Stamped Gift Wrap

Stamped Gift Wrap

Sifting through the Dollar Spot is like going on a mini treasure hunt every time I go to Target. You never know what kind of amazing goodies you’ll find! This time I picked up some pretty stamps and a roll of kraft paper. I love the versatility of kraft paper. I’ll show you how easy it is to dress it up and create one of a kind gift wrap.

You’ll need:

  • roll of kraft paper
  • stamps
  • ink pad

Begin by cutting the kraft paper down to the size you’ll need to wrap your gift. Now grab your stamps and an ink pad and get ready to make it beautiful!

Stamped Gift Wrap

I’ve noticed that Target usually carries three types of stamp sets in the Dollar Spot. The set above with the happy birthday stamp is part of their current variety pack. You can usually find a set of letter stamps and a set of number stamps too. Each set is $3 and such a fun find! While I’m not using an alphabet set on this project, I wanted to share a little tip with you. You can easily group letters together by wrapping a piece of tape around them. This trick comes in handy if you’re stamping the same word a few times. Plus it keeps the letters nice and straight.

Stamped Gift Wrap

I kept it simple for this piece of gift wrap by using only the happy birthday stamp. I used a mix of blue and green inks and stamped until the kraft paper was mostly covered.

Stamped Gift Wrap

Once the ink is dry you can go ahead and wrap your gift. Don’t forget to add a piece of ribbon to finish it off. Customized wrapping paper only takes a few (fun!) minutes to put together, but your recipient is bound to love it!

Stamped Gift Wrap

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

DIY Pennant Banner

DIY Pennant Banner - Customize for any color or season

I love banners! I think every party should have one.  They are so fun and bring a lot of color to the event.  I’m going to show you how to make one that gives you a lot of WOW for very little money.  Plus, you can customize it to whatever colors you need.

A few things you need:

  • Plastic tablecloths, whatever colors you like.
  • Bias tape (Find this at a sewing or craft store by the zippers, or make your own)
  • Thread
  • 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card-stock
  • Tools:
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing ruler (not necessary but helpful)

A few helpful hints:

  • The tablecloths  from Target (blue and pink) are very high quality and very thick, my store only had a limited selection so I had to get some colors elsewhere.  Another thing to be aware of is that if you are buying a patterned tablecloth make sure you know what the middle looks like and adjust accordingly.  Many patterned ones are white through the center, you may need two tablecloths to make the amount of pendants you need.  I used part of five tablecloths and got several yards of banner.  I would guess close to 12 yards.  The extra can be used for lots of other decorating projects.


  • Bias tape is available at sewing stores.  It is a strip of fabric that has both sides folded to the center and then folded on top of each other and ironed to make a crease in the middle.  This makes a perfect pocket for our pendants to slide into.  Bias tape from the store usually comes in solid colors, if you want a fun pattern you will probably have to make your own.  It is time consuming but worth it.  There are a lot of tutorials on the internet that explain the process far better than I can.  Look for a tutorial about continuous bias tape.

bias tape

Lets get started.

To cut:

Take the sheet of card-stock and mark the center on the short side.  Draw a line from both corners of the opposite side to the center mark.  Cut on the lines, this will be your template for the pendants.

It is easiest to do this part on a cutting mat, lay out the tablecloth.  Unfold the length of it to have a long strip, don’t unfold the width.  Lay the template on the bottom fold, using a rotary cutter, cut both sides but not the top.  If you have a hard time keeping it straight a ruler can be place along the edge.

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Turn the template around and line up the side with the previous cut and the top on the upper fold.  Every other cut slide your template over so the corner will not be cut off, you will have some waste.

cut 2

Some of the cuts will be a folded pendant and some will be two single pendants.  I left the folded ones folded and layered the singles on top of each other.

open pendants

I found that having too layers intensified the color.  You tablecloths will go much farther if you choose to do singles, if that is what you choose make sure to move the template up a little so you can cut along the top instead of leaving the fold.

cut pendants

To sew:

Take your bias tape and leave and few feet at the end to tie your banner up, put the bias tape under the pressure foot of your sewing machine and take the first pendant and slide it between the bias tape.

bias tape pendant

Make sure the pendant stays between the tape and start sewing close to the edge.

sewing closeup

When you get close to the end of the first pennant put the needle down and raise the pressure foot up.  Place the next pendant between the bias tape almost touching the first and begin sewing again.  Continue until your banner is as long as you like.  The sewing goes pretty fast.  This is a great project to do with a friend, one can cut one can sew.  I was lucky enough to have a friend help me, it took us a few hours to get ours done.  I love how it turned out and can’t wait to use it for an up coming ice cream party.  It’s versatile and sturdy enough that I’m sure it will last through may parties.  I hope this inspires you to make something fun.

bookcase banner

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This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Turn a Dog Bowl into a Foot Stool

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I have fun project for you today using an unexpected item.  It’s fun thinking outside the box.  I’m going to show you how to turn a dog bowl into a foot stool.  My little sister just had a baby and has a fun nursery for him that is adventure themed with a rich color scheme and lots of rope and wood.  She was lucky enough to find an awesome vintage chair that worked perfect in her room.  Two problems.  There was no ottoman; not a problem for everyone but for a new mom an ottoman is sure handy.  Problem two, the chair sits very low to the ground.  She could have just bought a normal step stool but most would be too tall for the chair.  While I was at target I saw this dog bowl and thought it would be perfect to turn into a stool.


Here’s what I used:

  • Dog dish or bowl
  • 2″ foam
  • Wooden clock face from craft store
  • Rope
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Tools:
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Screwdriver
  • Screw
  • 2 nuts
  • 2 washers

I found this dog bowl at Target, really about any non-glass bowl would do.  There were also some really fun wooden bowls in the kitchen section that would work great if you didn’t want to do the rope.  As a side note, this is a rather short stool.  If you were using it for a standard size chair you would need a taller bowl.

To begin with I used the screwdriver and hammer to put a hole in the center of the bowl that my screw would fit through, if you have a drill that would work.  I took my bowl with me to the ranch store, a hardware store would work too.  To make sure I had enough rope to cover the bowl.  Glue the rope onto the bowl working from the bottom edge and going up, keep turning and gluing until it is all covered.


Put the washer on the screw and put the screw through the hole in the clock face.  Take one of the nuts and tighten it on the screw.


Cut your foam to the size of the clock face.  A serrated knife works the best for this.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, the batting and fabric will hide a lot.  Glue your foam onto the top of the clock face, the screw should be poking through the opposite side; this will be the cushion for the stool.

foam clock

Lay out the batting and place the cushion on it with the screw sticking up.  Pull the batting up onto the wood and staple it down.  Go to the opposite side and do the same thing, continue going back and forth until the batting is secured.  I wanted mine a little softer so I did two layers of batting.  Cut off the excess batting, cut close to the staples.  Hammer down any staples that are sticking up.

batting 1

Take your fabric and lay it out flat.  I used a re-purposed shirt that I found at a thrift store, it was the perfect colors to match her nursery.  Take the cushion and lay it on top of the fabric.  If there is a pattern make sure it is lined up how you want.  The process is the same as for the batting, but make sure that you pull it tight enough but not too tight.  Cut off the excess and hammer down any staples.  Put the screw through the hole in the bowl, put on the washer and the nut and tighten it down.

stool chair

Kick your feet up and relax.

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

DIY Wooden Trinket Box
Does your store carry Heidi Swapp’s DIY marquee letters? I’m swooning over them! I couldn’t find all the letters I wanted at my store, but it did give me a chance to check out the other crafty items in the collection. I spotted some gorgeous papers and stickers, but couldn’t resist picking up this sheet of rub-on embellishments.

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

I love the look of rub-on stickers on wood, so I gathered a few supplies to create a wooden trinket box:

  • Heidi Swapp Rub-Ons
  • unfinished wood box
  • paint
  • paint brushes
  • scissors

I started by painting a layer of white paint over the entire box. Any paint you have on hand will work, but I chose to use acrylic paint since it dries quickly. Once it was dry,  I painted over the white with pink and gold. The gold paint is “20K Gold” by Hand Made Modern and can be found in Target’s DIY/craft section. It is a gorgeous metallic gold!

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

I separated the rub-on designs then arranged them on the box.

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

The rub-ons were easy to put on. I just used the wooden stick that it came with to rub the design until it transferred onto the wooden box. It’s fool proof really.

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

These rub-ons were such a fun and unexpected find. I even have plenty left over for another project. I’m looking forward to trying more of Heidi Swapp’s collection for Target.

DIY Wooden Trinket Box

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Family Chore Chart Center

Family Chore Chart Center

It’s summer!  In my house that can be said with chagrin or excitement, depending on the day.  Summer is great for spending time with your kids but I have realized that to keep a little sanity in our house there needs to be structure.  We have found that a schedule, including chores helps a lot.  I’m going to describe how our chore chart system works.  It is a system that works for us, it may not work for you and that is okay, feel free to adjust it or completely disregard it at your discretion.

I will describe the different parts of our system. It is quite detailed but could be simplified easily.

First off, my husband and I decided we didn’t want holes all over the wall so we built a ladder structure to hold our chore chart.  With the ladder we can hang things where we need to and not have to worry about anchoring each item into the wall.  We also don’t plan on having a chore chart forever.  At some point our kids are going to grow up and this way we can remove the charts and display something else or remove the ladder all to together and there are only four holes to patch.

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to pay our kids to do chores but that it was part of being a family, each child has chores they do every day and also optional jobs they can do to earn money.Although we didn’t want to pay them for chores, we did want them to have opportunities to earn money to learn how to budget and plan for things they want.  The solution for us was a work for hire section at the top of our chore chart board.

work cards close up

There are jobs ranging in value from $1 to $20.  They can pick a job they want to  do or they can come up with their own and get approval.  They ask for permission to do one of the jobs and once completed they are given the predetermined amount of money.  I’ve found that having the money attached to the clip with the card makes it easier to pay them for their job.  If I have to look for my wallet and often don’t have the correct bill amount it is difficult to reinforce that the job was done well and they earned money for it.

job cards

The next part of our system is the chore charts.  We use clipboards and dry erase markers, they are handy to be able to carry around and mark off the jobs as they are completed.  I used clear clipboards with a dry erase marker but they are not holding up like I had hoped, the dry erase markers are scratching up the clipboards.  There is dry erase adhesive vinyl available that would work better on top of the clipboard, when I redo the clipboards, I will go that route.  The clipboard is also nice to be able to hang it on the wall and also the clip is used to hold their assignment card.

job chart

The assignment cards are double sided cards that tell them what their job is and what needs to be completed.  One side has pictures for the younger kids, the other side has words for the older kids.  This clips to the top of the clipboard and is rotated every week.

assignment cards

Besides the assignment card they also have personal chores they complete.  Such as, homework, cleaning their bedroom, cleaning up their stuff from every room in the house, and they have to observe something that needs to be done around the house and do it.  They can check off each item as they finish it.

closeup of check list

When they have completed all of their chores, they have report to my husband or myself for us to mark it off.  This allows us to be able to check their chores and make sure they are being completed correctly and completely.  They seem to do a better job when they know we will check to make sure it is “mom’s clean” not just clean enough.

Each week we rotate charts and I hand out tickets for the previous week for the days that have been signed off.  We do one ticket per day.  We keep the tickets in some cute little buckets from Target that I put their names on (I covered their names in the picture for privacy).  I love the buckets at Target, there are some many fun designs.

chore buckets closeup

About once a month we have a reward night.  Generally this is a time we spend together as a family.  In essence they have worked hard to do their chores and because of that we can do fun things.  Some of their favorite reward nights have been ice cream sundaes and a movie night with treats and popcorn.  It is also a good time to sneak in a little math practice.  They have an order form they fill out with what toppings they want, they count up the total and take it to the “ticket counter” with the correct amount of tickets.

ice cream parlor

My favorite parts about this system are; that they are learning to be observant, they have to see something that needs to be done and do it.  I also like that they have to report back and take responsibility for their chores.  It is a chore chart but it helps teach life lessons at a young age.

A few words of caution.  This chart system does require some time from you to check their charts, change the assignment cards, and plan rewards.  It may be more than some have time for, it can definitely be simplified.  For us it works best if we can plan a date for the reward in advance.  This also helps us plan a specific activity to do as a family.  If there is one thing about summer, it is crazy busy.  This helps us spend a little more time together and have a clean house in the process.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

DIY Washi Tape Pencils

I’m instantly drawn to the washi tape every single time I walk down that aisle. No matter how hard I try, I can’t resist all those colorful little rolls of tape! Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to use washi tape. Since it’s almost time to head back to school, I want to show you how easy it is to add some color to boring #2 pencils. These DIY washi tape pencils are easy to make and sure to brighten any day at school.

You’ll need:

  • pencils
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • pencil sharpener

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil and then cut a piece of washi tape the same length as the pencil. Wrap the washi tape around the pencil. Since washi tape is super forgiving don’t worry if it ends up crooked or bumpy. Just peel the washi tape off and reapply it until it is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Depending on the width of your washi tape some of the pencil might still be exposed. Cut another strip of washi tape and cover it up just like you did before.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil so the washi tape near the tip of the pencil is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Now wasn’t that easy? I couldn’t resist picking up this sequined pencil pouch I found in the Dollar Spot. It’s the perfect place to hold these pretty washi tape pencils.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Weekly Coupon Preview 7/5 (one insert)

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This weekend we are expecting 1 P&G insert.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • $5/3 Pantene products
  • $4/2 Covergirl lip products
  • $3/1 Vidal Sassoon salonist hair color
  • $3/2 Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner or styling products
  • $3/3 Tide or Downy products
  • $2/1 Pampers splashers swim pants
  • $2/1 Always radiant or infinity pads
  • $1.50/2 Crest toothpastes
  • $1/1 Gillette, Satin Care or Venus shave gel
  • $1/1 Febreze product

For a complete list of coupons coming this Sunday, make sure you check out Coupon Previews.  Please remember that the inserts will vary by region, so you may or may not get the exact same.

Easy 4th of July Centerpieces (From Target One Spot)

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Target’s Dollar Spot is the first stop I make when looking for cute, inexpensive holiday decor. You can bet I was thrilled to find these gems just in time for Independence Day decorating. The wooden stars came in a set of three for $3 and the flags were $1 for the package of three.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

To make these 4th of July centerpieces you’ll need:

  • 3 wooden stars
  • 3 flags
  • drill

These couldn’t be simpler to put together. All you need to do is take your drill and make a hole for the flag to sit in. I used a 3/16″ drill bit which fit these flags perfectly. Drill at least 1/2″ into the star so the flag won’t topple over.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

I like that the stars already come painted with a slightly distressed look, but don’t be afraid to put your own DIY spin on them. What kind of patriotic decor have you picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot lately?

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!