How To Throw a Killer Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up quick - are you ready to host the best football themed party on the block? Get some great ideas, tips, DIY's and product info! How To Throw a Killer Superbowl Party - Tipsaholic, #football, #footballparty, #superbowl, #superbowlparty

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It’s that time of year again!  Nope, I’m not talking about the January thaw, New Year’s resolutions or the best car deals of the year… I’m talking about the biggest football game of the season!  The Super Bowl will soon be upon us, so it’s time to gear up and get ready!  Do you have your favorite game-day recipes ready to go?  How about some football-themed decor and party goods?  And most importantly, are you wearing your team pride in style??  With these tips, ideas and stellar products, your Super Bowl party is guaranteed to be the best on the block!

 

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1. Party Supplies

You’ll want your party supplies to scream football, support your favorite team, and be fun!  But they also need to be functional.  You can go definitely go the DIY route for some things (check out this DIY Football Field Table Cover from Hello My Sweet that’s made from a rug!), but to tie it all together, Overstock has the supplies you need!  You could make a football paper chain or  go all out and create your own football field on the table!  And here’s an easy idea: dress up some mason jars with tape to turn them into footballs.  And if you want more DIY ideas, here’s a football birthday party for inspiration!  Don’t miss out on these deals either:

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1. The Ultimate Sports Fans’ Cookbook: Festive Recipes for Inside the Home and Outside the Stadium (Paperback) Price: $12.50
2. Red Vanilla ‘BAR’ and ‘PARTY’ Serving Dishes with Wooden Tray Price: $34.99
3. Solid Copper Tankards with Brass Handles (Set of 6) Price: $121.99
4. The Football Nut Pistachio Wicker Gift Basket Price: $42.99
5. Petal Shaped Bamboo Serving Tray with Ceramic Bowl Price: $46.99
6. Football Party Snack Pack Price: $39.99
7. Super Bowl 49 ‘Touchdown Pro’ Bamboo Cutting Board Price: $54.99
8. Serat Two-layer Round Slate Server Price: $32.00
9. Brentwood PC-483 Football Popcorn Maker Price: $35.50
10. Bathtub Shape Chip and Dip Bowl Price: $40.50
11. Insulated Picnic Red/ Gray Football Tote Price: $29.99
12. Personalized Craft Beer Pilsners (Set of 4) Price: $44.99
13. Galvinized Cold Drinks Oval Tub Price: $32.50
14. KitchenWorthy Patriotic Chip and Dip Stoneware Platter Price: $25.50

 

2. Deck out the Man Cave

Don’t neglect the most important room during this party – the man cave.  Learn how to frame your own jersey to put on the wall.  Or make some easy treat cans for portable snacks.  And even the kids can make some cool pillows dad would love on the couch!  Whether you’re grilling or chilling, Overstock has an incredible selection of grills, recliners, and ton’s of fun football paraphernalia to make everything perfect.

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1. Burr Oak Foosball Table Price: $759.99
2. LNR Home Senses Tri-mocha/ Beige Football Shag Rug (2′ x 4′) Price: $55.00
3. Barn Owl Primitives ‘Football’ Canvas Art Price: $123.00
4. LG 60LB7100 60-inch 3D Web OS, 240HZ Smart LED Television Price: $999.99
5. Whisky Ice Stones Price: $13.50
6. Home Innovations Stainless Steel Grilling BBQ Tool Set Price: $37.99
7. Party King Grills Varsity 6612 Medium Grill and Tailgate Transport Price: $742.00
8. Fremont Die NFL Game Day Board Game Price: $36.99
9. Personalized Keg Mug Price: $29.99
10. Tudor Games NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football Game Price: $109.99
11. Made to Order Simmons Upholstery Miracle Power Rocker Recliner Price: $654.99
12. QFX PBX-505100BT Portable Batterry Powered Tailgate Bluetooth Speaker Price: $54.99
13. j-me Cozy Remote Tidy Price: $25.99

 

3. Patriot’s Fans

Are you rooting for the Patriots?  You’ll need some gear to show it!  You can DIY football jerseys with freezer paper stencils, crochet a blanket in team colors or make a fun scarf in Patriots red!  Or you could go to Overstock for any of these awesome Patriots items:

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1. New England Patriots 8-foot Team Banner Flag Price: $54.99
2. New England Patriots One Too Many Ugly Sweater Price: $69.99
3. Samba (American Football Conference) Price: $31.99
4. NFL New England Patriots Fan Face Price: $24.99
5. Laser Engraved Serving Set Price: $39.50
6. NFL Football Sports Team Logo Gamewear Leather Bracelet Price: $18.99
7. NFL Licensed Team Logo Jersey Sleeve Ultimate Hand Foam Finger Price: $37.50
8. Picnic Time Malibu Navy New England Patriots Price: $99.99
9. NFL New England Patriots Bow Tie Earrings Price: $12.99
10. NFL New England Patriots Helmet Heater Price: $189.99

 

4. Seahawks Fans

Maybe your loyalty lies with the Seahawks.  Wear your team with pride!  Make your own football helmet, customize it to represent the Seahawks.  Use a Seahawks logo to decorate your water bottle or sew some old Seahawks shirts together in a quilt.  Here’s what Overstocks got for the Seahawks supporters:

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1. Winning Streak NFL Seattle Seahawks Man Cave Embroidered Banner Price: $28.00
2. NFL Football Team Logo Pennant Dangle Earring Charm Price: $14.99
3. Picnic Time Icon Cheeseboards (NFL) National Football Conference Price: $47.99
4. Seattle Seahawks Green Clip Keychain Id Ticket Lanyard Price: $9.99
5. Fanmats NFL Seattle Seahawks 22×35 Football Mat Price: $25.99
7. Picnic Time American Football Conference Sidekick Cooler Price: $65.99
8. NFL Seattle Seahawks 11-inch Thematic Gnome Price: $27.00
9. NFL Seattle Seahawks Thematic Resin Piggy Bank Price: $22.00
10. Game Time Seattle Seahawks NFL Men’s Beast Watch Price: $49.99
11. NFL Sports Licensed 60qt Wheeled Cooler Price: $64.99

If you don’t want to pick sides?  Just whip up this DIY referee shirt and you’ll be ready to go!

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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5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

Many little girls dream of being a princess. Here are 5 Disney princess party ideas that will inspire your next birthday party for your little princess via tipsaholic.com #princess #party #birthday #disney #disneyprincess #girls

 

5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

Many little girls dream of being a princess in a Disney movie. Grant them their dream for a day by throwing them a Disney princess party based on their favorite Disney movie! Here are 5 Disney princess party ideas that hopefully will inspire your next birthday party for your little princess.

Brave Birthday Party Ideas

The story of Brave’s heroine, Merida, is inspirational for any little girl who values her independence. It’s also a sweet story about the relationship of a mother and a daughter. Monica’s Brave-inspired 5th birthday party for her daughter Kira is largely based on the Highland Games scene in the movie, where the suitors compete for Merida’s hand only to be beaten by Merida herself. The party is so full of great ideas for a Brave-themed party, including:

  • A celtic-themed invite (there’s a blank template for you to use).
  • Lawn signs for every event made with computer paper, foam core, and metal yard stakes.
  • An outdoor canopy decorated with banners and a family crest.
  • Games based on the Highland Games, such as Log Carry, Colorful Archery, crown decorating, and more.
  • Chicken legs for guests to nosh on.
  • Yellow-green “Cauldron Punch” to resemble Merida’s potion.
  • Bear paw cookies, with almond silvers as claws.
  • A birthday cake decorated like a bulls eye.
  • Cotton candy wisps as favors.

Check out the Brave-themed birthday party for more Disney princess party ideas and lots of great photos!

The Little Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

It’s often been said that the ocean is another world, which is probably why so many kids love the movie The Little Mermaid! Filled with amazing sea creatures, especially the mermaid Ariel herself, the beloved Disney movie is a favorite of many. Throw your daughter an exciting Little Mermaid-themed birthday party, just like Jenn did for her 3-year-old daughter. This party is so sweet and filled with many adorable Disney princess party ideas, such as:

  • Sandwiches cut out in the shape of starfish.
  • A birthday cake decorated like the waves of the sea. With Ariel on top, of course.
  • A fun jello fish bowl!
  • A mermaid tail craft where guests decorated their own mermaid tail!
  • Pin the Tail on the Mermaid game.
  • A sweet birthday girl headband complete with a star fish.
  • The birthday girl all dressed up as Ariel.

Go over here to see all the photos and ideas from this Little Mermaid-themed birthday party! Also, you can find even more ideas for a mermaid birthday party here.

Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

Tangled, the Disney movie adaption of the story of Rapunzel, is a breathtaking (and funny!) fairy tale that has captured the imagination of little girls everywhere. And best of all, it has so many details that can be easily translated into an amazing birthday party. Check out Attalie’s crazy great Tangled-themed birthday party to get lots and lots of fun Disney princess party ideas! Here are some:

  • Birthday party invitations complete with Rapunzel’s famous blond braided hair.
  • A giant braid hanging on the front door to welcome guests.
  • Hazelnut soup for guests to eat. Yes, there’s a mention of hazelnut soup in the movie!
  • Cupcakes decorated with beautiful flowers on top.
  • Jello cups with orange slices and purple triangles on a stick to resemble a boat on water, based on the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are on a boat.
  • A Cupcake Tower made with pecan rolls, muffins, and waffle cones. And lots of icing.
  • Pascal Party Blowers, a party craft made with party blowers!
  • Pin the Frying Pan on Flynn Rider game.
  • Sun-shaped sugar cookies, decorated by guests.
  • Chalk art on the sidewalk.
  • And the amazing finale: a real paper lantern send-off!

See all the photos and more Disney princess party ideas here and here!

Princess and the Frog Birthday Party Ideas

The delightful Disney movie Princess and the Frog puts a fun spin on the traditional fairy tale of the princess kissing a frog and getting the prince — in the movie, the princess turns into a frog herself! The beautiful setting of New Orleans can be translated into a beautiful party, like Elizabeth’s 5th birthday party. Some ideas from this Princess and the Frog-themed birthday party include:

  • Lots of flowers everywhere to resemble the Bayou!
  • A beautiful birthday cake complete with soft greens and purples and fleur-de-lis symbols.
  • A spread of delicious food that could be cooked by Tiana herself.
  • Pin the Kiss on the Frog game.
  • A frog pinata, complete with a cute little prince crown!
  • Cooking aprons for all the guests with their initials.
  • Frog cookie cutters for the guests.
  • Hot Frog game.

There are so many beautiful photos of the party here and you’ll find more Disney princess party ideas there, complete with tutorials!

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Any list of Disney princess birthday party ideas couldn’t be complete without Disney’s latest hit, Frozen! Fortunately for you, there are so many ideas out there to create a wonderful Frozen-themed birthday party. Check out these 26 Frozen party ideas and create your own party!

The magical world of Disney is just so inspiring and I look forward to more movies in the future that will spawn many more amazing birthday party ideas! Share your favorite Disney princess party ideas in the comments!

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20 DIY Valentines for Guys

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Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your feelings to those you love.  Maybe you’re tired of the trite Valentine’s Day card and chocolate standby.  Maybe you want to make something personal.  Maybe you’re on a budget.  Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for something new and unique to DIY for your special someone, we’ve got you covered.  These are 20 DIY valentines for guys – and they’re sure to love them!

 

1. Mountain Dew Gift, Detail-Oriented Diva

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If your guy is a mountain dew lover, use his favorite treat to remind him of your love!

 

2. Orange Crush, Boxwood Clippings

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If he’s is more of an orange soda guy, you can make this cute little gift in a snap!  You could use even more puns, as well, “Orange you glad…”?

 

3. Rootbeer Float Basket, 30 Handmade Days –

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Perhaps his favorite is actually root beer floats?  Give him a basket with all the makings of his favorite treat to let him know how much he “floats your boat!”

 

4. Dude Valentines, Please Note –

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These are some funny valentines, for those of you who don’t want to take this holiday too seriously!  There are printable tags that’ll make him chuckle which you can put on lottery tickets, jerky or beer – depending on what your guy likes!
5. Donuts and Holes, Izzy and Ivy Designs –

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Gift your sweetheart a yummy breakfast of pastries and donut holes!  Use the free printable provided at the link, then fill a bag or cute box with his favorite donuts and donut holes.  Valentine’s Day breakfast will be super sweet!

 

6. Love ReminderMoorea Seal –

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Whip up a few of these adorable stuffed fabric hearts and place them in a jar with a note of instruction.  These hearts are reminders of your love for him – and he can place them anywhere he may need them throughout the day!  Or, you could go a step further and place them in pockets, a glasses case, on the dashboard, in his lunch, and anywhere else he’s likely to spot them!

 

7. Love Jar, Brika

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Craft a few small, handmade items that represent your continuing love for him!  There are picture instructions for a heart, cupid arrow, personal message and “punny” love card that will all fit in a small jar.

 

8. 52 Reasons I Love You Mini Book, Paper Vine

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Use a deck of cards as the base for this cute book filled with personal reasons you love your man.  Decorate it how you wish and glue your reasons inside – one for each card.  It’s a handy, pocket-sized reminder of how much he means to you!

 

9. 7 Days of Love, The Dating Divas

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Celebrate your love all week long!  Fill a pill organizer with small candies and a note for each day of Valentine’s Day week.  You can use the printable notes provided, or make your own with meaningful quotes, short poems, or encouraging words!  He’ll have something to remind him of you each day!

 

10. The Fortune Cookie Game, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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Turn those cute felt fortune cookies into a fun game for your guy!  Write up your own “fortunes” on slips of paper and tuck them inside felt fortune cookies, then wrap them up in a Chinese takeout box.  The game is played over time, so this gift keeps giving all year long!  For the full rules, check the link.

 

11. Bear Hug, Studio DIY

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This is a particularly clever gift if you and your honey are apart on Valentine’s Day.  Send him a bear hug along with all your love!  It’s clever and bound to put a smile on his face!

 

12. Anatomical Heart Pillow, Hearts and Sharts

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This is so clever and fun, and sure to be a hit with any geeky guys out there!  The instructions show how to create a patchwork anatomical heart for a pillow cover, but you could patchwork it on just about anything for your guy!  A backpack, a t-shirt, or even paste it together on paper for a wall hanging.

 

13. Woodgrain Notebooks, Damask Love

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Here are some creative notebooks he can take along with him on trips or keep by the phone for notes.  What makes them so fun is the woodgrain pattern, along with the pun on the tag!

 

14. “I’ll Tumble for You” Game, Tried and True

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Though this Valentine themed game is toted as great for kids and families, you can easily tweak it for your sweetie.  The mini jenga-style game is found at the dollar store, and fun “love” inspired instructions are written on each wooden piece.  When you draw a block, make sure you follow the instructions before placing it on top!  It’s a gift AND a date night rolled into one!

 

15. Rock Messages, Sare Shares

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Here’s a fun gift that he can use and look at for years to come.  With notes written on the rocks around the candle, he’ll be reminded of you every time he looks at it.

 

16. Photo Keychain, Sugarbee Crafts

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You can easily make him a keychain using a photo of the two of you together.  All you need is a photo pendant (found in the jewelry section at most craft stores) and a key ring!  Put them together, and he’ll have a keepsake to use every single day!

 

17. 12 Months of Dates Booklet, The Thinking Closet

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This little booklet has one date per month, all planned out and ready to go.  The handwritten pages are sentimental and fun, and he’ll love that you put so much thought and effort into it – and that he doesn’t HAVE to!

 

18. Open When Letters, Frugal Maine

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This is an easy gift to make and put together for your guy, but it takes thought and effort.  Something he’ll appreciate over and over again throughout the year as he opens each card or letter just when he’s supposed to.  It’s a bit sappy, but not too much!

 

19. Framed Keyboard Message, Paper, Plate and Plane

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You can create a custom framed message for the computer guy in your life.  With this tutorial, you only need one keyboard, as it shows how to create duplicate letters on existing keys!  It’s a fun way to show you care that he can display in the office!

 

20. Reclaimed Wood Light Up Love Sign, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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If your guy likes reclaimed or recycled elements, try this DIY!  It’s a fun take on the reclaimed wood signs, because there’s a frame in back which houses Christmas lights.  With the cute, love-y quote, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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 Reuse Old Calendars

Don't just toss all those old 2014 calendars. Here are 11 Ways to Reuse Old Calendars ~ Tipsaholic.com #calendar #recycle #upcycle

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The year 2014 may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw out your calendar. If you love last year’s colors and images, consider some new uses for the pages! Reuse old calendars and calendar images by making them into some useful and decorative new things. Recycle the pages of your calendar into one of these great projects and make last year last a little longer.

 

 

 1. Wrapping paper

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This is an especially great repurposing project for oversized calendars! You can even use the proper month for a friend’s birthday and circle their birthdate, as seen here on Blah to Tada!

2. Envelopes

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Follow the simple tutorial for making envelopes and envelope liners from old calendar pages and start sending your mail in a more personal way. Making Mondays shows you how.

 3. Coasters

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Some old tiles and Mod Podge will make your used calendar like new when you make these coasters from Pretty Prudent. Trace the tile onto your favorite images and cut them down to size for the perfect fit.

 

4. Boxes

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Take a stab at this folded box made from old calendar pages with the instructions found on Scissors and Spoons. Depending on the size of your calendar, the box can be the perfect size for small gifts, party favors, or for organizing small items in your junk drawer!

 

5. Decorated tin cans

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Old tin cans can be used for all kinds of things and can be quite decorative on their own, but try adding some fun images from your calendar and they become even more fabulous. The creative minds at Fishtail Cottage simply mod-podged the images straight onto the cans.

 

6. Gift bags

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These clever bags at I DO Have Talent use two calendar pages folded and glued together. Add colored ribbon or string for handles and the bag is just right for a small gift.

 

7. Decoupaged furniture

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Any old piece of furniture can be painted and improved, but if you really want to add creative flair then this creative piece is the way to go, as you can see with this piece from 508. Follow this basic tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens to learn how to properly decoupage.

 

 

8. Gallery wall

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A gallery wall is a great solution for reusing calendar images you don’t want to cut up! Find a wall in your home that needs a makeover and get a set of frames that will fit your pages, or just trim them down to size. Your new gallery is sure to become a focal point in any room, just like this fabulous wall at The Creativity Exchange.

 

9. Notebooks

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Make your own notebooks by following these simple steps from A Beautiful Mess. Make a variety of sizes based on how large or small your calendar is – keep a smaller one in your purse for grocery lists or make a bigger one for the kids to draw in.

 

10. Matching game or puzzle

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This is a fun project from Bug, Boo, and Bean if you need some easy entertainment for the little ones. Use the small pictures on the back of the calendar to play a matching game with the full-size pages or cut pages into pieces to create a simple puzzle.

 

11. Pendant banner

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Use the simple method shown on Raising Memories and you’ll have a great up-cycled pendant banner to use for decorating, parties, and more. Add lettering to turn it into a birthday bunting or welcome home for family!

Featured image via Blah to Tada.

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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20 DIY Geometric Projects for Your Home

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The geometry trend is still going strong and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon! Maybe you’ve tried it with your clothing, jewelry, or a few other things, but have you given your home a taste? There are many ways to add geometry to your décor, and it’s probably easier than you might think. While some projects may require a little more brainwork (and elbow grease!), you don’t have to go back to school or even remember any mathematical equations – just pick a tutorial, start with one or two simple shapes, and start creating your own diy geometric projects!

 

1. Hanging Planter

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Use some fun materials like brass and leather to put this hanging planter together. Fill a decorative bowl with your favorite small plants (maybe some succulents?) and place it in the planter for your immediate decorative pleasure.

 

2. Dodecahedron Pendant Light

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This is a project that requires a bit more effort due to its precise angular cuts, but the result is well-worth it and the details are already laid out for you here. Purchase a basic pendant light kit, attach it to your new geometric wonder, and light up a room.

 

3. Photo Display

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Here’s a geometry project that’s quick and easy! Map it out beforehand or just experiment a bit. And if you don’t want to do this directly on the wall, consider trying it on a large piece of wood, in a big frame, or on your office corkboard!

 

4. Stitched Animal Art

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Even if you’re not much for sewing, the simple tutorial for this geometric animal art will convince you to give it a try. You can get canvas from a craft store (or online) in a variety of sizes. Find an animal silhouette that suits your décor and print it straight from the internet for your template.

 

5. Heart Pillow

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Give an old pillow a new look by adding an angular, piece-y heart. Choose some fun fabrics and use the printable pattern provided by Hart & Sew if you’re not sure where to begin.

 

6. Plank Headboard

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This is a great DIY for a thrifty and fabulous wood headboard! It can be made for under $100 and built to fit any bed. Use the calculations provided to take out some of the heavier mathematical work, or design a pattern of your own!

 

7. Wall Décor

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These clever hexagons make the perfect wall décor! Cut from MDF, they can be painted and, according to My Sister’s Suitcase, they can hang using only command strips if you’re worried about damaging walls. And here’s a little tip: you can order an unpainted set of six MDF hexagons (3 solid, 3 hollow) from these ladies’ Etsy shop, GeometreeDesign for a great price!

 

8. Lamps

 

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Another MDF project, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs has already done the legwork for you when it comes to the measurements for these incredible dodecahedron lamp bases. Follow her design and instructions for the lighting, or use a simple lighting kit to make things even easier.

 

9. Hanging Pen Holder

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Geometry can be both visually pleasing and functional when you craft something like this pen holder! All you need is a block of wood, a drill, and some paint to get started. Draw out your own design or replicate the colorful triangle pattern at Remodelaholic. You might even want to hang your pen holder up on the wall after seeing this tutorial!

 

10. Doghouse

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We couldn’t very well leave our furry friends out when it comes to home geometry! Create this amazing doghouse using triangles (sized for your own pup!) as the main shape and add some carefully angled supports to pull it all together.

 

11. Plastic Straw Planters

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If you want to test out the geometric look without committing to a time-consuming or costly DIY, these planters are for you. Why? They’re made from plastic straws, floral wire, and spray paint! Choose a shape and take an hour to put some together – no one will know they’re not the real deal.

 

12. Triangle Accent Wall

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Are you working with a rental home and aren’t allowed to paint? You’ll love this super-thrifty idea for an accent wall! Use contact paper to cut triangles that can be directly applied to the wall without worrying about damaging existing paint.

 

13. Wood Trivets

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A little accessorizing can go a long way and these wood trivets certainly prove it. Come up with your own designs or draw inspiration from the ones seen on A Beautiful Mess. And if you’re not sure about using them to hold hot pots and pans, why not hang them on a wall as art instead?

 

14. Washi Tape Door

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Here’s another one of those super-simple one-hour projects that can change the look of a whole room. Grab your favorite washi tape and map out a design on the nearest door, using multiple colors and patterns if you like. This makes another great project for a rental as well!

 

15. Bear Doormat

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Your guests will hardly want to wipe their feet on a doormat like this one! Trace or draw your bear (or animal of choice) onto the back side of a straw doormat and cut him out with a sturdy pair of scissors. The geometric lines can be burned into the mat, but you might try just painting it.

 

16. Centerpiece Boxes

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These wooden boxes are simple and look amazing with the busy triangular patterns painted onto them. If live plants aren’t your thing, consider filling your centerpieces with seasonal foliage of the artificial variety.

 

17. Painted Dresser

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Geometric decorating has been around much longer than you might think – try a more traditional take on things with a pattern like the one on this Moroccan-style painted dresser.

 

18. Dowel Wall Art

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Here’s a project for the adventurous crafter! Made from wooden dowels and string, you can try just about any shape with the right ambition and a drill.

 

19. Candles

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Little projects can have a big impact in your home too – just look at these incredible candles! Use the printable templates from How Did You Make This? to fold geometric molds for shaping the wax. If you need some help getting started, try a simple candle-making kit.

 

 

20. Concrete Planters

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You can get creative with these planters before and after making them! Because of shipping costs for such a heavy item, the best place to find the concrete mix for the project is at your local home improvement store. Once you’ve made your triangles and allowed them to dry, you can arrange them in many fun patterns!

 

 

 

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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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12 Fun and Functional Playroom Ideas

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Do you have a playroom dedicated to play and games for your kids? Here are 12 playroom ideas that will give you a functional, organized, and FUN playroom.

Dress Up Corner

Designate a corner of your playroom to act as a dress up area. Put a full-length mirror that’s tall enough for your kids and hang up their dresses and costumes near it. Your kids will love having everything at reach and a mirror for them to admire themselves. Add even more storage with an ottoman that can hold shoes, hats, scarves, and tiaras. If your kids have a lot of dress up clothes, you could DIY this nifty dress rack!

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Window Bench with Shelving

If you have an awkward wall in your playroom with a window and not much wall space, you can turn that spot into a window seat with side by side shelves. You don’t need to pay lots of money for a custom install — pay a visit to IKEA and grab three of their Kallax shelf units. Put one below the window and the other two standing on both sides of the window. Add storage boxes that fit into the shelves and a cushion on the “bench” and ta-da, you’ve got a great storage solution that looks great AND extra seating for your kiddos.

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Art from Kids’ Books

Don’t forget to decorate the walls with lots of art to stimulate your kids’ imagination and creativity. Not sure what art to use? Consider art from much-loved kids’ books, such as Eric Carle. Don’t go ripping up your kids’ books just yet — look for decorative prints of these books. Like this one! Or you could scour thrift stores for used copies of your kids’ favorite books and cut out pages from those.

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Interactive Art

Another great art idea for the playroom is interactive art: something that you can take down and let the kids play with, and then hang back up when they’re done. This truly great felt board is fun for kids to play with by rearranging all the people, vehicles, and animals in the park, but it also looks really nice in the playroom.

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Hanging Clips

Kids create a lot of art and they love to see us display them. Make it easy by adding hanging clips in your playroom. Whenever your kids complete a masterpiece, you can just clip it up without fussing with tape or pins. And it’s easy to swap out older art pieces for newer ones. Depending on how many kids you have, you might want to have two or three or four of these hanging clips, or curtain wire with clips, which is what they’re called at IKEA.

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Hopscotch

Yes, hopscotch is traditionally an outdoor game, but there’s no reason why it can’t be moved indoors. The game is confined in the lines and there’s no real throwing, so go ahead and put it in your playroom! You could paint the lines right on the floor, but an easier solution would be to use tape to make the lines. Paint tape would work great on wood floors, while duct tape would be just fine for carpets. There’s a lot of colorful duct tape on the market now; choose one that matches your playroom’s decor.

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Physical Toys

Kids are physical creatures and they often need space to run, swing, and experiment with what their bodies can do. That’s usually done outside in a playground, but sometimes it’s too cold or too hot to go outside. If your playroom is big enough, consider putting in some playground features, like gymnastics rings, a climbing wall, a swing, a ball pit, or even a slide.

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Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard walls are popular in playrooms, but why not take an extra step and make your chalkboard wall magnetic? That way, your kids can draw with chalk AND play with magnets – double the fun. Use a combination of magnetic primer and chalkboard paint to make your magnetic chalkboard wall. Make sure to stir the magnetic primer thoroughly and do two coats so the magnets will stick to your wall. To make your chalkboard wall prettier, consider framing it with molding or window casing.

If you have texture on your walls, you still can have a magnetic chalkboard wall. Try this great tutorial!

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Reading Corner or Nook

Dedicate a spot in your playroom to the exciting activity of reading! There’s a lot you can do to make a reading corner a perfect place for your kids to sit back and escape into another world. Install rain gutter shelves or ledge shelves to hold your kids’ books, put down a couple of bean bags, and a lamp or sconce. You could also put in a tepee to make it even more cozy. If you have an unused closet in your playroom, you could turn it into a reading nook like this one.

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Glass Jars

Crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and chalk can get disorganized fast… but when they’re organized, they’re often hidden away and kids forget about them. Solve both problems by using glass jars, such as cookie jars or candy jars, to hold art supplies. These glass jars could be used to hold small toys, like marbles, and craft supplies, like stickers and pom-poms.

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Lego Table

Do you have kids who are addicted to Legos? Organize all these tiny pieces with the help of a Lego table and a few plastic bins. There are many different versions of a Lego table, but a great one is this one hacked from an IKEA LACK coffee table. Put Lego road plates or any other Lego base plate on top and organize all the pieces by color or type into the plastic bins. Put the bins on the shelf and under the table and rest easy knowing you’ll never step on a tiny Lego piece again.

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Wall Mounted Baskets

Not sure how to organize the plethora of stuffed animals that’s overtaking your playroom? Put them in wall mounted garden baskets! Take out the lining, spray paint the baskets in any color you like or leave them as is, and mount them on the wall. Put up all of your kids’ stuffed animals in these baskets. It’ll still be easy for your kids to see and if you hang them low, they can grab whatever stuffed animal they want. This is also a cute way to decorate a wall or a corner of your playroom.

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How did you like these playroom ideas? I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas from this list that would be useful for your playroom. What other playroom ideas have caught your eye lately?

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13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle 13 Transformative Fireplace Makeover Ideas

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home?

1. Paint a brick fireplace black or a bold color.

You’ve probably seen many brick fireplaces that have been painted white and that can look great, but that’s not your only option. You could paint your fireplace black for a more modern look. Pair it with a stained wood mantle for a chic result!

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Another idea is to paint it in a bold color, like teal. This can feel like a risky choice but it can come out looking just fabulous if the color goes well with your decor! And you can always paint it again another color if you want to redecorate down the road.

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2. Add built-in shelves on both sides of the fireplace.

A fireplace all by its lonesome on a wall can look, well, lonely. Consider building shelves on both sides to add more storage to your home and to fill out the wall. Your room will also look bigger and taller as a result!

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3. Tile the fireplace surround.

This simple change will give your fireplace an instant update. It’s not a hard project and the results will amaze you. You could tile over your existing tile or go all the way and pull out the existing tile. Ceramic tile would work, but so would glass mosaic tile and marble herringbone tile. Visit a tile shop or a home improvement store and choose from the many options for your fireplace makeover!

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4. Stain your brick fireplace.

Maybe you want to change the look of your brick fireplace, but you’re just not down with the idea of painting it. You can stain it instead! This fireplace used to be gray until it was stained a more traditional red and it looks much warmer than the before!

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5. Paint a painted fireplace to look like brick.

Or maybe you’ve bought a home where the previous homeowners painted over the brick and you don’t like the look. You could paint the brick to look like brick! The best part is that you can choose your brick colors, so this project would also work on a brick fireplace that doesn’t look exactly the way you want it to.

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6. Build a new mantel surround.

With some MDF and wood, you can build yourself a brand new mantel surround to add more visual weight to a small fireplace. I really love the modern look of this one!

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7. Add planked wood above the fireplace.

A nice way to make your fireplace look bigger and your ceiling higher is to install planked wood above it. It’s a dramatic look and you can paint the planks in any color to compliment your room. This fireplace looks beautiful with white planks above a white mantel surround and herringbone tile.

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8. Put stone veneer over a brick fireplace.

Tired of your brick fireplace? Tile over it with a stone veneer or a stone wall tile and bring it all the way up to the ceiling. This fireplace makeover idea is even more dramatic if you have high ceilings!

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9. Add columns to a mantel.

This is a simple fireplace makeover idea that works if you already have an existing mantel. Beef up your fireplace by adding columns to turn your mantel into a mantel surround.

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10. Spray over brass accents.

Brass may be gaining in popularity these days, but brass on the fireplace might not be your taste. Spray the brass away and update the look of your fireplace in just a few minutes.

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11. White wash your brick fireplace.

White washing a brick fireplace is a good middle ground between painting and leaving the brick alone. You’ll still have the rustic character and color of the brick intact, but if you don’t really love the colors of the bricks, they’ll be softened for an entirely new look.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

12. Paint over the old tile surround.

If your fireplace has a tile surround you’re not in love with, you can paint over the tile for an easy temporary upgrade. Black is a chic choice, and a popular one at that. Another idea is to do a stencil over the tile surround so it looks like you tiled over it with a mosaic tile! This stencil could help you achieve the look of Moroccan tile.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

13. Turn your fireplace into a concrete fireplace.

This is a big project, but the results look great and very modern! If you like the look of concrete, you can turn your brick fireplace into a concrete one with the help of this tutorial. At less than $100, this is a great fireplace makeover idea that won’t cost you a lot of money.

If you have a fireplace in your home, consider yourself lucky! They are highly desirable and can increase the value of a home. However, an outdated, unattractive fireplace will not do much for you, both aesthetically and financially. How about trying one of these 13 fireplace makeover ideas to improve the look of your home? via @tipsaholic #fireplace #diy #home #fire #mantle

There’s no reason to live with an ugly fireplace when you have all these fireplace makeover ideas at your fingertips! What other fireplace makeover ideas have you tried or plan to try?

“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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CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

Need a last minute gift idea? Or maybe just a little pampering for your feet after the holiday stress wraps up? Try this refreshing CocoPeppermint Foot Butter via @tipsaholic #peppermint #footbutter #diy #beauty #diybeauty CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

Need a last minute gift idea? Or maybe just a little pampering for your feet after the holiday stress wraps up? Try this refreshing CocoPeppermint Foot Butter, which will revitalize tired feet after a day spent trudging through the snow. Simply combine coconut oil with shea butter and peppermint essential oil for a soothing, yet invigorating treat or substitute Lavender Essential Oil for a calming effect.

CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

An amazing blend of coconut oil, shea butter and peppermint essential oil to revitalize tired feet. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores. We like Everyday Shea by Alaffia.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
5 Tbsp Shea Butter
40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions

  1. 1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter – heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl. 
  1. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and butter on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having any clumps in the final product.

  1. Increase the speed to medium for several minutes until the mixture is thick and buttery. Continue to incorporate the ingredients by scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

  1. Add the essential oil and blend to incorporate. The whole mixing process should take 5 to 6 minutes.

Yields 4oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. The peppermint oil gives a wonderful, tingling sensation for tired feet. You can also substitute lavender essential oil for a calming effect.

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

 Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite. - tipsaholic.com #gum #gumball #ornaments #DIY #christmas

Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

Crafting is a great way to spend some time at home during the holidays. Ornaments are always fun to create. Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite.

Supplies:

  • red card stock paper
  • tack glue
  • clothespin
  • silver glitter card stock
  • clear glass ball ornament
  • small round beads
  • large button

Directions:

Roll a 3/4- by 5-inch strip of card stock into a 11/4-inch-diameter tube and secure it with tacky glue (clamp it with a clothespin until the glue dries).

Glue one end of a small rectangle of silver glitter card stock to the tube.

Fill a 11/2-inch diameter clear glass ball ornament with small beads.

For the base, glue the tube to a large button (ours has a 11/2-inch diameter), then glue the ornament in place.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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16+ Handy Home Improvement and DIY Apps

16+ Home Improvement DIY Apps - Tipsaholic

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What kind of tools do you have in your toolbox? Does your collection include your smartphone? It should, since your phone can be turned into a wide array of useful tools with the help of these awesome DIY apps! For those of you who are interested in home improvement, carpentry, and other DIY projects, check out these DIY apps to see how they can make your life much easier.

Level Apps

If you’ve ever hung up a picture frame or a shelf, you know how important it is to have a good quality level in your toolbox. Make it easy to make sure everything in your home is not crooked by having a level app on your phone so you can whip it out of your pocket at any time.

Multi-Measures (iOS, Android) has both a surface level and a spirit/bubble level, but this DIY app also includes many other tools that you might find useful, such as a plumb bob, compass, and decibel.

iHandy Carpenter (iOS, Android) is similar to the previous app; it includes a level, surface level, plumb bob, and a few more tools. It’s nice-looking and pretty popular with DIYers. However, if all you need is a level, you can just download the iHandy Level Free (iOS, Android).

Measuring Apps

Home improvement includes lots of measurements, unless you like cabinets that don’t fit or furniture that’s too big for your space. A measuring tape always works, but why not use your phone instead so you don’t have to bring your tape to every store you go to?

Dimensions (iOS) is a great DIY app that measures many distances in your home and your yard and saves all of your measurements for you. You can measure your walls, your garden, and even tiny objects! The app also comes with several other features.

There are so many measuring apps that it’s impossible to mention them all, but some notables are Smart Measure Pro (Android), Dot Measure Pro (iOS), and Easy Measure (iOS, Android).

If you need to send over a whole list of measurements to your carpenter or your interior designer, or if you’re shopping for furniture and need to bring a lot of measurements of your home with you to find the perfect fit, you can save all of your measurements and put them around your pictures. You’ll be able to do this with the Photo Measures Lite (iOS, Android) app.

Painting Apps

You’re probably doing (or planning on doing) a lot of painting if you’re a serious DIYer or even just a homeowner. A good painting app will make this task a lot easier to plan for and complete.

Several paint companies have their own apps, but a well-liked one is ColorSmart by BEHR (iOS, Android). You can perform color-matching with your phone, as well as finding paint color schemes and testing out your paint colors in various photos of rooms and styles in the app.

Prefer to test out paint colors of actual photos of your rooms? Get the Paint My Place App (iOS) and do just that. It uses several paint brands so you can choose your favorite one. Change the paint colors of a room or the exterior of your home and narrow down your selections before heading over to the paint store.

If you just need to know how much paint you need to complete your project, the Paint Calculator Pro (iOS, Android) will help you find out. The app also will inform you how much your painting project will cost you and quotes from pros if you’re considering hiring help instead of doing it yourself.

Gardening Apps

Have a garden or a yard you’d like to add a garden to? Or maybe you just need help with increasing your curb appeal with landscaping? Check out these gardening apps and see how your phone can make your outdoor space more beautiful and functional.

Garden Plan Pro (iOS) is an all-comprehensive app that will help you design your garden, know when to plan certain corps, know where to plant your seeds depending on sun/shade, and set reminders that help you maintain your garden throughout the year.

The Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier (iOS) app is great for beginning gardeners and landscapers. You can use the app to identify plants that are already around your home by taking a picture of them. It also identifies diseases and pests.

New to gardening? The When to Plant (iOS) app will tell you exactly when to plant whatever you want to grow. You’ll put in your zip code and get all the information you need to begin gardening. For those of you who don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can also download this app onto your laptop or computer.

Carpentry Apps

Whether you like to make or refinish furniture, you’ll benefit from adding a few carpentry apps to your smartphone.

Woodcraft (iOS) is a handy DIY app to have if you like to build. It develops 3D models of your creations and helps you come up with a list of measurements of wood to buy so nothing gets wasted. This app will be very useful whether you’re looking to build simple shelves to fit a weird space in your garage or to adjust measurements on a DIY furniture plan to better fit your home.

I.D. Wood (iOS) helps you identify the various types of wood so you can select the best type for your project. If you’re refinishing an existing piece of furniture, you can use the app to find out what wood it is and how to best refinish it.

This list only barely scratches the surface of the world of DIY apps. There are sewing apps, floor plan apps, decor and furniture shopping apps, and even garage sale and flea market apps! Whip out your smartphone and find out just how useful it can be. And who knows what our phones can do for us in the future, even just a year from now.

What other DIY apps do you love? This list needs more android-compatible apps, so feel free to add your favorite DIY apps in the comments!

 

“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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20 Must-Read Posts Guaranteed to Improve Your Photography

Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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More economical options for quality cameras is only one reason photography is growing as a hobby and interest.  If you’ve got a blog, Facebook page, or even an instagram account, you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to improve your photography skills.  Or perhaps you’d just like to know how to take better pictures of your family and friends.  Fortunately, there’s an increasing number of very accessible photography how-to’s, tips and tutorials on the internet.  If you’re searching for a place to start, here’s our list of 20 must-read posts that are guaranteed to improve your photography.  There’s something here for every fotog – beginner and professional alike!

 

1. How to Pick the Perfect Camera For You (Bugaboo Blog for Hi! It’s Jilly!) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

This post is the perfect place to start if you’re just picking up photography.  It lays out the basic differences between camera types,  gives some pros and cons of different cameras, helps narrow down your options based on your personal needs and gives you some questions to think about before you go spend a chunk of change on a camera!  Plus there are links to recommended cameras as well.  (also in this same series, check out 5 Photo Tips for Anyone at Anytime and 10 Tips for Shooting Your Kids.)

 

2. 22 Things You Can Do Today To Change Your Photography Forever (Improve Photography) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Just as the title states, there are a lot of actions you can take to change your photography for the better and they don’t take a ton of effort!  This list has some great ideas for taking your photography up a few notches and each action is broken down into doable steps with an idea of how long it will take you to complete it.  You can make an organized action plan and schedule your time accordingly!

 

3. Common Photography Mistakes and How to Fix Them (iheartfaces) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotographyEver wonder why some of your photos turn out subpar?  Can’t figure out what’s off in your composition or lighting?  And why can’t you seem to fix all of this post-production?  If you want to learn what the most common blunders in photography are, and how you can avoid them or fix them as you go then this is the perfect post for you.

 

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This is a great mini, condensed guide to composition, aperture and shutter speed.  There’s a ton to learn about each of these, but this short and concise list breaks them down into manageable, usable info for beginners.

 

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If you’ve got a DSLR camera, you’ll want to read this post to figure out some cool tricks.  A DSLR can be a daunting piece of equipment, and the manual isn’t much better!  With all of the functionality at your fingertips, you’re bound to miss something.  Check out this shortlist of fun and useful things you may not know you can do with your camera.

 

6. Know Your Lenses (Sweet C’s Designs) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Here’s a well-written guide to DSLR lenses.  If you’re wondering what each lens does, what the differences between them are, which lens you should purchase next, or which lens you’ll use the most for your personal photography you need to read this post!

 

7. 101 Family Picture Tips and Ideas (Dating Divas) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you need a one stop shop for all things family photo – either yours or someone else’s – look no further!  This tremendous list has tons of ideas for families.  Tons.  From how to pick a photographer, to how to choose a location, to what clothes to wear!  They also offer ideas for poses and props, along with some great tips for getting your kids and hubby on board and cooperative!  Bonus?  There’s a great printable where you can keep track of everything you don’t want to forget – budget, locations, poses, clothes, etc. – in case you’re super organized.

 

 

8. 10 Photos to Take on Baby’s First Day (lilsugar.com) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does, this info is great!  The first day with a new baby can be a blur, and there’s so much the new parents will want to remember.  This list gives examples of don’t-miss shots for directly after birth.  Read it and you won’t forget a thing!

 

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While this is written specifically with kids in mind, many of the points expressed apply to all ages.  Having your photo taken can be uncomfortable, embarrassing or downright painful for some.  This is a concise list of ideas the photographer can keep in mind for helping subjects feel more at ease in front of the camera.

 

10. Photography Tips for Panning (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Panning is a technique that allows you to clearly capture a moving subject while the background is blurred.  It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, and trying your hand at it can make for some really dynamic photos of people, pets or sports events (like your kids first soccer game).  Kristen Duke gives great step-by-step directions for panning and some helpful tips to make the process go a little more smoothly.

 

 

11. Sports Photography: 11 Tips for the Sideline Parent (Click It Up a Notch) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve kids, nieces or nephews, or even pets this is really a must read!  This post is specifically geared toward those on the sidelines at sports events, but can really be applied in a variety of settings.  Sledding, skiing, racing, running, biking – really any place your subjects are on the go, go, go!  So if you want to learn how to capture moments like the big goal, the winning sprint, or your retriever running toward you with a ball, this post is a great place to start.

 

12. How to Take Great Backlit Photos (Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

As a general rule, photographers want the sunlight (or other light source) shining onto their subjects from BEHIND the photographer – but did you know you can create some stunning portraits and other photos with backlighting?  It can be a tricky task, but backlit photos can be dramatic and create a flare or glow, depending on how you use the lighting and location.  Read through this list of tips and tricks to figure out how to do it.

 

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Do you get super frustrated when taking pictures in the wintertime when the sun is rarely present and lighting is a huge challenge?  This post goes over tons of tips for making your photos look amazing in low light/indoor situations.  The best part is the in depth description of various supplies and what they do.  You’ll learn a lot reading this post!

 

14. 5 Secrets to Great Product Photos (Shrimp Salad Circus) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you’ve got a blog or shop you take photos for, this post will help you up the ante!   There’s no better way to turn people away from your products than taking crummy pictures.  As horrible as that sounds, photos can make or break your blog.   Make your projects (and products) stand out with these 5 simple tips.

 

15. Small Subject Backdrop Ideas (The Gunnysack) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

If you shoot a lot of small subjects at home, you can fall into a rut with your backdrops.  It’s easy to place an item on a white sheet or poster board, but doesn’t always allow for the most exciting photos.  Here are a few ideas for simple backdrops that are small and portable – perfect for at home photography of food or blogging items.

 

16. Mini Studio Set-Up (Lauren Elise Crafted) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

A very easy way to take better photos of projects you’ve created, is to actually make a “photography studio” for your items.  Don’t worry, that sounds more complicated than it is!  In this post, you can learn how to make a mini studio with simple materials that is fully portable and non-permenant – aka perfect for your dining room.  Using the best backgrounds and lighting can make all the difference to your indoor photography.

 

17. 7 Food Photography Tips for Instagram (Click It Up A Notch) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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18. A Quick List of Travel Photography Tips (Simple As That) – Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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19. 26 Landscape Photography Tips Every Pro Still Uses (Digital Camera World) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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20. How to Photograph the Night Sky (Corina’s Corner) -Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

Night photography is really an art form all on its own.  Shooting the night sky can be incredibly difficult, but also stunning.  If you’re looking to round out your portfolio or just want to try something new with your camera, consider photography at dusk, sunset or nighttime.  This post has some really simple tips that can help you take amazing night shots.

 

Also, don’t miss these 6 simple tips to improve your photography that anyone can benefit from!

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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