Decorating Ideas For The Holidays: How To Make Your Home Cozier This Fall

If you want to know how to make your home cozier this fall, one of the simplest ways is to use scented candles as decor. You might be surprised at just how many great ideas there are for how to make your home cozier this fall. You can make your whole house cozier by using perfumed candles in specific spots throughout your house. For example, you can make them all the way into the dining room or along the stairs if you like.

Another way to decorate for the holidays is to think about the scented candles that are already on the market. You can get all sorts of different scents for your home from top designer brands like Mac Donald and Victoria’s Secret. You can even find some candles that are made specifically for Halloween. It can be fun finding these types of scented candles and then putting them in the right spots throughout your house. This can really give your home a warm, cozy, and indulgent atmosphere that is reminiscent of the holidays.

You don’t need to wait for Halloween to get started learning how to make your home cozier this fall. There are many other holidays that you can decorate with scented candles. They work just as well for any holiday. There are Christmas candles and scented candles for Fall, as well as Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and many other special occasions throughout the year.

You can also turn your decorating ideas into a family tradition. Have your children help you learn how to make your home cozier this fall by choosing a theme for their candle decor. Let them choose colors and pictures or even have them create a collage with pictures and scented candles.

If you want to get your kids involved in decorating the home, there are many games you can play as well. Let them make a scrapbook with pictures of family and friends. If you want to know how to make your home cozier this fall, you can also let them decorate a Halloween wreath with scented candles and then use it as a table centerpiece for the dinner you plan on serving.

Learning how to make your home cozier this fall can be a fun project for everyone. You don’t have to put together a big room full of fancy decorations. In fact, most of the materials needed can be found at the local grocery store or discount retailer for less than $30. It’s not hard to decorate and it will give your home a warm and cozy look that is perfect for the upcoming holidays.

How To Make Next-Level DIY Succulent Pots

The amazing thing about succulents is that they are extremely low-maintenance. Unlike dogs, which require a lot of attention, demand frequent trips outside, and are constantly making messes – let alone the extra expenses that come along as they age – succulents are easy-breezy.

Furthermore, it’s amazing to when you step back and realize that there is a succulent that can grow just about anywhere. They can grow without soil, without space; the only thing that succulents need is a misting now and then, and sometimes they can survive for a while without that. That means whatever creative spot you can find can most likely grow a succulent. Here are some of the most unique planters for succulents that can spice up your plant mom lifestyle.

Driftwood centerpieces are great for the rustic aesthetic you’ve been fighting for but can’t quite get to yet. Rustic is hard to achieve, but just by drilling a few holes in a nice crusty piece of driftwood and planting a couple of succulents in that soon-to-be centerpiece, you’re a little closer. This idea is easy because driftwood is free, and if you have a drill, all you need are the succulents to get this party started.

Lightbulb planters are perfect for a light-filled apartment. Hung by the window, they can cast beautiful green shadows across the room. Don’t believe it? Try it yourself. Take old, burnt out lightbulbs and carefully remove the bottom. Pull out all of the circuitings and get ready to be amazed as your succulent thrives. The best part about these is that they are easily hung, and once you get a collection, you have a cool effect. Not only that, they only use materials that you’ll have anyway; burnt-out lightbulbs aren’t exactly in demand.

Plastic toy planters, for if you don’t know how you got all of these children’s toys and don’t know what to do with them. Just carve out part of the toy and open it up for a succulent to sit inside. Most of these toys have a hollow center, which makes them easy to open up. You can even paint these bad boys and have a cooler look for your planters. There is nothing quite like a row of gold-painted dinosaurs lined up on the windowsill with small succulents growing out of their backs, necks and heads. If you don’t have plastic children’s toys, they are easy enough to find almost anywhere.

Aquarium terrariums are great if you have just enough skill to keep a plant alive and not quite enough talent to keep a fish. If you recently have had a sad experience with a fish, make the pain go away by planting tons of little succulents in your recently vacated aquarium. Aquariums can hold plenty of succulents, and the former fish decorations can hold some as well, making an interesting mini garden in your living room. Just remember to give it a mist every once in a while, and you’ll have a beautiful terrarium that’s always changing and growing. Far more interesting than any fish.

Eggshell starters can start any plant, or they can house succulents for extended periods. The calcium in an eggshell is good for any plant. These are also free because you’re already buying the inside of the eggshell. You might as well use the whole egg. Eggshell starters are also fun because you can draw or paint on the eggs, or even dye them Easter colors, and then plant in them, and you have a creative plant themed centerpiece.

Clay potters are easy and fully customizable. Any clay works, and once it’s completely dry, you can plant any type of succulent inside. Some popular designs include animal-themed clay pots and patterned pots, but you can make whatever your heart desires. That’s the beauty of clay pots: you make them however you want.

Up Your DIY Easter Egg Game

Spring is just around the corner, and while we’ve been busy trying various methods of training our new puppy not to bark so much, it’s time to get back to writing. As we all know, with Spring comes Easter. As the season approaches, it’s natural to turn thoughts to decorations as well as the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. You may have fond memories of children joyously searching for brightly colored eggs while adults watch or help. 

Are you wondering how to recreate those fun Easter memories? You could just purchase plastic eggs or commercially produced egg dyes. Those seem a little impersonal and perhaps just a little boring, though. Instead, up to your DIY Easter egg game with creative ideas that add personality to your eggs.

Make Your Own Dyes

There are a variety of egg dyes available for purchase. Most of them involve dissolving a tablet in vinegar and adding water. This year, why not make your own dyes? Many fruits, vegetables, and other natural elements can be used to create your own environmentally safe dyes. The colors from homemade dyes are not exactly the same as the ones from the dissolvable tablets. They may be more muted or variegated. 

Tie-Dyed Eggs

Take a step beyond simple dyed eggs by tie-dying them. Before dipping your eggs into your chosen dye, use rubber bands or painter’s tape to mark areas of the egg that should not receive the dye. Dip your eggs and allow them to dry. Then, remove the rubber bands or tape. Place tape or rubber bands over the dyed areas and re-dip the eggs in a new color. Repeat this process as often as you’d like to achieve the look you want. 

Bedazzled Eggs

Nothing catches the eye quite like glitter or jewels. Take plain dyed eggs to the next level with simple bedazzlement. Imagine eggs that sparkle brilliantly in the sunlight. These are simple to create, but they have a powerful wow factor. For this technique, you start by dying the eggs as you normally would. Allow your eggs to dry thoroughly. Then, use glue to make patterns, polka dots, or any other artistic creation. Sprinkle glitter or place jewel pieces on the glue. Allow the eggs to dry thoroughly once again. 

Eggstraordinary Canvas

You’ve boiled a couple of dozen eggs, but now you don’t know how to decorate them. Why not let guests decorate their own? Permanent markers make wonderful decorating tools for the white surface of the eggs. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with this decorating option, people can create any number of artistic masterpieces. Each egg provides a blank canvas, and all that is left to do is draw or color on those canvases.

Egg Creatures

What could be more fun than making little creatures from your eggs? Rabbits, cats, chickens, or even unicorns can be created with a little imagination. These are only a few of the ideas for eggs turned animals. These can be created by painting the egg to resemble the animal, by using fabric or paper to create ears, noses, and tails, or by combining the methods. You can even glue googly eyes on them for a fun touch. 

Metallically Elegant

Whimsically fun designs are not for everyone. Sometimes, you want a more elegant touch to your Easter festivities. When that is the case, you might want to opt for a metallic look. Metallic paint pens are an ideal way to create this look. Alternatively, you can glue metallic foil to the surface of your eggs for a similar look. 

Eggs and Easter seem to be perfectly matched. Decorating eggs is a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Whether you use boiled eggs or paintable wooden ones, have fun being creative with your Easter eggs. 

How To Make Your Own DIY Jewelry Display

Jewelry is fun to play around with and always spices up an outfit. The only bad thing about jewelry is that it seems to collect so quickly. I know that I have had drawers full of mixed up jewelry and tangled necklaces, as do many people that collect jewelry and other accessories. Luckily, there is a simple solution: a DIY Jewelry Display. Although it seems like a lot of work, they are pretty simple to make. Here are a couple of simple jewelry displays that may strike your fancy.

The first display is a framed display for your jewelry. All you need for this DIY is a picture frame, chicken wire, mesh or netting, and some glue. First, remove the glass and any backing from the frame. Cut out a square of the chicken wire, mesh, or netting to the size of the frame. Flip the frame and glue the square into the picture frame in place of the backing. Once the glue is dry, you can hang earrings in the small holes in the mesh and hang the frame as you normally would, keeping your earrings sorted and displayed. If you’re feeling especially fancy, you can add small hooks to the bottom of the frame to hang necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

If you don’t like that idea for a display, you can always use driftwood to get an especially rustic jewelry display. This DIY is simple. All you need is some string, some nice driftwood sticks, a small knife, and a nail. First, sand any loose wood or bark off of the branch and use the small knife to slice small notches in the driftwood. Next, create a way to hang the stick with the string by tying one end to one end of the stick, slit into the notch to keep it in place, and the other end to the other end of the stick. Use a nail to hang it up, and you’re all set. You can drape bracelets and necklaces over the branches to display your jewelry. If you have a small enough stick, you can even place rings and bracelets on the driftwood.

The last method is a little more involved, but the end result is beautiful and very customizable. If the previous methods don’t fit well with your room decor, this display is sure to hit the spot. The materials needed for this project are just clay, paint, and some patience. Start finding inspiration. There are plenty of models you could use for this project; that’s the beauty of it. In essence, the model needs to have a bowl or plate-like part that can hold rings and bracelets and a lip with holes in it to hang earrings off of and create more separation. Some great ideas are a mushroom, with a flat top and holes around the lip, or a mandala patterned plate with holes in the lip. Carefully shape your display and bake or finish it according to the clay instructions. Next, paint your display accordingly. If you want, you can finish the organizer with a mod podge to give it a nice shine and ensure that the paint stays intact.

Whichever method you decide to use, you will be more organized than you were before. Try out one or all of these methods to display your beautiful jewelry and make it easier to find the jewelry you’re looking for every morning.

Making DIY Leather Tassel Keychains

If you are an avid DIYer then I am sure you have a lot of projects under your belt. There is a lot of self-satisfaction in creating your own things whether it is cup holders, pillows, or even picture frames. The following project on making DIY leather tassel keychains is definitely for you. I personally like tassel keychains. I think they give whatever they are attached to extra style and class. They can be placed on handbags, bookmarks, or even worn as a necklace. How about a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Below you will find an easy step by step instructions on how to make leather tassel keychains.  

Leather is both an all-purpose as well as beautiful material to work with. You can get it in just about any color you want and use it for fashion accessories, furniture, and other home designs.  

First, you need to assemble your tools and supplies.

Tools

  • Cutting Mat or Cutting Board
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Tube Cutter
  • Rotary Ruler or Omni grid Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter

Materials

  • Pencils
  • Key Rings
  • Leather
  • Copper Tubing (not required)

Leather pieces can be purchased at a craft or fabric store. If you cannot find what you want at either of these places, try thrift stores.  

You do not need a lot of workspaces, but you want to be able to spread everything out neatly and in order. This makes creating easier and more fun. Let us begin.

Instructions

  • Start with a piece of leather cut 4-4.5” wide and 7” long.
  • Lay the piece of leather on your cutting board or mat.
  • Using your pencil, draw a line down 1”.
  • Starting at that point, make cuts a 1/4” apart using your rotary cutter.
  • Cut another piece of leather approximately 3” long and 1/4” wide.
  • Slip it through your keyring, fold it in half and, and hot glue the ends.
  • Glue this end to the top corner of your leather tassel.
  • Starting with the keyring edge, roll the tassel hot gluing as you go.

You are all done. How is that for quick and painless? You can finish your leather tassel keychains by accenting the top with copper tubing, lace, beads, or whatever fancy material you wish to use. The possibilities are endless. I do not know about you, but I enjoy making these. Make them for yourself or for family and friends as stocking stuffers for the holidays or special occasions. Get really creative and personalize your keychains. Attach more than one leather tassel to one keychain for your own unique look. Once you start making these you might not be able to stop.

Here are some helpful tips for making your DIY leather tassel keychains.  

  • Not all leather is the same. Some are softer than others. Make sure the leather you are using for this project will allow you to make accurate cuts. You can try different leathers to see which one works best for you. In addition, if you are using faux leather, you will want to use a fine point blade. A deep point blade will better serve your purpose if you are working with real leather.
  • Using a rotary cutter instead of scissors gives you better control and a more precise cut because you can apply more pressure to the leather.
  • As mentioned above, you can use copper tubing to accent your keychains. If so, you can purchase the copper tubing and the cutter at any hardware store. If you do not want to cut the pieces yourself, they can be purchased already cut.
  • Painter’s tape may be used at the top of your piece of cut leather for more precise 1/4” cuts.
  • Instead of using a glue gun, you can substitute it for no-sew glue.

DIY Ombre Candles: All You Need To Know

DIY Ombre Candles are a great way to make each room of your home fill with fragrance. As the candles melt, they will subtly change scents along with the different colors.

To Get Started making your own ombre candles you will need the following:

– Jar.

– Soy Wax.

– Colored Wax Chips.

– Fragrance.

– Wick: Specific to Soy Wax.

– Thermometer.

Step#1: Get The Right Wick

Since we are specifically using soy wax then you need to make sure and get a soy wax wick. This is crucial because not all wicks will burn the wax properly. If you get the wrong wick then it will not melt the wax evenly across the whole surface. The wick will need to be cut in relation to the size of the jar that you are using. Leave an extra inch of the wick sticking up above the rim of the jar when you glue it to the bottom. 

Step #2: Melt The Wax

You will need two large pans, two small pans, and a digital thermometer for this part. You will take one pan and fill it with water. You will then set another pan that is a bit smaller in size inside the bigger pan on the heat source. Then, place the melted wax chips in the smaller pan. Use the thermometer to get the wax between 120 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Repeat this for the other two pans as well.  

Step #3: Assemble The Jars

You will want to melt enough wax for each layer to fill up your jar as you desire. First, make sure that you get the wick sized properly. Dip it in the wax and then use a clothespin to prop the wick up straight from the bottom of the jar.

Step #4: Add Fragrance

You can add either essential or fragrance oils. You should have two pans melting wax on the stove at the same time. You can add your desired strength of fragrance to each wax mixture. A good rule of thumb is to use 5 grams of oil for every 5 ounces of wax.

Step #5: Mix The Colors

You will want to pour one of the wax mixtures into your jar and let it sit until it is soft to the touch. The other wax mixture is a blend of both colors you want in the mixture. It can be called the “middle layer.” Once the bottom layer is soft to the touch, then pour the “mixed color” wax on top. This will create the illusion of a transition or blend between the colors.

Step #6: Creating the Ombre

After the mixed wax has become soft to the touch then you can pour on your top layer of wax. This should not penetrate into the layer below. So, it is important to remember that you need to keep the wax hard, but not too hard.

Step #7: The Final Step of All Steps!

The final step is crucial to get the blended look. You will want to pop the candle into the oven and heat it up to around 200 degrees. Be careful not to get it too hot. At this point, take the candle out and set it aside. You will notice that the middle layer will blend into the top and bottom layers.  

Once you have finished then light it up and let the aromatic fragrance fill the room.

DIY Christmas Decorations You Can Make At Home

Christmas is a time when people come together and celebrate. Thus, you need to decorate your house for Christmas. There are DIY Christmas decorations that you can make at home at low or zero cost. You can make decorations from the unwanted things at home. The following DIY ideas are both for traditional and modern decorations.

Little Home-Made Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is one of the decorations common in most homes during Christmas. You do not have to buy an expensive tree for Christmas, have a home-made Christmas tree to decorate the countertops or bookshelves around your home.

The items you need to make a Christmas tree

For you to make a Christmas tree, you will need:

1. Different colored yarns.

2. Hot glue.

3. Any corn shaped plastic/ box.

4. Fork.

Steps of making the tree

Step 1:

1. Use the fork to make pompoms with the yarns.

2. Make sure the pompom is properly tied to prevent them from getting destroyed.

3. To make the pompoms, roll the yarn on the fork as many times as you want.

Besides, you can use different Christmas colors to make your tree more colorful.

Step 2: Use the hot glue to stick your pompoms on the corn shaped plastic/box. As you glue the pompoms, ensure you do not leave spaces between them.

With all the above steps, you will have a Christmas tree for less than $5. Make as many trees as you want.

Christmas Ornament Wreath

You do not need to buy an ornament wreath. There are different ways to make an ornament wreath at home. The easiest way is using a hanger or a flexible wire. An ornament can decorate the door or wall during Christmas.

Supplies needed to make an ornament wreath

1. A hanger/flexible round item.

2. Ornaments of different sizes.

3. Hot glue.

4. Ribbons.

5. Glue sticks.

How to make a home-made ornament wreath 

You need to understand that making an ornament wreath is not as easy as it looks. The secret behind a beautiful wreath is how you organize the whole project.

Step 1: Design your hanger or flexible wire into around shape.

Step 2: Add glue on top of your ornaments and fix them on the hanger. Make sure to organize your ornament for your final product.

Step 3: Make a flower with your ribbon, glue the ribbon on top of your ornament wreath.

When choosing your ornament and ribbon color, consider choosing a similar color to the home types of furniture.

Decorate the Dinner Table for Christmas

Christmas is the time to come together and enjoy special meals. Use simple DIY to decorate the dining place.

What you need to set up the dining room for Christmas

1. A long red table cloth.

2. Light garlands.

3. Ornaments.

4. Small size red and green table cloth.

5. Bowls, plates, forks, and spoons.

How to set the dinner table

Step 1: Place the long red table cloth in the middle of the table.

Step 2: On top of the table cloth, place the light garland. Add some small size ornament to the garland.

Step 3: Take three bowls and place the ornament in the bowl. Arrange the bowls on the table.

Step 4: Arrange plates depending on the number of guests. You can fold the green table cloths as a Christmas tree, then place them on the plate.

Step 5: Wrap the spoons and forks with the red table cloth.

Step 6: Besides, you can add an ornament wreath to make your dining wall more beautiful.

Christmas should not be expensive. Use the available resources to make your holiday more colorful. Above are simple DIY to decorate your home at low or no cost.