halloween

Top 6 Fun Projects For Kids This Halloween

Halloween will be much different this year, like many other activities and holidays! However, that doesn’t mean we can’t scare each other at home! From spooky treats to artistic creations that border on witchcraft, here are some ideas that will keep you entertained all night long! Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, and it is one of those days when we can all let our creativity run wild, be it with our home decorations or our costumes.

Here are six simple and inexpensive decorating ideas and festive projects that will entertain the little ghouls in your house this October. Indeed, the days leading up to Halloween can be a very stressful time, especially if you have a big party to plan, a costume to choose from, spider webs to hang, and scary tricks to plan. 

As a queer person who loves horror movies, Halloween is my Christmas, and it is the type of year where I go all out, and my costumes get wilder and bigger every year because it is a time for me to let my freak flag free. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the best craft and DIY projects to do for Halloween.

1. Mummified Cookies

halloween

Feel like baking some beautiful cookies that will haunt the house this Halloween season? Why not turn to a mummy cookie recipe destined to end up on your Instagram account? Make a whole batch of these using your homemade recipe or by purchasing ready-made cookie dough. All you have to do is decorate by adding band-aids and googly eyes, all sweet, of course.

2. Create your own Halloween crown

There’s nothing better than a funeral wreath to scare the neighbors! Simply pick up a good old, bare wreath from the store of your choice and decorate it with a glue gun, wire, branches, and creepy accessories like plastic spiders, orange and black ribbon, toilet paper ghosts, decorative pumpkins, and even candy.

3. Brew your own goo

Add a little science to your activities and create your own slime! To make yourself a beautiful, sticky monster, you’ll need clear glue, baking soda, salt solution, green paint, and a pair of eyes (don’t take your own). Place 5 ounces of glue in a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix with the paint (or food coloring), then add 3 tablespoons of saline solution and roll it around in your hands until it becomes gooey. Add the eyes and pour them into a jar to keep it cool.

4. Turn a plate into a mask

Wearing a mask has a whole new meaning since 2020… Why not make one for the little ones in the house with a simple paper plate? It’s easy to do. With a good pair of scissors, glue, and a few items, transform the plate into a Halloween pumpkin, a menacing vampire, or an adorable kitten. To manipulate the plate, glue a simple Popsicle stick to the base! Holes will be needed for the eyes, and get creative with whatever you can find in terms of paper, ribbons, glitter, pipe cleaners, etc.

5. Dye a garment (tie-dye)

halloween

Need a common costume for the whole family? You’ll take great photos by transforming a plain black sweater. Dampen it with enough water, and crumple it into a compact ball that you hold together with rubber bands. Using rubber gloves, submerge the sweater in a bucket containing half cold water and half bleach. Watch as it discolors and turns orange. Remove the sweater from the liquid after about ten minutes and wash by hand in the sink, and let dry. Make sure this whole process is done in a well-ventilated room.

6. Make a cardboard haunted house

Why not make this Halloween party an art project for the whole family? Go ahead and build a miniature haunted house that you can proudly display on a windowsill or in a bookcase. Use an empty box as a starting point (think delivery or cereal box). All you have to do is decorate the structure with whatever you find in the house. Younger kids can paint or put fun or scary stickers on it, while older kids can make fake spider webs, felt bats, glow-in-the-dark ghosts, etc. Your imagination is the only limit!

Sound off in the comments section below, and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about the funniest DIY to do for Halloween.

plastic

Top 5 Good Reasons To Start A DIY Project

Would you like to make a Do It Yourself creation? It is estimated that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice at least one DIY activity. These activities are varied, to say the least: manual activities and crafts, but also growing your own fruit or vegetables, making jam or fruit juice, repairing a vehicle, etc. Are you still hesitating to get started? Discover, in this article, 5 good reasons to practice a DIY activity, whatever it is!

1. Save money with DIY

sewing

The economic aspect is certainly one of the main advantages of Do-it-Yourself! Indeed, more and more people dare to take the plunge, realizing, rightly so, that DIY creations are often less expensive. According to a recent IPSOS study, we save, on average, more than 270$ per year thanks to Do It Yourself.

Even if the raw material purchase can require a certain budget, putting a little elbow grease can be quickly profitable. Moreover, you should not hesitate to make DIY with recycled products, objects, and raw materials. Indeed, recycled creations are the most interesting to save money while adopting eco-responsible behavior. You would be wrong to deprive yourself of it!

2. Make useful creations

Give meaning to your creations by making them useful in your daily life! For example, don’t hesitate to create a shelf if you lack storage space at home. If you want to have a bag to carry your things more easily, make it!

The creative possibilities are endless! So as you want and need, don’t hesitate to think about what you need before you think about how to make that DIY project. If you think you can create something useful, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. After all, there’s nothing better than useful DIY creations to make your life easier and to make you want to create more and more!

3. Do a DIY activity to keep yourself busy

brownies

If you don’t know what to do when you have little time on your hands or to keep yourself busy on a rainy day, think DIY! Indeed, it’s a great way to keep busy without seeing the time pass. In fact, by focusing on a manual creation, your brain and hands should quickly be on fire.

Children, adults, and the elderly can enjoy themselves and fill in any moments of solitude by indulging in manual creations of all kinds: decorative creations, sewing projects, painting activities, personalization of media, etc. The possibilities are endless; you won’t have a minute to yourself while focusing on your favorite creative hobby!

4. Gain self-confidence

Nothing is more satisfying than being able to say, “I did it”! In fact, making a DIY creation often allows you, over time, to assert yourself and gain confidence in your own abilities. As you progress, you will feel more and more at ease and therefore be able to launch yourself into more meticulous and/or complex projects. The result will be an even more satisfying feeling when you reach your goal!

If you are starting from scratch, in any activity, starting with something easy is always recommended. Find (or have in mind) a pattern that you can easily replicate. Once you’ve done that, you can add some complexity by using other materials, larger volumes, and/or testing other creative techniques.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask your friends and family for their opinion: positive opinions will confirm your abilities! Also, be sure to consider the more nuanced opinions to progress in your various creative approaches. You will thus be constantly pulled upwards!

5. Sharing good moments with your loved ones

Easy DIY Gifts for Father’s Day (Part 2)

Sharing is also something essential for every human being. Good news: DIY is conducive to exchanges, discussions, and even, sometimes, new encounters! If you have the opportunity, dare to make handicrafts with family, friends, or even colleagues. Indeed, this type of activity will allow everyone to enjoy a pleasant moment of sharing. Moreover, if you have creative events or even hobby fairs near you, we can only recommend you to go there!

You will be able to meet creators and sometimes exchange with speakers or even participate in creative group workshops. Don’t hesitate to browse blogs, forums, Facebook groups, or any other virtual community to meet other designers, discover new techniques, ask your own questions, and exchange with different people. You’ll see for yourself: DIY brings together a big (and supportive) family. It’s a lot of fun to share your own experiences, give advice and get new Do It Yourself ideas!

Sound off in the comments section below, and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about starting a DIY project.

4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

4 Vital Advice for DIY Novices

 

Do you have to perform minor tasks that don’t call for expert assistance? For instance, mounting a shelf, putting together and taking apart furniture that comes in a kit, and more…
You might be hesitant to try some DIY techniques, but with the help of the simple DIY advice in this post, you will be able to finish simple tasks at home. So let’s get started right away!

1. Unscrewing a rusty screw

4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

It doesn’t take long for rust to form and fuse the contact between the two pieces when moisture gets between the threads of a screw and those of its nut – the screwdriver won’t turn because the screw is so rusted. How can you remove this blockage without a specific tool in your possession?

There are three possibilities:

– Pour a few drops of kerosene on the screw. If, however, it is still impossible to remove, make a mixture of machine oil/nail polish remover, leave it to act for 15 minutes, and remove the screw with a screwdriver.

– Use white vinegar and pour it on the head of the screw, leave it for 15 minutes and remove the screw with your screwdriver.

– Insert the screwdriver into the rusty screw, adjust the wrench to hold the screwdriver, and turn the wrench while pressing the screwdriver. 

Good to know: do not reassemble a rusty screw or one whose impression is starting to be damaged.

2. Drive a thin nail easily

Driving a nail seems simple and within reach of any DIY enthusiast. However, driving fine nails requires a minimum of technique. Here are a few tips that will allow you to hammer them in one after the other without ever hitting your fingers:

– Position the nail in the desired location, keeping it straight. Then give the nail small taps, always holding it with the other hand. When your fingers become too thick to hold the nail still, remove them, then finish by tapping with the hammer.

– Pinch the nail with a clothespin and hit it with a hammer without risking injury.

– Take a sheet of cardboard, and stick your nail in it; the cardboard will hold the nail straight; you will just have to tear it when you have driven the nail into the wood.

Good to know: don’t forget to grip your hammer firmly by the bottom of the handle; your gesture will be more precise.

3. Driving a screw in a hard-to-reach place

Sometimes you’ll need to screw in a place where you can’t hold the screw with your fingers, for example, in a place that’s too narrow to fit your hand. How do you manage to do this without getting upset? You have several solutions:

– Put a sticky substance, such as fixing paste, or double-sided adhesive, between the screwdriver and the screw, it is the screwdriver that will put the screw in the right place, and you can then screw without problems.

– Slide the screw between the teeth of a small comb that will act as a “third hand” and is suitable for screws of different sizes.

– Push in a piece of plastic or rubber tube at the end of the screwdriver to hold the screw head.

– Attach a paper clip to the end of the screwdriver with a rubber band or adhesive tape and wedge the screw between its legs.

– Magnetize the screw by placing it on a magnet for a few minutes.

4. Provide a hardware base

If you’re tinkering on the weekends or in the evenings, it’s always maddening to have to stop in the middle of a task to buy the right size screw, nail, or dowel.

Therefore, plan a hardware base that will be very useful:

– a collection of screws, nails, hooks, and dowels in the most commonly used sizes;

– a set of drill bits of different diameters for your drill, for the most common materials, concrete, brick, metal, and wood.

You will also need to bring:

– a wooden pencil;

– a large ruler or tape measure;

– a spirit level.

This will prevent you from abandoning a DIY project because you ran out of the necessary supplies.
Note: It is essential to keep goods properly in tiny boxes or clear plastic bags so that you can immediately locate the right ones.

That’s it, then. We’ve finished our quick and simple advice. What brought you to this post? Kindly leave a few comments below.

 

4 Easy Tips Every DIY Enthusiast Should Know!

4 Easy Tips Every DIY Enthusiast Should Know!

Content:

1. Drill into tile

2. Protecting paint cans from drips

3. Drill a hole at the proper depth

4. Save paint brushes and rollers.

 

Like most people, you have to do small jobs for which a professional is not essential: hanging a shelf, painting a room in the house, assembling and disassembling furniture in a kit … However, you are a novice and hesitating about trying some DIY tricks?

Our 4 tips for easy DIY will be a great help! Thanks to them, you will carry out small building sites at home without any difficulty.

Your kitchen needs shelves, racks, brackets, and other accessories, and you need to drill into the tiles. But how do you drill into tile or ceramic without breaking or splitting the substrate?

1. Drill into tile

Here is the right way to go about it to get a perfect result without stress:

– use a concrete drill with tungsten carbide at the end;

– remove the percussion from your drill;

– stick a cross tape where you are going to drill (this will prevent your tile from breaking);

– start by drilling at low speed;

– Put the hammer back on your drill when the hole starts to form;

– speed up the drilling until you are done drilling the necessary depth.

Good to know: if after some time, the hole you drilled in the tile is no longer needed, you can fill it with special tinted cement, whose color will blend in with that of the tile.

2. Protecting paint cans from drips

DIY

Paint without getting your fingers in a knot and keep your paint can clean by avoiding drips on the outside? It’s possible by following these ideas:

– Get a large rubber band that you place vertically around the paint can, so you wipe your brush on the edge of the rubber band.

– Place a wire across the can, so you can drip the brush on it without dripping.

Good to know: to reopen paint cans and prevent the lid from resisting, always clean the contact surfaces with a cloth before closing the can after use.

3. Drill a hole at the proper depth

You need to make a hole in the wall to screw something in, but you’re not sure it’s the correct depth. There are several ways to drill a hole to the right depth:

– Adjustable stop: some drills have a depth stop, a small metal ring that you attach to the drill bit with a screw. 

– The adhesive tape: wrap a piece of thick adhesive tape around the drill bit at the proper depth to get a perfect result. 

– Adjustable guide: This is a metal rod mounted along the side of some drills and locked by a knob. Mount the drill, set the guide to the desired depth, and drill until the guide contacts the wall.

Note: If you have several holes of the same depth to drill, ensure the adhesive has not been trimmed during the previous drilling.

4. Save paint brushes and rollers

DIY

A paintbrush that is not cleaned quickly will be unusable because the brush bristles will become hard as wood. 

Between two coats of paint, it is often necessary to wait several hours, even a whole day. If you want to avoid the tedious task of cleaning brushes and rollers completely between coats, there are several solutions:

– Put them in a container filled with water so that they are perfectly covered by the liquid, even if you use glycerine paint;

– wrap them in aluminum foil;

– Place them in a plastic bag and close it carefully to prevent air from entering;

– clean them by soaking them in white spirit.

– Lay the brush flat on newspaper, then press the brush hairs gently with the back of a palette knife.

Your brushes and rollers will not dry out, and you can use them immediately when you return to your worksite.

Good to know: recover the brush by soaking it for a few hours in boiled vinegar. If any residue still sticks to the brush, remove it with a knife blade, then re-soak it in white spirit. When the brush has marinated sufficiently, wash it with soapy water.

How did you find this post? Remember to share and comment below, and stay tuned for our next post on more easy tips you did not really think of.

plastic

Top 6 Crafts To Do With Plastic Bottles

Generally, when we have a plastic water bottle, we make two uses of it; first, we drink its content, then we throw it away with the other plastic waste so that it is recycled. Well, not bad, but well, can do better. And yes: a plastic water bottle, whether full or empty, can actually be used to do a whole lot of things that we rarely suspect. We can make sports, decorations, jewels, and much more with plastic bottles.

The only limit we can have is our imagination, because as far as our wallet is concerned, it is certainly not a pack of water that will ruin us! In short, if we want to impress the gallery at a low cost, we go into recovery mode and do not throw away our water bottles. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the crafts you can do with plastic bottles.

1. Exercise!

plastic

When you want to build up your biceps or triceps at home by lifting 1.5kg dumbbells, you have two options: either you buy dumbbells in a sports store, or you use dumbbells that you already have at home. It works just as well to build muscle gently, but it costs less! What do you mean? Well, a full plastic water bottle is 1.5L. And 1.5 liters of water weighs 1.5 kilos! So instead of lifting weights, we take a full water bottle in each hand and start our exercises.

2. A beautiful bracelet

When we want to buy jewelry, it’s always the same: the simplest ones are often the most beautiful…but the most expensive! While we always have the impression that we could make them ourselves. What if we went to the practice?

With a slice of plastic water bottle, some mohair to reinforce it, and a nice fabric to cover it, we make ourselves, in two times three movements, a super nice bracelet that we will be the only ones to wear this summer. Practical and aesthetic!

3. Birdhouses

plastic

It’s summer, raining hard, the kids are overexcited, and we don’t know what to do with them because we only have paint but no paper. No problem: a plastic water bottle can easily be transformed into a birdhouse, which the children will be delighted to build with us.

To do this, all we need is a water bottle that we will cut in half, shorten and then make a hole in the bottom part, paint and glue the two parts together to make a little hut before hanging it in a tree with a string and two holes in the cap.

4. An improvised vase

It’s summer, and the kids have just picked a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers (on the neighbor’s stoop, actually, oops, too bad) that we want to put on the garden table. Problem: the table in the living room is exposed to the shots of balloons, to the shakes, to the wind…

It would be a pity to break the pretty vase that offered us, mother-in-law, at Christmas (although… in short). The solution: show that you are a pro of the system D! We can either cut a plastic water bottle in two or work a little on the aspect of our vase if we have a little more time…and a computer for a tuto!

5. An emergency broom

plastic

The horror: by shaking our good old broom, we have just broken it in two. And we tried to glue the handle to the other part, but nothing made it. No panic; we have a broom if we have tape and plastic bottles. And yes, we will cut many strips in empty plastic water bottles, which we will assemble with tape on our old broom handle. To our great surprise, we will see that we can sweep a floor very well with plastic broom bristles!

6. Pretty flowers

And if to show that we were a pro of recovery, we decorated our plastic vase with pretty flowers… they also realized from plastic water bottles? It’s quite simple: we take bottles’ bottoms and cut out flower shapes in them. So that the petals of our flowers are not too sharp but smooth and rounded, we work them gently with the flame of a lighter. We can also fix our plastic flowers on wires or plastic tubes or place them in candle holders for a guaranteed effect!

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about crafts to do with plastic bottles.

craft

Cool DIY T-Shirt Ideas

Have you ever tried the DIY T-shirt fashion? Using your oversized old t-shirts in a money-saving and fun way to spice up your wardrobe is a surefire way to add a personalized touch to your style! Some creative t-shirt cutting ideas are as follows:

DIY cut-off tank

If you have an old baggy t-shirt you no longer wear, you could simply cut off its sleeves to transform it into a muscle tank top. You can then wear it and comfortably head to the gym.

craft

Bow-back T-Shirt

This craft will require a little sewing, but it will be well worth it when you flaunt your new outfit out and about!

Tree silhouette tee

This is the best project for nature lovers like myself! Simply draw a tree on your t-shirt with chalk and cut out the spaces around the tree to make a beautiful silhouette. You can also get your creative juices flowing by drawing other things you love!

DIY butterfly twist tee

You can take your basic t-shirt and make it fabulous with a twist! This look is perfect for me for a date night or a girls’ night in town.

craft

Wrap crop top DIY

This DIY craft is absolutely stunning! So, let your creativity fly, as you can use any type of t-shirt for this style!

DIY t-shirt dress

Do you have an oversized shirt lying around in your home? If you do, grab it and transform it into this adorable haltered t-shirt dress that draws many admiring glances.

DIY Festival fringed tank

This is a new but simple idea for you to transform your average-looking t-shirt into a fashionable one! Even celebrities wear fringed tanks like these at festivals!

craft

Halter Top DIY

This style will make even a novice crafter like you look like a high-end fashion designer! I am going for it!

Workout shirt

You need to incorporate a bow on the top of the garment to allow it to be versatile so that it can be worn both at gyms and parties! However, the trick lies in the choice of fabric!

Shredded tee

Just grab an oversized shirt, cut the hems at the bottom of each sleeve, and begin to meticulously pick at the horizontal threads with your fingers. This is how you will get a fabulous result!

craft

Summer tank DIY

This craft is my favourite because it does not involve sewing, so I just need to cut and tie. To be more specific, cut off the sleeves, neckline and back of your shirt straight across your hips. Then, cut straight up the middle to make two points to finish.

DIY off-the-shoulder top

All you need to do is to cut off the top of the garment before sewing an elastic inside for an excellent fit!

How to cut your t-shirt step by step

Are you ready to make one of the above fabulous outfits? Have a look at the steps below to avoid mistakes!

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • An Old Shirt
  • A Pen
  • A ruler

1. Find a flat surface

First, you must have a flat surface, such as a table, ready to work on.

craft

2. Gather your materials

Then you need to gather all the items listed above and bring them to your table. Having more than one old shirt on hand is also a good idea because getting it perfect on your first try may be challenging. After all, practice always makes perfect!

3. Draw your design

Before you even touch the scissors, you want to draw the method you plan to cut on your shirt. This way, you will have a guide as you cut.

craft

4. Cut the collar first

This way, you can base the rest of the style on how the shirt fits you after removing the collar. However, if you leave the collar intact, you can skip this step.

5. Cut the bottom hem

The hem is an easy part of the t-shirt to cut; doing so does not mess up with the size.

6. Cut the Sides, Sleeves, and Back

And now is the time to finally make the cuts that will drastically change your shirt! So, cut the sides and the back, following your chosen design. You can also conserve the fabric scraps that you have removed to use them later if needed. And remember that there is no harm in going slow to ensure your t-shirt design comes out perfectly!

craft

When you create these simple DIY outfits, you are part of a sustainable fashion that is so helpful for our planet! You will also not only feel comfortable and relaxed, but you will also save money!

DIY Crafts Using Coffee Beans

It would be a shame to throw away the coffee grounds you spent precious time brewing. But what to do with this used coffee grounds? Is there anything we can do about the quality of leftover canned coffee?

This time, we’ll help you use these leftover coffee grounds and bottles in an artistic and creative way! Here are some creative and practical DIY crafts you can make with used coffee beans!

1) DIY Coffee Scrub

A body scrub can help remove dead skin cells and strengthen healthy skin. Do-it-yourself coffee scrubs help remove dead skin cells and impurities and add nutrients to keep skin healthy and youthful.

This coffee scrub can be used for the entire body. It is especially recommended for areas with stretch marks and cellulite, as the caffeine in coffee grounds stimulates the skin to eliminate the marks. Do-it-yourself scrubs are also a practical accessory for pedicures and manicures at home, removing dead skin cells and improving hydration.

To make your DIY coffee scrub, just ground leftover coffee beans, and add some water and brown sugar.

Coffee grounds and brown sugar have strong (natural) exfoliating properties and improve skin texture. To prevent tear and damage to the skin, you can also add almond oil and vitamin E oil, which are also good antioxidants for skin health and appearance. Orange essential oil is optional but provides additional cleaning benefits (with a refreshing scent).

2) DIY Coffee Flower Pots

Coffee grounds are an excellent element for fake flowers just like soil is for natural ones. First, make sure the coffee grounds are dry.
Moisture can lead to mold and bacteria. You can dry it with paper towels or let it dry in the sun. Next, place the coffee grounds in a vase or clear container. Add your favorite fake flowers. Voila, you have a beautiful and long-lasting floral centerpiece.

Top 10 DIY Projects with Coffee Beans

3) Coffee-Scented Candles

Are you a fan of the aroma of coffee? Why not make your home smell like a small Italian café? By turning used coffee grounds into candles, you can enjoy the aroma of coffee all day long. One way to do this is to reuse old candles that are no longer in use but still have some wax left in them.

Requirements

  • Coffee cups (paper ones like those found in coffee shops)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of used coffee grounds
  • 1 cup leftover candle wax or commercial wax
  • Candle wicks
  • You will also need paper towels, scissors, a small pan, and a small bowl (glass or metal).

-First, you will need to heat the wax to shape it. Place 1 cup of wax in a small heatproof bowl.

-Place the bowl on top of a small pot half-filled with water. This will make a double pot. (Note: do not soak the bowl in water).

-Bring the water to a boil. Watch closely as the wax melts; it should take about 5 minutes.

-Place the used coffee grounds on a paper towel and squeeze to ensure no excess liquid.

-Prepare a clean paper coffee cup. Make sure it is dry. Place the wick in the center of the cup and the coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup.

-Pour half of the melted wax over the coffee grounds; allow 20 minutes for the wax to harden.

-Now make the second layer of candles. Heat the wax in a boiler.

-Meanwhile, sprinkle the cooled wax in a cup with another spoonful of coffee grounds. Cover with the remaining heated wax.

-Allow the candles to cool for at least one hour. Once completely cooled, the outside of the paper cup can be cut away. This will reveal a beautiful double-layered candle made of coffee grounds!

-We recommend using scissors to trim the wick.

-Always burn candles in a safe place, such as a glass dish. Do not burn near wood, tin, or other -flammable materials.

Coffee Candle Crafts: 23 Interesting DIYs | Guide Patterns

Let us know which among these crafts you’ve tried in the comments below!

sewing

Top 5 Benefits Of Sewing

Sewing is very relaxing, and it is currently one of my favorite hobbies as it allows me to get my mind off work. It allows me to create and maintain a work/life balance, and this is why I recommend a lot of people to take up sewing or stitching. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog ad learns some of the benefits of sewing.

1. Develop fine motor skills

sewing

Children often have difficulty when they need to work precisely with their hands. This is relatively normal when they are young, but their hand coordination can become very difficult if left untreated. This can lead to problems writing, playing, or using tools.

However, when they start sewing, these problems are avoided altogether. Children who practice sewing know how to use their fingers properly, move their hands precisely, and hold and use small objects with ease. Since sewing requires smooth and precise hand movements, it helps them develop their fine motor skills appropriately.

The best part is that you can teach them to hand sew with just a needle, thread, and a piece of fabric. Once you find that your child is very good at hand sewing, don’t be afraid to switch to a machine. Buy a kid-friendly sewing machine and teach them the basics without attaching a needle and thread. Once they get used to the machine, mount the needle and thread and let them sew.

2. Keeps your fingers supple

It is logical that our hands become stronger when we use our fingers in some way. Studies have shown that people who suffer from arthritis also find sewing beneficial because the repetitive motions soften the joints over time. Regular exercise keeps the muscles around affected joints strong, reduces bone loss, and can help control joint swelling and pain. Regular exercise restores lubrication to joint cartilage and reduces stiffness and pain. Regular use of our fingers also increases our dexterity.

3. Helps the immune system

sewing

When we are happier, and our bodies have more energy, we also feel much stronger overall. This can contribute to a stronger immune system, which helps us fight off diseases and viruses. Scientific evidence suggests that being happy can have great health benefits. For example, being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle.

It can also help fight stress, boost the immune system, protect the heart and relieve pain. More than that, it can even increase life expectancy. So sewing can actually make us healthier- by preventing us from getting sick in the first place.

4. Improves hand-eye coordination

Hand-eye coordination is important not only for our cognitive development but also for our physical well-being. Since sewing requires cutting along straight and curved lines and controlling the fabric while working with the machine, it inevitably improves your spatial awareness.

Also, when you sew something by hand, you have to focus even more on your work because you now know where to place the needle, and your hands have to work together to move the needle through the fabric. The more you sew, the more your hand-eye coordination can improve.

5. Fights dementia

sewing

Because sewing improves our dexterity and concentration, and we often learn new techniques or solutions to problems in the process, evidence suggests that people who sew are much less likely to suffer from dementia and age-related brain deterioration.

After all, the brain is an organ like any other. If you don’t use it often and challenge it (by exercising it with new or different things), it naturally atrophies. Sewing provides the perfect opportunity to give our brains a little workout. Between math and project organization, this hobby can easily become our lifeline.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about the benefits of stitching.

home

Top 4 DIY To Try In Your New Home

Have you just bought your home, moved into a new apartment, or are you simply looking to change your home’s decor? You have a long list of choices. Call in a decorating specialist, change your furniture or redo your decor yourself. The latter is the most recommended choice, as it allows you to express your creativity. Discover the 4 DIY ideas of the moment to transform your home into a unique and warm nest.

1. Give your furniture a makeover

home

When you want to change the decoration of your home, furniture and walls are the first to go. But instead of throwing away old furniture, why not recycle it? Indeed, with a few brush strokes, a little glue, and nails, it is possible to transform an old broken piece of furniture into a real collector’s item.

Regarding the choice of the color with which to paint them, we recommend pastel colors. It is advisable to plane the legs for a better balance for wooden furniture. It is also necessary to remove the layer of varnish that covers them to be able to apply a new coloring.

They are very trendy and bright. If your interior is too small to accommodate all your furniture, you can change its layout and turn an old cupboard into a vegetable cupboard. This way, you will give a second use to a piece of furniture that was destined for the dump.

2. Paint the walls in a DIY way

home

First of all, you need a good brush, a paint roller, and trendy colors. We advise you to leave the usual color palette of white shades and turn to other more trendy colors. The trick to transforming closed, dimly lit spaces into spacious rooms is to use two shades (one darker than the other) of the same color. The lighter paint should be applied to the walls that face the window, while the darker paint is applied to the wall where the window is located.

Dare to be colorful! Dare to use bright colors like light red and green to match the color of the walls to the furniture. The warmest interiors are also the most colorful. The best DIY paint jobs are the ones that let the creativity of the house’s inhabitants express itself. Involve your friends and family in the renovation work for a unique result.

3. The house plaque

home

When you think about redecorating your home, you focus on the interior of your home, but the exterior plays an equally important role. The first thing people notice when they walk by your front door is its color, the house number, and your mailbox. These three elements are all ready to be changed to make your home look better.

Start by changing your home’s signage by ordering a custom home sign. What is a house sign? It’s simply an engraved plaque with your house number, a welcome message, or a quote. The original aspect of this outdoor decoration makes it an excellent asset to showcase your creative spirit.

To decorate your entryway, simply order a house plaque online and personalize it according to your taste and the style of your home.

There are several types of house plaques, and they differ from each other only in shape, color, and content. To help you choose the best house plaque for a successful DIY decoration, here is a short guide:

    • The wooden house plaque: is warm and original; it is intended to decorate the entrance of a house with a welcome message or display the number of the house. However, wood is not the best material for exteriors exposed to rain and bad weather.
    • Metal sign: Aluminum or brass is perfect for people looking for an outdoor decoration that lasts time.
    • Plexiglas sign: transparent or colored; the Plexiglas sign is very popular with businesses and companies.

4. Bedroom decor

home

Photos are a great way to brighten up a bedroom. Hang them on your wall with an aerial garland. To do this, attach your photos to a string with wooden clips. You can replace the string with a copper light garland for even more style. Hang your photo garland on a wall, and you’re done.

Do you like designer nightstands? Simply install two wooden crates on either side of your bed. Remember to varnish them to protect them. The little extra about these crates is that you can use them to store books. You can also put a lamp on them to act as a night light.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about DIY to try at home.

cocktails

5 Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 3)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail or cocktails (depending on the nights); it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Black Russian

 

cocktails

The black Russian is a simple, easy, and delicious drink that anyone can make with just a couple of things. It is one of the best cocktails to make, especially if you are on a tight budget. All you need to make this simple and delicious drink is vodka and coffee liqueur.

All you need to make this drink is to stir 1 ½ ounce of vodka and ¾ ounce of coffee liqueur in a chilled glass. This is also another delicious drink if you love coffee like me and is a definite must-have, and you can easily make it at home.

2. Gin Rickey

cocktails

This is another simple gin cocktail in our list of easy drinks that you can make at home. A gin Rickey is a relatively simple drink with only 3 ingredients. It has 2 ounces of gin. ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice and 4 ounces of club soda. You just have to mix it in a shaker and serve it in a chilled highball glass. 

This is a simple drink that you can make on any weekday and enjoy after a hard day at work. This is also one of the favorite cocktails of many gin lovers out there. You can just change the liquor to make one of the drinks of the famous Collins family, and you can swap the gin with whiskey, vodka, or nearly any other spirits out there. The world is your oyster when it comes to cocktail making. 

3. Royal Tea

cocktails

If you are a tea lover, this is the perfect cocktail for you; it mixes alcohol and liquor. Tea is an economical ingredient and is also a versatile ingredient that everyone ought to have in their pantry. A royal-tea cocktail is an incredible drink that mixes Earl Grey, lemon, simple syrup, and gin. 

Tea works with a plethora of liquors, and you can mix vodka with your favorite tea to make a tea tini. To make a Jalisco ice tea, all you have to do is swap the gin for tequila in your mixture. You can make it in a pitcher as if you are making your favorite iced tea, and you can serve it to your guests like that, and it is a refreshing drink that everyone will thank you for.

4. Cafe Caribbean

cocktails

As someone who can’t start my day without coffee, this is one of my favorite dessert cocktails out there. If the previous drink is perfect for any tea lover, then this one is the perfect drink for coffee lovers. The cafe Caribbeans are the perfect cocktail that shows you how easy it is to spice up your coffee, and it is the perfect drink to have and unwind after a hard day at work.

All you need to make your own cafe Caribbean at home is espresso, rum, amaretto, whip cream, and shaved almonds. You just have to mix 6 ounces of hot black coffee, one ounce of rum, and ½ ounce of amaretto liqueur and serve in a glass and top it with whipped cream and shaved sliced almonds. This drink is the perfect dessert cocktail and hits the spot, as we mentioned earlier.

5. Highball

cocktails

Though this drink might have a really fancy name, it is a rather simple drink that you can make at home. All you need to make this drink is ginger ale and whiskey. You just have to mix 2 ounces of whiskey and 4 to 6 ounces (this is according to taste, of course) of ginger ale or club soda. This is also a rather simple drink to make at home, and depending on the whiskey you use, this drink can cost as cheap as 1 dollar.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but buying the bottle is cheaper than buying individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any of these cocktails, tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your cocktail at home.