DIY Reusable Chalkboard Sign for First and Last Days of School

INSIDE: How to make a reusable chalkboard sign for the first and last days of school.

Make a DIY reusable chalkboard for first day and last day of school | Dazzle While Frazzled.comHow do you mark the first day of a whole new school year? Or the last day of school before everyone is home…all day for the next two months?!

The morning I sent my little girl off to kindergarten, I cut up a waffle in the shape of a K. One year gone too quickly, I found myself shaping a waffle into a 1. Before I knew it, I was doing my best to form a 2 out of a frozen waffle. (Apparently, having a number shaped waffle has become our First Day of School tradition.)


The school bound child is then told to pose with a DIY reusable chalkboard sign. They balk but I convince them someday their children will want to see these photos. Eye roll. Sigh. Smile. Ten months later, I make them repeat this school milestone photo session on their Last Day of School.

Here’s how to make your own chalkboard school sign to make your own kids pose, smile…and balk at a motherly requests!
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DIY 5 Minute Personalized School Backpack Tag

INSIDE: How to make a 5 minute personalized school backpack tag from a pre-painted wood decal.

DIY 5 Minute Back to School Backpack TagIs it happy back-to- school time where you live? The countdown is on over here! The house is noticeably quieter and calmer although the constant drop-off/pick-up driving brings about its own level of stress!

This time a year is always so fresh-looking! The kids are wearing non-scuffed-up shoes, stain-free outfits and shiny new backpacks and lunch boxes. (How long will they stay this way, right?!)


Since you may already be feeling the pain of all this back-to-school shopping, let me show you how to make not only the quickest backpack tag BUT the cheapest!

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How To Make An Easy Photo Frame from a Hardcover Book

INSIDE: How to turn a hardcover coffee table book into an easy photo frame.

How to turn a hardcover coffee table photo book into a wall photo frame | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comMy house is in Round Two. No, I’m not talking about some neighborhood ‘dukes up’ action; I’m talking decor. The first go around involved painting walls and simply dropping furniture into a room. Now a couple years later, I’m revisiting each room and making it feel more like “us”.

It is in this second pass through each room that I came across a beach-y hardcover book tucked in tightly on a shelf. This coffee table book would be the perfect addition to the beach themed gallery wall I was putting together in our family room.


So grab a hardcover book and an exacto knife in order to turn any book into a neat wall frame. Like this…
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DIY Fence-Mounted Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids

INSIDE: How to easily and quickly build an outdoor chalkboard for kids backyard fun. Backyard chalkboard for fence.

Call me old school but I want my kids outside. Ride bikes. Play in the backyard sandbox. Chase each other around the yard or lay on the grass and count every cloud in the sky. Doesn’t matter to me.

So in my attempt to (lovingly) get the kids out of the house, I went on a “treasure” hunt in our garage. There I found random pieces of scrap plywood and in another corner, some yellow rope. Perfect.


 

In about an hour’s time, here’s yet another way to get the kids outta the house…
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DIY Summertime Fiesta Wreath from Paper Napkins

INSIDE: How to make an easy summertime fiesta wreath made totally from paper napkins and hot glue gun.

If you walked into my pantry right now and looked up to the very top shelf, you’d see two beverage containers stuffed to the ceiling with party crap stuff. Paper plates, plastic cups, streamers…and more paper party napkins than I’ll probably ever use in my lifetime!

If I had a nickel for every cocktail and dinner napkin I own, I’d be able to buy myself something pretty. But I really don’t want to be rich in paper goods!


So when the top shelf of the pantry starts to look like it could quickly become a hazard, you pull out the glue gun and make a wreath. Like this…
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How to Decorate a Wagon or Bike for 4th of July Parade

INSIDE: How to decorate a wagon or bike for a neighborhood 4th of July parade.

How to decorate a wagon or bike for 4th of July neighborhood parade | Dazzle While Frazzled.comWe moved into a fun and dynamic neighborhood a couple of years ago. Having lived in something of a “blah” neighborhood for too long, it was super exciting to parade down our main community street decked out in all things Red, White and Blue.

Let’s just say – at that time – our kids weren’t super adept at bike riding. And taking off downhill, with limited skills, was not exactly going to happen regardless of how much they whined and begged.


So mom enthusiastically sold them on taking the wagon to the neighborhood 4th of July parade instead. Womp, womp. Here’s how mom (aka: yours truly) turned our all-terrain sports wagon into something patriotic enough for Uncle Sam himself!
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DIY U.S.A. Patriotic Banner from Paper Goodie Bags

INSIDE: How to make a USA patriotic banner from paper goodie bags, cocktail napkins and scrapbook paper.

How do you celebrate the Red, White and Blue? In our pre-kids life, we would lounge around the pool and enjoy any excuse for a patriotic beverage.

But now with three cute “party crashers”, these summer holidays are spent doing something. It’s either heading to a small town 4th of July parade as we drag along snacks and sunscreen, or chasing three kids going in three directions at a local carnival.


Patriotic chaos aside, these summer holidays are always a good excuse to pull anything red, white and blue out of the closet, or to haul out the Stars and Strips decorations.

Like this easy DIY U.S.A.patriotic banner using paper goodie bags and cocktail napkins….
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Easy Washi Tape Coffee Mug for Father’s Day

INSIDE: How to make an easy washi tape coffee mug for Father’s Day using his favorite college team sports colors.

DIY Easy Father's Day Coffee Mug with Washi Tape | Dazzle While Frazzled.comDoes Father’s Day kinda sneak up on you? As the one responsible for the family gift buying, this is one holiday that always gets me. Suddenly, it’s the beginning of June. And then it’s usually a scramble to come up with an idea. Groan.

But not this year.


This year, I had a Father’s Day gift idea that was both meaningful and unbelievably easy. As in it took all of 10 minutes.
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How To Make an Outdoor Movie Blanket from a $5 Bed Sheet

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How to make an outdoor movie or picnic blanket from a $5 bedsheet | Dazzle While Frazzled.comMy husband will occasionally surprise us with a “family gift”. I can usually tell he’s up to something because he’s feverishly researchingI find random product numbers written down on scraps of paper, and he gets all mysterious when asked what he’s up to.

So after weeks of acting all sly, he surprised us with a projector for outdoor movies. (He even went so far as to be Mr. Crafty with a DIY movie screen.) Needless to say, his secretive surprise has brought our family together as we sit under the stars  – mom and dad staying summertime “cool” as we share an ice cold Coke – watching the latest kid-friendly movie.


With summer upon us, backyard movie nights will become part of our family’s summertime routine. Here’s how to make an easy outdoor movie night blanket for the kids…
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DIY Red, White and Blue Paper Stars from Straws

INSIDE: How to make patriotic red, white and blue stars using paper straws.

DIY Red White and Blue Paper Straw Patriotic Stars for 4th of July Decorations | Dazzle While Frazzled.comHow do you celebrate the summertime Red, White and Blue festivities? When my husband and I were dating, in an attempt, I’m guessing, to win me over, he hosted a CanAm party. “Can” for Canada Day on July 1st (where I grew up) and “Am” for Independance Day on July 4th.

Fast forward 10+ years later, we decide to resurrect our CanAm celebration. Fortunately, both countries share two out of three same colors, which helps on the decorating front. So when I came across a variety of paper straws, in the iconic red, white and blue colors, I snagged them. Not for drinks but for crafting, of course!


Here’s how to use paper straws, pom poms and glue to make some patriotic paper stars…
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