A tisket, a tasket, an easy Easter Basket

Pssst, I don’t mean to scare you, but EASTER is TOMORROW! Do you have your eggs and and baskets and goodies all ready to go?  Yes? Well then. Good for you. Way to be prepared and stuff.

Some of us, on the other hand, will be picking out way through what remains in the Easter section of Target at around 10 pm tonight. And some of us might have forgotten where we stashed the Easter baskets last year.  Luckily, Jess at Live Randomly Simple has a quick and easy Easter basket project made with minimal supplies and maximum cuteness.

A simple crate, wood strips, and wire is all it takes. Stuff it with some fake grass and you’re practically done. Just kidding. I actually don’t condone using fake grass. You will be cleaning it up until Christmas, trust me on that.

Easter Egg Basket Crate Before Makeover


Easter Egg Basket Crate Before Makeover | betterafter.net

Happy happy Easter weekend!

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Friday: Randoms

I love the big projects, and I always will – room reveals, massive furniture makeovers, huge renovation undertakings – but my heart can’t help but love the little projects the most. Things that you can accomplish in an afternoon, during the baby’s naptime, with a can of spray paint and a hot glue gun. The projects that make you think “I can do that!” instead of “Maybe if I had $50,000 and a construction crew on hand, I could do that.”

So here are some fun little projects for your eyeballz to enjoy.  This first one sent me on a Craigslist hunt for a gumball machine, which led to me checking out today’s furniture listings, which led to me looking at the free section, which never ends well.

Anyway, I still want a gumball machine so I can paint it gold and fill it with white gumballs, and then forbid anyone in my family from actually having a gumball. Can’t you kids tell these are decorative gumballs? Sheesh.


Gold Gumball Machine Makeover | betterafter.net

Gold Gumball Machine Makeover | betterafter.net

From Courtney at Intention & Grace.

And speaking of white and gold, which is apparently my love language, Joy at Beautiful Protest dolled up this itsy-bitsy jewelry box, and it looks so chic on her shelf now! Chic on a Shelf  just so happens to be the name of the e-book I’m writing; a definitive how-to guide on decorating shelves. I’m not really doing that, but don’t copy my idea just in case I ever do.

White and Gold Jewlery Box | betterafter.net
White and Gold Jewlery Box | betterafter.net


I love sunburst mirrors, and have no fewer than five at my house right now. This DIY version from Ashley at Domestic Imperfection is perfection.

Gold Sunburst Mirror Makeover | betterafter.net

Gold Sunburst Mirror Makeover | betterafter.net

I tried a similar project once, also using skewers, but my mirror was simply a round mirror with no frame, and it just didn’t look that great.  Definitely go with a substantial frame like Ashley did, it’s gorgeous!


This next project from Better After reader Angela just tickles me to bits. A birdfeeder makeover for her baby daughter!  Don’t worry, her daughter doesn’t eat birdseed, she just loves to look out the window, so Angela thought she’d try to attract some cute little birds to make the experience even more enjoyable. So sweet.

Bird Feeder Makeover | betterafter.net

Bird Feeder Makeover | betterafter.net

Straight out of the box it was nothing special, but Angela made it fit for a woodland fairy!


Finally, if you’ve been looking everywhere for a way to use up all your fabric scraps while brushing up on your United States geography at the same time, I’ve got just the project for you, you big weirdo.

Amanda made a fabric scrap map and not only is it fun to say, it looks awesome! Oh man, I bet cutting out all those states was tedious, but worth it in the end. If you wanted to save time, I can see this looking pretty rad even as a single state silhouette.  I think my state is pretty good looking, how about yours?


Fabric USA Map Makeover | betterafter.net

Fabric USA Map Makeover | betterafter.net

See more details from Amanda at Mommy is CooCoo.

Happy Weekend!

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A Unicorn Makeover

The other day I was strolling through Goodwill when I spotted a little unicorn sculpture. You can’t walk past a unicorn and not buy it. You just can’t.

I’m not one to disobey rules of the universe, so I paid $2.99 for this unicorn and brought it home even though I had no idea what to do with it.

Then an idea popped into my head: gold polka dots! I love when fully-formed ideas pop into my head. It’s rare, but it makes things so easy.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

unicorn statue before |betterafter.net


gold polka dot unicorn statue makeover | betterafter.net

Tada! I started by giving her a few coats of white satin spray paint to cover up the old iridescent paint job, then just used a gold Sharpie paint pen to make the dots, eyeballing a pattern as I went along. I love how it turned out!


gold polka dot unicorn statue makeover after | betterafter.net

If you want to try this at home, remember to use a Sharpie PAINT pen. They go on much, much better than a regular Sharpie. There are also other paint pen brands too, just be sure they are oil-based.You can probably find them anywhere craft projects are sold, I found mine in the craft section at Wal-Mart. And also remember to never not buy a unicorn when you have the chance.

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Merry Merry Christmas to you from me! I hope your holiday season has been filled with joy and delight and happy feelings.

I feel the need to give you, dear reader, a huge thank you for being here and hanging out with me and supporting Better After.  Every kind email and sweet comment you send my way truly makes my whole day, and makes chugging on with this blog (heading into it’s sixth year!) worth it.

I couldn’t do it without you being so generous to share your projects and talents with me, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Keep those submissions coming! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2015!

I will be taking the rest off the week off, and will see you soon for a yearly wrap up of my favorite Better Afters of 2014.

And now, an adorable pallet makeover from my gal Julie at Redhead Can Decorate.




Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays my friend!

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