Sponge House

Can you say best science project ever? Now you can. This DIY is simple, fun, educational, and the best thing ever. I found this little gem of a house, covered in grass, and made of sponges over at WonderfulDIY.com and I am in love! I’m beyond excited to feature it here today. This craft will help start kids learning about biology and nature. It might even help get their green thumbs sprouting. The earlier the better!

Sponges are porous and make the perfect growing surface. They soak up water and have all the little nooks and crannies needed for seeds to take root. With this experiment kids will be able to see the whole growing process. You will need four brightly colored kitchen sponges, ruler, marker, scissors, tupperware, spray bottle, and most importantly, grass seeds. Fast growing seeds will make you little ones the happiest. It’s like a Chia Pet! Only not because it’s a house.

Here’s a similar experiment from Measured In Moments. Bean sprouts! Find it here.

Find the full tutorial and expirement here…

WonderfulDIY.com: Little Grass House

DIY Blanket

I love blankets. Being curled up in front of the fire with a fluffy blanket and a cup of hot coco has to be one of the best things. I love using blankets but I don’t necessarily love making them. The end result is amazing but they’re a lot of work. Most of my homemade blankets have been given to me and not made. For better or worse, I don’t think I’ll be able to talk myself out of making this bumpy blanket. It is just too cute (and it’s really not all that difficult either)!

It’s called bumpy because of the bobble stitch (a.k.a. the puff stitch). It gives a fun texture and 3D feel to the blanket. Obviously you can pick any color combos you like, but I love all the bright colors of the rainbow. ROY G. BIV and I go way back. Are you going big or small? I think I’ll start small. Crochet needles ready? Go!

UsefulDIY.com has a fun tutorial on another style of rainbow blanket. Have you tried the honeycomb? It’s pretty cool. Check out the full tutorial here.

Get the tutorial and pics here…

3 Beans In A Pod: Bumpy Rainbow Blanket Tutorial

Most of us have faced the challenge of dealing with space limitations at home. Small spaces cause a lot of grief for most people. But because of small space challenges, we are forced to organize better and think of smarter storage solutions.

Whether you are organizing the kitchen, laundry room or bedroom we are sure you will find this list of small storage solutions a breath of fresh air. Some storage ideas are straight forward and easy to accomplish while others may take a bit of a crafty hand. Whatever you choose to do just remember that every little space can serve a purpose!

1. Metal basket wall shelf:

metal basket wall shelf
Thehappyhousie.com

2. DIY phone and charger holder:

plastic phone charger holder
Buzzfeed.com

3. DIY bath products storage:

diy bathroom storage
Topinspired.com

4. Under bed storage:

under bed storage
Listotic.com

5. DIY scarf hanger:

diy scarf hanger
Everydaydishes.com

6. DIY circular wall shelves:

circular wall shelves
Smallhousedesign.net

7. Bathroom shelving storage:

bathroom shelving
Architecturendesign.net

8. Multifunctional storage solution:

multifunctional storage solution
Amazinginteriordesign.com

9. Narrow pantry shelving:

side fridge pantry
Classyclutter.net

10. Kitchen appliances storage:

kitchen appliances storage
Apartmenttherapy.com

11. Create a floating nightstand:

floating wooden nightstand
Thehappyhousie.com

12. Keep pens and papers organized in fashion:

writing instruments frame
Buzzfeed.com

13. Store shoes inside a foot stool:

hide shoes in foot stool
Neimanmarcus.com

14. Bold hexagon shelving:

hexagon wall shelving
Jenniferperkins.com

15. Office wall organization:

office wall organization
Bhg.com

16. Baskets above cabinets:

baskets above cabinets
Thekitchn.com

17. Toys stored under the bed:

under bed toy storage
Apartmenttherapy.com

18. Easy to make sofa organizer:

diy sofa organizer
Artgalleryfabrics.typepad.com

19. Makeup organizers from plastic bottles:

diy makeup organizers
Woohome.com

20. Jewelry organized in a frame:

frame jewelry organizer
Bhg.com

21. Store movies in boxes:

dvds in boxes
Diyncrafts.com

22. Dresser with built in bookshelves:

dresser bookshelves
Onthebanksofsquawcreek.com

23. Plywood box bed storage:

plywood box bed storage
Digsdigs.com

24. Pull out kitchen island:

pullout cabinet island
Myhomeideas.com

25. Elevated floor storage:

raised floor storage
Architecturendesign.net

26. Washer side storage:

side cupboard laundry
Sheknows.com

27. Under cabinet drawers:

under cabinet drawers
Familyhandyman.com

28. Versatile furniture for a teenager’s room:

versatile teenager furniture
Amazinginteriordesign.com

29. DIY desk organizer:

diy desk organizer
Viewfromthefridge.com

30. Funky adjustable shelving:

mobile wooden shelf
Thetinylife.com

3D Drawing

This craft is great for kids and adults alike. It’s pretty cool, really clever, and super easy. In my experience, those are the best kind of crafts when trying to hold the kids’ attention. Drawing in 3D is much easier that I ever imagined! You’re going to want to pay attention to this!

DaveHax is the best! With a notebook, ruler, and pencil he shows us how to turn ordinary boring art into an optical illusion! Who wouldn’t want to learn that?! Do you remember those posters that were around in the early ‘90s? You looked in the middle or crossed your eyes and the pic would move or you would see the hidden image. It NEVER worked for me. These are different. These optical illusions are do-able and see-able.

Here are some other fun optical illusions for kids. Nowhere near as frustrating as those dumb posters! NIH has a bunch! (National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences). Check them out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

There are several ways to re-use plastic bottles, so the next time you lean to throw one in the recycling bin please think again. Plastic bottles are amazingly versatile, and can be used for a variety of unique and interesting home decorations. Things like room dividers, chandeliers, vegetable containers and jewelry stands are just to name a few. Many of these projects only require a small amount of time and effort, and typically just a pair of scissors!

Many of us are amazed at the huge variety of crafty ideas that arise from repurposing old stuff. Don’t you love to see people making treasure out of trash? If you have any old bottles you will be pleased to see our collection below. You can even get the kids involved in collecting bottles for crafts.

1. Spinach wall garden:

spinach wall garden
Butterbin.com

2. Green bottle Christmas tree:

plastic green tree
Tuteate.com

3. Monster wall containers:

monster wall containers
Butterbin.com

4. Decorative plastic flowers:

decorative plastic flowers
Hastalosjuegos.es

5. Crafty parrot:

plastic parrot art
Icreativeideas.com

6. Plastic pig planters:

plastic pig planters
Howtoinstructions.org

7. Plastic door curtain:

plastic-door-curtain
Fvue.nl

8. Plastic snack bowls:

plastic snack bowls
Socreativethings.com

9. Fun bubble snakes:

plastic bottle bubble blowers
Housingaforest.com

10. Red glitter candle holder:

sparkle candle holder
Guidecentr.al

11. Decorative vase plastic bottle:

decorative plastic vase
Villadajvv.blogspot.com

12. Blue plastic light:

blue plastic light
Personalise.co.uk

13. Jewelry tray:

plastic jewelry stand
Epbot.com

14. Decorative plastic art:

plastic bottle art
Diy-enthusiasts.com

15. Plastic bottle foot stool:

plastic bottle foot stool
Sodahead.com

16. Cute plastic planter:

plastic bottle planter
Woohome.com

17. Wall planters:

plastic wall planters
Savedbylovecreations.com

18. Plastic bottle room divider:

plastic bottle room divider
Interldecor.blogspot.com

19. Plastic bottle sprinkler:

plastic bottle sprinkler
Woohome.com

20. Plastic rose lamp:

rose candle holder
Amazinginteriordesign.com

21. Jugs to store pencil crayons:

storage jugs for pencils
Butterbin.com

22. Apple containers:

plastic apple containers
Creativejewishmom.com

23. Magazine holders:

magazine holder
Socreativethings.com

24. Plastic butterfly art:

plastic butterfly art
Icreativeideas.com

25. Festive colorful wreath:

festive plastic wreath
Woohome.com

26. Hanging chandelier:

plastic bottle chandelier
Bouf.com

27. Plastic bird feeder:

plastic bird feeder
Socreativethings.com

28. Braided plastic bottle basket:

braided plastic bottle basket
Butterbin.com

29. Decorative wall or tree planter:

decorative plastic wall vase
Dumpaday.com

30. Beach candle holder:

sand rock plastic candle holder
Craftingagreenworld.com

31. Plastic bottle gardening:

plastic bottle gardening
Butterbin.com

32. Delicate clear bottle vase:

clear bottle vase
Wikihow.com

33. Plastic bottles greenhouse:

plastic bottles greenhouse
Ana-white.com

34. Unique yarn dispensers:

yarn dispensers
Pinterest.com

35. Cute plastic penguin:

plastic bottle penguin
Woohome.com

DIY Chandelier

Some things make my heart happy. I can think of two things off the top of my head. (Sorry Julie Andrews. No warm woolen mittens or brown paper packages wrapped up with string.) Mason jars are one and chandeliers are the second. Put them together and I want to swoon. A mason jar chandelier? Yes please! I especially love this one! I’m so glad to have stumbled across it!

Have you heard the song ‘Chandelier’ by Sia? It makes me think of the most fantastic crystal creations hanging high above…whimsy. This is elegant and magical and DIY. DIY. Best three letters ever! Imgur user Mounttod is brilliant! This would be perfect over the island in my kitchen. Country chic. There are so many versions of this that are possible! Different colored jars, lights, etc.. I’ve seen a candle version too.

Looking for a less DIY version? Never fear! Amazon’s got your back.

See the amazing DIY creation here…

LittleThings: Mason Jar Chandelier (photos)

Lydia's House

I’m a proud homeowner. I have a lovely red house with a white door. There are some baby oak trees out front that will someday be big and beautiful making this the perfect place to live. But if you get down to the brass tacks, I won’t be a homeowner for 15 more years (unless we refinance). Can you say mortgage? Yes, we own our home but we are still paying for it. Many of you are probably in the same boat. Know who isn’t in the boat with us? Lydia! Who? Let me tell you…

Lydia is only 22 and already mortgage free. She spent $30,000 and 8 months of DIYing building her perfect home. I wish I’d had it that together at her age! Mad props Lydia!

Feeling incredibly jealous? Stressed about your mortgage? Check out these tips from Dave Ramsey. My husband and I are on his plan for getting out of debt and I am so impressed! First the credit cards and then the house. Lol. Find his tips here.

Now for the fun tour of Lydia’s home and more of her story…

TinyHouseListings: Lydia’s Tiny Home – Mortgage Free At 22 (photos)

diy garden art

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors and being in the garden? Those of you who do have gardens understand the many benefits as you gaze and admire all that they have to offer. But you can do even more in your garden such as bring in beautiful pieces of art and creative ideas. There is so much you can do with your garden to enhance it even more!

If you are the creative type then you’ll definitely appreciate the garden art projects we’ve found here. From repurposing old tires to creating beautiful planters in wine barrels, the sky is the limit. Think about how much color and texture you can bring to your garden.

Is your style whimsical or more formal? Whatever it is that suits you, you will surely find some projects here that will interest you.

1. Homemade whimsical pinwheels:

homemade pinwheels
Plantinghappinessblog.wordpress.com

2. Metal bucket planters on the wall:

bucket planters
Thenymelrosefamily.com

3. Wooden basket planter:

hanging wooden basket
Addicted2decorating.com

4. Bicycle planter:

bicycle planter
Organizedclutter.net

5. Toadstool benches:

mushroom stools
Birdsandblooms.com

6. Rock caterpillar:

caterpillar rock art
Thegardeningcook.com

7. Stone birdhouse:

stone birdhouse
Empressofdirt.net

8. Mosaic stepping stones:

mosaic stepping stones
Prakticideas.com

9. Birdcage planter:

birdcage planter
Empressofdirt.net

10. Toaster planter:

toaster planter
Theselfsufficientliving.com

11. Donkey tire art:

donkey tire art
Icreativeideas.com

12. Mosaic ladybug:

mosaic ladybug
Icreativeideas.com

13. Teacup tire art:

teacup tire art
Thewhoot.com.au

14. Hanging flower planter:

wall flower planter
Decorchick.com

15. Flower tire planter:

flower tire planter
Thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.ca

16. Chair planter:

wooden chair planter
Gardentherapy.ca

17. Decorative garden balls:

decorative garden balls
Empressofdirt.net

18. Potted flowers in a frame:

potted flowers in frame
Organizedclutter.net

19. Cute ladybugs:

ladybug art
Funfamilycrafts.com

20. Hubcap garden art:

hubcap garden art
Usefuldiy.com

21. Waterfall pots:

waterfall pots
Sachiidosti.com

22. Vertical pallet planter:

pallet planter
Diyshowoff.com

23. Garden chandelier:

jeweled hanging pot
Empressofdirt.net

24. Garden birdcage:

birdcage planter
Lovethispic.com

25. Spiral herb garden:

spiral herb garden
Themicrogardener.com

26. Modified DIY wine barrel:

barrel planter
Woohome.com

27. Frog tire art:

frog tire art
Icreativeideas.com

28. Barrel planter with lamp post:

barrel planter lamp post
Flickr.com

29. Stenciled wheelbarrow:

stenciled wheelbarrow
Empressofdirt.net

30. Barrel planter overflowing:

barrel planter laying down
Woohome.com

beauty hacks

All women want to look beautiful! This collection of beauty tips are meant for all women. With the help of these beauty tips anybody can look and feel beautiful. It can be exciting keeping up with the latest tips and trends in the beauty industry but it can also be really time consuming.

There’s a lot to stay up to date with. In today’s society women do not have a lot of time to devote to beauty and skin care, so we need quick tips that are efficient and work well. Do you wonder what some of the most useful and easiest beauty hacks are? Look no further because we’ve found a superb article that lists several hacks we are sure every girl will love. Take a look at the link below… we are sure you’ll find some beauty hacks that will resonate with you and work with your routine.

See all 51 hacks here…

transform backyard into something incredible

You are about to meet a guy who transformed his backyard into a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen and dining area. He created his dream outdoor kitchen and when you see it you will be astounded. His backyard really needed a major upgrade, especially the existing patio. He was lucky because he had friends who could help him fulfill his dream.

Most of us are so busy with our lives, working and getting home to make supper and tend to our children. We often don’t get the time to devote to our backyards like this guy did. Maybe his story will provide you with some inspiration. Go look in your backyard and see what you can imagine there. Perhaps a new outdoor fireplace? Or gaming area? How about an outdoor movie theater? There are so many things you can do!

Follow along as this guy truly transforms his dreary backyard into a summer oasis. We assure you you will not be disappointed!