Monday, October 17

Day 17 - Dress Up the Ordinary

We all have ordinary things around the house that aren't very pretty but that we use every day. Instead of seeing them as necessary eye sores, let's look at them as opportunities to dress up our homes with the little things! Today we're looking at just one little way I did this recently...

First, a little intro to the project... I've decided it's finally time to make the switch to cloth wipes (but this project is also great for disposable wipes, don't worry)! I started by looking through our collection of baby washcloths and found out we had like 20 of them! What baby needs 20 washcloths? So we kept out a couple to use for bath time and the rest were folded in half to fit into an empty wipe container. Perfect fit.

Here's where the fun starts. I knew I would be looking at that wipe box several times a day for the foreseeable future, and that it would always be out somewhere in the house. There's nothing wrong with the box, other than that it's just so generic and boring. So I decided to dress it up a little! I started by using scrap paper to make a template of the box. Then I used my template to cut out a piece of white fabric and a piece of patterned fabric.

I started by using Mod Podge to attach the white fabric to the box so I'd have a cleaner starting slate (I learned that's important when I did my tray makeover).

After that dried I used Mod Podge to attach the patterned fabric. Then I sealed it with a last coat and sanded it lightly to smooth it out (once it was dry, of course).

Much better. :)

So far I'm using the same wipe recipe I used to make my disposable wipes, but instead just putting the mixture into a spray bottle. When Baby B has a diaper change, I can just spritz his little booty and then wipe it off! After talking with some other cloth wipe mommas, I think next time I'll try using a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil with water instead. It's good to try all our options, right? :) If you're interested in saving some money by cloth diapering, you can see my first post about diapering here, and my follow-up post here.

So that's just one little way I find beauty in the simple, everyday things at home. How about you? Do you have anything you're so used to looking at that you've forgotten it could be dressed up? Or do you have examples of ways you've already made the ordinary pretty?


  1. Wow, you are totally rocking this 31 Days Challenge!! So freaking talented!

  2. Thank you both! You guys are doing great with the 31 Days too. I love that there are so many different series to follow! I feel like I'm learning a ton of great stuff!