5 Ingenious DIY Wall Decors Ideas For Your Home

A house could never become a house without its walls. The walls are the framework of a home. It provides the necessary protection from unwanted external things and also clearly separates the home space from the yard.

Thanks to the windows and doors, the walls of the house gets an opening and somehow gets a headstart to its beautification. However, the design and accessories for your windows and doors may not always be enough to fill that empty space that sometimes create a void feeling to every household member. There will always be that “itch” or longing to do something on that empty, barren wall.

In order to every member of the house feel relaxed whenever they are at home, the walls must be decorated with something that refreshes the eyes, calms the soul, and negate that “boxed” feeling. Wall decoration is a business in itself. There are a lot of things that the world offers to beautify and maximize every home’s walls. Although satisfaction guaranteed, these decoration options may be a bit heavy on the budget though and it may not be wise to spent too much for all sides of your wall, would it be not?

To satisfy the urge and to create that wonderful wall, we have the best “Do-It-Yourself” wall décor activities in line for you guys today. These decors are easy to create and the materials are “junks” that you never expected to be still useful. Check out the list and make your own!

ABSTRACT PAINTING

Abstract painting is one of the most loved wall decorations by home owners because it is not only pleasant to the eyes but also it gives a distinct character to the overall appearance to a home space. When you buy this kind of wall décor in the market, it will certainly cost you a fortune, but you can always make one for your home with the help of few materials. The great thing about DIY-ing abstract paintings is that even an unskilled individual can do this project.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Canvas (your desired size)
• Acrylic Paint (2 preferred colors)
• ¼” Painters Tape
• Paint Brush
• Pencils
How To Do It?
1. In the canvas, make a light sketch of geometric pattern using a pencil or computer software if you prefer.
2. Using the painters tape, cover the pattern lines and spaces that don’t need paint colors. By doing so, it will be easier to apply wet paint to the canvas, and the negative spaces will look neat.
3. Start applying paint to the canvas and don’t forget to have 2 color combinations to add depth to the painting.
4. Let the paint dry completely.
5. Gently remove the painter tape.

And voila! You have your own DIY abstract painting! You may want to pair the wall décor with a chair of the same color perhaps or you can leave it as it is!

FRAMED WALLPAPERS

Framed wallpapers are excellent choices if you are opting to have a rustic and vintage feel in your living space. It is also a great ingenious way of utilizing leftover wallpapers and recycling old picture frames. When you have this decorations hanged on your walls, no one will ever notice that it is made out of wallpapers because of its “painting like” appearance. Moreover, the various sizes of the photo frames and diverse wallpaper designs will add drama to the overall look of the wall decoration.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Wallpapers
• Picture Frames
• Fastening Material
How To Do It?
1. Fasten the wallpaper on the frame’s board to hold its place.
2. Assemble the frames with the attached wallpaper on it.

Tadaaah! You now have your classic wall décor! It is definitely cheap and easy to do.

CROCHET WALL ART

If you love to do crochet, do not limit the possibilities of using them on tables because you may want to exhibit your masterpieces by making them as wall décors. People who will see these creative wall art will surely be inspired of learning crochet and be entertained of the idea of using them on their walls.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• 12” x 12” Canvases
• Finished Crochet Works
• Water Base Sealer For Fabric
• Paint (try coordinating your paint colors with the crochet)
• Scrapbook Paper
• Craft Knife
• Craft Cutting Board
• Paintbrush
How To Do It?
1. Using the craft knife and cutting board, trim the scrapbook paper into 11.5” x 11.5”. Set aside.
2. Grab your canvases and paint them equally with your desired colors and give several coats. Allow the paint to totally dry.
3. Place a generous amount of fabric sealer on the dried up canvases (work one at a time), spread the sealer evenly.
4. Instantaneously, fasten the trimmed scrapbook paper to the canvas and smooth thoroughly. Wipe away any fabric sealer that comes out of the edges. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
5. Brush some fabric sealer on your crochets, especially on the edges of it.
6. Immediately place the crochet with fabric sealer on it to the canvases. Rolled it out with something heavy enough to make it stick easily. Let it dry for a few hours before hanging the finished wall art.

And you’re done! These set of inventive wall hanging decorations is perfect for spring!

CANVAS MAP WALL DECORATION

The Canvas Map wall décor is a great way of turning an educational tool to something artistic without losing the purpose of the material. It is a perfect wall hanging décor for your kids’ rooms or a center piece for your living room. Allow your creative juices to flow and let the nifty large piece of art illustrate the wanderer in you.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• Old Map (or you can thrift some on stores)
• Bunch of Canvases (different sizes)
• Blue Paint
• Water Base Sealer For Fabric
• Paintbrush
• Measuring Tape
• Pencil
• Craft Knife
• Craft Cutting Board
How To Do It?
1. Paint the edges of the canvases using the blue paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
2. Form a layout of painted canvases into a large square frame.
3. Meanwhile, using the measuring tool, measure the sizes of each canvas and reflect that sizes to the map to divide it into portions, depending on how many canvases you have in hand. Make sure to double check the sizes.
4. With your craft cutting knife and board, cut the measured map pieces. Start on the upper part of the map and lay the cut portion on another flat surfaced space to ensure correct sequencing.
5. Working one at a time, place a generous amount of water base fabric sealer on the canvas and instantaneously place the corresponding map piece for it. Roll it out with some material or turn them over to add some weight, it will help you even out the fastening of the map portion. Let it dry complete. Repeat process until all map pieces are successfully attached to their equivalent canvases.
6. After the map pieces perfectly attached to the canvases, give each canvases a little and quick coat of the water base fabric sealer to give the map a gorgeous glaze. Ensure not to overdo it. Let the sealer dry totally.

Voila! You now have an imaginative and educational wall hanging décor!

On the other hand, if you don’t feel like having a map wall décor, of course, you can still make this one using different paper material.

STRING ART WALL DECORATION

The colorful String Art wall decoration is a great embellishment for modern inspired interiors and minimal designed spaces. It is very creative and ingenious wall décor that would spruce up the look and feel of your interior. Also, the good thing about string art canvases is you can have different designs and a color combination; the sky is the limit for this work of art. Below is one good example of a string art wall décor.

Materials and Tools Needed:
• 3 pieces of 2’x4’ rolls of Cork
• Assorted Colors of Embroidery Floss
• Bunch of 11/16” Linoleum Nails
• Glue Gun
• White Paint (optional)
• Paintbrush (optional)
How To Do It?
1. Unroll the cork pieces and put them on top of each other. Use the hot glue gun to fasten the corks together. Let it dry for a while.
2. Put in the nails to the cork board deep enough to hold its place. Have the nails placed in two parallel lines, ensuring that each nail is perfectly of the same place with the adjacent nail.
3. Begin placing the embroidery floss one at time to the board. Start by fastening the tip of the floss on the top part of the first line (first nail of the first line) and run it across to the bottom part of the second line (bottom nail of the second line), making it look like a diagonal line. From the bottom nail of the second line, run the floss towards the bottom nail of the first line, then run it from the bottom nail of the first line to the top nail of the second line, again making a diagonal line. Finish the first phase by running the floss from the top nail of the second line to the top nail of the first line.
4. After forming a two triangles (top and bottom), run the floss to the second nail of the first line and repeat process #3 replacing top and bottom nails with second and second to the last nails.
5. Repeat process #3 and #4 for all of the nails. Replace yarns with another color it you’ll reach the end of it.

Home Rejuvenation: Decorating With Plants

Decorating your home could be a tough job, one that you never expect for a just a controlled space. A lot of activities and things are required to achieve the theme and design you have in mind. First to consider are the partitions and spaces inside your home. The partitions and sections define the flow of traffic and intensity of entry of sunlight and air. Furniture and appliances are also two of the crucial things you need to consider. More than its function, these solid things take up space and sometimes contribute to the pollution inside your homes.

When you already have all these things in place, you may notice one thing that’s missing that makes the beautiful house into a livable home and that is the touch of nature. Plants add the “green factor” inside every home. Not only that they are great for corner decors, plants act as your natural deodorizers and air purifiers. A home with indoor plants will always smell fresh and relaxing, which a home is supposed to be like.

To guide everyone on what plants are the best choices to be placed indoors, here we have a short list that will definitely give you a run for your money and effort.

PEACE LILY

Peace Lilies, also known as closet plants, are one of the most popular choices for indoor plants because they are easy to grow, resilient and they have least handling demands. This evergreen perennial plant was included on the NASA’s list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants.

In line with sun exposure, like many well-liked indoor plants, peace lilies require minimum indirect sunlight, they blossom even in indoor temperatures and they often enjoy the shade. If you’re opting for more flowers from this plant, you can place them near the windows for them to acquire enough rays from the sun. Otherwise, you can have them on shaded part of your home for a more conventional foliage plant.

On the other hand, peace lilies are drought tolerant; they can thrive with minimal watering rather than overwatering. In fact, a peace lily can survive for a week without water, as long as its bed is moist enough. Dry soil in peace lilies signifies their need to be watered.

Furthermore, this perennial plant doesn’t call for regular fertilizing; once or twice in a year is enough for them to flourish.

CHINESE MONEY PLANT

Chinese Money Plant, also called as Missionary Plant or Pancake Plant, is a hardy white and pink flowering plant that is succulent and evergreen. Another perennial plant that also enjoys the indoors.

Just like Peace Lilies, the Chinese Money Plant prefer a partially shaded portion of every indoors and will definitely grow well on a window ledge with minimal sunlight exposure. This evergreen perennial do well in a well-drained soil but it can be planted on any kinds of soil as long as it is free draining.

Furthermore, having a Chinese Money Plant is a trouble free task since it is generally easy to grow and the only care that it requires is constant watering during summer. In wet seasons, a drench and dry approach is ideal. Fertilizers are also preferable every 2-3 weeks.

This plant doesn’t need to have an elaborately decorated pot since the soft rounded green leaves alone create a dramatic impression.

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS

Generally, Phalaenopsis Orchids have a negative reputation as being fastidious and tricky to grow, however, these assumptions are the total opposite.

Phalaenopsis Orchids are perfect decorative plants for homes because they are easy to grow, require minimal light and will definitely bloom on shaded areas. On the contrary of the conventional ways of raising orchids, Phalaenopsis don’t really need direct sunlight because exposing them to immense heat will cause scorching. A well drown Phalaenopsis will have a darker green shade of leaves as well as bands of burgundy on the undersides.

What you need to take note is that the plant needs constant slightly damped potting because it has a minimal tolerance for drought, hence weekly watering is greatly recommended. Moreover, fertilizers are preferable weekly, but during winter and flowering season, you can cut fertilizer application to once a month.

Also, one good reason to have Phalaenopsis Orchids indoors is its capability to absorb a toxin that’s found in glues and paints known as xylene. Aside from giving off oxygen, they also purify the indoor air.

This indoor orchid is one of the plants where you can say that your decision is worth it. With the right condition, not for the needy, this plant will surely give you the blooms you want inside your homes.

PALMS

Palms are enduring and lasting houseplants that are certainly easy to cultivate and widely known to be natural air purifiers – they get rid off benzene, formaldehyde and carbon dioxide.

Palm plants can be a luxurious preference of plant for the indoors compared to other kinds. Even so, they really do spruce up the appearance and bring a serene, tropical yet modernly feel in living rooms, greenhouses and other rooms within a house as well as offices.

Conversely, unlike any other hardy plants mentioned above, Palms call for a moderately balance of moisture, light, fertilizer and heat for them to thrive. Though this plant requires adequate light and heat, they don’t really prefer to be near the heat source. Moreover, the soil bed for palms should be well drained yet moist.

There are lots of varieties of indoor Palms to choose from, so selection is not a problem for homeowners. Commitment and patience on growing them is greatly considered.

ALOE PLANT

The Aloe Plant, or widely known as Aloe Vera, is a great houseplant choice. Aside from beautifying your indoor space and purifying the air, Aloe plants are beneficial when you utilize the juice coming from its leaves. It has the capability to relieve scrapes and burns’ pain as well as it can be a beauty regimen’s ingredient – refreshing face mask and promotes hair volume.

Aloes can thrive on well-draining container that is placed on areas with indirect sunlight or even on artificial light. Also, minimal watering is preferable.

Furthermore, with proper handling and care, Aloe plants can easily produce plantlets that can be detached to make an entirely new plant.

Money-Saving Tips and Ideas For Weddings

Marriage is supposedly the union of two strangers who managed to find each other and grew fond of each other after being together for quite some time. The ceremony is a celebration of love and commitment yet, during these times, it has demanded much more than that. Marriage is now sadly and undeniably, a booming industry—a good business opportunity.

When my husband and I got married, we spent almost all of our savings which we hardly earned for a year. The wedding honestly exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Having to prepare and look for suppliers on our own made the preparations much more challenging though fun. The wedding day was like a dream come true for the both of us yet somehow it was very tiring. Lastly, when everything settled down and when we decided to compute our total spending from preparation to the wedding day down to the last minute add-ons, what we found out was really life changing. Life changing in the sense that we never spend that much money our entire lives combine. However, even with the eye-popping expenditures, my husband and I never regretted a thing. For the both of us, that wedding is what we plan and what we readied ourselves for the longest time so both of us deserved to have that kind of wedding.

For all the couples out there who are planning to have their own dream wedding, heed our warning and read this post before anything else. We have useful tips for you that may help alleviate the expenditures for your weddings. These tips are based on 1st hand experiences of couples just like us, who have been there and could have done better. So, check these out guys.

Invitation Cards

 

Invitation cards don’t have to be expensive because after the wedding, those invitations will only go to scrap. The most important thing is that these cards reached its recipients, especially the sponsors and the entourage weeks before the wedding to allow these people to prepare or deny the invitation way ahead of time.

Making your own invitation cards will surely aid you in saving a lot of money. Besides, crafting one doesn’t demand for special skills, all you need is a good printer, paper cutter and a couple of stationeries.

 

 

For the paper. Find cheap yet fine quality stationery. If you’re opting for a classic look, I suggest that you go for plain ones, because sometimes elaborate designs on stationery steal the content’s limelight and they can be costly too. If you want accents for your invitation papers, you can make them using your computers’ software or you can even find a template over the internet and have them printed.

For the content. Invitation cards don’t have to embrace all the details for your special day. Just put your names, the date and time, venue and the wedding motif – that’s the key information that your guests need to know.

For the content’s design and font, you can make your own or grab a template which is available online. Always ensure to highlight you and your partner’s name by having a bigger font size and different font style, then the rest can be the same.

To save up stationery, don’t hesitate to have your invitation printed back-to-back, as long as it doesn’t look congested then its fine. Furthermore, it’s much easier to distribute single invitation cards and definitely much cheaper when shipped.

For the Seal. You can assemble your invitation cards by envelope, twine or ribbons. To avoid spending much for envelopes, you can always do it on your own.

Floral Arrangements

The bouquets are one of the priciest necessities in weddings. Hiring a florist to arrange all bouquets and floral stands in venues definitely provide you stunning and breathtaking floral arrangement but with a very high price.

On the other hand, you can save as much if you’re going to do your flower decorations (a help from good friends would mean a lot though). Below are some ideas to enlighten you.

Save yourself from lavish flowers. It is undeniable that some of the in demand wedding flowers is too costly. To tell the truth, couples particularly the bride-to-be becomes blinded by price when shown to astonishing bouquet with dazzling flowers.

On the contrary, there are many low-priced varieties of flowers that look as good as the lavish ones. When you have the right assembly and combinations that compliment each kind, coming up with an eye-catching centerpiece is certainly manageable.

Make use of foliage. Foliage in bouquet is the new trend for wedding flower arrangements nowadays. It’s inexpensive and definitely adds volume and texture to bouquets.

Moreover, with foliage, you’ll spend less on flowers. Absolutely, it will be a wise choice for couples who want to save a lot.

Creative DIY flowers. If you’re an outgoing couple, DIY wedding flowers suit you best. It’s fun and ingenious in all ways.

Furthermore, you can certainly play with your favorite colors and floral shapes with this kind of floral bouquet.

Don’t invest a lot for table’s floral centerpieces. Another thing to consider in flower arrangements is the table centerpieces. For couples and wedding enthusiasts, flower décors on tables is a must-have. It doesn’t only revamp the venue but also it adds drama and romance to the celebration.

Floral assemblies in tables don’t have to be large and overwhelming to steal the attention of the diners. In fact, a tall vase with a couple of flowers of different heights will be great.

Venue

As much as possible, choose a venue that doesn’t require much décor – outdoor locations with gardens or foliage perhaps is an excellent example.

Venue for wedding ceremonies and reception don’t have to be full of decors. When the place is besieged with many decorative materials, you’re giving the spotlight to the venue which is supposedly for the newlyweds. The technique for having a refined venue is to keep it simple and classy, just like the old saying goes “Less is more.”

Tip: Pick an off-peak day for your wedding to avoid pricey venue fees.

Bridal Attire

Choosing the bride’s wedding apparel is one of the most expensive and nerve-wracking phase in all of wedding preparations. In these times, a bride-to-be can instantaneously transform from being a naturally sweet gal to super excited and to stressed bridezilla.

Buy the wedding attire ahead of time. To avoid hustle and rush fees, ordering your gown at the first phase of wedding planning is recommendable. By doing so, it is more convenient for possible alterations such as neckline change, size adjustment, etc.

Refrain yourself in buying new jewelries. You don’t have to buy new jewelries for you to look glam and posh. There are many high-end jewelry shops that offer rentals. On the other hand, you can always use your old jewelries, as long as it feels and looks good.

Photo and Video Documentation

Aside from instilled memories, photos and videos will always be there to remind you of how magical your wedding was. However, not all couples can afford decent photographers without spending a fortune. In times like this, don’t hesitate to call your friends and ask if they are acquainted with a pro that does weddings part time – if a photographer has other sources of earnings, he can generally afford to charge less fees.

Likewise, in terms of packages, choose the less-expensive deal that doesn’t include printed copies and albums but gives soft copies which you can print and layout after the wedding.

Wedding Favors

Wedding favors is the most flexible stuff in weddings. You can have usable things, food, artwork crafts and anything you can think of under the sun.

Also, you don’t have to give wedding favors to all of your guests. Set a limit on the quantity that you’re going to have.

Food

To cut staffing expenditures, consider having a buffet on your wedding reception. Compared to a per head plated dinner, in buffet, you can absolutely save a lot as well as you get more food for the total amount that you disburse.

If you’re planning to serve booze during your reception, do not be deceived by the add-on packages for open bars or cocktails because that will spell more expenditures on your part. Instead of serving expensive alcohol drinks or spirits, better to serve bucket loads of beer or gin. These kinds of drinks are far less expensive and are more favored by your guests.

For sure, there will be children on your wedding and they too are expected to eat during the reception. If you have a good idea on how many kids will be attending, better to ask the caterers if they do discounts on kiddie portions. You may never know and if you are lucky, the discount will be a cut off from your original budget for food.

Wedding Cake and Desserts

The wedding cake is definitely one of the highlights of a wedding and most of your guests are actually looking forward to the design of the cake. Wedding cakes have standard design components which are almost a must. These components are the iced ribbons, blossoms, buttercream, and multiple layers. A perfect wedding cake would definitely add more magic to the wedding reception and to everyone’s memories. However, getting a perfect wedding cake will also mean being ready to spend a lot for it especially nowadays wherein baking is considered one of the most in-demand professions.

If you go for inexpensive wedding cake, invest on small couture cakes. Have a small two to three tiered, less decorated wedding cake for you and your guests to indulge with. Choose a plain and simple butter cream cake and topped it with fresh flowers, fruits and other personalized topper.

For desserts, have them in small slices and portions.

Music

If you have musically inclined friends, you can always ask them to do the music arrangements on your wedding day. Moreover, you can also hire graduate-student musicians to play, they are certainly costs less than the pros.

And finally, when people offer to help, let them!

Rustic Home Interiors: Must-Try Classy Decors

In designing your own home, a lot of styles and inspirations can be drawn out from home style magazines and the internet. Most of the styles featured on the prints and TV are following a certain motif and genre and usually needs every components inside the house to jive in. And since most of it are done by a schooled interior designer or a software, most spaces or furniture are standard and commercially available.

These spaces and home decors are of course beautiful and of top of the line. When you buy one or a set, it is sure that you won’t be regretting your decision. However, the décors you chose are actually just a copy of a mass produced one thereby making the interior design of your home not that unique. If you’re the type of person who always wants to celebrate individuality and uniqueness, conforming to the best-sellers is definitely a no-no. In these times, you can never find something out from a store that only you can have. Somewhere or sometime, another one of the exact same type will be available for the next buyer and you won’t have a say about it.

The only way for your home to be unique is to create your own décors, do-it-yourself style. Since the trend nowadays is going modern, having a rustic style décor that you made from your own hands could never be more unique than what you imagine you’ll have. Get ready to get dirty and sweaty because you have a job to do to satisfy your hunger for new and unique things. We have just the right things for you today so check it out!

Wood Pallet Coffee Table

The majority of the clutters you’ll find in your storage or outside your house are excess stashed wood pallets. Most of us are having a hard time sorting out and keeping those pallets because they’re space consuming and dust-holders.

However, you can make use of you old pallets and transform them into something useful and resourceful, just like this rustic pallet coffee table.

Tools and Materials:
• wood pallets
• hammer
• screw
• driller
• sand paper
• miter saw
• varnish solution
How to do it:
1. Remove dust and other foreign materials off the pallets.
2. Detach the boards that were perpendicular hammered on the pallets.
3. Make use of the removed boards as frame support for the table. Make two table frames for the top and bottom.
4. If there are excess in lengths, cut them off.
5. Start to screw the boards down.
6. Cut the table legs to you desired height. And then, screw them into bottom pallet.
7. Sand the table.
8. After doing so, paint some varnish on it. Let it dry completely.
9. Once dried, put the top pallet onto bottom and join the two.

And there you go! You have your rustic look coffee table ready! Quite easy, right? You just have to exert extra effort for this one, an excellent way to exercise your muscles.

Table Suitcase

Are you a hoarder of suitcases? Guess what, you can make use of your old suitcases and transform them into something useful and decorative, like a table suitcase. By doing so, you won’t be having any problems in storing your used luggage and at the same time, you’re making a storage that can be helpful in organizing your stuff.

Tools and Materials:
• old suitcase
• four table legs
• 4 wing nuts
• 8 flat washers
• Power drill
• paint of your desired color
• paint brush
• yard stick
• measuring tape
• fine pointed marker or pen
How to do it:
1. Using a measuring tool, lay flat your suitcase and measure and mark where you want to put the table legs.
2. Make holes at the marks you made using a power drill.
3. Paint the four table legs of your desired color and let them dry completely.
4. Put the flat washer on each leg.
5. Once dried up, attach the four table legs on the holes you made on the suitcase.
6. Place another flat washer over each hole in your suitcase.
7. Tighten and lock the table legs using a wing nut for each.

Voila! You already have a classic table suitcase. You can put books on the inside and place other stuff on the top of it.

Typographic Wall- Hanging Frame

Do you want to bring some life into your plain walls without spending too much? Well fellas, jazz up your boring walls with this classy and rustic styled wall-hanging frame décor from scrap wood pallets! Surely, this ingeniously stunning décor is an eye-candy for you and your visitors.

Tools and Materials:
• wood pallets
• miter saw
• hammer
• nails
• measuring tape
• sand paper
• contact paper
• wood glue
• pre-wood-conditioner
• stain
• craft paint (Martha Stewart’s Silver Metallic paint)
• paint (darker shade)
How to do it:
1. Wipe the wood pallets with clean cloth to remove dirt and dust.
2. To make the pallet frame, with your miter saw, cut the pallet strips to your desired size of the frame décor. (This one has 2 @ 26” and 2 @ 32”).

3. Attach the edges of the frame using the wood glue and link them together with nails.
4. Cut 22 pallet strips leaving an inch of allowance for both sides. (This has 22 cut strips at 28”.)
5. Nail down he strips on the sides of the frame. Use a coin or any material that you find convenient in guiding you to achieve equal spaces.

6. After nailing the 22 pallet strips, smear the façade with pre-wood conditioner.
7. Moving forward, stain it with dark shade paint for a more rustic aura. Then let it dry overnight.
8. In a contact paper, cut out your chosen texts for the décor.
9. Transfer the contact paper to the pallet art and press it down to stick it well.
10. Using the Martha Stewart’s Silver Metallic tint, paint the letters evenly. And then, remove the contact paper carefully to reveal the stencil’s appearance.

11. One the paint dries up, smoothen the edges of the wood slats before hanging the frame on you wall.

See that? It may look complicated but it is certainly easy to do! Just be careful in using the tools though to avoid injuries.

Ladder Shelves

Ladder shelf is one of the ingenious ways of utilizing your old ladder and wood planks. Aside from its easy and creative, it offers a lot of storage spaces for small stuff like vases, books, and picture frames.

Tools and Materials:
• old double-sided ladder
• wood planks
• mitter saw
• wood glue
• screw
• power drill
• measuring steel tape
• paint
• sand paper
How to do it:
1. Take the dust off on your ladder and wood planks.
2. Measure the planks basing on the ladder’s width, so it will fit on each step.
3. Cut the measured planks.
4. Place the planks on each steps of the ladder.
5. Measure each length of the planks from top to bottom. The shelf should be triangular in front view.
6. After measuring the length of the planks, cut them and smoothen the edges with the use of sand paper.
7. Attach the planks to the steps of the ladder using wood glue.
8. Affix the planks on the steps by using screws and power drill.
9. You may paint the ladder shelf or you can leave it as is.

There you go! You can then use the shelf for organizing your stuff! The good thing about this shelf is the less demand in space and the bottom where it is situated can be easily cleaned.

Wood Planter Box

If you’re a fan of indoor gardens, then this rustic wood planter box fits you well! Buying planter boxes and pots can be costly, especially when you have lots of seedlings in hand. So instead of buying one from commercial stores, you can actually make one from the old forgotten wood planks in your storage space.

Tools and Materials:
• old wood planks
• power drill
• miter saw
• L-brackets
• Screws
• Hammer
How to do it:
1. Cut three equally measured pieces of you wood planks for the sides and base of the planter.
2. Make another cut for the two ends of the planter. Make sure that both will fit.
3. With your drill, screw in the L brackets on the edges of the planter box.

And it’s done! You can add the soil and any plants on the wood planter box. If you want the planter box on the inside of your house, you can smear some paint or varnish mixture on it.

Rustic Rope Frame

The rustic rope frame is one of great and inexpensive ways to personalize your interior decors. It is very easy to do, in fact you can do this with your kids—for sure they’ll love to make one.

Tools and Materials:
• inexpensive frame or old frame with wide border
• jute rope
• glue sticks
• glue gun
How to do it:
1. Using your hot glue, start attaching the jute rope on the inside corner of the frame.
2. Put the rope along the melted glue and press it down and allow it to dry for a moment.
3. Repeat the entire process in a spiral direction until all sides of the frame border are wrapped with ropes.

Mason Jar Wall Lanterns

If you have a rustic themed house, then these mason jar wall lanterns suits perfectly for it. It doesn’t just beautify your interior but also it gives a romantic touch to the surroundings.

Tools and Materials:
• 5 1/2″ x 16″ wood planks
• 4″ plant hanger hooks
• two mason jars
• awl or nail punch tool
• dark walnut wood stain
• candles
• small stones
• heavy duty twine
• smalltooth steel hangers
How to do it:
For the wood planks:
1. Create a “beat up” effect on your wood planks. Or if you have an old rustic-look wood plank, leave it as it is.
2. Coat the wood with Dark Walnut stain and let it dry overnight.
3. Put the hooks and then install the BACK sawtooth hanger hardware first to your desired measurement on the planks.
4. Afterwards, mount the hooks to the front of the planks.
For the lantern:
1. Make two opposing holes on the top of your mason jars.
2. Cut enough twine to make a double layer of it into each hole and tie it twice tightly on the bottom of the Mason jar cover. The length of the twine varies on the size of the plank and the jars.
3. Fill the Mason jars with the stones and bury the candles on top of the rock bed.
4. Using a nail, hang each plank on the wall and then hang the decorated Mason jars.

Your mason jar wall lanterns is ready for everyone to see! However, please keep in mind that if you’re planning to light up the candles, use metallic wires for hanging.

Driftwood Mirror

In a bedroom, shower room or even in the living area, one thing that will always catch a person’s attention is the mirror. However, isn’t it dreary to look at yourself in a plain mirror every single day?I bet, it is.

Why don’t you revamp you mirror with some rustic material? A driftwood perhaps. Definitely, you’re every day trip in the front of the mirror will not be the same as it was before. Trust me, good mirrors can improve your looks too!

Tools and Materials:
• driftwood
• clean mirror
• 2” painters tape
• glue sticks
• glue gun
• measuring tool
How to do it:
1. With you measuring tool, measure a distance of 4 inches from the edge of mirror’s frame, going inwards. Mark the measured distances.
2. Tape the measured gaps using the 2” painters adhesive tape.
3. Fill the 4 inches distance with driftwood and glue gun. Until all edges are filled with it.

It’s amazing to know that you can actually create a very stunning mirror out of scraps in a very short period of time. Perhaps, you can try it too!

There you go folks! I am truly hoping that these Do-It-Yourself exquisite rustic decors will inspire you of making one. Always remember that when you’re planning of jazzing up your home interiors,before hitting the nearest shop mart, learn to explore and inspect you surroundings first and maybe, you will able to find any fine materials that you can actually utilize and transform into something new. By doing such, you are not just saving, you are also recycling!

10 Instagram-Worthy Floor Tile Designs

Instagram has a huge collection of stylish and trendy photos. Snaps taken from travels, restaurants and other places are shared on this popular social media platform. Even your OOTD or “Outfit of the Day” can be posted here.

In my case, I love taking pictures of my shoes. As much as possible, my travel photos must have at least one shot of my footwear. But sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Why? The floor is either dirty or tacky. In some instances, you just can’t see the beauty of shoes when stepping on the wrong floor. That’s why when I came across these photos of beautiful tile floor designs, I’m surely amazed. They would look perfect on Instagram!

Modern Blue & White

This design looks so immaculate. Geometric floral patterns can give the floor a modern elegant look. Of course, let’s not forget the right shade of blue used. Darker shades of blue are cool and relaxing to look at. In the picture below, the design matches perfectly with the homey interior of the house.

Porcelanosa Antique Silver

Sometimes, I love taking photos of unique bathroom floors in some hotels during travels. But, that happens rarely. Most hotels just use the traditional white bathroom floor tiles. With this silver detailed floor design, I would surely take a snap immediately. The floor tiles look so intricate and classy. This is a luxurious addition to a room’s interior.

English Oak Parquet

I can’t help but include this interesting oak parquet. I always loved wood tiles because they give an antique effect. Wooden floors make pictures look vintage and nostalgic. Just look at how intricate the pattern is. The parquet has different colors and directions of wood grain. It has a smart design, worthy of many Instagram photos.

Small Octagon and Square Pattern

This all-white geometrically patterned floor tiles would look perfect with my brightly-colored shoes. The design is eye-catching and sophisticated.

Starry Night

This one is probably my most favorite. It looks trendy and youthful. It is the perfect background for sneakers. The design may be simple, but that’s the beauty of it.

Regram @lilfoxx #ihavethisthingwithfloors

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Geometric Optical Illusion

You might get hypnotized by this design. Like the previous octagon and square pattern, this geometric floor tiles are also sophisticated to look at. The best part? The floor looks 3-D, as if cubes are coming out. I’m sure my Instagram followers would like this floor together with my shoes.

Concrete Inlaid with Brass

This is my runner-up for the Starry Night floor tiles. This design would make any flooring luxurious. Brass resembles gold when put together with concrete. How amazing is that? I would love to have these floor tiles in my own home.

Elegant Floral

Looking back on the first design, this elegant floral one resembles the modern blue and white because of the theme. This one, though, is much intricate and has softer shapes. It also gives a feminine touch to the interior. That’s the beauty of floral patterns.

Parisian

The most creative design from my list is definitely this one. Notice how the colors resemble flames. Tiny tiles formed into flames and arches? Now, that’s what I call creativity and hard work. Definitely a jaw-dropping masterpiece.

75001 – Rue Saint-Honoré Looking back at some of my first images that I took in Paris, I wish I could re-shoot certain floors in better light or with different shoes. This one was on top of my list. Unfortunately the restaurant where I shot this floor closed and the new "modern" restaurant decided to put a wooden parquet floor over this one ( i hope they put it on top of it and not destroy the beautiful old mosaic floor). So my quest for more of this super cool palm shaped mosaics in different colors continues. Have a nice sunday afternoon! #parisianfloors#ihavethisthingwithfloors#ihavethisthingwithtiles#fromwhereistand#selfeet#paris#floor#tiles#mosaic#carrelage#carreauxdeciment#pattern#design#architecture#interiordesign#shoes#espadrilles

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Teal Hexagons with Starburst Pattern

Lastly, we have another geometric design. The floor looks so creative and sharp. It is an eye candy and conversation starter. It can make your Instagram snaps even more fun.

Another awesome floor from @colemoser in #dsfloors

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Final Thoughts

We must never underestimate the power of flooring. It can elevate the whole look of any room – even our Instagram photos. So, don’t just take pictures of yourself, food and landscapes. Look down and you might see art underneath your feet.

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas That Will Surely Melt Your Heart

Tired of giving roses and chocolates during Valentine’s Day yet you still need to give something to your loved one? Are you willing to break a sweat and spend a little bit of your time to make something unique to serve as your gift for Valentines? If your answer to both questions are yes, then this post is definitely made for you.

Valentine’s Day is about making your intimate partner, your family, or your closest friends happy and be reminded that they are loved. Usually, roses and chocolates are enough to convey the message, especially for couples but this form of gifts became the norms, quite expensive and the expected during this day. If you’re the type of person who wants to give these same romantic gifts, you’ll probably end up competing with a thousand of others just like you who just wants to get by and comply with the event. Do not get me wrong, there is no wrong in surprising your loved ones with gorgeous bouquet flowers and mouthwatering chocolates during Valentines since it still spells thoughtfulness and being sweet. However, would it be nice that for once, you try to do something extraordinary and unique, and exert extra effort in coming up with a new kind of surprise?

What we offer today are simple to intricate hand-made crafts that are perfect alternative gifts you can give for your other half, kids, relatives and friends this coming Valentine’s Day. Aside from it is not edible and won’t wilt through time, these Valentine’s Day crafts will be a memorable gift that will stay with your loved one for as long as they keep it safe. What you need in order to create one are just simple materials which are readily available at your local supply stores or maybe materials that you can find in your home and surroundings. For these kind of crafts, materials can be found anywhere! Believe me, the sky is the limit! Making these crafts will be worth your precious time and effort because there is a 100% chance that your loved ones will definitely love, appreciate and cherish it.

Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs

Take a break from the usual soaps and body cleansing products this Valentine’s Day! Spend some relaxing and romantic bath experience with these heart-shaped bath bombs. It’s perfect for intimate couples out there.

Needed Supplies:
• ½ cup citric acid
• ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
• 10 drops of love potion essential oil
• 1 cup baking soda
• ¼ cup fine epsom salt
• 1-2 drops of red food coloring
• mesh strainer
• witch hazel
• silicone heart mold
• spray bottle
• a pair of gloves
Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, place the strainer and pour the baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt. Sift thoroughly to eliminate lumps.
2. Blend well the baking soda, Epsom salt and citric acid in a food processor or blender.
3. Slowly put in the jojoba oil and pour in the love potion essential oil along with the food coloring.
4. With the plastic gloves on, combine the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture until it is well blended and pink.
5. Gradually add witch hazel, one spritz at a time until the bath bomb mixture sticks collectively when clutched. About 8 to 10 spritzes of witch hazel to achieve the precise consistency.
6. Place firmly the slightly the clammy mixture into the heart shape molds. The mixture can make at least 5 heart-shaped bath bombs.
7. Let it dry overnight. Then take out the bath bombs from the molds. Make sure that the bath bombs are already very hard before removing them.
8. Wrap the finish product tightly in plastic and store in a cool and dry place.

And there you go! A homemade bath bombs that you can consume, sell or give to your loved ones!

Heart Thumbprint Platter

This Heart Thumbprint Platter is great for every family out there. This is also a heartwarming project wherein you can have a priceless remembrance of the fingerprints of your children when they are still young. Not only that this memorabilia is flexible enough that you can do this any plate shapes, it can also be created on any material available.

Needed Supplies:
• white platter
• glass paint (any color)
• sharpie
• wax paper or foil
• damp paper towels (for wiping the paint out of the platter if you mess up)
Directions:
1. Divide the spaces of the platter equally. Depending on how big your family is.
2. Pour a small amount of paint on a wax paper or foil, gently dip your child’s finger in the paint (yours and your partner too!), then make two heart shape prints on the platter.
3. Using the Sharpie, write the names, date or anything you want to write. The sky is the limit!
4. Make sure to follow the curing directions of the paint to know the appropriate method of drying it up.

See that? It’s very easy! You can make use of the Heart Thumbprint Platter as a decoration or a gift!

Heart Windchimes

Bring some love on your porch by hanging this adorable heart windchimes! The heart windchimes project is perfect for Mom and daughter tandem! It’s very easy to make and it won’t cost you much.

Needed Supplies:
• red and transparent plastic beads
• heart shaped silicone pan
• ribbon or string
• glue gun
• scissors
• stick
Instructions:
For the hearts:
1. Begin by filling your pan with the plastic beads – all red, all transparent and mixed.
2. Place the pan in the oven until let the beads melt.
3. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven. And let it cool completely.
4. When cooled, pop them out of the pan.
For the chimes:
1. Attach the melted hearts on the ribbon or string using your glue gun.
2. Wrap the ribbons tips around the stick and fasten them with glue.
3. Tie a string on each ends of the stick.

Heart-Handled Tea Bags

These heart-handled tea bags will never fail to stun you with its creative and charming looks! It’s a perfect gift for your tea-lover friends.

Needed Supplies:
• coffee filters
• loose tea leaves
• spices
• scissors
• sewing machine
• stapler
• embroidery thread
• paper for tags
Instructions:
1. Make two rectangles using coffee filters.
2. Stitch the rectangles together on three sides, leaving the top part open.
3. Fill the stitched teabags with 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves. You can add ½ teaspoon of spices.
4. After filling the bags, stitch the top to close.
5. Fold down top corners, and put the embroidery thread under the flap.
6. Fold the tip of the bag down and use your stapler to close it completely.
7. Make some heart-shapes paper tags and connect them on the ends of the teabags’ embroidery threads.

Yasss! It’s very simple to craft!

Valentine’s Day Heart Coasters

 

These heart coasters are perfect not only as Valentine’s Day presents but also as wedding favors! It’s cheap yet admirable and very romantic.

Needed Supplies:
• wood log
• heart stencil
• miter saw
• polyurethane clear gloss
• two colors of paint
• paintbrush
• sand paper
Instructions:
1. Carefully slash the logs into 2-inch slices using your miter saw.
2. Smoothen each coaster using the sand paper.
3. Apply one layer of polyurethane clear gloss. Let it dry completely.
4. Place the stencil heart at the center of the coaster and paint. Let the paint dry.
5. Then, write you and your partner’s initials.

It’s incredible to know that you can actually make a classy rustic memorabilia from old wood logs!

Adorable Marbled Heart Crayons

Do you know that you can absolutely utilize your kids’ broken crayons and transform them into something useful and artsy? These marbled heart crayons are perfect for your kids and his friends to create multihued artworks on Valentine’s Day! In fact, they can help you in making these adorable vibrant hearts!

Needed Supplies:
• broken crayon pieces
• silicone heart mold pan
• foil-lined cookie sheet
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
2. Fill the silicone heart mold pan with broken crayon pieces.
3. Place the pan on the oven, on top of the foil-lined cookie sheet and let the crayons melt for 10-20 minutes.
4. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely.
5. Afterwards, pop the newly made crayons out of the molds.

And tadaaaa! You can give them to your kids right away and for sure they’ll be pretty excited on using them!

Heart-Twined Mason Jars

These heart and doilies decorated mason jars are perfect for spicing up your kitchen look! You can use them as containers or simply just decorations.

Needed Supplies:
• clean mason jars
• red felt paper
• scissors
• string
• doilies
Instructions:
1. Make some heart cut outs from the red felt paper. Sizes of hearts vary from the center size of your doilies.
2. Place the hearts on center of the doilies.
3. Grab some string and wrap the doilies with the hearts on the mason jars.

You can actually make these lovely mason decorated jars in just a few minutes!

Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier

Bring a little love in your interior this Heart’s Day by having this artistic Valentine’s Day polish chandelier! This ingenious handmade craft is very creative and definitely an eye candy to everyone. This project however requires a little bit of your time so if you really want your Valentine’s Day to be special and unique, then jump into this venture right away.

Needed Supplies:
• pink and red scrapbook papers
• pink and white baker’s twine
• pink and red paper straws
• red striped straws
• pink striped straws
• pink polka dot stripes
• twine
• thin bamboo skewer
• white thread
• needle
• 18″ wreath
• ice blue and turquoise yarn
• heart punch
• hold punch
• scissors
• glue gun
• tape
Directions:
For the top part of the chandelier:

1. In the wreath material, twine a 4′ yarn throughout each hole and tie firmly.
2. Divide the straws into 3″ parts. About 16 pieces per strand and 8 strands for a total of 128.
3. Using your heart punch cut the equal quantity of hearts.
4. Make a hole in the center of each hearts using your hole punch.
5. Run each yarn with alternating straws and a heart cut out in between, all the way up.
6. Repeat process on every string of the yarn.
7. Knot all the finished strings collectively at the tip and then shape a loop.
For the 3D hearts:

1. Produce more hearts using the heart punch.
2. Using your scissors, cut about 1/2″ down from the top of the center of the yarn.
3. With another heart, cut the bottom center 1/2″ up.
4. Afterwards, position the hearts together in a perpendicular manner.
5. After making 8 3D hearts, hang them from the wreath material.
For the yarn wrapping around the wreath:
1. Wrap the ice blue yarn 5 times around the wreath. Make sure to tie it first to one of the holes.
2. Make a tassel at each hole. After making the tassel, hang it with a yarn.
3. Lock the tassel with the turquoise yarn.
For the dangle straw wags placed in the bottom:
1. Create two groupings for the striped straws. Cut 4 different sizes for each groups. So there will be 4 red striped groupings and 4 pink striped groupings.
8 at 1″ for size XS
14 at 1.5″ for size S
14 at 2″ for size M
7 at 2.5″ for size L
2. There will be a certain sequence within 1 grouping of the dangle straws. Layout 7 of the subsequent sequence: XS S M L M S.
3. Make sure to end your last sequence with a size XS.
4. Do the same process for the two striped groupings mentioned earlier.
5. Thread your needle and double knot the end of the threads.
6. Start threading the top of the straws with the first grouping. Thread the 7 sequences, from XS to XS. Double knot when done.
7. Tie the end of the grouping to one of the tassels, and then cut the excess thread. Alternate the two groupings.
For the basketball straw hoop:

1. Cut about 16 pieces of twine with a length of 30”.
2. Knot the two pieces of twine in the meeting point of the tassels.
3. Using a bamboo skewer, thread a straw on every portions of twine, all the way to the top.
4. Make a cross straw design by taking one of the straws, then skipping the next straw and picking up the following straw.
5. Cut the 8 straws in half to produce 16 parts.
6. Attach a pink pom pom to the front and rear on the tip of every other.

DIY: Eye-Candy Decors Using Mason Jars And Wine Bottles

There’s no other place in the world where you can be most comfortable than your own home. Our homes are both our shelter and refuge, not only they protect us from the harms of the “outside world”, they also create the ultimate feeling of relaxation and comfort. However sometimes, especially when you are living on a same house for quite some time already, two things may happen which degrade this “best feeling”  and these are the loss of interest due to absence of new stuff and the build-up of clutters and the unnecessary. These things usually happen when the members of the household tend to neglect the need to improve their home because they are afraid to disrupt the things they are used to be doing or seeing.

Now, once the drive to improve and re-decorate the home sparks among the family members, everyone should seize the moment and go all-in. Redecoration and renovation can be done easily by hiring professionals or contractors and but new stuff from the hardware stores however this move will definitely demand a large funding. Luckily, there is another option that not only promises less spending, it can also address the two problems mentioned above all at the same time while engaging the family members in a worthwhile project.

What I’m talking about here is the concept of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home improvement projects by recycling collected empty bottles.

Nook’s Wine Bottle Pendant Lights

 

New kitchen lighting fixture can be quite expensive however, you can get rid of the old boring look of your kitchen nook by adding crafted wine bottles to your pendant lights’ design. If you’re a wine enthusiast, this DIY kitchen décor is perfect for you. You’re not just recycling used bottles and helping save mother Earth, but you’re also spicing up your kitchen nook’s appearance. This project is actually very easy to make if you only have an excellent bottle cutter.

Materials:

  • emptied and clean wine bottles (extra-large is perfect)
  • sandpaper
  • 12 foot lamp cord with plug
  • 16 gauge galvanized wire
  • 25-40 watt bulbs
  • phenolic socket single-leg hickey and screw terminals

Tools:

  • bottle cutter
  • wire strippers
  • wire cutters
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • gloves
  • safety glasses

How to do it:


  • Cut the clean wine bottles with your desired opening spot using a bottle cutter. Make sure that you’re wearing gloves and safety glasses before doing so.

  • Every bottle cutter set has a tapper. Place the tapper inside the bottle and tap the bottle gently.

  • After tapping the cut bottle, place it in the sink and run cold water over the mark. Right after doing so, let the hot water run underneath the cut mark. Then do run both water temperatures in an alternate way. Following that, the bottle’s bottom will split off.

  • Smooth the cut using the fine-grit sandpaper.

  • Place the tip of the cord set throughout the bottle, also through the hoop in the socket. Always make sure that the load of the fixture is not on the electrical connection, you can do that by tying a knot in the cord.
  • Put the cord’s metal tip beneath the screws on the socket. Tighten down.
  • Set the bulb in the socket and test if it’s working.

  • Create a loop of dark wire into the bottle to create a decorative touch.

…and tadah! You have your very own DIY pendant lights!

Wine Bottles’ Bookshelf

For bookworms out there, is there enough space in your bookshelf for your beloved books? Does your books cause clutters in your house? Do you think buying a new shelf can cause a fortune? Worry no more! You can make use of you empty wine bottle and a few planks of wood to build an easy and attention-grabbing bookshelf!

Materials:

  • 20 empty and clean wine bottles (or any quantity will do, it will depend on your desired height for the shelf)
  • 6 wood planks
  • couple of turn buckle
  • couple of eyebolt
  • couple of s-hook

How to do it:

  • Attach the self-drilling eyebolt on each end of the wood planks. Eyebolts for a single plank should be parallel to the ones placed in another plank. Connections should be tight and sturdy.
  • The distance of every plank is determined by the height of the wine bottles. For every layer, place 4 wine bottles — 2 for each ends.

  • Connect the bottom tip of the turn buckle to the bottom plank’s eyebolt, and then join the upper tip of the turn buckle to the s-hook. After doing so, connect the s-hook on the eyebolt on the top plank.

There you go! Basically, you just have to repeat the process for each layer until you reach your desired height. Nevertheless, don’t make this shelf too high. Let’s be safe than sorry.

Hanging Rustic Wall Vases

Spice up your wall with this economical rustic wall vase set. This hand crafted vase is perfect for minimalistic people. It consumes a little space in your wall and the rustic touch of this décor is more than enough to catch everyone’s attention.

Materials:

  • emptied and clean wine bottles
  • drill
  • 1 inch bell hanger kit (copper)
  • scrap wood
  • picture hanging hardware
  • screwdriver

How to do it:

 

  • Divide the scrap wood (painted or not) into equal spaces and mark the spot where you want your bottles to be place.
  • Drill a hole on the marked spots of the wood. The holes must be smaller in diameter than that of the screw.

  • Connect the bell hanger through the holes using screws and screwdriver.

  • On each side of the scrap wood, fasten a loop for hanging.

  • Attach the scrap wood on the wall. After doing so, place the empty bottles on the bell hanger and tighten them.

Voila! And just like that folks, you have your stunning rustic themed wall vase décor!

Mason Jar Mini Planter

Do you know that mason jar is an ideal windowsill planter? The lid of the mason jar will help hold the soil’s moisture, keeping the plant from dehydration. This kind of project is perfect in bringing life in to your kitchen windows!

Materials:

  • clean mason jar
  • soil
  • seedling

How to do it:

  • Place an enough amount soil in the mason.
  • Plant the herb or any seedling that you desire.

And that’s it! A very easy and less time consuming DIY project to make!

Mason Liquid Soap Dispenser

Tired of the look of your dull liquid soap dispenser? You don’t have to be anxious anymore, you can actually make a dispenser out of a used mason jar! You can actually find this stuff in some of the local house décor stores however, making one would only take you less than an hour and won’t cost you as much. It’s neat and classy!

Materials:

  • mason jar
  • pump
  • adhesive

How to do it:

  • Drill a hole in the mason jar’s cover.
  • Insert the pump in the hole.
  • Add adhesive to hold the pump in place.

Colors And Destinations

Do you know that a particular hue can strongly influence us on how we remember places we had been to or even just saw in an ad? Going to new places is always a satisfaction for travel enthusiasts and exploring unfamiliar cities is like feeding their hunger and lust for new adventures. For them, this thrilling getaway really is a banquet for the eyes especially when the chosen locations are packed with colors!


I, myself, also love colors! Who doesn’t anyways? In fact, whether you like it or not, everything can be associated with colors – our moods, taste, perception, likes, and the list can go on.

Take for example the times when we want to take a break after a tiring five days of work, we usually want to go to a place to appease us, a place where we can relax and feel calm. With that notion, we almost all the time think of the beach and unconsciously tend to imagine the pristine blue-soaked scenery. See that? After the setting and its colors are distinguished, the brain then evaluates what it sees on an objective and subjective basis.

In the world of architecture and design; color is more than just ornamentation. Color speaks for the building itself. It gives character and distinctiveness. Color has its way of influencing our emotions and state of mind. It is vital to know that colors in our surrounding are playing a huge fraction of our mental and emotional awareness.

For backpackers out there, here are the ten color-splashed places that might stir your emotions!

1. Burano Island, Italy

Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, located near Torcello at the northern end of the tarn. It is situated 4 miles away from Venice – a 40-minute trip by Venetian motorboats or widely known as the Vaporetti.

The island is renowned for its meticulous lace work and vibrantly painted dwellings that serve as multi-hued margins of the canals. A primordial stories tells that fishermen highlighted their houses to make them more visible from the sea when they were far away for fishing.

2. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre also means Five Lands – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. It is a rocky portion of the coast on the Italian Riviera.

For centuries now, inhabitants have cautiously built patios on the rough and steep setting right up to the cliffs which offers the breathtaking view of the sea.

Cinque Terre presents romantic coastal scenery for tourists. The pastel-hued perfection of the houses gives a soothing feeling for every wandered guest. When viewed from afar, the rainbow-colored house terraces of the five lands and the majestic view of the water appears to be spectacular, definitely a sight that money can’t buy!

3. Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Muizenberg is a beach-side village of Cape Town in South Africa. It is locally known as the birthplace of surfing in the country. However, Muizenberg Beach is widely recognized not only for its gigantic waves but also for their brightly painted shacks.

If you’re up to some stimulating vacay, there’s nothing more exciting than spending time on the beach with a remarkable view, right? The intensely tinted Victorian huts will absolutely give you a retro kind of vibe that you will actually dig in.

4. Tulip Fields of Holland

A bouquet of gorgeous flowers along with luscious chocolates is an every guy’s way of capturing every woman’s attention. But hey, a field filled of lovely tulips? Now that’s another different story to tell!

This beautiful and definitely vast tulip plantation can be found in Noordoostpolder, situated in the province of Flevoland. A 79-acre of tantalizing scenery, clad in purple, pink, orange, red and yellow blooms that will certainly melt your heart!

5. Namaqualand, Namibia

Another must-see floral scenery that the world offers is the wildflower fields of Namaqualand, Namibia—a landscape carpeted by colorful daises and hundreds of wildflowers! Can you imagine the romantic aroma of the field? It is definitely a heaven’s treat!

6. Agueda, Portugal

The Floating Umbrella Festival of the Canopy Street in Agueda, Portugal is an ingenious way of using colorful umbrellas as a landmark design. This colorful canopy over the scorching hot streets of Agueda will not only keep you in shade but will also undoubtedly inspire you to discover the creativity in yourself, to always think outside the box.

7. Sighisoara, Romania

Located in the historic region of Transylvania, the Sighisoara, Romania’s vibrant colored town is an enthralling combination of Saxon architecture and medieval tradition. The design also showcases interesting Gothic details.

Sighisoara is actually included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and considered as an excellent example of a diminutive and equipped medieval civic structure which played significant roles on the borders of Central Europe.

What set Sighisoara apart from other colorful towns are the differences in their architectural designs. Each house has a personal distinct character – arched foyers, Baroque inspired facades and classic window styles to name a few.

8. Costa Nova, Portugal

Have you ever heard of the candy-striped wooden houses? Have you seen the Haystacks in Costa Nova, Portugal? If both answers are no, then you are in for a treat on this next feature. These houses are so amazing that strolling along these adorable abodes will make you feel like you’re in a movie set of some vintage films!

These houses are originally called as Palheiros. At first, they were constructed to avert buildup of sand from the nearby dunes. As time went by, they became shelters for fishermen. Inhabitants started painting the houses with bright stripes as they are replicas of the polychrome moliceiros.

Isn’t it interesting? Be sure to prepare your cameras if you’re planning to visit this awesome place!

9. Cape Town, South Africa

Beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll find these bright painted houses in Bo-Kaap formerly known as the Malay quarter in Cape Town, South Africa. The neighborhood presents a scenario of continuing historic and cultural substance.

10. Girona Riverfront, Spain

Aside from the famous neighboring town of Barcelona, Girona is one of the must-see cities in Spain. The most striking feature of this place is the emphasis, dominance, and the love for colors. Through the charming color palette of yellows, oranges and pinks – they really bring the streets and alleyways to life!