Upcycle Milk Crate

Before my dad left for Philippines, we tackled another small project. It’s always fun and exciting doing projects with my dad.

I found this old milk crate someone was throwing so I picked it up. It had a small rust inside. I scrubbed it with soap and water then painted Rust-Oleum satin clear coat. If I had to do it over again I would have probably used grey gloss spray to really hide the rust. But then I would lose the original color and design of the crate….

We had a bunch of old wood outside from other project so my dad helped me cut them, glue them together with wood glue and sanded them. I bought him a router for Christmas and finally we were able to try it out. The router created a nice design on the side of the wood. It added a perfect touch. Then all we had to do was stain it. I had some left over stain from another project so we used that. Finally we just added another wood on the bottom as a stopper.

Tada!!

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It’s beautiful and I’m so proud of our upcycle project. We gave this milk crate a little love and it turned into a beautiful side table for my daughter.
* I forgot to take a picture of the original milk crate but I found a similar picture online so I used that.

Let me know what you think.

Valentine’s Day Craft

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Although it’s not a big holiday, its still an excuse to do some arts and crafts with the girls.

My mom wanted some decorations for her office so the girls are surprising her with this LOVE frame… made with love and lots of paint by the girls.

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Really easy to make… and you can reuse it every year.

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Materials:

  • Canvas (any size you want)
  • Frog Tape
  • Acrylic Paint (or any kind of paint you have)
  • Small paint brushes (the tiniest one… unless you want blob of paint)
  1. Prepare your letters with the frog tape. Press the edge of the tape with your fingernails to prevent the paint from running in.
  2. Have kids paint away with whatever color they want
  3. I went over and painted some of the white parts that the girls missed
  4. Remove the tape when paint dries

 

What Valentine’s Day project did you do with your kiddos?

 

Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato Salad

Lately I feel like I’ve been posting more recipes than projects. I can definitely say I have more time experimenting with food.

Yesterday, when my daughter came home, we made some yummy salad with mozzarella grill cheese. The best part was that I had all the ingredients (okay… Except for the pesto… I asked my sister to bring me some) AND… Daddy loved it!!

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Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 small package cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (I didn’t have red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Dice cucumber 1/4, cut tomato into halves, cut avocado into same size of cucumber
  2. In a separate bowl, mix white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix all ingredients together.

Optional: You can add  fresh basil to the mix to add more flavor.

Grill Cheese Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Fresh mozzarella (or any cheese)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pesto
  • Tomatoes
  1. Spread a very thin layer of mayo on one side of each bread. (I like to use mayo with olive oil instead of butter… But you can definitely use butter if that’s all you have)
  2. Put cheese on the non mayo side then a couple of thinly sliced tomatoes then spread some pesto then cover with more cheese. (Bread, cheese, tomatoes, pesto, cheese, bread)
  3. Use a sandwich maker and cook for 2-3 mins (If you don’t have a sandwich maker then u can use a pan but just remember to press and hold the top of the grill cheese to flatten it out)

All of these are best eaten fresh. And we definitely finished all of it!!
My sister jokes that Im the worst cook but I think this recipe is pretty amazing! Let me know what you think? Any suggestions would be helpful.

Monster toilet paper rolls

So the girls got together again and we did another art project with more toilet paper rolls. Thanks to my mother in law who saved me a bunch of toilet paper rolls from the Chinese Firecracker project. I didn’t want to throw them out so we made monster!!!

This time, I bought acrylic paint which worked a lot better. I found old t-shirts and used them as smocks for the girls.

Monster Toilet Paper Rolls Painting

Of course we painted over them and I drew the monsters. But the girls had so much fun getting their hands dirty and picking colors to paint.

Monster Toilet Paper Rolls

Stay tune to see what we are going to use them for…

Chinese Firecrackers

Chinese New Year is coming up and what better way to prepare by making some firecrackers with the girls out of toilet paper rolls.

Firecrackers are used to drive away evil spirit.

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The girls had so much fun painting each roll with red paint. (I had to go over it with acrylic paint)

Then I used my left over gold ribbons with glue gun to tie them all together.

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If you want to know more about this project, write a comment or feel free to contact me