Easy DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution

Easy DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution, cleaning tips, hacks, carpet cleaner

Easy DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution: I have been needing to clean all of the carpets upstairs for a while. It’s one of those things that isn’t that big of a deal when you actually start doing it. I have been dreading it because I don’t like the cleaner that the user’s manual suggests for my machine. 

It just doesn’t work and isn’t worth the money. Of course, the book has to make you feel like if you put anything else in your carpet cleaning machine other than what they suggest, it will blow up on contact.

I decided that I was going to take a leap of faith and find something different, something cheaper and dang it, I want a cleaner that smells better! That’s why I chose this easy DIY carpet cleaning solution.


Best Toys for 8 to 10 Year Old Boys

Top Toy Picks for 8 to 10 Year Olds Boys


Are you in search of the perfect gift for an 8 to a 10-year-old boy? As trends change seemingly every two minutes, it can be difficult keeping up with what’s hot right now in the world of toys.

It’s even harder to narrow down when a boy knows what he wants. They have a tendency to want it all. (more…)

How to Whitewash Wood Crafts

How to Whitewash Wood Tutorial

Whitewashing has become more popular with the farmhouse and vintage decor that is in style right now. It’s very popular on all of the home shows too. So why not make your own decor and give it a touch of whitewash?

I will be showing you how to whitewash the farmhouse lantern that I made. You can use this process on wood crafts, furniture, wood signs, etc. 

What is a whitewash?



Dollar Tree DIY Lantern

How to Make a Farmhouse Lantern


Don’t pay on upwards of $30 on the decorative lanterns that are so hot right now when you can pay less than $5 to make one of these DIY lanterns. These beautiful lanterns are easy to make. And to beat it all, they’re made from real woodblocks. No saw needed!


What you will need:

If you can’t find some of these items at your local Dollar Tree you can order them online and pick them up in-store. 


Supplies needed to make DIY lantern

Get ready to assemble your lantern


Before you start on the lantern, dump out both boxes of the Tumbling Tower blocks. Go through each of the blocks and look for chips, cracks or any imperfections. These can throw off the look and balance of the lantern. 


**Note** There are a couple of blocks with writing on them in each box. You can put them to the side for later use or you can glue them with the words side down. This is the bottom of the lantern.

Let’s start building the base and the top                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Count out thirty-two of the good blocks. You will be making two of these. One for the base and one for the top of the lantern.

That’s sixteen total blocks each piece. We are going to layout the design of the base before we start gluing the blocks. Use the carpenter’s square to keep the blocks inline. Line two blocks vertically. 

Align the blocks to begin creating the base of the DIY lantern

Line up the next row of six blocks horizontally up against the first two.


Add second row of blocks horizontally

Repeat the process one more time, but reverse it. You should have two horizontal rows of six in the middle with 2 two vertical blocks on each side for a total of sixteen blocks.

Finish the last two rows of the base


Glue the pieces together. I’m using popsicle sticks to “butter” the glue to each of the pieces even though my wood glue has a narrow tip for the glue to come out. You have to be careful not to add too much glue to each block or it will squish out from under the block.

It will need to be sanded down if it dries because it shows through paint and stain. Nobody has time for that! Check to make sure you aren’t gluing the base to your work surface.

Ask how I know that can happen. Lol! Make sure to wipe any excess glue from the base after you are finished gluing it together. Repeat this process one more time to make the top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Glue blocks to create the base of the lantern

Layout the lantern pieces first as we did above. All of the side pieces are going to be put together vertically. You need thirty-two blocks for this step. You will be gluing four blocks vertically together.

There will be eight rows of four all together. Once the eight rows are dry lay a row flat and glue another row on its side. It will resemble a corner. Put them all together to make four corners.  


Make four corners for lantern

Glue the four corners to the corners of the base and the top. Start by gluing two at a time on one side. Let them dry completely before you flip it over to glue the other side. Once all four corners are dry glue them to the top.


Glue the four sides to base and top of the lantern

Embellish Your Lantern 

I  chose to make a rectangle out of the blocks for the top of my lantern. You can use a mason jar lid, a knob or whatever you like on yours.

Glue four of the blocks together to create a rectangle. Make two. 


Make decorative piece for the top of lantern


Glue a block to each side of the rectangle.


Add height to the decorative top of the lantern


Now you are going to put two blocks in the center of the rectangle. They should be the same height as the sides. Do not glue them down. They are going to be used to hold up the second rectangle while the glue dries.

Glue the second rectangle on top. Let dry completely.


Add props for second layer


Remove the center blocks. 


Finished embellishment for top of lantern


I suggest going ahead and painting, staining or whitewashing the top of your lantern before gluing the rectangle embellishment so you won’t have trouble getting the final finish in the little space. Let it dry completely.

Glue the embellishment in the middle of the top of the lantern.


Assembled Farmhouse Lantern


The lantern looks nice without paint or stain. The Apothecary jar candles from the Dollar Tree look really cute on these lanterns. 

I’m in the process of renovating our living room. I’m getting rid of all the dark wood and dark colors that I can. So I will be whitewashing my lantern. The chalk paint would work really well on these lanterns also. 

If you aren’t familiar with how to whitewash wood click here for the tutorial.


Once you have finished whitewashing your lantern, give it a “handle”. I used the twisted rope from the Dollar Tree for mine. Tie a knot at the end of the rope. Measure how long you want it to be.

Tie a knot before you cut the rope. Then cut the rope off. Find the middle of the rectangle piece on top of the lantern. Hot glue one of the knots on the inside in the middle of the rectangle. Find the middle on the other side. Glue the other knot in the middle on the inside. 


Save this Dollar Tree DIY Lantern project for later! Pin it on Pinterest!



DIY Dollar Tree Lantern


Our Favorite Farmhouse Decor To Buy On Amazon


Farmhouse Home Decor


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Yo-Yo Pig Magnet


How to make a yo yo pig

Imagine these cute little farm animal yo-yos cavorting across the front of your fridge! Your child can make a whole basket of them in one evening to give away to their friends, family or even give them to their teachers as a cute little handmade gift. These farm animal yo-yo crafts would be a great end of the school year craft for the class, a craft for Bible school or a boredom buster for the kiddos while on summer vacation.


How to Make a Reverse Canvas Farmhouse Sign

Reverse Canvas Tutorial DIY

Canvas Sign

Have you seen all the rage that’s going around with the reverse canvas? I’m going to show you how to make a reverse canvas farmhouse sign using an upcycled canvas print. This is sort of a play on the farmhouse wood signs that have been around for many years. I make both the wood signs and canvas signs. The canvas signs are way easier to make.


New at vinyl projects? Scroll down to the end of this post for a list of affordable products to get started.


Lego Valentines Free Printables


DIY Lego Valentine Kids CraftMy two sons have two very different attitudes about Valentines Day. My oldest son, Jacob, has always been interested in girls. Seriously. He came home from the first day of Pre-K 4 and said he had a girlfriend. He has been girl crazy ever since. My youngest son, Jackson, on the other hand, is 11 and thinks girls still have cooties (YIPPEE!)

Jacob buys his own Valentines Day cards and gifts these days. So I have to come up with Valentine’s Day cards that Jackson will like. He says, “They have to be normal”. Jackson hasn’t liked any of the Valentines in the stores. So we headed to Pinterest for some ideas. I think these are normal and pretty clever for any boy or girl that likes Legos. Follow this tutorial if you are looking for Lego Valentines with free printables.  (more…)

Christmas Stocking Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

Christmas Stocking Ornament Free Crochet Pattern It’s here! Today is the last day of the 7 Days til Christmas Series! If you missed day 6, you can find it here. The ornament for today is the Christmas stocking ornament free crochet pattern! It comes with the free pattern These little stockings work up so fast that you can make a bunch in a short amount of time. I made for my son’s second grade class last year. I attached treat bags of candy to them. All of the children LOVED them! (more…)

Crochet Snowflake Pattern

crochet snowflake pattern It’s day 4 of the 7 Days til Christmas Series! If you missed day 3 of the series, you can find it here. Today’s ornament is a crochet snowflake with free pattern. This snowflake pattern is so versatile. You can use different size hooks to adjust the size of the snowflakes to use them as gift decorations, home decor and for the tree too. Of course! (more…)

New Items At The Dollar Tree

New Items At the Dollar Tree

What's new at the Dollar Tree Have you heard the news? When you thought the Dollar Tree couldn’t get any better, they do! The new items at the Dollar Tree are a line of greeting cards by Expressions from Hallmark and Heartline a Hallmark company! I buy all of my greeting cards at the Dollar Tree. I have for years. Why spend as much money on a card that could have gone into the gift? Am I right? If you haven’t quickly figured it out, I’m a cheapskate. I’m always looking for a good deal.      (more…)

Stitch Fix Review Bottoms Only


Stitch Fix Review Bottoms Only

This box marks 18 months since I first signed up for the Stitch Fix subscription clothing service. I still love it as much today as when I received my first box. So much so, that I receive a box every two weeks instead of once a month. If you would like to learn more about how to get started with Stitch Fix, you can go here. I asked my stylist to curate a bottoms only box for this Fix. I requested cargo pants, skinny jeans, and cargo shorts. On with this Stitch Fix review bottoms only. 


12 Christmas Ornament Ideas to Make for Craft Shows




12 Christmas Ideas to make for craft shows

I know it’s only July, BUT those of us that do the Fall and Winter craft shows know to be working on the things we want to sell way before the shows start. That’s why I am writing this post. I am bringing you 12 Christmas ornament ideas to make for craft shows. So I guess I just turned this into Christmas in July, huh? I have made and sold most of these at my craft shows. They have been really good sellers both at craft shows and online too. 



Stitch Fix Summer Review #2

Summer Stitch Review

I’m trying to play catch up with my Stitch Fix reviews for the summer. I have been getting a box every couple of weeks. This is Stitch Fix Summer Review #2. If you haven’t seen the first Summer box I got, you can check out the review here. I asked my stylist to send me some cute feminine Summer tops and a top to match a maxi skirt I got in a previous box a while back. 





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