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Keeping my everyday silverware handy is something that I like to do, and with a decorative silverware caddy I can keep it on the table or bring it outside for picnics. This works so well for me because I can keep my nicer silver flatware packed away for special occasions and easily reach for my everyday set. (more…)
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Do you have any old sheets in your linen closet, that you don’t use anymore? Are you tired of them cluttering up your closet? Why not use them to create a fun and decorative craft? Get out your oldest, softest sheets and convert them into pillow cases. Why waste something that can be up-cycled so easily? The best part is that there is no hassle of using a sewing machine too! That’s what I did, using the following steps: (more…)
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A craft organizer can not only keep your craft supplies organized but it can also keep your room cleaner. You don’t have to buy a craft organizer. Instead, you can create a personalized craft organizer with the help of some cardboard boxes. Here are some items you will need to make a good organizer.
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Vanity makeup tables are not only functional. They can also be an eye pleasing part of a bedroom’s decor. You can beautify a simple vanity set using the following ideas.
Pick a simple makeup vanity set and decorate it with wall and glass decals
It is not necessary to buy pricey and decorative vanity makeup tables. You can pick a simple set and decorate the edges its mirror with wall decals. Pick glass or wall decals that complement the color of your vanity set. For instance you can decorate the edge of the vanity’s mirror with Crystal Heiress’ Volleyball crystal decal. This decal is round which is why, it will be ideal for Home Styles’ Bedford vanity table that has a rectangular mirror. You can use large artificial or real flowers to decorate the edges of a round or oval mirror.
Place pictures of your favorite quotes or family around the mirror
Check out the hand painted wood makeup vanity table set available at Coaster. You can pick this table or a similar one that has one large mirror in the middle and two sides having picture frames. Such vanity makeup tables allow you to keep your cherished memories and inspirations close at hand. Featuring ivory/natural oak finish, the hand painted vanity set of Coaster allows you to store your jewelry and make up items. It comes with many drawers and a hide-away jewelry storage behind the centered mirror.
Paint the wall behind your vanity set
In place of painting the vanity set, paint the wall behind it. It doesn’t matter what color the other three walls have. You just have to choose a contrasting wall color that looks good with the bedroom’s color scheme and with the vanity’s color. For instance if your vanity set is cream in color and your walls are white then you can paint the wall behind vanity in red color.
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Healthy food can make kids active and give many benefits to their growing bodies. A lot of parents struggle to feed healthy food to their kids because many kids are picky when it comes to food whereas some kids are simply easy eaters. Here are some ideas which can help the parents of such kids. These ideas will help you attract the kids towards healthy food.
1. Prepare their favorite dishes at home
Some kids like chips, burgers and other junk food items. If your kids also like this kind of food then be a smart parent and prepare healthier food at home. One of the major advantages of doing this is that you can ask your kids to finish their vegetables or salad before they start to have fries. Strike deals with them and ask them to finish a bowl of fresh fruit salad before they start to have a burger or a pizza.
2. Give special utensils to the kids
Check out some kids fork and spoon sets online. Picking out cute utensils is a great way to attract them to the idea of eating at home more because they’ll want to use their new fork and knife set. The Princess by Tomy flatware is an ideal gift for baby girls. The colorful spoons and forks of these sets feature the prints of different Disney princesses. They help the kids to eat easily. Don’t forget to check out the very pretty Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch 21 piece Bella Butterfly picnic set. This one can be a good birthday present for your kid or niece.
3. Pick fresh fruits and vegetable with the kids
Don’t by fresh fruits and vegetable all by yourself. Take your kids along and teach them how to pick the best fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to tell them the benefits of each fruit and vegetable. This will make the kids more interested in vegetables and fruits.
4. Make a list of fruits and vegetables with vitamins and minerals with the kids
Mention the benefits of some fruits and vegetables on a piece of paper. Also, mention what they are rich in. Stick this list on the refrigerator and ask the kids to pick the vegetables having specific vitamins. This game will help them learn the importance of healthy food.
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Some people sew because it is their hobby while some others sew because they earn a living through it. For people of both the categories, it is important to keep the sewing items organized. Sharp items like scissors and needles should be out of children’s’ reach. So, check out the following steps to keep your sewing items well organized.
1. Collect all the necessary sewing items
Collect all the sewing items that are available in the home. Along with this, buy some good quality sewing items. You should have scissors, straight pins, a pin holder, a tape measure, dressmaker’s carbon paper, a gauge, a seam ripper, sewing needles and threads. Make sure you have two durable scissors. Go for quilting pins with colorful heads because they are easy to handle. Pick a magnetic pin holder to keep the pins from falling off. Also, go for an adhesive measure tape instead of the simple one. The adhesive measuring tape stays in its place and helps you to keep track of the length. You can simply apply such a tape to a saw station, a router table, or a work table top. The Starrett Measure Stix tape can be easily cut to custom lengths. You can pick bright Pro Tapes Pro-Measurement ruler tape that has an adhesive backing. This is a Yellow tape that’s easily visible from a distance.
2. Create a sewing kit with the help of a nice and spacious box
You can pick a wooden decorative sewing box from Overstock. This box can help you store your cash or sewing items safely. It gives an Asian and aesthetic charm to your home décor. This box can also be an antiqued decorative accessory featuring a faded and worn color. Constructed of strong and durable wood, this box is perfect for your sewing items. You can also check out some other sewing boxes online. Create a sewing box using an old box that’s available in the house. You can paint and decorate this box.
3. Put all your sewing items in the box and close the lid tightly
Last but not the least, put all your sewing items in your box. You can use rectangular cardboard pieces to create different sections in the sewing box. This will help you organize your sewing box in a better way. You can keep the scissors in one section, threads in the second one and rest of the stuff in the third one.
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The holidays are over but the fun of home decoration never ends. It is now tome to update your home and to get rid of all of the Christmas decorations. Some throw blankets and some creative ideas can help you decorate your place. You can also choose a stunning throw blanket gift for your friends and help them redecorate their homes after Christmas is over. Here are some tips which may help you beautify your home.
Decorate your living room with some throw blankets
Use a solid or printed throw to decorate your living room’s sofa. Take a complimenting throw blanket and lift off the sofa’s cushions. Now open the throw blanket and place it right in the middle of the sofa. Make sure you pick a blanket that doesn’t cover the whole breadth of your sofa. The blanket should leave equal space on its right and left. Pick some simple and solid Chenille throws available at Things Remembered. These throws come in various solid colors. They are baby-soft and wooly, having a distinctive texture. Keep this blanket’s hem under the cushions. Make sure it is not visible from the front. The blanket should look like a part of your sofa. So, make sure it hugs the sofa tightly. To finish off, put some throw pillows on the sofa. Use a Family Tree throw to decorate the living room chairs. Pick one of these and let your parents or grandparents be proud of the family they have created. These richly colored and personalized throws are perfect for a dining room or bedroom chair.
Decorate your bedroom with long and warm throw blankets
You can decorate your bed with a long Snuggle Fleece Argyle throw blanket. This is a cuddly blanket that keeps your bedroom super warm. Featuring the ultra soft comfort and coziness, this blanket is perfect for sleeping, snuggling, watching TV, reading etc. It comes with a pretty pink and blue argyle design with white contrast stitching. It has an attached pocket which helps you fold it easily and to use it as a pillow. Just fold this blanket and keep it on the bottom of your bed. Don’t forget to pick a longer and printed throw blanket as well. You can place it just above the first one. This will make your bedroom more colorful and comfy.
Decorate your kid’s room with a suitable blanket
You can decorate your kid’s room with a blanket regardless of his/her age. Go for A Mother’s Love throw available at Things Remembered if your kid is a teenager or younger. Hang this blanket on the wall or drape it over an antique chair. You can pick the Graduate personalized fleece blanket to surprise your newly graduate kid. Available at PersonalizationMall, this throw blanket gift comes with your kid’s name and the graduation year.
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Hello craft enthusiasts! It’s been a long break but we’re back from our holiday craft frenzy to bring you even more lovely projects than before. We hope you have had a wonderful new year and we can’t wait to share with you all of the exciting and new ideas that we have. And now, onto our next great project!
I am a huge Disney fanatic. Not only do I love places like Disneyland and all of its little secrets, but I also adore almost every Disney movie. My favorite Disney movie that came out recently was Tangled, with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. And by far, my absolute favorite scene in that movie the scene where Flynn and Rapunzel are out on the water watching the floating lanterns. It always manages to take my breath away. Since we’re a huge fan of not only simple crafts, but also heart-warming ones, we’re here to tell you all about how you can make your own lanterns for whatever reason you want. Keep reading to see what you’ll need.
What you’ll need
- Hanging paper lanterns
- Tea lights
- Paints or crayons
What to do
- All you’ll need to make your own lantern are a few very simple tools. What we suggest you do is to take the hanging paper lantern that you have and paint on the outside of it. You can paint anything, form words to drawings, even wishes that your children made on the outside of it.
- Once the paint has dried on the outside of the lantern. Take some tape and tape the long toothpicks to the outside of the lantern, making sure that the ends are off the side of the lantern.
- After you have your readied lantern, take it and place it inside the Styrofoam.
- Place your candle inside your lantern, making sure that there is enough room in between the candle and the sides for you don’t want it to burn.
- Take the lantern outside and place it on your pool or outside on a table and watch them glow.
That wraps it up for one of our newer ideas. Stay tuned to see what else we have in store for you. Good luck and we can’t wait to hear from you on your own creative ideas.
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I love the art deco feel of trunks and vanity tables with mirrored surfaces, but cringe at the price tag of these reflective furniture pieces. So I was happy to find a lot of tutorials on Pinterest on how to mirror furniture yourself.
Making DIY mirrored furniture can be a little difficult and definitely will take longer than an hour for the finished product, but you can save hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself, especially if you’re using old furniture that you bought from a yard sale.
What you need:
First up, you will want a piece of furniture to mirror. A piece with large, flat vertical surfaces will work, such as a nightstand, a vanity, or a set of drawers. You don’t have to add mirrors all over the entire piece – adding a reflective surface to the most prominent sections of the piece will be easiest and still look impressive.
- For simple mirroring: A mirror slightly smaller than the size of the panel you want, optional: molding to frame the sides of the mirror
- For more extensive mirroring: Large pieces of mirror panels, glass cutter, ruler, very fine (220 grit) sandpaper
- Liquid nails, an adhesive used specifically for mirrors and glass
- Coarse (40-60 grit) sandpaper
- Spray paint: silver (try Rustoleum) or black
What to do:
Remove knobs and sand the furniture you want to mirror.
Apply 3-4 coats of spray paint on the piece, or as many coats necessary to cover the piece.
For the surfaces you plan on mirroring, use coarse sandpaper and lightly sand these areas.
Measure and cut your mirrors to your desired size with the glass cutter. If you haven’t used a mirror cutter, it’s probably best to buy more mirrors than what you think you will need in case you break a piece. After you’ve cut your mirror pieces, sand the edges with very fine sandpaper.
Apply liquid nails to the back of your mirror pieces and press into the area you want mirrored within 10 minutes of application. Be sure to follow the directions on the liquid nails tube for the drying time.
If using molding: spray paint your molding. Then apply liquid nails to the back of the molding and place it around any mirrors on your furniture.
Reattach the knobs, and you’re done!
Have you ever tried making your own perfume? It’s not too hard to make at home, as it turns out.
Recently I went to the Bizarre Bazaar, a fair in San Francisco where independent sellers of the Etsy crowd sell handmade goods. Amidst a motley arrangement of triangle-shaped earrings, bacon truffles, and wood cutting boards was the alluring fragrance of indie roll-on perfumes.
As I sampled floral roll-on scents like lavender and rose, I felt the DIY itch to create my own personalized perfume.
Creating your own perfume can often be cheaper than buying a perfume in the store, with the added benefit that your homemade perfume will lack most of the damaging chemicals found in commercial varieties. With a little experimentation, you can create a fragrance that’s as sweet as the cucumber and apple-smelling DKNY Be Delicious.
What you’ll need:
… to distill your fragrance (i.e., make an essential oil)
- A plant or a combination of plants whose scent you’d like to capture through distillation. Some scents to consider are rose petals, citrus leaves and blossoms, rosemary, or jasmine. Leave out any stems, as this generally spoils the scent.
- Perfumer’s alcohol, or 190 proof organic neutral grape alcohol, or Everclear – this is the solvent that you’ll extract your plant fragrance into
- A clean Mason gar
- Fiberglass netting
…to create perfume oil
- Approximately ½ ounce of base oil to mix your essential oil into, such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil
- A dark colored glass bottle to store your perfume oil in
What to do:
Pick your intended plant scents when they are most fragrant, and be sure that they’re aired out until limp but not dry. Leave the leaves and petals intact as there is no need to crush or chop them.
Place the plant material into your Mason jar. Pour the grape alcohol or Everclear over it until the alcohol touches the top of the material. Swirl or shake the jar a little bit to allow mixing. Place your jar away from sunlight, in an area that’s at room temperature.
Let it sit for a day, then strain the plant material through the netting, being careful to preserve the alcohol.
Add more plant material to the Mason jar and pour your already-infused alcohol over this without adding more. Do this at least six times – you may need to do it more than two dozen times until the product is finished.
Before you can use your perfume, it has to be diluted with oil, making what’s called a “perfume oil.” First, pour your jojoba or sweet almond oil into a clean dark colored glass bottle. Then add about 25 drops of your essential oil(s). Mix different kinds of essential oils in different amounts and different orders to experiment with your fragrance! Let your concoction sit for at least 48 hours until use.
To make the process easier, you can simply buy essential oils instead of going through the distillation process.
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