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Thursday, February 16, 2017

wooden Lego tray {diy tutorial}

 Since we have a resident, almost five year old boy, we are a Lego house. 

Legos for daysssss. 

Which means I am perfecting the art of keeping them organized, put away, and in no way, shape, or form in contact with the bottom of my feet. 

This tutorial helps a bit with that, and is also great for travel and gifts!!

I love how slim and easy to put away this little tray is! We've had Lego trays in the past that were bulky and hard to find a place to store. Those bulky trays have now joined the yard sale pile... 

So what do you need for this project? 

: :  Materials : :

- Lego base plate
- thin plywood*
- 3/4" trim*
- finishing nails 
- Gorilla glue 

*Precut or you'll need a saw to cut it. The neat thing about this supply list is that a single 2'x2' plywood sheet and two pieces of eight foot trim is actually enough materials to make four boards! Think gifts! Woohoo! 

So start by making sure your wood is cut down to the right size. I cut my 2' by 2' board into four one foot squares. 

Then I cut the trim pieces down to the correct measurement for the four sides of the tray. Two pieces are 11" and the other two are 10.25". 

Make sure everything is sanded down really well. 

Using the gorilla glue or wood glue, attach your trim pieces on top of the outer edge of the plywood square. Remember: a little bit of Gorilla Glue goes a long way. 

Once it's dry, add a few finishing nails from the back side to make it completely secure. 

Tip: Feel free to use your Lego baseplate (pictured above) while you're working with all these dimensions. Make sure it fits comfortably inside the border. 

Your wood working is done! Feel free to paint or stain your Lego tray if you like! I didn't have time to wait for stain to dry, so I used a brown paint and then distressed it for a worn look. 

Now just fit your Lego baseplate into the board. Mine fit so tightly m that glue wasn't even needed to hold it in place! If you need to, dab some on the back of the baseplate hold it. 

And a Lego tray is born! 
I even added a quick painted name using my infamous wood stencil trick from years ago. 

I love what a cute gift idea this is! One of Jake's little preschool buddies spent some time in the hospital last week, so we fastened up a tray and little Lego set for her. She loved it! 

And Jake has been a huge fan of his! Lego organization for the win! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

jake's a-doh-rable valentines

It's probably no surprise at this point that I like to come up with a fun anti-candy Valentine for Jake to take to all his little preschool buddies. 

Don't misunderstand, I love candy. You don't get this hot bod by hating candy. But there is so. stinkin'. much. given out during holidays like Valentine's Day (and Halloween). Plus he's four. He doesn't have the years of sugar tolerance built up that I do. Him eating all that candy is a recipe for madness. 

So I do my thing to break up the sugar rush with a fun toy or healthier snack. This year, he picked out PlayDoh! 

I nabbed a party pack of mini PlayDohs at Target. 15 in each pack!
Read: Leftovers for us since there are only ten kids in his class. Score! 

Then I designed a little card and printed it on card  stock. I left a place for Jake to sign his own name. Because cuteness. 

Then with a dab of hot glue, I attached all the tiny tubs right onto the card stock! 

Badda bing! 

We also created a fun little surprise for his teacher. He decided to get her a little Dunkin Donut gift card for a sweet treat. How cute did this card turn out?!

I'm so pumped to have these done ahead of time!
And with a few extra days to share with you!
Go H E R E to download the PlayDoh Valentine card.
Go H E R E to download the donut card. 

Have fun with these!!

For more non-candy Valentine's ideas, check out our Valentines from the previous years!
the silly glasses valentines // the Goldfish valentines // the animal cracker valentines