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Top Ideas to Decorate With Tree Branches and More! 0
If you love nature and want to bring a rustic feel to your home, you can easily create some DIY Tree Branch Projects in any room. Upcycling tree branches that would otherwise end up as kindling or wood chips is not only earth friendly but stylish. Whether you are working on a kid's room or your own space, decorating with tree branches and logs can bring the outside in and make your guests ooh and ahh! Here are just a few ideas we love:
Tree Branch Chandelier
Don’t fret when a storm knocks down those big branches! Turn them into something beautiful like this illuminating chandelier from Magdelena at Mama is Dreaming!
Birch Tree Placemats
Have a birch tree that needs a little pruning? You can turn those cut branches into a unique place mat as shown by Lucy in this Ehow.com post.
DIY Log Vase
Create a rustic vase or candle holder with a few simple steps and logs from your back yard. Britt from Hello Honey shows you how easy it is to create this natural décor.
Branch Seed Stakes
Following the idea of waste not, want not you can create fun seed stakes from the multitudes of branches you’ve collected through the winter and spring storms. Susan at Home Road shows you how.
Toy Tree House
Get the kids in on all the fun with a fabulous toy tree house made from branches and wood cutting boards. You can get super creative with this idea from Alex at Northstory.
Looking for more ways to bring trees into your decorating? Whether it’s a nursery, child’s bedroom, living room or your own bedroom My Wonderful Walls has beautiful tree stencils and wall stickers to create everything from a garden mural to a family tree! Check out our newest Breezy Tree and Birds Wall Decal for a natural looking tree with white birds and leaves. Or go for our super popular, colorful Birds and Tree Branch Wall Decals. You can also paint trees on your home furnishings with our easy to use stencils for a fun forest inspired room. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect tree design for your space and if you try any of these tree branch projects, comment below!
Decorating with Elephants 0
The elephant is widely considered a symbol of good luck and good fortune. If you look all the way back to ancient times, elephants take on an even more significant role in several cultures and religions. The white elephant is even said to be an incarnation of the gods in some cultures. Elephants can also be a symbol of wisdom and strength. It’s no wonder we find elephants in so many forms of art, literature and home décor. Who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with good luck and wisdom? If you love this amazing animal as much as we do here at My Wonderful Walls, you can easily add some elephant décor to your home. We have several products to help you show off your love of the giant mammal. And if you want to bring your elephant obsession to more than just your walls, we have a few ideas below to help you add some fun elephants in any interior decorating scheme you choose.
Start with the walls
We have several different elephant wall decal options to choose from as well as an amazing elephant in our Jungle Safari Wall Stencil Kit if you’re decorating a nursery or child’s room. Two of our newest elephant decals are the Colorful Elephant Wall Decal and Black and Grey Elephant. Both feature an intricate floral design and are available in 4 great sizes up to 39.5” w x 48.7”h for a big impact!
You can also add a fun DIY Elephant Key Hook to your wall with this easy to follow idea from Creative Soul Spectrum. Though cutting off the lower body of the elephant may not sit well with some, you’ll have a super cheery key rack when you’re done.
Create your own Elephant String Art with this tutorial from Erin Spain. You can easily add this to a nursery or use at a baby shower for some unique décor. And once you’ve got the elephant down, you can adapt this to any animal or design you want.
Make your elephants rock
If you’re good with a paint brush and have some time, check out this video on painting a beautiful elephant on a rock. The video was intended for those wanting to make money with their rock painting, but you can just follow along and create your own for fun.
An elephant to cuddle
Prefer something a little softer than a painted rock? How about a sock elephant you can sew yourself with these instructions and free pattern from Craft Passion? These are great for kids and in nurseries but let’s face it, sometimes even us grown-ups want something cute to cuddle.
But if you can’t or won’t sew, here’s an easy No Sew Elephant Pillow you can make with the kids. You’ll be able to print PDFs to trace the elephant on to your fabric so there's very little artistic skill required.
An outdoor elephant
Want to add an elephant to your yard or garden? Try making a Clay Pot Elephant (scroll down). There’s even ideas for other jungle animals you can create and have a full safari in your back yard!
Throwing an elephant themed baby shower or gifting a basket to a friend who’s expecting and loves elephants? Create these super cute elephants from baby washcloths and you’re sure to get a big thank you.
If that’s still not enough elephants for you, check out our throw pillows and blankets with elephant designs and add a few extra touches to any elephant themed room! However you choose to incorporate elephants into your decor, they are sure to add the promise of good fortune and wisdom.
How to Decorate a Big, Blank Wall! 0
If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of space in your home and a lot of walls, you may have faced this issue we know here as the “ugly wall problem”. This is when you have a big, blank wall that is just screaming out for some attention. Wall décor can be a very personal thing, so we understand if you have hesitated to take the dive just yet. But with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to think about beautiful wall décor for your home. By adding some art to a large, empty wall, you can break up a space, add interest and draw the eye away from other areas of the room that maybe you don’t like as much! And with today’s products, you have so much flexibility to create an entire wall mural or just a few accent pieces with ease. Here are a few of our favorites:
My Wonderful Walls offers high-quality wall stickers in both kits and as individual pieces for kids’ rooms and grown up spaces. With a fabric wall decal from us, you can choose to add one large sticker to a blank wall or create an entire wall mural. For kids’ rooms, we suggest checking out our popular Forest Friends Wall Sticker Kit or Jungle Safari Wall Decals. These are great for both nurseries and kids’ rooms.
Grown-ups love our wall decals too! Try a beautiful constellation decal from Elise Mahan. These astronomy and nature inspired decals come in sizes up to and are sure to make you smile in the morning. Need a little more inspiration? Try an inspirational quote decal from Valentina Harper like this Today is Going to Be Awesome floral wall sticker.
Stencils give you the flexibility to paint in any color scheme you like and with our self-adhesive stencils it is easy to use and re-use each one so you can get creative with your décor. A large wall may be the place to add a flower pattern like our new English Rose Stencil or Cherry Blossom Stencil Set. These stencils are super easy to paint, clean and repeat so you can fill a wall with flowery goodness in no time. You can also create a stunning focal wall with our pattern stencils. Try a fleur de lis pattern or herringbone pattern and up your room’s face value instantly.
In addition to adding some beautiful designs on your walls, you can do things like add an artsy mirror to break up a large, empty space. Mirrors are also great for making rooms appear larger than they are. Instead of opting for one big mirror, you can also add several mirrors in different shapes in sizes for a reflective wall.
If you’re looking to add character to a blank wall, go with a floating shelf and layer framed art prints and/or photos with accessories of colors different than your wall color. For larger walls, add more than one shelf at staggering heights for a trendy look that is sure to draw the eye in.
Add some color and texture with this DIY Chevron Wall Art you can easily create using wooden shims, spray paint and picture hanging strips. You’ll also need a saw and some newspaper. If you don’t feel like being quite that crafty, try our Chevron Stripe Wall Decals in multiple colors, widths and lengths to create a similar looking wall. The best part about our striped wall decals is you can change your mind on the colors in six months and easily change your decor!
All in all, it is very easy to add some flair and fun to a large, blank wall. Just use your imagination and the possibilities are endless. If you choose to use or wall stickers or stencils to dress up a boring, blank wall, let us know by sending before and after pics to email@example.com and maybe you’ll be our next blog feature!
Valentine's Day DIY Gift Ideas with Heart Stencils 1
Have you been shopping for your Valentine but feel like you’re looking for love in all the wrong places? Our heart themed stencils are just the thing to let your husband, wife, girlfriend, fiancé, best friend or child know you care! Why buy a box of chocolates or a flower bouquet when you can paint your way into their heart? Our heart wall stencils are self-adhesive so they are easy to use and come in a variety of heart shaped themes so you can paint hearts on your walls, furniture, décor and crafts!
Want to show your honey you are head over heels in love? Start with our Heart Stencil Allover Pattern and create a wall of love! To create a look like this, you’ll need one wall stencil sheet, acrylic paint, foam roller, small brush for details, a paper plate and some paper towels. That’s it! You simply stick the stencil on, paint, let it dry, remove and repeat. You won’t need any glue or tape because our stencils are self-adhesive. Easy peasy!
If you’re proud to let everyone know about the love your family shares, create a personalized welcome doormat with our Love Lives Here Stencil. You can get the look shown in the video below by sticking our stencil on a simple doormat (ours was made from coconut material) and painting using spray bottles of fabric paint you can buy at your local hobby/craft store. This stencil looks equally great on walls and can be personalized with your family name. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for newlyweds or new homeowners?
Your kids light up your life like a rainbow on a rainy day, right? Now you can show them the depth of your love by painting a beautiful Cloud and Raining Hearts design on their walls, door, or shower curtain. You could stencil this heart design anywhere! What kiddo won’t feel extra special that their parents painted them their own heart mural and you don’t have to let them know how easy it was!
Still don’t know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day this year? Here are five other uses for our fabulous heart stencils:
- Paint a decorative mailbox with our heart stencil and then fill it with love letters!
- Take an up-cycled wood pallet and turn it into a sign showing off your family values with our Love Lives Here Stencil.
- Get practical and paint a shower curtain with fabric paint and our Cloud and Raining Hearts stencil!
- Plan a romantic night for your honey and decorate the bedroom door with stenciled hearts to surprise him or her.
- Create a backyard love nest (if it’s warm where you live) and paint hearts on a table and chairs, planters or a large heart mural on the fence. Even if it’s not that warm, enjoy it with a cup of your favorite beverage and cuddle up!
Hearts are always a good idea on Valentine’s Day and really any day you want to show your admiration for a special someone. Whether you paint a wall, stencil a door, add hearts to your furniture or create a heart themed craft, you can’t go wrong. Check out all of our heart pattern stencils this February and keep the love going all year long!
Tips for Decorating Small Spaces 0
With the tiny house movement being forefront on many home improvement television shows and on social media lately, it may have you thinking about downsizing. Whether you’re looking for your first tiny home or living in a small apartment or home now, you may have some questions about decorating small spaces. From wall décor to flooring, you can do a lot with a small amount of space and use budget friendly décor to make cozy areas appear larger.
Wall décor can often be a challenge with small rooms and open spaces. If you are trying to decorate multi-purposed rooms, try creating some separation with a stenciled wall. You can easily distinguish a work space, for example, by using patterned stencils behind your desk area. Not a fan of painting? Try some of our striped wall decals to create a stunning accent wall.
When looking at small walls, especially in a rental, art wall decals can be a simple solution. Try wall decals in the living room to add some color and class. Use border wall decals or vertical stripes to draw the eye up, making the room appear larger. You can even decorate your tiny bathroom with a cute quote wall decal like this Valentina Harper design.
By using cool paint colors on your solid walls, you’ll instantly make rooms appear airy and open. Use wall stickers and wall stencils to add pops of warmer colors and create interest. Add white or light colored furniture to help trick the eye as well. Putting large mirrors on your walls will help rooms appear bigger. Finally, when it comes to storage, go vertical by using typically unused space for shelving. Shelves above doorways, windows, beneath stairs and along hallways can be a great way to maximize storage. Corner shelving units and desks in small apartments can be a great space saver.
Once your walls are looking wonderful, you can add ceiling to floor length window treatments to draw the eye up and make ceilings appear higher than they are. Also, use colors that blend with the walls to create an unbroken line and make the room seem bigger. Curtains can be used as room dividers for open spaces or to create a room within a room.
Your floors should be light in color when you’re living in a small space. Also, use the same flooring throughout to keep the flow and avoid chopping up rooms, making them seem smaller. If you are living in a multi-family home or apartment building, installing noise reducing flooring can help prevent that “crowded in feeling”. Living in a tiny home or thinking about building one? Use sub-floor storage to help keep your clutter to a minimum.
You can also use multi-functional pieces of furniture to not only decorate but serve a purpose in your home. Try mirrors with storage shelves, drawers under beds for storage, desks that fold flat against the wall when not in use and reveal a chalkboard for the kids to draw on. With space being at a minimum, you must think a little outside of the box with your furniture.
For anyone who is struggling with small space decorating, we hope these ideas will help you. There are plenty more ideas for both DIY décor and things you can purchase when you search Pinterest. Remember to follow these tips as a guideline only and your personal touches along the way. Start with your wall decor, move on to the windows and then your floors and finally add smart furniture to help you maximize your space and no home will feel too small!
Start 2017 Out Right with Our Top Ten Decluttering Ideas 1
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions to “get organized” or declutter our homes each year. But why is it so hard to follow through? We definitely develop emotional attachments to our stuff and without some forethought, decluttering can quickly turn into a daunting project. It’s also easy to make excuses for why we didn’t get it done and let ourselves off the hook. So, start off on the right step in 2017 with our Top Ten Decluttering Ideas for your home and workspace. This is a great time to just say yes to less and get rid of the mess. In no particular order, here are some great decluttering tips:
1. Buddy Up!
Lianna George from By George Organizing says in her article, 4 Reasons Why Your Decluttering Isn’t Working, “When you declutter by yourself there is no accountability, no one to question your decisions (or lack of them). If you want to see real results that lead to a change in your clutter, you have to be willing to have someone work alongside you.” Makes a lot of sense. So, grab your spouse, your sister, your best friend, whomever you choose and get to work!
2. Rome was Not Built in a Day!
Make yourself daily goals. Start with smaller spaces and move on from there. If you get done with one area and feel motivated, tackle another early. But make your goals S.M.A.R.T. – specific, manageable, achievable, realistic and time-based. There is no sense in making a goal to clean out an entire garage alone on a Sunday afternoon while taking care of your infant and toddler too, so don’t set yourself up for failure. There are lots of month long “decluttering challenges” you can take part in to help you keep your goals S.M.A.R.T., just google it or look on Pinterest.
3. Be Real with Yourself!
One thing I am guilty of, is keeping clothes that are in great shape but don’t fit or things my kids got as gifts that we couldn’t return and pile them up thinking I’ll consign them or sell them on eBay for some extra cash. Well I have a lot of piles and no extra cash. So, if it’s not complete junk, donate it. Otherwise, trash it.
4. You Better Work!
Start with your workspace. Your desk can probably due with a little purge. According to LifeHack.org you should make cleaning off your desktop a #1 priority. ”Keep flat surfaces clear, and have an inbox for all incoming papers. When the papers come in, sort them each day – toss, delegate, do immediately, or file simply file all documents, but whatever you do, DO NOT KEEP THEM ON TOP OF YOUR DESK. All you want on the surface of your desk is your phone, computer, inbox, and maybe a special photo in addition to the documents you are working with at the moment.” - LifeHack.org
5. Time for Virtual Reality (Checks)!
If you’ve been downloading pictures to share on social media over the holidays or have a lot of old files and emails clogging up your computer, it’s time to clean up. Use file storage solutions such as Dropbox to move pictures and files you need or really want to keep. Or use the iCloud if you’re a MAC user to store pics and music without slowing down your system. Windows users, check out OneDrive for a great way to keep your files organized without clogging up your desktop or your memory.
6. Take 5!
Leo from Zen Habits offers you 18 different 5 minute decluttering challenges to jumpstart the rebirth of your newly organized home. Just pick one, right now (seriously, right now). I like the idea to schedule a decluttering weekend and getting family on board so that it’s on your calendar and it’s easy to get everyone on board with enough notice. You probably have a lot of boxes you can use to sort your clutter from all those holiday gifts you ordered right now too!
7. Make No Assumptions!
Just because you assume your kids don’t play with xyz toy, don’t just throw it out. Keep them involved in the decluttering of their own areas but also be realistic and talk about it ahead of time. You know younger kids are going to have some emotional attachments and older kids are going to want to feel in control. You can make it a game like the STOP clutter game suggested on HGTV with younger kids. Just make sure you are ready to not back down. If you have older kids or teenagers, let them be involved but be clear that the clutter is going. They can help decide what they really need and want or they can just deal with your decisions. One way to really drive home the point that there’s just too much “stuff” is to dump it all out in one big pile for each kid or each room. It’s pretty mind blowing.
8. Dare to Declutter the Bathroom!
The bathroom can be an area that get easily overwhelming. If you have cabinets and drawers of stuff, empty them out. You probably don’t need three half empty bottles of shampoo and that great smelling bath scrub you never used from 2011 can probably go now. Work on organizing and simplifying your storage spaces and then get that vanity top cleaned off! Use small bins or drawer separators to keep things tidy.
9. Play Toss, Keep or Store!
If your kitchen cabinets or pantry have become a scary place you just don’t want to look at, it’s time! Check out this pantry decluttering checklist from Kristen at Chatelaine
10. Live with Less!
Overall, you can declutter every month or even every day, but if you just keep buying more “stuff” you’ll never be done. With everything from tools to toys to clothes and home goods, go for quality over quantity.
Here's the Goins' playroom in 2011 after a thorough decluttering by Stephanie. Now they're painting over that jungle mural for the boys so stay tuned to see how it looks.
Just remember as you begin your decluttering adventure, it’s not about perfection. It’s about making your home a place of peace and comfort and having rooms that work for you, not against you. If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to declutter your life and home, let us know your own tips below.