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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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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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