Projects

Adventure Playroom Sign

One of my greatest hopes for each of my children is that they embrace every adventure that life has to offer. Growing up into my teenage years I took life so seriously. I was independent, typically a good trait, but as a result, I focused more on work and less on having fun. I want my kids to seek the fun in all that they do and live out their childhood. By trait I’m always anxious for tomorrow and have to challenge myself to slow down, be silly, be young, and seek adventure.

I want the kids playroom to be a place that cultivates imagination, education, and of course, adventure. I’ve made baby steps in my playroom project, first with their tent and then a chalkboard wall. Time permitting, it’ll get there. In an effort to get some noise on the walls, I made this “adventure” sign this weekend. As in my usual handwriting, it has a rustic edge that I love. It ended up being a bit larger than I originally anticipated (I decided to go vertical instead of horizontal last minute), but I love the impact. Again, the playroom is a work in progress, so excuse the bare walls surrounding.

My wood came from an old palette. If you have one you can repurpose, great! If not, I would recommend 1″ x 4″ untreated pine. I also have to brag for a moment that I used my Mikeeta electric sander that the hubs got me for my birthday and it is ah-mazing. (for those of you that are regular beckham + belle readers, you may know that I despise hand-sanding so this is a dream!). Palette wood can sometimes require a bit of extra sanding love that can be accomplished through sand paper or a sanding block, but the electric sander is highly recommended for efficiency.

Supplies:

1 palette, deconstructed, boards cut to approx. 12″ in length OR 12, 1″x4″x12″ boards
6, 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 48″ wood lath
Wood stain (I used Minwax, Dark Walnut)
3/4″ wood screws
Electric sander, or sand paper
8″ chipboard letters
Approx. 500 yds. 3/16″ natural jute rope
Hot glue gun
Wood glue
Gorilla glue

Sand each of the board faces to a smooth surface.

Stain each board with two coats of stain, allowing ample drying time in between coats.

Once thoroughly dried, line the boards up, “good” sign down, intentionally off-spaced as I have done if you choose. Using wood glue and the wood lath, create an anchor for the boards. (As I mention above, I originally did not plan for my sign to be quite as long or “tall” in this case as it ended up. I originally planned to have “adventure” read horizontally which would have required fewer boards, hence my somewhat un-uniformed lath placing).

Once the wood glue has dried, apply additional reinforcement with the 3/4″ wood screws. The final result is heavy so the screws are definitely recommended.

A bit backwards, but I went back and sanded the wood a bit around some of the edges after the stain had dried to give it a more authentic, worn-in look.

 

The letters require a bit of patience. Using a hot glue gun, I glued some rope to the edge of each letter and then tightly wrapped the chipboard with rope, gluing along the edges to prevent the rope from slipping.

 

Once each of the letters were wrapped, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere them to the wooden sign. Make sure to apply pressure as it dries (I stacked cookbooks on top of the letters while they dried, but spared the photo).

 

Use drywall anchors for additional support when hanging due to the weight of the sign.

 

 

I hung next to their tent (tutorial for the fold-up tent here) and love the result!
Onto the next project…!
-Stephanie

Home Depot Style Challenge – Behind the Scenes

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
The Home Depot Style Challenge

About a month and a half ago, Steph and I got together here in Charlotte to execute our plans for The Home Depot Style Challenge, which we’d been invited to participate in over the summer.

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

Here’s how it worked: The Home Depot shipped us a bunch of cool holiday-themed stuff and gave us the assignment of DIY-ing a holiday wreath, and styling the surrounding space. Head over to Beckham + Belle’s post on The Home Depot Blog for more on the DIY!

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
Master Light Stringer
Setting Up Our Home Depot Style Challenge Shoot

We actually set up our holiday ‘scene’ on my back patio.  Since Christmas in the Carolinas is often pretty mild (I’m originally from Canada, so it’s all relative…), it’s not unusual to end up sitting outside on Christmas day. So Steph and I thought it would be fun to style an outdoor living room, complete with a comfy blankets, DIY plaid pillows, lights and a hot cocoa & snack bar. Super cozy.

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

 

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

 

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

The lights were a little more effective once the sun went down…
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
The wreath design was quite honestly Steph’s brainchild (she is quite brilliant). I just helped figure out how we could bring her vision to life!

 

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

It took us a while to figure out all the steps, and we messed up once or twice but I’m confident that if we had to make another one, we could really knock it out quickly!

Fail. I blame the old guy in the background.
Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath
This one wanted in on the action, feeling strongly that flowers should be incorporated into the garland.
Feeling ambitious, we even did our very first Beckham + Belle video … as we celebrated the completion of the Home Depot Style Challenge with Kir Royales.

 

Home Depot Style Challenge DIY Wreath

So head over to the Home Depot Blog and let us know what you think! While you’re there, check out all the other great Home Depot Style Challenge projects!

$3 Halloween Decoration

I’ll be honest. I don’t love Halloween. I like it, but it’s definitely not my favorite holiday. For this reason, I’m a little stingy when it comes to shelling out money for Halloween decorations. Come Christmastime, money feels like no object. But Halloween? Not so much.

During my weekly trip to Target, I wandered into the Halloween section and immediately spotted some cute and spooky skeletons in cages. The size that I wanted was going to run me about $25 and as I looked at it with my DIY-er eye, I realized I could probably make something very similar for a couple of bucks. And so I did. Here’s how!

Supplies

15 ft of 1/4″ dowel rods
2 equally sized pieces of scrap wood (my pieces were about 7.25×5)
16″ plastic skeleton (Dollar Store … Target has them too, but you’ll pay a little more)

First, cut your dowel rods into 18″ lengths. Stack your two end pieces of wood and mark holes every two inches or so (stacking them will make sure that your holes line up when you insert your dowel rods).

Make sure your hole pattern is the same on the sides that are across from one another. Using a 1/4 inch drill bit, drill all the way through the one board and part-way through the board underneath (the board underneath will serve as the top).

Drill a small hole in the middle of the under-side of your top piece, and secure a small hook to hang the skeleton. (This step is not pictured)
This part takes a little patience. Insert your dowel rods into the bottom end and then carefully line up the dowels with the holes in the top end. You could put a bit of glue in the holes if you really wanted it to be secure. I’m using this decoration for a couple of weeks in a location that is out of reach from the children, so I wasn’t too worried about building something super sturdy. 

Spray with black paint – two coats is ideal. Hang your skeleton from the installed hook and pose as desired. 

$1 Halloween Decoration

File this one under “stupid easy”. Every year, I stock up on cobwebs at the Dollar Store, to be used for outdoor decorating purposes. For $1, you get a ball of cobweb and several little black spiders. My daughter wanted to do a Halloween project, and with it pouring rain outside, I needed to come up with something we could do inside. We usually have random sticks kicking around the garage as both kids like to collect them when we go on walks. So, with sticks and cobwebs in hand, we devised a mobile project!

Supplies

Small branch
Black paint
sparkles, optional
1 package of cobweb/plastic spiders from the dollar store
Fishing line

Directions

Start by spray painting your branch. If doing the project with a child, as I was, use washable black paint and let him/her paint the stick with a paintbrush. If using sparkles, sprinkle on while the paint is still wet. Once dry, flip the branch over and repeat paint / sparkle process on the other side.

When both sides are dry, use fishing line to create hanger for mobile.

Stretch cobwebs on outreaching branches.

Stretch the cobweb so that it hangs down about 18 inches. Arrange plastic spiders randomly on web.

Or, if you want to do a green version….

DIY No-Sew Wall Canvas

It’s not secret I love a good shortcut, and if I can avoid a sewing machine, I will. I actually love sewing, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t enough hours in the day and days in the week. I’ve been wanting to make my own wall canvas art for a while now so when I strolled through the curtain aisle at Target and spotted a two-pack of these linen-like curtains for $10, it was the perfect ah-ha moment. Wall canvases often cost well over $100 so I’m not mad about making this guy for less than $10. The finished product also looks quite expensive so I’m really happy with the result. Plus I have another curtain since it came in a two-pack so I’m now plotting another one. On top of being inexpensive, the only “work” required here is the painting which admittedly took me a couple of hours… good thing it was a no-sew though!

Supplies:
Tab Curtain, (sized used here is 36″ x 42″)**
Letter Stencils
Sharpie or pen
Fabric Paint
Jute Rope
3/4″ PVC Pipe (a wooden dowel would also work)**
2 3/4″ PVC caps
Charcoal Spray Paint
**You ideally want a curtain that has an open channel at the bottom so you can feed a PVC pipe or wooden dowel through. This acts as a weight to help to keep the fabric pulled straight and flush against the wall. 
Instructions:
First wash and dry your curtain. Iron once dry.
Lay the curtain atop of cardboard to catch any bleed from ink or paint. 
Space your stencils of choosing out accordingly.
Using a sharpie, trace your stencils. 

Fill in the letters with fabric paint. I chose to create an ombre effect in my lettering to give the letters a little more dimension. To do this, paint the edges of the letter and then pull the excess paint towards the center of the letter. (I first outlined each of the letters with the paint to ensure clean lines, and then went back with additional paint to create the ombre effect).
While the letters dry, and if using a pvc pipe, you may want to spray paint to create a more elevated look. I painted mine with a charcoal gray. 
Cut equal lengths of rope for each tab of the curtain. I cut mine to approximately 14″ each. Tie the ends of each into a tight knot.
Once the paint is dry on both mediums, slide the pipe through the channel at the bottom of the curtain. Again, this is optional, but you’ll want to have something acting as a weight at the bottom of your curtain. Cap the ends of the pipe. 

Hang the knotted rope directly onto your nails.
How easy is that!?
-Stephanie