10 Personalized Wall Art DIYs

Create a home that really represents you, your family, and your style by trying a few of these personalized wall art DIY projects. 10 Personalized Wall Art DIYs ~ Tipsaholic.com #art #diy #project


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There are all kinds of tutorials, projects and printables available for DIY decorating at home, but very few of them offer the kind of personalization that really represent you and your family. Choose one of these personalized wall art projects to create something that will show all of your guests who you are and what you love.

 

1. Monogram letter

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If you don’t have a lot of time, this fabric-covered monogram letter is a great project to do in a single session. Use the first letter of your first or last name, or step outside the box and use one that represents your favorite sports team or alma mater.

 

 

2. Scrabble tile names

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Fill an empty wall in your home with this fun idea. Make “Scrabble” tiles using simple boards cut into squares, then mod-podge letters and numbers onto the faces. Names of family members are great but you can also use the names of places you love or words that inspire you. Make it your own!

 

 

3. Embroidered family handprints

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Make a sweet set of family handprints that will really last by tracing each family member’s hand and then embroidering it for a keepsake. Choose colors that work together but can be distinguished when layered so that each handprint stands out.

 

 

4. Paint handprint word art

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This project turns simple paint handprints into a great piece for your living room or kitchen. You can use the word “family,” your last name, or another word that describes or inspires you. Be sure to allow one layer of paint dry before adding more so that the colors don’t mix.

 

 

5. Geometric magazine art

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A teen’s room or a modern home would be the perfect place to hang this DIY art. Use images cut from your favorite magazines to piece together a geometric design and paint it with whatever colors you like!

 

 

6. Skyline string art

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You’ve seen string art, but you may not have seen it like this. The tutorial here is for your typical heart and state string art, but the same techniques can be applied to the skyline of the city you live in or a city you love. Just trace it onto a large board and place nails on the traced line and around the outer edge of the board, then go crazy with the string.

 

 

7. Travel photo map

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Show your love of wanderlust with a fun project like this one. Keep a record of where you’ve been by using photos to fill in a map, whether it is the United States or a larger map of the world. Remember to take a photo for each place you visit!

 

 

8. Song lyrics art

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Most of us can think of a song that really means something to us or uses words that we relate to. Turn that song into cool décor by stenciling it onto a painted canvas or large board. You can highlight particular words by painting them a contrasting color or make a diptych or triptych style piece by using more than one board.

 

 

9. Photo clock

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Basic clock kits can be found at craft stores or online and are the perfect way to turn a favorite photo of a pet or family member into a personalized clock. Mount your photo onto foam board to give it the thickness it needs to support the clock piece. A Beautiful Mess even got creative and colored the clock pieces with nail polish for added fun!

 

 

10. Carved initials painting

Create a home that really represents you, your family, and your style by trying a few of these personalized wall art DIY projects. 10 Personalized Wall Art DIYs ~ Tipsaholic.com #art #diy #project

This is a great idea for a customized painting. It looks difficult but is actually incredibly easy! Use masking tape to mark off and paint around the trees, then follow the rest of the tutorial to get the birch tree look. The icing on the cake with this project is the copper leafing that spells out the initials of you and your love.

 

 

Featured image via A Beautiful Mess.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 DIY Wedding Ideas

If a wedding is in your future, check out these sweet DIY wedding ideas. Decorations, place cards and more to make your day special. 10 DIY Wedding Ideas via @tipsaholic #wedding #diy #bridal #decorations

 

10 DIY Wedding Ideas

Cheryl Seidel, etiquette expert, and regular contributing writer for the Huffington Post, shares her expert advice on the perfect DIY wedding ideas! Every bride dreams of having the perfect wedding- a day that is unforgettable, fun, and beautiful. Over the past few years, the Do-It-Yourself Wedding has become very popular because many brides are on a budget, but want to add a unique or high end touch to their special day. Whatever your wedding theme or colors, we’re sure that you can find something on this list to incorporate into your wedding!

 

DIY WEDDING DECORATIONS

 

String Art

What do you get when you combine a piece of wood, nails, and string? This sweet piece of art! The heart may be the obvious choice for your wedding, but this can be customized any way you’d like.

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DIY String Heart by Green Wedding Shoes

 

Floral Letters

Large, decorative letters are an excellent way to add a special touch to your wedding. We like this X and O, but what about using this method for a monogram? This tutorial uses fresh flowers, but if you made it with silk flowers it could be displayed in your new home after your wedding.

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Floral Letters by Honestly Yum

 

Glitter Tea Light Holders

This may be the quickest DIY project ever! Spray on some glue, sprinkle some glitter and voila you’ve added a little sparkle to your wedding décor!

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Pearl Letters

This project is somewhat tedious, but the end results are definitely worth it. (And you can catch up on your favorite TV show while working!) The pearls in this photo were spray painted metallic rose gold, but you could leave them white if you prefer. This method would also make beautiful table numbers or cake toppers!

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Pearl Letters by Fancy Pants Weddings

Terrarium Centerpieces

These lovely terrariums can be created well in advance of your wedding and would be perfect for a beach wedding. Collect some glass containers and get working! You can even make mini versions as your wedding favors.

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Terrarium Centerpieces by Something Turqouise

 

DIY ESCORT & PLACE CARDS

 

Color Dipped Cork Card Holder

These adorable cork placecard holders will add a pop of color to your reception. And they’re so simple you could have your flower girl or ring bearer get in on the action. (P.S. You don’t have to drink tons of wine to make these. The cork lids can be found at most craft stores!)

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Cork Place Card Holders by The Vault Files

 

Colorful Pocket Escort Card Display

If you like to scrapbook, then this is a great project is for you! This would be an eye-catching display at the entrance of your reception and you can customize the colors to match your wedding.

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DIY Escort Cards by Something Turquoise

 

Vintage Wood Table Numbers

A DIY list wouldn’t be complete unless mod podge was involved, right? These table numbers are crafted from from rustic wood, but this concept can be applied to any kind of wood you’d like. Design and print your table numbers then mod podge away.

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Wood Table Numbers by Green Wedding Shoes

 

Spice Dip Favor

Buy spices in bulk and create these little glass bottles for your guests to take home. You can even tie them in to your wedding by matching the spice to your family heritage or wedding cuisine.

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Spice Favors by Something Turquoise

Berry Jam Favor

Summer is the perfect time to spread the love (get it?) with these jam wedding favors. If you have time, make your own jam. Otherwise, you can purchase small jars of jam and personalize them with a new label and some ribbon. Click the picture for lots of recipes and labels!

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Jam Favor by Bridal Musings

 

Oreo Pop Favor

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t love a delicious Oreo? I think not. Jazz ‘em up and hand ‘em out! The options are endless!

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About Cheryl Seidel:

Seidel is a sought after etiquette expert and regular contributor for The Huffington Post and author of the popular Ask Cheryl blog. She helps advise readers with handy tips on how much to spend, when gift giving is appropriate and other would-have-loved-to-know-that-when moments in gift giving, She is also the founder and President ofwww.RegistryFinder.com, an intuitive search engine that helps gift givers quickly and easily find online registries for weddings, baby showers, graduations and more.  Seidel  has 22 years of business experience, with concentrations in new product development and consumer advertising and promotion.

 

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How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

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Minimalism doesn’t mean a space has to remain empty. Dial back the quantity and increase the quality when it comes to the artwork, sculpture, shelving, paint, and other wall décor you use in your home. Apply a few of these tips to design something great and start to decorate walls in your minimalist home with less fuss!

 

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

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Focus on color

Color is an obvious go-to when you want to add to a space without adding to your possessions. Paint a wall in a bold color if you want to make it the main attraction in a room, or use a softer color if you plan to add art. Art is a great way to add color and it can really tie a room together when used to compare colors for other elements such as furniture and rugs.

 

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

Image via A Beautiful Mess

Focus on shape

A space with little personality can be given a quick punch by playing with shapes on the wall. Shelving built in fun shapes can be functional and decorative at the same time, which is a bonus for minimalists. Try these DIY “honeycomb” shelves if you’ve got a way with tools. Sculpture and art are also great ways to add shapes to a wall. For quality art at lower prices, search sites like Etsy for up-an-coming artists.

 

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

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Focus on texture

A textured wall can be the focal point of a room and often needs little else. Wood, brick, stone, and board and batten or other wall add-ons can all bring a touch of décor without adding long-term maintenance like that required by furniture and knick-knacks. If a full wall of texture seems a bit overwhelming, another option is to use textured wall hangings or try a fun wall décor project like this macramé creation.

 

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Focus on size

“Go big or go home” is a phrase worth remembering when it comes to minimalist wall design. If you’ve got a lot of space, one of the easiest ways to fill it is with a something big, whether it’s art, a mirror, shelving, or hey, even a television. If a single piece doesn’t appeal to you, try choosing a collection of smaller items, but keep the collection small to stay in line with minimalism.

 

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

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Focus on contrast

Contrasting colors, textures, and shapes draw the eye in with minimal effort. A large mirror against a wall, a bright painting on neutral colors, or a wall-hanging with bold patterns on a plain background are all simple ways to add decorative contrast to your walls.

 

A minimalist home doesn't mean a boring home. Use these tips to decorate walls in your home while keeping things minimalist and simple. How to Decorate Walls as a Minimalist ~ Tipsaholic.com #minimalism #decorating

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Focus on meaning

Rather than decorating your walls with something new, take a look into some of the boxes you may have containing family heirlooms and photographs. Consider enlarging and framing photos, hanging homemade quilts, or placing other sentimental items on simple shelves. Limit yourself to a few of your most meaningful items but let your history and personality show. In the end, these are the things that make any house a home.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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How to Take a Good Picture of Food

Learn how to capture a good picture of food. Share all your great pictures on social media. How to Take a Good Picture of Food via @tipsaholic #food #photography #photos #socialmedia

How to Take a Good Picture of Food

Food photography is hard, but so many people are doing it… or trying to anyway

How to Take a Good Picture of Food

 

When was the last time you signed onto social media and saw a picture of what a friend or celebrity was eating? Probably today. And no, filters don’t make it look that much better. Pictures of food can look just as delicious as the main course itself… if you follow simple tips to showcase what you are about to eat, or already eating in some cases.

 

Florida resident Chef Apple (IAmChefApple.com) attended culinary school in Paris, worked in and owned upscale restaurants, has written cookbooks and whipped up many delicious meals in the kitchens of stars like best selling author Tom Clancy, Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, Illusionist David Copperfield and late actor and comedian Robin Williams. Now, she wants to help all of those “food photographers” learn a thing or two. Here are her five simple to steps to making your grub look good.

 

1. Let the food cool before snapping the pic. If it’s hot, you can’t spray it with olive oil to make it glisten.

 

2. Use natural light. A flash will ruin the picture. If you can’t get near a window or door, turn on the lights and make sure there are no shadows near the plate.

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3. Think of the entire image. What’s in the background? Throw in some unique, colorful plates and bowls or towels.

 

4. Try a few different angles. Shot the bowl from the top, then from the side, but at an angle. It’s also cool to see the food half eaten with some crumbs on the plate.

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5. Throw in a garnish or some drizzle to show that it doesn’t only taste good, but looks good too.

 

Note: These photos are taken with Apple’s iPhone – that can be put her in her pocket; isn’t intrusive when she is out and decides she wants to snap a pic; and has a great camera

 

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Ultimate Upcycling: Turning Trash to Treasure Infographic

Ultimate Upcycling Turning Trash to Treasure Infographic

A major trend on Pinterest these days is redoing. It is amazing all the beautiful transformations that are shared. From small pieces to large furniture. A little elbow grease and paint can go a long way. Upcycling can be a great way to breathe new life into something old. Want to try your hand at upcycling? Check out this guide to Ultimate Upcycling: Turning Trash to Treasure from Cleaning Services Group. There are lots of great advantages, plus it’s fun!

A little elbow grease and paint can go a long way. Upcycling can be a great way to breathe new life into something old. Want to try your hand at upcycling? Check out this guide to Ultimate Upcycling: Turning Trash to Treasure via @tipsaholic #upcycle #redo #furniture #upcycling

 

What a bunch of great tips. I can’t wait to try them. Have you tried upcyling? If you have how has it turned out?

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How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful

Don't settle for basic snapshots of your most important memories, use these tips to improve your photography skills and make your photos more meaningful. How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful ~ Tipsaholic.com #photography #photos

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When we are in a moment and hope that the memory of it will last, we sometimes take a photo to remind us. But too often, the photos we take focus more on saying “cheese” than on the real elements of the moment. Use these five tools to make your photos more meaningful today.

 

1. Get on the same level as your subject

Whether it is a child, a pet, your grandmother in a wheelchair, or Uncle Albert who used to play college basketball, get on your subject’s level. Try to see things from their point of view and look at things the way they might. Get a close-up of those ants your child notices marching across the sidewalk or snap a photo of Uncle Albert as he ducks under the chandelier in the dining room. Changing your own view point can make a huge difference in your photos.

 

2. Take un-posed shots

Going with the photo-taking favorite of “Say cheese!” will definitely get everyone’s attention, but it will also get you a lot of posed, inauthentic faces. Try going for more candid shots. Capture faces made during conversations, games, cooking dinner, and other moments. Grandma’s head-tilted-back laugh while she talks with her daughter or the intense focus on the faces of young cousins as they make mud pies, are the ones you’ll really treasure.

 

3. Capture raw emotion

You may not always think of pulling out the camera when emotions are running high, particularly in moments of sadness or frustration, but these may turn out to be some of your most moving, poignant photos and may help you process your own thoughts and feelings. When looking for opportunities to take such photos, consider taking your camera along (with permission, if needed) to major events like weddings, births, and homecomings. Look beyond the happy, posed photos and get closer to more intimate scenes. You’ll soon learn when and where you’re likely to find the most memorable images.

 

4. Capture personalities and passions

A truly wonderful photograph will embody the spirit of a person. Some of your most meaningful photo opportunities may come while a person is focused on something they love or showing their true self as they struggle, play, learn, or simply sit and think. Your job is to have your camera ready for those moments. You may also try projects that capture the many faces of a person as you ask them to run the gamut of their emotions. These can preserve the more simple memories you have of someone’s personality, like your child’s funny way of crinkling their nose when you talk about a food they dislike or your mother’s warm smile when you remind her of times you spent reading together.

 

5. Get closer or step back

If many of your photos feel more like they’re just a picture of a random scene than a real moment, change your proximity. In most cases, getting closer to your subjects makes the biggest difference. In other cases, you may want to try a new vantage point. Get up high and look down on a scene or down low and look up. Zoom in on details like hands, mouths, and eyes to cover all of the bits and pieces that describe your feelings in that moment.

 

Once you’ve added these methods to your photography arsenal, remember to print and cherish your photos rather than leaving the memories to fade on your computer’s hard drive. A photo meant to capture a memory is only as meaningful as the conversations it sparks when it is viewed.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could organize and store all of the extra things we don’t want to part ways with. Or if you are temporarily needing to move some of your belongings into a storage unit or room, wouldn’t it be great if you knew it was done properly. It might take some work, but you can rest assured that you will know how to properly organize and store your belongings with The Sparefoot Guide to Self-Storage.Self Storage Infographic

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How to Create the Perfect Container Garden

Creating a container garden can be simple if you follow these tips for choosing the right plants and containers. Spruce up your home with a pot or two! How to Create the Perfect Container Garden ~ Tipsaholic.com #container #garden #gardening

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The vision of a beautiful home often includes images of carefully potted plants and flowers. If you’d like to add to your home’s appeal by planting a few container gardens but are just not sure how, this gardening guide will put you on the right track. Spruce up your porch, patio, and other parts of your home using these tips for designing the perfect container garden.

 

The container itself

Different containers provide different benefits, so don’t just go for the pots with the most eye-catching patterns. The drainage and moisture needs of your plants should be a part of your decision when it comes to containers. You may need to punch some holes in the bottom of a pot if it needs more drainage or plug a few holes if you need less. Wood containers look nice but may be prone to rot. Hanging planters will need frequent watering. You can find more tips on containers here.

 

Know where your pots will live

If you’re filling a pot with sun-loving plants but plan to place it on your porch where there’s only shade, stop! Choose the right types of plants for the areas you want to fill. There are plants that love shade, plants that love sun, and plants that need a little of each. Plan ahead so you don’t end up with dead plants.

 

Choose plants that share growth needs

Sunlight, soil and moisture needs should be similar among the plants sharing a pot. Don’t mix plants that love the sun with plants that love the shade or desert cacti with water-lovers – you’re sure to be disappointed! Purchase the best kind of soil for the plants in each of your pots to get the best growth results.

 

Vary the sizes

Using variations of tall, medium, and small plants to fill all the visual space is one of the first rules in designing a container gardens. Another way to look at this rule is to make sure your pot includes one each of a vertically-growing plant, a horizontally-growing, and one that “cascades” over the sides of the container. Pay attention to what the plants are now versus the way they will be when they are fully grown.

 

Use contrasting plants

Use plants with contrasting colors and textures to give your container garden the most visual interest. A plant with smooth-edged leaves may be complimented by one with jagged edges. A plant with brightly colored blooms may look best next to a tall grass. You may want to buy all of the plants for a particular container at one time so that you can try out different combinations right there in your shopping cart.

 

Think about how the plants will change

The plants you choose may start small but will undoubtedly grow, taking up more space than you may have originally planned. Check the labels or ask nursery attendants for details about the different plants. Some plants may also develop blooms of various kinds and colors and you may need to take that into account if you have a particular color or texture scheme in mind. Also be aware of plants that may attract certain insects or birds — this may be something you want, or it may be something to avoid!

 

Take care in planting

Follow the planting and care instructions for each plant so that you have the best chances of keeping them all alive during the potting process. Moving plants from their original containers to new ones can be stressful for them and they may need some time to adjust before you put them outside, especially if the weather is not ideal. Do your best to care for the plants each day and your container gardens will be a pleasant and eye-catching addition to your home.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities

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Follow along with Summer Family Activities Week by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

 

Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.

 

1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.

 

2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.

 

3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.

 

4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.

 

5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.

 

6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.

 

7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.

 

8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.

 

9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.

 

10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse

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Summer break is the perfect time to break out your fort building skills!  Kids love secret spots, and they’ll love it even more if they help you make it themselves.  You can go the treehouse route, use free plans for a wooden playhouse, string up some blankets or bust out the cardboard boxes!  There are a ton of options for forts, depending on how permanent or portable you want it to be, how big or small, inside or outdoors, and available materials.  If a fort is on your summer bucket list, we’ve got all the inspiration you need. Here are 25 DIY forts you and your kids will love to build.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse1. No need for a tree for this small outdoor fort!  In just about 3 hours you can be finished with this easy wood build.  It uses fencing sections as the walls and includes a hinged door with peephole, flagpole and flag and built-in seating.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse2. Here’s a little outdoor nook that’s got high-style!  The framework and floor of this fort are wooden and come together in a snap with the right tools.  Add 2 drop cloths for the roof and side curtains and you’ve got a breezy little spot to hideaway.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse3. This DIY fort kit is amazing.  It includes everything you need to create your own fort – in a variety of ways – PVC pipes cut to different lengths and connectors, clamps and drop cloths.  You can use the kit inside or outside and create whatever your imagination can dream up!  This is a great one for the kids to use alone!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse4. Use some left over decking wood to create a cute little tree fort.  This fort has two tiers with multiple entrances of ladders and climbing ropes to make for interesting imaginative play.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse5. With some rope, sheets, blankets and a little imagination you can create a huge fort that will fit all the kids!  Just use structures already in your backyard as the main framework – fences, decks, railings, swing sets, etc.  Stretch and tie ropes and lay your blankets over them.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse6. Turn an entire room into your fort space!  Want a fort feeling without being cramped?  Use the whole room and create the tent-like feeling by hanging and draping sheets all along the walls and maybe even overhead.  You’ll get lots of space with the same vibe.  This is ideal for a porch or sunroom area!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse7.  Ask any kids and they’ll tell you: cardboard is the best material to use for fort building!  But what if you want to take that fort outside and the weather is a bit iffy?  Use this tutorial for creating a water-proof cardboard fort!  The kids can definitely help create this one with boxes and duct tape.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse8. This adorable canopy fort is made from flat sheets and a hula hoop!  It’s small enough to use inside, but great for outdoor play too.  All you need is a high enough spot to hang it from.  Plus, you can fold it all up, making it highly portable.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse9. You won’t believe it, but this ridiculously cute little backyard teepee can be constructed in about 5 minutes.  You just need some bamboo sticks, sheets, rope and clamps!  It’s sturdy enough to withstand child’s play, but easy to take down and whip up as well.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse10. Don’t underestimate the power of a good old platform in a tree!  If it’s not too high and your kids are older, you might not even need railings!  Not only is this economical and a time-saver, but it’ll allow the kids to turn it into whatever they like, whenever they like!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse11. This two-story tree fort will likely blow your mind.  It’s built entirely around a tree, with usable upper and lower levels that boast real windows, a porch and balcony.  Plus it’s got real electric lights for nighttime use.  Check out all the little details – like the upper railing that mimics tree branches and the rope and pulley for the bucket.  You’ll need a lot of building materials, time, tools and know-how to recreate something like this, but it just might be worth it.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse12. If you’ve got a tree stump handy, you can create an amazing fort.  Made out of wood, this playhouse styled fort is basically a platform resting on a stump.  It has adorable details, like an open staircase, real wood shutters and a large curtained doorway that can be closed for privacy.  Loaded with kid-friendly color and charm, a tree stump fort is a great fort alternative.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse13. By now, you’ve probably seen pictures of air forts, which are a super easy, no fuss, no mess way to create a secret hiding spot.  All you need is a super large sheet, packing tape and a fan!  If you’ve got this one on your bucket list, check out the tutorial for instructions.  The kids will love it.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse14. Here’s a clever and unique idea for creating a fort for the kids – try roller shades on your table!  It’s perfect for play time, and rolls out of the way and out of sight when eating or entertaining.  You can use this idea indoors or outdoors, all you need are shades, permanent markers and a table tall enough!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse15. This super cute foolproof fort uses a wooden A-frame and curtain panels to create the shape of a tent.  It’s highly portable though, as the curtains are situated on a wooden stick and velcro-d on the bottom.  This is a great play tent for a little person, and can be moved inside or out on whim.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse16. Here’s a collapsible A-frame tent fort that uses a wooden dowel, a sheet and some elastic to create the cover.  It’s a little less build intensive, and more impermanent, but just as adorable and fort-like.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse17. In a stroke of genius, this blogger used the wooden frames and heavyweight fabric from Ikea, along with some ribbon and velcro, to create an eye-catching fort area for her little girl.  The wooden frames are usually used upright as room dividers.  The pops of neon are so fun.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse18. This little fort combines hideaway fun, shady practicality and sandbox play all in one!  For a treeless backyard, a little teepee like this one creates a fun cover that kids will love.  But this teepee steps it up a notch with a sandbox inside – making imaginative play a must.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse19. Make a super easy fort from PVC pipe and fabric.  You can take it down when needed, or move it around and build it wherever you’d like.  It’s small enough to be easy and unobtrusive, but big enough for more than one kid to play or read inside.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse20. Create a fort from found materials around the yard!  This stick fort is amazing.  It’s in the shape of a teepee, and boasts tables and seats made of stumps and logs.  Around the fort this family planted runner beans, so there will be lots of shady vines that grow up the sides.  This is a great idea for using nature, being innovative and creating something permanent WITH your kids that they’ll love to play with.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse21. This pieced together fort was built in a garden over many years.  They began with some stumps and partially dead trees and built a low platform.  They added a gate and lower play area, and over time created the walls, the top frame and finally a roof!  It’s a rustic look and a labor of love that the whole family took part in.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse22. Did you know you can create a living fort?  It’s true!  Willow is an ideal material because it is pliable and will grow from shoots stuck in the dirt!  This living willow fort is formed by weaving stripped willow branches around a domed PVC pipe frame.  They then planted some willow branches all around the fort, which have since grown up and over the fort, clinging to the willow dome.  It’s a great experiment in nature science, engineering, botany, and so forth!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse23. Here’s an awesome and easy to make stick fort kit your kiddos can have hours of fun with – over and over!  All you need to make the kit is some dowels, connectors, styrofoam balls and some non-stick clay.  By sticking the dowels in the balls at different angles, you can form 3-dimensional geometrical shapes, or fun forts!  The forts are non-permeant, can be as big or small as you like and are only limited by your child’s imagination!  Store them easily, then put them up wherever you want, and they’re different every time!

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse24. This cardboard castle fort was built for a birthday party adventure, but any kid would love to play king or queen here, for any reason!  It’s a spacious place to play make-believe with a soft blanket floor and duct tape brick details.

 

Summertime is perfect for fort building. Elaborate or simple, kids love a great secret hideaway. Here are 25 DIY forts for inspiration. 25 DIY Forts to Build With Your Kids This Summer - tipsaholic.com, #fort, #DIY, #treehouse, #playhouse25.  Just to show how incredibly awesome cardboard can be, here’s an amazing multi-room cardboard box fort.  There are nooks and crannies, secret spots, back doors, window boxes with flowers, real curtains, a locking front door and a SKY LIGHT!  It’s all hand-painted – and any kids dream.  It was made by two little girls with killer imaginations and a crazy amount of boxes.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids
 

Follow along with Summer Family Activities Week by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

 

One of the best things about summer is getting the kids outside and having fun. From old school games in the backyard, to crafts in the driveway, to science experiments that leave the kids both learning and laughing, there are so many activities to do. Here are 16 tips for outdoor summer fun with kids.

 

The backyard is a perfect place to set up some games for the kids to play. The family can enjoy spending time together close to home. Plus, many of these ideas could be used to get the whole neighborhood together. Most are simple to put together, but can lead to a lot of fun.

 

1. Backyard twister is perfect way to introduce a game from your childhood. After all it is new to the kids! Just a little paint and your ready.

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Backyard Twister

 

2. Put kids in their ok-to-get-messy-in clothes and let them run through a mud run obstacle course. The one time you won’t say to them, “Stay out of the dirt!”

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Mud Run Obstacle Course

3. While this one takes a little more work, a DIY bean bag toss (or cornhole game to some) could be easily decorated for any event. Plus, it is on the skill level of little kids, but is still lots of fun for those who are older.

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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss Game

4. Boats made from soap can float down a gutter. This can be a race to the finish or make it a cooperative game by have the kids team up to make the most creative looking boat. A great way to clean up without letting the fun end.

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Soap Boat Race

 

5. And for when the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end. Break out the glow sticks for a ring toss.

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Glow Stick Ring Toss

6. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe is a great way to play a classic game and throw some frisbees.

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

 

After the kids have fun running around the backyard, move on to crafts and art projects. Since these can get a little messy, they are perfect for outdoor summer fun.

 

7. This is a simple way to have your kids create art while stilling getting them moving. Dip balls or other objects into paint and let them toss it at a box lined with paper. Instant masterpiece!

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Throw Ball Painting

8. Incorporate the outdoors into the art. Have kids gather leaves, and make a leaf rubbing using whatever color they choose.

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Leaf Rubbings

9. Use the driveway as a canvas and let the kids color with frozen chalk. Perfect for those hot summer days.

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Ice Chalk

10. This masterpiece can be created by having the kids blow bubbles and letting them pop on the paper. The secret is adding a little food coloring to the soap.

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Popped Bubble Art

11. Use what is in nature all around to make art. The kids can grab sticks, leaves, seeds…anything they find, and arrange them into silly faces, or something else. Take a picture to preserve the kid’s creations.

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 Nature Faces

For more summer outdoor fun with kids, add in a few science experiments. With so many things to try there is definitely an idea here that your kids will want to do. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning!

12. A balloon race will put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Balloon Rocket Experiment

13. Set up a science lab in the backyard. Discuss what happens when different chemicals are mixed together such as vinegar and baking soda to mentos and diet coke. Always a hit!

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Backyard Science Lab

14. Talk about the effect the sun has on things. Try out these fun solar science experiments including building the kid’s very own solar powered oven. The nachos will make a great treat.

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Solar Science Experiments

15. This volcano will extend the fun to the beach or the playground sandbox.

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Sand Volcano Fun

 

16. Grow a garden with your kids. It is a great way to teach them about how plants grow.

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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

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25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids

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If your kids share a room, you know the headache it can be to make the most of your space.  What’s the best layout?  How do you fit all the furniture?  How can you create separate but cohesive areas for each child?  How do you bring each personality into the space while making it flow?  And what do you do with all the clothes and clutter??  There are a lot of challenges that can arise with shared bedroom spaces, but there are great benefits as well – not the least of which is a stronger sibling bond.  Whether your kids share a room out of necessity or because you prefer it, the questions of furniture, layout, storage and design are still relevant.  Boys, girls, both, twins, triplets, old and young, there’s a way to make one space work for everyone.  Here are 25 stellar shared bedrooms that will provide all the inspiration you need!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsLumberjack Room  – This is a cute room shared by two young boys.  The design and decor is kept simple and comfortable which will allow it to grow with the boys.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsIndustrial Baseball Room  – This is a great idea for making the most of an awkward space!  By hanging the curtains centered on the wall and therefore off-center from the window a bit, you trick the eye in seeing the window as centered between the two beds.  Genius!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSmall Simple Space for 4  – You’ll never believe how this family fit 3 boys and a baby comfortably in one small bedroom!  It’s amazing!  You’ll have to click over for the details, but the simple, comfortable decor tie the room together beautifully for boys ages 7-newborn.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBunk Beds and Baby  – Not only does this room house three small children, but they’re different genders, as well!  Have you figured out how to make that work?  This post shares a ton of information from furniture, decor and layout, to tips and tricks for making it work for real life.  If you want ideas for how to handle bedtime routines, midnight wake up calls, mornings and nap times while your kids are sharing a space, read on!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSmall Apartment Bedroom for 3  – It’s amazing what you find works even when you’re sure it won’t.  This young family lives in NYC, and has sacrificed space for the experience.  It’s a situation that works well for them, and if you want to see how they make this small bedroom work, just click over.  There’s ideas for keeping things tidy and the sleeping arrangements.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsModern with Vintage Touches  –  This is an adorable space for two young girls. There’s a ton of personality crammed into a small area here – but the white background with the walls, sheer curtains and beds endure that the colors and styles don’t overwhelm the space.  Each girl has their own spots with favorite books within reach and monograms to designate who is where.  The gallery walls add a personal touch to the space so they can really call it their own.  See their solution for closet doors that took up too much space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBedroom Playroom Mixed  – Not only does this room sleep two kids comfortably, it also houses all their toys and books as well!  It’s a shared space between a little girl and baby boy AND a bedroom and playroom – it’s pulling double duty in more ways than one!  It works well because decor and furniture is kept simple, light and bright.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsDIY Inexpensive Vintage Room for 2  –  This entire room is done DIY style on the cheap.  The beds themselves are an amazing touch – completely designed and made by hand and the top lifts for some much needed storage under the mattresses, while there’s still enough space underneath for some DIY “drawer crates” that organize toys.  You have to see what they did with the closet!  This tiny room now has enough space for sleeping AND playing for two active little girls!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExplore! Bedroom/Playroom  – There was no space left untouched during the transformation of this room – which was intended as a bedroom and playroom for a little boy and girl.  The solution for bulky bunk beds that would take up too much space?  Turn the closet into a “bed nook” with separate sleeping spots decorated for each kid.  Other awesome details: a reading loft, a completely wall mounted craft nook, tons of toy drawers that double as benches and a wall of customized wardrobe-style closet space.  It’s a room any kid would love.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTrio of Hanging Beds  –  Get the largest, bulkiest items up off of the floor to create more space underneath – by hanging bunk style beds from the ceiling/walls!  This tiny room is home to three young boys.  Getting the beds up and out of the way created eye catching style and gave them plenty of room to sleep and play.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSimple and Trendy Small Space for Sibs  –  This family needed a double duty room (for play and sleep) that would be comfortable and inviting for a brother/sister combo.  To make it even more challenging, there’s quite a gap in their ages, so it had to appeal to young and old.  They accomplished this by keeping the design very simple and monochromatic, and adding hidden storage where possible.  The result is a peaceful area both kids could appreciate.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsMaking Room for Baby  –  Here’s a super quick room makeover that involves changes to the furniture layout and a few extra decor items to define separate areas for the siblings.   If you’ve got a toddler and a newborn, this is a good idea that features two cribs in one space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSocial Studies Room  –  The decor in this room adorably mirrors the interests of the pre-teen boys who share it – history and geography.  The beds were created with frugality, using old pallets.  The key to success for this shared space is plenty of shelving and dresser storage.  The boys appreciate defined sleeping and storage areas, while the decor and bedding keeps the room cohesive.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsGender Neutral Room To Grow  – This room is long and narrow, and the family made the most of the space by placing the short crib against the shorter wall and the vintage bed at a 90 degree angle.  The decor and colors are kept light and neutral, perfect for kids of different genders.  In the future, this room will turn into a room for three with a trundle bed on wheels pulled from beneath the current twin bed.  With some creative thinking, a good layout and plenty of storage you can make even a small, narrow room work for multiples!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTucked Away Bunks  – A seemingly awkward nook or alcove can be the perfect solution for maximizing space in a shared bedroom.  This bunk bed was designed and handmade to fit into an out of the way corner, making sure that bulky furniture didn’t take up valuable floor space.  The rest of the room features lots of open shelving and a lot of dresser storage to keep treasures safely in their spots.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsCorner Beds  –  The long, rectangular shape of this room along with the placement of french doors and large windows made furniture layout a little less straightforward when planning for two kids.  By placing identical beds in an “L” in one corner, wall space is fully utilized while the middle of the floor is kept free of clutter and bulk.  The functionality of one under-bed drawer is lost, but there are other storage solutions added to the room to make up for it.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsCrib Nook  – Two boys shared this room originally, and it was cozy then.  When a baby girl came along, they converted the closet to a nook for her crib, complete with shelving and decor to feminize her space and make it uniquely her own.  Clothes were put in a dresser between the twin beds.  While it’s a small room, it definitely works for three kids and there’s no lack of space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsColor Blocked Space  – Define separate areas in a shared bedroom by decorating in two different but complimentary colors.  Place a bookshelf or dresser for storage and division.  Start with base colors for each side (in this case, yellow and turquoise) and add pops of the other colors throughout the whole space to make the look cohesive.  It’s simple and unique with lots of individual personality.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExtra Long Bed  – This room features an extra long platform that spans the length of the room.  It’s long enough to fit two twin mattresses on it with some room between.  This is a great solution for sleeping arrangements in a shared space, especially if it’s a narrow room and could benefit by having all the furniture against one wall.  Notice the storage drawers below the bed and the storage shelves above – in coordinated colors that bring a cohesive, put-together feeling to the space.  Though the bed butts up to the closet along the perpendicular wall, the doors slide apart, making it completely usable still.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsIndustrial Space for 3  –   The space beneath the loft bed in this room was just large enough for a king sized mattress, placed perpendicular to the twin above so it juts into the room.  With three young boys in this space, it’s the perfect solution as it eliminates headboards, footboards, and bed frames that take up valuable real estate.  The steel frame of the loft was the perfect inspiration for the industrial decor and storage – a chest with bins for toys and two metal racks, one with metal toolboxes for small treasures and collections and one with galvanized buckets for stuffed animals.  The kids have enough storage and space to sleep and play – even with three in one room!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsAbove Bed Shelving  –  At first glance, this room seems as if it’s not big enough for one child and their accompanying “stuff,” let alone two.  When one of them is a girl and one a boy, making this tiny space work for both seems an insurmountable challenge.  By placing the beds next to each other, but separated by a chest of drawers, there’s a clear division of space.  But what makes this room really work well is the above bed storage – a wall of shelves above each bed for storing special treasures and toys.  Making use of the architecture already present in the space, the beds and shelves look like expensive built-ins.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBuilt-Ins On Both Ends  –  A narrow room like this is best utilized by placing the furniture together against one long wall.  This can be challenging when trying to add everything necessary – like dressers and shelves along with two beds.  This room does it with built-ins – on both sides of the room.  One side is built-in bunk beds with closed storage/cabinets on both ends, and open shelving filling in the remaining space along the wall.  The other wall is a combination of open and closed shelving, so there’s no need for dressers or bookshelves.  Everything has a spot.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsPrivacy Partition  –  Perhaps your kids would appreciate a bit more privacy to their separate areas.  You can accomplish this in nearly any sized bedroom by utilizing some kind of room divider.  The best room divider for a kids’ bedroom will incorporate plenty of storage, as does this large shelf with cubbies.  Putting pegboard on one side of the shelf allows for hanging storage and even more separation.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids5 Kids, 1 Room  – You’ll never believe it, but there are 5 boys in this room.  5 of them!  And it works.  The furniture is kept to a minimum – two small bookshelves, two sets of bunk beds and one toddler bed.  No dressers.  No desks.  With the bunk beds pushed into the corner in an “L”, it gives the look (and space-saving) of built-in bunks.  There are shelves and bins in the closets and under beds for clothing, so no dressers are needed.  A clever solution to keep from feeling too stuffed, even with a herd of boys!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBuilt-In Bunks  –  This is an amazing space for 5 girls.  One wall was changed into built-in bunk beds – with a set of stairs in between.  Each bed is outfitted with a curtain to pull for privacy, a shelf for books and a lamp.  It’s basically like sleeping in a fort, every night.  Below the bunks are oversized drawers for toy storage.  There’s a nook for a dresser built-in across from the beds (which is actually three Ikea dressers put together, but you’d never know it) and on one short wall, they created a closet by hanging curtains along a track in the ceiling.  It’s comfy, it’s bright and cheery and, surprisingly, not at all cramped.

 

Also, check out this sunny, gender neutral shared room with lots of details and tips.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You’ll Love

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIY

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Rustic decor is simple, natural and best of all, inexpensive!  There are tons of decor DIY’s out there for all skill levels, but the best part about rustic decor is the ease with which it can be created.  Common materials are wood of all types (especially reclaimed or pre-used), branches, twigs, stumps, twine, rope, and mason jars – all of which are easily acquired at little to no cost.  If you’re itching to add to your home decor, rustic elements may be just what you need – for your budget and your aesthetic!  Here are 28 easy rustic decor ideas anyone can DIY.

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYFaux Vintage Door Upgrade – If you’ve got an interior door that’s so blah you can’t stand it, you can turn it into an eye-catching “vintage” wooden door with a bit of time and effort.  The results are gorgeously rustic – with no trace of builder grade door left in sight!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYDIY Rustic Shutters – Looking for a stylish alternative to curtains or drapes?  Dress up your windows with some hand crafted shutters.  It sounds difficult, but in actuality is a quick project requiring basic skills.  These interior shutters add country-chic to your home in an unexpected way.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYFarmhouse Coffee Table Revamp – You can turn a bland table into one with lots of rustic charm.  Some cheap wood cut to size and your favorite stain along with construction adhesive and you’ve got a piece with lots of style.  Can’t find a table the right height?  Chop off the legs of an old dining table!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYRustic Headboard – Not sure where to find reclaimed wood?  No problem!  You can still incorporate rustic style by using fresh, store bought wood and aging it yourself.  This headboard is the perfect example of what you can do when new wood is your only option.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYEasy Floating Shelves –  Instead of buying pre-made, straight from the factory, cookie cutter floating shelves, make your own with these free plans!  They’re an easy build, and you can use any wood then stain it, rough it up or glaze it to get the rustic look you want.  Your shelves will be a one-of-a-kind show piece , especially with the added clavos on the front!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYReclaimed Wood Coat Rack –  This distressed wood coat rack offers the perfect marriage of functionality and design.  The elements – distressed painted wood, dark stained shelf, oversized metal hooks – work together to create an eye catching piece with a place for everything!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYBranch Coat Rack –  Here’s a coat rack that’s so easy and cheap (nearly free!) to make, anyone can do it!  Cut branches to various sizes and screw them to a scrap board backing.  You can personalize this anyway you want to with paint and stain, so it can match your entryway!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYRustic Stool With Hairpin Legs –  No one will believe you’ve DIY’d this amazing stool.  While it looks like it started as a stump in the forest which was then turned into an artsy stool for a fashionable, high-end boutique, it’s not.  With some simple to find materials, you can make this step stool – even the hairpin style legs – and wow your friends.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYReclaimed Wood Knife Rack –  Magnetic knife racks are so functional – not only are they space-savers in the kitchen, but they also keep knives within ready reach.  Create a simple version from reclaimed wood for a look that’s more rustic than modern.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYWood Slice Mirror –  Take a cheap, boring mirror from drab to fab with some plywood and wood slices!  This mirror makes a huge impact in any room – hang it near your dining table, over a fireplace or even in a rustic style bathroom above the vanity.  It looks like it came out of the pages of a Pottery Barn catalogue!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYElectrical Spool Clock  – Upcycle an old, oversized wooden electrical spool as a faux clock!  The weathered look inherent in pallet wood is perfect for this project.  Plus, you can find these for free by calling around to local hardware stores or electricians!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYRustic Wood Stars  –  You can spend a small fortune on a pair of wooden stars from Pottery Barn, or you can make them yourself for a tiny fraction of the cost!  Stars are so common in rustic decor, and these are a polished, chic version to hang on a wall or place on your pallet shelves.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYShabby Chic 3-D Stars  –  These 3-D stars mimic the look of more expensive, metal decor, when in actuality they’re made from cereal boxes!  Paint them your desired colors and even distress them a bit with glazing medium.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYTwig Letters  –  Make your own monogram decor with FREE twigs you pick up from the ground!  This project is so easy, your kids can join in the fun.  Use it as a door hanging, or next to some vintage books on a shelf.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYBirchwood Candleholders  –  Branch and log candleholders are a common element to rustic design, and now you can make them yourself!  The birch branches used here are subtle and woodsy – the perfect mix of rustic and stylish.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYBirch Vase  –  If you’re a fan of the birchwood look, you’ll love this vase as well!  It’s created in much the same way as the candleholders above.  Insert twigs, grasses, wheat, or long flowers.  You can even add a skinny, glass vase inside if you’d like it to keep fresh flowers.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYTwig Vase –  For another project that’s nearly free, turn a plain, clear glass vase into a woodsy twig vase!  Find branches around the yard and create a unique look by gluing them around your existing vase.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYPaint Stick Flower Box  –  Create an adorable planter box from free paint sticks!  You just need some stain and no one will know they’re not vintage crates!  Use them to display plants or flowers.

 

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYDistressed Chalkboard Paint Jars  –  Mason jars are so handy to have around because they’re incredibly versatile.  You can make some rustic jars with chalkboard paint and some sandpaper in no time at all.  Use them as vases or catch-alls for the random bits and pieces from pockets.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYDIY Photo Clipboards  –  This is an easy project with a big impact.  All you need are some boards cut to size and metal clips.  Hang your own photographs, artwork or pictures of family members.  These oversized clipboards are perfect for a simple, rustic-style gallery wall.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYPhoto Ladder  –  Collect branches from your yard or nearby park and assemble this rustic ladder – hanging wooden frames with small screw-in eyelets.  An inexpensive and fun way to display memories!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYTwine and Scrap Wood Note Board  – Whip up this note holder in a matter of minutes.  All you need is a piece of wood the desired size, twine and a stapler or hot glue gun.  Keep all your notes and inspiration in one organized spot.  Easy and cute!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYTwine Lanterns  – Light up your summer nights with some unique mood lighting with Christmas lights, twine, balloons and adhesive!  It takes some time but isn’t difficult to do and they’re perfect for creating ambience on a patio or deck.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYBirch Bark Lamps  – You can create these hanging lamps with pendant lamp kits in no time at all!  Make a set to hang over a rustic kitchen island.  Or create several smaller ones to line your pergola or patio.

 

photo3Driftwood Table Lamp  – If you’d prefer a table lamp instead, this tutorial is beyond easy.  You start with a plain lamp you’d like to revamp.  Then, simply hot glue driftwood or branch pieces around it.  Finish it off with some twine and you’ve got a unique lighting solution!

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYRope Jar Lanterns  –  You can create these pretty lanterns from any jar you have on hand.  They’re an easy DIY with the photo tutorial, and turn a plain jar into a statement.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYJar Sconces  –  Create a sconce with jars and rope by hanging them from hooks mounted on scraps of reclaimed wood.  It takes hardly any time and very few materials and looks great in a stairway or entry.

 

Rustic decor is cheap, readily available and easy to create. Check out these DIY easy rustic decor ideas! 28 Easy Rustic Decor Ideas You'll Love - Tipsaholic, #rusticdecor, #rustic, #homedecor, #DIYBottle Sconce Vase  –  Here’s a different take on a wall sconce – use a clear bottle with a long neck and some hardware to mount it to the wood.  Use it as a vase for flowers, twigs or other natural elements!  Such a pretty and easy way to frame a window or fireplace.
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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12 Fun and Easy DIY Birdbath Ideas

A birdbath will bring more life to your backyard. Why not make one yourself? Here are 10 easy DIY bird bath ideas that can be achieved in a weekend or less. 12 Fun and Easy DIY Birdbath Ideas via @tipsaholic #birdbath #diy #birds #garden


12 Fun and Easy DIY Birdbath Ideas
A birdbath will bring more life to your backyard by making it a welcoming place for birds, which will delight your kids (and your cats). Here are 12 great DIY bird bath ideas that can be achieved in a weekend or less.

1. Use two garden urns to make one DIY bird bath, complete with a mini-garden.

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You can paint it in any color you want to add a fun color pop to your backyard.

2. Turn a vintage lamp into an unique DIY bird bath.

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These DIY bird baths made from old lamps are so creative and would add some vintage flair to your backyard. Check out your local thrift stores for cool lamps… or maybe you’ve got a lamp or two stashed in the garage waiting for a makeover. Here’s your chance!

Learn how to make your own DIY lamp birdbath with the help of this tutorial. Get as creative as you want with your lamp and bowl combinations!

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Here’s another tutorial on how to turn a lamp into a birdbath with the addition of a terra cotta pot, a saucer, and some paint and glue. The result is a really pretty birdbath that you’d never know was made from an old lamp!

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3. Thread plant pots through a rebar to make a stacked planter with a bird bath on top.

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This is another fun DIY bird bath that can be painted in any color you desire. Put it in a boring spot in your backyard and it’ll instantly cheer up the space. Plant pretty flowers or herbs in the pots for added beauty and function.

4. Place a pretty serving platter on the top of a pipe.

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Pipes can be used to create so many cool things, from shelving to coffee tables, so it should not be a surprise that a pipe and flange can be used to create a birdbath! Glue a flange on the bottom of a serving platter and attach that to a pipe that has been pounded into the ground.

5. Stack bricks to make a tower and put a bowl on top.

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If you have a pile of bricks sitting around in your garage or shed, put them to use by stacking them to form a short tower. Don’t worry about adding mortar, though you could do that if you wanted to. Put a bowl or saucer on top, add a rock or two, and fill it up with water. Easy!

6. Stack stones and put a trashcan lid on top.

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This DIY birdbath idea is similar to the previous one, only done with flat stones instead of bricks. Put a lightweight galvanized trashcan lid on top and anchor it in place with a heavy stone on top.

7. Have your kids create a mosaic birdbath with a pot and saucer.

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This is a really fun and easy enough project for your kids (or you!) to make and would be a great gift to a loved one. Use colorful glass gems or mosaic tile to make your own cute and colorful birdbath.

8. Put a saucer in a grapevine wreath and hang it up on a tree.

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If you have trees on your property, hanging up a couple of these easy DIY birdbaths will definitely bring the birds to your yard. Paint the inside of the saucers to add a little jazz and pop them into grapevine wreaths that fit your saucers. Those would also make great gifts!

9. Make a concrete birdbath.

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Use a shallow container as your mold and make a cool concrete birdbath that will look right at home among rock landscaping. Don’t forget to add a couple of rocks to the top of the concrete bowl before it dries to provide the birds a permanent spot to perch as they drink!

If you want your concrete birdbath to have a stand like in the picture below, check out this awesome tutorial.

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10. Make a concrete birdbath in a leaf shape.

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Here’s another DIY concrete birdbath, but this one is made by using a large leaf as the mold. It’s beautiful whether it’s by itself or when placed in a garden.

11. Place a candle plate on three dowels driven into the ground.

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This gorgeous sleek and modern DIY birdbath couldn’t be any easier to make. There’s even no glue involved, so you can easily grab the plate and wash it whenever you wish.

12. Use a stepladder to hold a large saucer filled with rocks and water.

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If you love the country, rustic look, you’ll appreciate this extremely easy DIY birdbath. Simply take a beaten-up stepladder and place it among the plants in your garden. Put a large saucer on top and fill it up with water and rocks. Don’t forget to add a couple of flower pots on the other steps to complete the look.

Aren’t these DIY birdbath projects just so much fun? For more easy DIY projects, check out 18 Clever Scrabble Tile DIY Projects and 7 Stunning Marbled DIY Projects.

 

I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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