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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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                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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