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Tips for an Organized Schedule in 2017


[We are still enjoying the sun & sand in Mexico, but are just popping in today for this Michaels post! We’ll be back “for real” next Monday, January 9th!]

If you guys know either one of us, then you know we’re a bit type-A and we cannot get through a day without our trusty to-do lists. Call us crazy, but we just feel so much better having our days planned out so we can be as productive as possible! <—good thing we’re on vacation right now, because it’s good to let loose every once in a while!

Google CalendarFor the blog, we rely on our google calendar to plan our content and stay on track. It’s nice because we can each access the calendar and work together to plan ahead.

writing-in-planner-desk-officeBut individually, we’re both really into written planners. There’s just something about writing things down the old-fashioned way, and then crossing it off that is oh so satisfying. Legit no better feeling than looking at a completed to-do list at the end of the day in your planner. <—again, this post is proving that we’re huge nerds.

2017-plannerIf you’re looking for a new planner to get organized for 2017, then you will definitely want to check out your local Michaels. They have an awesome collection of adorable planners that will give you the fresh start you need this year! From daily, to weekly, to monthly…you’ll be able to find one that fits your lifestyle & routine.

*Beyond the planners, Michaels has lots of other colorful organizational items too! — clips, pins, baskets, bins… so many items to start the new year off right!

planner-schedule-calendar-officeWe recently picked up this planner, and want to share our tried & true tips for using it effectively over the course of the year.

Tips to Create an Organized Planner

  • Find a Planner you L-O-V-E planner-scheduleIt should go without saying that you need to love your planner in order to be excited to use it. We always love choosing our planner for the year and were blown away by some of the adorable ones we found at Michaels. Of course you want it to be cute, but also make sure your planner fits your lifestyle. If you like to write a lot you may want a daily planner. If you just want to write down big events, then a monthly planner might be better for you. Find one that works for your lifestyle and go from there.
  • Add in Birthdays, Vacays, & Big Events birthday-schedule-calendarWhenever we get a new planner we immediately take about 30 minutes to fill out all of our big events for the years. First we’ll add all of the birthdays of those closest to us so we don’t forget! Then we add in big events and vacations. Weddings, work trips, even tax dates are all added at this point. You don’t want to forget these big dates, so take time at the beginning of the year to map everything out.
  • Keep your Place with a Binder Clip binder-clip A binder clip works really well to keep your place in your planner.planner-binder-clip It’s such a simple concept, but we promise it does wonders when it comes to keeping your planner organized and staying on track.
  • Jazz it Up washi-tape-colorNow for the fun part…the creativity! This is time to let loose and enjoy your planner. We love using washi tape throughout our planners. vacation-washi-tapeMaybe using the colorful tape to make your upcoming vacations really visual? Or use different colored pens to mark various occasions. We also love jazzing things up with stickers & vibrant colors! This is YOUR planner, so have fun with it and make it pretty!
  • Make a Weekly Date writing-planner-scheduleSet a time to sit down and plan out the week ahead. We both do this on Sunday nights. We look at the week ahead and get to planning. Some things we always add include workouts, laundry day, big projects, grocery store visits, etc. We will also set realistic goals for each day, knowing that if it’s written down it’s much more likely to happen! This weekly “date” with our planners is a lifesaver and really keeps us on track.
  • Figure out What Works Best for You schedule-plannerAt the end of the day, you need to create a planner that works well for your lifestyle. You’re not going to stick with a routine all year-long if it doesn’t match your personality. We don’t like to schedule our days by the hour, but we will write all of the major things we want to accomplish that day in our planners. Know yourself and create an organized planner that works for your life!

casey-office-plannerWe are both very excited for a FRESH START to 2017 and can’t wait to make this our best year yet. With a bit of planning and organization we’re confident that we can reach our goals this year!

planner-accessoriesIf you’re looking for more inspiration to get a fresh start this year, check out the other organization projects from the Michaels Makers!


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  1. shawnna griffin

    hey girls- Happy New Year! Hope y’all are having fun in Mexico( I guess my invite got lost in the mail ha) Love the post! Great tips!

  2. Trang

    I love the idea of the physical calendar, but It’s not ideal for me. I don’t carry a big enough purse and I’d likely lose it/mis-place it often (like I do with my phone). I only use my phone for marking appointments and events (because I can set reminders!). I also don’t have as busy a schedule as you ladies though so it works for the few things I have. Haha.
    Happy new year!

    1. DIY Playbook

      We use our phones for reminders, but love having the physical calendar too. You make a great point though, everyone’s organizing preferences are different and the main goal is to find the one that works best for you and your lifestyle. It sounds like you have your preference down, good work!!

      Happy New Year Trang!!

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DIY Ice Cream Pumpkins


We know, we know…it’s isn’t even Labor Day and we’re already chatting about PUMPKINS! But we just can’t help ourselves. Fall is going to be here before we know it, and we want to be prepped for one of our favorite seasons.

diy_ice_cream_pumpkins_michaels-4Last year, Michaels challenged us to come up with a creative idea using their craft pumpkins, and we created these adorable DIY donut pumpkins. Michaels has craft pumpkins in so many shapes, sizes, and even colors this year (like blue!)… the possibilities are seriously endless!

DIY Donut Pumpkin milkIs anyone else craving a donut right now?! Us too!

This year, we decided to keep the SWEETNESS going with our Michaels Makers pumpkin craft. And what do we love just as much donuts?



Just like last year’s pumpkin craft, these ice-cream pumpkins are super easy to execute (READ: NO CARVING REQUIRED!!) <— Not to mention creating a DIY Ice Cream Pumpkin takes about 15 minutes to create.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone – SUPPLIES

  • Acrylic Paint in a variety of colors
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft pumpkins
  • Cardboard cones <— Available for about $1 in the cardboard/papier-masche aisle in Michaels
  • Sharpie marker

We built a cone holder so that the pumpkins could sit right in their cones on the counter or porch. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to re-create that look:

  • Wood (cut to size)
  • Nail Gun
  • Corner Brackets (options)
  • Hole Saw + Drill to cut perfect circles
  • Stain


Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone – STEPS

1. Instead of going with the orange craft pumpkins, we opted for the white ones. This made it a lot easier to paint on our ice cream “flavors.” We used a light green for the mint chocolate chip base, a pink for strawberry, and left one pumpkin completely blank for vanilla! We needed about 2 good coats of paint for each one, but it dries fast. Each pumpkin took us about 5-10 minutes to paint, then each coat dried within 20 minutes so we were able to complete each pumpkin pretty quickly.

2. With the base flavor dry, it’s time to add the “chocolate chips” and “hot fudge.” We used dark brown paint to create the fudge on top of the white ice cream cone. And simply used a sharpie to draw on the chocolate chips on the mint chocolate chip pumpkin!

3. Finally, it’s time to add the cherry on top, which may just be the easiest part of this entire project. Just paint the top portion of the pumpkin (the stem) with bright red paint and you’re good to go.


4. We opted to design our pumpkins using some of our favorite flavors, but feel free to use your favorites when designing your ice cream cone pumpkins. Heck, you could even stack two pumpkins on top of each other for a double scoop of deliciousness!


5. Once the pumpkins are completely dry, all you have to do is set it on top of these pre-made cardboard cones and you’re all set! It’s seriously that easy!! But BEWARE: if you’re anything like us, every time you look at these adorable pumpkins you’ll immediately crave an ice-cream cone!!

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We built this basic “cone holder” so that each of the pumpkins could sit freely on their cones all season long. Surprisingly building this basic “box” was a lot easier than we anticipated. All we had to do was pick up some wood and get it cut to size (2 pieces that were 9 inches long + 2 pieces that were around 24 inches).

We attached the pieces using a nail gun and stained the box to create a more “rustic” look, but painting this a bright color or a stainless steel color could look great too!

Then we added corner brackets, mostly for the “look” but they did add a bit of stability too.

diy_ice_cream_pumpkins_michaels-18And last but certainly not least, we used a hole saw on our drill (like this one!) and simply drilled three 1.5″ holes into the top of the box in order to hold the cones.
ice_cream_pumpkinOnce the cones are placed inside of the holes you drilled, you can simply place a pumpkin right on top each cone and they should sit perfectly to be displayed for all your trick-or-treaters to drool over. #literally


Cool off with a Pumpkin Cone

So what do you say, do you think you will give these no-carve pumpkins a try? If you do… we would LOVE to see what flavors you choose and how you put your spin on these delicious looking treats!


For even more DIY pumpkin inspiration (hopefully ideas that don’t make you crave an ice-cream cone so early in the morning), check out these pumpkin projects from the other Michaels Makers:

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Michaels Makers: Past, Present & Future

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As you all know, we are a part of the Michaels Makers “blog team” and have been a part of this team for over a year now (where did the time go?!). We LOVE being a part of this group of talented bloggers, and had A LOT of fun sharing our projects on the 1st of each month.

Now that it’s been a full year since we joined the Michaels Makers, we wanted to take time out to “regroup” and check-in with you guys. Let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane, and then we’ll update you on the status of this relationship, as well as what we have planned with Michaels over the next year. Shall we?!


Last July we headed out to Napa, California to attend our very first Michaels Makers Summit. This trip was honestly one of the most beautiful, inspiring, and amazing trips we have ever been on (full recap here). Every single detail was beyond creative. We felt like we were living in a Pinterest dream world… leave it to Michaels to bring these creative visions to life! When we left the Summit, we felt so inspired and super excited to get to work.

From there, it was our duty to take the proposed monthly challenge from the Michaels team and come up with a DIY craft project. We then shared these DIY projects here on the blog around the first of every month (unless that date landed on a weekend). Putting our own spin on a theme was a lot more fun than we ever could have anticipated, and even forced us out of our comfort zone at times.

Regardless of the monthly theme, we worked hard to stay true to who we are when it comes to crafts. We love being creative and crafty in our “real lives”, but we also know that it’s unrealistic for us (and many of you) to put hours and hours into recreating an amazing craft we see online. But just because we don’t have a lot of extra time to devote to crafts shouldn’t mean we can’t be creative, right?! <—- this is exactly what we kept in mind as Michaels Makers this year.

Our Mission: Create projects that were clever + creative but didn’t demand a ton of valuable time or money. If we can tackle these crafts, we know that you can too! 


DIY Donut Pumpkin milk

OctoberEmoji Halloween Costume Bridget & Casey

  • Michaels Theme: DIY Halloween Costume
  • DIY Playbook Project: DIY Dancing Emoji Costume <— perfect if you’re looking for a quick, affordable, one-stop-shopping costume!

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Bridget Casey Rookies Michaels MakersLooking back at our projects throughout the year, we’re proud to say that all of them fit our original motto, because none of our projects cost a lot of money or demanded a lot of free time. Because we were able to stay true to ourselves as “crafters”, we’re excited to continue with this authentic partnership. We hope to continue to challenge ourselves in sharing relatable, attainable projects for our fellow rookies.

Futuretravel photos Bridget

So what’s next? Well, we are headed to our 2nd Michaels Makers Summit next month and we’re so excited! This year’s summit is located in Carmel, California, a place that neither of us have ever been. We’re ready to re-connect with the Makers team and soak in as much creative inspiration as we can!

From there, we will be sharing our projects every other month (so less projects overall…but more time for us to get even more creative with these challenges!).

We strive to continue to share ideas that are attainable, affordable, and most of all fun for our fellow crafters! So bring on those challenges…we’re ready for them!
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  1. Erin

    That’s super exciting. I’m glad you’re staying true to yourselves!! and i think all of those projects you did were really easy to execute and fit right in with everything else you do.

  2. shannon

    Great Michaels Makers projects. I really like the simplicity (and prettiness) of the lucite ampersand. BTW It’ll be fun meeting you two in Carmel!


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9 Decorating Ideas for Renters


We’ve published over 850 blog posts on The DIY Playbook (say what?!), and by far one of our most popular posts is “How to Decorate a Rental“, which is full of ideas for rental decor. It’s a little ironic, since neither of us are renters anymore…but we do feel like we tackle A LOT of projects that can work in just about any space, whether you own or rent!

Casey-Couch-Family-Room-Pillows-BlanketSo today we’re back with even more ideas for you renters out there. We know it can sometimes seem silly to put in a lot of time, effort, or money into a space that is only temporary, but trust us…it’s worth it to live in a space that makes you happy every time you walk in the door! For more encouragement to stop waiting for your “forever home” to decorate, check out this post.

flowers_vase_bedroomOkay now that you’re fully on board to start decorating, here are 9 awesome DIY projects you can tackle in your space…even if it’s short-lived. We’ve done a majority of these right here on the blog, but a few are some stellar projects from fellow bloggers and creatives!

9 Ideas for Rental Decor

1. Temporary Wallpapergender_neutral_nursery_happy_camper_reveal-10

We all saw the dramatic impact that the temporary wallpaper had on the nursery that Bridget designed for her sister. I mean, super gorgeous night?! We love the idea of adding tempaper to just 1 accent wall, or even wallpapering an entire room in your rental! Now we must say that we haven’t ever taken down tempaper, but if it performs as it claims it does, then you should have an easy stress-free time removing it when it’s time to move out. For a big change, without a big investment of time or money, give temporary wallpaper a try!

2. Roman Shadekitchen-sink-faux-roman-shade-window-treatment

Many apartments come with ugly plastic blinds. Yuck! Push those babies to the side, or bring them all the way up to the top of your window. Then hide them with this cute DIY roman shade. Here’s the tutorial for this inexpensive project. <–seriously it only cost us about $20 to create this one. We love that you can choose any kind of fabric to really add some color or pattern to any space!

3. Change out the HardwareMaggie kitchen after

Chances are you can’t change much when it comes to the kitchen in your rental. But you can easily change hardware, and we’re confident it will make a big impact! Buy some sleek new hardware and go to town changing out the drawer knobs and cabinet pulls! Maggie’s Chicago condo (pictured above) received a modern touch when we swapped the hardware for a more contemporary look, and it really made the space look that much better.

Rookie Tip: Be sure to keep all of the old hardware in a safe spot. That way when it’s time to move, you can swap in the old stuff and take the new hardware with you to your next place! 

4. Add Indoor & Outdoor PlantsPlanter-Gold-Frames-Spring-7

Greenery makes any space feel more like home. Now we’re not claiming to have green thumbs (far from it!), but that doesn’t mean we don’t try to add some life to our spaces. Here’s a list of some foolproof indoor plants that will really liven up your space. And if you’re a real black thumb gal….succulents, cacti, and even faux plants (hey..some are so good you can’t even tell!) are a-okay in our playbook!

5. Invest in the Right Piecesbedroom_gallery_wall_pillows_headboard

We understand why you wouldn’t want to invest in every single piece of furniture in your temporary pad. BUT….there are some pieces that can easily work in any space and you’ll definitely be able to take them with you into your next home. Headboards, rugs, nightstands, and dressers are all great staple items that should easily transition into your next place, so feel free to splurge on these items!

6. Add CurtainsCurtains and Rods

Just like #2 on our list (roman shades), we think curtains are another great option for window dressings. We’ve seen some great ways of adding rods without creating holes in the walls. Here’s a great tutorial using just command hooks! Or, if you’re not afraid to make some holes and patch them before move-out day, then we suggest adding a rod and some DIY curtains to your windows. Make sure you place them high and wide off the windows to make the room feel taller. Here’s a tutorial for inexpensive DIY blackout shades.

7. Line the Back of Kitchen Cabinets


Photo via Lulu & Georgia

Now we’ve never done this one before, but we absolutely L-O-V-E this idea! If your rental kitchen has glass cabinet fronts, go ahead and line the back of the cabinet with some pretty paper. It can be as simple as adding some adhesive or velcro strips to the back of the wallpaper or gift wrap, and gently placing it in the back for a pop of color. If you don’t have glass cabinets fronts, then consider removing a couple of cabinet doors (put them in a closet so you can add them back on when you leave!) to display pretty dishes and paper in that area of the kitchen.

8. Add Washi Tape Wall Decals


Photo via Everything Emily Blog

Do you remember long ago in Casey’s Chicago apartment when she added a tape wall to her office? It turned out great (photos here!), but it did end up peeling off a tiny bit of wall in some areas when she removed it. Oops! Nothing that couldn’t easily be patched and painted, but still not ideal. Instead of using heavy-duty tape, we love the idea of using washi tape because it’s so gentle! This look from Everything Emily is spot on with the cute accent wall! Washi tape should definitely be safe on your walls and we love the idea of going with a bold black on a white rental wall.

9. Add a Bar Cart or Coffee Bar

1-bar-cart-living-roomIf you’re in a rental, chances are space is at a premium. In order to maximize the small amount of storage, we suggest adding a cute little cart. This item can definitely transition to your next home, plus it can house lots of kitchen essentials. We like the idea of creating either a bar look, with pretty decanters, straws, and party essentials! Or try out a coffee cart with mugs, your coffee maker, and cute jars for sugar. Extra credit if you find a cart with wheels! Then you can move it around if you’re hosting friends for a party.decorating_ideas_for_renters

Just because you’re living in a rental doesn’t mean it should be devoid of personality & creativity. Our motto is that your home should tell your story, and that’s the case no matter what stage of life you’re living in! Apartment, mansion, forever home, 6-month lease…it doesn’t matter to us. Take some time to make the space around you a happy place to be, because you deserve it!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Yes!! The baby is HERE! On 4th of July, Katie gave birth an adorable baby BOY and named him Owen. =) Thanks so much for checking, more details coming to the blog soon!

    2. shawnna griffin

      yay I’m so excited! Congrats! I have a second cousin that was born on the 4th! y’all have fun with Owen!

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DIY Tassel Decor


Has anyone else noticed that TASSELS are all the rage right now in stores?! Before we get into this adorable fashion turned home decor trend, very IMPORTANT question. How do you pronounce the word TASSEL?!Bridget_Casey_Fashion_tassel_-23

Every time Bridget says the word “tassel” she pronounces it as “tah-sil” . Casey on the other hand insists that the word is pronounced “tas-el” We’ve had this TASSEL pronunciation debate for literally years and every time the word comes up (surprisingly more than you would think?! very random, we know), we laugh so hard because we both insist that the other is straight crazy. Now that tassels are all.the.rage, the laughter and tassel debate continue… a lot more often. And we officially need your HELP to settle this chaos! Is there even a debate?! Are there actually two ways to pronounce this word?! Which one of us is straight crazy!? Wait… maybe don’t answer that last one. 😉

Anyways… when Michaels introduced this month’s challenge as DIY TRENDS, we immediately knew what beloved item we were turning to…tassels, tassels, and more tassels.

tassel_trend.09 AMColorful Tassel Pillow // Tassel Table Runner // Tassel Romper (GAP) // Black & White Tassel Necklace // Tassel Blanket // Black & White Clutch // Tassel Crossbody Bag // Colorful Clutch // Light Pink Tassel Necklace // Tassel Sandals

We have seen an explosion of tassels in both the fashion and home decor worlds. I mean, who doesn’t love a fun tassel accent?! And we thought this was a great chance to chat about how fashion trends can totally influence home decor decisions. Before we get into our DIY tassel tutorial for the day, we also thought it would be fun to each show a little tassel love from our closets.

Casey went with a gold tassel necklace to jazz up an otherwise plain gray dressBridget_Casey_Fashion_tassel_-20


While Bridget rocked a colorful tassel clutch from TargetBridget_Casey_Fashion_tassel_-28


We love that the tassel in both outfits is a fun, feminine accent but not necessarily the focus of either look. And that’s exactly how we see the “role” of tassels in home decor. Tassels are a fun way to accent a piece you already love (and already have).

We didn’t buy any new decor items for this project, but instead wanted to “jazz” up an item we already had with a DIY tassel. All we had to buy was yarn and thread <— a $5 investment that was well worth it. (Forewarning: The yarn section at Michaels is HUGE so the hardest part of this whole project was deciding on which color yarn we wanted to use).diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-18


  • Yarn
  • Fabric scissors (way easier to use than regular ones)
  • Piece of Cardboard
  • Needle & Thread


DIY Tassel – Project Steps

  1. The piece of cardboard will come in handy for the first step of this project, as it will keep the size of your tassel consistent. We just found some cardboard that came with something we recently purchased, and used that! But anything small & sturdy should work for you!


2. Loosely wrap the yarn all the way around the cardboard. We ended up going around about 50 times. Then cut it off the end of the spool of yarn.

3. Take a large piece of yarn and (loosely) tie one of the top edges of the yarn. Make sure you get underneath every layer of yarn. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-8

4. Take those handy dandy fabric scissors and cut through all of the yarn on the opposite side of the cardboard. With the yarn off of the cardboard, you can now really tighten the top piece of yarn and double knot it. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-115. Now take another piece of yarn (a long one!) and tie it around the top portion of the tassel. Tuck the ends into the rest of the yarn so it blends in. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-12

6. Repeat a bit farther down on the tassel. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-2

7. Once your DIY tassel is made, it’s time to give it a “haircut” so the ends are even. You’ll want to continue these steps until you have 4 uniform tassels. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-3

8. Now don’t be intimidated if you’re not a seamstress, because we certainly are not! You’ll simply take your needle and thread up through the tassel so it comes out on top in the middle (ish) <– The thread will be so tiny, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-149. Once the thread is through the top of the tassel, it’s time to attach one tassel to each of the corners of the pillow. You’ll do that by poking the needle and thread through the back of each corner and going through the pillow a few times to secure the tassel to the pillow. (again, as long as the thread is hidden in the back or under the tassel, you’re good and don’t have to make it look perfect) diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-1510. Secure the thread with a knot at the end, and your tassel should be secured to the corner of the pillow. (Repeat that method for the remaining three corners). diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-16

And that’s all it takes! Doesn’t our boring old gray pillow look so much more trendy? We’re on board with the tassel trend…especially when it only costs a couple dollars to upgrade our decor. diy_tassel_pillow_tutorial-17

If you’re looking for more on-trend DIY projects to try, be sure to check out the other Michael Makers projects below and on the Michaels blog! But before you, we’re dying to know… who wins the tassel vs. tassel debate?!diy_tassel_pillowBridget and Casey Signature

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  1. Abbie DeLaney Zinkan

    What a cute idea, I love it! And, sorry Bridget, I gotta go with Casey, it’s tas-el. BTW, you both look great in your pictures (love the LV purse Casey)! Happy 4th ladies!

  2. H Buchanan

    Tassel’s have been growing on me lately. When they first started popping up they seemed so random. I love these pillow tassels though! And I agree with Casey’s pronunciation!

  3. Kristen Ayotte

    Such a cute idea! And seemingly reversible if you grow tired of it! Oh, and team Casey, it’s definitely tas-el. 🙂


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Video Tutorials of our Favorite Crafts


There are some DIY projects and crafts that will always be on our “Favorites List.” Mostly because we loved creating them, but also because we’ve heard from many readers and friends who were then inspired to try the craft themselves. Love when that happens.

succulent_target_stand_plant-8We recently decided to make some super quick (less than 1 minute!) video craft tutorials for some of our favorite and most popular projects. We’ve already shown you how to make a succulent garden, and last week we showed you our Instagram coasters. But today we have 4 more to share!

11-11-diy-instagram-picture-coastersYou’ll find these videos over on our Youtube channel, and we’ve recently been sharing them on Facebook. But we figured we might as well showcase them right here on the blog too!


You can check out the original blog post here.


You can check out the original blog post here.


You can check out the original blog post here.


You can check out the original blog post here.

So now we want to know…

1. Have you ever tried any of our craft projects? Which one has been your favorite?

2. Any specific DIY projects we’ve done where you want to see it in video form? We had so much fun creating these videos and may add a few more to the list!

Hope everyone is having a great week! We’ll be back with a full post tomorrow to chat about the gameplan for our latest advanced DIY project.

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    1. shawnna griffin

      hey girls -Thank you so much and yes I did have a great Birthday! My husband worked from home! My Mom, sister and brother called me. I got a few text messages and I also picked up some food at one of my favorites restaurants here in town( Santa Fe Cattle Co.) and brought back home, my husband didn’t feel like going out. It was so yummy! I had the steak quesadillas and my husband had the catfish dinner! I’m getting old, next year I turn 40! Oh my word time goes by so fast! Y’all have a great weekend! I’m going camping with the ladies group from church tomorrow. were meeting at the Pastor’s house at 5:00 AM! And we are also going to a diamond mine! This is in Arkansas (where I’m from by the way) Almost 5 hours away! Wish me luck! Ha

    1. shawnna griffin

      hey girls -Thank you so much and yes I did have a great Birthday! My husband worked from home! My Mom, sister and brother called me. I got a few text messages and I also picked up some food at one of my favorites restaurants here in town( Santa Fe Cattle Co.) and brought back home, my husband didn’t feel like going out. It was so yummy! I had the steak quesadillas and my husband had the catfish dinner! I’m getting old, next year I turn 40! Oh my word time goes by so fast! Y’all have a great weekend! I’m going camping with the ladies group from church tomorrow. were meeting at the Pastor’s house at 5:00 AM! And we are also going to a diamond mine! This is in Arkansas (where I’m from by the way) Almost 5 hours away! Wish me luck! Ha

  1. Kara D

    So admittedly, I haven’t done any of these DIYs. But I am really digging the thumbtack art! An idea of a future DIY topic could be something that you can add to the outdoor space? Beverage cooler? Tiki torch holder? Stringing up lights overhead?

  2. Kara D

    So admittedly, I haven’t done any of these DIYs. But I am really digging the thumbtack art! An idea of a future DIY topic could be something that you can add to the outdoor space? Beverage cooler? Tiki torch holder? Stringing up lights overhead?


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DIY Instagram Coasters


We l-o-v-e Instagram…. like a lot. Likkkeeeee maybe a little too much if we’re being completely honest with ourselves (and with you). Since we follow lots of fellow bloggers, DIY-ers, and just general creatives, our feed is jampacked with gorgeous, inspiring, and fresh content all day long. What’s not to love, right?!

instagram_screenshot.00 PM(Excuse us while we get on our soapbox): As much as we love following other creative people, we also love capturing & sharing little moments that inspire us on a day-to-day basis. It’s true, our feed is full of lots of gorgeous images and snapshots of our work, our travels, and hints of our life…. but our Instagram feed is far from what our lives look like every moment on an everyday basis.

We focus on capturing and sharing the moments that inspire us because let’s be honest, who wants to see ugly photos?! We love Instagram because it inspires us,  but we also realize that these “perfect” Instagram images are not telling the full story — they are only focusing on the fun, the pretty, the sunshine, and the roses (quite literally). But that’s exactly why we love this platform so much. The daily dose of “pretty” is meant to inspire and bring a smile… it should NEVER be interpreted as the full story or the conclusion that our lives are so perfect. Not. even. close. We share these snapshots of pretty because life isn’t always pretty (we all deal with loss, tragedy, stress, and negativity sometimes a bit too often), but if Instagram’s little extra pretty inspires someone else to create something new, show their home a little extra love, or just add some extra “fun” into their lives…. then to us, the pretty pictures are worth it!

(Soapbox speech over): Sorry… that was A LOT but in honor of being transparent here on the ol’ blog, we want you to know that yes, we LOVE instagram but only because we use it to inspire us and NOT to compare ourselves, our lives, our clothes, our homes… any of it, EVER!       

One of our favorite parts of capturing these little snapshots of pretty & posting them to Instagram is looking back at them later and remembering these fun times or happy travels. But why save these opportunities to look back on happy memories for Instagram only?! Why not display these pretty pictures and happy memories in our homes too… for everyone to see?! That’s why we love the super simple idea to make coasters from our printed Instagram photos. Here’s a quick video of how you can recreate this project using your Instagram prints. (Full blog tutorial of this project here)

Rookie Tip: This DIY project is so easy, even the kids can get involved in this one. We made these for some Christmas gifts last year and LOVED gifting them to the special people in our lives. These are also awesome as a Father’s Day Gift, New Homeowner Gift, a Birthday Gift, Dorm Room Decor…. the possibilities are really endless.

11-11-diy-instagram-picture-coastersThe project takes about 15 minutes (+ dry time), and we hope that every time you look at these snapshots of your “pretty” you’ll instantly be reminded of a happy time, a fun memory, or that vacation you are still dreaming about. Mix in your favorite drink and this DIY project just got that much more amazing!


But more importantly… we want to hear from you! Do you love Instagram as much as we do? Do you use it for inspiration? Are you following us (we’d love to connect!!)? AND we would love to hear some of the most inspiring people on your insta-feed. Is there anyone we should be following to see more “pretty” each day?! Give us the scoop fellow Instagram-ers!diy_instagram_coasters

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P.S. ((Shameless plug)):

  • Are you following us on Insta?! We’d love to connect —-> @diyplaybook
  • To follow our travels this summer, make sure you check out #DIYPLAYBOOKTRAVEL
  • To follow our fashion posts (yikes!), make sure you check out #DIYPLAYBOOKSTYLE 
  • To follow our holiday ideas, check out #DIYPLAYBOOKHOLIDAY
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    1. DIY Playbook

      They seriously are SO easy!! And thank you so much, we really appreciate the feedback about the video. We’re trying to incorporate more video. #babysteps

    1. DIY Playbook

      They seriously are SO easy!! And thank you so much, we really appreciate the feedback about the video. We’re trying to incorporate more video. #babysteps

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5 EASY Ways to Dress up a Gift Card


It’s June 1st, which means two things:

1. Time to share our Michaels Makers challenge for the month. (woo-woo)

2. Chances are the next few months will be jampacked with lots of celebrations for all of us. Graduations, BBQ’s, housewarming parties, showers… summer always seems to be filled with lots of celebrations, which means a lot of FUN…. & A LOT of gift giving.

Summer = parties galore! Can you relate?!

Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-15Since our summer really is full of summer celebrations, we were extra excited when Michaels said that the theme of this month’s challenge was putting your own spin on summer celebrations. We ALL seem to be bombarded with these exciting events each year and have even come to look forward to the hectic summer celebration schedules. But we also realize that people are extra busy in the summer and don’t always have the time to be inside shopping for the perfect hostess gift, graduation gift, shower gift, etc.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably picking up a gift card, throwing it in a card and calling it a day…. right?! <— we’re not the only ones who do this, rrrrriiiigggghhhttttt? #guilty

We know that giving a gift card is SUPER nice, but it may come across as a bit impersonal. And that’s when we started brainstorming how we can make these safe-bet gifts…. a little more personal (without spending a ton of time or money!) And after some experimenting, we realized that with a little creativity, a few supplies from Michaels, and a personal touch, we can still give that gift card, while also showing that special someone a little extra love. Here’s how:


1. Housewarming Gift: Do you know someone who just moved into a new home? Do you have any housewarming parties coming up? This DIY gift card idea may be perfect for that new homeowner (and an easy way to get out of any heavy lifting!).

Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-11Supplies Needed:

  • Pre-made box from Michaels (about $1)
  • Box filler from Michaels gift aisle
  • Twine (optional)
  • Washi Tape (optional)
  • Permanent Marker
  • Gift card for the new homeowner

Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makersThis DIY gift card holder took less than 3 minutes… total.


  1. Fold box
  2. Throw in box filler
  3. Add gift card to the box
  4. Slap on some washi tape and label your box however you want
  5. Wrap up in some twine and you’re done! <– It’s seriously that e.a.s.y! Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-13

2. Graduation Gift: Summer is such a busy time for graduation parties. And if the graduates are anything like the ones we know, a gift card is a safe bet and one that will give them a little spending money to prepare for the next stage in their lives. We added a HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshall’s gift card to help the graduate we know prepare to decorate her dorm room, but any gift card will work for this super easy project.  Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-17

Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope and note card that match the graduate’s school colors (found this black one at Michaels party aisle)
  • Tassel to match the graduate’s school colors (found this package of silver tassels in the same aisle… but there were several colors to choose from)
  • Adjustable Tacks (stamp aisle)
  • Gift Card
  • Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-23Instructions:
  1. We would suggest writing your message on the card first, and then add that and the gift card into the envelope BEFORE poking your hole.
  2. Once all the contents of the envelope are in place, use a push-pin to poke a tiny hole in the middle of the envelope.

Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-20Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-19 3. Feed the back of the tack into that hole.
4. Add the tassel under the tack (wrap around once or twice if you want the tassel to be shorter).
5. Secure tack on the back of the envelope by spread the back of it so it’s “open” and secure.
6. Done! <— again, 3 minutes to create this look.


3. Backyard BBQ: Another summer staple is the good ol’ fashion Backyard BBQ. We love this idea because it’s perfect for foodies, gardeners, or just about anyone! I mean let’s face it, who doesn’t love a new plant… especially when it smells as amazing as this one does.


Supplies Needed: 

  • Pot (found at Michaels) – we kept ours plain, but personalizing the pot could be a fun way to add even more love to this project. <– great way to get the kids involved too!
  • Coffee Filter
  • Mini Envelopes
  • Long Stick
  • Washi Tape (or regular tape)
  • Gift card


  1. Put the coffee filter in the pot to protect the soil from falling out of the bottom when transporting or watering
  2. Add your plant to the pot (we chose to plant rosemary because it smells amazing, but any herb or flower would work too!)
  3. Put your gift card in the mini envelope
  4. Write a message on the front of the envelope
  5. Tape the envelope to one end of the stick
  6. Put the stick into the plant and you’re all set! <—- 10 minutes total, and that includes the planting!


4. Family Fun: Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-36Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-37Supplies Needed:

  • Popcorn Baggie (gift aisle at Michaels)
  • Yellow/Gold Pom-Poms (Kid’s craft aisle)
  • White Tissue Paper (one piece… could crumble up paper if you don’t have tissue paper)
  • Gift Card
  • Cellophane Wrap & Bow (Optional)



  1. Crumble up one piece of tissue paper and stick it at the bottom of the bag
  2. Sprinkle in the yellow/gold pom-pons and the gift card
  3. For extra credit, wrap it up in cellophane & add a bow!
  4. Family Craft/Game/Movie night all wrapped up in an easy and fun gift card holder that took about 5 minutes to throw together and wrap.


5. Father’s Day or another New Homeowner’s Gift: This SUPER easy gift card holder is perfect for Father’s Day (especially if your dad is Mr. Fix-it) OR as another housewarming/new homeowner gift idea. We think it’s adorable and love that the Mr. Fix-it in your life can reuse this adorable can for coins, decor, office essentials, screws…. just about anything, really! Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-30Giftcard_diy_craft_ideas_Michaels_makers-28

Supplies needed:

  • Mini Paint Can (gift aisle at Michaels… about $2)
  • Paint brush
  • Tissue Paper (any color — we bought an assortment in the Michaels gift aisle)
  • Gift card



  1. Cut ONE piece of tissue paper in half and lightly ball each of these small pieces up
  2. Stick them in the paint can
  3. Add in paintbrush and gift card
  4. Celebrate the fact that this adorable set up literally just took 60 seconds

We told you these projects were easy!! All you have to do is pick up a few cheap supplies & we promise in less than 10 minutes you will take that gift card from plain to personalized.   



For even more awesome summer party ideas, be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers and their festive craft ideas below. Party on friends!

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  1. Trang

    I love the moving box one the best. It’s a mini moving box – how adorable! Back when I was a young girl, this would’ve been great with my Barbies. LOL. Yeah, I know….geek here.

  2. Trang

    I love the moving box one the best. It’s a mini moving box – how adorable! Back when I was a young girl, this would’ve been great with my Barbies. LOL. Yeah, I know….geek here.


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Adult Coloring Books: An Experiment


Adult Coloring Books… let’s chat about them.

michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-3Have you tried them? Do you color on a regular basis? Do you love ’em…. hate ’em? 

When we started seeing these adult coloring books pop up in a few stores last year, we both smiled a bit inside when spotting them but didn’t give them much thought beyond the simple, michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-5wow…. how crazy/cool/unexpected is that?!” At that point, we’d moved on and pretty much forgot about them until we ran across another one weeks later. This was pretty much the routine until recently when we started spotting Adult Coloring Books or hearing about them (what seemed to be) everywhere! We heard about them from co-workers, heard about them on the radio, and seemed to see them in literally every store where we shop.

michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-2Eventually that, “wow, how funny/random/cute” thought was replaced with seeing them & honestly not thinking much about it because these Adult Coloring books were the new “norm” at pretty much any store we went into. <— Please tell us we weren’t the only ones that went through this process over the last year?!

michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-8So when Michaels told us that our Monthly Makers challenge was try something “new to us” by taking a class at Michaels, we decided that THIS was finally our chance to embrace the Adult Coloring book phenomenon and carve out time in our schedules to actually TRY it! We both loved coloring as kids (who didn’t?!) but we wanted to see how that experience would compare to coloring as adults.

So we signed up to attend a FREE coloring class at Michaels (they have tons of awesome FREE classes!) and vowed that we would go in with an open mind. Not only that, we also wanted to try to pay close attention to our mood/focus/thought process/etc. while in the class so that we could honestly report back to you guys. We saw this as a science experience of sorts — but with crafts. <— Man, we wish that was a thing when we were in school!

michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-15Our hypothesis: Before the class, we guessed that getting back into coloring would open the flood gates of our childhood and take us back to the carefree days of sitting, coloring, and literally thinking about nothing else except what color to choose next. (those were the days, weren’t they?!). If coloring could clear our minds and bring us to a place where we didn’t have to think about anything outside of our coloring — we’d call our experiment a big success!

Our materials:


  • Adult Coloring Books (scored these at Michaels on sale!)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Mini Pencil Sharpener
  • Coffee (optional)

Our results:michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-16

  • Coloring is still FUN!!!!! <— why did we wait so long to get back in the game?
  • It definitely allowed us to take a step back from our busy to-do lists and relax
  • Some of these adult coloring books are SUPER intricate and take some serious concentration. (like a LOT!)
  • Music made our coloring experience even more fun.
  • Coloring did bring back lots of childhood memories, but we didn’t find ourselves completely “checked-out” mentally when we were coloring (like back when we were kids). Instead of just thinking about what color to use next (like back-in-the-day), we found ourselves thinking about other “life stuff” while we colored– our jobs, the blog, relationships, the future, past, present…. it really was like a mini meditation and reflection time, which was very unexpected and an awesome perk! <– we definitely don’t carve out enough time in our everyday lives to reflect and just think about life, so finally getting a little time to do that was pretty awesome.
  • Coloring a detailed Adult Coloring book page takes TIME so definitely do not try coloring if you’re in a rush and want to get to the next thing on your to-do list. We think the only way you’ll genuinely relax and enjoy the experience is if you’re not under pressure to be done at a certain time. <— which is sometimes hard for us so this was a really good way to force ourselves to S-L-O-W down.
  • We were both a bit rusty on the coloring front but just like riding a bike, a little bit of practice and we were right back where we left off… inside those lines. 😉
  • We loved the finish products of our detailed adult coloring pages, but we think if you’re looking to truly relax and have a coloring experience like you did when you were a kid, try to find a book that offers pictures that aren’t very detailed. Those “easier” pages will probably require less focus, but we think they offer more relaxation.
  • You do NOT need to be creative AT ALL to have fun with this activity!
  • Coffee, coloring, and morning sunshine streaming in really work well together.

Our conclusion:

michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-18So our “results” were a bit all over the board, but the overall “conclusion” we can make from this very unofficial science experiment is that coloring really was a great way to force ourselves to slow down and reflect on our lives. We don’t want to get too deep on ya, but sitting down and just thinking about life was an unexpected, yet very welcome perk of this activity.

We’re glad we gave this old hobby a second chance, and definitely feel more inspired to try other “new to us” stuff. It’s always good to get outside that comfort zone and try new things, right?!

We definitely think you should try out a free class at your local Michaels store. But if you don’t have time to leave the house, you can still get creative right at home with one of their craft kits.
michaels_makers_adult_coloring_coffee-19Now before you run off and check out all of the other Makers experimenting with something “new to them”, we would love to hear what “new to you” something you would try if challenged to do so. It doesn’t even have to be craft or DIY related, what is something you would l-o-v-e to try but never seem to have the time do so?


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  1. shawnna griffin

    hey girls good morning- This is just so cool! I have been thinking about getting one of these and start coloring again! My sister got one for Christmas this past year. Us ladies at church have had two classes of crochet! Oh my word it is so foreign to me but I would like to learn and be good at it! Wish me luck! I’m glad y’all had a lot of fun coloring! Have a great Monday.

  2. Kara D

    Once a month or so, I get together with 3 of my friends and we all color while having a beer or margarita, while chatting away about whatever is going on in our lives at that time – be it kid challenges, house DIY projects, family drama, job woes, tv show plots (Game of Thrones anyone?? Did you see it last night??), and whatever else! Coloring allows us to just talk and then meditate-reflect-support. I just pre-ordered the YHL’s coloring book and bought some swear-words ones. Can’t wait to get into them!

    1. DIY Playbook

      OMG — how fun is that?! What a great way to relax and catch-up, we absolutely love this idea!

      Thanks for sharing =) And just like you, we’re super excited for the YHL home decor coloring book!!

  3. T. Naomi McBurney

    Thanks for sharing your experience with these. I started noticing the adult coloring books and it seemed like they just flooded the market overnight. My first reaction was “No Way!”. I loved coloring as a kid and still like it but I don’t find the adult coloring books appealing. The sections are so small and it looks like it would take a long time to complete. I don’t think they are for me. About the “new to me”, I would love to learn how to use power tools and make my own floating shelves. I have been thinking about registering for some Home Depot workshops. Any other ideas you might have about how to get this skill?

    1. DIY Playbook

      We hear ya about the small, time-consuming part of adult coloring books! As for the new to you skills — love your goals. Taking a class at Home Depot sounds like an excellent start. We would suggest just reading blog tutorials/watching you tubes videos and really just practicing. The more we started using our power tools, the more we felt comfortable and eventually more confident using them (although there’s always room for improvement for us in the confidence category). Good luck!! Love that you’re challenging yourself by trying something new to you. =)

  4. Sarah Baker

    I have a box of Crayola crayons in my home (the awesome 96 crayon box!) that my step kids know are my crayons…I don’t share them!! I found some old Lisa Frank coloring books awhile back and have been using those, but “grown-up” cooling books and a good set of colored pencils are on my birthday list! Then I was reading the other day and saw a different kind of adult coloring book…check out one of the “authors!”

    1. DIY Playbook

      Lisa Frank?! OMG what a blast from the past!! =) #memorylane

      And yes, we are SO excited for the at home coloring book by YHL to come out. Coloring + home decor together in one book… Where do we sign up!?

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Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift

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We know it’s only April 1st, which seems a bit early to be talking already talking about Mother’s Day BUT as far as we’re concerned, it’s never too early to start planning a day to honor our AMAZING moms.

When the Michaels team told us that April’s challenge was to share a Mother’s Day gift idea, we were extra excited to get to work and start thinking of a little something to show the two most amazing women in our lives how lucky we are to have them! We immediately got together and started chatting about what makes each of our moms the most happy in order to create a gift that was personal to each of them. As we chatted about each of our moms, we kept coming back to one thing that both of these ladies love the most in lives…. their families.

jan-baby-harry-meme-arizonaChestnut ClubYou see…we have these amazing, selfless, beautiful, hardworking, compassionate, smart, and positive role models who are the happiest when each of their families are happy. There is nothing these two women love more than spending quality time with their kids (and now grandkid for Janimal!). We are two very lucky girls to have such amazing role models in our lives and women who have shown us the importance of family. They have instilled in us the value of a family, which we both now cherish and hope to pass onto our own families someday.

casey-mike-wedding-jan-family-memeO'Connor Chestnut ClubIt’s this same value that drove our idea for this year’s Mother’s Day DIY gift idea — a DIY snapshot that highlights the special people in each of our moms’ lives…. showing how HAPPY they are because of them.jan-grama-mothers-day-gift


If you have an amazing mom, grandma, aunt, or super special woman in your life who is happiest seeing those around her happy, today’s gift idea may be perfect for her too! And just like we did for our organizing post, we each did a slightly different take on the same idea to show you guys that this gift idea can be adjusted to fit your favorite lady and the people who are most important to her.


As you guys know, we have a new grandchild in the family. In fact, he is the ONLY grandchild in the family. And my mom couldn’t be any happier to don the new title of “Grama.” jan-baby-harry-colorado

In order to celebrate her first Mother’s Day as a Grandmother I wanted to include this little munchkin in her present.

Baby-Harry-Chalkboard-GiftOn our recent trip to AZ, I borrowed my little godson for a photo shoot at my grandma’s house. When my siblings & I did a similar gift a few years ago, I painted a bunch of letters onto poster board. This time, I decided I could just add text later on the computer (way easier!). So I wanted 2 options that little Harry could hold for the photo shoot. I stopped by the local Michaels and picked up an 8×10 canvas as well as a chalkboard.Baby-Harry-Gift-2

Then we went outside around sunset and did a 15-minute photo shoot. We went back and forth about his outfit. Pajamas? Cute little summer clothing? In the end, we kept it simple! A plain little diaper. Adorable & classic!

Then we simply handed him the canvas and his parents jumped up & down behind me to get him to look & smile. I snapped and snapped away as our little “model” stole our hearts.


At first, we tried it on a blank backdrop (the garage.) But ultimately, we decided that green grass looked better. Baby-Harry-Michaels-Canvas

I snapped about a hundred photos in less than 15 minutes, and then we went to the computer and chose 5 of our favorites. Here’s what we came up with…

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The canvas ended up being easiest for the little guy to hold, so we went with that. But the chalkboard was cute for some alone pictures. You can even write text in that for another unique photo op idea.

Once our favorites were edited, I simply used Picasa (you can download it for free) and added text onto the white canvas board. You can also use PicMonkey to edit your photos. I suggest going with a bold & black font on there so you can read it well when you print the pictures.

Speaking of which, once we had our favorites with text, I sent them to Walgreens and printed out (5) 4×6’s. Then, I headed to Michaels to have a custom frame made for my mom, with the pictures in tow. I chose the size, frame, and mat and worked with the hardworking gal in the framing department to finalize all the little details.

jan-grama-mothers-day-gift2 weeks later, and my custom frame was done and ready for Janimal. Pretty adorable, right?


If Pat had a grandchild running around, I would have TOTALLY done the same exact thing as Casey (I mean how adorable is baby Harry?!). But since Pat’s first grandchild isn’t due until July (!!!), we had to go with Plan B… for now. For those of you who have moms who aren’t grandmas, you can probably relate to our family’s take on this same concept.

mothers_day_photo_gift_oconnor_family-004We definitely could have taken individual photos (like Casey’s) but to show some variety here on the blog, I decided a group shot could be just as fun. I wrangled up the crew last weekend right after we attended Easter morning’s sunrise mass, which explains why we’re bundled up on the beach so early in the morning. After mass, we walked over to the skyline and did a (super quick) photo shoot with our foam boards. (Instead of canvas, I bought large white foam boards from Michaels and cut them each in half). <— Rookie Tip: this is a cheaper option for a large group

mothers_day_photo_gift_oconnor_family-005The “word” you spell out can literally be anything that is special to your family or your mom. We toyed with a few ideas but ended up spelling out “OCON8”.


Long story short, a lot of people call us the “O’Cons”, which is short for our last name O’Connor. Growing up we would joke that we were the “OCON 5” and families would actually address some of our mail or Christmas cards to the O’Con 5.

Well…. fast forward a few years, two weddings and a new pregnancy and the original OCON 5 is more like OCON 8 (original 5 + 2 son-in-laws + a baby on the way). We thought OCON8 was a fun yet meaningful message that not only highlights my mom’s love of her “O’Con” family but also gives a nod to her becoming a Grandma in a few very short months! Crazy how time flies, isn’t it?!

mothers_day_photo_gift_oconnor_family-007mothers_day_photo_gift_oconnor_family-004Once we all decided on the best photo option (so many fun ones to choose from!!), I added the letters on Picasa and got our photo developed (size: 11×14). Then I headed straight to Michaels to pick out the perfect frame for our mom.easy_diy_mothers_day_gift_mom_familyWe presented my mom with the (early) Mother’s Day gift and she was literally in LOVE with it. In true mom style, she didn’t waste any time hanging it up in her house. I’m happy she loves it just as much as we thought she would and am excited to keep this frame updated over the years as we (potentially) add more members to the original OCON5!family_oconnor_diy_gift_idea

For even MORE gift ideas to help show these special women in our lives some extra L-O-V-E, check out and the remaining Michaels Makers Mother’s Day Gift Ideas below:

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5 thoughts on “Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift

  1. shawnna griffin

    hey girl loved the post! this was so cool. You both look like your Mom’s! Such a great idea! I am also totally blessed I have a wonderful Christian Mom and an awesome Christian Mother in law! Love them both! Have a great weekend ladies!


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