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20 $1! Fall/ Winter DIY Room Deco Using Items From the Dollar Shop

20 $1! Fall/ Winter DIY Room Deco Using Items From the Dollar Shop

Fall is almost about to be over and winter is coming. As a DIY lover, you must have tried your hands at all sorts of DIYs this fall. And, you must have plenty of enthusiasm going into the winter.

Although DIY projects are fun and stimulating, some of them can get rather costly because of the expensive materials required. However, you can always stick to items from the dollar store to keep your overhead low.

Here below are some perfect DIY projects you can try for the remainder of the year. Don’t take my word for it though—try them out yourself!

1. Fall Candle

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    Buy some candles—any kind you like. Get some fake leaves from the dollar store. Gather few patches of burlap. Then, cover your candles with a leaf or two or place the leaves over patches of burlap. Now, tie the leaves with a burlap string or twine, as you prefer.

    2. Natural Vases

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      Get few gourds or squashes. Drill down a hole in them large enough so as to hold a bunch of flowers. As for flowers, you can either use seasonal flowers from your garden or get them for cheap from your nearest dollar store.

      3. Pillow Cover From Shirt

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        Get yourself an orange checkered shirt from the dollar shop that looks like fall, as seen above. Try to get it in size XXL. Now, you can make a nice looking pillow cover out of the shirt and it will cost you no more than a few dollars.

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        4. Harvest Vases

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          You can purchase cheap glasses and dark scrapbook paper from a nearby dollar store. Roll the paper into attractive cuffs inside the glasses. Now fill the glass with nuts at the bottom and add few stalks of wheat above the nuts.

          5. Burlap and Pumpkin Wreath

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            Get some plastic pumpkins and gourds in different shapes at the dollar store. Spray paint them in snowy white color. Now, create a burlap wreath and glue them onto the wreath and you have a perfect décor for your doors.

            6. Decoupaged Pumpkins

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              Buy some plastic pumpkins as in our previous DIY. You can get one of those for less than a dollar at the dollar store. Now glue sheet music onto them (you can print out sheet music that you find for free online) using mod podge. You can use any kind of paper you want, but black and white sheets tend to blend in perfectly with the season. You can also put some moss and cinnamon twig on top as the final touch.

              7. Pine Cone Door Décor

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                This cheap and adorable door décor just needs some pine cones and ribbon that you can purchase at a dollar store. All you need to do is glue those pine cones onto the ribbon and make a bunch out of them. Try different kinds of arrangements.

                8. Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

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                  Buy a tall and wide-mouthed mason jar at the dollar store. Paint the inner surface with white latex paint. Remove the metal part that fits inside the lid. Now, cut properly-shaped holes in the cardboard piece and fit that where the metal part was, inside of the rim. With this, whiter teeth is made all the more easy.

                  9. Walnut Photo Holder

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                    Find some walnuts, preferably ones with flatter bottoms so that they stand up with ease, and drill a small hole on top. Cut ~6-inch pieces of a reasonably thick wire. Wrap one end of the pieces around a marker twice and then remove it. Now, insert the other end into the walnut holes. You can insert your photo in between the loops.

                    10. Leaf Art

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                      You’ll need a stack of copy paper for this project. As for the leaves, you can use the ones from trees themselves or buy fake ones from the dollar store. Now, all you need is to glue those leaves onto the sheets of paper to create for yourself simple and elegant décor for the walls.

                      11. Sweater Pillow

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                        This elegant sweater pillow will blend in perfectly with the rest of your winter decorations. Look for a cheap sweater at a dollar store, some pins, and thread. Then, cut down the sweater into pieces and stitch them together around your pillow.

                        12. Decorative Snowballs

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                          Get yourself some styrofoam balls of different sizes from a dollar store. Stick wires through them so that you can hang them with ease. Now spread Snow-Tex around these balls, hang them, and let them dry for 3–4 hours.

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                          13. Felt Snowman

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                            Find one felt sheet each of red, green, orange, and white at the dollar store. Cut out two snowman shapes from the white felt and stitch them together, with sufficient batting on the inside. Use different cuttings of felt for the nose and scarf. And, use buttons for eyes and tummy.

                            14. Yarn Ball and Ornament Wreath

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                              Get some styrofoam balls from a nearby dollar store and wrap them with attractive yarns of different color. Then, attach them to a wireframe garland, and make sure you scatter metallic ornaments throughout the wreath.

                              15. Dining Table Centerpiece

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                                You can take some wine glasses from your kitchen or buy them for cheap at a dollar store. Now, arrange the pine cones and yard balls in the centerpiece. As for the smaller holders, you can use smaller pine cones, white berries, and blue stones.

                                16. Felt Petal Tree

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                                  Get a dark green sheet of felt at the dollar store as seen in the image above. Cut the felt sheet into several circular pieces. Now, layer these circular petals of felt onto a foam cone using straight pins.

                                  17. Bottle Candelabra

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                                    This is a very easy and cheap DIY for winter that only requires you to paint old bottles of wine with white spray and wrap them with an elegant ribbon. Now, you have a very attractive and fitting candelabra for the winter.

                                    18. Crochet Thread Pumpkin

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                                      Get yourself a roll of crochet thread at the nearest dollar store. Then, thread a thick string in and out of the holes of the roll. As for the stem, cut down a tree branch to proper size, wrap some twine around it. Then, glue a leaf onto the branch and add coiled wire tendrils.

                                      19. Winter Wonderland Pinecone

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                                        Gather some pinecones. Spray paint few of them white, with a light dusting of paint. Tie one end of a silk ribbon to the end of every pine cone. Then, tie snowflake ornament to the end of fishing lines and arrange the elements to hang at varying lengths after forming a knot out of them.

                                        20. Pine Tree Topiary

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                                          Find a pine tree branch or buy a fake one from a dollar store. Stick it into a pot full of plaster or floral froth. And then, cover the base in burlap to add wintery feel to this wonderful tree topiary.

                                          Featured photo credit: Beauty By Genecia: DIY Fall/Winter via 1.bp.blogspot.com

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                                          Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                          Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                          My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                                          Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                                          The Neural Knitwork Project

                                          In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                                          While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                                          The knitting and neural connection

                                          The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                                          More mental health benefits from knitting

                                          Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                                          “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                                          Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                                          Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                                          She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                                          “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                                          The dopamine effect on our happiness

                                          Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                                          There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                                          If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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