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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 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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