25 DIY Hair Care Products You’ll Love

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

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Whether you want to skip the chemicals, get salon looks without the salon price, or just try something new, making your own hair care products is a fantastic option!  You can customize scents, adjust for hair type and texture, and create personalized results – and you’ll be surprised at how easy most are to make.  So save yourself a trip to the salon for your next round of hot oil treatment: you can DIY that!  And make yourself nearly any hair product you need, from gel to dry shampoo!  Keep reading for 25 favorite DIY hair care products.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils1. Hair Detox – If your hair feels weighed down by products and over-styling, this detox will take a load off!  It’s just like detoxing your body – use the solution sparingly for a clarifying, exfoliating effect and your hair will thank you for getting rid of all that build up.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils2. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – This is probably the easiest of the DIY hair regimes.  It involves scrubbing your hair with a baking soda solution (to counteract natural oily buildup) and following this with an apple cider rinse, which helps to restore pH to your scalp.  The final step is to rinse with cold water.  With this simple guide, you should seal in moisture and have sleek, shiny hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils3. Green Tea and Lemon Hair Rinse – Green tea is an effective ingredient in beauty and hair products.  You can harness the nourishing qualities by simply rinsing your hair with some cooled, brewed green tea (mixed with just a few other ingredients).  It’s a source of vitamins E and C, it can heal split ends, repair damage, and strengthen hair.  It’s known for helping with dandruff and hair growth.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils4. Rice Water – Don’t toss the water after making rice!  Apparently, after boiling rice you can save the milky “rice water” and use it as a conditioner for your hair.  The rice proteins fill in any cracks and splits, making your hair smooth and shiny.  Who knew it was so easy?

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils5. Coconut Shampoo – In this recipe, you combine the power of coconut milk with castile soap along with your choice of essential oils.  Castile soap is good for all hair types, so this shampoo is a basic recipe that fits nearly everyone.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils6. pH Balanced Shampoo – Not only does this shampoo include all the benefits of other homemade products – like smoothing, moisturizing and repairing abilities of honey, coconut oil and jojoba – It’s created with a PH that closely matches the average scalp, which can reduce the chance of itchiness and flaking.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils7. Honey Shampoo – Raw honey does wonders for hair, as you’ve likely already read.  You can quickly whip up this shampoo, with only three very simple ingredients and you get all the power of honey – smoothing, moisturizing, nourishing, repairing frizz and split ends.  Plus, it’s super gentle for those with sensitive scalps.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils8. Dry Shampoo Spray – Dry shampoo took the beauty care world by storm, and now you can make your own in a matter of minutes!  This dry shampoo is actually a spray – meaning it’s a liquid you apply to slightly damp hair, then style as normal.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils9. Dry Shampoo Powder for Blond or Brunette – If you prefer the powder form of dry shampoo – which you simply sprinkle on your already dry roots when you need to touch up some oily spots – you can make that too!  It costs just pennies to make and you’ve likely already got everything you need in your kitchen!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils10. Leave-in Conditioner – The base for this yummy leave-in conditioner is coconut milk, so it smells good enough to eat!  It also leaves your hair super moisturized and can treat frizz and brittleness.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils11. Hair Conditioner – This easy peasy coconut rinse-out conditioner will give you tons of moisture, leaving you smooth and shiny.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils12. Deep Conditioner – A homemade deep conditioner is perfect for those occasional reparative treatments.  This one uses a few different kinds of oil to add shine to dull hair, control frizz and control dandruff and dry scalp issues.  Adding essential oils will personalize it to your needs, giving it an added bonus.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils13. (Yummy) Deep Conditioning Hair Masks – These three delicious hair masks cover a range of hair problems you may encounter – especially in the summer months.  There’s one for dry, damaged hair, one for deep moisture (for color-treated hair), and one that’s super light, for extra smoothness and shine.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils14. Mayo Hair Mask – Sounds gross, right?  There are so many variations in this recipe – eggs, vinegar and oil will promote hair growth and shine, plus adding different powdered herbs give a host of other benefits, including strength and softness.  Smooth it on your hair and let it stew for a bit before rinsing – the benefits may outweigh the mayonnaise!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils15. Coconut Honey Hair Mask – This super easy hair mask has only three ingredients, but packs a big punch.  It seals in moisture, offers antibacterial properties for a healthy scalp, removes gunky buildup and restores natural pH.  Sounds like a winner!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils16. Hair Repair Mask – Don’t let the ingredients fool you – it may look like a crazy breakfast concoction, but it’s a super ultimate hair repair treatment.  With all the healthy oils going on in this, it will smooth out your hair, control frizz, make it soft and shiny and repair split ends.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils17. Hair Growth Mask – The secret ingredient in this hot oil treatment is unexpected, and you don’t need to look any further than your spice cabinet.  Try cinnamon!  By massaging the cinnamon oil into your scalp, you stimulate circulation which encourages hair growth.  It can also strengthen the hair follicles already present.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils18. Hot Oil Treatment – All you need are three kitchen staples (olive oil, honey and coconut oil) and you’ve got the makings of your very own hot oil treatment.  Brush the mixture on your hair and wrap in a shower cap, and your hair will be shiny and damage-free in no time!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils19. Hair Detangler – If your little ones, or even YOU, have tangles you hate dealing with, try this super easy DIY detangler – another hair care product you can add various essential oils to for different results.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils20. Frizzy Hair Serum – Not only will this spritz smooth your frizzy mane, get rid of the wispy fly-aways, and keep you smooth and shiny, but it promotes hair growth as well!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

21. Hair Volumizer – It doesn’t take much to create some volume for your flat locks.  Use this 2 ingredient DIY the next time you’re in the shower, then rinse it out for a bunch of bounce and energy!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils22. Sugar Hair Spray – You DIY your own hairspray!  It’s true – and you can create different “strengths” to suit your needs. There are only 3 (totally normal, everybody has) ingredients, too.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils23. Homemade Pomade – If you use pomade to texturize your hair or tame static and fly aways, then you’re used to plunking lots of money on the salon counter.  So make your own instead!  The addition of essential oils can help customize your pomade even further, with oils that can stimulate hair growth, boost shine and even fight dandruff!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils24. Organic Hair Gel – I’m not joking when I say you can make your own hair gel with only two ingredients.  It’s so easy.  The secret?  Whole flaxseeds.  Add essential oils to give it your own scent (or hair care properties).  It’s the perfect product for “unmanageable” hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils25. Scalp Scrub – You’ve probably exfoliated your face before, right?  Well this product works under the same premise.  Scrub your scalp with this sugar based concoction once a month and your head – along with your tresses – will be healthier for it.  This is a clarifying scrub that will get rid of buildup and clear clogged hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.

 

 

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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11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls

11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com

 

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Waves and curls are the way to go when you want a hairstyle that’s fun, flirty, and has great texture. But curls and waves that look good and last can be hard to achieve! Use these tutorials to get wavy hair or curly hair for more stunning locks in less time.

 

 

 1. Basic curling

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

This is a basic curling tutorial that will teach you how to get curls that look more like the ones you see in magazines. Be sure to use a heat protector and the right size curling iron – big, lush curls require a curling iron that’s about an inch in diameter.

 

 

2. Curling in sections

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

If the basic curling tutorial has you a little overwhelmed, try this technique and curl your hair in four different sections. Simply pin two sections up while draping the bottom two over either of your shoulders and curl one portion at a time. Give your hair a little shake to blend all four sections when you finish.

 

 

3. Curl and twist

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

You may have a problem getting your curls to really stick. Aside from using some good hair products, this method might get you what you need. Curl your hair the way you normally would but twist each curl while it’s still hot and bobby pin them to your head as you go. Let them cool completely and then let them down and give them a good shake and a little hairspray.

 

 

4. Overnight twists

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Beach waves are all the rage and there are many ways to get them. This tutorial requires no heat and works best on hair that is slightly damp when you start. Leave it overnight, texturize it a bit in the morning, and you’re good to go.

 


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. Flat-iron waves

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

A flat-iron can do more than just straighten hair. This tutorial shows you how to get a slightly different style of big waves and suggests a couple of products to use to get maximum staying power.

 

 

6. Quick beach waves

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You don’t have to wait all night to get beach waves. Divide your hair into smaller sections, twist, and pin them to your head. Use a blowdryer to dry each section if you want your hair ready to go within 20 minutes, or leave them in overnight to air dry.

 

 

7. Ponytail curls

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This is a great way to make curling quicker and easier. Pull your hair up into a loose ponytail and curl the ends. Let the ponytail loose when you’re done and your fresh curls will naturally fall into place. You can also do this with two pigtails if your hair is thicker or you need a little more structure.

 

 

8. Overnight braid waves

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

 

Overnight braids are the old-fashioned way to get waves and there isn’t anything quite like them. You can try one braid, two braids, or several braids depending on what size waves you prefer. French braids will give you waves all the way to the top of your hair but basic braids get great results too.

 

 

9. Flat-iron curls

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As previously mentioned, flat-irons are versatile tools! This tutorial demonstrates how to use one to get nice textured curls on short hair.

 

 

10. Sock bun curls

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

You’ve probably heard of this no-heat method. There’s a reason it’s so popular! It’s super easy, you can sleep on it for quick hair in the morning, and the only thing you need is an (clean!) old sock.

 

 

11. Quick braid waves

Try these methods to get the the perfect waves and curls for quick and easy hairstyles that last! 11 Ways to Get Waves and Curls ~ Tipsaholic.com #waves #curls #hair

Here’s another way to get waves in a hurry! Separate slightly damp hair into several sections (more if your hair is thick) and braid each one. Blow the braids dry, use a straightener to heat them one at a time, then let them loose.

 

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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 Lazy Day Hairstyles That Don’t Look It

Not every morning can be spent drying and curling your hair. Check out these 10 easy lazy day hairstyles for hair that works even when you don't want to. 10 Lazy Day Hairstyles That Don't Look It ~ Tipsaholic.com #easyhair #hairstyles

 

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All low maintenance hair lovers have a couple of go-to hairstyles, but if you’re tired of the same look day in and day out, it might be time to add some new hairdos to your arsenal. These lazy day hairstyles are perfect for when you want your hair to look good without a lot of effort. Try a few and use your favorites for quick and easy no-fuss style!

 

1. Low rolled bun

Not every morning can be spent drying and curling your hair. Check out these 10 easy lazy day hairstyles for hair that works even when you don't want to. 10 Lazy Day Hairstyles That Don't Look It ~ Tipsaholic.com #easyhair #hairstyles

Start with a ponytail, roll, and pin into place for a simple bun. You can make it as smooth or messy as you like and place it just about anywhere on your head. Add a headband, colored clip, or other fun accessories to dress it up.

 

 

2. The triple ponytail

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This ponytail trio also goes by another name – the mowhawk ponytail! So if you’re feeling a little edgy, this is the perfect lazy day hairstyle to try. If you’re in a rush you can even skip the extra steps of wrapping each pony with more hair and just use elastics.

 

 

3. Knots

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Who knew you could tie your hair in knots and actually make it look fabulous? This simple style takes a little more time but requires just a few bobby pins to pull it off. You’ll have sleek, fashion-forward hair that stays out of your face on a busy day.

 

 

4. Topsy Tail

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You’ve probably heard of the topsy tail. Maybe you lived through its original decade of popularity (the 90’s) and are thrilled with the comeback! It’s a super-simple way to turn a boring ponytail into something with a little more flair. In fact, the topsy tail is so easy and versatile that Twist Me Pretty can show you four more ways to wear it in four minutes. Pick your favorite!

 

 

5. Messy ponytail and braid

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Sometimes a regular old ponytail just isn’t going to cut it and this easy hairdo gives the basic pony a loose, lovely makeover. Start with a “topsy tail” like the one shown above and combine it with a soft braid to add texture and style.

 

 

6. Twisty Half-Up

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This easy twisted hairstyle can be used on just about any length of hair with the right bobby pinning skills. Skip the curls to make it faster, or try one of these easy ways to get waves and curls to prep your hair beforehand.

 

 

7. Triple twisted ponytail

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Divide your hair into three sections for easy twisting and pinning with this lazy day hair. There are no fancy knots, no flip this under and roll this up – it’s that simple. And since it only uses bobby pins, this is also a great hairdo for days when you find yourself without elastics!

 

 

8. Lazy girl’s “beehive”

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Vintage hair can add a little class to any lazy day and this beehive style makes it easy. All you need is a mesh chignon form like this one and some bobby pins to keep everything in place. Long-haired girls may need to tuck extra hair under again when finishing the twist in the back.

 

 

9. Half-up Tuck

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A headband or scarf is one of those age-old ways to enjoy a lazy hair day, but this little trick will have you wearing a headband even more often. This style is a half-up tuck, but you can do the same thing with all of your hair if you want it out of the way for the day.

 

 

10. Double-twist bun

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Give a boring bun some real volume with this double twist tutorial. Even thinner hair can achieve a bigger, fuller, prettier kind of bun with a bit of twisting and teasing and no one will know that this is actually one of your lazy hair days!

 

 

Featured image via Hair and Makeup By Steph.

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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Try These 10 Fun DIY Projects With Leaves

Celebrate fall with these 10 fun DIY projects with leaves, either real ones from your yard or faux ones from a craft store or dollar store. Try These 10 Fun DIY Projects With Leaves via @tipsaholic #leaves #fall #diy #projects #crafts #fallcrafts


Try These 10 Fun DIY Projects With Leaves
It’s fall and leaves are everywhere. Instead of simply raking them up and throwing them out, grab a small pile and create some cool projects with them! Here are 10 fun DIY projects with leaves, either real ones from your yard or faux ones from a craft store or dollar store.

Glitter Leaves

The holiday season is all about shine and glitter, right? Give the glitter treatment to a couple of leaves, preferably thicker ones like magnolia leaves, and use them as decor. You could decorate a centerpiece with your glitter leaves or turn them into a gorgeous garland.

Celebrate fall with these 10 fun DIY projects with leaves, either real ones from your yard or faux ones from a craft store or dollar store. Try These 10 Fun DIY Projects With Leaves via @tipsaholic #leaves #fall #diy #projects #crafts #fallcrafts

Fall Leaf Votives

This DIY leaf project is so easy and will come out beautifully. Paste pressed leaves on a couple of glass votives and pop in a candle in each. Arrange them on a mantel or your dining table and they’ll add a nice fall-y charm to your home.

Celebrate fall with these 10 fun DIY projects with leaves, either real ones from your yard or faux ones from a craft store or dollar store. Try These 10 Fun DIY Projects With Leaves via @tipsaholic #leaves #fall #diy #projects #crafts #fallcrafts

Painted Leaves

Painting leaves could be a fun activity you do with your kids or a serious project that you do on specially prepared leaves — it’s totally up to you! If you want to prepare the leaves so that your painted creations last for a long time, you’ll need to preserve the leaves with glycerin. Or you could just press the leaves for a few days and then paint them for fun, temporary decor.

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Painting With Leaves

Instead of painting on leaves, why not try painting (and stamping) with the leaves that you find? You could use different paint and stamping techniques to create a variety of beautiful artwork. This could be a wonderful way to remember a vacation with your family.

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Laminated Leaves

If you have a laminating machine or access to one, consider laminating your fall leaves to make them durable for many different fun activities with your kids. You could make bookmarks with them, practice counting, and make cute fall-themed decorations. Check out these 10 things to make with laminated leaves!

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Autumn Leaves Stained Glass

This is a beautiful and easy DIY project that will instantly transform a glass paneled door or a window! Grab a sheet of clear contact paper and stick down colorful fall leaves on the sticky side. Then put up the contact paper on a window and you’ve got instant stained glass!

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Leaf Animals

Read this cool book about leaf animals with your kids and encourage them to find leaves and create their own animals! You could display their leaf animal creations in their room or in the living room as fall decor.

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Gold Painted Leaves

With some gold leaf paint, you can paint a couple of leaves and stick them in pretty frames for instant seasonal decor! This is probably one of the easiest DIY projects with leaves, but the results are stunning.

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Leaf Crowns

Sit down with your kids and create some really fun and pretty leaf crowns using fall leaves and brown paper bags! You could also make leaf bracelets, animal leaf crowns, and more. Then have the kids come up with a play to entertain everyone with their new crowns and bracelets!

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Clay Leaf Bowls

Try your hand at making clay leaf bowls with air-dry clay and leaves! The result is stunning and you could paint them when they’re all dry.

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Who knew leaves could be so fun? Have you tried any other DIY projects with fall leaves?

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“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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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

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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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Glitter Tea Light Holders by The Details: Wedding Star

 

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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Oreo Pops by Easy Baked

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Image via Yatzer

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

Image via Trendland

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

Image via Eden Lang

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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Guide to Self Storage Infograpic

Self Storage Guide

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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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