diy gift wrap cart

pinterest christmas diy

Leading up to Christmas, I had been wanting to get my gift wrapping essentials in order and under control. They were all thrown into our “junk room” and were in complete disarray. I would have loved to have a dedicated space in the house for gift wrapping, but I knew it probably wasn’t feasible, nor the smartest use of space since most of my gift wrapping happens in the last three months of the year. The inspiration for the gift wrap cart came from Pinterest, of course, and Ana White. I also found a similar cart sold at Crate & Barrel this season!

Greg had the day off on Friday, so he got to work on this project for me. He says that his way of relaxing and enjoying a day to himself is by building things in the peace and quiet, so I take full advantage of this! He followed the supplies list and instructions from Ana White and put it all together without any problems. Since he put it together, he has thought of some things that he would have done differently in the process.

diy gift wrap cart

 diy gift wrap cart

diy gift wrap cart

The top tray holds my scissors, tape, pen, and gift tags. The middle shelf holds the smaller gift bags, as well as tissue paper; and the bottom shelf has boxes and bows. Eventually, I may have him put another hook on the opposite side if I keep acquiring more gift bags.

diy gift wrap cart

I plan to keep the cart in our office, so I can swap out the holiday gift wrap for birthday and seasonal gift wrap during the year and have everything at my fingertips if I need it. You know how much I love organization, so now that this area is organized, I am thrilled!

For more projects and inspiration, check out the other blogs in the A Pinterest Christmas series [Emerald City Diaries | Greg & MaggiThe Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]. Share your Pinterest Christmas projects with us! Comment on one of our blogs, link back to a post, or use #PinterestChristmas2014 on Instagram!

my weekend in photos

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saturday morning started with my third half marathon downtown. as always, a full race recap is coming, but i will tell you it was a very challenging day.

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we walked around lake eola after the race. it was beautiful.

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after nap time, we headed back down to lake eola to celebrate fenn’s 3rd birthday! kenley had a great time seeing her friends.

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after the party, we headed down to disney to see my parents. we walked over to the swan & dolphin to check out the christmas festivities.

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we loved seeing mema and grandpa this weekend!

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i have no idea how i was able to squat down at this point.

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it started snowing by the giant christmas tree and the kids loved it! kenley also loved the train circling the tree that was carrying anna, elsa, and olaf.

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pointing at the snow!

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we took the ferry over to dinner where i enjoyed jumbo crab cakes and ice, cold beer which i had been craving all day.

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our advent calendar activities this weekend included driving around to see the christmas lights and making a gingerbread house! it was so fun.

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we had a busy weekend, but a fun one! how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Friday already?! This week has been crazy busy at work, so I feel really out of touch with what’s going on around the world. Regardless, here are a few things I’m loving this week! Don’t forget to head over to see what these other lovely ladies are loving too! Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura

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One of our advent calendar activities this week was to wear matching Christmas pajamas. I am obsessed.

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t w o

I had been planning on getting the kiddos some new tableware for Christmas (exciting, I know) and I had my eyes on the Re-Play Recycled set. I hadn’t purchased anything yet and I’m so glad I didn’t because over on their Instagram page, they are doing a 12 Days of Christmas promotion with half off items each day! I’ve heard great things about this brand, so I am excited to try them!

Re-Play Rainbow Pak - Divided Plates

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t h r e e

Everybody loves a good hail mary to win a football game, especially if it’s one of your teams! Go Knights!!

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What are you loving this week?!

diy advent calendar

Welcome to week one of Pinterest Christmas!

pinterest christmas diy

Greg and I have been searching for the perfect advent calendar since last Christmas. I couldn’t break down to spend a lot of money on the one I really loved and it eventually sold out. We searched this year for one that we could do ourselves and I am so happy we did! Our inspiration came from Our Vintage Home Love and her inspiration came from Pottery Barn, so of course it was right up our alley.

Four 1×3 boards, 6 feet long
One 1×2 board for the trim
Stain
Maze nails, 2 1/2 inches
Two 12 pack mini metal buckets
Chalkboard stickers

The long 1×3 boards were cut down to make seven 34 inch smaller boards. Greg used the Kreg jig and made pocket holes to join the boards. He used the 1×2 as the trim and used the nail gun to attach the trim.

diy advent calendar

diy advent calendar

Before we stained the boards, we measured where to hang the nails for the buckets, which was the hardest part of the whole project. We tried to make it as accurate as possible by laying out the buckets to get a general idea where the nails would be. Once we had the buckets laid out, we marked the board with a pencil. Greg pre-drilled the holes to make the nails fit easier and to ensure the boards did not split when we hammered in the nails. Once the holes were drilled, it was on to the stain. We already had a can of stain from previous projects that we used to stain the boards.

diy advent calendar

After the stain was dry, we hammered in the nails. I added the chalkboard stickers to the buckets and wrote the numbers, then it was time to hang the buckets!

diy advent calendar

I am so happy with how it turned out. It has a great rustic feel to it and I know it will be used for many years to come. I wasn’t sure where we would put it once it was done, but we have the perfect spot for it in our entry way.

diy advent calendar

diy advent calendar

I am also thrilled and so thankful that the advent calendar is featured in the holiday issue of The Moms Magazine that came out last week! I shared the list of the fun, family friendly activities that we are using  to fill the buckets over on Orlando Moms Blog, so be sure to check that out too!

For more projects and inspiration, check out the other blogs in the A Pinterest Christmas series [Emerald City Diaries | Greg & MaggiThe Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]. Share your Pinterest Christmas projects with us! Comment on one of our blogs, link back to a post, or use #PinterestChristmas2014 on Instagram!