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DIY Word Fridge Magnets [aka "keeping the kids entertained"]

diy word magnets for the fridge

So we are in the home stretch of summer vacation [only 3 more weeks to go!] and while I have loved doing and seeing new things around San Diego with the hub and kiddos, there have been days that I just want to rip my hair out!  Sound familiar?  I have tried to force, I mean gently persuade my 6 year old to keep up with her writing and reading, but she is quite the stubborn one.  [I have no idea where she gets that from].   So I put my vintage Rotex label maker [any of you out there remember these or am I dating myself?] to good use and made a bunch of word magnets for the fridge.  I figured it’s a fun way for her to “write” and be creative.

Of course you can use any kind of label maker for this project.  I love my Rotex that I recently purchased off eBay.  I put it to use to create these.

how to make fridge magnets

To start, I typed out 25 common pronouns.  Boy, it’s been waaaay too long since I thought about what the heck a pronoun is!  Embarrassing.  I used this website as my guide.

how to make easy word fridge magnets

diy easy word fridge magnets

how to make word fridge magnets

make your own word fridge magnets

make easy word fridge magnets

The label tape has a sticky back and of course the magnet tape does as well so these magnets should last at least until the end of this upcoming school year [she said a bit sarcastically].

how to make your own fridge magnets


I typed out my kids’ names and they loved that.  My 4 year old boy wanted me to make a “fart” magnet.  ”That’s a verb, right Mama?”  Technically it’s a noun, but that’s ok.  Ahhh….boys!

easy diy word fridge magnetsHere are the other links I used to create my magnets:


Common VERBS


This little project took all of 15 minutes and my kids have been busy little bees making sentences.  I hope their new teachers are seeing this post!

diy word magnets for the fridge



DIY: wood shim drum shade and some big news!!


Hi guys!  Today I’m back at Homecoming to share how I made this large wood shim drum shade.  Remember how I covered one of our recessed lights with a decorative bowl?  Well, I went a few steps further and made a drum shade for our downstairs bathroom.  The possibilities are really endless if you are like me and want to cover up a few recessed lights around your house.

wood shim drum shade diy ceiling mount fixture

Now…onto my big news!!!!  I am now a full time contributor at Homecoming!

I will be doing a guest post every month and I already have some pretty amazing things planned.  After my first guest post about my son’s modern bedroom makeover I was asked by Kayla to be a full time member of her team.  Without any hesitation I said, “Yes!”  I felt like I was being proposed to all over again.

Thank you to all of you supporting me and my crazy ideas and to Kayla for welcoming me aboard!


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DIY: modern+funky towel holder

diy modern and funky red towel holder

I’m back in the kids’ bathroom today [well, not literally] to show you a cute DIY project I banged out in 30 minutes. I posted about using curtain hold backs as towel holders, but they were just too dang big…

kids bathroom_hold back

Do you ever go ahead with something even though you have this feeling in your gut that it’s wrong?!  The above picture is case in point.

After wallpapering the kids’ bathroom things have snowballed, but in a good way.  The ideas are flowing and things are falling into place.

My next idea was to replace the monstrosity of a towel holder with a smaller, much simpler one.  Since the funds for DIY’ing this month are a bit tight, I decided to make one with scrap pieces of wood and some bright red spray paint I had on hand.

diy modern funky towel holder in bright red

how to diy a simple modern and funky red towel holder

I used a scrap piece of furring strip [apx $2.00 at HD for an 8' piece] and wooden dowel that is 0.75″ thick.  I simply cut the furring strip to the above measurements you see [4.25" x 3" x 3"].  I then cut the dowel at a 45 degree angle and cut to 2.25″ long at the highest point.  I felt this length would look best and most proportionate to the base of the towel holder.

how to make a diy funky modern red towel holder

Next simply add a blob of wood glue [Gorilla glue is the shizzle] onto the angled part of the dowel and set onto the triangle base.

how to diy modern and funky red towel holder

Lightly press the dowel onto the base so it sets a bit.  Now simply rest this piece at a slight angle against something and let sit for at least an hour.

Once the glue has set, give it a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.

diy a modern and funky red towel holder

The next step is to spray paint this guy any color you like.  I chose this bright red color in a lacquer finish so it’s super glossy. I chose red to go with the funky [temp] wallpaper I used recently in the kids’ bathroom.  I let this dry overnight.

how to make a funky modern red towel holder

To attach this to the wall I drilled a small shallow hole on the back in order to hang it from a nail.  And that’s it!

diy funky and modern towel holder in red

I love how it’s a bit sculptural, modern and funky!

make a simple diy modern funky red towel holder

how to diy a red modern funky and simple towel holder

make a funky modern and simple red towel holder

As soon as I hung a hand towel from the hook I couldn’t see this towel holder anymore!  I want to be able to admire my genius work [I know...barf!] so I grabbed an old curtain ring and used that to hold the kids’ hand towel.

making a simple diy modern funky red towel holder

make your own diy red funky and modern towel holder

You can already see a sneak peek of tomorrow’s post!  Another fun [quirky] one.  :-)

diy modern and funky red towel holder

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