Make Miniature Toothpick Banners for Your Next Event

How to make DIY cake toppers in minutes using toothpicks and washi or scrapbooking tape.Accessorize your picnic or birthday party with handmade touches in no time at all. Using simple toothpicks and store-bought scrapbooking tape, I crafted these mini-banners for cake toppers and picnic appetizers. (Washi tape, a popular Japanese tape made of paper, works too.) Best of all? This tape is available in almost any color and pattern, making it an easy way to incorporate theme colors of your event – think about how easy and perfect they would be for a wedding or shower! Keep on reading to learn how to make these decorative toppers in minutes.

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Room Divider Ideas for Open Floor Plans

A room divider made of windows between dining and living area

Around here, we’re huge fans of homes with open floor plans. They help to create more social time by allowing people in various areas of the home to converse more freely. It’s easier to keep an eye on the kids while you’re preparing dinner. And fewer walls let natural light permeate throughout the house.

While these are all excellent arguments in favor more openness, we understand the compelling need for spatial separation at times.

That’s why we’re also keen on the many interesting ways people are using room dividers in homes with open floor plans. They help balance the desire for a more communal way of life with a practical need for boundaries. In spaces large and small we spotted some ingenious and unusual approaches, and we hope that you will find some inspiration here for your home.

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Kitchen Stools: What’s Your Style?

I was contemplating painting or recovering the barstools in our kitchen so I went in search of inspiration and look what I found! Seven different styles of kitchen barstools to inspire a fresh change if you’re seeking one too.

Classic. Criss cross or straight up and down slats are the hallmark of a classic barstool. With some varieties you can remove the seat cover and change it to a fabric you prefer, others are designed to attach chair pads to their seats.

classic criss cross barstools

Home Survival Skills: Natural Homemade Potpourri

One of my favorite things about spring is definitely the fragrance. Fresh cut grass, aromatic flowers, the smell of the rain – I could lay in a meadow and take in all the sweet scents until summer. Of course, I can’t actually skip town and camp out in the fields for two months (I have a house to spring clean, remember?), but I can invite the smell of spring into my home through the intoxicating power of homemade potpourri.

If you’ve ever tried to make your own fragrance, you know it can be difficult to get the combination just right. That’s why we followed our noses to find easy mixes for springtime scents that you can make at home – easy Mother’s Day gift idea, anyone?

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Easy Dipped Wooden Utensils

Mother’s Day is always a struggle for me. I always want to get my mom something special but she says she wants a leaf blower or a new filter for something or some kind of tool that I have to Google before I get to the store. This year, I’m putting my foot down and honing my crafting skills. Mom, sorry, but you’re getting something handmade and from the heart. If you’re in the same boat as me, then you’re in luck. We have tons of beautiful, DIY gift ideas that Mom will love, from jewelry boxes to tote bags. And for the culinary Mom, try customized utensils in her favorite hue.

Easy Dipped Wooden Utenstils at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

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Colorful Outdoor Seating

The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

red outdoor seating bhg

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Save on Your Energy Bill With These Tips

Did you know the average family spends $2,300 per year on energy costs? Think about what you could do with that $2,300. (I, personally, would nab that Gus sectional I’ve been coveting for the past 6+ months.) Matt McGovren, brand manager for Nexia Home Intelligence, shares a few tips and tricks for saving energy and making your home a bit greener. Some are easy changes you can start today, and you’ll instantly see lower bills and more money in your pocket. Plus, each small change makes a great impact on the environment, too.

Save Money on Your Energy Bill With These Tips From HGTV's Design Happens Blog

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