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Spring DIY: 6 Simple Homey Touches You Should Try

Spring DIY: 6 Simple Homey Touches You Should Try

The only way to make your house or apartment truly become your home is to add your own personal touches to it. The best way to pull this off is to make do-it-yourself decorations.

We all use different materials and styles, therefore you’ll rarely find DIY decorations that look exactly the same. Since the spring season is on its way, now is a perfect time for you to start crafting some of these house ornaments. Here are 6 simple DIY projects that anyone can pull off.

1. Dinnerware Bird Feeder

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    You may have some dinner plates or a salad bowl you are no longer using. If so, feel free to utilize them as decorations in your backyard. You can make a Dinnerware Bird Feeder by drilling a ⅜-inch hole at the center of your dinner plate, salad plate, and your bowl. Place the bowl on top of the dinner plate so that their holes align and take a thick rope to pull through those holes.

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    The next thing you should do is place the rope through a metal tube, securing it in the middle of the bowl. Tie a knot at the end of the dinner plate, then take the drilled salad plate and place it on top of the tube by passing the rope through its hole as well.

    Finally, tie another knot at the other end of the rope, and voila — you have your Dinnerware Bird Feeder. All that remains now is to fill it with bird food.

    2. Twine-Wrapped Cabinet Hardware

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      This one is extremely easy to pull off and it’s great for revitalizing your cabinet handles. All you need is twine or jute and some glue. You can also include paint in the mixture if you wish. Apply glue to the handles, wrap the twine around them, and wait for it to dry. That’s all there is to it — simple and easy. Here’s how the whole thing should look.

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      3. Dreamcatchers

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        Dreamcatchers are amazing decorations. To make your own, you’ll need a hoop that is about 15 cm in diameter. You’ll also need thread, twine or yarn, some feathers and beads, and some glue.

        Weave the twine around the hoop so that you cover it completely. Then, start weaving again, but this time make 8 loose jumps along the hoop.

        Then, start weaving a third time. This time round, pull the thread through the midpoint of each loop so that when you are done it resembles a spider web. Finally, you should use additional pieces of twine, along with your beads and feathers, and tie them to your dreamcatcher.

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        This is another simple project, but the more complexity you add, the better it will look. So, if you love crafting dreamcatchers, pay attention to details and use various different feathers and beads to increase the aesthetic value.

        4. Tablescapes

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          A tablescape is basically a mini forest with a candle in the middle. It’s a perfect ornament for any room. Again, it is rather easy to create. Just take a block of wood or a ceramic tile to act as your base. Create a geometric hole pattern around the center of the base — just make sure the holes are not too close to the center because you’ll need that space for the candle.

          Use a drill to create holes in the base, ensuring that the diameter of the hole is slightly smaller than the diameter of the twigs you will use. Once that is done, use a knife to adjust the diameter of the twigs so that they will barely fit in the holes and glue them. All that’s left is to take your candle and place it in the middle of the tablescape.

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          5. Ironing Board Welcome Sign

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            Here’s another simple but brilliant idea for your home décor. If you have an old-school or vintage ironing board that you do not use, this is what you should do. Buy some paint to freshen up its appearance and then use a different paint color to write the word “Welcome” on it. Let it dry and put it at your doorstep. It’s easy to make and will really look great!

            6. DIY clipboards

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              The name itself already suggests what the whole crafting process will look like. Find a wooden board and do some work on its edges to make it look stylish and paint it any color you like. Once you have a nice-looking wooden board, take a binder clip and glue it on the board (you can use E-6000 glue).

              Use the drill to make a hole at the back of the board so that it can be hung on a wall. If you want to do some work on the binder clip as well, you can coat it in glitter or try other techniques to customize it. What kind of paper you want to attach to the board is entirely up to you: a To-Do list, some wallpaper, a print — whatever you like or find useful.

              As you can see, none of these ideas are too complicated or messy. Anyone can do them. If you are a DIY enthusiast looking to find easy projects for this spring, look no further.

              Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/woollydear/ via flickr.com

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              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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