A Super-Cute Summer Wreath Made from a $3 Walmart Placemat

I really enjoy a good DIY, and I especially love when I can re-imagine something simple into something super-cute and fabulous. Recently, I found a vinyl placemat with a wonderful summer design, and I knew instantly it would make a fantastic (and budget-friendly) summer wreath. I'm sharing how I did it below.



I started with this cute flamingo placemat I found at Walmart for $3. I also purchased a dollar store pizza pan (slightly larger than the placemat) and some nautical rope.




I glued the placemat to the centre of the pizza pan. (I used hot glue, but you can add some industrial strength glue if you are worried about the glue melting in the sun.)




Then, I glued three rings of nautical rope around the edge... one at a time. (Again, I used hot glue.)




When it was done, it looked like this...




I added a bit of twine to the back to make a hanger. (I used hot glue to attach it, and I secured it with a piece of duct tape.)




It looks great hanging on my front door.




But I also like the way it looks on my front porch by my blue adirondack chairs.




Where do you think my wreath looks better?

Don't you love this idea? It's an easy and inexpensive way to create an adorable summer wreath to match your decor. The stores are filled with some great placemats this time of year, and you can use any one you like. You could even try making a rectangle version with a dollar store cookie sheet as the backing for the wreath.

I am really pleased with how this project turned out, but let me know what you think.



Gina Bell
 (aka East Coast Mommy)



You might also be interested in DIYing the fun planter here.




AND you might also like the ideas for summer you can find here.

25 Mother's Day Gifts for Kids and Adults to Make for Their Moms

What do moms really want for Mother's Day? In my opinion, the thing every mom wants most is a break... but thoughtful cards, homemade gifts, and yummy treats are always appreciated. Below, I have a collection of 25 DIY Mother's Days gifts that are perfect for kids AND adults to make for their moms.



1) Edible Mother's Day Bouquets - Turn mom's favourite treats into edible bouquets with the simple tutorials you can find here.




2) Sharpie pendant - Any mom would be proud to wear one of these lovely pendants made from tin foil and sharpies. Find the step by step instructions here.




3) Popsicle stick frame - Popsicle stick frames can be made for a special photo, drawing, or button heart. 



4) Hockey mom artwork - Any hockey mom would love this artwork that you can download here for FREE. There is a version for the mom of multiple kids too. 



5) Custom coffee mug - There are countless options for making moms custom coffee mugs (including this cheeky option). Find out how to create your own version here. You can also make your own custom wine glasses if you have a Cricut crafting machine. I made a cute one here.




6) Paper Flower with Photo - No mom can resist a handmade treasure featuring a photo of their little one. This simple vase and photo flower card are sure to make her smile. Find the step by step instructions here.


These are cute too....



7) Card and Handmade Flower Pen - This simple card comes with a cheerful, handmade flower pen. Or you could just make a vase full of flower pens. Find the step by step instructions for making flower pens here.




8) "Love you to Pieces" Card - Handmade cards are always special, and this one is perfect for little crafters. If a child can rip paper, they can make this simple keepsake. Find the printable template (to get you started) here.



9) Handprint Calendar - Give your mom a year's worth of love by making her a special handprint calendar. No mom can resist adorable handprint artwork.



10) Mason Jar Vase - This beautiful mason jar vase is perfect for children of all ages. It can be filled with real flowers or handcrafted paper ones. Find the step by step instructions for making this vase here.



11) Mother's Day Banner - Kids can easily transform an old book into festive Mother's Day decor that their special lady will love. Find the step by step instructions here.



12) Sweet Treat - Serving mom a sweet treat for Mother's Day is always a great option. She'll enjoy a few minutes to herself with a cup of coffee/tea and a delicious, freshly baked goodie! You can find my favorite recipes here.




13) Mother's Day Photo - Moms are often behind the camera documenting their family's special moments. Why not take a minute on Mother's Day to snap a photo of your special lady with her tribe?



14) Mother's Day Treat Box - Every mom needs a treat to help her through the day, and these treat boxes are easy to make... and adorable. All you need to create this sweet treat is some dollar store supplies and the special tags I designed (that you can download for FREE here).



15) Breakfast in Bed - Every mom deserves breakfast in bed, and this one is full of love... literally. Check out the details here.






17) Mother's Day Painting - This simple painting is the perfect art project for kids. This colourful canvas is sure to brighten Mom's day. Fin the full instructions here.



18) Mother's Day Pom Pom Bouquet - How cheerful is this yarn pom pom bouquet? It's colourful and fun... and pom pom flowers will never die. 😀 Find the full "how to" here.



19) Button picture frame with FREE download - Moms really are the buttons that hold everything together. Decorate a dollar store frame with buttons, and download the free quote/print here.



20) DIY Socks - Let mom know you want her to "put her feet up" by creating a fun pair of personalized socks. Find the step by step instructions here.



21) Planter Made with Dollar Store Supplies - Using $10 worth of dollar store supplies, you can make your mom this adorable plater. You can customize the colours and the words on the sign too. Find the easy to follow, step by step instructions here.




22) Custom Photos - Take pictures holding a chalkboard or empty picture frame, use photoshop to add sweet messages, and pop the photos into inexpensive frames. What mom wouldn't love to display this heartfelt gift. Find more details here.



23) An Ice Cream Date - The best gift is time together, so why not give the gift of a one-on-one date with mom. Buy a gift card for your favourite ice cream shop, and wrap it up with the promise of special ice cream date together.



24) Teacup Birdfeeder - This is a simple DIY gift, but it's super-cute. Moms will love hanging this outside, and watching the birds come to enjoy it. Find the step by step instructions here.



25) DIY Spring Decor - Crafting some Spring home decor (using dollar store supplies) for mom is a wonderful idea. The bright and cheerful colours are sure to bring a smile to mom's face. Some easy and inexpensive ideas are: an umbrella "vase" wreath, custom spring pictures, a faux flower arrangement, a candy tray, items for a tiered tray, and a boho yarn wreath. You can find all the step by step instructions for these DIY projects here and here.








However you decide to spend Mother’s Day, I hope you pamper the special mother in your life… because she deserves itHappy Mother’s Day to all the lovely, hardworking ladies doing their best every day to make the world a better place.


Gina Bell
 (aka East Coast Mommy)

Getting Ready for Summer (with some great new clothes from Gongshow Gear)

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My boys love all sports, but hockey definitely holds a special place in their hearts. So, it's not surprising that they are big fans of Gongshow Gear clothing, and they are always anxiously awaiting new additions to their website. Recently, Gongshow Gear released their Spring / Summer line, and my boys jumped at the chance to check it out. I'm sharing their favourites below.



My boys love hockey, but in the off season, golf becomes their passion... so when my boys were choosing their favourites, there were a lot of "rinks to links" selections.

My oldest son selected the white tee one up golf hat. It's a great looking hat that comes with a ball marker clip and a spot for a tee.

My oldest also selected the rep the leaf t-shirt. I really love how crisp and clean it looks.





My middle son also chose the tee one up golf hat, but he selected the black one. He also picked out the lights camera puck drop t-shirt. The black hat looks fantastic with the black t-shirt.





My youngest son loves golf too, but as a goalie, he couldn't resist selecting the tenders rock jr t-shirt. He also chose the palm-cool collected hat. I love the way the junior hats fit his head.





My boys are really pleased with their new clothes, and I love them too.

Are you ready for the transition from winter to Spring / Summer? If you are looking for a few new quality pieces for your hockey fan, I highly recommend checking out the new Gongshow line.


♥ 
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


*Disclosure - I was given GONGSHOW products for free in exchange for my honest review and promotion of the products. As always, the views expressed on this blog are 100% my own... and my boys genuinely loved everything they received.


You may also be interested in seeing how excited my boys were when they received their new clothes from Gongshow


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