Easy DIY Dog Bed – No Sewing Required

Easy No Sew DIY Dog Bed


“This is why we can’t have nice things!”  A phrase that is commonly used in my house and is often directed at the dogs.

They are chewing monsters.   They chew almost anything they can get their grubby little paws on.

In fact, Padme the Basset Hound, recently ate two large magnets, a metal marble, 3 legos and 11 cents. After an extensive surgery and large vet bill we now raid the floor of all non-dog appropriate toys like a SWAT team.

Our diligent policing of the floor caused boredom in our charming Basset Hounds and they tore apart their nice fancy dog bed.

After picking up the remains, I vowed they would not receive a fancy dog bed until they had moved past the destructive stage.

I dug through my storage closet pulled out 2 old pillows and bought a clearanced no sew fleece blanket “kit” and went to work.


DIY Dog Bed Pillows

Sew the two pillows together. I did not use a machine… as you can see

DIY Dog Bed Pillows sew

Place the 2 pillows on a fleece blanket.

You will notice my precise “measurements”.

DIY Dog Pillow Bed

Lay the second piece of fleece on top of the pillows. Try to line them up as much as possible.

DIY Dog Bed Cover

Cut the corner in a right angle. I used a small block of wood for a rough line.

DIY Dog Bed Leaf

Cut the right angle corner on each side

DIY Dog Bed Corners

Make your strips on each side

DIY Dog Bed Strips

 Knot the strips together.

DIY Dog Bed Tie

Once each side had been knotted your bed is complete!

DIY Dog Bed finished corner

DIY Dog Bed Finished

I didn’t bother worrying about it looking perfect. A dogs bed will get dirty and wrinkled so why worry about something that is destined for imperfection.

It pretty easy to untie and wash if needed.

DIY Dyed Fabric Banner Tutorial

I love all things vintage.  If it’s old or even new but made to look old, I’m almost guaranteed to love it.  It’s one trait of mine that drives my husband crazy.  So when I picked up a yards of cotton fabric at an estate sale and began my vintage looking fabric banner his first comment was “Are you going to hang that in here?”.

Ummm……. not now……

Creating a dyed fabric banner is really easy and super cheap. It’s especially cheap when you use Kool-Aid as your dyeing agent.

That’s right, all these colors are from Kool-Aid packets.

How to make a Kool-Aid dyed Fabric Banner


1. Find some cotton fabric that has no real purpose.  I picked up mine at an estate sale for 1.00!  Lay it out flat and cut little strips at the base. 

Fabric Banner Tutorial

2. Grab the cut end and pull.  Enjoy the sound of ripping fabric. 

Diy Fabric Banner tutorial


3. Make as many strips as you would like.  Don’t worry about the frayed edges, it simply adds to it’s charm. 

Fabric strips for DIY kool-aid Fabric Banner

4. Have the Kool-Aid mixture ready in a pot.  I added three packets of color for 10 strips in the blue/green/orange banner.  

Add 3 packets to 2 cups of cold water.  Dissolve the Kool-Aid.  

Add your strips to the pot and turn on heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil and promptly remove from heat.

Cover and allow your strips to sit at least 6 hours or overnight. 

Fabric Banner dyed with Kool-Aid

5. Allow the strips to soak. I chose an unfortunate color to photograph. These had been soaking about 5 hours outside.

Diy Fabric Banner tutorial with Kool-Aid

6.  Remove the strips and hang dry.  You have the option of placing your strips in a cold water bath to help set the color. I’m not too concerned with color set so I didn’t do the cold water bath.

Dyeing fabric banner

Red fabric banner drying

7. Once dry, tie the strips in a larks head knot over the twine.

I have a rough brown twine I picked up from Wal-mart years ago. Its served me well with many projects.   Tie the fabric to the banner by folding the strip in half. Place the loop behind the twine and slip the bottom two pieces through the loop.


DIY Fabric Banner

8.Step back and admire your handiwork.

DIY dyed Vintage Fabric Banner

DIY dyed Vintage Fabric Banner

DIY dyed Vintage Fabric Banner

DIY dyed Vintage Fabric Banner

I’m in love!  I love the colors and how easy it was to create.  Who knew that Kool-Aid was just a great dye agent?!

DIY Kitchen table makeover

I love my kitchen table.

If you asked me a month ago if I loved my table my response would be terribly different.

It would go like this:


Not at all

I need a new one

Just don’t look at the chairs

I bought this table 5 years ago when we had our second son.  I decided it was high time we had a kitchen table but we didn’t have too much in the bank so it had to be cheap.

It was 50 bucks.

Dirty and Damaged.

When you are saving every dime and need to make money stretch, 50 dollars for a kitchen table is perfect.

Recently, I had been craving a new kitchen table set.  This one was looking ratty and the dog chew marks (from the previous owner) were becoming a major eye sore.

Instead of plopping down $800+ for a new table and chairs I decided to paint it.

Before shot:

Brown kitchen chair before

I sanded it with a Medium grade sandpaper (150) and took all the finish off. I also attempted to sand down the chew marks.

Next I added a coat of gray primer.

Kitchen chair with primer and paint


The primer suggests doing it in an area away from direct sunlight and wind.  Follow these instructions!  On the first chair I ignored them and the primer dried extremely fast and was clumpy because I added too much.  Rookie mistake.

You live and you learn.  Here is a picture of the mistake chair..

I was too lazy to sand it all the way back down and make it smooth.

Kitchen chair painting mistakes

It’s hidden on the opposite side of the table.

I moved the other chairs into the kitchen to be painted…

Kitchen chair drying

The entire process took approximately a week.

After multiple layers of Rust-oleum black paint , few layers of a clear sealant  and many hours of drying time, it was finished.

Kitchen table DIY makeover

Kitchen table DIY makeover

I’m in love with it.

This makeover cost $30.00


Sandpaper – Medium Grade and Fine

Rust-oleum wood primer

Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Black Paint


I saved $770.00

Now I really love my “new” kitchen table.  It really changes the look of my kitchen.

DIY Kitchen table makeover

Unique Tie-Dyeing that is worth the time

I have come to the conclusion that the majority of art crafts or projects that I choose for my children are really projects that I want to do.     If you take a glance at my Pinterest board there are a variety projects on the “Ideas for the kids” board that I have fallen in love in with and can’t wait to try.

Do I think the kids will like them?


Do I really care?


Are we going to do them anyways?


Art under protest sometimes brings out the best results.

This, however, was not one of those times.  My kids and I really enjoyed this one.

Sharpie Tie Dye T-shirt


I found this tutorial being pinned like mad and I jumped on the pinning bandwagon.

It is easy, has minimal ingredients and can be very creative.

We had a lot of fun experimenting.

The above is mine trying different techniques.

Annie, the creator of this up-cycled brilliance,  recommends using a cup underneath the design.  Tightening the design across with a rubber band around the brim and dropping rubbing alcohol on it.

The affect is seen in the finished circles above.

I played around with the idea and some designs….

Sharpie Tie Dye before

I ditched the cup and simply added drops of alcohol on each spot and waited

Sharpie Tie Dye After

The tutorial gives you and step by step process including ingredients and photos.

This is a GREAT art project for both kids and adults alike.

 Unique and it doesn’t take days to create. Individuality on a clock. My favorite kind of individuality, the fast kind.

Now don’t be surprised if your kids don’t create something astonishing… (Not that mine is either)

It’s going to look more like this:

Sharpie Tie Dye kids

Blobs of color.


Jackson Pollock had to start somewhere.

Pulled Pork recipe

A few months ago I received this recipe from a very dear friend and I have made it at least a four times since then. It is delicious and extremely easy.

I am officially naming this recipe the Maegan’s Amazing Pulled Pork

What you need:
Crock pot
1 white onion
Boneless Country style pork ribs 3-4lbs
Apple Juice
Brown Sugar
BBQ sauce

1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray and then cover the bottom with chopped onion

2. Trim the fat from the pork and place on top of the onions

3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Brown sugar on top of the ribs and 1/2 cup of Apple juice  

I used an organic juice but any apple juice will work

4.Turn crock pot on low and set for at least 8 hours.

5.Come back around when it only has one hour of cooking time left. Drain the pork in a strainer and return to crock pot

6.Add the sauce and let it cook for the remaining hour. Once it is finished shred the pork (forks do this great)

Add to bun and enjoy!

Rainbow Rice

I don’t know what it is but summer really destroys any motivation I may have in the craft department.   I seem to get all my inspiration and motivation in the cooler months.

Today I broke my trend of nothingness.  I looked up a blog that has great kid craft ideas we made one.

The Pink and Green Mama always is up to something wonderful and I tapped into her artistic abilities today
Here are the results.
Step one- Plain rice.  We prepped it with a few drops of alcohol and waited till it was dry
End Result.  I’m sorry I forgot to take pictures of the steps in between.  I had four boys with baggies filled with rice and food coloring, my thoughts were preoccupied.
This was an extremely simple and fun activity for the kids.  They loved playing with the rice and the fact that they were allowed to help dye it made it that much better.
Drop by The Pink and Green Mama for the recipe and other awesome crafts.

Homemade Playdough

I made homemade playdough today! It is extremely simple to make and I even had my children help out in the process.

The ingredients are as follows:
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 1 cup water
* 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
* 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or canola oil

First mix all the dry ingredients together – The flour, salt, and tartar
Next combine all the liquid ingredients in a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until it is hot – not boiling. This is also the time that you add the food coloring (in the saucepan) See picture below

After the water, food coloring and oil are warm add the dry mixture and continue to stir until it is very thick and sticks to the sides. Below is a picture about half way through the process

Once the playdough has reached a thick and sticky consistency take it out and place it one a floured surface and knead the dough until it is cool. Remember that the dough will be hot at first

The purple playdough above is not the most attractive picture but this was the second round of making playdough…

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