DIY Cake Stand

Amesh from Indonesia shared an adorable project with us today and it reminded me of a tip from one of my cake decorating classes. Using canned goods to create DIY cake stands! Instructions after the break…

What you need:

– Corrugated cake boards
– Canned goods (unopened)
– Several sheets of scrapbooking-weight paper
– plus: x-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, pencil, rubber bands, non-toxic glue (I prefer Aleene’s Tacky Glue.)

1. Trace closely around the edge of each cake board with the pencil and cut out your circles with your x-acto knife on the cutting mat

2. Apply glue fairly close to the edge of the wrong side of your paper circle and attach to your cake board. Repeat for each.

3. Measure the height of your canned goods and cut strips of paper to height.

4. Wrap paper around can, marking a 1″ overlap and trim length of paper.

5. Apply glue to the length of the 2 short ends and wrap paper around canned good, overlapping and gluing down the end. Wrap with rubber bands to dry. Repeat for each.

6. Cut 1″ strips of paper to create the “thickness” of the “plates.”

7. Place cake board bottom-side up and apply glue along very top of the entire length of your 1″ strip and begin wrapping strip around edge of cake board. If there is a “front” of your cake-board, be sure to place paper seam towards the back. Repeat until the entire circumference of all of your circles is covered. Glue the strips of paper together as you go.

8. Place your largest can at the bottom and center your largest cake board on top. You can stop there for a pretty cake stand. You should glue your stand to the can (I would probably use a glue gun but haven’t tested this yet)

9. You can add additional tiers by centering another can on top of your first cake board and gluing another cake board on top.

These are great because they are sooo inexpensive to make, totally customizable and you never have to worry about leaving a pretty plate behind at a party!


Crochet Donut

Now that it’s getting all Fall-ish, I’m thinking of getting back to yarn crafts. If you need a sweet handmade something for a little person, I highly recommend this. A simple and satisfying beginner project. Wrap it up in parchment paper and tie with baker’s twine for additional themey cuteness. These would also be super cute in multiples if you’re feeling ambitious. The pattern is free, courtesy of KTBDesigns.

PS. I sewed a few jingle Bells inside before closing mine up.


One Frame Three Ways

Buttery yellow with wallpaper in my daughter’s room

Vintage turquoise as a chalkboard via Little Green Notebook

White as a display sign for Cuppielove via Yes, Please

Before & After pics and where to get it after the jump…

Before & After

Prudent Price:

Frame $24.99 at Ikea

Julia Rothman Daydream wallpaper remnant $0 (or $20/yard at Hygge & West

One can Rust Oleum Painter’s Touch in Satin Summer Squash $7.33 on Amazon or at Home Depot

Total $32.32


DIY: Easy Drawstring Bag

Perfect as a re-usable gift wrap, themed to tote party favors, or as storage for wayward blocks, this super-simple drawstring bag DIY from favorite site Purl Bee is a satisfying project to whip out after the kids go to bed:  

Etsuka Furuya Echino home-decor weight fabric in yellow $16.95 per yard at superbuzzy

…and in pink and a variety of other patterns and colors for $19.50 a yard right at Purl Soho

I made mine with leftover scraps of decor-weight fabric and ribbon I had on hand, but how cute would it be with thick rick-rack or this Matryoshka Ribbon from Reprodepot?


DIY: Boy Tee into Girl Dress



The husband, baby and I headed back to Nashville last week to visit our amazing new niece.  We had to stop by Jack White’s Third Man Records shop where we picked up this toddler tee that was far too large for our girl.  I thought I’d try to make it into a dress. I’m a beginning sewer and have never worked with jersey before, so this is a super simple project that took about an hour; I think it turned out pretty cute in a rocker kind of way.  Check out the DIY after the jump…

1.  Start by turning the tee inside out and cutting the sleeves and neckline off, then iron it flat:

2.  Draw a straight line from the top corner to the bottom corner (just inside the seam on the hem of the tee) with a washable marker:

3.  Sew a straight stitch along that line on either side with thread that matches your tee:

4.  Cut the excess fabric off.  You can finish your new seam if you know how to do it without a serger, but i don’t.

5.  Fold the top edge down, iron and pin in place, then hem with a straight stitch:

Now you’ve got a stretchy little tube dress.

6. I needed to make straps but i didn’t have enough excess fabric, so I deliberated and came upon this solution.  Take the discarded sleeves of the old tee:

Cut the hems off:

Cut each hem so that it is open on both sides like a tube so you can loop turn it.  I have a loop turner but I haven’t mastered it, so I use a safety pin.  To do this, attach the pin to one end of the hem:

Turn it around and push it back through the fabric and out the other side.  The fabric will bunch up; just gently help it along until it gives and your tube turns right-side out.  Repeat on the other hem, then iron them flat with the seam in the middle so you can only see it on one side. Here is one mid-turn and one already turned:

7.  Pin your straps to the dress after trying it on your model child (there are no pictures of me trying it on her because i didn’t – lesson learned, see below). Sew the four strap ends in place along the first seam you made and again right above that at the top of the dress for extra strength.

Now you’ve got a tank dress:

I thought I was done until I tested it out on my model:

Too big, the straps wouldn’t stay up:

8.  So I repeated the loop turning process used to make the straps, but this time I used a bit of the neckline from the old tee.  I wrapped the new piece of strap around the two straps, turned it inside out and sewed it together, then flipped it back over to create this little doodad:

Done!  And when she gets a little bigger, I can snip the doodad off and it will magically be a tank dress again.  If there is a name for this doodad please let me know.  It seems like everything in sewing has some crazy name I’ve never heard before.  Anyway, look how cute:

Might need some leggings, boots and a leather jacket for winter, right?


Prettier Formula

I saw this post over at OhDeeDoh and I finally knew what to do with this Jonathan Adler container I picked up for $7 at Homegoods a while back:  Ditch the ugly tub and store powdered formula in it.  It feels good to make a cute container useful, no?  Here’s a few I dug up:

Ceramic Bisque Cupcake Jar $18.00 from dmkarlik Ceramics ebay shop

Parasol Bone jar by Roost, $49.95 at Well Dressed Home

Wood Grain Box by Micheal Aram for Waterford $95 at Macy’s 

Vintage Greyhound canister $19.50 on etsy

Vintage Ceramic Tea Set $43.00 for 5 pieces at jwhite2

Bluebird and Trees Canister $26 at Three Potato Four

Ceramic Owl Jar $49.99 at JC Penney

Ceramic bird canister $19.99 at Target

Chalk Talk Storage $6.99 at World Market

Or grab a few great fabric scraps and follow this step-by-step DIY from Jackie at Crafting A Green World to customize a plain container.


DIY: Pom Pom Curtains!

I came across these pom pom window panels from Pine Cone Hill while browsing through House Beautiful on a plane recently. They’re so girly without being frilly – perfect for my daughter’s room:


I fell in love with them instantly, but with two windows to cover I couldn’t shell out the $250 for something that seemed simple enough to make on my own. So that’s what I did:



Let’s get started!

Nesting urges, wondrous inspiration, endless exhaustion: The sparks our children set off in us…
Since pregnancy we’ve been discovering the handy crafters bubbling within. We’ve scoured the universe uncovering DIY projects that marry drool-worthy modern baby-cool with minimalist new-mom budgets. They don’t always succeed, but we’ve learned a few things along the way and we’ll give you the scoop. Give the plans a try, let us know what you think, send us pictures and links to your own DIY babies, and look for them here. This is the place to satisfy the impulse to create for your kids (prudently)…DIYs for the little guys!

jaime & jacinda