a serial whinged).  When I recognise a seed of discontentment growing inside me about my situation, I go through a process.

  1. Acknowledge reality

  2. Look at what do I have

  3. Observe inspiration as I live life

  4. Make the best of it. Create something!

  5. Be grateful and enjoy

The Bedroom

Using my bedroom as an example. I see my bedroom as a refuge. Sometimes I sneak in there of an afternoon and curl up on the bed, looking for a few moments of quiet. Even just 1 minute.

Reality: the colour theme of the bedroom is not my favourite.  And when you add the 13 year old bed frame, a coverlet found on a clearance sale a few years ago and an antique commode chair from my grandparents, well, it’s a bit of a mess.

Inspiration

Then, I took a moment and looked at my bedroom objectively.  I saw the colours brown, maroon, yellow and blue.

Then, I flicked through photographs of special places I’ve visited, and I found one of Spring Bluff Station near Toowoomba, which is one of my favourite places.  It reminded me of the colours in the bedroom. All the room needed was just one more colour to tie it together.  Green.  Dark green.  And so I got dark green sheets that reminded me of gum trees.

… the inspiration

spring bluff inspiration

Warm and Earthy

I love it! It’s warm and earthy.  I now walk into my bedroom and I think of a burnt red cabin surrounded by gum tree woods, with a blue sky backdrop and the sun shinning all around.

…can you see it, as I see it?

my bedroom

…tinted coffee jar I featured also in this post

my bedroom

…see that teddy bear? Had it since I was 3, when I had a hernia operation. My favourite toy.

my bedroom

I sometimes leave out the ECCO shoes I wore on the World’s Longest Catwalk because they go with the bedroom. Nothing wrong with using shoes as decoration when they are not on your feet!

I make a point of enjoying the room now — it’s not only a refuge, it makes me happy. Joyful!

Discontentment isn’t helpful or good.  When it happens I either throw a tonne of gratefulness at it or use it as a catalyst to overcome by creating and relishing in beauty…even if it’s only beauty I can see. Because if I can see it, then others will feel it. Give.

Sorting and Organising Toys

Sorting & Organising Toys

I sort and reorganise the children’s toys about twice a year, usually after Christmas, and then half way through the year. I’ve just re-done it this last weekend before school goes back for the new term. Below is the step-by-step process I go through:

1. Pull Everything Out

When I’m in the process going through the toys, I remind myself that it gets (much) worse before it gets better. I’m ruthless and pull EVERYTHING out.

organising toys

2. Sort                  

After pulling the toys out, I sort them into groups and the kids help me with this.  I always feel grateful that my children have so many toy options to play with when I see how many toys they have. There are particular toy items that I have found to be a winner for play and I’ve mentioned some of those things here: Products I Rave About.

Featured below is most of the toys in our house, besides stuffed toys which are kept in the bedrooms.

organising toys

3. Store/Give

  • Prioritise toys most played with.
  • Give away items the children don’t need or use.
  • Store some toys and rotate to keep things fresh. I stored toys (like the Little People toys) in a box on wheels in the garage.

4. Solve

I use the opportunity when sorting toys to reassess the play space to see if there are better ways to do things.  Last year I did a playroom project with Howards Storage because our systems weren’t working very well and the new system (with the drawers) is fabulous.   After sorting the toys, the kids and I put them back into the respective drawers and this is what it looks like:

playroom makeover

Toy Station

The toys are stored in general category drawers. I find this helps children find what they are looking for and it helps with packing up too. For example, we keep the play dolls in one, the doll clothes in another; the match box cars and other vehicles, plastic figurines, wooden blocks all in separate drawers.  These particular drawers are part of the elfa system.

elfa storage system -- organising toys

elfa storage system -- organising toys

Artwork

The children produce a lot of artwork, and the fridge isn’t big enough!  I think this is my favourite part of the room, because I love seeing the children’s masterpieces on the walls.  To hang the artwork, I used three Command Hooks and skirt hangers so I can display and change artwork as the children do it and it gives this space a special and varied feel. There are heaps more ideas how to store children’s artwork here.

organising toys -- artwork

displaying children artwork

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Drawing                                       

My children draw most days, and I keep the drawing supplies readily available in a mini bucket turntable. When the kids want to draw, they can grab a bucket, find a comfortable place, and go for it.  Other craft supplies are stored on the bench top in navy & red striped totes.

organising toys

art caddy -- organising toys

Lego

The Lego is kept in Lego storage bricks at the moment (they look really cute and add that splash of colour to the play room).  It’s working for now, but as our Lego collection grows (and grow it does) I will most probably move to a dedicated colour-coded drawers

organising toys -- legoPlay

I find the kids play with new vigour after we reorganise the toys and I enjoy watching and listening to their play.

Organising Toys

More Inspiration

Here are some pictures and links that may help.

Emma’s Toys

Emma uses the Ikea Expedit cupboard to store toys. Read my interview with Emma here: City to Country.

organising children's toys

Rachel’s Toys

Rachel did a beautiful home renovation and below is a picture of her daughter’s room. Read the interview I did with Rachel here: A Room for Everyone.

organising children's toys

Pilgrim’s Toys

I love Pilgrim’s use of colour in her home. It’s just gorgeous! Read the interview I did with Pilgrim here: Home — Bold and Bright.

organising children's toys

Sharron’s Toys

Sharron has a knack of mixing vintage and new items in her home.  I especially love the way she stores the cars. Read my interview with Sharron here.

organising toys

Nicole’s Toys

Read more about how Nicole (Planning With Kids) organises her children’s toys here: Organising Toys.

Organizing Toys

Pinterest Organising Toys Board

If you need more inspiration I have a wonderful collection of pictures and links on my Pinterest Organising Toys Board. Just click here: Organising Toys. And you can repin this particular post here.

pinterest organising toys / organizing toys

 

How do you organise toys in your home?

This is the view from my kitchen. It makes me happy and I enjoy having the children play so close to the central hub of the house.

playroom makeover

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10 Tips for Organising Toys 

Kids Room: Collection Display Jars

One of the ways I facilitate my older children’s interests and collections is to have display jars in their rooms for different things.  Below are my 10-year-old’s jars.  She enjoys collecting shells, rocks and metal things (like nuts, bolts and bottle caps). I remember collecting old keys at one stage when I was a tween…I wonder where they ended up?

We have also done other cute little jar projects that add a fun personalised look for her room. Jars like this can be used as money box, to display mini collectable figurines like Pokemon and other small things.

The line of jars looks gorgeous in her room!

A great way to store older children's collections

Collection jars

3D Scene in a Jar

The kids and I made this snow scene jar for Christmas last year, and we enjoyed it so much, we kept it displayed.  These jars have that snow-globe magic feel that can transport you to another world.  See how we put it together here.

3d scene in a jar

Photo Adventure in a Jar

The kids and I made the below 3D adventure scene last year and it turned out brilliantly!  The steps on how we put it together are here: 3D Photo Scene in a Jar.

3D Photo in a Jar

Dinosaur in a jar

The dinosaur jar was a party favour/craft at my daughter’s birthday party. Great little project and something fun to display and keep.  Instructions here: Pony in  a Jar.

Collection jars

I found the jars at a discount store.

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way.

Colourful Wrapping

Brown paper

Felt pens, ballpoint pen, pencils, oil pastels, and crayons all work. Paint also works but there that extra step of allowing it to dry.

Oil Pastel Crayons

make your own wrapping paper

Pencils/Pen Outline

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

A Boot Doll House

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house

How absolutely gorgeous is this Boot Doll House!  Marina (aka Vintage Jane) who lives in England shared this gorgeous project on her blog, and I contacted her because I fell in love with it and wanted to share with you all!

This boot house was made for special little boy.  

“He wanted a boy’s house.  And so, just before Christmas, Grandma (the Interior Designer) and Grandpa (the Builder) built and decorated a very special house and on Christmas day the little boy received this.”

The story is lovely and you can read it here. And you can see a little more of the process of a Boot House being made here.

A Boot Doll House

These pictures show some of the incredible detail gone into this beautiful creation. It makes me want to see it in person.

Top Floors

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - top floors

Kitchen

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - kitchen

Bathroom

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - bathroom

Front Steps

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - front steps

Workshop

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - workshop

Bottom Floor

House in a shoe - gorgeous doll house - bottom floor

Check out more pics at Vintage Jane.

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Funky Tape Floors

tape floors

I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney yesterday with Chelsea from Moments A Day.  My favourite exhibit was Jim Lambie’s Zopob Room lined with coloured vinyl tape. I snapped a few pics with my iPhone. How fun would it be for a play room?! 

Realistically, I wondered how it would hold up with wear. It appeared the tape was covered in varnish and the finish was gorgeous!

This room reminded me of the ways I use tape to decorate around the house (two ideas below) and how when we think a little differently, there is an ability to achieve amazing and cool things.

Stationery Corner

A cute colour themed area by gathering items around the house and giving it a fresh look. You can find the tutorial here: Tape Book Cover

Decorate with tape

Juice Bottle Vases

Put a posy of flowers in to brighten a room or use to store items like pencils or paperclips. Tutorial here: Juice Bottle Vase

Tape Juice Bottle Vase

Artist: Jim Lambie

Born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland, Lives and works in Glasgow

Zopob 2014

Materials: Vinyl Tape, Varnish

“Jim Lambie’s Zobop works involve completely covering gallery floors in huge expanses of monochromatic or widely coloured vinyl tape, that gives the impression of multilayered movement, even pulsation. The result is memorising, uplifting and at times vertiginous, as his optical wonderland challenges our propriceptive process.” — Museum of Contemporary Art

More Jim Lambie Spaces

Stripes & Shapes

Jim Lambie - ZPBOP - Vinyl Tape Floors -  National Galleries

Image: NationalGalleries.org

Stairs

Jim Lambie Vinyl Stairs

Image

Black & White

Black and White Floors - Jim Lambie

Image

Gold

ZOBOP Gold - Jim Lambie

Gold ZOBOP

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Decorative Tape: Party Ideas

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Scotch Expressions Magic Tape - party ideas

The new Scotch® Expressions Tape is a brilliant addition to the family stationery stash.  It can be used to decorate a variety of household, stationery and recycled items.  I recently wrote a post about 5 ways I’ve been using the decorative tape around the house.   This time, I’m sharing how the tape can help make a birthday party special.

1. Birthday Photo Frame

Dress up a simple frame to match your theme.  I did this up for my daughter’s birthday and had her friends to sign on the white section around the picture as a memento.

decorate photo frame with decorative tape

 Materials

Plain Photo frame

Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape

Permanent markers (different colours work well)

Instructions

I decided to decorate two sides of the frame but it’s easy to decorate the entire frame too.

  1. Lay a section of tape along the front section.
  2. Fold the excess tape along the side.
  3. For the corners, make a cut where the join is before folding over.

decorate photo frame with decorative tape

decorate photo frame with decorative tape

2. Party Decorations

Decorative tape is great for party planning because it helps to match themes and colours.  We did a pony party for my daughter this year, and went for a green and purple colour theme.   I used tape to decorate juice bottles, for tumblers, the pass the parcel game, and to label the party favours.

Decorate juice bottles with tape to match your colour theme #kids #parties #birthday #decor

 party favours

3. Cupcake Flag Toppers

Make these cute cupcake toppers in a jiffy. Toothpicks, tape and scissors is all there is to it!  This is a great way to tie in cupcakes treats into the theme of the party.

For an easy cupcake recipe, click here: Easy Cupcake Recipe.

Make cupcake flags out of decorative tape

Materials

Toothpick

Scotch® Expressions Tape

Instructions

1. Take a small piece of tape fold around the top section of the toothpick.

2. Trim tape to desired shape.

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Decorative tape makes things fun, pretty and cool, and best of all, you can reinvent items you already have in the home.

Make it Amazing

Scotch Australia & New Zealand Facebook are inviting you to show off your creations (and be in the running to win an iPad mini) in the Make it Amazing competition. There’s heaps of inspiration ideas too.  Check it out in the links below: 

Australia: www.makeitamazing.com.au

New Zealand: www.makeitamazing.co.nz

3M Scotch Expressions Tape

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5 Ideas for Using Decorative Tape Around the House

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Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape

Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape

I love this stuff because I can make regular and recycled items around the house look awesome, colourful and funky. Oh, and there’s the kids too: as my children get older, I need to cater for their own projects (rather than being a facilitator and instigator) and they love the tape too!

I’ve been going berserk with the tape around the house, from decorating juice bottle vases to wrapping a pass the parcel game for my daughter’s 8th birthday party.   It’s fun to use and the 3M Scotch Expressions Magic Tape is easy to remove (the masking tape is stronger so more difficult to remove).

I’m sharing five ways to use decorative tape around the house and another five in a post next week.

Make it Amazing

3M Scotch Expressions Tape is a brilliant addition to the family stationery stash and you can show off your creations (and be in the running to win an iPad mini) in the Make it Amazing competition on the Scotch Australia & New Zealand Facebook page. There’s heaps of inspiration ideas too:

Australia: www.makeitamazing.com.au

New Zealand: www.makeitamazing.co.nz

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5 Ways to Use Decorative Tape in The Home

1.    Coat Hanger Children’s Artwork Display

Pant hangers with clips can be used to hang children’s artwork on the wall.  It’s easy to change the artwork as fresh pieces come along.  To make it bright and fun, decorate the hangers with happy coloured tape.

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Materials

Pant Coat Hangers

3M Command Hooks

Scotch Expressions Tape

Instructions

1. Cut sections of tape about 10-15 cm in length (enough to wind around the hanger with a slight overlap)

2. Press each section of tape down around the hanger until covered to satisfaction.

3. Place on the wall using hooks and display artwork as a feature.

Pant hangers with clips can be used to hang children’s artwork on the wall.  It’s easy to change the artwork as fresh pieces come along.  To make it bright and fun, decorate the hangers with happy coloured tape.

Pant hangers with clips can be used to hang children’s artwork on the wall.  It’s easy to change the artwork as fresh pieces come along.  To make it bright and fun, decorate the hangers with happy coloured tape.

2.    Secure Artwork

Another way too store children’s artwork is to use tape to secure artwork to a wall.  It looks funky. I used 3M Scotch Expressions Magic tape in purple here for my daughter’s windmill picture.

decorative tape

3. Juice Bottle Vase

So easy, it’s ridiculous.  These are great for a themed area or birthday party decorations.  Put a posy of flowers in to brighten a room or use to store pencils.

Use Decorative Tape to decoration juice bottles for cute vases - on beafunmum.com

Materials

Empty Juice Bottles

3M Scotch Expressions Packing Tape

Instructions

  1. Lay a section of tape evenly around the juice bottle.
  2. Cut tape to length and smooth out.

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Use Decorative Tape to decoration juice bottles for cute vases - on beafunmum.com

 

Use decorative tape to create cute juice bottle vases - on beafunmum.com

4. Book Cover

Loved this little project because I created a cute colour themed area by simply gathering items around the house and giving it a fresh look.

Use decorative tape to cover a notebook - tutorial on beafunmum.com

Materials

3M Scotch Expressions Packing Tape

3M Scotch Expressions Magic Tape

Notepad (horizontal stripes)

Instructions

  1. Lay sections of tape to cover the notepad, allowing about 1-3 cm overhang to secure on the inside cover.
  2. Don’t worry too much about making the left hand side exactly even (I’ll tell you why below).
  3. For edge corner sections, cut a small triangle (as shown) before securing on the inside cover.
  4. To make sure the edges don’t eventually peel up, use a section of tape along the left edge vertically, overlapping slightly and secure on the inside cover (I used purple tape here).
  5.  Create a cute themed area by using matching tape on plastic tumblers or juice bottles for pen and pencil holders.

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Tip: Vertical stripes work gorgeously too.

Tip:  Great for school books.

5 . The $2 Jar

Create a $2 jar to save all your $2 coins. A 750ml jar will hold over $1,000 - on beafunmum.com

I’ve done this many times throughout my adult life and it’s an easy way to save a small stash for something special. Great for kids too! The idea is to have a specified jar for all $2 coins that come into your possession.  I’ve experimented on how much you can fit in a 600ml coke bottle (you can find out here).

If you want to save over $1,000 you need approximately a 750 ml bottle or jar. I decided to make a cute jar for our $2 coins and here it is.

Create a $2 jar to save all your $2 coins. A 750ml jar will hold over $1,000 - on beafunmum.com

Materials

3M Scotch Expressions Magic Tape

Jar

Permanent Marker

Instructions

  1. If using a square jar, lay section of tape from the outsides and work your way into the middle.  For cylinder jars, measure and mark around the jar for evenly spaced stripes. It’s easy to pull the tape off if you make a mistake.  Horizontal stripes work brilliantly on a cylinder jar.
  2. Using a permanent marker, name the jar and start saving.

make a decorative jar with tape

Here’s a (slightly ridiculous) video of $1,000 in a jar.

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Decorative Oranges

Decorative Oranges

Using fruit as decoration pieces is a simple way to create a feature point in the home, especially around special times such as Christmas.

Need

Oranges

Diamond sticker rows (I found these at a discount shop)

decorative oranges

Decorative Oranges

This is easy and quick.  Lay a strip of diamond stickers from the to of the orange to the base and continue this process around the orange (leaving a space of about 5 cm or so between each row).  This gives the oranges that bauble look. Pop in a bowl and they look fabulous on a table with eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts. When ready to use, the stickers can be peeled off easily.

Concept: decorate the usual, because it’s Christmas

Colour theme: blue and orange with gold highlights

Everyday items:  large glass bowl, oranges

Festive decorations: diamanté stickers

Tip: add eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts along a table runner and add a scattering of LED lights

decorative fruit oranges

decorative fruit orange

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Table Decoration Stick Christmas Tree

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I love bringing nature into the house so that makes this Stick Christmas Tree one of my favourites. It’s easy and cheap to put together and you can mix and match colours to suit any theme.

Theme

I went for a natural look here using brown and cream with gold and glass-look-a-like highlights.

Materials

Small decorations

Potpourri balls

Table runner

Vase (I used a cookie jar)

Batter operated LED lights

Stick Christmas Tree

Concept: celebrate with nature

Colour theme: natural tones with diamond (clear) highlights

Everyday items: vase or large jar, tree sticks

Festive decorations: gold table runner, potpourri balls, LED lights, silver birds, diamond tree decorations, small gold baubles

Tip: Make joke tags with paper and hang on the tree

How

– Sticks (when you collect sticks, look for interesting shapes)

– Put a table runner down

– Scatter pine cones, potpourri balls, baubles and/or lights

– Arrange sticks in a vase (a heavy vase works best to give stability) – place a few rocks at the bottom if more weight is needed

– Hang small decorations off branches (here are some homemade Christmas decoration ideas)

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

Stick Christmas Tree -- Christmas Table Inspiration beafunmum.com

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Christmas Table Decoration

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