Advent Calendar – DIY

I don’t often do a DIY, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy. Trust me when I say that I pin plenty of them from Pinterest.

So, when my kids asked if they could each have a separate advent calendar for Christmas I looked around.  From Pottery Barn to Michaels and everything in between.  Nothing looked quite right, had the right sized boxes or was what I wanted to spend.   So, I thought to myself, what would Martha do?  Well, she would make her own.  Wouldn’t she?

I perused Pinterest and got a few ideas, but the actual design was my own. I started with these little favour (or favor depending on your country) boxes which I bought at Michaels:


When you put them together, they look like this:


They are not what I would call sturdy little boxes, but I figured I could make them work.  With a 50% off coupon, I think the cost was around $10.

I searched around on Pinterest and found some creative people that love to share printables.  I found these numbers in Christmas colours that were a perfect match for my boxes and printed them at home on my colour printer:


After cutting them out and using my new best friend:



the boxes looked like this:


I used the Mod Podge to paste the numbers on the front of the boxes and to give them a little more strength.

I then played around with the shape, the order of the numbers and realized that I wanted the calendar to be able to stand or balance on its own.  A little LOT more Mod Podge to stick them together and voila!

This is the final result:


This whole project cost about $15 for the white boxes and Mod Podge.  The kids think it is great and I’m hoping it will last me a couple of years.  If it doesn’t, the good thing is it can go into the mixed recycling bin.

I think Santa will be proud of me and Martha might like it, too.

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Pinned & Tried

As I type this, I’m wondering if the title should be Pinned & Tried & Failed.  Keep reading to find out why. I scooped this old steamer style trunk off my parents a couple years ago.  My Dad was given it in the early 60s and it had not been used in years.  As a result, it smelled.  Bad.  Musty.  I tried keeping holiday decorations in the trunk, but they all came out smelling bad and musty. IMG_6058 IMG_6051 So, being the true pinner that I am, I knew there had to be a pin-solution for me.  It didn’t take me long to find this : de5cdb5672e0be47e36a816a760047fd Direct from Apartment Therapy were also these helpful tips.   Some of these things I did try:

  1. airing outside in the sun
  2. baking soda – boxes of the stuff
  3. coffee grounds – more than Starbucks could imagine
  4. vinegar
  5. old newspapers (?)

I didn’t try the kitty litter, because it was just too late for me.  I was tired of trying different methods with no results and I needed to use the trunk. So, I decided to go hard core.  What is hard core you ask?  Paint.  Leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss. IMG_6061 I had hesitated going this route as I would have to paint over the paper lining and it seemed harsh.  However, I soon got over my guilt and proceeded.  It wasn’t my best paint job.  I barely cut into the corners and I slapped on 3 coats as quickly as the paint would dry.   But you know what?  It worked!! This lovely old steamer trunk has the fresh true smell of paint which is much much better than the old musty smell it had been carrying around for years. So unfortunately, this is one pin that didn’t work out.  On the positive side, I now have a trunk that won’t make my holiday decorations smell and that’s a good thing! linking up with: Thrifty Decor ChickThe Happy HousieThe Jenny EvolutionThe Pin JunkieTiny SidekickSweet HauteCurly Crafty MomBonBon Rose Girls

Winning DIY

In between my struggle to get out of my grey clothes, I managed to do a sweet little diy for my hockey playing son.

If you know someone in hockey or another sport, you might find this an easy to remember a special game.

When he scored his first goal of the season, the Coach gave him the puck as a memento.  Since this puck was also the first goal he has ever scored while playing in a league for the past 2 years, I thought it would nice to somehow display it in his room.

We kept it pretty simple.  All we needed was a shadow box, white pen, burlap and glue.

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I gently cleaned the puck and when it was dry, my son wrote the date of the game on the face of the puck.  The control freak in me really wanted to do the writing, but the mom in me knew it was important for him to do it.

We cut a piece of burlap to fit the backing of the shadow box.  All the shadow boxes we found had black backings, so the puck would have just blended in if we hadn’t changed it.  Then we glued it on.

Lots of glue was needed for the puck and lots of patience for while waiting for it dry was what came next.  When the puck was securely on the backing, we put the shadow box back together.



Such an easy project and a big win for my son and his room!


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Hockey Gift Idea

If you have hockey players in your life, you know all the usual gift ideas.  Jerseys, sticks, new socks, hockey books, etc.  But if you need a little stocking stuffer or a diy homemade gift, then I have an idea for you!

Earlier this year, my husband and I (yes, together) made personalized hockey pucks for all the kids on our team.  I am not sure where I got the idea from (I can’t give Pinterest credit this time), but it was so simple and the kids loved their pucks.

Here’s what you need:

  • plain black hockey pucks (about $1 at Canadian Tire)
  • a jar of Modge Podge (available at craft stores
  • image to place on top of puck


Give your hockey pucks a quick wipe down to take off any dust or dirt and let it dry.  Find your image online or make a monogram, whatever you want to put on the puck.  We chose to make pucks with the initials of each player and printed them off in the shape of a circle as we found this covered the puck the best.

Cut out your image to be just slightly smaller than the face of the hockey puck.  Using a small wide paint or foam brush (I like using foam brushes), spread some Modge Podge onto the face of the puck.  While it is still wet, carefully place your image on top.  After it has set (a few minutes), paint some Modge Podge on top of the image.

You may notice it start to buckle a little if you use too much. Don’t worry, you can try and spread it out now, or use a tiny pin to poke a hole and let the air out later.

Once it has dried, feel free to give it another coat of Modge Podge.  It just helps to harden the image on the puck surface.

And then you are done!  It is really such a simple gift to make and who wouldn’t love a personalized hockey puck?



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Pinned and Tried

So many pins, so little time.  Or so I like to tell myself.  In order to combat my excessive pinning, I decided I needed to be a little accountable.  I created a board on Pinterest called Pinned and Tried to record those pins I actually bought, made, cooked, etc.

During the summer holidays, I tried to find fun crafts for the kids to do.  They love the game Tic, Tac, Toe, so when I saw this pin, I had to try it:


How easy was this going to be?

  • 2 kids – check
  • 6 rocks – check
  • 2 different colours of paint – check

The kids jumped on board and were excited to paint rocks.

Too excited to paint rocks.   Well, for a 6.5 year old and a 4 year old you can’t just have 2 colours of rocks.


So, maybe we didn’t get to play Tic Tac Toe with our rocks, but we did have fun painting rocks.

Pinned and tried?  Check!