Thursday, March 30, 2017

A LITTLE BOX OF SUNSHINE

A Little Box Of Sunshine - A tutorial and free printables can be found to create this care package to help brighten someone's day. | sprinkledwithcolor.com

I don't know about you, but I never get anything fun in the mail anymore.  So when my friend was having a blue week, I wanted to send her something to brighten her day.  And what is more fun than a care package?  I love receiving a personalized letter or card in my letterbox but a care package can't be beat as it gives you little surprises upon more surprises as you dig through the box.  It's a scavenger hunt for goodies!

This care page can be easily put together and it is very affordable and customizable.  For this particular one, since it is themed on Sunshine, I kept it simple with yellow and blue items that were pretty much all food based.  I added Chicken and Dumpling soup, fruit snack cups, cookies, candy, soothing tea an chocolate mixes.  Snacking on yummy treats has to brighten your day right?  You fill the box with items from anywhere - I stopped by the Dollar Tree, Target, and Trader Joe's.

A Little Box Of Sunshine - A tutorial and free printables can be found to create this care package to help brighten someone's day. | sprinkledwithcolor.com

I created a simple design for the sun with a little message on it to place on the bottom of the box.

A Little Box Of Sunshine - A tutorial and free printables can be found to create this care package to help brighten someone's day. | sprinkledwithcolor.com

I used Illustrator to create my design but you can always use free clip art from the web and PowerPoint to great your own graphics easily.  To make the box pretty, I also covered the inside with yellow paper and printed the words "A Little Box of Sunshine" to go on the box flaps.  Some of the goodies were placed into Ziploc bags and for the bag labels I also just used some clip art of yellow and blue patterned designs and printed them in 7" x 4" rectangles.  Once you cut out the rectangle, just fold it in half horizontally and staple it over the top of the bag.  I wrapped some items with ribbon and you could also wrap them in tissue paper as well.  You can download a free printable of the bag toppers, sun decorations, box bottom graphic and more by clicking here.

Once all the items were packed in the box, I blew up some yellow happy face balloons to act as padding to prevent the fragile items from getting crushed.  Lastly, some sun cut outs and a picture frame with a message were placed on top.  It's that easy!  This would also be fun to fill with spa items or stationary sets and books.

A Little Box Of Sunshine - A tutorial and free printables can be found to create this care package to help brighten someone's day. | sprinkledwithcolor.com



Sunday, March 26, 2017

EASY WAYS TO BRING SPRING INDOORS

Now that it's getting warmer, I'm excited to share some simple ways to bring the beautiful outdoors into your home.

This is a beautiful tutorial to make a tulip wreath and for sure will put a smile on everyone who enters the house. Such a welcoming way to invite people to your home!

wreath tutorial

I love dressing up the mantel, and this is such a easy way to decorate your home for the season.  Just a few flowers or sprigs of blooms placed around the fireplace can make a serious impact.

spring mantel

Love how fresh fruit and flowers can be incorporated to make a big statement.  You can always use flowers from your own backyard or fruit have on hand to brighten your kitchen in no time.

spring decor

Decorating your home for the season can be as simple as changing up some throw pillows in your living room.  I love the colors that she used - from the rug to the pillows, to the blanket and table tray. It is such a fresh take on spring. 

spring decor

The tablescape below is just so beautiful.  I love the bright colors and whimsical touches!

easter table

And lastly in our home we just placed a few sprigs of flowers from our own front yard and pared them with some simple figurines around our home.  My kids love birds so they were very happy to see a few of them sitting on our mantle!

spring mantel
spring mantel

And a few bunnies also popped by.  I like having decor that I can reuse from year to year.  And these can also be used outdoors as lawn ornaments as well.

spring decor
easter decor
spring mantel

That's it for now.  Hope you all enjoy your spring weekend!

Friday, March 24, 2017

PENNY LETTERS FOR THE KITCHEN

There is a empty space in between our kitchen and family room that I have been wanting to fill with something simple.  Since Pinterest is always my go to place for inspiration, I found an easy DIY project that only took an hour or two to complete.  That is definitely my kind of project!

Penny Letters

PENNY LETTER TUTORIAL

Only two steps are required to create these easy penny letters.  Paint and glue baby.

Since this was going in our kitchen I originally wanted to penny up the word Cucina or Brunch or something to that effect but then I realized that we had letters leftover from our sun Ethan's old nursery.  Here is to upcycling and to free!  There were two options that I could make from these letters: TEA or EAT (and given that we don't actually drink any tea but absolutely do plenty of eating, I think you know what I ended up going with.  Although to be honest, if this word were to represent us it would really say CHOCOLATE or ICE CREAM instead).

penny letters

The first step was to repaint the letters a copper color so that the edges and base color would match the pennies that would be laid down on top.  The color I used was a DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paint called Worn Pennywhich you can find at any Michaels.

This was after three coats.  In retrospect, I think spray painting spray painting the letters would have been much faster.
penny letters

Then, once the paint was dry, it was time to add the pennies.  Glue, glue, and glue away.  I ended up scattering three layers of pennies to ensure all the bare spots were covered and to give it a bit of texture.  Highly recommend using E6000glue as it worked really well.

penny letters

And here is the finished result!

penny letters

penny letters


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