Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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

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

Missionary Work on Facebook #MyFamily

Elder Bednar had a fantastic devotional during Education Week in August on using Social Media to share to gospel! To view the devotional, visit this link:

https://www.lds.org/church/share/goodness?cid=HPMO081814356&lang=eng

Even before his address, missionaries all over the world have started using Facebook to spread the gospel. This week there’s a facebook event going on specifically sharing the importance of family. The event started on Sunday the 14th, but there’s still five days left for you to get involved!10486195_10204769342097636_2671928875047627956_n

Here’s how YOU can share the gospel on facebook (and twitter!):

Wednesday #MyFamilyMotto – Share a picture on facebook of your family’s motto or mission statement. It can be long or short. If you don’t have one yet, this is a great opportunity to make one!

Thursday #MyFamilyHistory – the ultimate throw-back Thursday! Share a story from your family history, a picture of an ancestor, or a picture of your family tree.

Friday #MyFamilyProclamation – Share a picture of where you have this document displayed in your home (if it is displayed, if not this is a great time to put it on your wall!) and share one of your favorite quotes from the Proclamation.

Saturday #MyFamilyIs4Ever – Share a picture of your favorite Temple, you and your family at the Temple, or a Wedding photo at the Temple if you’re married. Share your testimony about the Temple.

Sunday: #MyFamily – Video challenge! Share a video from LDS.org about families –any video! Then, invite some of your friends specifically to watch the video.

Share the gospel through Social Media! The #MyFamily event is a fun way to show your facebook friends how you feel about your family.

Visit the official #MyFamily facebook page for more information from our missionaries:

https://www.facebook.com/events/253425334855765/

You can also simply type “#MyFamily” in the search box on facebook.

 

by Janai Gariety

Social Media Advisor

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