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My Kids’ Teacher Gifts: A Box of Sunshine!

Let me start this post by saying I know teachers love anything and everything from their students.
Teacher Appreciation week is a time where we can actively bless and spoil our teachers who do so much for our families
It’s a time we can encourage our kids to actively thank their teachers during the day and to look for ways to be good helpers!
We don’t always go all out, but this year I decided that since I LIKE gift giving, I wanted
to put something cute together and have the fun of it with my kids.
So we made it a priority! Boring things like, you know, cleaning, could totally wait.
So off to the store we went to hunt for YELLOW THINGS!
Then we came home and used this printable I designed to pull the whole thing together.
The kids were thrilled!
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It was hilarious at the store and I’m pretty sure the fellow shoppers
were either very confused by our basket and also thinking my children were obsessed with pointing out yellow things.
But, it was our thing and although I had to say no to some of the yellow things,
overall the kids were happy with what ended up in our cart!
Although Sienna really felt like the minion body wash should have been included.
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We came home and I designed this printable in Photoshop, printed it out on card stock paper
and used washi tape (walmart) to attach it to a box we already had!
You could use this same idea and printable with a box or bin or bucket!
You could fill up a cute clear water pitcher or drink dispenser. I saw some cute ones at Walmart
but I knew we already had these boxes.
We ended up putting fruit, gum, a highlighter, disinfecting wipes and chocolate in our Boxes of Sunshine!
Sienna and Micah colored the outside of their boxes with a pretty sunshine scene.
We wrote their teachers’ names on each box as well.
(Sophia is making hers later this week. She wasn’t around when we made these.)
They were giddy and singing a song they made up about the color yellow.
Happiness all around.
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Excited for them to gift these to their teachers tomorrow.
Sienna also has some toilet paper roll look a like dolls in the works???
She has been learning about recycling soo….. there you go. perfect!
They are pretty spot on mini characters.
She snagged the perfect yarn for her teachers’ hair from my craft box. haha. ;) hilarious.
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Micah loved that chippies were in the box. and a banana.
Which we all know is really a telephone toy in disguise.
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You can download the printable IMMEDIATELY from my etsy shop.
Box of Sunshine Printable Pdf – $8
Print as many as you need or want!
Enjoy and please tag me on Instgram if you use it. Love seeing my printables in action!
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Hope all of the teachers have a wonderful week!
Natalie

DIY Pallet Letter Sign Tutorial

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This was a random spur of the moment DIY project that came together super quick.
I already had everything on hand for this, but even if you don’t, it only takes a few things!
We had a pallet left in our backyard when we moved here last year and
I had these YUM letters from Michaels that I got for 70% off!
You can use any type of letters you want, I loved the metal and wood look of these.
The U had a mirror fall on it. (long story) so it doesn’t work..that’s why for now I don’t have them lit,
I thought it might look funny to only have the y and m on haha.

Ben had taken apart the pallet and I chose 4 boards that had the coloring I liked.
I removed the nails and gave it a rough sanding job.
Then the hubby stepped in while I held Asher and he used two other pieces of the pallet board to connect
in the back, Just putting a vertical piece and nailing in multiple spots to make it nice and solid.
The photos show the wood in different colors, but that’s just the light
and filters because I didn’t stain it at all. I’m planning on doing another sign like
this but using white linen chalkboard paint from Home Depot on it!
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Once the board was together, I hammered in the nails to hang the letters on.
I like that I can remove these letters if I want to change it up one day.
If you have flat and light weight letters, you could just use some sort of adhesive.
I used the drill to put a hole in each top corner and knotted some rope I had from Home Depot.
I found that the easiest way to hang it up and I like the different textures; wood metal and rope!
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Here’s where my YUM sign is currently hanging in our Kitchen!
If you want to see the DIY on this IKEA shelving unit check out this post.
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I love the rustic look of the sign, and it came together so quickly!
I’m all about easy DIY projects that I can do while the kids play around me in the backyard.
If you ever make one and share it on Instagram, tag me!! @athomewithnatalie
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DIY IKEA Shelving Unit Farmhouse Makeover

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I love the farmhouse style, and have slowly been working it into my home decor.
I had a metal IKEA shelf already, and decided to give it a little
farmhouse makeover and put it to use in my kitchen!
The IKEA MULIG Shelving Unit comes in a few different sizes and prices. I had the biggest one and it’s $59.99
I knew I wanted to warm it up and get some wood into my kitchen!
I considered spray painting the metal dark since I already had the spray paint, but
ended up leaving it because I liked the pop and that it was bright and cheery!
I think that if it was in a different room, I would have gone for the dark metal look.
I have one more shelf, so I’ll probably go that route and put it in the boys’ shared room!
It would look SO CUTE that way too.
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STEPS:
This DIY project was way easier than you might think.
You can really use any metal shelving unit you have, just measure them and head to Home Depot!

I picked out a piece of plywood and they cut my shelves to size for me.
My shelf measurements were—- length: 46 1/4th and depth: 12 7/8th
(I ended up with some wood left over that I plan on using to cover my IKEA buffet table!)

Use Sandpaper and do a quick once over of your shelves.

Just stain the wood with one coat. (I used Special Walnut stain – 1 qt size)

Then use construction adhesive to attach the wood to the metal.
My husband grabbed this brand and it worked SO MUCH easier than past ones I’ve tried.
It’s a little more, price wise, but totally worth it.

I put some bricks on the wood to help it stick down to the metal.
Not all the shelves needed the weight though.
Attach the shelving unit to the wall and you are good to go!
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I really needed a place to store my Le Creuset pans.
They kept getting moved around from the top of the fridge to the oven to the counter.
Not functional. But this is the perfect spot for them! Keeping the lids on and wipe the lid before using of course,
But it just makes the shelving unit pop and I love being able to see them throughout the day.

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I grabbed these hooks at Target to update our little backpack station.
Added two on the other side for my tote bags.
Love how they ended up matching the shelves perfectly.
I’ll share more about this little area another day!
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 I love the pops of color mixed in with the white dishes and wood.
A part of me really wants to have a house with only neutrals and natural textures…
but that’s not happening these days.
I’m working with a lot of what I already have and life with kids.
They love bright plates. lol. So bright plates it is!
I’m learning to mix the styles and enjoy both at the same time.
As I’m adding pieces to our decor, I’m going more for the neutral farmhouse but classic pieces.
So over time I’m gathering these pieces that I love and can use as I makeover our house!
I love the containers I had found last month at Michaels and used for the kid plates and cups.
Took the plates to the farmhouse style I like!
It’s at their level so they can grab them and help set the table.
It just makes my heart and mind happy when everything has a place. haha.
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So I kind of have a globe thing.
It’s definitely a thing, ask my hubby.
Whenever he goes to good will I’m like “Look for globes!”…haha.
Which he replies, “always do!” He’s a good man. ;)
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 Can we talk about this plant for a quick second.
OK. farmhouse style plants can get PRICEY.
I love joanna and chip gaines like everyone else, but I don’t have the budget for their store…just yet.
I just can’t swing it for most of the items. I’m a world market, target, hobby lobby,
IKEA and michaels kind of girl in this season of life!
I found this plant at IKEA. $9.99 and then found this pot which I LOVE at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks!
Not on sale it’s $4. which is insane to begin with. It looks so cool. They had a bunch of fun sizes.
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The YUM sign was a project I made with things we already had around the house!
I had gotten the letters for 70 percent off at Michaels and used a
pallet board that was left in our backyard when we moved in!
I’ll share a full tutorial on that later this week.
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I’m so happy with how it turned out! It really brings that farmhouse style into the kitchen in a big way.
I love that with shelving units you have the freedom and fun of changing things around over time.
Decorating for different seasons, and enjoying items that might otherwise be hidden away in a pantry or cabinet!
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Follow me on Instagram too where I share our family life each day, project updates
and when I find fun items to make our house a home!
(If I find a good deal when I’m out, I share the details with my people!)

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