Travel Map Bulletin Board (A Tutorial)

(Note: if you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can use state stickers or find someone who cuts vinyl on Etsy and see if they can cut a map for you!)

I recently made this map for Boo to keep track of her travels with!  I started with a 99 cent bulletin board from the thrift store and hot pink spray paint:

 

First, I sprayed a base layer of hot pink:

 

 

Next, I had my Silhouette machine cut out a map of the United States out of adhesive shelf paper (the template for the map was 99 cents from the Silhouette store….completely worth it). I peeled and stuck each state into place leaving a tiny gap in between. I also cut out the wording “Sienna’s Travels”:

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Organizing Accessories (A Tutorial)

Making Accessory Organizers via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo’s hair accessories and jewelery were stored in a huge jumbled mess until recently:

 

Pre-organized mess via lilblueboo.com

 

I took some thrift and discount store finds and used spray paint to create more organized storage! Boo picked the colors (I would have opted a more subtle color palette haha):

 

Thrift store pieces made into accessory organizers via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s the beat up 99 cent mug holder I bought from the thrift store:

 

A 99 cent mug holder = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

 

I spray painted the base white for the underneath color:

 

Spraypainted mug holder = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette machine to cut “Sienna” out of shelf vinyl:

 

Stenciled mug holder = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

Next I spray painted the entire holder purple (over the stencil):

 

Spraypaint over stencils = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

Spraypaint over stencils = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

After the purple layer dried I carefully peeled off the vinyl letters:

 

Peel off stickers = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

The painted and personalized mug holder is perfect for necklaces, bracelets and headbands:

 

How to make personalized organizers using stickers via lilblueboo.com

 

 

I’m always scouring discount stores clearance sections (Marshall’s, TJ Maxx) for cool items that I can redo. I found this 6 dollar shell holder in the clearance section that I thought would be a great accessory holder since it already had all the compartments built in:

 

Reuse shell holder for accessories via lilblueboo.com

I masked off the glass area and sprayed a base of white on the front just like I did for the mug holder:

 

Mask off glass for accessories via lilblueboo.com

I did the reverse stencil lettering the same way as the mug holder too using the Silhouette Machine only this one said “hair pretties”:

 

Peel off stickers = accessory holder via lilblueboo.com

A perfect container for separating out all those hair ribbons, clip and bands:

 

Accessories organized via lilblueboo.com

Now all of Boo’s hair and jewelry are organized and easy to find and put away!

 

How to make a jewelry and hair accessory organizer via lilblueboo.com


This post is part of the series:

The Getting Organized Series via lilblueboo.com

Quick Sew Clear Vinyl Organizers (A Tutorial)

I made a bunch of these easy, quick sew vinyl organizers to hold Boo’s games and puzzles. These could be used for almost anything: makeup, puzzles, coupons etc.  I used clear tablecloth vinyl and foldover elastic in a variety of colors to make them fun. You could use bias tape but I prefer the elastic because the loop that closes the pouch needs to be slightly stretchy to really hold the organizer closed.

Step 1: I cut a large rectangle of vinyl and folded it in half:

Step 2: I folded elastic over one of the top edges and stitched all the way along making sure the stitch went through all three layers: elastic, vinyl and elastic.

Step 3: Cut a loop of elastic that would be slightly smaller than the depth of the organizer so that it will loop snugly around when the organizer is filled.

 

I sewed the second top edge but stopped halfway and used some stay tape to hold the loop in place as I folded the elastic over it and continued sewing across the second half of the edge:

Here’s what the organizer will look like at this point:

 

Step 4: Lastly I closed up the sides of the organizer by folding elastic along each side and sewing up the edge:

Finished! These can be made in almost any size to accommodate large or small pieces! The best part is that they look so pretty stored on a shelf!

 

I’m working on organization!

 

 

This post is featured on Babble’s The New Home Ec.

Hanging Metal Storage Bins (A Tutorial)

Hanging metal bins for organization via lilblueboo.com

 

I loved some aluminum bins I spotted on Pinterest that Beneath my heart had hung on the wall and knew they’d be the perfect solution for a blank wall in my pantry. I found these large aluminum beverage tubs at Michaels recently:

 

Hanging metal bins via lilblueboo.com

To create holes for hanging I took a large nail and punched 2 holes in the back of each tub about 10 inches apart:

 

Poking a hole via lilblueboo.com

Once the holes were punched I used them to mark the wall and then used a level to make sure the hole marks were at the same height. Then I used matching aluminum screws to attach each bin to the wall:

 

Attaching metal bin to wall in pantry via lilblueboo.com

The top bin holds “unopened snacks” like chips and pretzels…..and the bottom two (that Boo can reach) are snacks that are open and ready to eat!

 

Metal bins for pantry organization via lilblueboo.com

 

Many more posts to come!  I’ll show you shelving, tips, electronic storage etc in my new series:

 

The Getting Organized Series via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Make sure to check out how to make the chalkboard labels….free template downloads included:

DIY Chalkboard Paint Labels via lilblueboo.com

DIY Chalkboard Paper (and Free Download)

Boo and I have been working on organizing her toys as part of our “Getting Organized” project. It was too hard to find chalkboard paper around here for labels so I made my own using chalkboard spray paint and regular adhesive shelving paper.

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

 

First, I had my Silhouette machine cut out the labels onto a piece of contact paper (you can download the Silhouette template file further down the post):

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Next I sprayed a light coat of Chalkboard paint across the labels not entirely covering them. Once that was dry I sprayed a second coat to fill in all the thin areas:

(Note: to keep your paper from curling you can use a glue stick to tack the backing of the labels down onto cardboard or cardstock)

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

It’s easy to make a large batch of labels at once!

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

When the labels are completely dry, carefully peel them from the backing and apply where you like:

 

Click below to download my label template for the Silhouette machine:

 

If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can download these vintage labels and use them as a template:

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

One of my first projects was organizing Boo’s closet and toys. I like to use clear containers when organizing so that I can see what is in them.  Chalkboard labels keep everything organized with a specific “home” for each type of toy….and as Boo outgrows toys we can easily change the labels to reflect her new ones!

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

 

Stay tuned for more as I get my household in order!

Getting organized with lilblueboo.com

 

This post is featured on Babble’s  The New Home Ec.

Jar o’ Elastic Hair Bands

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these elastic hairbands (or hair ties)…..and with an etched glass recycled jar they make a cute, practical gift too!

 

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

On my last trip to L.A., I bought a bunch of foldover elastic (FOE) by the yard (I’ve seen rainbow lots of FOE on ebay if you are looking for a source):

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A Wine Cork Sculpture (A Tutorial)

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

You can breathe a sigh of relief now….my tutorial on how to make a huge wine cork sculpture using just newspaper and wire hangers is finally here. I had to take it easy this weekend so Boo and I set up camp in front of the TV with the coffee table covered in corks and supplies. I let Boo pick the project and of course she chose the TALLEST of all land animals: a giraffe.  A snail or bird would have been much easier to tackle!

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been collecting wine corks from friends and family this year with this project in mind.

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

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