A Look Back at 2022

Favorites, Projects

Before we get too far into 2023, we wanted to take a look back at 2022.

This past year was filled with special travel experiences, gardening galore, and of course, lots of projects. Here are some of our favorites from 2022:

Capturing Memories in our DIY Disney Autograph Book with Photos

This Fall marked our second trip to Disney World. We had so much fun exploring the Parks, visiting our favorite characters, and making lots of memories. The kiddos love looking through our DIY autograph books; we combined autographs with photos of the kids with the characters.


✨DIY Disney Autograph Book✨ We made a quick and simple book of note cards for the parks. Back home, we added the character autographs to a photo album along with photos of the kiddos meeting the characters. This is a wonderful, inexpensive (and our favorite) Disney souvenir. Search “Disney” at creativelyhome.com for more details. #charactermeetandgreet #meetandgreet #disneymeetandgreet #disney #disneyworld #disneyautographs #disneyautographbook #disneymom #disneydiy #diydisney #disneytiktok

♬ Be Our Guest (From “Beauty and the Beast”) – Chocolate Ice Cream

Celebrating Sisu and Encanto

My daughter fell in love with Sisu, the dragon from Raya and the Last Dragon, before even seeing the movie. The funny and adorable dragon inspired her birthday party, including homemade hats with horns and mane, a Sisu-shaped cake using melted candy, and diamond gem piñata.


🎂Make a Sisu dragon birthday cake using Candy Melts to create Sisu’s head, scales, and tail. Inspired by @Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. For the details search “Sisu” at creativelyhome.com. #disneyraya #disneysisu #sisudragon #disneydiy #diycake #disneyparty #diypartyideas #disneyreels

♬ Lead the Way – Jhené Aiko
look back at 2022 - Girl dancing in Sisu inspired dress and party hat

She also wanted a Sisu-inspired dress, so used a store-bought dress as a base and added a tulle skirt reminiscent of Sisu’s mane. The Sisu dress not only served as her birthday party dress, it’s in everyday rotation and was also her first-choice for Halloween.

foam board Encanto Casita

We couldn’t pass up re-creating our other favorite Disney movie this year – Encanto. The kids had a blast making a DIY Casita from foam board.

My daughter was drawn to Isabela – most likely because of their shared love of flowers. We used the same store bought dress from the Sisu dress as the base, then added layers of tulle and satin to recreate Isabela’s dress (but with much less work).

Enjoying the Fruits (and Vegetables) of Our Garden

look back at 2022 - kids digging in garden

My husband Dean is our garden maestro and was off to a great start with his solid garden plan.

He also created a wonderfully handy mounted garden tool storage box using leftover fence pickets.


🌱 🥒 We repurposed old cedar fence pickets to make a garden tool storage box. Mounted right on our fence, the tools are easy to reach but out of the way. 🥕🥔 Check out our process – search “garden tool” at creativelyhome.com. #diyproject #imadethis #doityourself #repurpose #gardening #gardentoolstorage #diyidea

♬ Benny and Chiquitita – reymifasol

With a plentiful zucchini crop, we enjoyed lots of zucchini bread and delicious grilled stuffed zucchini boats.


Garden overflowing with zucchini? Scoop, stuff, and grill! Check out the recipe on our blog by searching “zucchini boat” on creativelyhome.com. #grilling #veggies #zucchinirecipes #gardenrecipes #veggierecipes

♬ The Happy Go Lucky Guitar (Album Version) – The Derailers

Putting the garden to bed for the winter was almost as much fun as planting.

Trying to Organize Our Ever Expanding LEGOs

The kiddos’ love for LEGOs started early and continues to grow. With the innumerable benefits of LEGO (from problem-solving to creativity to motor-skills), we’re embracing this hobby. As LEGOs slowly take over our house, we’re embarking on an ever-evolving LEGO organization saga. In Episode 1, we started with LEGO instruction books in 3-ring binders and plastic sheet protectors.

look back at 2022 - Completed LEGO model storage

Episode 2 moved on to storing LEGO models. Next up – organizing our bricks.

Creating Art

Last year, we revisted a project we first tackled when the kids were 1 1/2 and 3 – creating a paint-by-color base for the kiddos to add detail. As they got older, they continued to enjoy the process, adding more detail to the solid base.

We explored lots of ways to use Mala squeeze paint from Ikea. From “marbled” paper, to stamping with bubble wrap, to painting with cars, the kids loved creating hangable art and thank you cards.

Using Branches For Random Projects

DIY reversible pumpkin snowman

Somehow we ended up with a bunch of logs, which ended up being very useful for a variety of projects. Our reversible snowman pumpkin stack is a fun and easy holiday craft.


🎃 DIY Reversible Pumpkin Snowman ⛄️. This is a fun craft to celebrate both fall and winter. A great project for kids and adults!! For details search “pumpkin” at creativelyhome.com. #woodslicecraft #fallcraft #halloween #kidcraft #halloweencraft #snowmancraft #diy #diykids

♬ Halloweentown Theme – Retrospectre
look back at 2022 - yule log stack

The kiddos had a great time clipping and using winter greens to decorate a Yule log stack.


🪵✨ DIY Yule log stack ✨🪵 Except for cutting the logs, kids can help secure the logs together with wire, wrap with lights, and decorate with greens and ribbon. Older kids can even help trim and collect greens-with supervision and assistance. For tutorial, search “Yule” at creativelyhome.com. #christmas #christmasdecor #christmascrafts #diyyulelog #wintercraft #kidcraft #diy #christmasdecorations #wintercrafts #christmastiktok

♬ White Christmas – The Drifters

We created a family of tree branch reindeer to decorate our yard and create company for our neighborhood deer.


🪵DIY Tree Branch Reindeer🦌 Transform a tree branch into an adorable outdoor decoration. Make one or a family of reindeer for your yard. For instructions, search reindeer at creativelyhome.com. #christmas #christmasdecor #diyreindeer #diy #diyprojects #diychristmas #xmas #outdoordecor #christmasdecorating #wintercrafts #christmascrafts

♬ Christmas Tree Farm – Taylor Swift

Revisiting all our fun and work over the last year is so fun and rewarding. We look forward to more projects ahead.

favorite projects of 2022