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Easy Drop Cloth Crab Canvas

Drop Cloth Crab Art

There are some of us who just have a thing for crabs. I am not just talking about a thing for eating, but a thing  for displaying them. This love is akin to the obsession that many have for the Maryland Flag (remember my crab on burlap, which featured both the Maryland flag and a blue crab?).  

Now, I am not judging; swing by my house and you’ll find nods to those crustaceans (and the Maryland flag).   

The other day, I made an easy drop cloth crab canvas thing for one of my wonderful aunts. She recently sent me some gorgeous hand-knitted and crocheted scarves, and I wanted to send her a little thanks.

So I came up with this easy drop cloth crab canvas.

The pictures will tell the story, but here are a few tips for you folks at home.

I had an old canvas, which I spray painted because I wanted to make sure the old marks didn’t show through when I covered it with the drop cloth. You could easily use a new one, but I have a little stockpile of old canvases (and I am like Captain Planet, so I reused that ish). 

I then covered the canvas with the drop cloth. Staple and pull tightly, and wrap the corners like you would a present. 

Before I put paint to the drop cloth, I used chalk to outline my crab. I used a google image of the crab, and freehanded it. HOWEVER, you could print out a crab, trace over it with chalk, and then place the chalk drawing down onto the canvas/drop cloth to get an outline. This is a similar technique to how some people create those gorgeous chalkboard art designs.

Drop Cloth Crab 

Drop Cloth Crab ArtI might just have to make another because I like it so much. 

Who else out there gets this crab obsession?













DIY Bookcase from Craft Crates

DIY Bookcase out of Craft CratesRemember a while ago when I was distressing craft crates? I wanted the crates to look weathered and old? Well, it was to make a DIY bookcase out of craft crates. 

The boys’ book situation was getting out of control, and I wanted a bookshelf that wasfunctional, inexpensive, and pleasing to the eye. 

This DIY fit the bill. I bought each crate for about $6 (withJoAnn’s coupons, of course), so before I bought the casters to be screwed on the bottom of the crates, this bookshelf only cost my $36. 

Liquid Nail was my bff for this project. No tutorial is really needed. I weathered the crates, (read about it here),  glued the crates together using an ample amount of liquid nail, screwed some mending plates on for extra support, and fastened some casters to the bottom. 

Every once in a while I try to style this DIY bookcase from craft crates, but these books are on and off the shelf so many times a day that it seems like a fool’s task. Ehh, I’d rather the books be read than not, so I will concede this battle. 

Regardless, the bookshelf came out cute. At least I think so. 

DIY wood crate bookcase

DIY bookcase


DIY Toddler Infinity Scarf

I’m a fan of scarfs. It’s an accessory that is both practical and fashionable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection.This winter I decided to start a collection for L by making her several infinity scarfs (because infinity scarfs are in and every 2 year old needs a scarf collection?). These are super easy and quick to sew. Add a monogram or an applique and they will make a sweet personalized gift.


DIY Toddler infinity scarf 1

  • 24″x48″ piece of fabric (this measurement is for a 2 year old)
  • matching thread

Step 1: Pin the right sides of your fabric together lengthwise then sew along the edge. If your fabric has a pattern like mine, try to match the pattern as best as you can during the pinning process.

DIY Toddler Infinity Scarf 2

Step 2: Turn the long rectangular tube inside out. The plaid matched much better second time around.

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Step 3: Fold and pin a 0.5″ seam towards the inside of the tube. Sew the ends together right at the edge of the pinned seam. I hand stitched mine with a blind stitch. You can do this on a machine as well.

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Yup, just 3 steps! I told you this is a super easy and quick project. With a few measurement adjustments you can make one for any age. I measured around L’s neck to ensure that the end product left plenty of room. If you are concerned about a choking hazard with your little one, sew the ends of the tube shut individually with a blind stitch. You can then tie the scarf with a lose knot in the back for a faux infinity scarf look.

DIY infinity scarf 5Do you have a scarf collection? What accessories are you obsessed with?

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