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Storage Basket from Plastic Laundry Basket

Hey friends, I know I know, it’s been a long time since my last post, so sorry. Things have been a little crazy around here, but it’s calming down now. Thank you for your patience.

A while ago I mentioned on Instagram that I was doing a rope wrapped basket to make cute storage for my living room, and many of you mentioned that you would like to see how it’s done, so here goes…

This project does not require a lot of materials, and the length of rope used all depends on how big of a basket you are wrapping.

You will need…

  • .5″ rope ( I used 50′ )
  • A plastic basket
  • Fabric ( I used drop cloth)
  • Glue gun and lots of glue sticks

Start by putting your fabric into the basket, the fabric will have folds in it, that is fine, be sure that there is fabric hanging over the lip of the basket by at least 3 inches. This is very important as you will see later. I cut my fabric by eyeballing it, but just to give you and idea of how big my piece was, the diameter of my basket is 16″ with a depth of 10″ and my fabric had a diameter of 36″. Once you’ve cut your fabric, set it aside, you’ll come back to it later.

Now it’s time for glue, start by gluing one end of your rope as close to, but NOT to the bottom of the basket. Continue wrapping the rope around the bottom of the basket adding glue every couple of inches to secure it. Once you get back to your starting point keep going by wrapping the rope over top of the first row. Keep gluing and wrapping till you get within about 2 inches of the top.

Now it’s time for the fabric. Place your fabric into the basket and make folds in it. I went for a “just thrown in there” look. Once you’ve fixed it how you like it, carefully continue to wrap your rope around the basket tucking the fabric under the rope as you go, not forgetting to add glue to secure it all. Wrap all the way till you get to under the lip. If your basket doesn’t have a lip, then wrap till you get to within an inch of the top.

And that’s it. Now you’ve got yourself a super cute basket. You can use it in a nursery for toys, or to store blankets or socks for visitors, whatever you like. I ended up making two of these because at my house extra storage is much needed.

What will be using your basket for? Let me know in the comments below. And if you make this please share pics, I’d love to see. Happy crafting!

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Tie Dye Shoes DIY

Today marks the first day of Summer, hooray! We’re getting out and about, the world is in full bloom and figured it would be a great time to take a break from doing home decor DIY’s and do something to celebrate what in my opinion is the best season. Today we’re doing tie dyed shoes. I’m sure you’ve been seeing lots of tie dye all over, from fashion to home decor. My theory is that everyone being stuck indoors has brought about a resurgence of some “forgotten” crafts.

If you’ve been following my blog you would know that I like quick and pretty easy crafts, and this one is just that, in fact my little was the one who made these. You don’t need much for this project, most of the materials you might already have at home.

  • Permanent markers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A small spray bottle
  • White canvas shoes
  • Painters tape or masking tape

Start by taping of the rubber part of your shoe. Once the shoe is all taped off, it’s time to start coloring, use darker markers if you’d like more vibrant colors. We colored ours in sections, but you can also do swirls. Now that you’ve finished coloring fill your spray bottle with alcohol and spray the entire area that you’ve colored, being sure to fully saturate the shoe.

Set the shoes aside to dry. Once fully dry remove the tape and they’re ready to wear.

The fun thing about this diy is that you can make it entirely yours, choosing colors and designing it to suit your style. Plus it’s affordable. With the exception of the shoes all the supplies can be found at the dollar store. We found our shoes at Walmart for only $8! What a steal for cute shoes. I hope you enjoyed this project, let me know in the comments below. And if you made this diy I’d love to see it, tag me in your pics @nikkifridy_accidental_crafter on Instagram or @nikkifridyaccidentalcrafter on Facebook. Till next time, happy crafting!❤

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Easy Bohemian Wall Decor.

Hey friends, how are you enjoying your Spring so far? Here in Toronto it’s been feeling more like summer these last few days so I’ve been taking advantage of being at home and the warm weather and got a whole lot of Spring cleaning done. I’ve also been reconsidering my home decor. I don’t know if it’s a side effect of being creative but I get bored with my decor very quickly so I’m constantly changing the look of my home. At the moment I’m into a more bohemian look that focuses on neutral tones.

I had an empty spot on my wall that needed ‘ “something” but I didn’t want to do anything that required a lot of time energy and money to make as I might be changing it in a few months. I had bought some beautiful bundles of ribbon trim at a dollar store near me last fall because I knew I would find something to do with them and that time had finally come. I would use them to make a wall hanging. The piece of wood I picked up on one of my many walks with the kids.

This is a beginner friendly project, you’ll need…

  • Ribbon, if you have no ribbon use yarn in various colors
  • A piece of driftwood or a stick

Just use what you have at home. To begin tie a piece of ribbon to both ends of your stick and hang it on your wall. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of this step. Take another piece of ribbon and fold it in half, making sure that it’s even. Put the loop under your stick and bring the two ends of the ribbon over the stick and through the loop pull down on the string, tighten the loop. Continue doing that with all your ribbon until you have the desired amount of ribbon on your stick. And that’s it.

The nice thing about this project is that it can be customized to suit any decor or taste. Like this one I made for a little girl. Happy crafting, and don’t forget to share your project with me if you tried this.

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Quick and Easy Hanging Plant Shelf

Hanging Plant Shelf

Hey friends how are you doing? I have a quick and easy tutorial for you today. I love plants but I have no outdoor space so I have to get creative as to where I can put them in my apartment. Who can relate? I’ve always wanted a hanging plant shelf and had planned out the one I wanted to make but not being able to go to the hardware store I had to scratch that plan.

It came to me while searching for ottomans at IKEA online. I came across these Hejne shelves and the light bulb went on! They would be perfect! Bonus they would not have to be cut and it’s a two pack!

IKEA Hejne Shelf

The shelves come in two widths 28cm and 47cm. For my hanging shelves I used the 28cm wide ones. As you may already know IKEA stores are closed so I had my shelves delivered. I also used nautical rope from the dollar store that I had in my craft stash but you can use whatever rope you have at home. Don’t forget something to hang your shelves from. I used two metal screw hooks.

Let’s begin. Lay your shelf on the floor or table with the “lip” facing up. Thread one end of your rope through one slot and the other end through the other slot, pull them until they are even lengths then cross them.

Pull the ropes up on the side, making sure they’re still crossed underneath, and tie the ends together in a knot.

Now hang your shelf, place your plants and enjoy.

I had the shelves shipped with other products so total cost of this project is just $15 and it took only 5 minutes to do. Not bad for more plant display space! Let me know if you try this project. I love hearing from you. Happy Crafting!

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Here we go!

This is it. Here we go. The first post on my new blog. As I’m writing this I’m nervous as heck, I’ve been putting it off for the longest while now, trying to find the perfect thing to blog about then it hit me, ME! I should write about me, more specifically my life and the things I enjoy. Only then can my writing be organic.

So what can you expect here? Most likely post about DIY, a lot of DIY, and craft projects, because that’s what I’m really into at the moment. You’ll also get some post about what I might be experiencing in my life right now, and some stories about my kids and the things they do to make me laugh and cry and lose my mind.

Oh yes I have kids, daughters, they are the center of my universe, my Angel’s, but I’m sure every mom can agree with me when I say they can drive me crazy! So I’m also writing this blog to connect with other moms so we can share stories and tips and encouragement on this journey through motherhood.

I’m really looking forward to meeting you. Don’t be shy, say hi, and I’ll say it back. And don’t forget to subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

See ya later!

My babies and me.

DIY Boho Bookends

Jute Rope Bookends

Hey friends, how are you doing? It’s been a tough year and I’m sure we all can’t wait to get back to some semblance of normalcy. I know I’ve been gone a while, my apologies, but I’m slowly getting back into creating starting with this easy DIY. I don’t know if it’s boho style or rustic, but I think it’s cute! Let me know in the comments if you agree.

These are rope wrapped bookends. Honestly I’m not sure wrapped is the right word, considering they’re not exactly wrapped, but you’ll see what I mean. Anyhow,  enough of my rambling let’s get on with it.

For this DIY you’ll need ,

  • Metal bookends
  • Jute rope
  • Cotton rope
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock or construction paper
Supplies Needed

To create my bookends I used the Bottna bookends from IKEA. They came in a pack of two, one black and the other antracite.

Bottna Bookends

I don’t think IKEA still carries these bookends however I found some on Amazon that will work just fine. They come in a four pack, enough for you to make bookends for yourself and to gift.

Heavy Duty Bookends for Shelves, Anti-slip Base, Black, Great for Library, Office, Home, School, 4 Pairs https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07GX8M3L5/ref=cm_sw_r_u_apa_i_TJE5XBE46D8BEF2GDYK5

Now before you say, but Nikki, the shape is different, I know, but it will still work. What you’ll want to do first is cut a piece of card stock to fit just over the opening of your bookend. Glue your paper to the inside part of the bookend,  you want to make sure that that part is covered so your rope has something to adhere to. Now begins the fun part. Grab your rope and glue the end of it to one end of your bookend starting at the corner and going up and around gluing as you go. When you get to opposite corner cut off the excess rope.  Now taking the end of your rope again. Place a dab of glue right next to where you glued the first bit of rope and glue down that end, going up and around again, don’t forget to add glue as you go.  Once you get to the end, you want to cut the rope like you did before. 

Keep adding rope, when you get to about three quarters of the way in it’s time to switch to the cotton cord. Sorry I don’t have a picture of it, but you will basically continue the process except with the cotton cord. If you don’t want to use more than one color you can skip this step and continue with the rope. If when you get to the middle there is not enough room to make a loop, simply cut a piece of rope to fit the space and glue that in, making sure to tuck the top end under the rope above so it doesn’t show.

The final and possibly most important step to make your piece look finished is to add rope on the outside edge of the bookend to help cover the metal edges

And that’s it, your bookends are done! Easy Peasy right! If you try this know ways to improve this project let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to follow me on on social media @nikkifridy_accidental_crafter I’d love to be friends.

Kid Friendly Charcuterie Board

Popped water lily seeds with fruits and vegetables.

Hey friends, how’s it going?

So it’s September, and I don’t know what it feels like where you are, but here in Ontario it’s already starting to feel like fall on some days. The air is cooler, the sun is setting earlier and the stores have been selling Halloween and Fall decor and are now on to Christmas, but Summer 2020 is not over yet. We still have time to squeeze in a few barbecues and picnics, which brings me to my latest DIY, a kid friendly charcuterie board. I know it’s not home decor like I normally do, but if you have a picky eater like I do, it just might come in handy. And if you’re wondering,  yes I actually made the  board myself, but more on that later.  The star of this board are the Popped Water Lily Seeds from Arise N’Go.

Arise’N Go Popped Water Lily Seeds

The seeds are popped, kind of like how you would pop corn, and are a natural source of plant based protein. They’re oh so delicious,  and Vegan too!  The Simply Seasoned flavor was a big hit with the kids, but I like heat, so I went with Ultimate Spice. If you have more of a sweet tooth, the Caramel  Flavor might be just your style.

Kid Friendly Charcuterie Board

Now for the making of the board, I would have preferred to use walnut but didnt want to get a six foot piece so I used a piece of pine leftover from a previous project.  I started out by drawing out the handle that I wanted if you don’t want a handle skip this step.

Pine board with drawn on handle design

Because I don’t have a table saw, I cut out the handle using my  Kobalt 3-in-1 Multi-Hand Saw which I purchased at Lowes.

Kobalt 3-in-1 Multi-Hand Saw

Once I was done with the cut it was time for sanding. I wanted to make the board as smooth as possible and round the edges so I used my Black and Decker which I also purchased at Lowes. If you don’t have a sander I recommend this one. It’s perfect for those little jobs DIYers tend to have from time to time. It’s powerful enough to get the job done without being overwhelming. 

I started sanding with 80 grit sandpaper, moved on to 120 grit and finished off with 220 grit. Once sanding was done it was time for staining. I wanted the wood to be darker but also food safe, so after a bit if research I decided to make my own stain using steel wool and vinegar, unfortunately I bought the wrong type of steel wool so settled on coffee instead. To make the stain I brewed a pot of strong coffee, waited till it cooled then rubbed it on both sides of the board. You can’t tell from the pictures much but it did darken the wood a bit.

DIY Coffee Wood Stain

Once the board was dry I sealed it with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner, following the directions on the bottle. To finish it off, I tied a piece of jute cord through the handle and the board was done.

If you want to give Arise N’ Go popped lily seeds a try, and I highly suggest you do, because not only are they tasty, they’re mindfully made and perfect for life on the go visit http://www.ariseonthego.ca/ for more information and to purchase. Bonus! Use code ” GOGETTER10″ for a discount. Happy Snacking!

Stenciled Door Mat

Arrival!

Ok, so this is going to be a short one. Really short. We’re going to be doing a stenciled door mat and it only requires three things. First a mat, I got this one from the dollar store or you can use an old one you have at home, secondly some letter stencils which you can also find at the dollar store. And lastly a paint brush with stiff bristles and black acrylic paint, also found at the dollar store, do you see the trend here? Basically this is a super affordable and cute project.

Supplies.

To begin lay your mat on a flat surface, you can spread some old paper or cloth under it in case of spills. Position your stencil on the mat where you want your word. If your stencil has adhesive on the back it would help it stay in place, mine didnt so I used painter’s tape to hold it. I started from the right side stenciling backwards to make sure all my letters fit.

Stenciling.

Do the same on the other side and leave your mat to dry. Your done!!! Of course you don’t have to do yours exactly like mine. You can use your own sayings and customize it. I thought of adding tassels but decided against it because I figured they would just collect dust and dirt from being outside and look gross after a while.

Departure

How would you customize your mat, leave a comment below, and don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @NikkiFridy_Accidental_Crafter. Happy crafting!

Rainbow Rice for Sensory Play

Hey! How is everyone doing? I hope you’re all staying in and staying safe. We’ve been self isolating for what feels like 3516 days and if you’re anything like me, you’re running out of ideas of things to do with the kids. So I got searching for ideas. I knew I wanted a project that was quick and easy, but educational and fun, so I jumped on that awesome platform that starts with the letter “P”, you know, the one that is abundant with wonderful ideas by brilliant people, and found many tutorials for colorful rice. The only problem is they all used food coloring in their tutorials and I only had red left in my cupboard, and I wasn’t about to run to the store just for food coloring. That’s when it hit me! I could use paint!

Before I go furthur, I just want to say please excuse the pictures, I wasn’t planning to post about this project so the pictures I took were for my memories, but after seeing how much the girls enjoyed playing with the rice I wanted to share, since I’m sure there are other caregivers who are in need of a project to keep the kiddies occupied. Bonus, this project uses things that most people have at home.

You will need…

  • Rice
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sandwhich bags that zip to close

I wanted to the rice to be brightly colored so we used DecoArt Neon Acrylic paints in green, yellow, pink, blue. The orange is Pure Pumpkin (we didn’t have neon orange). Measure one cup of rice and put it in each bag, then add the paint, we used about 2 tablespoons, but you can use more or less depending on how much coverage you want on your rice. Squeeze the air out of the bags and zip them close, then smush the rice around until all of it is covered by paint. The kids had lots of fun doing this part, they were excited to see the rice change color.

Once the rice was covered we spread them out on plates to dry keeping the colors separate. I checked the rice after half an hour and it was dry, but I left it to dry an hour longer just to make sure it was fully dried.

Once dry, I carefully poured the rice into a container, being sure to keep the colors separate, and it was oh so pretty, even the girls loved it. They squealed in delight when they saw and couldn’t wait to start playing with it. Now its a kalidescope of color, but they are having fun, so that’s a win for all.

I hope you have fun with this project and please share photos of how your’s turned out. I’d love to see your creativity. You can find me on Intstagram @nikkifridy Stay safe my friends.

DIY Robin’s Eggs

The days are getting longer, the mercury seems to be hovering just above zero degrees Celsius and the Robins will soon be back from their winter migration. Before we know it trees in cities and towns will have little nest with small blue-green colored eggs in them, a sure sign that Spring is here.

Hoping to accelerate Spring’s arrival I was inspired to make some Robin’s eggs. This is a quick and beginner friendly project. In a couple of hours or less you can have beautiful eggs to use in your spring and decor.

All you will need is:

  • Brown, white and blue acrylic paint.
  • Paint brushes
  • Old toothbrush (optional)
  • Styrofoam eggs
  • Toothpicks

You will also need something to stick your toothpicks into so your eggs can dry, I used a cork trivet, and paper or an old cloth to cover your work surface if you don’t want paint on it, because things can get messy.

To begin, take a toothpick and stick into one end of an egg, you will use the tooth pick to hold the egg while painting so your fingers don’t get messy, if you don’t mind getting paint on your fingers, feel free to skip this step. Now that all your eggs have toothpicks in them it’s time to paint. If I were using refillable eggs I would first paint them with a coat of white chalk paint, but since were using styrofoam eggs and they’re already white it’s not needed. Paint your eggs with your blue paint, I used DecoArt paint in Spa Blue.

This is what my eggs looked like after one coat.

I wanted more depth in color so I painted another coat, making sure to let the paint dry in between coats. Once you’re finished painting the blue color and the paint is dry, it’s time to add the white and brown speckles, this is where things can get messy.

Mix the white paint with a little bit of water, just to thin it a. Note if the paint is too watery it will cause big runny splotches on the egg that won’t be very pigmented, giving the egg a messy look.

Dip a stiff bristled paintbrush or toothbrush into the mixture, and holding the egg an inch or so away from the brush, pull the bristles back on the brush and “flick” the paint mixture onto the egg.

Now repeat the last step with the brown paint. Leave your eggs to dry and that’s it! Now you’ve got Robin’s eggs! At this point you can seal your eggs with a sealer like ModPodge, but I chose not too.

There you have it, quick and easy eggs, and you’re not limited on the color either, get creative with it. I also made pink and yellow eggs, that I will be using in my Easter Decor.

It makes me so happy when I see the things you’ve created, so feel free to share it with me if do this project, just leave me a message in the comments. Happy crafting!!!

DIY Floor Cloth

I’ve been seeing block print rugs everywhere and really wanted one, but could never find one in the size I needed or pattern that I loved, of course I decided to diy one.

My initial plan was to use a light colored rug, but I have kids and wanted something that I could be cleaned very easily. I had piece drop cloth left over from a previous project, that I knew would be perfect. It was durable and light weight enough that I could just throw it on the machine when it got dirty.

This floor cloth was super easy to make so even if you’re a novice DIYer or don’t DIY at all this is something you can do. It basically requires you to stamp and/or hand paint designs on material. And creative options are abundant. You can make wall hangings, throws, cushion covers, shower curtains whatever you choose. So let’s get designing

What you’ll need…

•Drop cloth
•Acrylic paint
•Textile medium (optional)
•Stamps
•Paintbrush
•Iron
•Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Decide what size cloth you want, You can find drop cloths at your local hardware store and Amazon. If you can’t find the size you need then do like I did and cut apiece from a bigger cloth. Once you’ve selected your cloth wash it in hot water with detergent. Washing helps to soften the cloth, plus because its cotton you want to pre-shrink it before painting.

If you were quick enough getting your cloth out of the dryer and there are no wrinkles, lucky you, you’ve just made things easier for yourself, if not you’re going to need to iron out those wrinkles. Setting your iron on the steam setting makes that easier.

If your cloth was cut from a bigger piece you will need to clean up the raw edges, to do so cut all the frayed strings off

Then fold and hot glue the edges to form a seam.

Once your seams are done it’s time for the fun part. Creating your design. You can make your stamps out of anything but whatever you use must be firm. I created stamps out of some foam blocks that my kids have, shh, don’t tell them. I cut my desired shapes into the foam the same way you would create a potato stamp. For the big triangles I used cardboard from a box I had. I have also used round foam paint brushes and wine corks. Options for stamps are literally endless.

If you won’t be washing your cloth you can skip this step. Following the instructions on your bottle, mix your paint with textile medium. I mixed 2 parts textile medium with 1 part paint and poured some of the mixture on a plate for easy dipping.

Dip your stamp into the paint making sure that it does not have too much paint on it, but enough to make a nice stamp. Firmly press your stamp on to the material and lift.

Don’t worry if all the paint is not transferred to the material, it gives it more of a vintage look.

Continue painting and stamping till your material is covered, then let dry completely. Now you’re pretty much done. Flip your cloth over so that the painted side is facing down and give it one last iron to get out any wrinkles that might be in it, and to heat set your design.

That’s it, your floor cloth is done! Put an anti-slip mat under it and enjoy! If you tried this project I’d love to hear about it, you can also leave any questions in the comment section. Happy Crafting!