DIY Projects

If you're looking for a creative way to talk to your kiddos about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful, we have a wonderful little DIY project posted to help! One of our DIY contributors, Arielle Royer, sent us this sweet art project that is fun for little ones to put together and so cute once it's all finished up. It also provides a great opportunity to talk about gratitude in an interactive and memorable way. Click here to check out all the project details and how-to instructions!

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Thanksgiving is just a week away, and we have an interactive, kid-friendly project to help make your table a little more festive! DIY contributor Karen Davis crafted this tablescape that is perfect for Thanksgiving decor and a lot of fun for your little ones at the same time. The project includes a paint stamped burlap runner, a gold dipped branch centerpiece, and sweet handwritten placecard tags. The kids can help with every component of the project, and seeing the smiles on their faces as it all comes together is half the fun! Click here to check out all the details, how-to instructions, and helpful photos. If you'd like to share how it all turned out for your family, be sure to tag us on instagram or twitter at @lilumbrella! We can't wait to see your mini masterpieces!

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DIY Project and Photography: Karen Davis

Last week we launched our new DIY section, and today we have another fabulous little project to highlight. This one is the most charming mobile for your nursery, featuring a watercolor effect on sweet wooden stars. DIY Contributor Colleen Pastoor of Lemon Thistle designed this project for her own twins' nursery, and it can easily be adapted for different themes. We love the watercolor effect with these stars, but you can use any shape you prefer. Hearts, hexagons, rain drops, arrows...the possibilities are endless! To get all the details on how to put this together for your own space, click here for the full project.

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DIY Project and Photography: Collen Pastoor of Lemon Thistle

It's an exciting week for us here at The Little Umbrella, as we're officially launching our new DIY section of the site! We'll be adding a new project weekly to give you home and party decor ideas, gift projects, recipes, nursery art DIYs and more. Our first project, created by DIY Contributor Laura Houlihan, is perfect for this fall season! These natural stem, silk velvet pumpkins are a beautiful, whimsical addition to your Thanksgiving Day décor. You can use larger sizes as table centerpieces or mantle decor, and smaller sizes for individual place card settings. You could even bring one as a gift for your Thanksgiving Day host or hostess. These are easier to put together than you might think, and however you choose to display them, we are certain they will charm your guests. Click here for the full project tutorial.

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On to Baby celebrates all things lovely for baby and mom, so of course we think Mother's Day is pretty special. With Mother's Day coming this Sunday, we wanted to give you a sweet idea to honor those wonderful moms out there. Start her Mother's Day off right by preparing this yummy breakfast recipe of french toast with fresh berry sauce--an easy, delicious dish that looks pretty, too. On to Baby and Wedding Chicks co-founder Amy Squires whipped this up for us with a recipe from Caitlin Knoop.

PART 1: The Berry Sauce

Berry Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups mixed berries - blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries

1) Melt the butter in a heavy medium skillet over high heat.
2) Mix in sugar.
3) Add berries.
4) Stir until sugar dissolves and berries are heated through, about 3 minutes.

PART 2: The French Toast

Ingredients for French Toast:
French Bread
3-5 eggs (depending on how much you are making)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1) Slice desired amount of bread.
2) Combine eggs and vanilla extract in bowl, whisk until blended.
3) Dip bread in egg wash on both sides.
4) Fry until cooked, both sides.
5) Finish by sprinkling with powdered sugar and drizzling with berry sauce.

For an extra touch, add a pretty flower to the place setting, and include a sweet note or Mother's Day card. Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies designed this cute card for us, which we'll be sharing with you as a free printable later today!

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Styling and Photography: Amy Squires
Recipe: Caitlin Knoop