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September
30

Spooky season is here! There's only one way to celebrate: turning your home into a ghastly Halloween haven. And while you could drop tons of money on store-bought décor, why not try your hand on some homecooked decorations? Take these DIY Halloween décor projects for a spin this spooky season to get your ghoulish vibes right.

Empty Bottle Candlestick Holders

Take any empty bottle, spray paint it matte black, then insert a candlestick in the opening. Now you've got spooky flickers of candlelight!

Paper Bats & Cats

Cut out silhouettes of bats, cats, half-moons, and other creepy imagery using black paper, then stick them to the outside of windows throughout your house – they look great and are easy to make!

Flannel Face Pillows

Flex your sewing muscles with this nifty project that turns your favorite throw pillows into adorably creepy monsters.

Oversized Spiders

Foam balls, toothpicks, some paint, and a few more crafts are all you need to make these oversized spiders.

Bubbling Cauldron

Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Creating your own frothing cauldron is a breeze. Just take a cast-iron Dutch oven and mix in a little water and dry ice and voila!

Illuminated Ghost Garland

Want to make your home feel truly haunted? Follow these simple instructions to make a bunch of friendly ghosts that'll light up your home with spooky charm.

Partygoing Pumpkins

Instead of carving up your pumpkins, try decorating them with other crafts: gemstones, glitter, masks, and more.

Pumpkin Archway

Let trick 'r treaters know exactly what kind of house they're approaching with this custom pumpkin archway out front.

Mummify Your Front Door

Take some white crepe paper, adhesive putty, and some scissors to transform your front door into a macabre mummy. If you want more silly than spooky, add some googly eyes.

Spider Cake

Take any store-bought cake and add some white frosting to a frosting piping bag (or make your own with a sealable freezer bag) to layer spiderwebs on the exterior. Stick some small novelty spiders on top of the webs and you've got a chilling yet delicious spider cake!

Witch Legs

Spruce up your front lawn with these wicked witch legs. A few crafts and some elbow grease are all you need for these witchy bush decorations.

Trees from Another Dimension

Those aren't any ordinary trees in your yard – at least not when you give them a set of ghoulish eyes! Draw some pupils on a fluorescent foam circle to create the eyes, then stick them to your trees with double stick tape.

Mason Jar Ghosts

Turn mason jars into g-g-g-g-ghosts! Hit them with some glass spray paint and affix some googly eyes to the front and bam, you've got ghosts.

Candy Corn Pinata

Festive cheer comes in the form of a giant piece of candy corn with this craft. Except this one isn't edible – it's a pinata!

Hanging Cage Props

Keep ghastly prisoners in line with these homemade hanging cage props. Follow this guide to make your own!

Skull Candle Holder

Set the spooky mood with these DIY candle holders made with plaster novelty skulls.

Crystal Ball Candlesticks

These nifty pieces of décor may look like something you'd drop $15 on at a big-box store, but you can make them on your own for less!

Hanging Bats

How adorable are these DIY hanging bats? All you need are black socks, hot glue, crafting foam, and a few more supplies to craft your own.

June
3

Floridians know all too well the dangers of hurricane season. These violent storms can cause considerable property damage, which is why it's important to start preparing your home as early as possible. If you're not sure where to start, read on to find out how to prepare your home for hurricane season.

Check for Leaks

Hurricanes bring with them torrential rain, often for days at a time. Check doors, windows, and walls – especially areas where cables and pipes enter – for leaks that could allow water to seep through. Plug any that you may find with a strong sealant.

Bring Furniture Inside

Any outdoor furniture should become indoor furniture during a hurricane. If you can't transfer items inside, secure them to the ground as tightly as possible – ideally in a spot away from any windows.

Brace Windows, Doors, & More

With winds that can reach up to 150+ MPH, hurricanes can easily shatter windows and splinter doors. Brace them with plywood to protect against winds and debris. Don't ignore your garage door, either; often made of lightweight material, they're prone to blowing off.

Protect Against Power Surges

Safeguarding against power surges protects appliances and other electronics from irreparable damage that could occur during a hurricane. Using surge protectors helps, but if you lose power, unplug your electronics. They'll be safe if a surge hits once power is restored.

Cover Your Air Conditioner

Consider shielding your AC unit with a manufacturer-approved protective cover to keep it safe from flying debris and projectiles. Don't DIY it with a garbage bag or tarp. They'll just trap moisture inside.

Trim Trees & Bushes

Give those scraggly trees and shrubs around your property a much-needed manicure before any storms threaten. Overhanging branches are recipes for disaster during a hurricane.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters filled with gunk will only increase your chances of roof damage and flooding.

Set Your Fridge & Freezer to the Coldest Setting

If you do lose power, your fridge and freezer will stay colder even longer.

Locate Water, Gas, & Electricity Shutoffs

Knowing where to turn off these essential elements can save a small amount of storm damage from turning into cataclysmic damage.

Gather Your Insurance Paperwork

Now is a good time to lay eyes on your homeowner's insurance paperwork and store it somewhere safe. Should your house sustain any damage, you don't want to waste time digging around for it or find it at the bottom of a flooded closet.

April
29

Sometimes a store-bought gift just doesn't represent the level of love and gratitude your mom deserves on Mother's Day. For mom and all she does, it's worth putting in a bit of creativity, ingenuity, and good old-fashioned elbow grease to create a unique gift she'll cherish for years. If you need a good starting point, here are some great DIY Mother's Day gifts you can make all your own.

Homemade Bath Bombs

Help mom take a load off and relax at home with these soothing and fragrant bath bombs you can make with just a few ingredients.

Hot Pepper Oil

If you can't keep mom out the kitchen even on Mother's Day, at least equip her with exciting new ammo for her arsenal. This standard cooking oil gets dressed up with hot peppers, adding a sizzling dash of flavor to any dish.

Fabric Flower Craft

These are great practice for young children who are interested in crafting. Plus, the fabric flower is a great decorative accessory mom can get lots of mileage from.

DIY Herb Garden Planter

This stylish herb garden planter gives mom a chance to grow all the rosemary, thyme, basil, or any herb she desires.

Fingerprint Butterfly Mug Painting

All you need for this lovely keepsake is some paint, a blank coffee mug, and an eager child.

New Mom Survival Kit

Know anyone celebrating their first Mother's Day, or perhaps a mother-to-be? Help them unwind and recharge with a survival kit overflowing with all her favorite candies, facemasks, and other essentials.

Wine Cork Vase

Put those old wine corks to good use with this thrifty and creative decorative vase.

String Art

Let your inner artist shine with a custom string art piece that celebrates mom in all her glory. Follow a tutorial, or just freeform it and see what speaks to you!

DIY Book Planter

If your mom's a librarian, maybe try something different. But if she's okay with one of her favorite books being transformed into this ultra-cute planter, then give this project a go for Mother's Day.

DIY Linen Spray

Who doesn't love the fresh smell of lavender? With this DIY linen spray, mom can be greeted with this sweet scent whenever she pleases.

Homemade Stamp/Print

Okra is a classic Southern treat; it's delicious and extremely versatile. It also functions as a brilliant DIY stamp thanks to its uniquely floral appearance when cut in half.

Gemstone Soaps

These custom kits come with all the ingredients you need to make a bar of soap in the shape of a gemstone. Not only do they smell incredible, but they shimmer beautifully like an actual gemstone.

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