Cell Phone

Phones are expensive. Smart phones especially. If you shell out the benjamins for a nice phone you want to be sure to keep it safe. After spending all your money on a phone you might not be able to afford a case, or maybe you just don’t like the store bought options. Don’t worry. There are plenty of DIYs out there. Did you know that you could make a case for your phone using a balloon? Interesting…

Using a balloon is a fun and easy idea. I would love to take it camping because it would keep the dirt out of the nooks and crannies. It will be a great temporary fix too. Perfect while you’re waiting for your more durable case to come in the mail. This wouldn’t be a good fit for me because I use my camera too much. What about charging? Do you have to take it off every time? It’s a great hack in emergencies though!

When I think DIY and cell phone case…I think decorating. So do the folks at Huffington Post and Pop Sugar. I’m so klutzy that I need a durable case but I also want a colorful personalized case. I bet you are right there with me! Check them out and fall in love.

Here’s the video tutorial… Enjoy!

fire pit cheap

DIY is the best! Especially when it is affordable. If I’m being honest, some of the projects out there, though terrific, can be a little spendy ($$$). This DIY fire pit, featured at Viralnova, really isn’t one of the pricey ones. you can make it for $50! Scouts honor. I’m so excited to have found this tutorial! I know you will love it too.

Where were you last summer?! This DIY pit is simple to make and perfect for beginners. Although everyone, beginners to experts will love it! It’s easy to start and stop. Not to mention clean. It might take some work, but this a portable pit too. I like the idea that if I have to move something I can. What do you think? Is this the fire pit for you?

Woohome has a roundup of 38 fun and easy fire pit ideas worth checking out too. If this one from Viralnova isn’t for you, one the 38 will be! Have fun deciding which one.

See the full project details here…

Viralnova: $50 Fire Pit Build Plans (photos)

DIY Fire Pit

Hot summer days, cool summer nights. You know what that means…fire pit season is almost here! Hooray! There are so many DIYs out there for making your own but this one from Home Repair Tutor is great because it’s small and will make a nice ‘accent’ piece for your yard or patio. This is a great and easy idea!

I can see myself roasting marshmallows already! This is a bit of work but the end result…wow! Worth it? I think yes! So doable. Maybe my next DIY. There are lots of supplies needed for this one….You’ll need some plastic bowls, Pam, quick setting cement, trowel/stir stick, bucket, palm sander, grout sponge, sandpaper, lava rocks, and gel fuel cans. This is such a detailed tutorial. The video is great but be sure to check out the written instructions too.

There are so many styles of patio fire pits. I wish I had room for all of them. I love this simple DIY version but I find myself falling more and more in love with fire glass. That’s a DIY beyond my skill level. They come in all shaped and sizes with all colors of glass. They’re also all sorts of expensive. This one here, from Wayfair Supply, is the dream. With blue glass.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Hot Chocolate

Yum! I can feel my resolve weakening. I could drink a whole gallon of this delicious homemade hot cocoa. After seeing how it’s made, you will too! Stay warm this winter with a cup of DIY hot chocolate.

I wish I’d thought to try something like this ages ago. In the past I’ve used water, milk, and cocoa powder. I think I’ll try this method soon because anything that calls for heavy cream and chocolate is going to be amazing! I bet it tastes better than watered down powdered chocolate too. It would be fun (and easy) to turn into a *grownup* drink. Lol.

There are two times when drinking hot cocoa is a must. The first is on a blustery day spent snuggled up on the couch in front of the fire. The other is camping. This is non negotiable. There are many recipes that have you making the mix in advance but that’s no fun! Making the cocoa in a saucepan and serving hot and fresh is the only way to go. Love The Outdoors has that recipe. Hooray! They have that and lots of other yummy campfire recipes you need to check out.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

DIY Bag

Old t-shirts clutter up my closet. Where do they all come from? I’m not a hoarder and I constantly take things to Goodwill but they keep showing up! The mystery may never be solved. One good thing about the cotton tee surplus is all the amazing repurposing crafts out there. These shirts are so versatile. You can use them to make everything from a cat tent to fashionable scarf. You can do it all! Making a fun DIY purse is another great way they can put to good use!

This is a cute and simple place to start your repurposing journey. You need an old shirt and some scissors. What could be easier? This isn’t a trick I swear! Snip snip. Knot knot. Done done. A bag like this would be perfect for shopping or a day at the beach. I have this faint recollection of doing something like this in Home Ec but I’m not sure. Sorry Mrs. Thompson. (I do remember that wretched pillow thought!)

This video got me thinking about purses. I heart purses. #LouisVuitton #Chanel #Prada #Gucci. Sadly, those wardrobe changing (life changing?) bags aren’t in my budget! Lucky for me there are some cute DIY alternatives out there. They’re no Dior but they are pretty splendid. By Wilma has a fabulous roundup of the top 10 DIY bags and I know you will love ‘em! Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

If you love crafting and DIY projects then you will love these projects about decorating with mason jars. Mason jars are so versatile and classy looking, and can really dress up any scene or create a rustic atmosphere. The most common way to dress up mason jars is to use them as vases and hang them with an assortment of flowers.

Another popular use for mason jars are as candle or votive holders. They can make beautiful evening patio lights or gorgeous centerpieces for a wedding reception. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination! Take a few minutes and look at the projects we’ve found below. Enjoy!

1. Grow air plants in hanging mason jars:

air plants mason jars
Releasemecreate.blogspot.com

2. Add some flair to your balcony decor:

balcony decor mason jars
Artemisandapollo.ca

3. Blue mason jars make a stunning craft:

blue mason jars
Rosakate.blogspot.com

4. Mason jars with candles and pebbles:

mason jar with candle and pebbles
Etsy.com

5. Fall mason jar centerpiece:

fall mason jar centerpiece
Flickr.com

6. Hanging mason jars with flowers decorate formal tables:

flower decor mason jars
Pinterest.com

7. Mason jar floral trio:

flowers and mason jars
Fantasticmaterials.blogspot.com

8. Mason jar bouquets:

mason jar bouquets
Storyboardwedding.com

9. Mason jars hanging from a branch:

mason jars hanging from a branch
Bridalmusings.com

10. Burlap wrapped mason jars:

burlap wrapped mason jars
Craftsunleashed.com

11. Floral mason jars hanging on white chairs:

mason jar flowers
Confettidaydreams.com

12. A ladder and some mason jars makes a wonderful patio light:

mason jar ladder light
Unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com

13. Formal mason jar light:

mason jar light
Theknot.com

14. Mason jars hanging from a tree:

mason jar tree lights
Blog.enpointephoto.com

15. Macrame mason jar hanger:

macrame mason jar hanger
Etsy.com

16. Mason jar cluster patio light:

mason jar patio light
Allthingsheartandhome.com

17. Hanging mason jars with ribbons and butterflies:

mason jars with ribbons and butterflies
Dreamyweddingideas.com

18. Mason jar decor hanging on a fence:

mason jars with candles
Boredpanda.com

19. A chandelier made from mason jar lights:

mason jars chandelier
The-oaks.com

20. Hanging mason jars centerpiece:

hanging mason jars centerpiece
Merrybrides.tumblr.com

21. Mason jar vase with wildflowers:

mason jar vase
Snippetandink.com

22. Mason jar decor at a wedding:

mason jar wedding decor
Ruffledblog.com

23. More mason jar wedding decor:

mason jar wedding decor
4.bp.blogspot.com

24. Rustic light made from mason jars:

rustic light mason jars
Sheknows.com

25. Vintage mason jars:

vintage mason jars
Weddingchicks.com

Plastic Bottles

Any soda drinkers in the house? Soda addicts? My hand is raised high! I love coke (I don’t care that it might not be that healthy for me). I have a lot of soda bottles laying around I need to do something about it! I need to recycle them into amazing crafts. That will be a win for everyone, especially the planet.

I’m so excited to feature this roundup from DIY And Crafts. There are so many great ideas here! Has anyone ever tried the ‘floral paintbrush’ bottle? I’ve always been curious about how well that works. #4 is my favorite! Cha-cha-cha-chia! The piggy bank is my second favorite. How Cute!

Not all recycled and repurposed crafts are created equal. The concept may be amazing but the end result stinks like…well, they just stink. Some end up looking like epic fails. One DIY that I am desperate to try, and there is no way that it will fails, is a plastic bottle flower bouquet. It is so lovely! Find the full tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom here.

See all 20 ideas here…

DIY And Crafts: 20 Fun And Creative Crafts With Plastic Soda Bottles

genius home hacks

When you are cleaning the house or looking at doing some interior decorating, you might not think of some obvious hacks that are staring at you right in the face. Some things we so easily overlook instead of seeing how unique something is or what purposes it can serve.

Well we stumbled across an interesting article that shows you some easy but useful hacks to make your life easier! You’ll be surprised at these tips and wondering how come you didn’t think of these yourself!

For example, did you ever think of hiding that unsightly router or modem in a hollowed out book? Hey it might sound like a trivial thing but really it is all of the small things that make a big difference when it comes to decorating. Another awesome smart idea is to use contact paper to plan out a photo gallery wall. Talk about making life easier!

Go ahead and visit the link below to learn a bunch more hacks that will make your life a breeze! Enjoy…

merete tiny home

Think big, dream big, believe big, and the results will be big. Sometimes a big dream can come in a small 127 square foot package. It did for Colorado couple Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller. They wanted to build their own home but believed that small and green was the best option for them. They wanted to reduce their footprint but not give up the comforts of home. Their house is amazing and you will be surprised at how large it feels!

Do you think you could do this? There are lots of options if you are thinking that the tiny house movement is right for you. You could buy a pre-made model, a box kit, find a DIY tutorial, or just go for it with nothing but a hacksaw and your carpentry skills. This couple opted to make their own and the results are stunning. I love the rustic look and natural lighting!

Looking for more tiny house inspiration? Check out this collection of photos from Houzz. You can’t help but be inspired! These little houses… they really are a lot bigger than they seem! Cross my heart!

See more of Christopher and Merete’s home here…

LittleThings: See Inside Their Tiny Home (photos)

Fork

Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to see the world, experience other cultures, and make amazing memories. It can also be a little scary. It’s a big world out there and it pays to be prepared. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. Let’s read the whole novel people! Let’s also be safe. A travel lock can help with that. Check it out!

This isn’t a DIY you can do on the fly. I don’t’ know about you, but I don’t travel with a hacksaw or vice. I would like to make one and travel with it my suitcase for my next trip. A little extra security never hurt anyone!

I like the DIY dinner fork lock but I love this one from Corporate Travel Safety even more! It takes up hardly any space in your suitcase, about the size of two pens. If that’s all it takes for added comfort, I’m onboard! Check out this cool travel lock here.

This video is fabulous… Enjoy!