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Is it time to get more organized? If you want to start keeping important reminders on your refrigerator or your New Year's resolution was to get organized with a magnetic calendar, then the first thing you need are magnets. Sure, you can buy pre-made magnets that operate just fine, but why not unleash your creative side and merge function with form? Just check out the following three great DIY magnet projects you can tackle today:

3 Ways to Great Unique & Memorable Magnets

  • Show off your photographs. Photo apps like Instagram are great for creating, saving, and sharing photographic memories. But you shouldn't have to pick up your phone to enjoy your favorite pictures of friends and family! Instead, take your favorite Instagram pics, print them out, and make them magnets that you can enjoy every time you head to the kitchen. There are two main ways of doing creating DIY Instagram magnets: The easy and the ultra-easy. The ultra-easy is to purchase magnetic printer paper like this and use your home printer to generate magnetic photos. However, magnets made of this material can be a bit flimsy and so a good alternative is to adhere photos to magnetic strips such as in this tutorial
  • Get colorful with glass marbles. These types of magnets will require a few more supplies, but you can also get more creative with the process. The idea is to use flat glass marbles like these to magnify cut-out and Modge-Podge'd words or images. These pieces are then glued to hobby craft magnets to create personalized pieces. One of the coolest things about this project is, since you can buy the marbles and magnets affordably in bulk, you can also make this a simple DIY gift idea. This step-by-step tutorial is great for getting you started but don't limit yourself. For example, you might also make your own doodles or paints to use instead of clipped out art.
  • Buttons, brooches, and all other baubles. Once you have a supply of hobby craft magnets, you can transform just about any small and semi-lightweight object into a cool and eye-catching magnet. All you need to do is take your found object and use a high-strength glue to adhere it to the magnet. Drawing a blank on what to use? Any of the following items will work well as quick and crafty magnet centerpieces (although you can also always personalize with glitter and paint):
  • Large buttons
  • Vintage brooches
  • Costume pins and jewelry
  • Seashells 
  • Clothespins
  • Foreign coins
  • Now Get Crafting!

    Making your own magnets is one of those unique types of art and crafts projects in which it doesn't matter what your creativity level is, you can still create fabulous, working pieces of art. Whether you print out photographs or create elaborate miniature oil paintings, in the end, you'll still enjoy having something that's beautiful to look at.


    One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own."

    That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!)

    For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked, set up, and fully decorated is keeping their motivation high. While momentum is usually highest during the first few weeks of living in a new home, a lot of distractions, interruptions, and competing priorities can quickly vie for your attention.

    In addition to using good time management skills and setting self-imposed deadlines for getting projects done, here are a few other strategies for staying on track with your decorating and home improvement goals:

    Purchase needed supplies ASAP: It's easy for a project to get derailed or put on the "back burner" when you don't have all the tools, supplies, and materials you need to get started. Painting walls and ceilings is the perfect example because you can't get fully underway until you have a variety of brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, painters' tape, and a sufficient supply of paint -- often more than one color. If you have holes or cracks to fill, you may also need additional supplies like joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper. When you have immediate access to all the supplies you need for a particular project, it eliminates potential delays, excuses for getting started, and interruptions in your work flow.

    Arrange child care: Sometimes the best approach to keeping your children supervised and entertained while you're working on the house is to hire a responsible teenager to babysit. If you have one or more older children in the family who can help take care of the younger ones for a few hours, then that's even better. In either case, you'll be able to stay focused on the task at hand and get a lot more accomplished.

    Make it a priority: The problem with continually postponing a home repair, a landscaping task, or a painting project is that weeks can easily turn into months! Before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven't organized your basement, cleaned out those clogged rain gutters, or applied a fresh coat of paint to your outdated bathroom walls. By blocking off a specific period of time for getting a project underway or completed, you'll be accomplishing your home maintenance goals and beautifying your home faster and more efficiently.

    Commit it to writing: When you write yourself a reminder note, create a to-do list, mark it on your calendar, or even text your spouse about your plans to tackle the project on Saturday, you've increased the probability that it will get done. Verbally telling people about it, such as when they ask you what you're doing this weekend, will also help fuel your motivation and nudge you to get the job done in a timely way!


    If you are plagued with a small room and are ready to make that room feel and appear larger take a look at the tips below. De-clutter: Clutter can make any size room feel small. This goes for wall clutter, trinkets and ‘stuff’ clutter, furniture clutter, etc. Too much on the walls can make the room feel and look smaller. Go for a simpler approach and choose a focal wall, adding frames or artwork there. Everyone has items that they absolutely ‘have’ to display, but there comes a point where it’s too much, especially in a small room. If you can’t part with anything, rotate displaying these items with the seasons, changing them out when you change out your seasonal décor. Less Furniture: Take a look at the furniture you have in the room and decide whether it is all absolutely necessary. Could you do some cleaning and remove a dresser or cabinet? Or could you move those storage pieces into a closet so you aren’t losing the storage but creating more space in that room? Smaller dressers can fit quite nicely in typical 2 door closets, still leaving plenty of space for hanging clothes. If considering a living room, it’s best to have one larger couch than multiple pieces. Wall Storage & Hidden Storage: Removing storage pieces that sit on the ground and replacing with wall storage will add the perception of a bigger space. Wall storage such as shelves or small horizontal cabinets are an easy way to create more storage (moderation is key or it will also clutter the room). Would you rather place pieces of art on the walls? Try hidden storage pieces such as coffee tables and ottomans that open. This trick will also allow for you to remove cluttering pieces of small storage furniture. Light Colored Paint: It’s a known fact in the world of interior design that dark colors make a room feel and look smaller. If you are trying to make the room appear larger, choose a lighter colored paint. To take it a step further, choose cool lighter colors rather than warm tones. This could include a range of blues and greens and cool grays and whites. Light colored floors: Piggybacking on the point above, lighter colored floors are another way to create the perception of a larger room. Lighter floor colors such as oak or birch laminate or hardwood and lighter colored rugs such as tans, grays, and white/cream are all good options. There are many ways to create the perception of a larger room. Above are just a few. Be mindful of the type of room you are trying to make feel larger. You can try just one or try them all together but they are sure to do the trick.

    Have you ever wondered how rooms in magazines always seem to be pulled together in a way you just can’t seem to replicate? Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the addition of greenery and fresh cut flowers. But don’t worry you don’t have to run out and buy bouquets of flowers each week to gain the same effect for your home. You can turn your new home into a green paradise all year long with these five easy to care for plants. 

    Aloe - A plant that’s easy to care for no matter how green your thumb, the aloe is a hearty plant that can survive a little neglect here and there. Note, though, that the aloe does do best in dry areas and while it can go without frequent watering you want to ensure it is in a pot that drains well to avoid root rot. A large aloe plant can add balance to a minimalist room while a row of smaller plants adds whimsical charm to a child’s room.

    English ivy - Here’s a plant for the homeowner who wants a plant to add some decorative interest. As a sprawling plant, the English ivy will look beautiful draped along shelves or windows. The ivy is another easy to grow plant that doesn’t require frequent watering and will thrive with lots of light.

    Rubber tree - Looking for something to fill a bare corner? Pick up a rubber tree to add life to the room. Its height allows it to make a statement on its own without a corner table to put it at eye level. This tree prefers indirect light and only requires watering about once or twice a month.

    Peace lily - Add some beautiful blooms to a room all year with the peace lily. Not only does it boast beautiful white petals, it is also known to greatly improve air quality. This lily is easy to care for and can be coaxed it to bloom all year in a room with low light conditions.

    Spider plant - Draw the eye upward in small rooms by hanging the spider plant from the ceiling. With proper care, this plant will eventually offshoot with “babies” that add more visual interest to its foliage with delicate white flowers. Another plant known for its ability for improving air quality the spider plant is easy to care for.

    When choosing plants to add to a room don’t be afraid to get creative as you would with decor and take into consideration how well the color and shape of the plant matches the style of your home. Whether you reach for something to sprawl out over a sparsely filled bookshelf with the English ivy or fill an awkward corner with the rubber tree keep the flow of the room in mind. Happy decorating!




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