Stance: Studies on the Family

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Category: DIY & Home Improvement (page 2 of 3)

A Few Last Minute DIY Easter Decorations

It’s not too late to put a few things up for Easter! Hope these cheap and easy decorations can bring the Easter cheer into your home.

Umbrella Door Decor

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Use an umbrella, small basket or even a hat to hold some beautiful spring flowers on your door. Doesn’t it look so cute on that green door??

 

 

 

 

Paper Straw Easter Bunnies

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An adorable display can be made with these paper straws, some glue and a frame. Love it!

 

 

 

 

Flowers in Tea Cups

easter decoration 3My sister-in-law did this for her wedding and I thought it was beautiful!! You can use real or fake flowers—fake will obviously last you longer. But this is a super simple way to make something that looks elegant and vintage. Love it!

I hoped these cute decorations gave you some Easter ideas and got you in the mood for an amazing weekend! For more posts like these, follow us on Pinterest or Facebook! If you liked what you read, feel free to share! Thanks for reading!

For pictures and more detailed information on these projects, click here.

—Emmaline Frost, Stance

Ideas for Family Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag

With the warm weather this spring, a great way to have some fun with your family is to make homemade ice cream together. This activity can be done at any age, but it’s also a little messy, so the best place to do it is outside.

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For this activity you’ll need gallon zip lock bags and quart zip lock bags. First, put the ice cream mixture in a smaller, quart sized bag and ice and salt in a larger, gallon sized bag (double bagging is a great way to keep these from leaking). For different ice cream mix recipes, click here. Next, place the quart-sized bag inside the gallon bag filled with ice and salt. When you’re placing the smaller bag in the larger one, be careful to make sure that the smaller bag is properly sealed to prevent getting ice and salt into the smaller bag.  Now here’s the fun part: once the smaller ice mix bag is inside the larger ice and salt bag, shake it for ten to fifteen minutes, and watch as the mix turns into ice cream right before your eyes! This is a great activity for kids to see science at its best and parents to spend some quality time with them.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

 

10 DIY Nightstands

Good morning, Stance readers!

Looking for ways to update your bedroom. Why not try making your own nightstand? Keep reading below for 10 ideas about DIY nightstands.

1. Square Table

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2. Crate

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3. Stacked Luggage

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4. Hanging Nightstand

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5. Restoration Hardware Look

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6. Cinderblock

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7. Paint-Dipped Stepstool

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8. Upside-down, wire wastebasket

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9. Jenga Stacking Game Inspiration

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10. Recycled Wood Stump

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Thank you for reading! Please comment below.

—Katie, Editor-in-Chief, Stance: Studies on the Family

10 Easy Accent Walls

Dear reader,

Happy Friday! Maybe you feel like your walls are looking boring. Why not try shaking it up? See ideas for 10 easy accent walls below.

1. Broom—Texture. Different kinds of texture are so great. And this one is peculiar—in a good way!

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2. Wood Panel. This style is very cabin-esque. Let’s go mountain-ing! This look would be great in any room, not just for baby!

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3. Pattern Paint Rollers. Love this idea! And this pattern looks like modern-art/wheat. Too cool.

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4. Gold Polka-Dots. So glam! So easy! Invest in a circle punch.

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5. Starched Fabric. This option is a fun way to decorate walls in apartments or rental homes, especially if you are unable to paint where you are living.

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6. Sponge—Texture. A nice soft touch added to any room.

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7. Contact Paper. Play with different pattern ideas. Chevron isn’t the only way to go!

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8. Stripes. Vertical or horizontal stripes are very elegant and very “in.”

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9. Triangles. Bold and unique! Very cool for a bedroom.

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10. Corrugated Metal. Rustic look that’s simple to create!

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Thank you for reading!

—Katie Hollingsworth, Editor-in-Chief, Stance: Studies on the Family

Buns in the Oven: Baby Shower Ideas for Twins

During the Christmas holiday, my sister- and brother-in-law made the wonderful announcement that she was pregnant! They gave my mother-in-law a book and written inside was a due date for when the book should be read to a new grandbaby. However, they had yet more news. Another book was revealed, announcing that there was not one, but two babies to be expected. My sister-in-law is having twins!

I cannot wait for the arrival of two new little nephews, but now my mother-in-law is a bit stumped on what theme to choose for the baby shower she is throwing. To help her out (and any mother-to-be who is expecting twins), I did a little Internet research on cute baby shower themes for twins.

Peas in a Pod

When I first started brainstorming ideas, this theme came up first, as it is pretty popular. Due to its popularity, there were many cute ideas that came up while I was searching. There were ideas for green decorations, cakes, cupcakes, cookies covered in frosting peas, and fun games including pinning the pea to the pod. It also has the great quality of being a gender neutral theme. At first, this theme might be overlooked because it is used so often, but it comes with a lot of ideas all ready to go.

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Noah’s Ark

In the scriptures the animals came two by two, just like my little nephews. This theme makes decorating super easy because all you need isa boat and lots of paired animals. Themed food might be a bit more effort, but cupcakes with animals crackers on them would be cute. Also a gender neutral theme, Noah’s Ark could generate lots of cute and creative ideas.

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10 Ways to Decorate with Frames

Dear Stance: Studies on the Family readers,

Good morning! Making your own frames can add spunk and color to your space—whether you live in a home, a rental, an apartment, wherever! You can even alter frames to make them unique. Check out 10 ideas below . . .

1. Flower-Power Frame. Feminine and simple, this DIY project feels like spring!

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2. Gallery Art Wall. This project is perfect if you have a child who is artsy. You can paint the frames bright colors and use them in your child’s bedroom.

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3. Old Window. Have an old window that isn’t in use? Or have you found a window from a thrift shop that you’d like to use? Add some pictures!

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4. Clipboards. Clipboards, in and of themselves, aren’t frames. But you can use them as frames to hang photos or quotes!

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5. Hanging Frames with Chains. Add multiple chains hanging from a peg for a nautical feel.

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6. Transfer Photo, Wood Frames. Use actual pieces of wood to bring a natural feel to your room.

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7. Burned Wooden Frames. Minimalist and simplistic, this project is just beautiful.

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8. Hanging Mats. This project ends up looking like an art gallery!

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9. Multiple frames, various sizes. This look is extra fun when the colors are all the same. In the picture below, the colors used are black and white.

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10. DIY Frame Shelf. Create a fun 3D effect! You could even paint different colors, for contrast.

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—Katie Hollingsworth, Editor-in-Chief of Stance: Studies on the Family

10 Ways to Decorate with DIY Pillows

Pillow fight!

Just kidding . . . But what is more fun that a bunch of big, fluffy pillows?

If you’ve just moved into a new apartment or home, a quick way to make your new space feel “homey” is to make some spunky pillows for any room. Currently, it is really popular to make your own pillows! Keep some of these ideas in mind:

  • Texture. Don’t shy away from texture! Flowers or frills can be sewn onto pillows to create a different effect.
  • Color. Embrace color. A bright yellow or red or pink may just be the perfect finishing touch to brighten up your room. Even think about using pastel colors.
  • Tassels. Add tassels for the sake of spunkiness.
  • Words. Add some text—a favorite quote or expression—to a pillow.
  • Round v. Square. Try your hand at making some round and square pillows! They don’t have to all be the same shape!
  • Reused Materials. Take an old sweater, and repurpose it as a brand new pillow! Not only will you be resourceful, but you will also stay warm and cozy with a snug pillow.
  • Glitter. Who doesn’t love a touch of sparkle? Glam up your room with some sparkling sequins or glitter.

Check out some fun pillow ideas below to help you spruce up your space!

—Katie, Stance: Studies on the Family

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10 Ideas for Decorating with Mirrors

Decorating with mirrors can add elegance or edgy-ness to any home, apartment, or rental. Mirrors create the illusion of space, airiness, openness—making this decor choice perfect for small spaces, like hallways or tinier bedrooms.

A current trend is decorating with multiple mirrors on the same wall. The mirrors can be the same size or various sizes. Use frames of the same color or design, or try very different patterns and textures for contrast. Another fun decor idea to try is to create patterns with the mirrors on the wall.

The more different the style of the mirrors, the more eclectic the feel of the space in which you are decorating will be.

In contrast, the more uniform the style of the mirrors, the more refined and elegant the feel of the space in which you are decorating will be.

—Katie, Stance: Studies on the Family

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No Fail Pie Crust! (no foolin’)

Ingredients:

2 ½ C. flour

1 C. shortening

¼ tsp. salt

1 beaten egg

¼ C. warm water

1 Tbsp. vinegar

Instructions:

Crumble together flour, shortening, and salt (preferably with a pastry cutter). Add egg, water, and vinegar and combine. DO NOT OVER HANDLE. Combine only until ingredients form a cohesive ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let dough rest for half an hour. Roll out on floured counter and place in pie plate. Fill with deliciousness.

Makes two 9 inch pie crusts.

*A note from the contributor: Pie crust is tricky. I got this recipe from my grandma and it’s relatively no-fuss and results in perfect, flaky crust every single time.

By: Becca Barrus, Creative Director

Easy and Delicious: Homemade Gnocchi

Ingredients:

1 c Instant potato flakes or pellets*

1 c boiling water

1 beaten egg

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 c flour (give or take)

Instructions:

Mix water and instant potatoes. The potatoes will be drier than if you were making mashed potatoes to eat plain. Stir in the egg, salt, and pepper until all combined. Slowly knead in flour until you have a relatively stiff dough (may be more, may be less than the 1c). Roll dough into little logs and cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces. Boil water in a medium saucepan. Put one layer of gnocchi in at a time. Use a slotted spoon to remove each gnocchi as it floats to the top.

Serve with your favorite pasta sauce!

*You can substitute the instant potatoes with real mashed potatoes, however this may change the amount of flour you want to use.

By Janai Gariety, Social Media Director

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