15 Fun and Creative DIY Outdoor Decor Crafts

15 Fun and Creative DIY Outdoor Decor Crafts

We’ve been having some gorgeous spring weather here and are spending more time outside than we have in awhile so we’re working on sprucing up our patio and outdoor living areas like with these inexpensive solar “light bulbs” (seriously a buck each at Family Dollar!) and now we’re excited to make some of these outdoor crafts like the solar fairy houses shown above. Check out the great list of DIY outdoor decor craft ideas and let us know which is your favorite!

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15 Fun & Creative Wine Cork Recycling Projects

15 Fun & Creative Wine Cork Recycling Projects

I have this really cool hanging copper fruit basket in the kitchen that I throw my used wine corks in – it’s always a game, one point for making it in the bottom basket, two for making the middle basket and three if you make it in the top basket. Well after collecting them for awhile I’ve been wanting to get crafty with them so I found a bunch of neat ideas for things you can make with wine corks! Check out the list and let me know which you’d like to try:

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DIY Facial Cleansing Wipes with Geranium, Lavender and Frankincense

DIY Facial Cleansing Wipes with Geranium, Lavender and Frankincense

Way back in the day when I was in high school I read that for every day you don’t remove your makeup before bed you are aging your face TWO days! That statement has stuck with me ever since and I’m pretty religious about cleaning my face at the end of every day. I’ve used everything from foaming cleansers to astringents and I’ve found that the best method for me is to use a gentle cleansing wipe because plain water isn’t enough to remove all the makeup and impurities but plain soap or astringent cleansers are too harsh for daily use. But more importantly, facial cleansing wipes are convenient and disposable so all I have to do is grab one, wipe my face, then toss the wipe in the trash – easy breezy and I have no excuses for not taking care of my skin.

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7 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

7 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

One of the most talked about aspects of a wedding is the flowers, and every bride growing up has no doubt dreamed of the perfect bouquet. If you are a bride on a budget but still want some beautiful blooms, there are plenty of ways to save a buck without resorting to picking your neighbors prize winning roses. Take a look below at 7 ways to save money on wedding flowers so you can get the look you want for less.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Make Your Own Chocolate Hearts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up shortly and I absolutely love to make gifts for my friends and loved ones for the holiday. These Chocolate Valentine Hearts are perfect because they’re so easy to make, they’re delicious and the presentation is wonderful. I’m planning to place them in decorative cupcake wrappers inside treat boxes as gifts for co-workers this year.

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Make Your Own Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace

Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace

When I was a kid we had these pine cones that would change the color of the flames in the fireplace when you added one to the fire. I always thought it was the coolest thing to see the flames turn blue or green. Well you can get these color burning pine cones at Amazon for around $30 or you can make  your own at home for a lot less!

These festive pine cones can add a rainbow of colors to  your fire for a romantic evening or to entertain guests or the kids, they are wonderful for the holidays and they make great gifts! When making your own you can choose the color – yellow, green, blue-green, white or red – or you can mix it up and use some of each color in your flames or gift baskets.

The kids and I went for a walk and collected our own pine cones so we cleaned them up a bit then I baked them at 200 degrees for about an hour to open them up and take care of any bugs that might be on them.  Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil before baking and allow the pine cones to  cool completely before the next steps. Of course if you bought your pine cones from the craft store you can skip baking them.

Make Your Own Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace
 
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Ingredients
  • One cup of one of the following depending on the color flame you prefer:
  • Yellow – Table Salt
  • Yellow-Green – Borax
  • White – Epsom Salts
  • Green – Boric Acid
  • Red – Strontium Chloride (found with aquarium supplies in pet stores)
Instructions
  1. Pour ½ gallon of hot water into a bucket.
  2. Add 1 cup of the flame colorant of your choice and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add prepared pine cones to the mix. Be sure to add only as many as can be completely covered by the solution. Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove the pine cones and arrange on newspapers until they dry completely. Typically takes 3 to 4 days.
  5. Now your pine cones are ready to burn! Simply add them (one at a time) to your fireplace and watch the colors appear.

While these color burning pine cones are easy to make and fun to use, there are a few precautions you should take:

  • Burn only one color at a time.
  • Make as many different colors as you’d like, but don’t mix the colors when making your batches.
  • Don’t burn your color changing pine cones in BBQ grills or when cooking food.
  • Keep flame colorants out of reach of children and pets.
 

Make Your Own Root Beer Sugar Scrub

Root Beer Sugar Scrub

There is nothing better than the feel of your skin after using a good body scrub and this Root Beer Sugar Scrub smells delicious and is so fun and easy to make! This completely edible sugar scrub recipe would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for kids of all ages. Reminiscent of childhood days even the oldest member of your family can appreciate this easy DIY gift, while the edible nature makes it safe for even the youngest. This natural body scrub can have unscented soap added for a terrific MAN friendly hand scrub if you need a thoughtful gift for any men in your life. Leave your skin soft and smooth with this great sugar scrub recipe while carrying the scent of a favorite beverage.

Root Beer Sugar Scrub

Root Beer Sugar Scrub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Root Beer Concentrate
Instructions
  1. Add oil and concentrate to the sugar in your choice of container.
  2. Mix until all sugar is well coated.
  3. Store in a sealed jar.
  4. Enjoy.

 

 

Upgrade and Save on Your Water Bill!

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Delta Corrente Toilet

I’ve been in the middle of a bunch of DIY projects as I’m getting my old house ready to put on the market and now I’m looking into upgrading the toilet in the hall bathroom. Delta’s line of Corrente toilets are sleek, virtually clog free and help eliminate leak points with their SmartFit connector and secure mounting components.

It’s probably weird to be excited about a new toilet, but I’m thrilled that the new Delta Corrente toilet comes with an EZ Out removal kit to make removing the old toilet simple and reduces the risk that I’ll do any damage to the bathroom in the process. Not to mention that these WaterSense labeled toilets can save up to $90 a year on your water bill since they use less water per flush.

Check out the Delta Corrente toilet at HomeDepot.com or at DeltaFaucet.com so you can get started on this easy weekend DIY project!

 

Updating the House with #GELighting

We live out in the middle of the woods so my husband installed a video security system when we first moved here and ever since then we’ve had this big ugly hole in the front porch ceiling and no light out there at all.  The way our house is situated toward the driveway nobody ever uses our front door so it really hasn’t been a big deal until lately.  Our 80 pound lab mix “puppy” (she’s only 9 months old!) doesn’t like to go out at night in the dark so we realized it was beyond time to get that particular project finished.

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How to Make Your Own Hula Hoop

Okay, it’s confession time guys!  I’ve really been looking forward to the Brandcation blogging conference next weekend at Portofino Island and all the planned activities including the Blogger Olympics and an exciting day at Adventures Unlimited.  Well I just recently found out that there will be a hula hoop competition and while I’m not averse to making a fool of myself in public, especially with a group of other participants, I’m not really willing to put the evidence on YouTube so I bought a hula hoop and started to practice.

I figured that I’d have plenty of time to master the hoop and this way I wouldn’t let my team down or risk making it onto the Today Show for a completely different reason than I had imagined!  I’m actually pretty embarrassed to admit that I tried for three days (not ALL day people!) and couldn’t get the hoop to go around more than three times in a row.

Refusing to give up (or miss the conference!) I went online in search of tips and found out that my $5 hoop was really “child sized” and would be the most difficult thing for an adult to learn with or use.  To determine the proper size you stand the hula hoop up on the ground and the top should reach somewhere between your waist and your chest.  The standard size for an adult is 42″ diameter, 36″ diameter for a small adult, and 32″ diameter for a child.

When I searched Amazon for fitness hoops (that’s what they call the adult version) they were $30 to $40 so I thought I’d make my own instead!  At Home Depot I bought a 25′ coil of 3/4″ 160 PSI PVC tubing, two 3/4″ nylon couplings (see connector pic below), and a roll of red duct tape for $26 – this was enough to make two hula hoops so they were $13 each.  I was so excited to try out my new hoop and I’m thrilled to report that the difference is amazing! (on a side note, my abs really hurt today!)

I watched this video to learn some hoop techniques and the two sisters who do the videos are incredibly fit and the hoop is so much fun that I believe I’ve found my new workout!  It’s definitely not easy which makes it an exciting workout, and it’s good for all your parts since you’re moving your hips and legs and holding your arms up at the same time.

How to Make Your Own Hula Hoop

Materials Needed:

  • 3/4″ irrigation tubing (120 to 160 PSI for adults, 100 PSI for kids)
    • 42″ Adult – 11′ length tube
    • 36″ Adult – 10′ length tube
    • 32″ Child – 8′ 4 1/2″ length tube
  • 3/4″ nylon coupling
  • Duct tape or electrical tape in color of choice

Use a PVC cutter or handsaw to cut the tubing to the desired length and insert the coupling into both ends.  If it is a tight fit then run the ends of the tube under hot water to soften before inserting the coupling.

Place a 3″ to 4″ length of duct tape around the coupled area to hold securely in place.  To finish the hoop, decorate it and give it a good weight wrap tape all the way around the hoop on the diagonal.