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EASY DIY KIDS ACTIVITY TABLE + A PRINTED WOOD SIGN

If there’s one thing we never seem to have enough of in our home (other than ice cream) it’s table space for playing, crafting and doing homework. So when we decided to spruce up the playroom, it only made sense to add a desk. We went back and forth between shopping around (because there are so many affordable options out there!) and DIY-ing one, but ultimately decided to make one ourselves. Aside from saving a few bucks (but honestly not much) I liked the idea of being able to touch up and paint over the scratches and marker doodles that would inevitably appear on a well loved kids table!

I’ll share the supply list and instructions below but before you scroll I have an exciting treat for you! Korie from Pretty in Polka Dots and the maker of the framed wood photo print that’s hanging above the kids desk is offering you 20% off of THIS LISTING when you use the code: RAEANN

I will be taking advantage and hope you will to… and while you’re at it take a peek at all the other cute items she has in the shop. Might need this Walt Whitman quote!

My heart is bursting over this picture that was taken of the kids when Poppy was fresh outta the oven. I actually teared up when I took it out of the box. It turned out better than I imagined… the way it’s printed and framed really makes it come to life so much more than a typical framed photo and you don’t get any of the glare either.

Also, when Poppy looks at this print she always sighs and says something along the lines of, “Ozzie is my favorite. He held me when I was a baby, baby” and then twirls off…

I love them all so much!

ACTIVTY TABLE or DESK DIY

You’ll Need:

  • 3/4″ smooth finish sheet of plywood, cut to size
  • oil based paint (or paint of choice) and/or wood stain
  • roller and/or paint brush
  • 4 hairpin table legs (We used the 28-inch legs but it would be so cute as a preschool height activity table with 16-inch legs!)
  • 3/4″ screws
  • drill

Here’s How:

  1. Decide on the size of desk/table you want — ours is 30×48″. Head to the hardware store, purchase a sheet of 3/4″ smooth finish plywood (costs about $50) and have it cut to size.
  2. At home, paint the surface(s) and edges as desired with paint and/or stain. You won’t need much! We used paint that was stashed in the garage. Let dry and add second and third coat if needed.
  3. Place legs about 1-inch from bottom corners and attached using a drill.

What do you guys think? Pretty simple, right!? Linked sources below and if you’re in the mood for another project (spring always has that effect on me!), this is one I get asked about often!

xo, Rae

SOURCES | table legs from amazon, wood photo print of the kids c/o pretty in polka dots (remember to use link and code RAEANN for 20% off!), chalkboard laptop and mini suitcase from crate & kids, dinosaur from target $1 isle (but was $5, or sold as a set online), mini basket and rainbow garland from target too, colored pencils were a marshalls find

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ENVELOPE CLOSE PILLOW DIY

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//Black brush stroke and teal tribal fabric from my Spoonflower shop//

I’m sure there are 100’s of these tutorials floating around the blogosphere, but it’s also one of those projects that saves money, can be done over and over again, get’s easier every time and always looks cute (even if the seams aren’t perfect) so figured it was worth sharing. Plus, we’ve probably all seen a yard of fabric or old curtain, shirt, sweater or blanket and thought, “Gosh that would make a cute pillow!” Amiright? Here is an easy way to make that thought happen…

SIMPLE THROW PILLOW (with an envelope close back)

You’ll Need –

  • Pillow insert (ikea or amazon is a great place to find these)
  • 1-yard of heavy fabric or less of two different fabrics (home dec weight or cotton canvas)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and bobbin (color isn’t as important. You’ll only see a line of it on the back of the pillow)
  • Small piece of paper and pencil
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron (helpful but not necessary)
  • Yarn for pom-poms (optional)

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Here’s How –

  1. Measure your pillow insert. Add 1-inch to the height and width and write it down. Cut fabric to the size you just wrote. This will be the front of your pillow.
  2. For the back of the pillow. Using the dimensions you wrote down earlier, divide the height in half and then add 3 or 4-inches. Using the same width as before, write down the second set of dimensions and cut two pieces of fabric to that size. (Example: if you have a 19-inch pillow form you’ll want to cut one 20×20-inch piece for the front and two 20×24-inch pieces for the back.). Next, fold the width of both back pieces towards the wrong side of fabric about a half inch. Run a warm iron over the top to hold in place. Fold the edge another half inch and iron in place. (If you like skipping steps, the second fold isn’t necessary.) Stitch along the folded edge using 3/8-inch seam allowance and repeat with the second back piece.
  3. Lay your front piece patterned side up. Lay your back pieces, overlapping and patterned side down on top of the front piece. Pin in place (I usually pin each corner and where the back pieces overlap).
  4. Stitch all four sides of the pillow with a 1/2-inch seam.
  5. Turn right side out and stuff with your insert
  6. To add pom-poms, use a seam ripper to make small holes in the corners of your pillow. Thread long pieces of yarn through the holes and hand-sew into place

If your pillow doesn’t come out perfect, don’t fret. Layer it with another pillow or two and I bet you won’t even notice! Or add to a kid’s room. Quirky things have away of fitting right in, in little kid spaces.

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without Poppy on a pile of pillows being a ham…

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When it comes to pillows, do you like to buy or DIY?

XO, Rae

PS – if buying is more your style you might enjoy this post from yesterday :)

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