51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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29 Halloween Costumes You Can Make With 3 Things Or Fewer

Some great and easy ideas for quick and easy last minute costume ideas.

Bookmark this and come back to it on the day of Halloween.

1. An avocado.

An avocado.

Materials needed: A piece of cardboard, paint, and your own belly!

2. A jelly fish.

A jelly fish.

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Materials needed: An umbrella and a bunch of yarn.

3. No-face from Spirited Away.

No-face from Spirited Away.

Materials needed: A black hoodie (preferably long), and a DIY paper mask that you can draw on using sharpies/markers.

4. The Olympic Rings.

The Olympic Rings.

Materials needed: PVC tape and a rubber hoop cover (or wire). See how here.

5. An adult baby.

An adult baby.

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Materials needed: A onesie and a sippy cup. This costume wins because 1) Halloween is freezing and 2) you’re in a onesie.

6. A chocolate chip cookie.

A chocolate chip cookie.

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Materials needed: A dog bed and brown paint for the spots.

7. An evidence bag.

An evidence bag.

Materials needed: Clear tarp and red tape. See how here.

8. The snapchat ghost.

The snapchat ghost.

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Materials needed: A bed sheet and a sharpie.

9. Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

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Materials needed: Some kind of black clothing to cover your eyes (scarf, shirt, bandana, etc.).

10. “I’m innocent but I’ve been framed!”

"I'm innocent but I've been framed!"

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Materials needed: A frame.

11. White trash.

White trash.

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Materials needed: A trash bag and a sharpie.

12. Magritte’s “Son of Man.”

Materials needed: A suit, a hat, and a green apple.

13. Your Tinder profile IRL.

Your Tinder profile IRL.

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Materials needed: Green and red construction paper and a pair of scissors.

14. Alice in Chains.

Alice in Chains.

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Materials needed: A name tag with “Alice” and a chain.

15. A Dell, which makes for a clever “Adele.”

A Dell, which makes for a clever "Adele."

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Materials needed: A Dell sign and a cute smile when people scoff at you for trying to pull off ‘Adele.’

16. A nudist on strike.

Materials needed: Clothes and a DIY sign.

17. Teenage Thor.

Teenage Thor.

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Materials needed: A hammer and a sharpie.

18. PB & J, the brands.

PB & J, the brands.

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Materials needed: Printed Jif and Smucker’s labels (or whatever labels you think make the best flavor combos).

19. One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

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Materials needed: Bed sheets or white t-shirts or something white.

20. MC Hammer.

MC Hammer.

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Materials needed: A hammer and some construction paper.

21. A dungeon ghost.

A dungeon ghost.

Materials needed: A welded chain. See how here.

22. A sim.

Materials needed: Green paper, and the will to make an origami triangle. See how to do this here.

23. A soot sprite.

A soot sprite.

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Materials needed: cotton balls and craft eyes.

24. A crazy straw.

A crazy straw.

Materials needed: Vinyl tubing. See how here.

25. A ~smartie~ pants.

Materials needed: smarties.

26. A ghost that’s too spooky to have eyes.

A ghost that's too spooky to have eyes.

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Materials needed: A bedsheet.

27. A Chipotle burrito.

Materials needed: Tin foil and tissue paper.

28. A Facebook profile page.

Materials needed: A giant print out of your profile page, a friend’s, or a completely-made-up one.

29. An Abercrombie model.

Materials needed: An Abercrombie bag.

The Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips

Small-space gardening expert Isabelle Palmer shares her guidelines for growing the best plants indoors


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1. Position plants carefully- Choose plants that suit the environment, as even the most dedicated gardener can’t make a sun-loving plant thrive in a cold, shady area. So, ensure that your plants are suited to the light levels and temperature of the room in which they’ll be positioned.

2. Try to avoid direct sun- Windowsills in direct sunlight will be too hot for most houseplants. Also, don’t place houseplants over direct sources of heat, such as radiators.

3. Avoid shady areas- Ensure there is sufficient light for your houseplants to photosynthesize effectively.

4. Avoid temperature extremes- Keep delicate plants away from draughts, as these will decrease humidity levels.

5. Pot on regularly- Aim to repot your houseplants into larger pots every two years or so. This will ensure that they are not stressed and will thrive.

6. Be well equipped- Use the proper tools for indoor gardening. A long-spouted watering can and a mister to increase humidity are both essential for reducing dust levels, as well as dealing with pest and disease outbreaks. A long-handled fork and a pair of scissors are great for accessing difficult areas, while a sponge attached to a long handle will keep glass containers clean.

7. Water wisely- Don’t overwater houseplants; adding some drainage material at the bottom of the pot will help to keep roots aerated and ensure that they don’t drown.

8. Winter dormancy- Allow houseplants to rest during the winter period and move them to a cooler position. This is because most plants are dormant at this time, and so don’t need as much sunlight. You should also reduce the amount of water and food you provide, as this can help to prevent diseases such as mold and root rot. Move plants away from windows because these areas will be too cold in the winter.

9. Be vigilant- Learn to recognize potential problems early on before a pest infestation or other physiological problems kill off your plant. For example, danger signs for low air humidity include flower buds falling off, leaves withering, and leaves with brown tips. Signs of high humidity include mold, rot, and soft growth.

10. Think long-term- Some popular houseplant gifts only have a short growing period, so choose plants that will thrive for longer if you want a year-round display.

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20 DIY & Craft Projects You Need To Make Right Now

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Re-Wined: Two Repurposing Projects Using Wine Bottles

 

Corks soaked in Isopropyl Alcohol make great fire starters!
(Editor’s Note: Regardless of whether or not you purchase wine, these repurposing projects for wine bottles are very enticing, practical AND beautiful and a simple request in my predominantly tee-totaller neighborhood has STILL garnered me plenty of bottles to use for alternative purposes. Oh, and by the way, if you store your discarded bottle corks in isopropyl alcohol, you can make wonderful little fire starters! Just a couple of corks for each fire will help to ensure foolproof fires get roaring quickly! Warning: Only use REAL corks, not plastic, wanna be corks.)

Re-Wined: Two Repurposing Projects for your Wine Bottles

Regardless of how much space you have to spare around your home, it’s hard to throw away a good wine bottle. There are just too many possibilities for that one 750ml glass container. From breaking it down and using it as colorful accents in concrete countertops or pavers to using the whole bottle as the basis for a unique lighting fixture, wine bottles provide us with an incredible variety of reusable opportunities.

So fill up your wine glass and shake out those last thirteen drops. Following are some creative ways to repurpose your wine bottles, showcase your ingenuity and redecorate through recycling.

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Wine bottles are beautiful, sturdy and come in many different colors and styles. From the clear glass and soft, sloping sides of a Riesling bottle to the dark green and hard, sharp shoulders of a Cabernet Sauvignon, wine bottles are decorative pieces in and of themselves. Add a couple inexpensive items that you can often find around your home, however, and you can create a wine bottle chandelier that will definitely spark some conversations.

All you need are:

  • Four wine bottles (you can use any size but magnum-sized bottles make impressive light fixtures)
  • ¼ in. to ½ in thick plywood
  • pencil
  • jigsaw
  • drill
  • 24 (1/2 mm) gauge wire
  • Medium grain sandpaper
  • superglue
  • Standard u-bolt
  • Decorative chain for hanging
  • Christmas lights – either battery powered or plug-in

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To build your wine chandelier:

  1. Place your wine bottles on the piece of plywood and arrange them in a square.
  2. Using a pencil, draw an outline around your wine bottles and then remove them from the plywood.
  3. Use the jigsaw to cut out the plywood pattern.
  4. Sand the edges of the plywood, making sure it looks smooth and finished.
  5. Find the center of your plywood piece and attach the u-bolt using a drill to bore the holes.
  6. Attach the decorative chain, leaving enough length so that you can cut it later if it needs to be shortened.
  7. Run a decent amount of superglue around the bottom of the wine bottles and place them on the plywood.
  8. Run the 24 gauge wire around the outside of the bottles to hold them in place. Add as much or as little as you like, just be sure the bottles are securely in place.
  9. Fill each of the wine bottles with Christmas lights. You can use the battery operated ones and switch them on manually, or fill with standard Christmas lights and run an extension cord to the top of the chandelier.

That’s it! You can also stain the plywood base, paint it, attach decorations or cork below the base, use decorative wires to hold the bottles in place, use u-bolts on the outside of the base instead of the center or change it around however you like. Wine chandeliers are excellent for outdoor spaces and can be used to decorate a back porch, a favorite place under a tree or even to fancy up an old tool shed.

Rosé Colored Glasses

Wine bottles also make excellent glasses. Because many wine bottle styles have a deep dimple in the bottom, friends using your bottles-turned-glasses might do a double-take when you hand them a glass. This unique feature keeps the bottles from tipping easily and lends a solid heaviness to your glass. And separating the top of a wine bottle from the bottom is incredibly easy, though you might need to do a few practice bottles to start. All you need are:

  • Yarn
  • Nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Lighter or matches
  • A tub of cold water
  • Wine bottle
  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning and removing any labels, gunk, etc. from the wine bottle.
  2. Wrap a length of yarn five or six times around the bottle exactly where you would like to cut it and tie off the yarn.
  3. Slide the loops of yarn off of the bottle and soak thoroughly in the nail polish remover.
  4. Slide the soaked loops back onto the bottle and light the yarn, allowing the yarn to burn until the fire has almost completely gone out. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and take all necessary precautions when working with fire.
  5. Once the fire is almost out, place the bottle in the tub of cold water. This action should cause the wine bottle to separate just below the yarn.

The final step is to sand the edges of the glass either using sand paper, a glass grinder or fire polishing using a kiln. Once you have a smooth edge you’ll be ready to show off your new glassware.

Cutting your wine bottles doesn’t have to stop at glasses, either! You can use them for making candles, cut lower to create small snack bowls or fill them with flowers and use them as centerpieces.

What are some ways you’ve found to repurpose your wine bottles?
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30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

Thirty homemade ornaments to make with your kids for keepsakes this Christmas, or just for fun!

I especially love the globe ornaments, so I even included a section of just those!

Six keepsake ornaments. Ten globe ornaments. And even fourteen homemade ornaments that the kids can make!

So call the kids over as you scroll through these and decide which ornament you’ll make today! [And then choose another to make tomorrow! I think you'll have enough to do one each day until Christmas!]

 


keepsake ornaments:

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Salt Dough Handprints:
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Wrapped Up Photo:
Toddler Approved
Time Capsule Ornaments, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Shell vacation keepsake
Time Capsule Ornament:
Cleverly Inspired
Shell Vacation Keepsake:
Paint Cut Paste
Salt Dough Initial Ornament, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Handprint snowman ornament
Salt Dough Initials:
The Imagination Tree
Handprint Snowman:
Little Bit Funky

globe ornaments:

Marble painted ornament Drip painted ornament
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Drip Painted Ornament:
Spoonful
Pom Pom Ball Ornament Gum Drop Ornament
Pom Pom Ball:
Zakka Life
Gum Drop Ornament:
Six in the Suburbs
Snow filled ornament Reindeer ornament
Snow Filled Globe:
According to Kelly
Reindeer Ornament:
Little Wonders’ Days
Sequined ball homemade ornament Fabric scrap homemade ornament
Sequinned Ball:
Kid Giddy
Fabric Scrap Ornament:
Zakka Life
I Spy Ornament Marshmallow snowman ornament
‘I Spy’ Ornament:
Craft Goodies
Marshmallow Snowman:
Craft Goodies

homemade ornaments by the kids:

beaded snowflake ornament Stained glass ornament
Beaded Snowflake:
School Time Adventures
Stained Glass Gingerbread:
NurtureStore
Paper baubles Homemade salt dough tree ornaments
Paper Baubles:
Red Ted Art
Salt Dough Trees:
The Imagination Tree
Glittery pine cone ornaments Beaded star
Glittery Pine Cones:
Mom Spotted
Beaded Star:
Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room
Woven cardboard stars Crystal Snowflake Ornaments
Woven Cardboard Stars:
The Crafty Crow
Borax Crystal Snowflakes:
Happy Birdycake
Sewn felt star ornament Popsicle Star Ornament
Sewn Felt Star:
Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes:
The Crafting Chicks
Flared Christmas tree ornaments Button Christmas Tree Ornament
Flared Christmas Trees:
The Ki Blog
Button Christmas Tree:
hands on : as we grow
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Foam Santa Ornament Popsicle stick tree ornament
Foam Santa Ornament:
Toddler Approved
Popsicle Stick Tree:
Mom Spotted

 

The Pros and Cons of Different Countertops

Choosing the right countertops can really improve the look of your kitchen and make the rest of the room come together. With so many different materials out there, it can be difficult to make a choice or know what will work best in your home. Common materials for countertops include stainless steel, glass, wood, travertine, recycled materials, and granite. Each material has its own unique set of pros and cons.

Stainless Steel Countertop

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A stainless steel countertop is incredibly easy to clean. All you have to do is wipe them down with soap and water, and you’re good to go. Additionally, they will match with any color, which will make decorating your kitchen quite easy. However, they have the tendency to look a bit cold and sterile because of their shiny silver color. If you want a warm, inviting kitchen, this may not be the look for you.

Glass Countertops

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Like stainless steel, glass counters look sleek and clean and work well with a modern-looking kitchen. Additionally, glass is very versatile and can be stained any color and cut into any shape. It is also very easy to keep clean. The main downside of glass is that it can be expensive, especially if you want it cut into a custom shape to properly fit over your counter.

Wood Countertops

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If a sleek and modern look isn’t your style and you want a warmer, more inviting atmosphere, you might want to consider wood countertops. Thick wooden counters will give your kitchen a rustic, country chic look. If you seal the counter with a protective coating, it will be sanitary and you will be able to chop vegetables and meat directly on the wood itself, like a chopping block. The main downside of wood is that like glass, it can get quite expensive.

Travertine counters

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Travertine counters have also become fairly popular in recent years. This material goes well with many different decorating schemes and will give your kitchen a warm and inviting look. However, travertine’s pitted surface can trap bacteria and liquids if it isn’t sealed properly, which can make it very time-consuming to clean.

Recycled Countertops

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In addition to travertine, recycled countertops have also become quite popular. This type of counter can be made out of a variety of different recycled materials, including glass, plastic, and concrete. These counters will look great with bamboo cabinets and flooring.

Granite Countertops

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Although travertine and recycled counters have surged in popularity, granite is still the overwhelming favorite when it comes to counter materials. This versatile material will match well with many different design styles, meaning you won’t have to change it each time you do a kitchen remodel. Additionally, it is more durable than most countertop materials and is quite resistant to chipping, scratching, breaking, and cracking. This means that you won’t have to repair or replace it soon after you buy it. Recently, honed granite has become very popular. This type of granite has a matte finish, as opposed to the polished finish of regular granite.

 

Adorable DIY Projects To Spruce Up Your Kitchen

I refuse to open this fridge until it’s covered in polka dots.

1. Paint wooden spoon handles in different shades to make an ombré set.

Paint wooden spoon handles in different shades to make an ombré set.

Instructions here.

Also an option: neon!

Also an option: neon!

Or stripes.

Or stripes.

Use painter’s tape to make clean lines. Instructions here.

2. Sew an oven mitt out of fabric scraps.

Sew an oven mitt out of fabric scraps.

This project requires a little sewing knowhow, but you’ll never want to take off the mitt when it’s done.

3. Crochet your own cozy potholders.

Crochet your own cozy potholders.

They don’t take long to make, and are great gifts if you suddenly find yourself producing millions of them. Get the instructions here.

4. Or embroider these pretty quilted ones:

Or embroider these pretty quilted ones:

“Sashiko” is the Japanese stitch used to make these cool quilted patterns. Get the instructions here.

5. Build a vintagey breakfast tray out of plywood.

Build a vintagey breakfast tray out of plywood.

6. Make a one-of-a-kind teapot with porcelain paint.

Make a one-of-a-kind teapot with porcelain paint.

This blogger used a toothpick dipped in paint to make the dots. Patience required.

7. Washi tape can add a little pizzazz to your cabinet shelves.

Washi tape can add a little pizzazz to your cabinet shelves.

Washi isn’t just a tape. Washi is a lifestyle.

8. Use a glass paint marker to draw dishwasher-safe designs on dishes.

9. Add some excitement to your cutting boards’ lives by painting the edges.

Add some excitement to your cutting boards' lives by painting the edges.

Just because they’re pieces of wood doesn’t mean they don’t want to live life to the fullest. Get the instructions here.

10. Use iron-on transfers to DIY a terribly whimsical tea towel.

Use iron-on transfers to DIY a terribly whimsical tea towel.

This butterfly pattern is based on a towel from Anthropologie, but you can cut out printed fabric in any shapes you want.

11. Even easier: Paint stripes onto white linen towels.

Painter’s tape makes it easy to keep the lines straight and clean. Get the instructions here.

12. Make functional fridge magnets out of cute containers.

Make functional fridge magnets out of cute containers.

If you stick a magnet inside a metal container, the whole thing will become magnetic; for other materials, you can glue the magnet on the outside.

13. Give your fridge a polka-dot makeover with contact paper dots.

Give your fridge a polka-dot makeover with contact paper dots.

Is this silly? Yes. Is it also delightful? Uh huh. Get the instructions here.

14. Or heck, put temporary wallpaper on the whole shebang.

Or heck, put temporary wallpaper on the whole shebang.

Gotta admit, it’s tempting. Instructions here.

15. Dress up your stand mixer with a pretty stencil pattern cut out of colored wall vinyl.

Dress up your stand mixer with a pretty stencil pattern cut out of colored wall vinyl.

Get the instructions here.

16. Mason jars can be repurposed as cute-patootie soap dispensers.

Face it, you were never going to get around to putting jam in it anyway. Get the instructions here.

17. Hang spice jars on the wall with wire for easy access.

Hang spice jars on the wall with wire for easy access.

They could all be white if you’re of the Calvin Klein school of decorating, but you do you. Instructions here.

18. Turn a closet door into an organizer by adding hooks.

Turn a closet door into an organizer by adding hooks.

Great for when you’re renting and not supposed to be putting lots of holes in the wall. Get the instructions here.

19. Spray-paint the lids of random leftover jars to make a matching set.

Spray-paint the lids of random leftover jars to make a matching set.

They’ll be so happy.

20. Chalkboard paint makes neat jars you can re-label any time.

Chalkboard paint makes neat jars you can re-label any time.

Listen, chalkboard paint is a ubiquitous scourge upon the craft world for a reason: It’s cool. Get instructions here.

21. Finally, the nuclear option: Paint your entire fridgewith chalkboard paint.

Finally, the nuclear option: Paint your entire fridge with chalkboard paint.

Just keep that artwork clean, people. Instructions here.

Easing the Painting Process

There’s progress in the laundry room! The walls have been painted!

It’s always helpful to take a little refresher course before starting a project and of course our DIY blog friend, Lindsay from Makely Home, does a great job with the Glidden “Show Me How” videos (she’s such a natural).

Since I do a lot of painting, I always have paint supplies on hand but when I ventured down to the basement this time, I noticed that my angled brush had seen better days. And I have to tell you, when I’m ready to paint…I want to do it right then. No shower, no make up……….

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