Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer

Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, where the possibilities for DIY and home decor projects are infinite.

We live in a small townhouse, and are often challenged by the lack of space we have for five people (and all their belongings) to live comfortably.  One of the first rules of living in a small space is to maximize usage of the walls.  I was pretty happy when we put up two rows of hooks on the wall by our backdoor.  Then after awhile, I started to think about how we could make this wall even better . . .

Before Photos:
Coat and Shoe Area Before Photo |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Two rows of coat hooks plus a shoe bench.

Messy Shoe Bench Before Photo |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
A bench stuffed with the shoes belonging to two tweens and one teen.
There were three main things that were not ideal about our setup.  1)  The coats were spread out between two rows of hooks, and not every hook was being used. 2) Depending on how many pairs of shoes or boots our children owned at the time, there were times when the shoe bench was too full to close the lid properly.  (Also, the shoes were getting dirty from being thrown on top of each other. I think that bothered me more than the children though.) 3) There was no room for my husband's shoes, so he would leave his shoes strewn about the first floor of our house.

PROJECT:  Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Semi-Glossy Latex Paint
Paint Brush
2-inch Drywall Screws (3 per Flower Box)
Cordless Screwdriver
Level
Measuring Tape
Pencil

Unfinished Planters and Crates for Shoe Organizer Project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 1. Decide how many flower boxes you need for your space. The ones we used measure 24" x 6" x 6". You can configure them in multiple rows to fit your space. We used one row of three across.  You can make this project fit almost anywhere, from a mudroom to a closet.

Step 2. Add one coat of paint on your unfinished flower boxes and crate.  Add up to two more coats of paint, making sure the previous coat is completely dry before adding the next.

Step 3. Lightly mark on the wall where you'd like your flower boxes to be positioned with a pencil. Use your measuring tape to ensure each box will be the same distance from the floor.

Step 4.  Pre-drill 3 holes in each of the flower boxes for the screws to help prevent the wood from splitting when screwing the flower boxes to the wall.  (See photos below for screw placement.)

Step 5.  With the help of your level and the marks you've made on your wall, secure the flower boxes to the wall by screwing the 2" drywall screws through the pre-drilled holes and into the wall.
DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer How-To  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 6.  Place woven table runners on the floor along the wall under the flower boxes to have a place for boots or wet shoes.

Super-Easy DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 7.  Add a crate to hold wet hats and mittens.

Chalkboard Sign for Hats & Mittens Bin  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

You can create a sign easily using a chalkboard sign and chalk markers.  I made two! One for hats and mittens in the winter, and a second sign for flip-flops in the summer.

DIY Winter Hats & Mittens Bin  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Our whole family agreed that the new Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer worked out great.  Our children could see all their shoes easily and never had to search for the second shoe.  My daughter could fit most of her shoes sole-to-sole, but put her high-top sneakers side-by-side.

Reorganizing Shoe Area - Easy DIY Project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Look!  There was enough room for my 3 children's shoes AND my husband's shoes.

After Photos:
DIY Shoe Organizer Project After Photo   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

If we could have, we would have mounted the flower boxes a few inches lower so our children could hang their backpacks on the row of hooks right above them, but we did not want to cover the existing electrical outlet.  Instead, we are using those hooks for hats, umbrellas, and dog leashes.  All their coats fit on the top row of hooks because we are now using every hook.

Easy DIY Shoe Organizer Project - After Photo   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Easy to Make DIY Wall-Mounted Shoe Organizer   |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What would you want to change about your coat and shoe area?
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Handcrafted Spirit Bracelets - An Easy School Fundraiser Idea!

Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This school spirit craft fundraiser post was sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Our twins started 5th grade this fall, which is a year filled with many field trips.  There are also yearbooks, a graduation ceremony, a graduation party, the class gift to the school, and the gifts to all the 5th grade teachers.  Since money is tight for many of the families at our school, we are trying to raise as much money as possible to minimize the cost of all of the above for the families.

My daughter and I wanted to do our part.  Since we're both pretty crafty, I had the idea to make spirit bracelets in the school colors to sell at the Fall fair at school.  I found everything I needed at Oriental Trading Company with the exception of the P, R, and S beads.
Faceted Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
The bracelets made of Crystal Bicone Beads and Cut Crystal Round Beads were a huge hit!  If you charged $6.00 for one or 2/$10.00, you would make approximately $4 per bracelet to support your cause.  We tried to make a variety of styles, adding Bow Charms and Star Beads here and there. You could easily charge more based on how much your community would be willing to spend.

Pony Beads Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
We also made lots of Pony Bead Spirit Bracelets.  You could sell these for $3.00 each or 2/$5.00, making approximately $2.30 per bracelet on behalf of your cause.  Be sure to use clear stretchy cording for added durability since some of these will be worn by children.

Easy Bracelet Tree Display for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Presentation is everything!  I truly believe that we would not have sold as many bracelets if we had not created an eye-catching display.  All I did was add our school colors to the base of a Black and White Wishing Tree Centerpiece.  Although this inexpensive tree was made of lightweight cardboard, it was sturdy enough to hang a few bracelets on the branches, and it was easy to transport because it folds flat.

Faceted Beads & Pony Beads Spirit Bracelet Ideas for a School Fundraiser | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Bonus Fundraising Idea . . . 

One of the easiest donations to obtain for a raffle is free classes.  It doesn't cost a martial arts, dance, or fitness studio anything to add one more person to their class for a few weeks.  Plus, they have the opportunity to impress a potential new student.

It's great when people buy one raffle ticket, but even better when they buy more than one, right?  Why not offer a small thank you gift to those buying more than one raffle ticket?  Just a little something so that they don't leave empty-handed.  These Ninja Mini Prisms, for example, cost about $0.13 each.  A parent could walk away with a happy child if you had a small toy like these to hand out, while you just sold 2 or 3 raffle tickets instead of just one.
Raffle Fundraiser Bonus Gift Idea | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What tips do you have for a successful school fundraiser?
Share them with us in a comment here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Easy-to-Make Venus Flytrap & Snake-Wrapped Candy Halloween Centerpiece

Easy Venus Flytrap and Snakes Halloween Centerpiece  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This easy Halloween centerpiece post has been sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, your Halloween headquarters.  All opinions expressed are my own.

October is a busy time of year for us, especially now that my children are older and are not all at the same school.  Between all the fall festivals, fundraising, and help with homework, I hardly have time to even think about Halloween.  That's why I was super-excited to come up with an easy Halloween centerpiece that both my children and trick-or-treaters would appreciate.

Putting together an easy display like this would be a fun Halloween activity to get the children involved in.  That's right!  This centerpiece is so easy to make that a child could probably do it.


How to Make a Halloween Serving Tray . . .

All you need is a basic serving tray and some printed Halloween-themed paper.  The tray can be black, woodtone, brown, orange, green, purple, or any other color that reminds you of fall.  Then measure the inside dimensions of the tray and fold the edges of the printed paper under itself to match the tray measurements.  Then place it inside the tray.  That's it!  I chose not to glue the paper down so that I can switch it out for different themed paper in the future.  The printed paper could be from scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or a Halloween bag.  Use your imagination!  I used part of a paper Halloween table runner.
Turn an Everyday Serving Tray into a Halloween Tray  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

How to Make Snake-Wrapped Rock Candy . . . 

It's tough finding candy that everyone will like that is also safe for children with allergies.  I discovered that rock candy is gluten-free and dairy-free.  These rock candy lollipops paired with some cute fuzzy hair monster bookmarks are sure to be a big hit with trick-or-treaters, even ones with some dietary restrictions.
Fun Halloween Party Favor Ideas  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Here comes the fun part!  To wrap bendable snakes around the rock candy, first coil them around your index finger.  When the snakes are in a coil shape, wrap them around the rock candy lollipops.  If you intend to display these treats in a cup or a pail, like I have, then be sure to keep the snakes towards the top of the lollipops.  This would also work well with hard candy sticks.
Snake-Wrapped Rock Candy for Halloween  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

How to Put Together Your Halloween Centerpiece . . .

I was lucky to find a set of 3 Halloween pails that I fell in love with.  Either little pails or flowerpots would work well in this case.  The first pail is for holding your decorative Venus Flytrap plant.
Venus Flytrap Decoration for Halloween  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

The other two pails are for holding your snake-wrapped rock candy lollipops.  Place the three pails in the Halloween serving tray you created.  Add a few snakes here and there, and you're done!
Decorative Spooky Halloween Pails  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Easy to Make Venus Flytrap and Snakes Halloween Centerpiece  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What ideas do you have to delight trick-or-treaters?
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