Whimsical Holiday DIY Banner

 

DIY Cardboard Banner
Whimsical Christmas Banner

There’s nothing like unwinding with a little DIY crafting! The Fall themed banner was so well liked that we’re posting another easy DIY banner tutorial! This one is also made from the flaps cut off of a cardboard box.

Supplies:

  • Flaps cut from a small – medium cardboard box
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun & multiple glue sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden letters and decorative foam shapes
  • Acrylic paint in 2 colors and paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or box cutter

Instructions:

Step 1: Using your pencil and ruler, draw 7 dovetail shapes on the cardboard flaps.  Carefully cut out.

Step 2: Paint the cardboard shapes with your base color. Lay flat to dry.

Step 3: Paint the wooden letters with the second color. Lay flat to dry.

Step 4: Once dry, glue the yarn around the edge of each cardboard cutout.

Step 5: Next glue the letters to the center of the cutouts.

Step 6: Decorate the shapes with the foam shapes. Some have adhesive backings otherwise use the glue.

Step 7: Glue the shapes to the ribbon.

Have fun with this DIY project! Please leave a comment and let us what you’d like to see next!

 

 

Moving Announcements

Moving over the holidays? Save time by letting your holiday cards work double duty. Use your holiday cards as your moving announcement! There are a wide variety available in both print and digital options.

Here are our favorites for traditional print:

Santa has a new stop
Shutterfly has a ton of cute holiday/moving cards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our New Home
Tiny Prints offers unique holiday cards perfect for moving announcements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital / eCards:

punchbowl eCards
punchbowl offers personalized eCards to let your friends know you’re on the move!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment and let us know which holiday cards you like best for moving announcements!

 

Fall DIY Cardboard Banner

Just moved and don’t know what to do with the leftover boxes? Kids love to dress up year round so save a few for boxtumes (see our October post) or make an easy low cost banner for any occasion!

This week I made a sweet fall themed banner for a baby born in November.

DIY Cardboard Banner
“Courage” Banner

Supplies:

  • Flaps cut from a small – medium cardboard box
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun & multiple glue sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden letters and pre-painted wooden shapes
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or box cutter

Instructions

Step 1: Using the ruler and pencil, draw 7 equal sized triangles on the cardboard and carefully cut out using scissors or a box cutter.

Step 2: Paint your letters and lay on a flat surface to dry.

Step 3: Plug in the hot glue gun and allow to warm up. Place a dab of glue on one corner of one cardboard triangle and secure the edge of yarn. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard and use a line of glue to secure the end. Repeat for each triangle.

Step 4: Once your wooden letters are dry, apply hot glue to the back and attach it to the wrapped triangle. Repeat for each letter.

Step 5: Run a line of hot glue along the top of the triangle and press firmly to attach to the ribbon. Be careful not to overdue it on the glue.

Step 6: Using a dab of glue for each, attack the decorative pre-painted shapes.

One last note – this is an easy craft, but wrapping the triangles in yarn can be time consuming. The bigger the triangles the longer it will take so keep that in mind when drawing your shapes.

 

DIY Boxtume: Bulldozer

We’re back with another great DIY tutorial! What are boxtumes? Boxtumes are Halloween costumes made from cardboard boxes and a great way to get the get creative while saving a few bucks. Today we have a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a bulldozer boxtume out of a small or medium size box. Remember to have fun with it!

Supplies:

  • 1 small or medium size box
  • Acrylic paint or chalk paint in yellow, black and white
  • 3-4 sheets of black construction paper
  • 1 paper towel roll
  • 4 empty rolls of ribbon
  • 1 small square of foil
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon or elastic for the straps
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutter
  • Hole Puncher

Instructions:

Step 1: Start with the flaps open on your box. Cut the bottom flaps off of your box and save because you will use these. Cut the top flaps off leaving 4 little notches big enough to attach the straps later.

Step 2: Using one of the shorter flaps that were cut off the bottom, cut out the “teeth” of the bulldozer.

Step 3: Paint the box and both sides of the 2  cut flaps yellow.

Step 4: Cut  (2) 2-inch sections off of the paper towel roll. Paint black or cover with a strip of black construction paper. Cut 2 circles out of the foil just larger than the opening of the roll and use the hot glue to attach to one side. Glue the other end to the box. These will be the “headlights”.

Step 5: Fold one sheet of black construction paper accordion style. Glue just below the headlights.

Step 6: Glue the 2 flaps just below the black construction paper at an angle. Use a strip of hot glue above and below to secure. Then glue a black sheet of construction paper on top.

Step 7: Mix 1 part black paint and 1 part white paint to make gray. Paint the 4 ribbon rolls gray. These will be used for the wheels. Once dry, hot glue to the sides of the box.

Step 8: Make sure the “wheels” are securely glued to the side of the box. Next, take two sheets of black construction paper, cut down the middle hot dog style. Fold the four pieces accordion style. Tape to pieces together using double sided tape to make a long strip. Do the same with the remaining two pieces.

Step 9: Carefully run a strip of hot glue along one edge of the paper. I did four sections, but see what works for you. Gently press the edge around the “wheels” and repeat on the other side.

Step 10: Using the hole puncher, punch out one hole in each notch at the top of the box. Tie a knot on one end to the ribbon and thread through the hole. Thread the ribbon on the opposite hole and tie a know to secure. Repeat on the opposite side creating two straps that will go over your child’s shoulders.

That’s it! Enjoy your bulldozer boxtume! Thanks for reading and leave a comment if you would like to see more ideas for boxtumes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY: Cardboard Playhouse

DIY Cardboard Playhouse
DIY cardboard playhouse from an old wardrobe box

A fun way to reuse an old wardrobe box is to turn it into a playhouse! Kids love playing with boxes and decorating can be just as entertaining as playing with the finished product. For this DIY tutorial I decided to make a playhouse that I can take along for an upcoming event. Read on for step by step instructions.

Cardboard Playhouse Supplies:

  • 1 Wardrobe Box
  • Box Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Marker or pencil
  • Craft Paint
  • Brushes

Step 1: Start with a wardrobe box. Cut off the bottom flaps.

   

Step 2: Using your ruler, cut the top 2 shorter flaps into trapezoids. Use hot glue gun to glue the edges down.

Step 3: Use one of the leftover bottom flaps to cover the gap. Gently score to lines to fold downward. Use hot glue to secure the top piece.

Step 4: Draw your door. I used a frisbee as a template for the window.

Step 5: Carefully cut out the door on 3 sides with the box cutter. (Only adults should handle the box cutter.) Make sure to use something as a cushion between your box and the floor so that you don’t ruin your blade or the scratch the floor. I used a large flat piece of cardboard.

Step 6: Time to make it pretty! Paint and decorate it any way you like!

  

Have fun and make sure not to leave it outside in the rain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movers for Moms 2017 Wraps Up

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Wraps Up

Movers for Moms Drive to Help Mothers in Shelters

Community-Supported Program Aids Moms in Crisis on Mother’s Day

 

Spring, Texas, May 22, 2017 — On the second Sunday in May, moms across the country are deservedly showered with attention on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, while most moms are being treated to breakfast in bed or flower deliveries, tens of thousands of women spend their Mother’s Day living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic violence.

 

Heartbreaking statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center state that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.  According to a national study from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, approximately 25 percent of homeless women are homeless because of violence in the home.
As a way to show love and appreciation to mothers this Mother’s Day, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Montgomery County recently hosted its Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring.

 

This year, the Montgomery County moving company worked with local businesses and organizations that included, Kendra Scott – Market Street, YMCA – Shadowbend, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Conroe and Lake Conroe, Re/Max – The Woodlands & Spring to collect essential and comfort items. More than 750 donations were collected and delivered for Mother’s Day to those living in the Montgomery County Women’s Center’s shelter.

 

The Montgomery County Women’s Center (MCWC) was first incorporated in 1982 as the Montgomery County Rape Crisis Coalition, but changed their name in 1986 as the goals of the agency expanded. This domestic violence resource center serves victims and survivors in Montgomery County, Texas. They provide safe and accessible services to all people affected by domestic violence. MCWC helps the community by providing a free 24/7 confidential hotline, emergency shelter and transitional housing, counseling, safety planning and court processes through their outreach programs. In addition, they help to raise awareness of domestic violence through extensive community education and training.

 

This spring marked the 10th anniversary of Movers for Moms®. Since its introduction, the program has expanded nationally to all 39 states and more than 300 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year to-date, with more than 285,000 items collected for donation to hundreds of shelters across the country. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s goal was to collect 350,000 items for moms in need across the country.

 

Follow Movers for Moms® online at www.twomenandatruck.com/moversformoms, www.facebook.com/MoversforMoms, or @MoversforMoms for more information.

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are 349 national locations and 2,700 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates more than 380 locations and 2,800 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than 6 million moves since its inception in 1985. The company has seen consistent monthly growth dating back to December 2009; more than 65 months of consecutive growth. Each location is independently owned and operated. For franchising opportunities, visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com

Movers for Moms 2017

Our Movers for Moms 2017 campaign is off to a great start! Our kick-off event was hosted by Kendra Scott – Market Street on Friday, March 24th.  Shoppers supported Movers for Moms with each purchase. Kendra Scott donated 20% of proceeds to the Movers for Moms designated non-profit: Montgomery County Women’s Center.

Local companies who have joined forces to support mothers in need this Mother’s Day include:

  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Lake Conroe
  • Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene – Conroe
  • Coldwell Banker United – Lake Conroe
  • Re/Max – The Woodlands & Spring
  • YMCA – Branch Crossing
  • YMCA – Shadowbend

Each of these locations is serving as a collection site for donations. All donations will be picked up and delivered to the Montgomery County Women’s Center in time for Mother’s Day.

Moving People Forward: New General Manager

David Johnson headshot-2014We are proud to announce that David has accepted the role of General Manager!

David joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team shortly after the Montgomery County office opened in 2006. He started on the front lines and from the start embodied our CORE VALUES. He was promoted to customer service representative in early 2007 and by summer of 2007 was promoted to management. David has held many roles in management and we are confident he will continue to excel in his latest role as GM.  

 

Movers Giving Back in 2017

Two Men and a Truck is committed to giving back to our local community. As the Movers Who Care, we have access to critical resources such as trained movers and trucks able to haul big loads. Our sponsorships are primarily made through in-kind donations of moving services. Our goal is to donate up to $18,000 in moving services in 2017! 

In 2016, organizations who benefited from donated moving services included the local chapters of American Cancer Society, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, and  Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

To apply, please complete the Donated Services Request Form (found on our website) and email it to claudia.ziara@twomen.com and info0262@gmail.com. Details regarding eligibility and how to apply will be found on the Community Service page of our website.

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

We celebrated the upcoming holiday with a Thanksgiving themed breakfast at our monthly training meeting this week.

_mg_4795Operations Manager, Kris Ishop, kicked off the meeting with a lively and interactive history lesson about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. As Movers and Drivers dug into their meal, each person also shared what they were most thankful for this year.

_mg_4812There were many smiles and nods of agreement as family, faith and work were mentioned. There were also many laughs as team members listed good food and  favorite sports teams on their list!

_mg_4825The meeting ended on a high note and crews dispersed to begin the day’s moves. We are thankful for each member of our team and for our wonderful customers who trust us time and again. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!