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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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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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