DIY Bird Clothespin Picture Frame

I love photographs of birds’ sitting on wire. I was recently looking through my scrapbook papers and found one that showed the silhouette of birds sitting on wire.  This inspired me to make a clothespin frame that can hold pictures or note cards.

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10×10 INCH frame (you can use a bigger rectangular frame to accommodate more pictures)

teal colored yarn

decorative bird’s clothespin (found a set of 8 from Michael’s Arts and Crafts for $1.50)

scrapbook paper or gift wrapping paper (optional)

black elastic cord (two 12 inch long cords)

double sided adhesive or Velcro (optional)

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First, tie black elastic cord to top side of frame. Make sure to tie a knot to keep cord in place.  Repeat same process when attaching the second elastic cord to mid-section of frame.

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Next, wrap yarn around all four corners of frame. Leave the corners of frame exposed. I tied the top elastic cord diagonally to add variation.

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Attach decorative bird clothespin on elastic cord according to your taste.

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Customize your clothespin frame with your photos, polaroid pictures, and cute note cards.


To add a backdrop, select scrapbook paper design according to your taste. Here are three different background examples. Attach paper with double side adhesive. For interchangeable backdrops, attach paper with Velcro.

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Otherwise, you can use your wall as a backdrop for frame.

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Check out the DIY video for this project and more, on my YouTube channel: Cara Mia’s Corner.  Happy creating!

DIY Disney Inside Out Glass Gem Magnets

A few weeks ago, the family and I watched the Inside Out movie. We enjoyed it! Like the characters in the movie, we too recently moved to a new home. The lead character is Lil’s age and is entering middle school. The central theme of the movie revolved around feelings to changes in life particularly that of a young girl.

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The girls loved the five characters that represented feelings. There’s Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and fear.   It reminded me of the Feelings Chart I created for my girls a few years ago. I felt inspired to create an updated version using the Inside Out characters.

Here’s what you need for Glass Gem Magnets:

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5 Glass Gems, 1 inch  (we found a bag of glass gems in floral dept. at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)

1 Picture print out of the Inside Out characters

Modge Podge dimensional magic

1 toothpick

E6000 adhesive tube

5 round magnets (found a set of 16 round 1 inch vinyl magnets at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)

1 inch punch holer (Recollections brand from Michael’s Arts and Crafts)


First, cut the picture in strips separating the 5 characters. This makes it easier to insert paper into punch holer. (see my DIY Disney Inside Out Glass Gem Magnet step by step video)

Next, take your punch holer and turn it over backside facing up. Slide in paper and punch away.

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After punch holing images, time to pick the glass gem. Place a glass gem over the image and see which one shows off the picture best. Some of the glass gems were blurry.

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Pour a drop of modge podge dimensional magic over the flat side of glass gem. Using your toothpick, spread out solution evenly . This will serve as an adhesive for our image. Let it dry for 20 minutes.

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Apply a small amount of E6000 adhesive of the back of dried glass gem and attach magnet. Let it dry for 30 minutes.

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Tadah! Your very own, Disney Inside Out glass gem magnets.

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These magnets are a fun way to decorate your kids magnetic board, hold pictures or notes.  It’s also a fun tool, I use to communicate with my kids.  Especially during times when they feel frustrated and can’t seem to articulate what they feel at the moment.

Check out our Magnetic Feelings Chart. Using clipart in Word, select three images representing family, school and friends. We make it a practice to talk about the days events. This chart gives the kids a chance to rate how they felt about each encounter. Plus, it lends us perspective on how they feel and signals us to jump in when they need help dealing with any issues.

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Our royal mutt was feeling sad one day and using our magnets, we asked him how he felt. Watch DIY Disney Inside Out Magnetic Feelings Chart video to see what he does.

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Also, check out my YouTube channel, Cara Mia’s Corner and follow our dog Bailey on Instagram.

DIY Push Pin Word Wall Art

Over the weekend, the girls and I finished 4 of our word wall art panels for their loft area and our house keys and mail area.


Gold and multi-colored push pins

Canvas or Burlap boards



Hooks (used for the key holder/wall art)

Glue gun (adhesive for any other accents/mini charms you want on canvas)

Drill gun (used to drill holes for hooks)

Foam board or cardboard (used to cover back of canvas)

With a pencil, start writing out the desired word or saying on canvas or burlap board. For our wall key holder, the girls and I accented it with mini key charms. Lil suggested the word “Stuff”. It sounded more fun than “Mail & Keys”.

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Place first push pin on the first letter, followed by another pin. Make sure it slightly overlaps the first pin and repeat process as you go. We used multiple colors to make the wall art more fun.

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Make sure to cover the back of canvas with cardboard or foam board.

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After that I drilled three holes at the bottom of canvas where wood frame is and inserted the hooks.

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Here are the 4 push pin wall arts, we created. We thought the gold push pins went very well with the denim canvas. The girls and I loved doing this quick and easy project. I’d recommend it for kids ages 8 and up. Emmy who’s 5 years old was able to do it with supervision. Enjoy!

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DIY Drawstring Backpack

Lil left for Science camp today. Before she left with her 6th grade classmates, I made her a drawstring bag to put her toiletries in. She loved it but was to shy too model it. So, our royal mutt took the bag modeling task on and was rewarded an afternoon of play at the park.

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10 x 10 polyester fabric (I found a pair for $1 at dollar store)

1 pair of shoes laces (54 inches long each)

Needle and thread or sewing machine

First, fold about an inch of fabric over and sew. We will use this channel for our drawstrings.

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Next, sew all three sides. Remember to leave a half inch opening at the bottom on bag for drawstrings’ ends.

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After you’ve sewn all 3 sides, feed shoelaces through the left and right channels. Feed through tips of one shoelace through the two holes on left side. Repeat process on right side.

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Once the shoelaces have been fed through, pull them over the bag’s opening and into the bag. Pulls tips through the half inch opening at the bottom of bag.

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Sew drawstrings into place. I backstitched a few times to reinforce the stitches.

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Pull bag inside out and you just made a drawstring backpack. Enjoy!

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DIY Upcycled 4-in-1 Project

Inspired by Ingrid Nilsen’s DIY Upcycled Spring Décor, the girls and I decided to make our own pen/vase/note/toothbrush holder.

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What You Need:

Empty Tin Can (we used a tea can) OR any empty plastic container (we used a gelato container)

Mini clothespins/regular plain or decorated clothespin for larger container (we used 24 mini ones from Michael’s Arts and Crafts)

Glittery washi tape or any decorative tape or wrapping paper

This was a great, quick, easy project for my girls, and a wonderful way to teach them how to reuse or re-purpose old material that we’d usually throw in the recycling bin. Emmy started by attaching the clothespins around the tin can’s rim.

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In less than 5 minutes, we were done! Here’s our upcycled pen holder.

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You can also use it as a vase for flowers.

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Or an instant note holder.

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Here’s the other version using gelato plastic container and glittery washi tape to add a little bling.:)

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Makes a fun toothbrush holder too!:)

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We love to see your version of this upcycled project! Make sure to share:)

DIY Totoro Burlap Wall Art

The family and I have been busy prepping for our upcoming move this summer.  The girls are getting excited about decorating their own rooms. Yes, they both finally get their own individual spaces. Lil and Emmy are polar opposites when it comes to their taste in décor but they both love the character Totoro. They both requested they’d like to put a Totoro wall art in their rooms. Inspired by a watercolored burlap Totoro throw pillow, we did our DIY wall art project.


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What you need:

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Make Market Burlap Panel (set  of 2 $5.99 9 inch x 12 inch was 40% off in Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store)

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Watercolor (we used Artist’s Loft)


Cup of water

Scissors (use to cut out Totoro template shape)

8 1/2 X 11 Paper and Sharpie marker (I drew Totoro image as our template guide)


First, take 1 burlap panel and lay Totoro template on top of it and trace outline of image.  Use drawing as your guide to draw in Totoro’s face and body details.

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Emmy loved this part the most since she didn’t have to be too careful about painting. Using a combination of long and short strokes, we painted away.  Don’t panic if the paint looks like its sinking into the panel. To achieve a less darker and saturated paint look, dip you paintbrush in some water and brush over the applied paint.  Use more paint to darken other areas.


In minutes, we were done and let our masterpiece dry by the window.

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Lil and I plan to make a few more panels using denim, canvas and gray colored panels. This is a great project for kids ages 5 and up. We’d love to see your version of Totoro art! So do share.:)

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Rain or Shine DIY Hopscotch

Hi friends, spring is almost here! But in some areas of the world, looks like spring is still a dream.

The girls and I found an activity that kids can enjoy any weather. Hopscotch! Emmy loves drawing in her hopscotch with chalk on our sidewalk. But time and time again would be disappointed to see it washed away by our community ground cleaners. So, we thought why not make a more permanent one.

DIY Hopscotch

What you will need:


Yoga mat

Painter’s tape

Contact paper (we got a chevron printed one from Target’s dollar spot for $3)



Bean Bag (I’ll post “how to” in another post)



Using the picture above as our template, Emmy had fun helping me form the hopscotch pattern on mat. We measured the size of the squares to fit her feet. You can customize yours accordingly.



What was a bit of challenge was writing the numbers reverse on the back of contact paper. Just have fun with it. The numbers don’t have to look perfect.


Emmy puts our mat to the test. What’s great about using a yoga mat is its slip resistant! Plus, you can flip it over and use the other side for yoga, and roll it up when you’re all done for easy storage.






Our Royal Mutt, Bailey approves.


Lil and I had fun trying it out too. Happy Hopscotching!