10 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Shoes

Like most women say, there is no such thing as having too many shoes. A significantly smaller percentage thinks otherwise, being minimalist at heart or minimalist by circumstances. However, what both categories have in common is hating to part with their shoes – whether they just loved those for the look but hardly ever wore, or have really discovered the most comfortable pair and had it for years.

Occasionally, overcoming that difficulty and getting rid of certain pairs to make room in your closet is worth the pain. Donating is the first thing that comes to mind regarding shoes that were rarely worn or outgrown by kids before showing any real wear.

It is much harder to decide what to do with shoes that are not in a good condition or represent some special memories and moments you hold dear. Here are different ideas of repurposing shoes that you may find cute or practical enough:

1. Decoupage or painting


Decoupage or Painting
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Are your shoes scuffed, stained or showing other signs of wear and tear? Painting may be a quick fix, but decoupage is the magic trick that can turn an unsightly thing into a lovely decorative item, or even grant it another chance of serving for its original purpose.

Decoupage is a great way to give shoes a total facelift, as it helps to conceal a variety of ugly marks, even cracks or dents, deep scratches or scuffs. A fancy-sounding word ‘decoupage’ stands for a process that is not complicated.

Actually, handling and positioning fragile fragments of paper napkins can be challenging, as well as covering your shoes with fabric (though there are many tutorials online that may be helpful). However, there are lots of simpler ways to improvise within the good old Mod Podge technique.

Shoes can be decorated with lace, twine or yarn, with fragments of maps, book or magazine pages, and even postage stamps – all of these are a lot easier to use as decorating material for creating your own unique design. A final coating of acrylic varnish will make it waterproof and more durable.

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If this still seems like too much work, you can simply use paint, lace, glitter or rhinestones only on the toes or heels of your shoes. You can just spray paint or sponge paint shoes or boots picking a color you like or a combination of colors. Continue wearing and enjoying your renewed and re-styled shoes. Or else, put them somewhere for everybody to see and admire.

2. Stylish statement for your room


Stylish Statement for Your Room
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Do you find these newly re-decorated shoes too pretty to wear? Display them as a work of art in your house, placing them into a niche, on a shelf or a dresser. Boring drawers? Not anymore! Besides, you can turn these shoes into elegant storage for small items that tend to clutter desks, shelves, and countertops.

Statement for Your Room
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3. Decorative organizers


Decorative Organizers
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Upgrading old shoes to a unique creation should mean ‘proudly wearable,’ but this is not always the case. Sometimes one of your shoes is damaged beyond saving (like, if your dog has chewed it), leaving you wondering what to do with another one.

Here is the good news: you have perfect material for trying out any of the re-styling decorating ideas mentioned above or found elsewhere – no big deal if your first experiment does not turn out so well.

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More good news: there are different ways to use just one shoe or boot – as a planter, cache-pot or vase, as a stationery or makeup organizer. It can also hold buttons, beads, and other easy-to-lose craft or scrapbooking supplies that need a home.

4. Cache-pot or vase


Cache-pot or vase
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Small potted plants can be placed into shoes and boots, as well as freshly cut flowers. Ankle boots and rain boots make the best vases, but you can place fresh flowers even into small kids’ shoes and boots.

Just cut off the bottom part of a plastic water bottle or some other plastic container so that it fits inside, then fill it with water and add the flowers, choosing their size and trimming their stems accordingly. Preferably use flat or low-heeled footwear for this so that it is sturdy.

5. Planter


Planter
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Probably the easiest way of reusing a shoe or two that are beyond wearing is turning these into planters. You can certainly coat them with paint or add lovely details, and place them on your window-sill, on your patio or front steps.

But you might as well change nothing about your muddy old boots or running shoes prior to giving them a new green life as planters in your garden or backyard. This is a perfect idea for shoes that get a crack or hole in the sole – this means they already have a drainage hole. If they don’t, you need to make one with a screwdriver or a drill.

Reusing shoes, boots, and crocs as planters is an easy and frugal way to add some color and a fun theme to the garden, or make practical use of vertical space in small places. It is also a great idea for a project that will get your kids out into the garden.

They will be excited to have their own shoe garden, which can be very colorful or even edible if you opt for shallow rooted leafy veggies and herbs. Isn’t it so much fun that after you have grown out of your shoes, you can start growing into them – this time, literally?

6. Bookends


Bookends
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Have some high heels that seemed fairly comfortable at the store proved to be non-wearable? Do they have long pointed toes that make walking in them anything but safe? We all are sometimes disappointed with the most gorgeous shoes not fitting right, but still, wish we could keep them even though we can’t wear them. A pair of barely used or spray-painted high heels makes great bookends.

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7. Umbrella holder


Umbrella Holder
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You have probably seen cute pictures of umbrellas comfortably resting in rain boots – oh, aren’t they a perfect company? In fact, these ‘boots’ are ceramic and cost a pretty penny. Many people must have been wondering if they could just use their old rain boots instead, getting the same look and saving the money.

Well, yes, but no, unless you attach these boots to a wall, a bench or some other fairly big and sturdy item. Otherwise, they will keep falling over. However, there is an easier way to do it. Take a stool chair and place its legs inside the rain boots – these can now hold your umbrellas without falling.

If you have two pairs of rain boots, your stool chair will be wearing a boot on each of its legs and looking quite stylish. If you don’t, you can use some other old boots for the other two legs. Such stool chair is not very good for sitting, but it can function as a small additional shelf where you put your bag, hat, gloves or other essentials.

8. Magazines or craft supplies holder


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Knee boots or rain boots, depending on their size, might look like something that won’t contain a lot, but they can add lovely accents to your room as they hold gift wrap, rolled-up posters, newspapers, magazines, art and craft supplies. Even if you have a separate area or closet dedicated to your hobby, you may appreciate more variety than just bins and boxes.

9. Baby shoe growth chart


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Baby shoes are probably the most adorable of all you have ever owned. If you don’t feel like parting with some especially cute baby shoes, you can use them as a creative growth chart labeling them with the appropriate ages. This kind of growth chart is much prettier than any other, letting you preserve some of these special memories.

10. Use old shoes to hide money


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Reusing things to hide cash inside while traveling (such as old lipstick tubes or foundation compacts) is not a new idea, just as the classic ‘shoe money,’ but experienced thieves will know these tricks. However, when it comes to hiding money in the house, some worn-out shoes in your closet or garage definitely are not a place where a burglar would look for cash.

Even if this ever becomes as popular as the traveling ‘shoe money,’ there is simply too many shoes in any house to go through them in search for money. You can hide cash inside shoes in different creative ways, depending on their style and material.

But making a ‘pocket’ in the textile siding of sneakers or putting money under the inside sole of a shoe are probably the easiest ones. Just make sure someone else in your family does not accidentally throw the money-hiding pair out.

Just because you can’t wear a pair of shoes anymore doesn’t mean you need to throw then into the trash. There are many creative ways shoes can be repurposed into something beautiful and useful, especially if you still want to keep them because they remind you of special moments and people in your life. What are some of your ideas for transforming an old pair of shoes into something that will have a new use?

10 Absolutely Affordable DIY Christmas Decorations

If you are a Christmas lover and do-it-yourself kind of person, do not waste your time this holiday season roaming through endless stores looking for the perfectly detailed decorations you are craving for your party. Instead, save some cash and DIY these fun and festive ideas. These Christmas decorations look chic and elegant, but in reality, are absolutely affordable.

1. Nifty Napkins


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Instead of folding your napkins into old school swans or boring stars, why not create cute Christmas trees? It is simple, easy, and utterly adorable. Plus, it adds just the right hint of color to your otherwise begrudgingly boring china.

2. Sock Snowmen


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If you want to save even more cash, gather some things around your house to make decorations. And yes, that includes old socks (though maybe leave out the dirty, stained ones -those might be a little tacky). Those loner socks can now be used for Christmas cheer by turning them into snowmen. Just sew on some buttons and use that extra fabric to create a scarf and voila, instant snow buddies are ready to make you smile.

3. Twee Twine


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If you would rather use something a little more crafty and a little less homey ( I mean, the last one did use a sock), than grab some twine, balloons, glue, paper, and buttons and put in the extra amount of work to create your own unique twine-men. A bonus with this option is you can make them however big or small you want. I personally suggest making a huge snowman to really impress your neighbors, family, and friends.

4. Stunning 3D Snowflakes


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If you are not that great at making 2D snowflakes, this one is not for you because you will be making 3D snowflakes and it is complicated. Though, the results are beautiful and you can hang them from the ceiling to give your party an even more festive look.

5. Fishbowl Friends


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Now this one is especially imaginative and inventive. Just grab three slightly different sized fishbowls (or glass bowls), stack and fill them one by one with your favorite small decorations and fake snow. And when you are done you will have a snowman filled with the joy and spirit of Christmas, literally.

6. Cardboard Christmas Fireplace


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If you want the cozy effect of a fireplace but do not have the time or money to put one in your home, why not make your own? But not from traditional materials, but instead, use cardboard. This DIY Christmas decoration is super simple and adds a touch of elegance to your home you would not have otherwise. Just hope no one leans on it.

7. Lighthearted Ladder


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Here is yet another example of ingenious creativity using regular home products. Grab a ladder, some wood, and a ton of sparkly lights and fake snow, and decorate to your heart’s content. You can even make it hold the presents like a traditional Christmas tree, but it will not take up as much space and will still look fantastically festive.

8. Cheerful Centerpieces


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If you are just looking to spruce up your centerpieces, look no further. All the ideas you need are in this one post. Using wine glasses, candles, festive flowers, and more.

9. Original Ornaments


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Do you have leftover ornaments? Why not do something with them? Yes, you can use them in your centerpiece, but you can also make cheerful, cute teddy bears out of them. They are not only creative, but cost effective as well.

10. Painted Paintbrushes


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Used everything you possibly could to create decorations and gifts? If your answer was yes, you are wrong. You can paint up your artist utensils and make them decorations too. Just look at these adorable additions and you will be splattering your paintbrushes in paint on purpose.

Now that you have seen all these great DIY Christmas decorations, rummage through your excess craft supplies, your closet, and garage and create some of the best decorations you will have in years.

12 Incredible Ways to Reuse Your Old Books

Now that you have Amazon Kindle, you probably have no time or desire to read those old books, which are simply collecting dust on your bookshelf. While the best option is to donate your old books to a local library, you can also reuse them in so many creative ways. Whatever you are in the mood to experiment and create, turn those dusty books into something fabulous and high-end for your house.

1. Cute book clock


Cute book clock
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2. Creative book stool


Creative book stool
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3. Contemporary piece of furniture


Contemporary piece of furniture
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4. Weird planters


Weird planters
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5. Tissue box


Tissue box
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6. Book knife holder


Book knife holder
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7. Book clutch


Book Clutch
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8. Card holders


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9. Book drawers


Book drawers
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10. Jewelry box


Jewelry Box
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11. Secret organizer


Secret organizer
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12. Indoor wreath


Indoor wreath
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Well, do you still want to throw away your old books? Give these ideas a try and you will not regret you tried. Feel free to come up with your own ideas and don’t forget to share them with us.

3 Reasons Succulents Are the Perfect Plants for New Gardeners

Container gardens are beautiful, but beginning one can be a bit daunting. Maybe you have tried your hand at gardening before only to end up with dead plants and hurt pride. If your lack of a green thumb is preventing you from creating the lush garden you have been longing for, maybe you just need a little practice.

Succulents, or hen and chicks as the most common variety is sometimes called, are the ideal starter for those looking to break into gardening. In fact, the scientific name for one type of hen and chicks is sempervivum, which literally means “live forever.”

Even if you have no gardening experience, you can still grow a thriving garden with these fun little plants! Here are three reasons succulents are the perfect plant for beginning gardeners:

1. They are easy to plant
They are easy to plant
Planting succulents is pretty straightforward. To begin, choose a container that is big enough to hold the amount of succulents you wish to plant. Be sure to select a pot that has drainage holes. If your container does not have any, just poke or drill a few in the bottom. Next, fill your pot with potting soil.

It is best to use soil that contains a mixture of sand since succulents do not do as well if their roots get too wet. Place a succulent in the center of the container and press the soil around it. Then, fill in around the edges with more plants. Succulents don’t mind being packed in so feel free to plant as many as you like.

Planting multiple hen and chicks will give your pot a very lush look. Once you are done planting, you can add a little gravel or stones on top of the soil for decoration if you wish. Finally, moisten the soil slightly with a small amount of water and you’re ready to enjoy your newly planted succulent garden!

2. They are low-maintenance plants
They are low-maintenance plants
Succulents are a popular choice for new gardeners because they require such minimal care. They only have to be watered occasionally and they will usually be fine even if you forget from time to time.

As long as you do not overwater succulents, they will quickly grow larger and even produce new plants. These new succulents can then be planted in other pots if you would like to create a larger container garden. If not, just leave the new growth alone and soon you will have a flourishing pot of hen and chicks with very little effort.

3. They do well in nearly all climates
They do well in nearly all climates
As long as you place them in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine, succulents can be grown in almost any part of the country. Even ones placed in partial shade will mature adequately, though their colors will not be as vibrant.

They are very drought and heat resistant plants, but they also do quite nicely in cooler temperatures. Slightly chilly nights may actually be beneficial for your succulents. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to bring your containers inside if you have a particularly severe cold snap or heavy snow.

Other than that, succulents will succeed just about anywhere. Whether your climate zone is hot or cold, these plants will survive and thrive.

Growing a container garden is not all that difficult if you select the right plants. By starting out with something simple, you can gain experience and confidence in your gardening abilities.

Succulents are the perfect fit for anyone who wants to begin gardening with an easy project. By planting these undemanding, almost effortless plants, you will be on your way to creating the beautiful container garden you have always wanted.

10 DIY Ombre Projects for Your Home

Between all sorts of fads and trends that are labeled as “hot” or “must-have,” there is an entirely different DIY technique that stands apart from the rest and does not seem to fit into any category. It is close to becoming a timeless one, due to being so nature-inspired, but at the same time, it is versatile and free-flowing, which is not what you often see in classic styles.

Ombre, a term coming from Latin and referring to a historic method of dyeing fabric, has become the name of a popular art technique involving colors or tones that shade, bleed, or drip into each other, resulting in subtle gradations from light to dark or vice versa.

Today, the “ombre effect” can be used to describe all kinds of shading and fading of colors and tones, and created in a variety of projects with different materials. It has been a trend for hair, clothes, interior design and decorative objects, but it has more longevity potential than just a trend.

Ombre is a great way to add color and personality to both modern and traditional decor styles, without the risk of the result being overwhelming. The flowing, airy, or fluid watercolor-like effect is a softer, subtler alternative to accent color pieces, geometric motifs, checks, stripes, prints, or a mix of patterns. It can be applied to many different objects or surfaces, walls, furniture, textiles, and carpets.

1. Dressers
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Paint is one of the most effective and affordable DIY tools, especially when an old piece of furniture deserves a makeover. The gradient technique is amazingly easy to try on dressers, since this kind of an ‘ombre look’ project does not require any measuring, dividing the surface into zones and blending in between them.

You just start with the most saturated tone on the bottom drawer and work up to the lightest shade on the top drawer, gradually adding more white paint as you proceed from one drawer to another.

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The ombre look appears effortlessly, as if all on its own, and although the differences in color may seem very subtle if you compare two drawers that are next to each other, the overall result is very stylish and beautiful.

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However, this does not mean you have to start with a strong color or a dark shade. Depending on the effect you want to create, the gradient can be quite dramatic or very subtle, with a soft pastel shade being your darkest one and becoming lighter with each drawer.

An important tip: wash and dry the brush each time you start painting the next drawer.

2. Stairs
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Creating the effect of colors that gradually fade out can be quite simple, especially if you have a dresser with only three drawers or a small surface to experiment with. It can involve more transitions if you have stairs in the house.

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Just like with dressers, the separate parallel elements painted in slightly different shades make it easy to get the ombre look.

An important tip: tape and cover the areas that you are not going to paint, and use different brushes when switching between different shades of color or wash and dry them.

3. The underwater walled
The Underwater Walled
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A blue palette is most common with accent walls and entire rooms painted using the ombre technique. This choice is so popular because it resembles the foamy sea colors and evokes the image of a relaxing summer day, adding a calming effect and a watery beach look to any interior.

With wall painting, the method of dividing the wall into horizontal sections and applying paint from the top down or vice versa is most common, just as using a spray bottle and a brush to create the transitions from one shade to another.

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However, there are also unconventional and creative techniques, so colors or shades do not necessarily have to blend upwards or downwards and turn into white at the top or bottom of the walls.

You can use a sponge painting technique and let the varying hues drip into each other instead of blending them. This creates a different kind of a watery and mysteriously unique effect.

An important tip: you need to tape the borders and cover the floors to protect them from the paint before you start turning a wall into an ombre masterpiece.

4. Radiators
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Instead of hiding or covering your radiators, you can incorporate them into the style and décor of the room, or turn them into accent pieces that add a dose of bright color. The ombre technique is a great-looking and easy way to do this because the separate sections just visually combine to create the desired ombre effect without thorough blending.

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It is similar to the result you get with drawers and stairs. You can use a brush, a sponge painting technique or even spray paint for this project, but don’t forget to cover the wall and the floor before you start.

5. Furniture
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The magical power of paint is amazing when you decide to restyle the furniture you have – or your thrift store finds – instead of buying new. If you aim for the ombre look, spray paint is an incredible tool to use as it results in a cloudy effect you need, with minimum effort on your part. Just two colors will be enough to achieve the effect, or you can choose three – a light, medium, and darker shade.

6. Textiles
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Home decorating fabrics and bedding items, curtains and decorative pillows with all kinds of color gradients are ideal for creating elegant, feminine, and romantic accents that are subtle rather than bold.

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Ombre patterns and prints are great for interiors that feature a neutral color palette, making the combinations of dark and light shades more varied and visually attractive. They can also add a splash of color to brighten a neutral room or a surprising element that creates a certain feeling.

7. Planters
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Whether you would like to give your planters a lovely makeover, to refresh the look of those that have seen their better days, or to make a nice gift for someone, an ombre or ombre-like technique is a good idea for this.

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With planters and other small objects, you do not have to carefully divide the surface into zones or to make smooth transitions between the colors/shades. You can improvise and create unpredictable, asymmetric designs, combine bold and contrasting colors, or use paint in a more linear way, along the top or the bottom of a planter.

8. Old things to new
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Again, never underestimate the power of paint when thinking about discarding something with a faded or tattered surface. A brand new look for a weathered item is often just a matter of minutes and tools that are simple to use.

9. Holiday decorations
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When you think about holiday decorations and color combinations typically used for them, ombre isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Why not experiment with something a little different, though, including some colors other than traditional?

10. No-paint ombre crafts
No paint ombre crafts
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Paint is not always necessary for creating the ombre effect – you can do that using yarn or fabric, as well as buttons, stones, shells, sea and beach glass or other small objects.

 

The best thing about ombre projects and their beauty lies is the versatility and unpredictability of the result that does not have to be perfect and probably even can’t be. Each project turns out to be unique, with a great potential to make a certain space feel more like home.

10 Spectacular Easter Home Decor Ideas

Bring cheer to every inch of your home and increase your family’s holiday spirit with these astonishing Easter home decor ideas. These ideas are easy to create and most of them are totally budget-friendly. After all, Easter decorations do not have to break the bank or still your time, huh?

1. Luxury Violet Arrangement
Luxury Violet Arrangement
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Creat an impression of extravagance, luxury, and wealth in your house with this violet arrangement. This color draws prosperity and happiness.

2. Easter Egg Mason Jars
Easter Egg Mason Jars
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There are many ways to use mason jars. Why not use them instead of Easter egg baskets? They also make marvelous mini gifts.

3. Easter Gifts
Easter Gifts
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Athough Easter is not Christmas, decorating your living room with some fake or real gift boxes is still a brilliant idea.

4. Burlap Carrot Wreath
Burlap Carrot Wreath
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Embellish your door with cheap yet beautiful burlap carrot wreath. It is trendy, chic, and almost eco-friendly.

5. Easter Egg Tree
Easter Egg Tree
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Celebrate Easter with a beautiful Easter egg tree that you can decorate however you wish. Make it a family tradition to decorate the Easter egg tree together.

6. Carrot Garland
Carrot Garland
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Add cheer and warmth to your home this Easter with super cute carrot garlands. Feel free to create your own versions.

7. Moss Eggs
Moss Eggs
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I love these moss eggs and will certainly make some for Easter. They reminds me of spring, sunny weather, and summer.

8. Cute Coffee Table Decor
Cute Coffee Table Decor
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When you have no idea what to decorate first in your living room, start with your coffee table.

9. Rustic Corner
Rustic Corner
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Some people claim rustic ideas look ugly and they are not modern. Take a moment and look at the picture. Does it look horrible?Not for me.

More: 3 Reasons Succulents Are the Perfect Plants for New Gardeners

10. Easter Terrarium
Easter Terrarium
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If you have an empty terrarium, fill it with your favorite Easter stuff and display wherever you wish.

Add whimsical holiday accents to your living space with these Easter ideas. I just mentioned a few home decor ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing. Be sure you add some of your own ideas as well.

10 DIY Storage Ideas for Your Small Apartment

The incredible variety of things we are tempted to buy and own does not make it surprising that even people living in large houses may lack space to accommodate everything they would like to keep.

With small apartments and rentals, figuring out your storage options involves a more complicated proportioning: how much space you need to move around vs. how many things you own and use most often.

This may seem a challenge, but there are ways to maximize a small space or add character to your storage without some serious woodwork or buying anything expensive.

1. Crates and pallets
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This is probably the first thing that comes to mind in the context of rented spaces or tight budgets. Crates and pallets are like queens and kings of DIY storage world, greatly honored by frugal crafters and renters, displayed in many magazines and online articles. It seems they are everywhere.

The road of crates and pallets is so often traveled for a reason – they are cheap or even free. You can paint and decorate them or skip that part, and in case you do not like the result of your experiments or simply have to move out, you may get rid of them with no regrets.

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There are many really neat ideas of what you can do with wooden boxes, crates, and pallets – whether you prefer a rustic or a more sophisticated and stylish look – to make your space more functional on a dime. However, if you think you are tired of seeing these everywhere, or for some other reason they seem nothing more than an eyesore, you will have to get more creative.

2. Ladder storage
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Actually, even if you think crates and pallets are genius, take a look at ladders that come close – or even prove to be more functional. Whether store bought or thrift and rustic-looking, ladders make great storage for blankets and throws, clothes and even shoes.

This is also a very convenient option when you can’t make holes in the walls. It works for places without closets and for these awkward corners or narrow spaces that can’t fit in anything else and so are difficult to make any use of.

Ladder storage idea
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However, ladders combined with shelves take this to another level, resulting in storage solutions that are functional and stylish, multitasking as closets, room dividers, shelving units, and even mini offices or work areas – without you having to buy some piece of furniture.

3. Shutters and shelves
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Repurposed shutters or old shutter style closet doors can be turned into coat racks, cabinets, book stands, headboards, tables, photo displays, bulletin boards and even kitchen islands.

Since that is the kind of material that is cheap or free, it sounds like an easy answer to the typical renter’s or student’s dilemma: limited space and limited budget. Plus, different things made from shutters can pull together the look of the room and make it more personal.

4. Tables and suitcases
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While a DIY kitchen island certainly seems great and may be a part of your dream home, if you are living in a small apartment you are more likely to wonder where to fit a table in your tiny kitchen.

Maybe a desk somewhere for a small, but functional hobby/work area would be awesome, but space is too limited? Or would you love just anything in the entryway to drop your bag and keys off when you come home?

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Tables cut in half or fashioned out of something smaller than a regular table or desk size (like a wooden box or an old suitcase) are convenient DIY alternatives that work in spaces so tight or narrow you would think nothing can be squeezed in there.

Sections of tables placed on top of each other make great customized storage units that will not cost you a fortune but look even more stylish than something money could buy.

5. Chairs
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We have all been there at some point, using chairs as clothing racks for lack of something more appropriate or whenever feeling too tired. That is not convenient if someone needs to sit on that chair as well, but if you have got one to spare (or one that’s no good for its primary purpose anymore), putting it up on the wall can make a big difference.

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If you like the look of vintage wood in your home, it is a perfect way of upcycling an old chair (or a part of it), but if that is not your thing, you can use modern-looking chairs that are still in a good condition – simply as creative elements to give your apartment a unique and personalized style.

6. Vertical space
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The great-grandmother of thousands of awesome space-saving ideas proudly bears this family name: vertical space. That’s why professional designers say that the greatest hack to organizing small closets and apartments is making the most of that underused space above and in between things.

Vertical space idea
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However, this does not mean that most of your belongings must live up next to the ceiling so that you have some space below to move around, and that you will always need a ladder or a stepping stool to reach them.

Even the smallest apartment has a considerable potential for storing your daily essentials within convenient range while preventing them from cluttering countertops, dressers, and tables.

7. Doors
Doors
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There are lots of photos out there of the closet, pantry and cabinet doors seeming to hold more stuff than the shelves, racks, or rods behind them. Have you always been wondering how inconvenient it must be to close such doors, if that’s possible at all? Is it the messy and crammed look of these that makes you cringe?

You do not have to go the route of doors falling off their hinges even if space is very tight. There are neat ways of using doors as storage without adding a lot of weight or overcrowding.

After all, they do not have to hold a lot of different things in order to be your functional and space-saving helpers. In this case, less is more – and your doors may even look better with whatever is placed on them than they would on their own.

8. Spice wine and wine racks
Spice wine and wine racks
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When it comes to makeup, perfumes, crayons, and markers, using spice and wine racks for displaying these vertically is more convenient and better-looking than just letting a bunch of small items flood a shelf, a drawer, or a dresser top.

Rack up even more points when organizing things in every room and corner – wine racks may be used to store shoes, rolled-up towels and sheets, or even clothes that can be rolled up. If you have old CD and DVD racks and towers, these can also be converted to storage that is thrifty and functional.

 

9. CD and DVD racks
CD and DVD racks
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Even if you do not own any of these anymore, you can find them at garage sales and thrift shops. Repurposed CD or DVD racks and towers are great for storing pot and plastic container lids, books, jewelry and a variety of other small items – depending on whether these are placed vertically or horizontally. Such racks can also become sorters for your mail and paperwork or craft supplies.

10. Buckets
Buckets
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There is a great variety of DIY hanging bucket organizer ideas, and they look incredibly nice, but making holes in the walls is not always an option. However, buckets are very handy for sorting and organizing a whole host of items that would otherwise end in a huge mess or tangle.

 

Whether you have limited drawer space or no furniture at all, or whether your roommates dump their things where they please or your kids scatter toys everywhere – buckets can save the situation. They can also be painted or decorated for a frugal yet stylish way to organize while adding color and creativity as well.

 

 

The good news is that functional and inexpensive storage ideas for small spaces do exist – and they can also fill a home with personality and style. A small area to work with really forces you to be creative if you do not want it to become a junk drawer equivalent where you can never find what you need. Many DIY ideas are totally worth the effort even if you can afford some standard organizing options, as they make your space more personal and unique.