12 Creative Ways to Decorate Picture Frames

12 Creative Ways to Decorate Picture Frames | Tipsaholic.com #diy #home #decor #frames #crafting

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Do you have a couple of picture frames laying around that you just don’t like? Turn them into beautifully decorated frames that you’ll love adding to your gallery wall. Here are 12 ways to decorate picture frames!

1. Gold studded picture frame from Love Grows Wild

Add gold studs to the corners of your picture frame with the help of super glue. This easy fix will instantly glam up your plain old frame!

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2. Fabric covered mat from Amy J Delightful

A colorful fabric covered mat will jazz up a simple picture frame. If you have a fabric stash, this project is perfect for you.

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3. Painted mats from Cape 27

An even easier way to decorate picture frames is to paint your mat. Spray paint or craft paint would work great here. Painted mats would be a great way to add a bold accent color to a space.

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4. Two-toned picture frames from Style by Emily Henderson

The always creative Emily Henderson painted a couple of picture frames in an unique way: half gold and half white. She did this treatment to a couple of frames, all in different ways. The result is striking!

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5. Faux metal corners  from Honey and Fitz

With painter’s tape and gold spray paint, add faux metal corners to your picture frames! Do this to a couple of frames and put them together in a grid for an elegant look.

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6. Perfect gold frames: Tutorial from Aubrey and Lindsay

Gold spray paint is great, but if you spray a whole picture frame, it can come out looking flat and kinda fake. Check out this trick to creating the perfect gold finish for your picture frames.

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Five DIY Christmas Wreaths

Put your own special touch on a Christmas Wreath this year. Check out these 5 creative Christmas wreaths you can make yourself via tipsaholic.com #wreaths #christmas #diy 5 DIY Christmas Wreath

One of the most wonderful things about Christmas is the plethora of Christmas crafts. If you’re like me, I’m constantly scouring Pinterest for fantastic, affordable ideas. Why not start your holiday crafting this year by making your own Christmas wreath? There are a variety of options to fit the skill set and ambitions of the most novice to advanced DIY-ers.

To get you in the holiday crafting spirit, here are five of my favorite DIY Christmas wreaths. Happy crafting!

1. Pine Cone Frame Wreath

A different take on the traditional Christmas wreath, Dana from Make Them Wonder used an old frame and hot glue gun to make this pine cone masterpiece. This wreath can be used indoors or outdoors and would make a wonderful addition to your holiday mantel.

2. Grapevine Wreath

Follow Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher‘s lead and pick up a few items from the dollar bin at your local craft store to spruce up a basic grapevine wreath. This wreath can be changed with each season or holiday so it’s always fresh and new.

3. Jingle Bell Wreath

All you need is a wire coat hanger, some duct tape, and 100 mini jingle bells to make this adorable wreath from designer Paul Lowe. Consider adding a fresh sprig of holly and your favorite ornament to give your wreath some extra pizazz.

4. Book Page Wreath

The versatility of the book page wreath knows no bounds. Use decoupage to cover a basic wreath form in book pages or sheet music and then add your own embellishments such as a fancy bow, tinsel, or garland.

5. Clothespin Wreath

Not only is this clothespin wreath affordable and easy to make, it also serves a dual function as a Christmas card holder. Thanks to Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional for this great idea!

Title image and feature image via Better Homes and Gardens.

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

Working from home can be hard at times, but the fun part is you can decorate your office! There are so many options for beautifying an office. Like these 10 stylish office chairs for your home office via @tipsaholic #office #homeoffice #officechairs #chair #chairs 10 Stylish Office Chairs For Your Home Office

There are a lot of challenges facing those of us that work from home but let’s admit it, there are a few perks too! One of which is decorating your own office. It’s important to make sure that your space is organized, inspires you and most importantly that you have a fabulous spot to park your ‘caboose’.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most stylish yet functional office chairs on the web, some of them under $100 and for those of you who have the DIY itch there’s a couple of those in there two.

#1. The Office Star Dorado – Red (from Target) from $109.99

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#2. Helvetica Leather Office Chair – West Elm $499

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I’m a teensy bit obsessed with leather everything at the moment so this chair just calls to me. My other obsession? Wood. Which brings us to this next chair…

#3. Baxton Studio Bruce Walnut and Black Modern Office Chair – Overstock.com from $179.99

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Are you in the market for something a little more comfortable?

#4. Gracie Office Chair – Horchow $1,199

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Gorgeous, but perhaps a little too rich for your blood? Here’s a couple of fun DIY chairs that will turn a deal from a thrift store into a designer inspired piece.

#5. Kate Spade Inspired Spray Painted Vinyl Chair – DIY from Little Green Notebook (cost of an old vinyl thrift store chair, spray paint and painters tape)

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Find a dingy, leather chair at your local thrift store? GRAB IT! Check out this next transformation:

#6. Restored Leather Chair – the Project Addict Featured on Remodelaholic (cost of thrift store leather chair and leather restore product)

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Click through the link above for even more chair restoration ideas! Do you like the clean look of white?  Here’s a few more chairs you might love:

#7. Snille – Ikea $19.99

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Leave it to Ikea to give a clean, stylish and affordable option. I’ve also seen this chair with a little added glamour and comfort by tossing this faux sheepskin on it.

Here’s another beauty that will be delivered right to your door:

#8. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Designer White Leather Chair – Amazon.com from $148.10

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Do you have a flair for parisian decor?

#9. Ooh La La Swivel Chair – Pottery Barn Teen $359

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A little bit sweet, a little bit sophisticated.

Or perhaps you are more modern and elegant.

#10. Printo Guest Chair – Scandanavian Designs $399

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Available in slate grey (pictured above) or red.

So there you have it! 10 stylish yet functional office chairs to bring your workspace to life.

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5 Small Tools That Will Make Your DIY Projects Much Easier

Love to get your hands dirty and do your own projects? Tools are a plus when doing it yourself. Especially these 5 small tools that are essential for all DIYers from tipsaholic.com #tools #diy5 Small Tools That will Make your DIY Projects Much Easier Tipsaholic.com

Do you like to tackle DIY projects around your home? You might have built a nice collection in your tool box, but there are certain small tools that many homeowners might not know about and will make your DIY projects much easier to complete.

 

1. Paint Can Pour Lid

Painting a room or a piece of furniture are two of the most common DIY projects and they are usually done with a can of paint. These cans can get messy, especially when you’re trying to pour the paint into a paint tray. The paint spreads all around the top, making it hard for you to hammer the lid back on. Over time, the paint can lid will start to rust and become distorted, dirtying up your paint and drying it up in the process. Ugh.

Try using these paint can pour lids, which cost only a little more than $2 each. They will seal the paint can completely with much less mess. And you can wash them and reuse them for more painting projects in the future!

2. 5-in-1 Tool

Multi-tasking tools are always better than several separate tools that only have one purpose each and take up more space in your toolbox. This 5-in-1 tool is so useful for many different DIY projects, from painting to repairing drywall.

It can scrape paint and wallpaper, spread drywall compound and wall putty, and open paint cans. Use this small tool to remove things from small spaces, such as old caulk from windows, old wood filler from furniture, and more. There’s also a half round cut-out on the tool that will remove paint off your paint roller.

Put it in your tool belt and you’ll be amazed at how often you’ll use it for all kinds of things!

3. Cabinet and Drawer Template

If you’ve ever installed hardware on brand new (or freshly painted) cabinet doors or drawers, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. You have to measure everything, make sure all of your holes line up so your hardware won’t look crooked, and actually drill into your precious cabinets.

These cabinet and drawer templates will give you a peace of mind and more confidence that you’re doing the job right. These handy small tools will do most of the measuring for you so that all of your pulls and knobs look perfect. See how Russet Street Reno added her beautiful new hardware to her cabinets and drawers using this small tool here!

4. Spray Paint Grip

Everybody loves how a can of spray paint can instantly make over anything, but it can make your trigger finger tired after long bouts of spraying. And when you get tired, your paint can start to come out in spurts, causing splatter and dripping. Not good. Give your finger a break and get a smoother finish with a spray paint grip.

5. Damaged Screw Extractor

Is there anything more annoying than a damaged and stripped screw that you can’t remove with your drill? The answer is no. A stripped screw can completely derail a project… unless you have a damaged screw extractor. This small tool makes it easy to remove damaged screws from your latest DIY project or from an older piece of furniture.

The best part about all these small tools is that they’re not expensive at all. Most of them cost under $20 (some way under that amount), but they will feel like they’re worth hundreds when they instantly solve a DIY problem you’re struggling with.

What other small tools do you think that every DIYer should have in their toolbox?

For a list of power tools that a new DIYer should consider getting, check out 10 Starter Tools for the New DIYer.

“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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12 DIY Projects for Cats and Their Owners

12 DIY Projects for Cats and Their Owners ~ Tipsaholic.com #cats #pets #cattoys

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Cats are pretty independent, but they love a good snuggle and an exciting play session. Strike a balance in your home by providing your cat some entertainment, some scratching fun, and some space to relax by themselves, preferably from high above or snuggled into an alcove. Here are some DIY projects for cats that will make your home a dream home for your kitties.

 

1. Cat Scratch Pad

Cats need to scratch to maintain their claws, to mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Sometimes this can result in the destruction of your precious furniture, but you can prevent this by providing scratching surfaces for your cats. This nice-looking DIY cat scratch pad will work great if you don’t have space for a large scratching post.

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2. Self Pet Station

Does your cat jump on your lap while you’re trying to work and beg you to pet them? Or maybe you work long hours away from home and you feel bad that there’s nobody there to pet them? Make this clever self pet station and your cats will love rubbing their bodies against it.

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3. Cat Tent

Cats love to curl up in a tiny and dark space to protect themselves from bigger predators and this instinct is present even in the tamest of house cats. Create this cute cat tent for your feline friend with an old t-shirt!

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4. Pet Bowl Stand

Making feeding time a tad more attractive by making this pet bowl stand for your cats. You’ll be able to remove the bowls for cleaning and your cat will appreciate not having to crouch down so much to eat their meals.

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5. Cat Cardboard Castle

Cat owners everywhere know about cats’ obsessions with boxes. Encourage this obsession by crafting this cool cat cardboard castle for your cats! This could be a fun DIY cat project to do with the kids.

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6. Cat Hammock

Give your cat a spot to lounge without taking up any of your floor space by making this cool little cat hammock that you can mount on the wall.

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7. Cat Outdoor Table

Cats don’t need a table, do they? Well, they just might want this one. This cat outdoor table comes with grass and other cat-friendly plants growing on one side and plenty of lounging space on the other side. If your cats like to hang out in your backyard, they’ll love this DIY cat project.

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8. Peek-A-Boo Box

Cats are intelligent animals and they like to be challenged, which explains why you probably have a lot of cat toys that they’re bored with. This crazy clever cat toy is definitely stimulating and exciting enough for the smartest of cats.

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9. Cat Climbing Pole

Cat trees provide cats with lots of climbing fun, but they can get expensive and can take up so much space. Instead, consider making this slim cat climbing pole that you can mount on the wall. Add a shelf at the very top for relaxing for bonus points with your cat.

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10. Cat Window Perches

These sweet cat window perches are easy to make and your cats will love having a spot to slumber in the sun.

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11. DIY Cat Wand Toy

There are many cat wand toys available at pet stores, but if you want to make one yourself so you can make all kinds of additions that you know your cat will love, try this tutorial.

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12 . Cat Shelves and Scratcher

Mount a couple of shelves on the wall and add soft cushions to provide your cats some jumping fun and relaxation. Make it even more cat-friendly by adding a sisal scratcher pad for them to climb up on to reach the shelves.

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If you’re having trouble getting your pets to use these DIY projects for cats, sprinkling cat nip on your completed projects is always a good idea. What do you think of these DIY projects for cats? What other DIY projects have you done for your beloved pets?

 

“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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38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers

38 Inspiring Ideas for Family Command Centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

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School begins and all intentions to stay organized for the year can quickly deteriorate as kids lug home backpacks filled with art projects, handwriting practice, permission slips, sports equipment, and more. Keep things under control by creating a personalized “command center,” where every family member can unload, reload, and store their everyday gear – and Mom can more easily see what, when, and where everyone’s going. Use these 38 ideas to inspire your family’s command center, drop zone, landing zone, organization station, after-school station, or whatever else you want to call it – and get organized for good!

 

 

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Martha Stewart

1. We love this command center setup with its multi-purpose shelf unit for catching loose items, storage, and hanging coats and bags.

 

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Girl Loves Glam

2. Make your own modern organization board with Girl Loves Glam’s free printables and tutorial for making a fun stained backdrop.

 

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3. A great idea from The Container Store to use simple labeled bags to corral gear for individual children, plus some tips on what to include when building your command center!

 

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The Handmade Home

4. This organization station serves a purpose but looks amazing too with its fun abacus feature.

 

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BHG

5. If you’ve got two small areas to use for your landing zone, consider some of these ideas and make both rooms feel cohesive.

 

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Pottery Barn

6. This idea comes directly from the Pottery Barn, and although it’s pricey to buy, it could inspire some fabulous DIY-ing!

 

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BHG

7. A couple of simple storage rails or towel rods can go a long way in keeping a small station together. And the corkboard backdrop? Perfect.

 

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iHeart Organizing

8. Use a basic shelf system and some creative accessories (that mirror!) to give your command center some real flair.

 

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The Yellow Cape Cod

9. A hanging tote for each family member makes it easy to transfer items collected during the week to be carried to their rightful homes.

 

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Achieving Creative Order

10. A kids’ art gallery and a fun set of reminder boards? Clever ideas to add to your landing zone at Achieving Creative Order. 

 

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BHG

11. Sometimes all you need is a pretty shelving unit and a collection of bins and baskets.

 

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Simply Fabulous Living

12. Industrial baskets and an oversized clock are great pieces to use when organizing on a small section of wall.

 

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Bliss @ Home

13. Don’t forget to add patterns, colors, and fun details to add some great aesthetics.

 

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ScatterShot

14. If you’ve got some free time and want to try something permanent, this is a great command center to add to a home! Check out the full chalkboard wall and large photo print.

 

 

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15. A mounted pocket for homework, permission slips, bills, and more make it much easier for busy parents to keep track of the needs of each family member.

 

 

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Ciburbanity

16. Give an unused kitchen corner a useful makeover by turning it into your organization station. And framing recipes from vintage cookbooks? Pure genius when it comes to personal touches.

 

 

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

17. Get access to some weathered wood from an old barn or fence and follow this tutorial to create a rustic command center like this one. Our favorite feature is the painted clothespin family!

 

 

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Sweet Aprils

18. There’s a lot to love in this landing zone – the clipboards, family rules sign, key holder, chest… And if the frames and accessories you have don’t match, give them a quick coat of spray paint for instant unification.

 

 

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Tatertots & Jello

19. The base for this project consists of two cheap wooden doors. Paint, textures, and patterns make it a fun and functional part of the home. Simply lean it against a wall or screw it down for a more permanent, sturdy unit.

 

 

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iHeart Organizing

20. A command center doesn’t have to be elaborate to be useful. Choose accessories that make the most sense for the space and fit your family’s needs.

 

 

 

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The Handmade Home

21. Here’s a unique idea for helping kids keep track of their daily tasks, all made with plexiglass so the pieces can be used like dry erase boards. And take a look at the simple string of photos and artwork adding some family love to the wall!

 

 

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Beneath My Heart

22. If you’ve got a lot of space to work with this command center will give you some great ideas! A big chalkboard painted onto the wall and surrounded by a simple frame makes the perfect background for a three month calendar and some practical add-ons.

 

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BHG

23. Sometimes all you need is to repurpose an old piece of furniture. This buffet makes the perfect organizational unit for a command center and a large mirror can double as a message board.

 

 

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The Elusive Bobbin

24. Can’t quite find the command center boards and accessories you need? Try building your own with these instructions from The Elusive Bobbin.

 

 

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The Elm Life

25. Make use of kitchen appliances in a kitchen command center! The refrigerator that hugs this wall becomes a great place for little kitchen extras like a menu planning system and cleaning schedule.

 

 

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The Crafting Chicks

26. Keep things simple with a coat hook and clip for each family member. This organization station uses a magnet board and magnetic clips.

 

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LegacyStudio

27. This great find from LegacyStudio is up on Etsy—you can buy one or use it as inspiration for your own single-unit command center.

 

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Ana White

28. Another more permanent unit, this one can be built and customized with these plans from Ana White. 

 

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Shaken Together Life

29. Check out these creative customizations – chore boards, baskets for snacks and school supplies, and a special notice board for Mom.

 

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Just a Girl and Her Blog

30. We love the artsy details and crisp colors of this command center. A basket for backpacks is a great alternative to mounting hooks on the wall.

 

 

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So You Think You’re Crafty

31. This build-it-yourself unit has a great old-school look and the pegboards add a lot of versatility. See the tutorial for a list of inexpensive materials and all the details.

 

 

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Inspiration Organization

32. Helping kids keep track of their own gear is easy when they can clearly see their names (and initials!) in the command center.

 

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The Lily Pad Cottage

33. Dress up a plain dry erase (or chalk) board by adding painted frames to highlight important lists. Another fun idea – magnets stating the days of the week that can be moved wherever needed.

 

 

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Kikki.K

34. The clean lines in this command center really make things feel organized, and Kikki.K gives five simple steps to creating yours.

 

 

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Oh So Shabby

35. Oh So Shabby definitely gets the award for sweetest accessories! We’re totally in love with the idea of using mini-mailboxes to stash each kid’s electronics and the cute flower and banner details.

 

 

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Living Locurto

36. An in-box and out-box for each family member is another great organizational tool to consider when designing your command center. Plus you can snag some free back-to-school printables to go with it at Living Locurto.

 

 

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Clean and Scentsible

37. If you’re looking for something versatile but not sure how to put it together on your own, get some inspiration from this command center, then head over to Staples’ Martha Stewart section here  to pick your own pieces!

 

 

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Achieving Creative Order

38. As the family grows and dynamics change, it’s nice to be able to make appropriate changes to your command center as well. Achieving Creative Order does just that with her family’s wall.

 

 38 Inspiring ideas for family command centers ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #organization #commandcenter

 

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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.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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14 DIY Projects for Dog Owners

Love your dog? Create one or more of these easy DIY dog projects from tipsaholic.com #dog #dogs #diy #pets14 DIY Projects for Dog Owner

Being a dog owner means that you have a furry friend who loves you no matter what you look like in the morning, but it also means that you need certain things to keep your sweet pet happy and content. Instead of spending big bucks at the pet store, try these 14 useful DIY projects for dog owners. Some of them will make things more convenient for you and your pup, some cleverly reuses some things you might already have, and some will make your home more dog-friendly and more beautiful at the same time.

Dog Car Hammock

Does your dog love to ride in your car with you? Make it safer for your dog and your human riders by making this dog car hammock. In case of an accident, your dog won’t roll under the chairs thanks to this great DIY. Bonus: you’ll have less dog hair on your chairs.

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Dog Pee Pit

If you have a backyard and you often let your dog do their business there, save your grass by making this DIY pee pit with rocks. Make it a part of your landscaping so it looks as great as it is functional.

Cooling Dog Bed

Dogs love to be outside, even when it’s hot outside Make it more comfortable for them to hang out outside with this cooling dog bed. The best part? It’ll cost you only $5! And don’t miss these tips for other ways to keep dogs cool in hot weather.

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Homemade Dog Shampoo

If your dog has problems with flaky or itchy skin, you might want to make this homemade dog shampoo that contains rosemary, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil.

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Dog Ramp

Have an older dog or an injured dog? This dog ramp makes it easier for your pet to climb into bed to snuggle with you. The ramp also folds down, so you can push it underneath your bed when its not in use.

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T-Shirt Dog Toy

All you need is an old t-shirt and a tennis ball to make this DIY dog toy. This toy is easy to make and is great for dogs who love to fetch and play tug-of-war.

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Dog Crate Pillow

Make your travel crate more comfortable for your loveable pup by making this easy dog crate pillow.

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Homemade Dog Toothpaste

Dogs need their teeth brushed just like we do. This homemade dog toothpaste combines coconut oil and chicken (or beef) bouillon granules to make a all-natural toothpaste that your dog will enjoy.

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Belt Dog Collars

Give your dog a stylish look by turning a cool vintage belt into an unique dog collar. You can easily find vintage belts at your nearest thrift store.

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Dog Bowl Placemat

Have a messy eater? Craft this dog bowl placemat with your favorite contact paper and make it easier for you to keep your home a bit cleaner.

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Dog Doo Compost Bin

It’s always a good idea to pick up after your dog’s “doo,” but it’s not a good idea to just throw them into the trash, which can stink up your place or your garage. This clever dog doo compost bin acts like a septic tank to solve this smelly problem.

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DIY Dog Bed

There are so many DIY dog bed tutorials on the internet today, but I especially liked this one because of how simple it is to made and the classic look of the design. This dog bed will fit in any home’s decor and it’s designed to be big enough for two pillowcases to fit into.

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Dog Steps

Have a tiny dog or a dog that needs help getting on the sofa? This cute DIY dog step will come in handy.

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Dog Gate

This DIY gate is actually a baby gate, but it could work just as well for a dog. You could adjust the plans to fit whatever space you want to block off. Forget the cheap baby gates, this DIY dog gate will keep your home looking good and last much longer.

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I hope you’ve found these DIY projects for dog owners useful for you and your best friend! What other DIY projects for dog owners have you made and loved?

“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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Halloween Sewing Projects – 37 Simple Decorations to Sew

Love a handmade touch to your Halloween decor? Try one of these 37 Simple Halloween Decorations to Sew ~ Tipsaholic.com #sewing #halloween #decorating

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Halloween is fast-approaching, and what better way to get the house ready than with a few great sewing projects? If you’re lacking in the free time department but still have the “urge to serge,” take a look at these 37 ideas for decorative (and simple!) Halloween sewing projects.  Choose one, two, or a few and start decorating and celebrating the spooky time of year!

 

Buntings, banners, and garlands

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1. Penant bunting – A penant bunting can fit any holiday with the right fabrics, and the Halloween colors used for this one make it a perfect addition to the holiday decorations you already have.

 

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2. Burlap ghost banner – This simple banner requires very little sewing and just a bit of paint. Perfect for a quick craft during the kids’ naptime!

 

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3. Candy corn ruffled garland – This garland is inspired by the candy of the season and will bring some color to any room!

 

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4. Witchy banner – Fashion a few of these witch’s feet (and some spiders, if you please) and craft a banner to walk your guests to the door.

 

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5. Candy corn banner – Hang this tasty banner anywhere you please – it’s reversible!
Pumpkins

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6. Fabric pumpkins with ruffles – This basic tutorial for these cute fabric pumpkins is easy to follow. Add ruffles to your pumpkins for extra fun!

 

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7. Fabric pumpkins with video tutorialThe Alison Show has a great video tutorial you can follow for more fabric pumpkins. Her video also includes instructions for adding yarn accents that give the pumpkins defined sections.

 

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8. Burlap pumpkins – These pumpkins are basically the same as the fabric variety, but this tutorial includes a few extra tips for working with the burlap.

 

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9. Hand-sewn upcycled shirt pumpkins – If you’re interested in trying a sewing project but lacking a sewing machine, follow the directions for these hand-sewn pumpkins made from old shirts or sweaters.

 

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10. Primitive pumpkin characters – these little fellas are meant to be pincushions, but they’re so cute, why not display them instead? Fill a bowl or line a mantel with these whimsical pumpkin heads.

 

Pillows

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11. Witch graphic pillow – Give any room a vintage holiday feel by adding a pillow with one of these fun graphics attached.

 

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12. Pumpkin pillow – It’s a pillow and a fun stuffed pumpkin, versatile enough to rest on the couch or anywhere else you choose!

 

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13. Fun felt bat pillow – The fun flapping bats on this simple felt pillow will bring a smile to the faces of your Halloween visitors.

 

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14. Glitter striped pillow – Make a basic pillow form using drop cloth fabric and get crafty with some glitter paint and a fun iron-on.

 

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15. Glitter sprayed “Trick-or-Treat” pillows – A plain drop-cloth pillow is made glamorous when finished off with glitter spray paint!

 

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16. Iron-on pumpkin pillow – Pick some fun patterned fabrics to make the iron-ons for this pumpkin patch pillow. Use a contrasting thread to sew around the pumpkin edges and make them really pop.

 

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17. Dish towel pillows – Grab a couple of seasonal dish towels and you’re half-done with this project. And don’t tell anyone, but… you don’t actually have to sew these pillows!

 

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18. Felt pillows – White paint + black felt and outline stitching = quick, easy, and awesome pillows.

 

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19. Halloween face pillows – Play with different kinds of spooky (or smiley!) faces and pile these friends on your sofa for a cuddle.

 

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20. Mummy wrapped pillow – Take a peek at this clever mummy pillow inspired by one seen at Pottery Barn! Start with a basic pillow form and start wrapping!

 

Table runners and table décor

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21. Ribbon table runner – You may have seen this table runner floating around Pinterest – and it’s because it’s so easy! Use up your ribbon ends and put together this tabletop treat.

 

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22. Burlap table runner – A little spray paint goes a long way to style this burlap table runner for a very classy Halloween.

 

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23. Scrappy table runner – Got a few black and orange fabrics lying around? Use them up by making this scrappy table runner.

 

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24. Ruffled table runner – Choose some fun black and white fabrics for this runner and add a pop of orange with a sweet ruffle on each end.

 

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25. Halloween place mats – Use a creative stitch and some fun stencils to whip up a few of these Halloween place mats.

 

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26. Pumpkin chair backers – Another great project to try when you don’t have a sewing machine, these pumpkin chair backers can be stuffed with goodies and customized for all of your Halloween guests.

 

Dolls, plushies, and other decorations

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27. Giant felt porch spider – Replace the same-old shlumpy plastic bag spider with a fabulous felt one this year. The kids will love making friends with this friendly arachnid.

 

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28. Hanging witch’s legs – This clever décor will be the talk of the party! Just stuff a little here and sew a little there and you’ll have this pair of witch’s legs done in no time.

 

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29. Bat plushies – Stash a few of these bat plushies around the house to brighten even the darkest corner!

 

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30. Ruffle Halloween trees – Create a spooky forest for your mantle or as a centerpiece for your next costume party with these ruffle trees.

 

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31. Happy hanging spooks – They can hang from just about anywhere! Try bring in some small tree branches and placing them in a vase, then hanging your spooks on their “Halloween tree.”

 

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32. Hand towels – Try these two fun ways to style a pair of plain hand towels and dress up your bathroom for your spooky festivities!

 

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33. Kooky primitive cat plushies – Just freehand a crooked cat form, cut two, and stitch it together (like a pillow) to form the base for these crazy kittens. Follow the tutorial for some great ways to add their fun features.

 

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34. Sweet stick ghosts – This project is simple enough even the kids can pitch in. Sew a few of these friendly ghosts to dress up a tabletop.

 

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35. Son of Frankenstein doll – He’s sure to become a fast friend sitting on your shelf this Halloween!

 

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36. Sock skeleton – Create this cute Halloween softie using a single pair of white socks!

 

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37. Candy corn door hanging – This super simple candy door décor can be easily crafted from canvas, fabric paint, and a bunch of fun ribbons.

 

Looking for more fabulous Halloween décor ideas? Try these Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations!

 

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Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

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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30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects

 30+ Simple (and Frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects ~ Tipsaholic.com #fall #autumn #diy #decorating

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The internet is swirling with brilliant ideas for your home during the fall season. Every blog is brimming with inspiration and you’re probably pinning like mad! But how many of those ideas will you really use this year? You’re busy, and the time you have for crafting and creating is probably very limited. So how about this: rather than trying to tackle big projects that require time and money you may not have, take a few of these fabulous but simple DIY fall decorating projects and take pride in a homemade home this autumn!

1. Easy glitter pumpkins

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A quick spray of glue and some glitter are all it takes to give these faux pumpkins a makeover. Look at your local dollar store or Target for the pumpkins, or order some online.

 

2. Patterned bean pumpkin

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This little project can be as complex or simple as you choose. Start with a few basic shapes and begin gluing, then add variations in color and make your pattern more elaborate if you like.

 

3. 5 minute fall garland

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Fast and frugal, this leaf garland is sure to dress up any space! Use a sewing machine to string the leaves together to make it your fastest fall decoration project.

 

4. State decal pumpkin

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Show a little state pride on your porch this fall with this fun decaled pumpkin idea. If you’ve got the time, go one step further and add a house number pumpkin to the mix.

 

5. Pumpkin shaped berry wreath

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This pumpkin wreath looks a lot more complex than it is! Follow the easy layout for the berry stems and hang your pumpkin for all to see.

 

6. Burlap tin can candle holders

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Save a few soup cans to make this great wallet-friendly decoration. Use high-texture fabrics like burlap to wrap the cans and nestle your favorite candles (apple or pumpkin scents, perhaps?) inside.

 

7. Pumpkin topiary

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Use wooden skewers to hold pumpkins and gourds of different sizes together to create this fun outdoor decoration.

 

8. Leaf monogram

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A monogram on the front door makes home just a little more homey for fall visitors. Make this one even easier by skipping the moss frame and simply hanging the monogram with a pretty ribbon.

 

9. Scrap wood pumpkins

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Do you have a bit of scrap wood lying around from a previous project? Recycle it by making a set of these colorful pumpkins. Tap a nail into the top of each board and wrap it with jute twine for a rustic touch.

 

10. Fall leaf vase

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Dress up your plain-Jane vases by wrapping them with leaves! Fresh flowers placed neatly inside make a perfect table centerpiece or mantle decoration.

 

11. Hanging leaves

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Use fishing line and a simple hot gluing technique to create these clever hanging leaves. Hang them from ceilings, doorways, light fixtures, and anywhere you want to create a “falling leaves” look.

 

12. Leaf decorated candles

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A little bit of decoupage goes a long way in this autumn décor project. Gather leaves of similar shapes and sizes from the area around your home in order to form basic patterns.

 

13. Easy “Fall” blocks

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Stain a set of four wood blocks (pick your favorite size!) and paint each with a letter from the word “fall.” Or, if you’ve got a few minutes more, the word “autumn!”

 

14. Sharpie pumpkins

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Spray paint a set of lack-luster dollar store pumpkins and go crazy with a Sharpie! Take inspiration from a few of these designs or create your own, and maybe even let the kids get involved.

 

15. Hanging pinecone door décor

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Pinecones abound this time of year and gathering a few for a DIY decoration couldn’t be easier! Choose your favorite color of ribbon to make this hanging door décor.

 

16. Indian corn candle holder

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Indian corn is a fall décor favorite that lasts for years. Use a few ears in this fun candle holder project and light up your autumn dining table.

 

17. Mason jar leaf luminary

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If you’ve searched for fall décor ideas before, you may have seen this leaf luminary. But did you know how simple it is to make? Dry some leaves from the front yard and Mod Podge them straight onto a mason jar. It’s that easy.

 

18. Autumn framed printed burlap

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Use the free printable from Domestically Speaking and follow her video tutorial for printing on burlap. You’ll have this craft done in a snap!

 

19. Simple gourd garland

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Check craft stores in your area for faux gourds or grab some here to get started with this fabulous gourd garland. Jute twine or maybe even a bit of ribbon will string them up.

 

20. Free fall frameable subway art

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It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Print this subway art on sturdy paper, pop it in a frame, and voila! Five minute décor.

 

21. Leaf ornaments

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Turn a few of those leaves in your yard into ornaments by adhering them to cardstock and tying ribbons to the tops. You can also collect (and perhaps spray paint?) some branches to place in vases and hang your ornaments.

 

22. Fall twig wreath

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Tie a few bunches of twigs together to form the wreath base in this project, then use a few squares of burlap and some paint to create the cute mini-bunting for a focal point.

 

23. Leaf wall art

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A DIY decoration for the true nature-lover, this wall is created simply by gluing leaves to cardstock and adorning whatever wall in your home needs a little love.

 

24. Paper bag luminaries

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Paper bags are easy to come by, and with a quick spritz of paint over top of some personalized leaf patterns you can turn them into these pretty luminaries.

 

25. “Fall” mason jar vases

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These plain jars become fabulous fall vases with a little paint. To make this craft even easier, try spray painting the jars after applying the letters.

 

26. Leaf placemat pillows

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These simple pillows are a fantastic project even if you’re not confident in your sewing skills! Just pick apart a few inches of the seam on a set of leaf placemats, stuff them, and sew them back up. Instant autumn throw pillows!

 

27. Painted twine pumpkins

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There seems to be no end to the crafts you can try with foam pumpkins! This version uses jute to dress up the stem and create fun, defined lines.

 

28. Twig coasters

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Twigs are another natural (and free!) craft material that can give your home that fall feeling. Cut some gathered twigs down to size and tie them together to make these clever coasters that are both decorative and useful.

 

29. Easy faux hydrangea wreath

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Hydrangeas can be a beautiful fall flower, but if you haven’t exactly used your green thumb this year, a bunch of faux hydrangeas will do! Select a few in some autumn colors and make this pretty wreath to adorn a front door, window, or mirror.

 

30. Mason jar leaf “chandelier”

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Colorful fallen leaves are everywhere and using them to make a few fabulous decorations just makes sense. This mason jar chandelier becomes quite the conversation piece with the use of rope and leaves.

 

31. Simple Indian corn wreath

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This Indian corn “sunburst” wreath will look great among your other autumn décor, whether inside or out. Look for the mini-sized corn at dollar stores, craft stores, or even local farmers’ markets. You can also buy some here .

 

32. Acorn mirror

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Send the kids out to gather acorn tops and give an old mirror some autumn flair. Use a mirror with a narrower frame if you don’t have time for multiple acorn layers.

 

33. Leaf and book page banner

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An old book and some more of those wonderful fallen leaves are a perfect match when it comes to this easy, beautiful autumn banner.

 

34. Twig candle holder

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Another great twig project, these naturally rustic candle holders would look fabulous on a mantel, porch steps, or as part of a decorative tablescape.

 

Looking for more autumn décor inspiration? Take a look at these 25 Best Fall Tablescapes at Remodelaholic!

 

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 Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com
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The weather is getting crisp, the wind is blowing through your hair, and you’re wearing a jacket more and more these days. Yup, it’s finally the fall season! Get your home ready for autumn by adding a few things to your front door and porch. Here are 10 easy yet beautiful front porch decorating ideas for fall!
1. Swap out the plants in your planters with fall plants. Emily of Emily A. Clark put in Petra Croton plants and they look great with the pumpkins and gourds she’s got scattered around her front porch. Other fall plants you could use include Mums, Heuchera, Verbena, and more.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

2. Make fall-themed pillows for your bench or chair on your front porch. Diana at Our Vintage Home made a couple of burlap pillows and painted silhouettes of crows on them. Perfect for Halloween! She plans to flip them over and stencil something different in time for Thanksgiving when Halloween is over. How about making silhouettes of leaves, pumpkins, corn, or deer on pillows for your front porch?

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3. Add a chalkboard to your front porch and write (or draw!) down a saying or greeting that is perfect for the fall season. Shannon of AKA Design + Life used clear chalkboard coating and black craft paint on a piece of MDF to make her chalkboard. The great thing about this front porch idea is that you could continue to use it throughout all four seasons!

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4. Put down an outdoor rug to define your front porch. Sure, you could always use a door mat, but why not get a slightly bigger rug to give your front porch more warmth and beauty? If you don’t have that big of a front porch, a 2×3 outdoor rug would still bring a lot of character to your front door. Try looking for outdoor rugs in green, orange/red, and other autumn colors. Jen of Tatertots & Jello used a fun orange polka dot IKEA rug for her front porch.

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5. Create a house numbers pumpkin topiary to add to your front porch for fall. This really great idea comes from Heather of At The Picket Fence. She made a topiary with faux pumpkins and plastic house numbers. The result is a beautiful topiary with three pumpkins stacked on top of each other, proudly displaying the house number. What a great addition to your front porch for fall!

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6. Build rustic pumpkin decor from reclaimed wood. Laura from Finding Home made several really nice-looking and rustic wooden pumpkins using a jig saw and reclaimed wood. These pumpkins will look great next to any front door and will be able to reused for many more fall seasons to come.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

7. Make a pumpkin flower pot or two. Instead of using a regular flower pot to hold your fall flowers, why not make a pumpkin flower pot from a faux pumpkin like Jamielyn of I Heart Naptime did? This project is so easy that it’ll only take you a few minutes to finish it, but you’ll be able to use them again and again.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

8. Create and hang up a beautiful fall leaf light from your porch. Janis of All Things Beautiful crafted this awesome fall leaf light using real fallen leaves from her front yard and some wire, grapevine, Christmas lights, and branches. The result is amazing and will impress all of your guests AND people who drive past your home!

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

9. Add lighted branches with real branches in a pot to add ambiance to your front porch. Jen of At Home in the Northwest bought a couple of lighted branches but decided to stretch out her purchase with a couple of real branches. The mix of real branches and lighted branches makes it look like all the branches are lighted and the result is gorgeous!

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10. Grab a plaid or tartan wool blanket and drape it over a bench or chair, like Yvonne of StoneGable did. This simple addition to your front porch will instantly get the space ready for fall. Plus, it’s functional as well as decorative since it’ll keep you warm while you sit and sip hot cider. Ahh, fall.

Get creative with your porch for fall. I can't wait to try some of these awesome and easy ideas. 10 Front Porch Decor Ideas for Fall via tipsaholic.com

I hope you’ve been inspired by this list of ideas of how to dress up your front porch for fall! Are you planning on trying any of these ideas? What other front porch decorating ideas for fall have you seen or used yourself?

For more fall decorating ideas, check out 6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor and How to Use Nature to Decorate for Fall.

“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!

Feature and Title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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Tips and Tricks to Hang Photos

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Looking to hang some new photos? Or create a gallery wall? This infographic has all the information you will need to get any pictures on display, plus lots of little tricks to hang photos.

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5 DIY Beauty Treatments

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Whether you’re looking to go all-natural or looking to save some cash, going DIY can help you take some much-needed shortcuts to your regular beauty regimen. Check out these beauty treatments you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home!

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     1. Invigorating Super Fruit Face Mask- The superfruit fad has some truth to it; berries like newly-introduced Camu Camu berry are known to have extraordinary levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which powder-form distributor Amazon Origins says, “[the berry] has shown effectiveness in protecting cells against oxidation, inflammation, and UV damage.” 

In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Amacari Camu Camu powder, 1 dessert spoon of raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Apply on face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then wash off.

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     2. Hair Growth Treatment- Often sold for hundreds, Indian hair is among the shiniest and healthy-looking, leaving women everywhere to seek methods to replicate its look naturally. Best way to do it? Using Indian spices.

Grab fresh curry leaves and coconut oil, boil together until the black residue starts forming, then harvest this residue and apply it to your hair. Using this treatment twice a week can help replenish your hair, help it grow more quickly, and even fight discoloration.

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     3. Teeth Whitening Solution- Your best accessory is your smile, but why spend time and money when whitening can be done at home- check out this quick and easy method.

Put a drop of toothpaste into a small cup, then add one teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix, then brush teeth for two minutes. Repeat this process once a week until you have reached desired results. Once you’ve reached you’re satisfied with your teeth whitening results, limit the whitening treatment to once every month or two.

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     4. Sugar Foot Scrub- Soothe those aching feet and get them looking their best for less using ingredients right from your kitchen shelf.

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar (regular white or brown sugar), 1/2 tsp of your oil of choice (almond, olive and coconut work great), and 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil. Once mixed, apply generously to feet and scrub.

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     5. Brittle Nail Treatment- Strengthen your brittle nails before your next salon visit using the raw protein from eggs and the skin-soothing properties of honey.

In a bowl, mix 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon water (optional: add a few drops of fragrance oil for a more pleasant smell). Dip fingernails into concoction and let soak for 10 minutes, then rinse off.

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Homework Station Inspiration: 32 Ideas for Organization and Order

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As the school year kicks into high gear, you’re bound to be inundated with homework, calendars, newsletters, flyers and all manner of miscellaneous supplies.  It can be hard to keep track of it all, especially while keeping schedules, activities, due dates and big days straight!  Keeping yourself and your kids on track all year long can see a monumental task: what you need is a homework station!  A homework station can be as simple or elaborate as you wish and should include all the items you and your kids need to stay focused on school.  If you’ve got the space, you can add hooks for backpacks, a calendar or a cork board so you never have to miss another important date!  Whatever your specific needs, there’s a station on this awesome list for you!  So take a look at our homework station inspiration and create a space that suits your family.

 

1. Desk Built-in with Hanging Storage from Better Homes and Gardens

This space is everything you could want in your home: clean lines, lots of storage, tucked into a little built-in.  If you’ve got the space for a built-in desk, you can’t beat it for homework management!

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2. Mini Homework Station in a Tray from House of Smiths

You can pick this tray up and take it with you!  Tucked inside the drawers and boxes are all the supplies your children could possibly need. This is perfect if you haven’t got a designated homework desk, or if your space is limited.  Plus, it’s motivational!

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3. Rolling Cart Station from Smashed Peas and Carrots

The small kitchen cart from Ikea is cute, compact, and totally functional!  Cram it full of supplies for school and still have space left on the bottom to stack homework, worksheets, and books.  Then you can tuck it away and roll it out when you need it.

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4. Magnetic Back to School Station from The 36th Avenue

This magnetic back to school area can hang right on the side of your fridge!  You’ve got everything you need to stay organized right at arms length – including a handy dry erase/magnetic calendar, supplies, and “accountability clipboards.”

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5. Seat Sacks and Curtain Rod Storage from Scissors and Spatulas

If you’ve got a table or desk area, sew up some seat sacks to hang on the back of your chairs!  Kids can slip in all of their homework, books, and papers.  Add a curtain rod with hooks to store supplies they’ll need.

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6. Chalkboard Organization Station from Design Dining Diapers

This little chalkboard is a cute addition to a homework organization center!  The trendy baskets keep supplies within reach and you can write notes, reminders, and to-do’s on the chalkboard.  Get supplies and note clutter off the tables and counters and up on the wall.

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7. Tabletop Homework Station from Polka Dot Chair

This tabletop homework station can sit front and center on a desk or table and be removed during mealtimes since it’s so portable.  No need for a ton of space in order to keep everything looking crisp and neat – and readily available.

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8. Repurposed Crib from A Little Learning for Two

If you’ve got an old crib from your kid’s babyhood, repurpose it into a chalkboard desk!  The great part about it is that there’s a ton of built in space to hang supplies and needed items.  There’s room to spare on all the old crib slats and the desktop provides ample room to work.

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5 Beautiful and Useful Kitchen Accessories Ideas

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A wise man named William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is definitely a good rule to live by when decorating your home, especially your kitchen. Counter space in the kitchen is so precious that you don’t want to clutter it up with unnecessary and/or unsightly items. Here are 5 beautiful AND useful kitchen accessories ideas that will help your most hardworking room look better and function better.

 

1. Colorful Step Stool

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A stool is handy in the kitchen when you need to reach items in the upper cabinets or shelves. But why use a rickety, old stool that you hide away in the pantry or a dark corner? Go bold and beautiful with a bright stool that adds color and whimsy to your kitchen while still having a lot of purpose.

You could paint this popular IKEA step stool or you could buy one already painted, like this one.

 

2. Soft and Washable Rug

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If you have tile in your kitchen, you know how hard it can be on your feet during long bouts of cooking. A rug would help, but they can get dirty fast in a kitchen. Find a rug that’s washable, such as an indoor/outdoor rug, and you’ll add both style and function to your kitchen.

Many indoor/outdoor rugs in stores today are soft and easily cleaned with a hose. That’s a perfect combination for such a messy room like the kitchen. This indoor/outdoor rug is a great example of a stylish rug that will add a lot of character to your kitchen with little maintenance. If you prefer a more neutral color, try these rugs.

 

3. Stylish Knife Storage Solution

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Knives scattered all over in a drawer can dull the blades over time. A common way to store knives is to put them in a knife block, but many of them are just blocks of wood that don’t add any beauty while taking up counter space. A practical yet stylish way to solve this problem is to get your knives on the wall with the help of a magnetic holder. This one is really beautiful and will add warmth to your kitchen. If you prefer a kitchen block, how about this sleek glass knife block?

 

4. Attractive Trivets

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If you cook a lot, you know how invaluable trivets can be. They protect your countertop and dinner table from hot pots and pans, allowing you to move things around as you cook, especially if you don’t have a huge 6-burner stove. But many trivets are pretty plain-looking and don’t look great just laying round in the kitchen. Why not try to DIY a couple of attractive trivets? Try making these cool patterned wooden trivets with veneer tape or tile trivets that match your backsplash!

Prefer to buy something new? This silicone “cool tool” is truly a great buy. They act as thin trivets, a way to grip hard-to-open jars, potholders, and more. These trivets come in several colors, so you can buy a couple in a color that compliments your kitchen’s decor. Plus, they have a small hole on top so you can hang them on a hook, saving precious counter space!

 

5. Vibrant Pot or Kettle

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Add a nice pop of color to your stove by always leaving a colorful pot or kettle on one of the burners. A kettle is a popular option, but if you don’t drink a lot of tea, it will just take up space and that’s not a very useful kitchen accessory! Try a brightly colored pot, like this beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven, that you can actually cook in everyday. A more economical option is this set of colorful pots that look like so much fun to cook with.

 

What do you think of these kitchen accessories ideas? Would they look good and be functional in your own kitchen? Do you have any other suggestions for beautiful and useful kitchen accessories ideas? Share away!

For more kitchen tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and A Clean Kitchen in 20 Minutes or Less Daily.

“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!

Feature and Title Image Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

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