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8 Porch Light Upgrades

r January 27, 2014 | B DIY Projects, Home Decor

That tarnished brass porch light isn’t doing anything for your curb appeal. Swap it out for one of the many stylish alternatives available today. This is an easy project that just about anyone can do, and it makes such a difference!   1. Traditional Lantern – Glass panes and wrought iron will bounce light for a soft, romantic feel on your live-in porch.  Get the look   2. In-Line Lighting – Make sure every inch of your wrap around porch is well lit with matching light fixtures down the entire length. Get the look   3. Clean Lines – Try this minimalist fixture above your front door to welcome guests with simplicity. Get the look   4. Starry Light –…

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Ornaments, Math and Blinds, Oh My!

r December 24, 2013 | B DIY Projects

Our awesome friend Bon writes at MathFour.com about teaching math and using everyday situations as learning opportunities. Today she’s crafting with free Blinds.com samples and she made gorgeous geometric Christmas ornaments. Did we mention that Bon did all of this cutting and gluing from her cozy room in the delivery wing, waiting to have a baby! That’s what we’d call crafting commitment. Bon used her Signature Roman Pleat sample in Snow to make a modern Christmas Tree. Doesn’t this ornament made from the Velvet Red and Sage samples look just like old fashioned ribbon candy? See all of Bon’s festive creations over at MathFour.com and check out how she used each design to teach the different kinds of symmetry. Take a…

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Pinterest Fab 4: Inexpensive Holiday Decor

r December 23, 2013 | B DIY Projects, Pinterest Faves

It’s not to late to try these DIY Christmas Decor Projects that’ll bring spirit, joy and warmth into your home. At Blinds.com, we are all about saving money, so let’s get festive with these inexpensive holiday decor ideas! Holiday Door Every year around this time, I take at least one night to drive around and look at the holiday lights and décor. Decorating the outside of your home is just as much fun as the inside!  Be the talk of the street with your very own Nutcracker themed front door. Find step by step instructions on how to create this great look here. Floating Candle Centerpiece Go to your local dollar store, to find the supplies to this next holiday décor…

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas

r December 18, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

You’ve already spent a lot on holiday gifts, why dole out another chunk of change on expensive gift wrapping supplies? Save some money by using kraft paper (found with the postage supplies) and easy DIY embellishments. Learn how with guest host, and scrapbook diva, Sarah! Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Christmas: Find out just how easy it is to make this year’s presents pop with heat embossed wrapping paper and DIY paper bows. What You Need: Scrapbook Paper (double sided preferred) Scissors Hot Glue Gun Kraft Paper or Butcher Paper Holiday Stamps Embossing Powder Clear Embossing Ink Embossing Heat Tool How To Make Embossed Wrapping Paper: 1. Wrap gifts with kraft paper. 2. Moisten stamp with embossing ink and press…

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3 Minute Sugar Scrub – How To!

r December 11, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects, Holiday Fun

Wintertime brings holiday cheer and time with family, but for many it also means itchy dry skin. Make homemade sugar scrub for yourself and decompress from holiday stress (get ready for buttery soft skin). Or make a big batch – this is the perfect gift idea for grandmothers, moms, sisters, and aunts. Honestly, the guys in your life will steal a scoop when you’re not looking, so don’t be afraid to make an unscented batch for them too. 3 Minute Homemade Sugar Scrub This project is deceptively easy (and cheap!). All you need is sugar from the pantry and baby oil. What You Need: Granulated Sugar Baby Oil – We used this shea & cocoa butter scent. Essential Oils – Find…

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DIY Snowflake Ornament Made From Free Blinds Samples

Have you ordered free blinds samples and don’t want to just chuck them in the trash? Make a greener choice and turn them into DIY ornaments! Don’t already have samples on hand? Browse our cellular shades and be dazzled by the vast color collection and crisp fabrics. Order free samples to see them in person. You might just find the perfect stylish insulator for your windows this winter! How to Make Cellular Shade Ornaments: 1. Shop Cellular Shades from Blinds.com and order free samples. 2. Cut off 1/2″ with an exacto knife and safe cutting surface. 3. Repeat step 2. 4, 5. Hot glue the two pieces on top of each other. 6. Place a little hot glue on the…

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DIY: Make Windows Look Taller with Molding

You may have heard this designer trick: Hang draperies a foot or two above the window to instantly make them look taller. Did you know that you can get the same effect with plantation shutters? Add decorative trim around shutters and your ceilings and windows will instantly look taller. The deceptively easy detailing gives you a classic, custom look. This project involves some carpentry, but if you’re a novice, don’t be nervous. Lisa from The Pennington Point is here to tell us how it’s done. Meet Lisa Lisa Pennington lives in the country as a homeschooling mom of 9, and is the queen of home decor tricks that cost practically nothing. With so many teenagers at home, she has tried…

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Pinterest Fab 4: Homemade Gifts

r November 8, 2013 | B Budget Design, DIY Projects, Holiday Fun

With the holidays quickly approaching, the spirit of giving is among us now more than ever! As gift giving comes and goes, so does the money in our wallet!  Check out today’s Pinterest Fab 4: Homemade Gifts to learn how to stay in the spirit of giving without breaking the bank. Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Sugar Scrubs are the perfect gifts for all teachers, friends and family, and are super easy DIY projects to make! There are tons of recipes/styles on how to create your sugar scrub, but this Candy Cane Sugar Scrub is the perfect holiday find. Learn how to create this holiday mix step-by-step here. DIY Antique Candles Everyone loves a good smelling candle, but with prices ranging from $10-$20 dollars for one,…

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Top 10 Cool Halloween Projects

r October 28, 2013 | B DIY Projects, Holiday Fun

Halloween is the one time a year to celebrate the combination of orange and black, the cob webs and spiders, the goriness of blood, and the superstitious black cats. Let out the goblins and ghosts in this month Top 10 Cool Halloween Projects Frankenstein yogurt cups Everyone’s favorite monster comes out for a little snack with this holiday concoction. Celebrate the cherished Mary Shelley creation with this yummy treat.  Great for any kids Halloween party, Frankenstein Yogurt Cups are simple and easy to make.   With a black sharpie, make your very own Frankenstein by drawing his face on the outside of a clear plastic cup.   Add vanilla pudding tinted with green food coloring to make his familiar face and crush…

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Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas – Watch the video!

r October 23, 2013 | B Crafty at Home, DIY Projects

Are you a Halloween procrastinator? Learn how to make a Halloween mask with everyday craft supplies and complete your costume with simple accessories from home. How To Make An Easy Halloween Mask This tutorial is perfect for inexpensive adult Halloween costumes or kid’s Halloween costumes. Need a refresher? Here are step-by-step instructions and a few more ideas for using this technique. 1. Hold one sheet of craft paper up to your face to estimate the size of your mask. 2. Use a ballpoint pen to draw the shape of your mask and cut out the shape with an Exacto knife. Make sure you cut on a cutting board or safe cutting surface. Expert Tip! It can be tough to place…

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