DIY Moana Inspired Palm Trees

A while ago we celebrated my youngest daughters birthday.  She was turning 10 and wanted a Moana themed birthday party.  I prefer to DIY as much of my kids party decor as I can because a) it’s sometimes cheaper for me to use whatever left over products I have and b)  I’m crazy like that and like to torture myself with extra work!

I recruited my daughter to help me with this project and I have to say it was a super simple project and we had so much fun working together.  So let’s get started..

What you’ll need..

  • Bamboo skewers (Dollar Tree or Supermarket) cut in half
  • Paper towel rolls or toilet paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • tape or glue
  • Green Paper
  • 2″ foam ball (Dollar Tree or Craft store) cut in half
  • Flower Pot  (Dollar Tree)
  • rocks (Dollar tree)

Directions…

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and if you do create your own palm trees, please make sure to share your talents with me on Instagram using the hashtag #hipnreative or tag me @hipncreative so I can peep your mad skills and cheer you on!

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How to Renovate Old Doors for UNDER $20 | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey friends, I hope you’re all doing well this beautiful Monday!  Today I’m sharing how we turned our hold doors into a fresh modern door with just a few simple tools.  I have to be honest and say that this project was easy and cheap.  Especially since we had most of the tools on hand.

DOOR RENOVATION PROJECT

You will need…

  • Paint of your choice
  • paint brushes
  • Trim
  • Liquid nails
  • spray paint of your choice – for the hardware

On hand/Optional

  • Sander (optional)
  • finishing nail (optional)
  • clamps or painters tape to hold down the trim while they dry
  • horses or a stand for the the door to rest on

The first thing I did (after taking down my door) was to remove the hinges and door knob then sanded it down.  This is totally optional, I did it because the doors we had had a lot of bumps and scratches and this would help us to paint without too much showing through.

Once we sanded the doors, we then proceeded with our first layer of paint.  We then measured how we wanted our trim to look.  This trim we bought was from Home Depot and cost about $1.29/sq. foot.  We bought four 8 foot pieces which was enough for us to use on 2 doors.  We measured about 6 inches from the top of the door.  My wonderful husband then helped with the cutting of the trim.  (because I’m totally a chicken when it comes to big machines lol).

We added some liquid nails to the back of the cut trim and held them in place with clamps.  Since our doors are a bit warped we decided to add some finishing nails to keep them in place.  (We were concerned that the trim would fall off in the future)  We also added some caulk to fill in any gaps that were showing from the door and trim.

We finished off the door with a second coat of paint.  We also spray painted our hardware with some matte black spray paint.  I absolute love it and thinks the doors look way better than before.  I managed to video tape some of the painting process and have it below.  If you haven’t done so yet you should head over to my Youtube channel.  I post new videos every week and it would mean so much to me to have you there.

Beef Empanadilla (Empanada) Recipe | Hip ‘n Creative

I love making beef empanadillas/empanadas for my family and I thought it would be awesome to share this recipe with you as well. I have been making these for years and love it!  I hope you do too.  Below I have the list of ingredients you will need to make a batch for yourself.  I also included the video for you as well!

INGREDIENTS: (Serving 20 Empanadillas)

1 lb of Ground Beef (or Chicken, Pork)
1 packet of Sazon
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1.5 tsp of Adobo
1 8oz. Can of Salsa
1 tbsp of Sofrito
1 tbsp of Recado
1 medium Potato cubed
Oil enough for frying
2 packages of Empanada Disc (found in the hispanic section of your supermarket) *make sure to defrost your discs prior to cooking.

DIRECTIONS:
On a separate pot boil a medium potato until fork tender, drain and set aside. On a medium pan cook your beef on medium heat until brown then drain. Add all the ingredients together.

Next take your meat and potato filling and fill the center of the discs. Pinch the ends to secure the discs and prevent them from opening with a fork. Fry in pan for about 3 minutes (each side) on medium heat or until golden brown.

Serve alone or with your favorite rice recipe!  If you make this recipe please make sure to share it with me on instagram by tagging me @hipncreative!

xo,
Awilda

Home Decor with Silk Flowers | hip ‘n creative

Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are genuinely my own.

I love decorating my home, I love to find beautiful items that I can incorporate into my decor that compliment my taste and budget.  This can be quite a challenge when it comes to flowers.  It’s fun to use real flowers and plants but I struggle with keeping them a live. If you follow me on instagram you’ll see that I have a beautiful hibiscus plant.  I am very happy that my plant lives but I struggle with maintaining it.  It’s a lot of work!

So when I was contacted by Commercial Silk Int’l., I thought the timing was perfect.  Ever since I worked on my patio decor I have been on a kick to bring the outdoors in with plants and flowers and like I said they don’t last long but silk plants do.    There are many benefits to having silk plants and flowers, one is that you can decorate your home with them all year long!  Another is that there is no need to water them, which is great!  And  you can move them around and create a whole new look and for me that’s a win!

I received my package of artificial boxwood plants in the mail and was very happy with the quality of the plants.  Not only were they packaged nicely, the plants themselves are beautiful.  My oldest daughter thought they were real and actually touched it to see if they were!  Ha fooled her!  These beauties are perfect, they come in these silver pots with a no scratch base so your surfaces will be safe and the boxwood have a frosted look that gives a softness to them.

Check out more information about Commercial Silk Int’l here.  You can also visit out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, Pinterest YouTube and Google+.

Until next time guys, I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll see you on the next post!

XO,
Awilda

How to Add Custom Vent Covers to Sliding Doors | Repurposing an old Door

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share with you our recent re-purposing project.  When we first bought our house, 3 years ago (can you believe it?) we wanted to make some changes to our living room.  One of the changes was to update and add lighting since there was non previously (See my awesome hubby adding lighting in picture below).  We also sanded the floors and shined them all up real purdy like too. We removed wall paper and painted the walls, which looks awesome by the way ;).

How to add vent covers to old doors | hipncreative.wordpress.com

I had this idea to change the look of our old doors by removing the old slats and adding some awesome metal vent covers to the doors to give them a modern look.  So after discussing it with the hubs, we figured out a way to do just that.

So here is our step by step tutorial on how to add vent covers to sliding doors:

Materials you will need:

  • Metal Vent Covers (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • Wood filler
  • Window trim
  • small square wooden dowels
  • paint of your choosing (to paint wood doors) *optional
  • Spray paint (to paint vent cover) *optional

What you will need on hand:

  • Jigsaw
  • flat surface to work with
  • time and patience (lots and lots)
  • nail gun and finishing nails (Home Depot)
  • lots and lots of patience!

First thing we did was remove the sliding doors from the doorway and very carefully cut the slats out leaving the door frame intact.  Next my husband filled the holes where the slats were with wood filler.

While the wood filler was drying, he measured, cut and spray painted the metal vent covers (we used Rustoleum white paint).  After letting the wood filler completely dry (it took about 30 minutes), he carefully sanded all the doors until they were smooth.

Next he framed the front of the door with window trim, this will help the metal vent covers stay in place so it won’t pop out.  Next using a nail gun, we nailed the vent covers to the door.  We also added a small wooden dowels to the back of the doors.  This helped to hide the nails as well as provided extra back support for the metal vent covers not to slip out when opening and closing the doors.

Once we were happy with how the doors looks and works, we primed and painted the door.  We wanted to keep the doors white so priming and painting was pretty easy.  Once the paint dried, we replaced the doors back in it’s frame and done.  I have to admit this project was not an easy project and if your not that skills with air pressured machinery, this project is not for you.  It’s time consuming and you need a lot of patience as well as some carpentry knowledge.

I thank God my hubby is very talented and we were able to get this sucker done.  I really couldn’t have done this without his help.  Until next time my friends!

**UPDATE: A year later and our door is perfect!  Even though it was A LOT of work, it was so worth it!  My husband and I are still  in love with this project and are proud we DIYed this makeover, our first of many projects!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com