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DIY Weekend Project: Festive Thanksgiving Decor

Between making the turkey, stuffing, pies, and gravy it is easy to feel overwhelmed during the holidays. Don’t let the idea of decorating fill you with dread. These five simple DIY crafts will help make your home look and feel fabulous with minimal effort.

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Fun DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes

Tired of paying lots of money for expensive Halloween costumes? Save money by making a costume for your child. Below are 8 adorable, easy to create children’s Halloween costumes.

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Fun Fall Wreaths for Your Front Door

Are you ready to begin decorating for fall? Start by adding curb appeal to your front door with one of the five fun fall wreaths below.

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Weekend Project: Revitalize Your Deck

Summer is coming to an end. With September quickly approaching, now is a great time to finish those yard projects on your to-do list. One of the most common tasks homeowners put off is sealing or staining their decks. Decks that are not cleaned and sealed will rot or warp and have a shortened life.

Step 1: Sweep Deck and Clear Cracks
To clean and properly seal a deck, first sweep the all leaves, twigs, dirt off the top. Pay particular attention to the spaces between boards. Leaves rest on the joists, eventually rotting the boards. Use a putty knife to clean the crevices.

Step 2: Scrub the Wood
Clean the surface of the wood. There are several products on the market, make sure you use a product that works with the type of wood on your deck. Scrub the deck according to the directions.

For larger areas, rent or purchase a pressure washer. Spray cleaning mixture on the boards first and let it soak in for a while before pressure washing. Make sure you cover up shrubs and plants before you start spraying bleach.

Step 3: Apply Stain or Sealer
Once your deck is clean, apply a redwood stain or a waterproofing deck sealer, which will repel water and make the deck last longer. To apply the sealer, purchase a pad with a little reservoir and brush it on. Or use a foam roller. Go over the entire deck surface with the sealer

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DIY Weekend Project: Bird Bath & Planter

Are you looking to add whimsy and wild life to your yard? Try this simple DIY project from Beth of Home Stories A to Z.
Start out by collecting all your materials.

You will need:
• 1 8? tall terracotta pot for the base
• 4 6? tall pots
• 1 4?-5? tall pot
• 62 inch piece of rebar
• Spray paint primer
• Spray paint in your color choice. (Pictured in Valspar’s Exotic Sea.)
• Discarded globe from light
• Little ceramic bird or other cute ceramic animal (optional).
• DAP Household/Aquatic Adhesive

NOTE: Measurements provided are just a guideline, for best results use your own measurements and judgment.

Step 1: Prime all of your pots and then spray paint them in the color you chose.

 

Step 2: Measure the height of all of your pots and then add 24 inches to that number to determine the length of your rebar. Cut your rebar to size using a hacksaw. Use a hammer to pound the rebar into the ground at least two feet down so that it will hold your heavy pots.
Step 3: Put your pots onto the rebar and fill with soil. Tilt each pot from right to left, filling with soil as you go.

 

Step 4: Take the globe from a discarded light and place it onto the top of the rebar. The bowl will be resting on the top flower pot but the rebar should thread all the way up into the birdbath bowl. Use DAP household/aquatic adhesive to attach the bird and to seal around the gap between the bowl and rebar hole. The adhesive takes a day to cure, so don’t fill the bowl with water until it is dry.

 

Step 5: Plant your flowers and enjoy!

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Dazzle Your Dad with these DIY Gifts

With Father’s Day right around the corner, have you considered making a handmade gift for your Father? From cufflinks to toolboxes, here are 8 DIY gifts your Father will enjoy receiving on his big day.

 

Mustache Candy Container by Homespun With Love

 

Pocket Tie by Brittany + Co

 

Manly Apron by Lovely Indeed

 

 

Mini Toolboxes by Alpha Mom

 

T-shirt Pillow by Ruffles and Stuff

 

Rubberband Man by Makezine

 

Photo Gift by The Instinctive Scrapper

 

Map Cufflinks by Maps

 

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8 Beautiful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Looking for an alternative to expensive flowers this year for Mother’s Day?  Save money by creating a DIY gift for your Mom. Below are 8 wonderful presents your mother will love.

 

Photo Vase from Mod Podge Rocks

 

Painted Wooden Spoons by Little Bit Funky

 

Bird Nest Necklace from Sarah Ortega

 

Giant Family Picture by Sugar Bee Crafts

 

Photo Book by Nalle’s House

 

Painted Vases by Whipperberry


Chalkboard Ceramic Containers by Oh So Very Pretty

 

Studded Barrette by For the Makers

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DIY Weekend Project: Kitchen Storage Solutions

Looking for a way to optimize your kitchen with easy and inexpensive storage solutions? Below are six great storage ideas.

Tin Can Storage

Tin CansPhoto: HGTV

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Shelf Dividers

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Measuring Cup Storage

measuring cupPhoto: Infarrantly Creative

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Can Storage

Can storagePhoto: Family Handyman

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Modern Wine Rack

Wine rack Photo: Martha Stewart

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Glass Holder

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Cookie Cutter Holder

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DIY Weekend Project – Create a Fabulous Fall Wreath for your Front Door

Below are 5 Fabulous Fall Wreaths to add curb appeal to your Front Door.

 

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DIY Weekend Project – Children’s Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes are more expensive every year. Save money by creating a Halloween costume for your child. Below are 8 adorable, easy to create children’s Halloween costumes.

 

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