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Christmas trees are a staple of the season, and a great way to make your house feel festive. If this year you don’t fancy splashing out on a new one, sweeping up the pine cones and topping up the reservoir, why not be a little experimentative and try your hand at making one of these creative alternative Christmas trees instead!

1. Invisible tree

What you’ll need: A metal structure to hang your strings from (eg. a steamer rack), fisherman’s string, lanyard rings, baubles, a hook

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  1. Attach your baubles at varying lengths to fisherman’s wire, then secure the other end to a lanyard ring.
  2. Attach the hook to your metal structure to allow it to hang from the ceiling
  3. Attach your baubles, figuring out the placement of lengths beforehand, to the structure. This may take some rearranging (and detangling!)

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2. Coffee Filters

What you’ll need: coffee filters, cardboard (eg. a cereal box), glue or a hot glue gun, [optional: spray paint, spray adhesive, glitter]Alternative christmas trees alternative different tree the handy mano manomano mano diy do it yourself festive coffee filter attached to cone

  1. Glue your cardboard into a conical shape. You may have to trim the bottom so it sits flat on the surface.
  2. Cut out the centre of your coffee filters and bunch the outside to create ruffles.
  3. Slide the coffee filter onto your base and then glue into place.
  4. Continue this process up the tree.
  5. Once finished, you can customise the tree however you like. You could attach the glitter with glue, or spray paint the tree in its entirety.

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3. String Lights

What you’ll need: fairy lights, blu tack or command strips [optional: baubles, tinsel, ribbon]

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  1. First, decide how you want your light tree to be on the wall. You can use blu tack to tack out and reposition where you want your points to be in order to get a clearer idea of how it will look.
  2. Start at a bottom corner and work your way up, crisscrossing the tree or simply creating a triangle outline if you prefer.
  3. Once finished, you can decorate your tree with baubles or stars attached to the wall, or alternatively leave it as just fairy lights.

You could even do this in the corner of a house to create a 3D effect….

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4. Tomato Cage 

What you’ll need: tomato cage, lights, rope/strong adhesive/tape

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  1. Turn your tomato cage upside down, and then pull the ends together to keep them in place.
  2. Wind your fairy lights around the structure of the tomato cage.
  3. Add decorations if you like, or leave as is.

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 5. String Art

What you’ll need: Nails or command hooks, string

  1. Decide where you want your string tree to go and use either a pencil or some blu tack to mark out the points.
  2. Hammer nails into the furthermost points of your tree, or, if you prefer not to make holes in your wall, use command hooks instead. Alternatively you could create this on a wooden board which you don’t mind hammering into.
  3. Wind your yarn around the outside points of the tree, and then work your way across, crisscrossing from point to point, until you’re happy with your design.Alternative christmas trees alternative different tree the handy mano manomano mano diy do it yourself festive string

6. Layered Sticks

What you’ll need: various twigs, fisherman’s string, a hook or command hook

  1. If you want to decorate your twigs for this project, it’s easiest to do this first, before assembly.
  2. Break down your twigs so they vary in size from very small to around a meter long (depending on how large you want your tree).
  3. Lay your twigs out on the floor in the order and spacing that you want.
  4. Start from the top, leaving a few inches of string spare. Wrap your string around the centre of the smallest twig and then tie a knot in place. Tie a knot at the bottom, leave a space of one inch, and tie another knot. From where this knot starts, wrap the string around the next twig down. Repeat until you get to the bottom of the tree.
  5. Take your spare string at the top and tie this around a hook, so you can use this to attach the tree to your ceiling.

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7. Christmas cards/photos

What you’ll need: cards or photos, blue tack

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Just attach them to the wall – this one’s that simple!
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You can use just about anything to create this, for example if want a more vintage look… Why not try using an (old and damaged!) book?
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Hopefully these photos have you feeling festive, and inspired to create your own Christmas tree, whether you have one already or not! If you do have your own tree and you want to know Christmas tree hacks for setting it up and making it last longer, find out how here. Feeling stressed about preparing for Christmas? We have these five top tips for the perfect Christmas at home.

Sources: popsugar, notmartha

 

8 Tips to Make Your Tree Last Longer This Christmas

5 Top Tips for the Perfect Home at Christmas

Looking to transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom without splashing the cash? These 7 ways to redo your countertops without replacing them work out as quick, cheap, simple, and can be very long lasting if you take care and put the right sealants in place once completed. They’re all very customisable, so hopefully you’ll be inspired!

1. Concrete ‘marble’

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This makes getting that sought after marble look super affordable – with this project coming to around £30. Sand your surface, then apply a feather finish product, according to instructions. Apply an even layer or your concrete, leave to dry, then sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Complete another two layers like this, and your look is complete!

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Depending on which cement you use and how many layers you apply, you can customise the look of your trendy concrete countertops.

2. Tile Style

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Don’t want to splash the cash on an entire countertop? Slash the price by buying tiles and using these to create a similar effect. You’ll want to put a waterproofing membrane on your existing countertop, and an edging trim around your sink. After this, just start tiling!

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3. A Coat of Paint 

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Using sponges of various sizes and different coloured paints, you can achieve a faux-stone look. Use a mix of tones to achieve depth, and be prepared to keep layering on paint until you get to your desired look. Make sure to use a sealant once finished!

4. Penny for your thoughts

Looking for something unique? This mosaic copper penny countertop is sure to make people look twice. Start by shining your pennies with vinegar and salt, letting them sit for a couple of hours, and then it’s time to glue them down. Use wood (or an alternative material) to wrap around the edge of your counter. Once all your pennies are down, use an epoxy to fill in your counter, going back over with a hairdryer and toothpick to pop any bubbles.

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5. Chalkboard countertops

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Using chalkboard paint not only looks beautiful but is functional too. This is one of the simplest – all you need to create this look is a primer, roller and chalkboard paint. Paint your base coat on, leave to dry, and then go back over with matte chalkboard paint. Make sure your paint is nontoxic and food safe – or you can put a nontoxic coat over your regular paint

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6. Make contact

Using contact paper is a great way to cheaply transform your countertops – especially if you’re a renter and can’t make any permanent changes. Clean your countertop thoroughly and allow to dry. You want to position your paper so there are as few seams as possible. Flatten down the paper us a credit card or somethig similar, trim the excess, and then go back over with a sealant. Overlap any seams by around an inch.

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7. Stone spray paint

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Textured spray paints are designed to make any surface look like stone. Start by sanding your surface, then cover any areas you don’t want painted. Go over your counter with three or four coats of paints, trying to keep each coat even. Cover your paint with poly sealant to protect it, and go back over the edges with caulk to fill in any gaps.

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Hopefully these photos helped inspire you to change up your counter top. With very little budget and time, you can drastically change the look of your counters, and by extension, your whole kitchen!

Still feeling handy? Why not try your hand at this Moroccon inspired faux cement plant pot? Want to make the kitchen you have look the best it can? Why not check out these expert cleaning hacks!

 

Source: http://www.hometalk.com/14575105/s-13-ways-to-transform-your-countertops-without-replacing-them

It’s October, the days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and all those spooky demons surpressed for 364 days a year are preparing to show themselves on the creepiest night of the year. If you want to join in with the festivities but don’t want to spend lots of money, or you want to spend time making something with the kids for the house, we’ve put together these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations to get you suitably spooked.

 

1. Puking pumpkin

You’ll need: a pumpkin, tools to carve the pumpkin and scoop out the excess

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  1. Start by carving out a pumpkin as you would usually – cut a circular hole around the stem and remove this portion, and then scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.
  2. Take out the pumpkin innards and put them aside in a bowl – you don’t want to throw these away.
  3. Carve out your pumpkin face in any pained or repulsed expression you choose, remembering to leave the mouth wide.
  4. Put the pumpkin a place of your choice, and position the pumpkin innards you removed in the most gruesome way you can manage!

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2. Throw in the towel

You’ll need: an old towel you don’t mind ruining, some red paint and a brush – that’s it!

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This DIY is SUPER simple and quick, but can be pretty impactful for any unsuspecting guests. All you need to is take your paint, then press down firmly onto the towel. Repeat with your other hand, and add a few splatters of paint by flicking the paint brush towards your towel.

 

3. Cheesecloth ghost

You’ll need: cheesecloth, some sort of stand for your ghost (either a bottle with a round top or something straight – eg. a bottle or kitchen roll and a balloon), wire or coat hanger, scissors, tape, liquid starch or elmers glue.

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  1. Firstly, you’ll want to put together a form for your ghost. If you’re using a bottle with a rounded top – you’re all set. If not, you’ll want to either tape your balloon to the top of a bottle, or attach it to a long cylinder like a kitchen roll
  2. Take your wire and wrap it around the ghost’s ‘body’, with excess sticking out from each side. Manipulate these how you want to be the arms of the ghost. If you don’t want arms, just leave this step out
  3. Mix up your glue substance. If you’re using liquid starch, the ratio should be three parts starch to one part water. If you’re using glue and water, mix equal parts of both.
  4. Cut up your cheesecloth and submerge this into your glue mixture. Make sure the cloth is properly saturated – moving it around in the liquid and then wringing it out a little so it’s not gloopy
  5. Drape the cheesecloth over your form, and keep layering up until your happy. Make sure there’s excess cheesecloth at the bottom – this is what will keep your ghost standing
  6. Once they’ve fully dried (we recommend leaving overnight), remove your form and voila! Little ghosts! If you fancy, you can add in extras like black felt eyes, or even googly eyes.

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4. Bloody Handprint

You’ll need: Elmer’s glue, red and blue food colouring, cling film, wax paper, tape, gloves (optional – will protect your hands from dye but also make it harder to give accurate prints. Without gloves, put lotion on your hands to reduce the dye stain)

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  1. Prepare the area you’re working in for the inevitable dye and mess. Take a chopping board, wrap in clingfilm, and secure tightly at the back with tape.
  2. Pour out 30ml of glue with one drop of blue food colouring. Mix, then begin adding red colouring, stirring between each drop, until you reach the shade you want.  Remember it will darken a little when dry.
  3. Taking your hand, paint on a layer of *only* glue – this will act as a base. Press your hand onto the clingfilm. Wait until it dries, and then repeat several times, until it’s about 1/8th inch thick
  4. Once this is done, cover your hand in the red ‘blood’ mixture, and press this on top of your glue. Go back and fill in any gaps once dry
  5. Once this is dry, peel carefully from the clingfilm. If yours isn’t thick enough, simply go back with more coloured glue layers. Now just to stick them in spooky places around the house!

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5. Creepy Crawlies

You’ll need: yarn, tape, fake spider

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  1. Start by creating two X shapes that meet at the middle. Tape each end to the wall
  2. Knot a piece of your yarn close to the centre around one of the spires, and then work in a circle, looping around each spire as you reach it. Continue this until you’ve worked your way out to the end.
  3. Tie your fake spider onto another piece of yarn, and tape this so it either hangs from your net or off the ceiling

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6. Dripping Candles

You’ll need: kitchen or toilet rolls, small LED candles, glue gun, paint, fisherman’s string (optional)

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  1. Use your glue guns to put ‘wax’ drips around one side of your cardboard rolls
  2. Paint your candle to make the wax look realistic
  3. Glue in your electric light to the top of your candles
  4. If you like, you can use fisherman’s string to hang from the ceiling

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We hope these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations help you get your house suitably prepared for Halloween, whether you’re throwing a party, going trick or treat

ing, or curling up on the sofa pretending you can’t hear those kids knocking on your door and hoping they leave soon. If you try out any of these, we’d love to see! Just send us a photo over to our Facebook page (we promise we’ll be suitably impressed). Not into the whole Halloween thing and want to have a relax instead? Why not try your hand at a killer DIY combo – your own hammock and personal bar!

 

Sources: craftylumberjacks (blogspot) and feltmagnet

Nothing tastes like a summer evening as much as toasted marshmallows, so make sure you get your s’mores injection this summer with a DIY fire pit. Although they can look intimidating to make, a DIY fire pit doesn’t have to be complicated. These 12 outdoor fire pit ideas can help inspire you to get your DIY on ready for this summer. Prepare to fully enjoy those long summer evenings by the comforting crackle of your fire pit.

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas

1. Concrete Block Fire Pit

This stylish, circular fire pit design is the classic. This simple fire pit will last for years to come and provide the perfect ambience for many thrilling campfire stories.

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2. Tabletop Fire Pit

This chic fire pit is a elegant alternative to the traditional garden pit. Although you probably won’t be using it to cook anything, it will bring a touch of luxury to your patio. Just add your favourite garden furniture set nearby and enjoy watching the flames flicker.

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3. Half Wall Fire Pit

If you are someone who is particularly safety conscious, this fire pit with a half wall is a great pick. The added stone paving around the pit reduces the possibility of the fire escaping, while the wall protects the area behind.

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4. Brick And Stone Pit

Another classic round design, this DIY fire pit design looks stunning with a rustic, stone exterior. Using fireproof bricks on the inside ensures that there won’t be any unpleasant surprises later on and painting them black maintains the general rustic appearance.

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5. Concrete Tree Rings Fire Pit

This petite fire pit stands out for its unusual design and colour. Now that scalloped edges are currently on trend, this is the most fashionable fire pit in our list!

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6. Washing Machine Drum Pit

If you’re looking for something simple and portable, this basic fire pit is a great solution. Not only will it keep you warm, and look great while doing so, but it’s a great upcycling project.

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7. Simply Circular

If you aren’t interested in digging up any parts of your lawn, you can follow this easy guide instead. By using tiles and sand to create a fireproof base you can avoid any backbreaking digging.

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8. Concrete Fire Pit

If building blocks aren’t so much your style, then you can keep things simple with a concrete pit. Build your forms, mix, and pour for a stunning square fire pit. Make sure that you include another material between the concrete and the fire.

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9. All Squared Away

If a concrete square is a little too spartan for your tastes, but a circle seems passé, try a concrete block square! Using blocks in a square avoids the time consuming process of cutting the blocks to fit into a tidy circle.

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10. Brick Fire Pit

Old bricks are great for a variety of  clever DIY projects, not least building a pretty fire pit! This fire pit idea keeps things simple with minimal materials and all of them cheap!

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11. Tractor Tyre Rim

Although not everyone has access to tractor tyres, it is also possible to do use car rims to achieve a mini version of this fire pit. Using the rim provides you with a perfect circle form and avoids any digging!

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12. Crazy Paving

Make your fire pit stand out from the rest with this unusual tiling. This is one of the simplest and most effective DIY fire pit ideas, it goes to show that one small change can affect the whole look of your pit. Maybe you have some of your own creative designs in mind after seeing these DIY fire pit ideas…?

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If you enjoyed these outdoor fire pit ideas, have a look at our other outdoor DIY projects:

How To Make An Easy DIY BBQ

How To Make A DIY BBQ With A Tyre Rim

Sometimes old furniture is either beyond repair or taste, but these incredible pieces of upcycled furniture prove that it can still have a future. With a bit of creativity, upcycling furniture can produce amazing results. Old chairs can become a beautiful bench, or a door a leaning shelf. If you’ve got some old furniture that needs a new look, check out this list of upcycled furniture  to get inspired!

1. A New Storage Bench

Transforming an old dresser is a stylish way to upgrade your furniture. Even better, if you save the bottom row of draws your new bench will come with build-in storage!

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2. Bed Bench

An old, wooden bed frame might not look like it has many upcycling possibilities, but don’t be fooled! With a few tweaks this simple frame becomes a stunning garden bench.

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3. Door Shelves

Give your old doors a makeover by turning them into leaning shelves. This simple DIY is full of rustic-chic charm and is the perfect solution to avoid hammering nails into your walls.

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4. Upgraded Dressers

Transform your old dresser into a stunning kitchen island. With a lick of paint and a new counter top your dresser will soon be a useful piece of furniture again!

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5. A Stylish Chair Bench

Two chairs are great, but one smart bench is even better! Upcycle a pair or old chairs into an unusual bench. upcycled furniture upcycling reuse DIY The handy mano manomano chair bench

6. Dress-er Up Your Mudroom

This DIY furniture upcycling project requires a bit more work than some of the others, but the results are worth it. With some additional pieces, this simple dresser becomes a the perfect piece of furniture for your mudroom or hall. upcycled furniture upcycling reuse DIY The handy mano manomano dresser mudroom

7. Stylish Storage

Take out a few draws and add a wine rack to transform an old dresser into a stylish addition to your kitchen. Upcycling furniture with a lick of paint can all make a world of difference to the feel of a piece.

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8. A Headboard Bench

If you don’t have a whole bed frame, don’t panic! This furniture upcycling project demonstrates just how much you can do with only the headboard.

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9. File Your Tools

Give your tool shed or garage an organisational overhaul with this clever filing cabinet upcycle. If you want to get tidy as soon as possible, you could even skip the painting step!

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10. Bed Frame Benches Galore!

If you’re still looking for more ways to update your old bed frame, look no further. This colourful upcycled bench is the perfect way to add some comfort to your patio.
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11. A Coffee Table Bench

If you’ve had enough of staring at watermarks on your coffee table, take the time to transform it into a stylish bench.
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If you enjoyed these stunning upcycled furniture projects, but want more DIY inspiration check out 12 Stunning Upcycled Mirror Frames and Incredible DIY Feature Wall Paint Ideas.

source: industrystandarddesign.com