How To Make a Tutu in an Hour or Less (No Sewing Required!)
Tutu skirts are a great stand-in when you don’t have a costume planned for a party or you need something fun to wear to a race. This fabulous, totally customizable tutu-orial is easy, inexpensive, and takes hardly any time at all, so grab your measurements, your toddler’s measurements, or your dog’s and have a blast with this goofy costume idea! You can purchase tulle off a bolt or from a spool, depending on how wide you want your strips to be.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a No-Sew Tote Out of a Pillowcase
Widowed pillowcases are just as common around our house as single socks. I have no idea what happens to them, but apparently the same monster that eats socks also has an appetite for pillowcases.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Slime
You never know when you’re going to need a slime recipe- and this one’s a good one- so pin it, bookmark it, copy it, do whatever you have to do to get it in your craft armory. The oozy green gunk will bounce, blow bubbles, drip, and splat with the perfect combination of gross and awesome. The most important part: it uses three simple ingredients and will be ready for play in mere minutes.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Super Quick & Easy Drawstring Seat Covers to Update Outdoor Furniture
Are those chevron print seat cushions just not doing it for you anymore? Before purchasing a new set and forking over a large wad of cash (seriously, even cushions at the big box stores are pricey!), check out this handy DIY for drawstring seat covers. They’re easy to remove and wash, and can be changed out as many times as you like throughout the seasons. Now, there is a bit of sewing involved but it’s nothing fancy so don’t be intimidated.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Stain Wood & Give New Life to Old Furniture
Beautiful wood tones in no time.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Make Paper Flowers With Coffee Filters
Coffee filter flowers are positively the simplest paper flower to make—and quite possibly the prettiest. Their thin, delicate texture allows light to pass through the “petals” similar to those of real flowers, making them all the more ethereal, and causing you to do a double take. We had a bunch of unbleached coffee filters hanging out in our pantry that I decided to use (although I have no idea how they got there!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Paper Flowers: Spray Roses
Paper flowers are a creative and economic way to add color and cheer to your space. These particular flowers are a favorite because they don’t come across as overly “crafty” and you can make large quantities in hardly any time at all. As an added bonus, construction is simple and requires nothing more than scissors and quick-drying glue. Cardstock or construction paper Floral stem wire (or something similar) Glue gun + glue Scissors 1.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a Terrarium
Making your own terrarium is fun and surprisingly easy – and equally easy to maintain. Whatever the climate may be in your large, expansive home or your teeny tiny apartment, a terrarium—given a healthy dose of indirect light and an occasional spritz of water—will be happy as a clam. You can usually find gorgeous, hand blown glass terrariums at any design store, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Use The Rasterbator to Create Large Scale Wall Art
It can be difficult to pull the trigger on a large scale wall art purchase. When you calculate the cost of the piece, transport, and hanging, the whole process can be pretty expensive -not to mention it’s a huge commitment. So in the mean time, there your wall stands, lonely, empty, bare… while you wait (and save up for) that perfect piece.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make a DIY Bike Basket
There are plenty of bicycle baskets on the market that are both affordable and attractive, but if you’re a “ride or DIY” type —this project is for you. It’s easy, super affordable, and the best part: your look will be one of a kind! I usually retreat to flea markets or thrift shops when shopping for baskets because they are really easy to find, but for this project I wanted to be able to provide my source just in case you wanted the same basket.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Paint a KitchenAid Mixer a New Color
If you’ve ever thought, “what was I thinking when I picked out that color?” while staring at your kitchen mixer, this DIY might just be for you. For around $10 you can repaint to freshen up or completely change the look of your mixer —a pretty sweet alternative to shelling out a few hundred bucks for a new machine!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Paper Mache Pendant Lights
Paper mâché is an art form usually reserved for kids and camp goers, but why should they have all the fun? Whether you’re prepping for a fiesta and need to make a piñata, or you’re just looking for a fun creative outlet, paper mâché is a great way to get your hands dirty creating cool art.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Cyanotype Textiles and Fabrics
A cyanotype is a photographic process that produces a cyan blue print. The print can easily be made on a large variety of materials, so I wanted to see what would happen when experimenting with fabric. It worked! The process wasn’t that much different than if you were to use paper, so if you’ve ever tried that method, you’re a step ahead of the game. The best way to come by the chemicals needed for the process is to purchase a kit from Photographers’ Formulary.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Soap
Handmade soap is an easy and effective way to add a personalized touch to your bathroom. Whether you’ve got sensitive skin and want to know exactly what ingredients are going into your soaps, or you want to give your guests that ’boutique hotel’ experience while they’re staying with you, it’s fast, fun and totally worth the investment. You can purchase soap making kits that come with everything you need, or gather your supplies individually.
Dec 19, 2019
We Tried 3 Fabric Paints On Upholstery and Here’s What Happened
Last time we tested paint on vinyl, this time we’re testing it on softer upholstery fabrics. We’ve all seen chair makeovers on Pinterest and they look great —but just how comfortable are they? And how well does the paint hold up? Well, we’ve been wondering too, so we rounded up a couple pieces of furniture and put them to the test!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Dye Textiles In A Front Loading Washing Machine
Dying textiles is a great way to give new life to an old blanket or pair of jeans. If you’re working on a small item, a plastic bucket is ideal, but if you’ve got something sizable like a quilt, a large enough container to properly cover and agitate the item in can be difficult to come by. You already knew you could use a top loading washing machine, but did you know you can also use your front loader? Well, you can!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Candles Using a Microwave
Homemade candles are fun to make and are great gifts that can be personalized by picking out specific containers and scents. Don’t want to fuss with a double boiler and a bunch of candle-making equipment? Don’t have to! Make thoughtful, personalized, homemade candles using just a microwave. I made my candles two ways: with color, and scented (both ways are illustrated below).
Dec 19, 2019
How To Spray Paint Vinyl Upholstery
Sometimes, chairs come into our lives. It’s all very casual: we don’t really love them, but we kind of like them, and they were just there at the yard sale, and they were cheap and we could kind of see potential… So we bring them home with us only to realize that we will never actually pay the price to have them reupholstered—they get stashed away in the basement or the garage. But if they are vinyl, it doesn’t have to end there!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Replace a Light Switch
No matter how much effort is put into a well decorated room, an old yellowed light switch can totally distract from the overall design. At less than $2 a pop, you have no excuse not to replace them! It’s an easy, low budget fix that can add major appeal to a room. Screwdriver Needle nose pliers New light switch Okay, so before you do anything, get to your circuit breaker or fuse panel and shut off all electric in the room where you are working.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make DIY Drawer Pulls from Just About Anything
For the times that you just can’t find that perfect drawer pull (or the times that you can, but don’t feel like dishing out the $$), knowing how to make your own is a great skill to have. So round up the troops, (seriously, how cool would army people drawer pulls be!?), gather your supplies and get to work! Plastic toys from the dollar store or thrift shop are great pieces to start with.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Pom Poms
Pom poms are a great way to add color and texture, and refresh older items in your home. They are incredibly easy to make and if you’ve got yarn, you’ve got everything you need to get started! Yarn Scissors Piece of cardboard or Pom Pom maker (optional) There are quite a few different ways you can make pom poms, so we decided to show you three of our favorite. The first, easiest, and in my opinion, best way: Clover’s pom pom maker!
Dec 19, 2019
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: DIY Elbow Patches
Elbow patches: Not just for professors! Okay, so I’m not going to pretend I didn’t get an eye roll when I presented my husband with his cute little heart shaped buffalo check elbow patches, but I didn’t really get that much resistance either! I think he secretly loved it. I know I did, and isn’t that really all that matters? Whatever the shape may be, elbow patches are a great way to gussie up an old favorite with items you already have around the house.
Dec 19, 2019
Desktop Decor DIY: How To Make a Mini Bullet Planter
Bring a slice of coveted MCM home decor right to your desktop with these miniature bullet planters. Made from upcycled plastic Easter eggs and a few pieces of wire, this simple DIY will make your cute cubicle the envy of the office. 20 gauge jewelry wire Plastic easter eggs Tape Scissors or wire cutters Needle nose pliers Nylon jaw pliers (optional) 1. Cut three 6″ pieces of wire. Straighten as much as you can with needle nose and nylon pliers. 2.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Curtains from Vintage Scarves
A vintage scarf from a flea market or yard sale can be a hard thing to pass up. So hard, in fact, that you might find yourself with quite the collection. If your scarf stash is getting a bit out of control, this could be the perfect project for you! Once you measure your windows and decide on the configuration of your scarves, the actual sewing goes by pretty quickly.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Keep Dark Denim From Bleeding On Your Furniture
No matter what price I pay for dark denim jeans, they always seem to bleed. Some are worse than others (one brand in particular seems to hemorrhage indigo) but they all are culprits. Here’s how to protect your furniture from a tough-to-remove stain: It may not seem like that big of a deal, but just wait until you leave your (very unwanted) mark on a friend’s white Barcelona chair. Ever tried to remove indigo from white leather? Make sure that doesn’t happen!
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Vintage Scarf Pillow Covers: No Sewing Needed!
I am such a sucker for vintage scarves. I cannot resist them. They are little pieces of wearable art that can also look great around your home. For just a few bucks you can transform your throw pillows by adding unexpected pops of color and texture — and there is absolutely no sewing involved at all so you won’t have to ruin your lovely scarf! Vintage scarves Throw pillows Rubber bands or ribbon 1. Gather a few small throw pillows from around your home.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Install Window Insulation Film
With an average savings of over $15/window during heating season, insulating your windows with plastic film makes whole lot of sense—especially if you live in an old, drafty house. And if you have any windows that don’t open, keep those insulated year-round for extra savings on cooling costs during the summer months. Here’s how. Window insulation kit Extra window tape (optional) Ladder Scissors Measuring tape Hairdryer An extra set of hands (optional) 1.
Dec 19, 2019
Christopher & Merete’s Truly Tiny Home on the Range
Name: Christopher Smith & Merete Mueller Location: Hartsel, Colorado Size: 127 square feet Years lived in: 3 months; Own Christopher and Merete own a tiny house on some of the most beautiful land in Colorado. One hundred miles southwest of Denver, fifteen minutes down a gravel road just outside Hartsel, sits a 127 square foot home. It’s cozy, efficient and costs hardly anything to power, but most importantly: it’s theirs.
Dec 19, 2019
We Tested 3 Popular Red Wine Stain Removal Methods and Found a Proven Winner
Cleaning Showdown
Happy to report: It IS possible to remove a red wine stain, at home, without paying a pro to do it for you.
Dec 18, 2019
I Tried “Home Comforts”ʼ Popular Red Wine Stain Removal Method to See If It’s Worth the Hype
Cleaning Showdown
It involved hardly any hands-on time at all, and that is the way I like to work: set it and forget it.
Dec 18, 2019
Martha Stewart’s Elaborate 6-Step Method Is the Best for Removing Red Wine Stains
Cleaning Showdown
This test was intense and will henceforth be known by me as “The Kitchen Sink Method.”
Dec 18, 2019
The “Good Housekeeping” Method You Can Use To Treat Red Wine Stains at a Party
Cleaning Showdown
The steps involved in this method are surprisingly simple—and here's how it works.
Dec 18, 2019
How To Paint Furniture for a Professional-Looking Finish
Painted accent pieces can add charming touches for your home but can be less than charming if painted incorrectly. The process might not seem difficult at all- apply paint, dry, repeat- but if you want a clean, professional finish, there are a few more considerations and steps involved. When painting a really nice piece, you need to put in just as much effort in the prep and sanding stages as you do in the painting stages.
Dec 17, 2019
How To Make DIY Scented Pinecones
There's nothing like a little cinnamon to make it smell like home for the holidays.
Dec 12, 2019
How To Clean and Season an Old, Rusty Cast Iron Skillet With Salt and Oil
Cast iron skillets get better with age- as long as you’re consistently cooking with them, and as long as you don’t clean them with soap. If it’s been ages since you’ve actually used your skillet, chances are it’s in need of some TLC. Covered in rust, you say? No problem! Reach for these three simple kitchen staples to help you return your pan to its former glory. Coarse saltOil (vegetable, olive- even Crisco works!
Dec 5, 2019
How To Clean a Couch
You see your sofa every day, but when was the last time you really looked at it? Dust, pet hair, popcorn kernels and other debris find their way down through the cracks, waiting to shame you the next time a friend drops their keys down the cushions. Make a few extra pennies and avoid that awkward apology by vacuuming your sofa on the regular.
Nov 20, 2019
How To Clean Suede Shoes
If you’ve ever owned anything suede you know how much of a hassle it can be to keep clean—but you also know how durable and long-lasting the fabric is. So if you’ve tucked away furniture or clothing because you’re stumped as to how to clean up those stains, get up and gather these three tools, because DIY suede stain removal is easier than you could ever imagine. The first step in stain removal is to identify your stains.
Nov 20, 2019
How To Wash Your Kitchen Cabinets
No matter how careful of a cook you might be, the “splatter” struggle is real. Food stuffs, especially grease, make it their business to find the most remote, unthinkable surfaces to cling to in your clean kitchen. Even if they don’t look dirty, bacteria and food particles from your hands can cling to the surface of your cabinets and cause a sticky residue to build up.
Nov 20, 2019
Stop the Smell: How To Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine
Have you noticed your clothes smelling… musty? Even if you’ve switched the load from the washer to the dryer immediately after the cycle has ended? Before you run out and buy a strongly scented laundry detergent to cover the smell, give your machine a thorough cleaning. Taking care of your washing machine can help it stay clean and prevent walking.
Nov 19, 2019
Before and After: A Total Dining Room Revamp at This Abandoned House
*Blink blink blink.* Yes, it's the same dining room!
Nov 16, 2019
Before and After: This Clever Guest Room/Office Redo Cost Just $500
This redesign makes clever use of space—and a gorgeous green paint.
Nov 15, 2019
Pros Reveal How to Pick the Right-Sized Sofa for Your Living Room
Six smart tips for what you should know before you invite a new sofa into your home.
Nov 15, 2019
8 No-Fail Methods for Hanging a Wreath (Anywhere!)
We've got eight different tricks for you, whether you own or rent.
Nov 12, 2019
Before and After: A Total Bathroom Redo with a Vintage Spin
This family got the best of both worlds: a fresh new bathroom with a classic old-school look.
Nov 11, 2019
One Quick Thing You Can Do This Weekend to “Fake” a Cleaner Home
You're stuck on the "wash, rinse, repeat" cycle when it comes to cleaning around your home, but sometimes it helps to add "refresh" to your routine.
Nov 10, 2019
Before and After: A Mini $30 Entry Makeover with Big Results
This is proof that you can make a serious transformation on a tiny budget.
Nov 8, 2019
How To Dispose of Toxic Items from Your Home
Do you have toxic items you’re no longer using hanging around that you just don’t know how to dispose of? Well, kudos for keeping them out of the landfill but it’s time to get them out of the house. Check out our resource guide for handy tips on where and how to properly dispose of hazardous items in your home. Hazardous or toxic waste can be anything flammable or combustible, corrosive, explosive, or reactive.
Oct 31, 2019
Everything Goths and Witchy Folk Ever Wanted To Know About Laundering Black Clothing
Here's how to get your witchy wardrobe through the laundry without bringing harm to everything else in the process.
Oct 29, 2019