36 Smart Ways to Deal with Allergies in Your Home

by DIY Maven

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If you refer to this time of year as allergy season, this post is for you. Will applying the tips contained in this post eliminate all allergens from your home? Probably not, but the trick is to decrease them as much as possible, which these tips will do. And, yes, 36 are a lot of tips. Some are super easy that you can do immediately while others can be put on the "to-do" list as time and finances allow. Even if you can't address all of them, take heart, because simply decreasing allergens in your home can make a remarkable difference

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How To: Make Your Own Fairy Garden Fairies

by DIY Maven
DIY Fairy Garden Fairies Supplies
Photo: Crafts Unleashed

Does this sound familiar? You're at your favorite garden center and the fairy garden supplies call to you. (They're miniatures thus making them irresistible.) As you're considering the sweet teeny tiny benches and birdbaths and such, you cast your gaze upon the namesakes of such gardens and you recoil. Why? Because--DANG--those fairies can look creepy!! Like horror movie

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Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers

by Faith Towers
Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
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The IKEA Duktig play kitchen is a popular item for families around the world, but it has a bit of a generic feel. It is also easily customizable, however; so many have given it a more personalized feel by changing the colors, adding metallic details and even creating backsplashes and storage. Here are ten super creative IKEA play kitchen makeovers that are sure to inspire you!   

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Join the 31 Day Flower Drawing Challenge!

by DIY Maven
The House That Lars Built Rose
Photo: The House That Lars Built

I absolutely LOVE this! And you will too...especially if you yearn (like I do) to hone your drawing skills. Check it out, Brittany Jepsen from The House That Lars Built is presenting an outstanding 31-day flower drawing challenge via instructional videos on YouTube. She started with How to Draw a Poppy (video below) on May 1st, and

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Make It: Minimal Wood Spice Rack

by Stephanie Lee

Minimal Wood Spice Rack

When I first started exploring the world of DIY, I decorated some spice jars in the hopes of introducing just a small amount of order into my otherwise unlabelled, disorganised and chaotic kitchen.

Fast forward two years later and the spice jars have stood the test of time, but sadly I can't say the same about my good intentions to re-organise my kitchen. All the other items in my pantry remain unlabelled and my spice jars lie strewn all over the kitchen counter along with the other condiments that vye for precious bench space - eek!

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

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Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And...

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How To: These DIY Tropical Leaf Coasters Are Simple and Stunning

by Jessica Gregg

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My family and I just returned from a sunny, beach trip to Florida. My kids packed an abundance of shells to bring a piece of the beach home with us, but the tropical plants and trees I longed to bring home were too big and deeply rooted to pack in my suitcase. Plus, the dry, cooler climate of Colorado (combined with my lack of growing skills) would have doomed the plants upon their arrival.

So naturally I went to the next best thing for tropical vibes in my home - DIY tropical leaf coasters. Now, I can enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning, or a cocktail in the evening with a touch of the tropics on my table.

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Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Garden Planter

by Lidy Dipert

Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Planter

When it comes to plants, there is a common stigma that they are hard to care for and that you need a super green thumb in order to have them in your home or outdoor space. The truth is, there are all kinds of sizes and species to suit your schedule and needs so that caring for them comes as natural as possible. And this vertical planter (made from a SHOE ORGANIZER!) is a genius way to keep your plants all in one place so that you have...

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