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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!

December 19, 2014

Easy glittered mirror ornaments

Madigan made… a project for Mod Podge Rocks.

I think y’all know me by now. Glitter is my jam. I can’t get through the holidays without it. 

You too? Yay!

Then you might be interested in making a quick and sparkly ornament for your tree this weekend. Recently I showed Amy’s readers how to make these simple glitter and mirror ornaments. Join me over there for the instructions and get your glitter on!

December 17, 2014

Modern holiday clipboard wall decor

Madigan made…   DIY holiday kitchen décor.

Modern holiday wall decor using clipboards

There are soooo many things I love about the dollar store. The rolls of grosgrain ribbon and gift bags. The inexpensive glassware begging for a little glass paint. The boxes of brass thumbtacks that are perfect for making a wreath.

But this time of year… I love how you can find a plethora of ornaments and holiday decorations drenched in glitter.

So much sparkle in one corner of the store.  So. much. awesome.

I’m pretty sure I was the only one in our dollar store buying over 16 red glitter covered bows earlier this month. I picked up some glittery red paper from the craft store that matched the bows, too.

I had a plan. A very sparkly plan.

Modern holiday wall decor using clipboards

Using white, turquoise and turquoise striped paper, I applied strips of the glitter paper and the bows to the paper with double-sided tape and hot glue. I clipped each one to my kitchen clipboard wall.

The result?

A modern, sparkly and festive wall of presents on my kitchen clipboard wall! 

Modern holiday wall decor using clipboards

A big pile of ornaments in my candy cane DIY ribbon bowl made a simple table centerpiece that complements the bold holiday wall.

Modern holiday  decor

It all makes me smile. (Is my sparkle tooth showing? ‘Cuz it should be.)

Modern holiday wall decor using clipboards - love the graphic presents!


P.S. If you like the idea of holiday decorating with clipboards, be sure to check out my décor from prior seasons: my ski chalet inspired wall and the cobalt and snowflake wall.

holiday decorating with clipboards

December 15, 2014

How to make a fabric wrapped topiary tree

Madigan made…  simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees.

simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees



They say once you have kids, your life will change. Whoever “they” are… “they” weren’t kidding!

I’m surprised how many aspects of our lives need a little rethinking. Even though our baby is just now attempting to learn to roll over, my approach to holiday decorating and crafting has shifted with her around. As I make things for the season… especially things that may sit less than three feet off the ground … I’m attempting to consider what would happen if that item got in the hands of a curious toddler next year. Kid friendly décor is at the top of my priorities as I craft.

I wanted to make something to decorate the bench in our foyer for Christmas. I figured that simple, fabric wrapped foam trees would be fairly sturdy around a toddler old next season. Plus, these trees were super simple and fast to make! Let me show you.

Easy Fabric Covered Foam Trees

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Supplied needed:

  • Foam cone shapes in three sizes (like these here )
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Foam cutting tools or a strong plastic knife
  • Craft glue


Cut out your fabric in a triangular shape that will fully cover your cone, with several inches extra allowance. Using a cutting tool/knife, score a deep line down the length of the cone. Tuck one edge of your fabric into the crevice. Wrap your fabric around the cone and tuck the other side of the fabric into the scored line. (You may need to trim the fabric down to fit as needed.)

simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees

Fold the top of the fabric over and tuck into the scored line, too. Apply glue down the seam to hold the fabric in place.

simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees

Cut/score a circle around the bottom of the cone. Apply glue around the outside of this circle and then tuck the loose edges of the fabric into the cut line to secure the fabric in place. Allow the glue to dry and display.

simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees

I love the red, white and black plaid fabrics that I used for these trees. They look great on top of our red bench and down the road will hopefully withstand the abuse of a 16 month old!

DIY simple fabric wrapped foam topiary trees