Light Up Your Party With LED Balloons

This is a splendid idea for my next party. I found it over at Brit+Co and I’m going to bookmark it for a rainy day. I’ve heard of using glow-sticks in balloons but never LEDs. I opt for the store bought LEDs over the DIYs because, let’s face it, party planning is hard work! But there is an awesome ‘how-to’ if you feel like making them yourself. Store bought or homemade, I love that these balloons give 24-48 hours of glowing fun! How great is that?!

Here’s the link to Brit+Co’s full article: Brit+Co: Light Up Your Party With LED Balloons

LED Lights inside balloons are an excellent replacement for the traditional candle. They make your party much more special, and aren’t that difficult to make yourself. Read through this guide and you will find out how to make fun LED Lighted balloons.

To Make LED Lighted Balloons you will need:

– LED Lights or LED Keychain
– 5V Watch Battery (if using LED lights)
– Tape (if using LED lights)
– Balloon

Step 1- Getting an LED

The first thing that you will need to do is get yourself an LED which is suitable for putting inside a balloon. You can do this by buying plain LED’s off the Internet, or from an electrical store and powering these with a battery. Alternatively you can normally find keychain lights in dollar stores.

Whether you choose to use an LED or a keychain light is up to you. The advantage of using a keychain is that you already have all the batteries and everything you need for the project. Some of these also have electronic circuits which can make the LED lights pulse and change color. If you do decide to use a keychain light for the project make sure that it uses an LED and not a small light bulb as this will heat up.

Step 2 – Preparing the LED

If you have chosen to use LED’s for the project then take them out of the packet. They are quite a small device which are very simple. There are two metal legs, one of which will be shorter than the other. The short leg is the negative side, and the longer leg the positive side. Push the battery in between the legs of the LED so that it is held in place. It should light straight away, but if it doesn’t then the battery is probably in the wrong way. Take it out and turn it around the other way.

Once the LED is lit, it’s a good idea to put a small piece of plastic with a strip in between the leg and the battery. This will cause the light to go off and operate as a temporary switch. When this is in place wrap the legs and battery in tape to keep everything together. This is basically an LED throwie, and what many people attach magnets to and throw onto metal surfaces. However, you will probably be using it to put into a balloon.

Step 3 – Using a Keychain LED

If you wanted to use a keychain LED then this will be an easier option in most cases. If the key chain is small enough to fit inside the balloon easily then you don’t need to do anything else. However, if it’s too large then you will need to dismantle it and make it as small as possible.

Step 4 – Assembly

Just before you are ready to assemble the LED balloons pull out the tab of plastic and discard it. This will cause the light to illuminate and it will start using the battery. Once you have done this pop the LED into the balloon being careful not to dislodge anything. If you are using an LED key chain then simply turn this on and put it into the balloon.

Then it’s just a case of inflating the balloon normally. Whether you are using helium or just air is up to you. Then get ready to show them off to your friends and family at the party.

Additional Resources: Looking for more party decor ideas?
Don’t miss this article by babble and also this one from Celebrations.

30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

I’m livin’ the good life and that’s in part because of roundups like this one. These hacks are so random but completely clever and useful! I’m rockin #7 but in my laundry room with cleaning supplies instead of snacks. (I think we all know that snacks would be way more fun!) I wish I’d known about #20 sooner! I bought something at the store that is supposed to store the bags under the sink but it doesn’t work at all. I’m going to have to give this a try instead. That and a bunch of others!

Here’s the link to all 30 and Diply’s full article: Diply: 30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

Owning a home is difficult at the best of times, but there are some simple things you can do to make life that bit easier. This guide will look at some inventive DIY hacks for your home. Not only do these make life easier but they can also save you some money.

DIY Hacks we will Cover:

– Cheap Polka Dot Stencil
– Clever Thermostat cover
– Attractive Whiteboards
– Storing Plastic Bags
– Rug Grippers
– Nail Holder

Cheap Polka Dot Stencil

If you want to paint a polka dot effect onto a wall then there are plenty of stencils you can buy for the job. However, you can do the same for much cheaper. Find an old laundry basket which has holes in it. Carefully cut along the ends and unfold the basket. This can then be secured to the wall using low tack tape and painted through. The stencil can then be moved along to complete a whole wall, just make sure the stencil is lined up properly.

Clever Thermostat Cover

Thermostats are very useful devices which can regulate the temperature of your home, even so they aren’t the nicest things to look at. It’s not possible to cover them permanently. A neat solution is to hang a painting which covers them. An even better idea is to put the picture on hinges instead of using picture hooks. This allows you to open up the picture like a door and gain access to the thermostat.

Attractive Whiteboards

A whiteboard is a great way to make notes and leave messages for other family members. However, a whiteboard isn’t very attractive and will look out of place in most homes. Instead you can use a piece of glass with a color behind to contrast with the black ink. Any picture frame will do the job, and so this makes it easy to customize it to suit the decor of your home.

Storing Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are useful and should be reused rather than being thrown away. However, they can be difficult and messy to store. Why not keep them in a tissue box so that you can pull them out one by one. The tissue box can even be attached to the inside of a door to keep them out of sight.

Rug Grippers

Rugs will slip on hard floors which can be awkward and dangerous. To add extra grip to your rug use acrylic latex caulk on the underside. Leave this to dry completely and then put it down on your floor. The caulk is spongy and will add extra resistance to keep the rug in place. It won’t cause any damage to your flooring as long as you wait until it has dried before putting it down.

Nail Holder

Trying to hold multiple nails while driving another one into a piece of wood can be very difficult. Putting the nails down would be one option, but they are so small it’s easy to lose them. Instead, why not glue a small magnet onto the bottom of your hammer. Then you can use it to store several nails and keep them exactly where you know they are. This could even be used to try to retrieve the nails that you’ve already dropped.

Additional Resources: Looking for more household hacks?
Don’t miss this article by mixer2mower and also this one from Likes.

wine bottle cutting

I have been looking for a good tutorial on how to cut wine bottles and I think I finally found it. After reading several tutorials I finally decided to do some digging on youtube and discovered this excellent video that walks you through all the steps start to finish.

It was so fun to see it actually happen in real life and not just speculate about whether it’s possible or not. Seeing is believing!

Materials Needed

some string
glass bottle
acetone
scissors
abrasive paper
cold water and ice
matches or lighter

Additional Resources: Looking for more wine bottle cutting tutorials?
Don’t miss this post on Instructables and also this post by Bob Vila.

Repurposed Rusty Spring Tree

I’m really excited to show off this repurposed Christmas craft! The first of many. Who knew industrial springs could be turned into the perfect holiday DIY. It is very ‘country chic’ and has a fun rustic feel. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for some springs so I can make one of these trees too!

Grab the full tutorial here… Organized Clutter – Holiday Junk: Repurposed Rusty Spring Tree

Materials Needed

assorted rusty old industrial springs
scrap boards
wood scraps
wire
pliers
star shaped item
Heirloom White spray paint
glue

Additional Resources: Looking for more mug cake recipes?
Don’t miss the roundup by Daily Burn and also this post by Dirty Work Services.

Make Bracelets From Recycled T-Shirts

I love t-shirt crafts! I have so many old tees laying around just begging to be used. Crafts By Amanda has a great tutorial on making bracelets out of those worthless shirts. If you can work a glue gun you can make bracelets. They are so cool; you better get to crafting right away!

Important note: Be careful with sizing. These are not one size fits all. If you make one for your young child, don’t expect to also be able to wear it yourself. Just make two and adjust accordingly. Have fun!

Here’s the link to Amanda’s full tutorial: Crafts By Amanda – Make Bracelets From Recycled T-Shirts

Materials Needed

T-shirts
Bangle bracelets
White craft glue
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty bracelet ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by Artzy Creations and also this post by Honestly WTF.

old window wall art

I found the lovely collage above over on Pinterest and it really got my wheels turning and thinking about where we could put a similar project up on the walls in our own home. Love this idea!

Then I started wondering if I could just buy something on Etsy and discovered there are several vendors selling beautiful wall art as well. But it’s not cheap to ship something that large. One shop I really like is the Better In Pink Boutique. Check em out.

old window wall art

Ultimately I ended up discovering a great DIY tutorial over at The Pink Hammer.

Materials Needed

Old window
photographs (print according to your window size)
tape/photo corners
paint
paintbrush
drop cloth

Only 4 pretty straightforward steps to complete this project and all these materials are easily obtained thrifting and hitting up the local craft store. Enjoy!

Additional Resources: Looking for more wall art ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by Architecture Art Design and also this post by Brit + Co.

Jack-O-Planterns

Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously, I love these creative pumpkins from Garden Therapy! I’m so excited to feature them here today. Good thing Halloween is just around the corner because I don’t think I could wait a whole year to make them. These are so creative and so much better than the plain old ones. I especially like ‘Jack’s’ teeth. What a smiley happy pumpkin!

Here’s the link to Garden Therapy’s full article: Garden Therapy: Jack-O-Planterns

A Jack-o-lantern might be one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Halloween, but that’s not the only thing that you can do with a pumpkin. While most people will carve a face into their pumpkins and then put a candle inside, some very creative people have come up with the idea of using it as a planter. These look amazing and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s Halloween celebrations.

Tools Required

It’s very easy to make a jack-o-lantern planter yourself. This fun pumpkin idea only needs a few tools, including:

- Pen
– Knife
– Plants
– Compost
– Pumpkin

Plants

When it comes to plants you can choose pretty much anything. The types of plants that work the best for me include grasses in various colors, kale and ornamental cabbage. I’ve also experimented with a few other plants and you can get different looks by trying out different types of plants.

Step 1 – Hollowing the Pumpkin Out

The very fist step is to cut the top of the pumpkin and start scooping out all of the seeds and innards. This can either be discarded or kept. The seeds can be roasted and taste really nice, and the flesh can also be used to make soup if you wish.

Step 2 – Designing your Pumpkin

Next, you will need to decide what you want your pumpkin to look like. Normally this will be a smiley face with a toothy grin, although you can also design lots of other patterns. I find it easiest if you draw the design directly onto the pumpkin so that you have something to cut out.

Step 3 – Cutting the Design out

Once you have copied the design onto the pumpkin, it’s then a matter of using your sharp knife to cut it out. This is exactly the same as a regular jack-o-lantern so far. Be careful at this stage as you don’t want to hurt yourself, and you also need to be very careful to avoid breaking the pumpkin.

Step 4 – Filling with Compost

Once that’s all cut out you can then fill the pumpkin with soil or compost. Be gentle and don’t compress the soil too much as this could cause the design on the front to break.

Step 5 – Planting

Now you’re ready to plant. Before you actually plant anything in the pumpkin, it’s a good idea to try them in various locations. When you are happy with your design you can then plant it properly. Plants can be put in the top, around the mouth and even in the eyes.

Step 6 – Caring for your Jack-o-lantern planter

Your jack-o-lantern planter is very easy to care for. It needs the occasional water and it should last throughout Halloween. Once you have finished celebrating, simply remove the plants and compost the pumpkin. The plants can either be planted into other planters around the garden, or put into the garden.

Hopefully this fun pumpkin idea will get you in the mood for Halloween. It’s so easy to make, that it’s the perfect activity to help keep the kids occupied. It’s also something that’s slightly different and will become a real talking point.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pumpkin planter ideas?
Don’t miss this article by BHG.com and also this video by Martha Stewart.

tiny homes

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Andrew, Gabriella, and Terra Morrison have raised the bar when it comes to tiny homes. Theirs is mortgage free, off the grid, modern, fabulous, and puts all others to shame in every way. The Morrisons gave up 80% of their possessions to move into this terrific cabin and are utilizing every bit of space. There might not be a lot of room but they don’t waste a single inch. I might have more room but I know that I am wasting space and have stuff I don’t need. I am inspired to organize and declutter after seeing their beautiful home. Their wood floors, kitchen, staircase, and dreamy reading nook will blow your mind!

Here’s the link to Diply’s full article: Diply: This House Doesn’t Look Like Much. Until You Go Inside. You’ll Love Everything about it.

Benefits of Downsizing and Living Off Grid

Living off the grid helps you to cut back on the hustle and bustle of modern living. You will be free from the overwhelming appointments, activities and burdens of modern life. Downsizing and off grid living can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It is also very cost effective and energy efficient. In addition to getting away from the rat race and settling down with what really matters, you will also enjoy the following advantages:

1. Enhanced Creativity

First, you will learn how to make the best use of limited essential resources. Your creativity will naturally come alive. You will become more innovative as you try to invent new ways of managing space, materials, energy, water, and several other resources. For instance, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison, the inventors of the Tiny House, did exactly that when they got rid of about 80% of their personal belongings and acquired a 5-acre piece of land to create a unique off-the grid home. This home has now become a model for others to copy.

2. Financial Freedom

Another great benefit of downsizing and living off the grid is financial freedom. That is what the Morrisons where able to achieve in their new home. The entire project including the land the new tiny home and appliances cost them $33,000. But they are free from debt and they don’t have to worry about paying back a mortgage for over 20 years. Although it cost them time, effort, and significant amount of money to put up the building, they now live there without thinking about paying any heating or electricity bills. In addition, they save a lot of money on transportation, feeding, and clothing.

3. Lower Stress and Anxiety

The pressures of the modern metropolitan lifestyle create a lot of stress. This results in a huge number of stress complaints at most American primary health care centers. And a study conducted at Harvard University revealed that people who are constantly under very high stress levels are four times more likely to experience a heart attack than those who are not.

Opting out of the cluttered, noisy and busy life instantly reduces anxiety. As you eliminate most of the stressful activities like daily commute, appointments, plus overtime, you will remove most of the sources of stress and anxiety.

4. Deeper Appreciation of Nature and Its Beauty

After downsizing and simplifying your life, you will have more time to see the beauty in everyday. Then you can enjoy the bright and refreshing colors of the rising sun and hear the birds in the woods making melodious tunes. The new and simple lifestyle helps you to appreciate the beauty of a bird’s feathers and the artistry displayed on a butterfly’s wings.

5. Better Family Relationships

Finally, off grid living enhances family interaction and builds a stronger bond between family members. Now that you have a restricted supply of energy, you will not have the time to watch television for several hours. Consequently, you will be forced to spend more time with other family members. Most evenings, the entire family will gather in the living area around the fireplace to share experiences and anecdotes together, read a book, and play family games.

Additional Resources: Looking for more inspirational tiny home stories?
Don’t miss this roundup by Distractify and also this post by Tiny (The Movie).

Never Buy Makeup Remover Wipes Ever Again With This Secret DIY

I love ‘em! These makeup remover wipes featured over at Diply are an all-around brilliant idea! They are such a simple DIY; I can’t believe that I didn’t come up with them myself. I’ll save myself a pretty penny by making them at home. I bet you have most of the ingredients already and the ones you don’t are super affordable and easy to find. Never go to bed with a grimy face again!

Get the secret formula HERE

Diply:
Never Buy Makeup Remover Wipes Ever Again With This Secret DIY

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