DIY Heart String Art For Valentine’s Day

Sometimes an old idea, even from the 1970s, can still be recycled and used again. String art is still very popular and fun. It’s a great way to express your creativity – You can make many different shapes with many different colors.

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This heart-shaped string art DIY project is a great wedding present, but can also work as a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift!

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As a wall décor it can be very stylish and cool for your living room.

Innovative Uses For The Space Under A Staircase

While millions of homes are built with staircases, very few homeowners actually use this additional space underneath them. However, properly decorating and setting up this otherwise wasted space will offer multiple benefits.

#1 – Home Office

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One solution that’s incredibly easy and efficient is to turn the area into a functional home office. Depending on the size and shape of your staircase, this may or may not be easy. All that’s required to accomplish this is to install a desk, electrical outlet and light in the space.

#2 – Storage

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If you can’t seem to find enough room to store all of your clothes and belongings, then you should turn this area into a storage area with custom drawers. You can store additional clothes, books, DVDs, electronics, remote controls, mail or practically anything else you can think of.

#3 – Bookshelf

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A third option is to turn the additional space into a large bookshelf. This technique is especially beneficial for staircases in the foyer and/or living room. Installing one in the open communal area such as a foyer staircase will provide a stylish touch, helping to achieve a more attractive and complete home decor.

#4 – Lounging Area

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As long as there’s enough space, you can turn the area underneath a staircase into a full lounge area. The dark, cozy atmosphere is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Lounge areas are ideal for kicking back and catching a daytime nap.

10 Awesome Man Cave Ideas

Sick of your husband watching football with his friends in the living room? Make him a man cave! The best part, you and your husband can work on these DIY Projects together…#QualityTime

1. DIY Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser

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2. Hooks Made From Wrenches

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3. Book Shelf Made Out Of Pipe Clamps

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4. A Sink…That Is Also A Tire.

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5. Beer Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher

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6. Create A Tiled Floor Using Pennies

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7. DIY Bar Made Out Of Shipping Pallets

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8. Turn Suitcases into Wall Shelving

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9. DIY Cutting Board

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10. A Vintage Ice Chest From Wood Pallets

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5 best Ikea hacks that anyone could do

There’s nothin like a good IKEA hack! IKEA is so accessible — anybody could stroll in there and buy a BEKVAM or two — but its Scandinavian design is deceptively simple. With a little ingenuity a box, or a table, or a stool from IKEA could become pretty much anything. Here’s proof.

Glass Table

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Wooden Bench

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Shelving

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Chairs

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How To Make your Own DIY Scented Candles

Candles are a great way to add warmth and light to a room. They can keep your house smelling fresh and add personality to your decor. Making homemade scented candles is easier than you think!

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You can blend your own favorite scents and colors, giving your candles a personal touch. Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to make your own candles.

Materials

Wax flakes
Pre-waxed candle wicks
Containers for candles
Non-toxic crayon or candle color block
Essential oils

Tools:

Glass container
Saucepan or pot
Skewers or chopsticks
Tape
Stove
Scissors

Directions:


Step 1: Setting up your wicks –
To set up the candlewicks in your containers, you’ll want to lay the metal piece flat against the bottom. Then use your chopsticks/skewers to hold up the wicks, and tape the ends of the chopsticks to keep everything in place.

Step 2: Measuring the wax flakes – Measure out the amount of candle wax flakes you’ll need for each of your containers. The rule of thumb is two times the amount of wax flakes to fill each container.

Step 3: Melting the wax – Fill a saucepan with water to about the halfway mark. Place your measured amount of wax flakes in the glass container. Then place the glass container in the saucepan. Be sure the water level is low enough, so it won’t splash into the wax flakes when it starts to boil. Turn your stove on to medium-high, and use a metal spoon to stir occasionally.

Step 4: Adding color to your candles – This is an optional step. Your candles will come out a naturally milky white, but if you’d like to add a little color, you can use a non-toxic crayon or candle color block. I typically use 1/8 inch of red crayon per 16 fl. oz. to get a soft pastel color. Want a brighter color? Use a little bit more, only adding color a bit at a time. Like food coloring, a small amount goes a long way. Simply melt your color along with your wax flakes. Warning: The color will look a lot brighter in the melted mixture but will turn a milky color as it cools.

Step 5: Add scent –
Once all the wax is completely melted, remove the wax mixture from the stove. My rule of thumb is 10 drops of essential oil per 16 fl. oz. It makes for a moderately scented candle. Use less or more depending on taste, and feel free to experiment and mix oils to create a scent of your own. Add the measured amount of essential oil to your wax mixture and give it a good stir to make sure it’s well-mixed.

Step 6: Pouring the wax –
Make sure your containers are in a good location where they won’t need to be moved for a few hours. Then slowly pour your melted wax mixture into your containers.

Step 7: Setting your candle – Allow 3-4 hours for your candles to cool and solidify. It’s best to let them solidify at room temperature, so the cooling process is gradual. This prevents cracks in the wax.

How To Install A USB Outlet In Your Wall

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Ever find yourself juggling multiple chargers on a two-socket outlet? Fix that problem once and for all by swapping out a traditional outlet for one that includes USB ports. These work great in common areas like the kitchen!

Things you’ll need:

USB Receptacle
USB Receptacle Cover
Flat Head Screwdriver
Phillips Screwdriver
Needle-Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Cordless Drill
Wire Insulation Stripper

Safety first! Make sure to TURN THE POWER OFF to the receptacle you plan to replace.

Steps:

1. Remove the original receptacle cover with a flat head screwdriver
2. Take the receptacle out of the wall box. There should be one screw at the top and one at the bottom.
3. GENTLY pull the receptacle out of the wall. Begin disconnecting the 5 wire (2 black, 2 white, and 1 copper) by unscrewing the screws.
4. Remove the wires from the old receptacle (using a flat or Phillips screwdriver) and attach them to the new one.

The only trick here is attaching the different colored wires to the right spot:

Black (or hot) wires always attach to gold or black screws.
White (or neutral) wires always attach to silver or white screws.
Green or unsheathed wires (ground wires) always attach to green screws.

5. To attach the wires to the new outlet, use a pair of needle-nose pliers or a wire stripper to make a hook with the wire, loop it around the appropriately colored screw on the receptacle, then tighten the screw.
6. Once the wires are securely attached to the new receptacle, shove everything back into the electrical box, and screw the new receptacle into the box.
7. Turn the breaker back on. Check to make sure the receptacle is working, then install the faceplate on the new receptacle.

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VOILA! Did you geek out like me when you realized these outlets existed?

10 DIY Simple Headboards You Can Create In 24 Hours

A one-of-a-kind DIY headboard can make a bold statement in your bedroom at a low cost. Browse these simple headboards for inspiration and step-by-step instructions.

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Rope Headboard

For this bedhead you’ll need 2 pine timber lengths, and 2 different types of rope. Create a frame using your timber, drill holes in the frame for your rope. Randomly thread rope through the holes and secure with a knot. Dab nail polish on the ends of the rope to stop it fraying.

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Plaster Board Headboard

You’ll need plaster band and resin decoration (feature for the top). Cut your plaster bands to suit bed size (the frame should suit the width of your bed) You can ask your plaster supplier to cut these for you. Paint your plaster mouldings any colour you like. Use superglue to attach Velcro to the back of the plaster. Remove protective tape from other side of Velcro and stick to wall.

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Old Doors Headboard

Pick up old doors from your local scrap yard. Paint them any colour you like. Sand back the edges to give them a warn in look. The door panels can be fixed together with two pieces of timber mounted to the top and bottom. You can now rest your bedhead against the wall.

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Painted Mural Headboard

Create a design for your bed head. Practice on paper to get it exactly as you like it. Using a pencil mark out a border for the size of your bed head so you have a space to work with. To create this bed head start drawing different size triangles. Tape around the triangles that aren’t touching. Then paint inside these triangles. Let dry completely. Remove tape and repeat the process. Once done remove all tape and admire your handy work!

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New York City Skyline Headboard

You can either us paint or washi tape for this. Practise on paper first and then use either a grey lead pencil (if doing washi tape) or masking tape (if doing paint) to get the outline right on your wall. Paint in between the masking tape or place washi tape over the grey lead lines.

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Chalkboard Headboard

Incredibly simple and versatile. Paint your wall using chalkboard paint (get this from your hardware or paint store) and draw any design you choose! If you get sick of it you can easily erase it. Great idea for kids rooms.

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Timber Headboard

Perfect for a rustic bedroom to create this bedhead you’ll need recycled timber, masking tape, and paint. Paint every second timber section at the top to create his effect.

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Timber City Skyline Headboard

Simple materials such as timber, and paint are needed for this one. Have the timber cut into any shape you prefer or try this one. Give it a few coats of paint and your done.

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Book Headboard

Head to your local thrift store to collect stacks of old books. Glue the books to a piece of recycled timber. Stick the top pages in place with double sided tape. Happy reading!

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Pegboard Headboard

You’ll need Masonite pegboard sheets and double sided foam mounting tape (try 3M brand) Here they’ve used 3 pegboard sheets to make the bedhead wider than the bed for bigger impact. Have your sheets cut to the right size, attach to wall using mounting tape.

So there you have it 10 great DIY headboards! Which one will you try?

This Modern Library Storage Bin Hides Your CD’s, DVD’s, Magazines, and Other Clutter

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Looking to add some extra storage to your bookshelf without compromising style? These handmade Model Library Storage Bins from Able & Baker are made from recycled books that have been discarded by libraries, book shops, and thrift stores. According to the shop’s Etsy listing, they fit great with the Ikea Expedit boocase and are a stylish way to store your CD’s, DVD’s, magazines, papers, and much more!

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You could also DIY with some old books, wood, and hot glue! Just make sure to use the right measurements to fit your shelf.

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