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DIY Pom Pom Garland

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/16/16 5:30 PM

If you haven’t seen these cute pom pom garlands popping up everywhere, you haven’t had your eyes open.

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Topics: DIY, Fun, Easy, Homemade, Decor, Decorate

20 Vinegar Home Hacks

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 6/1/16 7:30 PM

One of our favorite tricks when it comes to being eco-friendly is using vinegar. If you’re a home owner and you don’t have a couple of bottles in your pantry, you’re missing out on it’s plethora of uses.

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Topics: DIY, Home, Homemade, hacks, vinegar

DIY Mason Jar Organizer

Posted by Amy Patterson on 10/12/15 4:30 PM

Mason jar obsession is a very real thing, as evidenced and often encouraged through Pinterest. So today, we’re feeding your obsession with this Mason jar storage DIY that’ll grant your more bathroom (or whatever room really) counter space and give you a cool focal point.

Photo & DIY via: DIY Playbook

Here’s what you’ll need:

Mason jars (8, 12 or 16 oz. depending on how much storage you want/need)

Hose clamps

Wood (the size will vary depending on the size of your mason jars)

Picture hanging kit

Drill and screws

Stain (in a color of your choice)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Stain the wood and let it dry thoroughly
  2. Attach your hose clamps to the wood – there are a few tips that the DIY Playbook gives to make this part a little simpler:
    1. Use your drill bit to start a little hole in the wood first
    2. Then use the drill bit to make a hole in the hose clamp (this will take some muscle)
    3. Then line the holes up and drill the screw through the hose clamp and into the wood
  3. Secure the Mason jars in the hose clamps
  4. Attach to the wall with your picture hanging kit
    1. Tip: It may be easier to hang the wood on the wall without the Mason jars attached, if this is the case, simply switch steps 4 and 5
  5. Enjoy!
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Topics: DIY, Homeowners, Homemade, Decor, Decorate, Home Decor

5 Fall Projects You've Gotta Try

Posted by Amy Patterson on 10/1/15 4:46 PM

Fall is {arguably} the best season for DIY projects; there’s pumpkin flavored everything, there are deep, rich color palettes and did we mention pumpkin? We’ve rounded up five of the best Pinterest worthy DIYs that you don’t want to miss! Best of all, all of these projects are quick, easy and affordable. They’ll have your home, looking and smelling like fall in no time…and there’s even a yummy treat at the end.

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Topics: DIY, Home, Homeowners, Homemade, holiday, fall, Autumn

DIY Dipped Jars

Posted by Amy Patterson on 9/24/15 4:31 PM

These jars are a quick and easy way to spice up your kitchen storage (or any storage, really)! The best part is they're super cheap, easy to create and they go with our Go Green Friday post on creating a paperless kitchen - check back with us for that post tomorrow! 

Photo & DIY via: This Little Street

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jars
  • Spray paint
  • Masking and painter's tape
  • Freezer bags
  • Letter stickers (ones that can be easily unstuck - the blog's author used foam ones) 
  • Sharpies
  • Clear Gesso to prime and matte varnish if desired

Here’s what to do:

  1. Place your masking or painter's tape around your jar at the desired height 
  2. Place your stickers on the jars (if you are using square jars, it may be helpful to start with the last letter on the corner and spell the word backwards)
  3. Cover up to top of each jar with a freezer bag and tape into place with masking tape (make sure your hold is secure so that no paint can get through)
  4. Spray paint your jars (you will need to do several coats of paint to cover any runs)
  5. Make sure the paint is totally dry
  6. Remove your bag and letters (you may need to use a knife to break off some of the paint from around the letters - if any paint comes off, you can touch it up with a brush)
  7. Break out your sharpie and design away
  8. Make some more!
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Topics: DIY, Homeowners, Homemade, Decor, Decorate, Home Decor

TREND ALERT:Polka Dots

Posted by Amy Patterson on 9/16/15 2:30 PM

Okay, hear me out – polka dots are not a little kid thing. Yes, they look great in nurseries, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t also look great in any room in your home! There are a few specific ways to do polka dots really well in your home.

Walls – This is the main trend with dots this season…we especially love the gold dots! Check out this easy and inexpensive DIY for gold wall dots.

Photo & DIY via: Taylor Made Creates

Photo via: Pinterest

Photo via: Pinterest 

You don’t have to make your whole room (or even a whole wall) dotted.

Photo via: The Design Files

Doors – If a polka-walled room is a little too much for you, try making a smaller part of your room dotted.

Photo via: Sarah Hearts

Photo via: Pinterest 

Steps – Go upstairs in style with these cool spotted staircases.

Photo via: Residence Style

Photo via: Residence Style

Photo via: Residence Style

Accessories – You can’t go wrong with dotted accessories – in any room! We've also included some awesome DIYs! 

Photo & DIY via: McCarty Designs

Photo & DIY: Off Beat Home

Photo via: Pinterest 

Photo via: Pinterest, DIY via: A Girl & A Gluegun

Photo via: Pinterest 

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Topics: DIY, Design, Homeowners, Pinterest, Interior Design, Homemade, Decor, Decorate, Polka Dots, Trendy

DIY Crate Coffee Table

Posted by Amy Patterson on 9/10/15 3:38 PM

Fall is officially on its way – yes, it won’t technically be here until September 23 – but we were just too excited about this DIY crate coffee table to wait! This coffee table is everything you need to get your living room (or any room for that matter) ready for fall. It’s super simple and the DIY’s creator did it all for under $40.

Photo & DIY via: My Anything & Everything

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4  wood crates (the DIY’s creator found hers at Michael’s – but you can find them at many craft stores)
  • 1 piece heavy duty plywood
  • 1 can of wood stain (we love the darker stain for fall)
  • foam or paint brush for stain
  • 4caster wheels with locks
  • 24 5/8″ wood screws
  • electric wood sander (if you want to sand the edges)
  • 4 small L brackets

Here’s what to do:

  1. If you would like sanded edges rather than hard corners, sand the edges of your crates until rounded
  2. Stain your crates and the top of your plywood with a minimum of two coats
  3. Ensure that the stain is completely dry, then screw the caster wheels to the bottom of your plywood (one wheel at each corner)
  4. Layout your crates in the design you want (notice that the creator of this DIY left an opening in the middle for décor)
  5. Fasten the crates to your base plywood
  6. Insert your L brackets inside the middle section at the height you want your plywood shelf to rest
  7. Measure, cut, stain and place plywood atop the L brackets in the center of the table
  8. Insert your décor and enjoy!
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Topics: DIY, Homeowners, Homemade

5 Habits for Big Savings 

Posted by Amy Patterson on 9/4/15 4:36 PM

Saving money doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult - in fact, it can even be fun! Check out these five easy ways to go green(er) and save big with simple changes. 

1. Switch paper to linen – Paper and plastic products are convenient, and sometimes, they are absolutely necessary. But depending solely on one-time use products can put a big dent in your wallet and a lot of waste in landfills. Consider switching items like your paper towels and napkins over to linen options.  

2. BYOB (Bake Your Own Bread) – Did you know that you can make your own bread for about 1/3 of the cost of buying bread (even more if you're currently buying specialty breads)? Better yet, you can control all of the ingredients, avoid additives and chemicals and make custom, extra-yummy breads like cinnamon raisin. Because who doesn’t love cinnamon raisin bread?

3. DIY lunches – The average American spends about $2,000 annually on lunch and an additional $1,000 per year on coffee. Bring yours from home and start counting the savings!

4. Buy in bulk – Buying in bulk saves you time and money, and helps you live a greener life. And who wouldn’t love to go to the grocery store less frequently?

5. DIY – As. Much. As. Possible. Make your own laundry detergent, your own household cleanser – DIY everything you can. You’re saving money and having fun by being creative!

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Home Loans, Money, Savings, Homemade

5 Vinegar Cleaning Hacks

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/28/15 4:21 PM

It’s no secret that vinegar is one of those baking ingredients that has become a cure all of sorts – even taking the stage in some beauty regimes. Aside from baking and beauty, one of the most popular places for vinegar is in cleaning. It effectively provides a chemical free, cost-effective clean that rivals the cleaners you would find in most stores.

If you’ve never tried it, these five vinegar cleaning hacks will have you hooked. 

  1. Showerhead Cleaning

Your shower head can get a little grimy – mineral build up is hard to combat and happens naturally overtime; this build up can have a few different negative side effects, but perhaps the most noticeable is a disruption of your water flow. So if your dreamy high-pressure, waterfall spout is feeling more like a dripping nuisance, try a vinegar soak! Simply fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and fix it around your showerhead with a rubber band. Leave the mixture overnight.

  1. Drain cleaning

When it comes to drains, even if you have a cover to block the big things, common substances like soap scum will take up residence and leave your shower or sink draining slower than usual. To combat this, pour a few cups of white vinegar down your drains once a month.

  1. Garbage Disposal

This awesome vinegar trick not only cleans your disposal, but also helps deodorize it and sharpen the blades. Simply take an ice cube tray and freeze white vinegar with lemon peels inside. Once frozen, grind up the custom cubes in your disposal.

  1. Washing Machine

Your washing machine cleans for a living, so it’s something you wouldn’t necessarily think about cleaning. However, it could still use a refresher every few months. Check out this simple vinegar DIY.

  1. Toilet

Cleaning the bathroom is not usually a popular chore, but it seems like it always needs to be done. Save yourself a little work (and even some time in between cleaning) by refreshing your toilet’s siphon jets (the little things that shoot out water) with vinegar. Simply pour a few cups of vinegar into your toilet’s tank once a month. 

And if you can't stomach the vinegar smell, but love the cleaning potential, check out this DIY for sweet smelling vinegar

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Home Loans, Money, Savings, Green Thumb, Homemade

Save Water: Collect Rain

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/21/15 4:59 PM

Want to know the easiest way to lower your water bill? Switch to free water –  for your garden and outdoor needs! It might sound crazy but, yes, you can totally get free water. How? Well, all you need is a barrel.

Collecting rainwater is a great way to save money and help the environment. All you have to do is get a rain barrel and put it under your downspout to capture the runoff from your roof. Make sure you purchase a screen to place over your rain barrel to keep the debris out.

Once you’ve got a full barrel, you can access your water via a watering can or a pump hose. If you’ll be watering a large area frequently, you may want to invest in the latter.

So where can you find a rain barrel? First, check with your city to see if they give them away to residents. If they don’t, see if they offer rain barrel rebates. After you’ve exhausted those options, consider making your own out of a trashcan or searching for one on Craigslist. 

You can find out more here

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Money, Green Thumb, Homemade

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