Friday, February 12, 2016

Roundup: DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there is still time to turn your home into a love-themed haven of hearts with a little crafting magic. Here are our favorite V-Day craft ideas from the web:

String Art Heart (Source: HGTV)
Simple, yet unique, this bold heart design makes a statement in your home all year round. Instructions available on the website.

I Heart You Kitchen Towels (Source: BuzzFeed)
For a gift that is both thoughtful and practical, follow the tutorial to transform boring linen towels into something that will wow your recipient! Functional art at its finest.



Heart-Shaped Pot Holders (Source: Martha Stewart Living)
While we’re in the kitchen, follow the outlined steps to make a charming heart-shaped set of potholders guaranteed to make any kitchen cozy and loving.



Love (Yarn) Letters (Source: My Sister’s Suitcase)
Want to display your love in a big way? Spell it out- literally! Giant foam block letters and a couple balls of yarn is all you’ll need to create this fun home decoration.



For an ethereal heart-filled space in your home that doubles as an adorable backdrop for V-Day selfies, grab some fishing line, paper punch and card stock and get to work .



Are you inspired by any of these Valentine’s Day creations? Let us know how you like to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day in the comments below.




Friday, February 5, 2016

Banish the Winter Blues: 5 Fun DIY Projects

The groundhog may have predicted an early spring this year, but that’s still no consolation when you look out the window and see all that snow. Shake those late-winter blahs by shaking up your indoor d├ęcor- not only will you have a fun project to work on, but your home will look great in the end!

Add a Splash of Color- Sometimes all you need is an accent wall to brighten up your living space (not to mention your mood.) If the gloomy grays and browns of winter have got you down, head to your local hardware store and pick up a quart of paint in a cheerful hue, and get to work transforming a wall of your choice. Accent walls provide visual interest and can often create the illusion of space and depth.

Lighten Up- Replacing a boring light fixture or ugly chandelier with a fresh, modern look can give your room an instant facelift! And the fixture doesn’t necessarily have to be costly to make an impact- in addition to bargains at the big-box stores, if you scour thrift stores, flea markets and eBay you can find interesting, unique fixtures for cheap. Make a day of it!

Switch Up your Switch Plates- Who says everything has to be beige? For a fun and funky, as well as cheap and easy, upgrade to your home, opt for decorative, eye-catching light switch and wall outlet plates. Look online for all kinds of decorative options to fit your personal style (check out SnazzySwitch.com), or simply spray paint your existing plates with a vibrant color or striking metallic finish.

Clean Your Carpet- If you’ve got 30 bucks and a few spare weekend hours, why not get rid of some of that tracked-in winter dirt by cleaning your carpets? Machines like Rug Doctor are available for rent at Walmart and other local grocery stores, and most machines take less than 20 minutes to do a room. An added bonus is the workout you will receive from taking the DIY approach to shampooing your rugs- a great way to burn some calories on a cold day!

Invest in Some Vinyl- Vinyl tiles, that is. Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are a perfect way to transform an ugly concrete or wooden floor with minimal time and cost. These days, vinyl tiles come in a variety of attractive patterns resembling stone, wood, or metal, to name a few finishes.