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Our baby's pink and gray nursery.

Check out our baby's simple and sweet nursery. It is filled with DIY projects plus vintage and modern touches.

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March 21, 2015

Easy personalized acrylic tray

Madigan made… a simple way to decorate a clear, Lucite tray.

How to personalize your own acrylic tray (an easy and pretty storage idea for a nursery, office, or kitchen)

I love trays. Don’t you?

Trays protect your furniture surfaces. They look pretty. But most importantly, they help you gather many random items together and make your area look organized!  All of these features are crucial in a baby’s room… especially near the changing area.

Dresser as changing table with DIY tray and lamp

You’ve seen our baby girl’s nursery, but I thought I’d share with you how easy it was to make a simple tray for her changing table. Now I’ve turned a clear acrylic frame into a tray before. (Thanks to my friend Aunt Peaches who inspired me to use a frame as a tray.) I decorated that tray for my office with copious amounts of gold glitter. But for Little C’s room I wanted something with a little vintage femininity to coordinate with the rest of the room.

Let me show you how easy it was to make:

How to personalize your own acrylic tray

Find a clear acrylic photo frame. I bought mine at thrift and craft stores but you can also find them online (like this one on Amazon *affiliate link).

How to personalize your own acrylic tray from a frame

Turn it upside down to create a tray. (To protect your furniture surfaces, I do suggest placing adhesive furniture bumpers to the bottom corners and center of the tray.)

Grab a plastic placemat. (I found mine at IKEA. They always seem to have cute plastic mats there in fun patterns. This pink floral print was perfect for Little C’s room.)

How to personalize your own acrylic tray from a frame

Cut the mat to size to fit inside the frame. Place it in the frame… and fill your new and pretty tray with things you want to corral on your table top!

How to personalize your own acrylic tray (an easy and pretty storage idea for a nursery, office, or kitchen)

Easy peasy. Wipeable. Changeable. Simple.

Love it!

March 17, 2015

Easy DIY pom poms (for your fav bunny’s tail!)

Madigan made… yarn pom poms & a simple infant bunny photo idea.

simple DIY yarn pom pom

Holidays take on new meaning for us these days now that we have a little one in the house. I love that feeling of joy I get when we include her in our celebrations… even during the planning before a holiday happens! 

I was in Target the other day and picked out our daughter’s Easter dress and basket. I couldn’t help but grab a pair of bunny ears from the dollar bin, too!

I decided to snap a few photos of Little C in her dress with her Easter basket on a white rug. While I had the camera out, I thought it would be fun to take a few pictures of her in the bunny ears, too. A pink onesie to match was perfect… but my little bunny needed a tail!

So, I grabbed some white yarn and made a quick tail.

Easy DIY yarn pom pom bunny tail

How to make a yarn pom pom

First, I cut a long rectangular length of cardboard. The shorter side would be approximately half the width of my future pompom. (You can use a cardboard circle method, too, but I find this approach is much easier.)

I wrapped the cardboard with copious amounts of yarn.

How to make DIY yarn pom poms

Then, using a long string of yarn (doubled-up since this yarn was thin), I threaded the string between the loops of yarn and cardboard. I pulled the cardboard out and tied the yarn tightly. As I did this, I made a large knot of yarn that I could use later to fasten it.

How to make DIY yarn pom poms

Taking my scissors, I cut the tied loops of yarn to create something that was starting to look like a pom pom!

I trimmed the pom pom and gave it a bit of a ‘haircut’ to get it to the shape and fullness I desired.

To attach the pom pom to my little bunny I used a large safety pin and pinned the ‘knot’ in the pom pom to the fabric of Little C’s onesie.

simple infant bunny costume

Since the strings could be pulled out of the pompom, I did not let Little C hold the pom pom. I strictly used it just for the costume/photo. This was a simple way to create a cute Easter photo for my baby and I bet it would make an easy Halloween costume, too.

Someday Little C probably won’t let me photograph her in bunny ears. I love capturing some of these moments… because someday is probably going to come too fast!

February 8, 2015

Hand Warmer Valentine Craft Idea

Madigan made… a simple and fun Valentine’s Day craft.

Hand Warmer Valentine’s Gift Idea

Need a fun and quick idea for a Valentine? Or maybe you want a cute, little gift to give out in the cold, winter months? Wrap up a pair of instant hand warmers and make someone’s day a little more sunny.

I made these little packages recently for holiday and Valentine’s Day gifts. I thought that hand warmers would be perfect present for this blustery time of year.

These DIY gifts are easy to make yourself…

Print off my free printable below onto white card stock. (or make your own label or saying) Click here or on the picture below to download the file. They say: “Hold onto whatever keeps you warm inside. (or these hand warmers.)”

(Click to download) valentines printable for hand warmers

Cut out each saying into square shapes (mine were a little smaller than 2” x 2”).

Valentine's Day hand warmer craft

Cut out a ‘wrapper’ from pink colored card stock for each pair of hand warmers. (My strips of paper were approximately 2” by 7”.) Wrap and fold the paper around the package of warmers and secure the flaps down in the back with scrapbooking adhesive or cute craft tape.

Attach your square shaped saying to the front of the hand warmers using more adhesive. Add a heart shaped sticker or paper punch, if desired (I made mine using a small heart punch and red vinyl).

Give your toasty (and cute!) gift to someone that needs a little more warmth this time of year! (And considering the weather reports lately, I’m betting that is most of my audience!)

Simple hand warmer DIY Valentine's Day craft

February 1, 2015

Easy Heart-Shaped Glitter Frame

Madigan made… a Valentine’s Day craft.

DIY Easy Heart-Shaped Glitter Frame

Are you looking for a simple and easy handmade gift to make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? This personalized, heart-shaped frame would make a great homemade valentine.

Aside from the cutie pie in the picture, do you want to know my favorite part about this project?  Glitter, of course! 

Join me on Mod Podge Rocks to see how to make your own glittered DIY photo frame.

January 6, 2015

Cute Toy Storage: Hide the Clutter!

Madigan made… a simple way to customize a toy storage bin.

Cute Toy Storage: Hide the Clutter! A simple way to customize a toy storage bin.

I don’t know about you, but once the holidays wind down, I get in an organizing mood. I think many of us do.

So, I thought I’d show you one of the storage details in our daughter’s nursery… how we are organizing her toys.

We actually have a small toy box on each floor of our house, with the smallest one in her bedroom. I love this white toy storage bin. It is the perfect size for her room. (I found mine at Hayneedle, but you can also get similar ones at Amazon , Target or Land of Nod. *affiliate links.)

how to hide toy storage

While I loved the bin, I chose to cover the opening with a curtain of fabric for a few reasons:

  • I like cute storage.
  • The bin did contain the toys, but the opening was wide and the pile of toys inside looked a little cluttered.
  • We have a dog that was becoming more and more curious about the stuffed animals in that bin. I needed to disguise the opening.
  • Did I mention I liked cute storage?

So, I thought a simple covering for the front of the bin would help hide the clutter.

I found some cute gray, cotton, polka-dot fabric that coordinated with the room. The fabric was a little thin, so I ironed interfacing to the back of it. After some measuring, I sewed two simple panels of the fabric to cover the opening of the storage bin. The panels overlapped by a few inches.

how to hide toy storage

To secure the panels to the bin, I stapled the top edges of the fabric to the underside of the container’s opening.

The fabric curtain gives the area a finished and clean look, but still allows for easy access to Little C’s toys. And so far, our dog has not figured out what is inside the bin.

Cute Toy Storage: Hide the Clutter! A simple way to customize a toy storage bin.

And it looks cute… and important factor for me when it comes to storing stuff!


Want more baby girl nursery ideas? Don’t forget to check out the full room tour here.

Pink and gray nursery ideas

January 1, 2015

Best Crafts, Recipes and Décor of 2014

Best Crafts, Recipes and Décor of 2014 on Madigan Made

Happy 2015!

2014 was a very special year for our  family, which grew by one little person!

Even with all of that excitement, I still managed to find time to make stuff and share it here. As we usher in a new year, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some of my favorite crafts, recipes and décor ideas from the past year.


Simple Crafts of 2014

As y’all know, I’m a big fan of simple and easy. This year I made a bunch of simple crafts… many of which helped to decorate our home.

Vintage Fabric Wrapped Wall Art

Vintage Fabric Wrapped Wall Art

Glass Fishing Floats

faux DIY glass fishing floats

Silk Flower Wall Art

Silk Flower Wall Art

DIY Photo Transfer to Chair

DIY Photo Transfer to Chair

How to Make a Lamp from a Bottle

How to Make a Lamp from a Bottle


Simple Recipes of 2014

Since I was pregnant most of 2014, I did not have the energy to cook or bake much… but I did find time to make a few things. It shouldn’t surprise you that most of the recipes I made involved chocolate!

Death by Chocolate Trifle Dessert

chocolate trifle dessert recipe

Easy BBQ Ribs

easy BBQ rib recipe

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Bites

chocolate raspberry dessert bites recipe

Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Cake

Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Cake


Simple Room Décor of 2014

In preparation for baby, my husband and I worked to get the nursery and other rooms in our house completed as much as we could. I’m so glad we did scramble to get these things done, because once the baby arrived, I suspected that our time would be limited. (which proved very true!)

Family Room Update & Vintage Gallery Wall with Hoops and Plates

DIY vintage inspired gallery wall with plates and embroidery hoops

My Happy Home Office Room Reveal

colorful and happy home office decor

And then we changed that room into a Guest Room instead:

DIY headboard and colorful guest room

And the most important room of the year: Our Pink and Gray Baby Nursery

Pink and Gray Baby Nursery


Thanks so much for your readership this past year! Here’s wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015!

December 24, 2014

Our Holiday Home (and Merry Christmas!)

Madigan made… a holiday home tour.

Things have been quite busy around here lately with the new baby, the holidays and the fact that I’m back to work this month.   I did not get as much done as I usually do this season but it is ALL worth it when I look at our daughter’s sweet face. We are looking forward to this holiday even more now that we have her!

I wanted to stop for a moment today to wish you all a Merry Christmas and show you around some of our holiday home. I never got a chance to put together an official ‘holiday home tour’ post but here are a few pictures.

Our new (artificial) white Christmas tree… decked in red and gold. I just love how the white glows!

Artficial white christmas tree decor

Artficial white christmas tree decor

I love mixing in vintage and vintage style glass ornaments with personal ones.

 DIY milk glass trees sit nearby.

milk glass white trees

DIY milk glass white trees

Our simple holiday foyer… cute plates above, a wreath on the pegs and my fabric trees below.

simple holiday foyer decor

simple holiday foyer decor

fabric topiary trees

My JOY wall sign.

JOY wall sign

The festive clipboards in the kitchen.

Clipboards decorated for the holidays

Some blue and white décor above our kitchen cart.

simple holiday kitchen decor

And easy personalized stockings down the steps.

simple personalized stockings hanging down the staircase

simple personalized stockings hanging down the staircase

Do you want to know my favorite part about our decor? The fact that we have four stockings now…. for my husband (T), my daughter (C), our dog (K) and me (S). Our little family has grown, bringing new meaning to this time of year.

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday!