Cats

You probably know your cat is in danger from other animals, cars, disease, and people. But did you know your cat can be a danger to other animals? They are an animal after all. I’m not just talking small mammals like mice and rats. Cats kill approximately 1 billion songbirds every year. Yes, billion with a B. (Those are the good birds.) If you have noticed a decided dearth of birds in your backyard, your cat may be to blame. Here is an ingenious way to keep your cat safe and those nice birds too.

Check out the catio. Catios, are backyard enclosed patios for cats, are able to keep your cat safe from cars, dogs, owls, hawks, and other people. Yes there are many predators out there waiting to prey upon your little Puss in Boots. My cat is content in the house. But not all cats want to stay indoors. This may be a solution for those who are not. You can make your own and share pictures in the comments. I am curious as to what features your cat would love.

Get all the details to build your own here…

LittleThings: Cats Are Free To Roam Safely With ‘Catios’ (photos)

dining room makeover

We found an amazing DIY dining room transformation that we knew we had to share with our readers. A member from Imgur.com, MidnightXII, provided detailed photographs on how he transformed his old dining room space into a much more functional, practical and beautiful dining area. You can follow along below in the step by step photographs to see all of the work that was involved, and get inspired to launch your own DIY project at home!

And remember, these types of projects don’t have to break the bank either. With some basic materials such as two-by-fours and bead board, there’s a lot you could build! Browse through the photos below and watch how this man took a plain room and spiced it up, creating a beautiful and welcoming dining room that he and his family could enjoy for years to come.

1. This is what the dining area looked like initially:

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2. Preparing the space:

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3. Beginning to install the supports and studs:

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4. A closer look at the beginning process:

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5. Vertical supports are installed to give the booth stability:

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6. Square supports attached to the wall in lieu of studs:

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7. Here you can see the supports wrapping around the whole area:

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8. Plywood is laid for the bench seating:

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9. The seat foam is cut and put in place:

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10. Waterproof fabric was chosen for the benches for easy clean up:

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11. Here you can see the fabric being prepared for the bench seats:

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12. Bead board is installed for the bench facing:

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13. Here’s a closeup of the bead board:

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14. An opening is cut in the facing for a vent:

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15. Now the vent is installed in the opening:

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16. The trim is put in place:

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17. Here’s a closeup of the trim work:

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18. Final touches – the facing is painted white:

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19. A custom table was built to work perfectly within the space:

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20. Here is the finished project, fully decorated:

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Body Butter

This is one of simplest recipes you will ever see for homemade body butter (and lip balm). And since body butter typically costs about $14 per little tub I am happy to have found this idea! Check out what Brooke from What’s Up Moms has come up with for keeping skin silky smooth.

You need to gather up some shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and optional essential oils. Also grab a cute container to put your finished products in. I love that the same exact recipe is used to make both a body butter and a lip balm. The only difference is what you do with it once it’s hardened. Awesome!

I love that this DIY uses coconut oil. It truly is great. It can be used for so many things. Not just butter and balm. You need it in your life! Natural Living Ideas thinks so too.

Here’s the video tutorial… Enjoy!

Do you have a fixer-upper of a house? So many of us have a never ending number of projects to work on. Luckily our house only has little things to do. I’m no carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc. Some of you have massive overhauls on your hands. I admire your skills, determination, and drive! Something that a lot of my friends have had to tackle is getting rid of annoying ‘popcorn.’

What’s that? Good! I’m glad it’s not in your house! (It is was in the house we rented before we bought.) It it a style of drywalling that became popular in the 50’s that is bumpy and resembles popcorn. It was thought to help with noise but really it’s just ugly. (Wimp has more details on this unsightly stuff here…) Until recently, it was thought that there was nothing that could be done to remove it. The video below proves the skeptics wrong.

Here’s the video showing it in action… Enjoy!

paint stick crafts

Oh my goodness! This is the perfect roundup for me and mine and I am so excited to feature it here today. Faith Tap has over 15 brilliant crafts you can make from those boring (and free) paint stir sticks. I have so many stir sticks in the garage. with my half finished paint projects, my constant sample buying, and my color changing I have gathered up quite a collection. It’s good to know that I can save some room in the garbage can and turn them into something crafty!

They shouldn’t be used to just stir paint anymore. Not with all these creative DIYs. Yes, that is what they were created to do but who doesn’t love repurposing?! And giving new life to old and worthless things is the best! I adore the home address sign! And the name tags have to be the cutest things I have ever seen! Which one is your favorite?

Since you’re at the paint store, pick up some samples too (also free). There are tons of fun crafts you can do with them. Be sure and check them out here… You will be so glad that you did!

Here’s the link to all 18 ideas…

Faith Tap: 18 Easy Paint Stick Craft Projects

Shoe Rack

How many pairs of shoes do you have? Too many to count? The shoe rack by our front door is filled to overflowing. The closets too. (I think my husband is more a fan of fancy footwear than I am!) Maybe it’s time for a new shoe rack. You too? Check out this one from Home Made Simple. Amy walks us through making a simple shoe rack out of PVC pipe that will sure to be a space saver.

Their aren’t a lot of materials needed for this DIY. I love to hear that! You need PVC pipe and PVC glue, some clamps, and spray paint. You should also find some gloves. That glue is strong and nobody wants to glue their fingers together. Pipe is pretty affordable and the hardware store will cut it for you (the pieces in the video are 10 inches long).

Once you have all your supplies you have to decide on your design, glue the pieces together, wait for the rack to dry, and then paint it. I think the inside and edges should be painted too to give it a more ‘finished’ look. This DIY peaked my interest and here are some other PVP pipe crafts that I found.

Here’s the tutorial video… Enjoy!

Beanie

The crisp fall weather is over and the biting cold of winter will hopefully be leaving us soon. I think the first day of spring is only 24 days away. Of course that doesn’t mean that things will be bright sunny and warm just because we reach March 20th on the calendar. All of that being said, it’s not too late to clean out your closet and give new life to your old sweaters. This brilliant video from AndreasChoice has a fun and easy way to make beanies that will keep you nice and toasty warm until the weather decides to get it’s act together.

You will need a sweater, glue gun or sticks, a sewing kit, some scissors, and a few minutes. Then there is some folding, cutting, and gluing. And done! The first ones will take longer but once you get the hang of it, it should take about 15 minutes. The hardest part is going to be picking out what sweaters to get rid of…I love my clothes! Lol. Even the ones I don’t wear that often. Clutter is bad for us though and it’s good to purge and this is a good way to start.

Learn how to make your own in this video… Enjoy!

valentines day crafts

Decorating for Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day) is so fun and easy to do, and the love filled day is just around the corner. Many people love Valentine’s Day because for many, it is a day you can share your feelings and heart with your special someone. The best way to get into the loving spirit is through decorating! Bring some red and pink hearts into your decor and you’ll capture the day in style.

Many of these Valentine decorations and crafts we’ve found on the web are so easy to do, and not expensive at all. You can really whip out some elegant decorations on a low budget. Check out the beautiful tablescapes in our list below, especially if you are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner. There are also decorations here that would be fun to do with children and get them involved.

1. Candy filled apothecary jars:

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Ivillage.com

2. Cute and easy to do bunting:

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Talesofthescotts.com

3. Candy hearts centerpiece:

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Ohlouisedesigns.blogspot.com

4. Clothespin love arrows:

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Igottacreate.blogspot.com

5. Valentine’s Day countdown:

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Apumpkinandaprincess.com

6. Cupid’s arrow wreath:

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Nestofposies-blog.com

7. Cute fabric scraps heart wreath:

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Sevenclowncircus.com

8. Family love tree:

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Koridors.ru

9. Adorable felt hearts:

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Etsy.com

10. Felt heart trees:

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Lollyjane.com

11. Fireplace mantle banner:

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Suzannecarillo.com

12. Floating candles with pink flower petals:

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Brownbunnyflowers.com

13. Fun floating heart backdrop:

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Hankandhunt.com

14. Paper fortune cookies:

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Theletteredcottage.net

15. Colorful headboard banner:

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Mieszkanioweinspiracje.pl

16. Adorable canvas made with red buttons:

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Hollygagneinteriordesign.wordpress.com

17. Heart print candles:

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Candletech.com

18. Dramatic framed heart:

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Pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com

19. Fun heart paper chain:

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Strumpetscrumpets.blogspot.be

20. Simple heart wreath:

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Thethriftress.com

21. Glitter heart jars:

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Tatertotsandjello.com

22. Whimsical lipstick heart:

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Iheartnaptime.net

23. Beautiful love centerpiece:

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Allmylittlegems.com

24. Colorful Love frame:

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Donnienicole.com

25. Love note pillows:

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Daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.ca

26. Easy to do Valentine’s printout:

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Homedit.com

27. Love yarn letters:

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Mysisterssuitcase.blogspot.com

28. Valentine card mail pouch:

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Atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

29. Cute mason jar craft:

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Uncommondesignsonline.com

30. Mason jars with paper doilies centerpiece:

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Littlelucylu.com

31. Music paper love letters:

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Fancyfrugallife.com

32. Ombre glitter candle:

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Aglimpseinsideblog.com

33. Pallet Valentine’s Day art:

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Infarrantlycreative.net

34. Funky hanging paper hearts:

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Allmylittlegems.com

35. Love pillow cases:

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Sewsweetvintage.com

36. Cute pom-pom centerpiece:

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Architectureofamom.blogspot.com

37. Queen of hearts tablescape:

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Celebrationsathomeblog.com

38. Quilted heart pillow:

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Craftsewcreate.blogspot.com

39. Roses and candles:

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Crisvallias.com.br

40. Roses and love cards:

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Freshideen.com

41. Sweetheart birch centerpiece:

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Sweetlittlegals.com

42. Pink Be Mine topiary:

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Ivillage.com

43. Valentine garland:

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Apartmenttherapy.com

44. Valentine’s love tree:

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Shabbynest.blogspot.com

45. Vintage Valentine’s Day table setting:

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Lemontreecreations.blogspot.com

46. Glitter XO letters:

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Tipjunkie.com

47. Valentine’s Day yard decor:

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Ivillage.com

48. Bright and fun yarn hearts:

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Homedit.com

49. Fun and whimsical yarn wreath:

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Aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com

50. Decorated wine bottles:

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Blog.dormify.com

bath-towel-rug

Do you have any old bath towels waiting to be thrown out? Consider upcycling them first! We found this wonderful video from HGTV Handmade by a lady named Marianne. She walks you through taking old bath towels and turning them into a cute area rug. You can get really creative with this depending what types and colors of towels you have. This beautiful area rug would be a great addition to your home decor!

Check out these easy to follow instructions:

  1. Cut out several one inch strips (Marianne uses thirteen or so for her rug)
  2. Vary the colors and sew three ends together
  3. Braid these three strips, while folding the ends beneath to hide the raw edges
  4. Next, connect three more strips to the end of this braid
  5. Continue braiding this set of strips
  6. Repeat the above steps until you’ve used all your strips and made one long braid
  7. To sew the rug together, you shape and coil it to create a circular rug
  8. At the end, sew the ends together, and voila!

 
Just watch Marianne in this video below and you’ll see how easy and fun it is to make this adorable rug!

molten-aluminum

The art that is produced from this crazy science experiment is incredibly beautiful. We found this popular Youtuber, the Backyard Scientist, and knew we just had to share him with you! This young gentleman simply goes by the name “Backyard Scientist” and even has a Facebook page (he’s pretty popular!).

In the video below, you’ll see him fill a fish tank full of water polymer beads. What he does next with molten aluminum will likely raise a few eyebrows! Make sure to watch the entire video so you can see the various pieces of art he produces. Keep in mind that it is not recommended to try this at home without the proper equipment and skills – it can be very dangerous.

Molten metal can be very messy. It may look like fun but it certainly takes proper preparation, knowledge and the right equipment to handle it safely. After watching the video below you might see how these creations of art would look great in your own backyard.

Here’s the full video tutorial… Enjoy!