99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
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September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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Make This: Minimal Stud Earring Organizer

by M.E. Gray

Minimal stud earring organizer you can make from a strip of leather

There's no shortage of organizers for earrings on the internet - that is, if you only wear dangling earrings. Me? I'm more of a stud woman. And since stud earrings are so tiny, it's even more frustrating when they get disorganized! Oh, the hours I have lost trying to find the other half of a pair of earrings. There aren't a slew of attractive organization options out there for purchase, which is exactly why I set to work making this stud earring organizer myself - and you can too!        

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How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

by Faith Provencher
How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project.

 

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The final piece is a color blocked navy and gold piece, with some raw wood left on the top to add character. And the best part? You can buy all the wood for this c table at your local craft store!  

 

How to make your own C table

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

 

Here are the materials you'll need:

- 1 piece of birch wood, 24"x12" and 1/2" thick  
- 2 pieces of birch wood, 12"x12" and 3/8" thick 
- 1 round dowel rod, 24" long and 1" thick  
- Navy latex paint
- Gold spray paint
- Scotch Blue painter's tape
- Paintbrush
- Hammer and small nails
- Wood glue
- Fine sandpaper

1. Begin by spray painting the dowel rod gold. Let it dry thoroughly.

2. Apply glue to the shorter edge of the 24"x12" piece of birch wood. Place the edge of one of the 12"x12" pieces on top and then carefully nail it down so as not to split the wood.

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

3. It should look like this. Wipe any excess glue that might have oozed out while you were nailing them together.

4. Repeat the process on the other end.

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

5. Apply glue to both ends of the dowel rod and carefully insert it into the center of the top and bottom of the c table as shown above. Weight it down with a book and support it on the back side so it dries square. (I used a crate filled with dog toys!). Let it dry for a couple of hours. Insert a nail through the top and bottom into the ends of the dowel rod for added stability.

6. The last step is to paint. Place blue tape about 2/3 of the way up. Flip it over and paint the whole top section (which will actually be the bottom) with the navy latex paint. 

C shaped side table diy
Photo: Faith Towers

And that's it, you're all finished! The final side table is the perfect size for a small lamp and a few knick-knacks. Perfect next to your bed or your couch.

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

You could also opt to finish it a different way - if you prefer a more natural look, consider staining the whole piece rather than painting it. Or you could try different paint colors. Copper and white was another combination I was considering.

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

I didn't put any sort of sealant or finish on the top of mine, but if you anticipate that your C-table will get a ton of use you might consider adding a coat of sealer at the end.

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

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How to Achieve Bedroom Bliss: What Should Stay and What Should Go

by Holly Wade

Bedrooms are meant to be a place of rest and relaxation, but for many of us, our bedrooms do double duty as sitting areas, nurseries, living rooms, storage, etc. No matter your situation, finding little ways to help yourself relax and get enough sleep could be as easy as getting rid of some things and keeping others. Of course, you know yourself best, so not everything on this list may apply to you. However, it couldn't hurt to try, and maybe you'll find a new way to relax into a good night's sleep!

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How to Become a Morning Person (Tips From a Reformed Night Owl)

by M.E. Gray

How to be a morning person - from one night owl to another

When I was a college student in my early twenties, I detested mornings. Not only did I hate them, but they literally made me sick. If I had an opening shift at work or an 8 A.M. class to make it to, there was always a battle between me, the morning air, and waves of pure nausea. I learned real quick that if I wanted to actually graduate, all my classes needed to be no earlier than 9:30 A.M. Nowadays, I enjoy mornings. Like, really, really enjoy then. I love waking up nice and early, even on the weekends. I even feel bummed when I oversleep. The miraculous transition from Night Owl to Early Bird did not happen overnight. It was a process that took months, maybe even a year. But it did happen. I'm here to share with you how to be a morning person, or at least how the magic happened for me.       

Tips on becoming a morning person

What is a morning person?

Before we get into why and how to be a morning person, I want to preface by saying whatever being a "morning person" means is up to you. For me, it means not rushing out of the front door a mere 10 minutes after I open my eyes. It means that I'm not going to have a mental breakdown if I fall behind in my morning routine because there's no way I'll catch up. It means waking up at a consistent time, and waking up feeling refreshed. Being a morning person means I'm relishing the dawn, not dreading it. This is important, because every moment of every day is precious, and we should learn appreciate all the time we're given. Okay, lets's get into why being a morning person is the best thing ever.

Mornings are a lark! Learn how to embrace the dawn.

Why you should be a morning person

 

  • You'll be less groggy
  • You'll be less stressed
  • You'll get better sleep 

Doesn't that all sound so appealing?? I can attest that transitioning into a lark has improved all these areas in my own life. I'm a lot less groggy during the times that matter. Previously, I would wake, put on my pants with a toothbrush in my mouth, and be out of the door in 10 minutes. The transition from sleep-to-waking was happening while I was in the car driving to work. Not great. Now, I get to transition out of the grogginess in the comfort of my own home, and not while operating heavy machinery (a win for everyone involved).

I'm not as stressed in the morning for similar reasons. An earlier waking time means more flexibility in my morning routine. Coffee machine malfunctioning? That's okay, there's time to fix it. No matter what you do, the dog just won't hurry up and pee? Not a problem, there's wiggle room in the schedule. 

My sleep has improved the most. While sleeping more by waking later may seem like the logical solution to tiredness, a consistent schedule does the trick much better. Your body comes equipped with a sleep schedule (hello,  REM cycle!), and loves it when you stick to that schedule.

Make mornings productive with these early-riser tips

How to be a morning person

  • Train your brain to wake earlier: If you're the ambitious type, you may have tried to change your wake up time abruptly. I feel ya. I've gotten overzealous and decided I was going to be the type of person who wakes up at 5:30 and goes for a jog, walks the dog, showers, and makes breakfast for the entire household, all before heading to work. I'm only able to keep up this ridiculous plan for about two days, then crash by the third. If you want to give yourself more time in the mornings, you have to slowly let your body know that the routine is changing. Set your alarm clock an additional 15 minutes back, and try that for a week. Go back another 15 minutes for another week, until you're waking up at your desired time. Your body is much more likely to respond positively to transitioning versus abrupt change.
  • Go to bed earlier (eventually): The hard truth is that if you want to wake up earlier, you're gonna need to go to bed earlier. That being said, I've never in my life been able to force myself to go to sleep earlier than I normally do. My brain is either in two modes: totally wired or absolutely shut down. Since waking earlier means you'll need more sleep, work on transitioning your bedtime along with your waking time. Let your body naturally decide when it's ready to rest, but stick firmly to your wake-up time.
  • Plan your morning: If there isn't a great reason to crawl out of your comfortable bed in the morning, then you're not going to do it in a hurry. Give yourself something to do - to look forward to - to motivate rising earlier. Your reward is up to you. If you like exercise, treat yourself to a jog. Or maybe the reward is a fresh cup of coffee, or a moment of complete silence that's all yours. Read a little, write a little, take the extra time to do your hair - whatever makes you happy. Having a plan rings especially true on weekends. It's tempting to sleep the day away on Saturday and Sunday, but over-sleeping two days in a row will negatively affect your Monday-Friday routine. The key to being a good morning person is to stick to your schedule.
  • Plan your evening: Basically, the solution for how to be a morning person is organizing your time efficiently. In order to make your mornings less complicated (and thus, more enjoyable), you'll have to get more done the night before. Set out a complete outfit so your tired brain doesn't have to make fashion choices first thing. Fill the coffee maker with coffee grounds. Set out a bowl and spoon for your cereal. Make the lunch you need to take to work. By freeing up time in the already rushed morning, you can allow yourself to move slower and face the day more calmly. 
  • Drink a glass of water in the morning: Before you reach for a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever gets you moving in the morning, drink water. If your body were a vehicle, water would  be the engine oil. Drinking a glass of water first thing helps wake your body up from the inside and increases your energy. Additionally, it also speeds up your metabolism, rids your body of toxins, and clears up your skin! Win-win!
  • Don't hit the snooze button: Sorry, sleeper-inners, but postponing the time you wake only leaves you feeling groggier and less ready to face the day. The wake-up process actually begins before you even open your eyes. Your body's core temperature starts increasing roughly two hours before you wake (towards the end of the REM cycle). By pressing snooze on your alarm over and over, you're essentially telling your body that it doesn't need to start waking up and doesn't need to heat up, which means your bed is going to feel that much comfier. 
  • Make the bed: There's no science behind this step on how to be a morning person, only simple fact. If you make your bed in the morning, you're much less likely to get back in it and mess it all up. 
  • Shift your attitude: Easier said than done, but focusing your energies on the positive aspects of waking earlier (you'll get more accomplished with your day, you'll feel more refreshed in the morning, you'll actually be able to eat breakfast, and so on) will allow you to rejoice in the morning. So basically, don't be a grump. Get up and go. It's worth it.

How to be a better morning person

Hopefully you were able to find hope in my insight on how to be a morning person. It's doable. For almost my whole life, I was always the person who woke up last in my house. Now, I'm the first person at work in the morning. Take your time, be kind to yourself, and enjoy every waking minute.

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This nightstand by my bed is actually an IKEA hack - see how I made my TARVA side table tech-friendly.

IKEA Tarva nightstand makeover

 

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Round Up: 6 Ways to Cover Ugly Ceiling Light Fixtures

by DIY Maven

ceiling light covers that are easy to DIY

We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!


Maegan's Eame's inspired light fixture cover
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Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...

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75 Do-It-Yourself Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.     

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WALL DECOR

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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2. Jump on the hand lettering bandwagon with this fun DIY quote art for your wall.

  

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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3. Add some functional storage to your wall with these beautiful hanging shelves.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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4. Washi tape can look like wallpaper if you use enough of it! Learn more here.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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5. Find out how to make your own floral backdrop for your bed using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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6. Take string art to a whole new level with this fun block letter quote wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Homey Oh My

7. Update that 1970's macrame look with this boho chic tassel wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Rhiannon Bosse

8. Add some warm light to your dorm room with a set of twinkle lights covered in pretty paper cups. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Alisa Burke

9. Looking for bold DIY dorm decor? Turn your favorite literary quote into wall art using this simple tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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10. Tape can give your dorm room door a new look too... find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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11. Hexagons never looked so pretty! Get the how-to for this project here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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12. Here's a clever (and cheap!) way to display all of your photos on your wall. Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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13. Metal grids can come in handy as both a decorative and a functional accent, making them a perfect fit for DIY dorm decor. Read more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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14. Attach string to your wall in a geometric shape using this fun tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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15. And if you really want to procrastinate on that paper that you have due tomorrow, give this  washi tape wall a try.

 


BEDDING + HEADBOARDS

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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16. Make a set of these gorgeous patterned throw pillows to dress up that boring dorm bed. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

17. Create a stylish headboard using Stikwood... it's adhesive, and so easy to use!

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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18. This cozy throw blanket is arm-knit.... so no need to buy knitting needles! Get the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: PuraVida Bracelets

19. Jump on the bohemian bandwagon with this boho chic tassel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

20. This faux fur blanket has colorful tassels on the corners... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Brett Bara

21. Learn how to make a simple padded fabric headboard using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: SC Johnson

22. Add some personality to your bed with this fun pretzel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Spindles Designs

23. Add a pretty canopy to your dorm bed using this surprisingly simple tutorial.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Teen DIY

24. If you're a fan of the dreamy watercolor effect, why not give it a try on a throw pillow?

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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25. This bed pocket caddy would be handy for your phone, TV remote, etc. Get the how-to here.

 


LIGHTING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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26. Isn't this twinkle light cloud just the cutest darn thing? We most certainly couldn't leave it off this DIY dorm decor list.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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27. Learn how to make this DIY light box sign using this simple tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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28. This pretty Sputnik-style light is actually an IKEA hack! Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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29. Learn how to make this fun initial marquee light here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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30. This glittering light canvas would make a pretty addition to any dorm room.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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31. Turn a plain old tin can into a firefly lamp using this easy tutorial.

 


ORGANIZATION

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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32. Cover clipboards with pretty paper to organize your paperwork... learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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33. Divide your drawers by covering boxes with pretty paper. Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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34. Take advantage of vertical space with this fun wall organizer. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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35. Upcycle an old crate by turning it into this fun storage/seating combo. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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36. Have lots of eyewear? Give this simple wall-mounted organizer a try.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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37. Keep your scarves organized with this DIY clothespin hanging system. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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38. Here again, vertical space comes in handy with this bucket organizer. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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39. Turn a cardboard box into a stylish geometric organizer using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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40. Here's another handy desk organizer... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Melissa Creates

41. Keep your necklaces tangle-free with this pretty wall mounted organizer.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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42. Recycle some old jars to make this simple desk organizer inspired by an Anthropology piece.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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43. Pegboard is another handy material that will help you get organized. Check it out here.

 


SEATING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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44. Add some fluffy pink fur to your office chair for a playful makeover. Check out the tutorial  here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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45. Here's another upholstered bench idea for extra seating in your dorm room.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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46. Make a couple of floor pillows using this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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47. Add some faux fur to a stool for a très chic version. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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48. Turn a few old plastic crates into seating and storage with this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

49. Learn how to turn a cheap IKEA bench into this comfy upholstered version here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo:  Kenarry

50. Add some pizzazz to plain old folding chairs with this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Live Colorful

51. Bean bag chairs are back! Make this fun triangular one using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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52. A decoupaged chair? Yes please! Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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53. This square pouf would make great extra seating in your dorm room.

 


CURTAINS, RUGS, + OTHER TEXTILES

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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54. Add pom pom trim to existing curtains using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

55. Weave your own large rug using this impressive tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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56. Find out how to dye fabric with ice to make your own stylish wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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57. Hide your hanging clothes with with this fab rope macrame curtain.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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58. The college budget is real, and we took that into major consideration when making this DIY dorm decor list! Learn how to make your own curtains using bedsheets - here's the how-to.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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59. Turn a bunch of yarn pom poms into a fluffy little accent rug.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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60. Here's another awesome rug tutorial to keep your feet nice and cozy.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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61. Rope can be a great material for making accent rugs as well. Get the tutorial here.

 


DECORATIVE ACCENTS

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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62. Make this fun gilded monogram for your room using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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63. Make a decorative note board out of fabric using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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64. A key rack is always handy, especially when it involves a chalkboard! 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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65. Tissue paper tassels are cheap and easy to make... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: The Crafted Life

66. A floral mousepad would be a pretty addition to any dorm desk.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Homey Oh My

67. A decorative way to display your travel photos... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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68. These colorful flower lights are made out of cupcake wrappers! Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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69. Keep your schedule organized with a decorative "white" board made out of a picture frame.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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70. Add some character to your space with a tissue paper flamingo! 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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71. Succulents act as bookends here... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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72. Corral all of your desk items inside this fun confetti tray.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Homey Oh My

73. Avoid cup rings with these chic marbled coasters. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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74. A yarn wall hanging will add a sophisticated touch to your wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Brit + Co.

75. To round off this DIY dorm decor list, something bright and happy. Hang some plants from your ceiling with these colorful macrame hanging planters.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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If you liked these 75 DIY dorm decor ideas, you'll love this list of our favorite 100 IKEA hacks of all time!

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Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room in your Home

by Holly Wade

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Mobiles have recently made a comeback, and I see them not just in children's rooms but in other areas of the home. Mobiles are a unique way to add color and decor to an empty area of a room or above a child's crib for something interesting to watch. This simple floral mobile is the perfect piece of decor to fill empty corners of a room or as a beautiful piece of decor for a little girl's room. 

 Faux flowers never go out of style (in my opinion). Choose colors that match the look you're going for in your home and hang them on clear fishing line to achieve the look of floating flowers. If placed above a bed or crib, it's also something cute to wake up to every morning. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Materials:

  • 6-inch macramé hoop
  • Clear fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Faux flowers
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle
  • Twine
  • E6000 glue or hot glue gun

How to Make a Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Cut 2 long pieces of fishing line, about 8-10 inches. Tie one end to the macramé hoop with double or triple knots to secure. Tie the opposite end of the fishing line to the opposite end of the hoop. The pieces should cross each other. This will be what the mobile will hang from. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Use the wire cutters to cut faux flowers from the stems. Repeat with multiple types and sizes of flowers. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Thread the needle with a long piece of fishing line, about 12 inches (or however long you want the mobile to be). Poke through a flower, starting from the bottom, and pull the line most of the way through. Tie the end of the fishing line (bottom side of the flower) to the hoop.

Note, the bottom of the flowers will be facing up to the ceiling when hung.

Step

Continue threading various flowers onto the same piece of fishing line several inches apart. Some flowers may not stay in place when hung. In that case, loop a knot into the fishing line so that the flower does not fall. After 4-5 flowers are threaded on the same line, cut and tie a double or triple knot to secure.

Step

Repeat with 4-5 strands of fishing line hung on the hoop with a variety of flowers on each. No need to follow a specific pattern. Spread the lines equal distances apart so that the mobile will hang evenly. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Step

Once all lines have been hung, begin wrapping and gluing the twine around the macramé hoop. This step helps to secure the fishing line in place on the hoop so that they do not shift over time and make the mobile lopsided. 

How to Make A Floral Mobile for Any Room

Once the glue has dried, the mobile is ready to hang! Use the crossed pieces of fishing line at the top of the hoop to hang the mobile from a hook, or secure to the ceiling with a simple thumb tack. It's lightweight, so it doesn't require any additional ceiling support. 

Now this pretty floral mobile is perfect for decorating for the season or just because!  

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Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade

by Faith Provencher
Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade
Photo: Faith Towers

I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.   

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20 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter... Even When Your House is NOT

by Jennifer Farley

How to Keep Warm This Winter

It's cold outside... well, at least it is in most of the country. If you live in one of those places where the weather is 80 degrees all year you might want to skip this post.  Better yet, read it so you can survive when the weather drops to 65 degrees. 

We kid, warm weather dwellers. Believe me, all of us want to be you right now (and all year long). My own bitterness probably comes from having to avoid frost bite just going to get my mail everyday. Okay, that was a little dramatic. Seriously though, those of us who live in cold weather environments know the challenge of staying cozy without having to pay astronomical bills in the winter. Yes, there are a thousands ways you can renovate your home to help make your heating more efficient, but that doesn't help you right now. This post is about practical tips and small purchases that can help you stay warm today with out a renovation.   

 

1. Wrap up in a heated blanket

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

I am always cold so my family purchased me the above heated blanket for Christmas. I use it every day. Modern day heated blankets have shutoff timers and overheat limits so they are totally safe. I use my heated blanket to keep warm while I am snuggled up on the sofa or sitting at my desk. The heated blanket keeps you from knowing really your furnace is turned down.

$28 at Amazon

2. Shut doors in your house to create zone heating

Make sure you keep the doors shut to rooms you do not use during the day or night. This will help your heating source focus on the areas where you are spending time. This is called zone heating. Zoned heating is your friend in the winter because it maximizes the heat where you are.

Maybe while your doors are shut you can contemplate painting them a fun color like Nicole from Making it Lovely did in her hallway.
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3. Shut vents in unused rooms

There is no need to heat your guest bedroom or unfinished basement if the rooms are not being used. This will force all the heat into the rooms that you do use.

If you really want to be proactive, shut the vents to your bedroom during the day and open it back up about an hour before you go to bed. At bedtime, shut your living and kitchen area vents.

For extra coverage, magnetic vent covers can work well to cover floor vents. Ceiling and wall vent covers tend to come off but do work better if the vent is closed.
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4. Use an oil-filled space heater

Oil-filled heaters are the safer version of space heaters to use in your home. They do take a little while to heat up but they do warm up a space effectively, especially if you shut doors to maximize the space. Even though they are the "safer version," you still need to be careful. Make sure you spend a little extra money for one with a timer and an overheat shutoff for safety reasons. You do not want to leave them on overnight or while you are away from home. They can be warm to touch so like any space heater, it may not be good with little kids.

$68 at Amazon

These type of heaters are really great for helping your pipes not freeze under a sink. Open your sink cabinet doors and place it next to the cabinet periodically throughout the day when its below freezing.

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

5. Purchase a portable electric fireplace

An electric fireplace with high BTUs can really warm up a space. These are more expensive than space heaters, but most are safe to touch for the littles in your home. They are also very safe and efficient to run for long periods of time. I am getting impressed with the stylish options available these days.

$60 at Amazon

$180 at Amazon

If you have a non working fireplace you can tuck one of these into your fireplace like Megan Pflug did in her basement makeover.

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

6. Switch out window treatments for thermal curtains / add thermal curtain liners

Switch out curtains with thermal curtains or attach thermal curtain liners to your existing curtains. Windows can be the largest source of cold air entering into your home. Thermal curtains can help keep the cold air insulated.

$78 at Overstock

$25 at Ikea

7. Hang curtains over your front door

Hanging a curtain over your exterior doors can be stylish and help your house feel warmer in the winter.

8. Open curtains during the day and close them at night

During a sunny winter day, let the sun in to warm your home. When the sun is down, shut them to insulate the cold air.

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Dandelion Discoveries

9. Hang a curtain at the top of your stairwell

If you have a two story home use a thermal curtain and tension rod at the top of your stairs. Close the curtain the times of the day when you spend most of your time downstairs. Why? It is simple, hot air rises and the closed curtain can keep the hot air downstairs. 

The top of my stairwell is a doorway sized opening so I can use a shower curtain tension rod to hang a thermal curtain. The above stairway curtain "how to" is over at Dandelion Discoveries.

10. After using your oven, keep the door open while it cools down

Maximize the usage of your oven as long as you can. After you use your oven, keep the door open while the oven cools down. Of course, not the best thing to do if you have little kiddos hanging around.

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Fellow Fellow

11. Place rice heating pads under your sheets at the bottom of your bed

Warm up a heated rice bag in the microwave and place it under your sheets. This is a safe way to keep your toes warm at night.

Check out this DIY rice heating pad tutorial with essential oils over at Fellow Fellow.

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

How to Keep Warm This Winter

 

12. Add insulated covers to your outlets and light sockets

Your outlets and light switches can be a source for cold air to get into your home. This is true especially if you live in an old home where the walls are not insulated. If you live in an old home with original plaster walls...this applies to you. This fix requires no rewiring or electrician skills.  You just need a screwdriver to take off the face plate.

$3 at Walmart

13. Cover your home with window sill and door draft stoppers

Use rice and fabric remnants to create a cute insulated window sill or door draft stopper

Check out these fun DIY tutorials for window sill and door draft stoppers from The Good Stuff

14. Lay down a rug or two

If you have hardwood floors, rugs can help with cold floors. Check your local carpet store for remnants if you are on a budget. If there is no room in the budget for a rug, lay a blanket on the floor while you are hanging out in your living room.

15. Wear a winter hat around the house

Heat exits your body from your head so keep yourself warm by keeping a cute winter hat on your head while you are home.

16. Wear warm slippers

Like your head, heat exits your body from your feet so keep them insulated.

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Bed Bath and Beyond

17. Warm your towels with a towel warmer

Fight the cold in the bathroom by warming up your towels while you shower. They also work for bathrobes. 

$80 at Bed Bath and Beyond 

18. Rearrange furniture away from windows

Give your living room a fresh look by rearranging your furniture away from your windows. If the furniture in front of your window only fits one way, move your seating away from the window a least 6 inches and execute tips 6, 8, 13, and 20.

19. Unblock heater vents

Don't sacrifice your coziness for a piece of furniture over a vent. Rearrange your furniture to unblock the vent. Not possible? Purchase a vent attachment or extender.

How to Keep Warm This Winter
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20. Install plastic window insulators

These plastic window insulators can help your windows feel like a more expensive window. If done well, the insulator really isn't super noticeable. They are easy to install and remove. All you need is scissors and a hair dryer. Most of the instructions tell you to install the plastic over your outer trim. I was able to install the plastic on the inside of the window trim behind my window treatments. These are a great solution for large windows with no window treatments.

$12 at Amazon

 

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Sometimes just thinking warmer thoughts can get you feeling cozier. Cuddle up and get some inspiration for you outdoor spaces this summer and tell yourself you are almost there!

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