10 Ways to Make Your House Feel Like Home

Whether you just moved in to a new dorm room, have been stuck inside a cramped apartment for the last six months, or have been nesting in your lovely home for the last ten years, you can always make your home feel more like, well home. Check out these 10 ideas!

1. Be selective and generous with your photographs.

What...what does this even mean? Well, in this day and age, people not only take photos of EVERYTHING, but they take about 10-13 photos of everything. When you are setting up or making home feel more homier, be mindful of what photos you display, but make sure to display plenty of photos. Photographs are a great way to feel surrounded by familiarity and memories. For all of the photos you don't have specific places for, or you want to keep to yourself of a personal inside joke, compile a photo box to stash in plain sight! A photo box can be anything from a dolled up shoebox, to a compartment inside of an already existing piece of furniture. You have access to it whenever you want a personal trip down memory lane, or if you need to embarrass someone in good fun at a moment's notice.
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2. Do It Yourself

Seriously, what isn't more satisfying than admiring your own hard work? Well, there's probably a few things, but none the less, the feeling is pretty darn great. Not only will it improve your skills, allow yourself a creative outlet, and more often than not act as an inexpensive alternative to some other decor, it will also give your home a literal personal touch. What says home more than things that you created?
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3. Find What You Love, Not What Anyone Else Does

Just because Susan recently installed the 13ft "vintage" birdcage in her foyer, absolutely does not mean you have to rush to Home Goods to get one too. Home should not only feel cozy, but practical. Home is a space that you should be spending an awful lot of time in. What's the point of a lovely home if you don't love being home?
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4. Keep A Routine of Clean

These are projects that you can do on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis to make the place feel yours. Simple things such as making your bed, cleaning the bathroom, monthly pantry clean outs, vacuuming, etc. This will keep your home fresh and delightful.
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5. Build Set Ups.

Consider the rooms that you spend the most time in for daily routines: bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, office, etc. Find set ups that work for you. Find a fun shower curtain for the bathroom, keep the bathroom and kitchen stocked, organize laundry supplies, etc. There is a lot of fun in function!
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6. Cozy. Cozy. Cozy.

Depending where you are, and who you are, "cozy" might mean something different--but that ultimately doesn't matter because the idea is to pick a specific spot in your place and make it cozy AF. As repeated several times, a home should be comfy, but practical. As splendid as cozy may be, you don't really need a cozy laundry room, cozy kitchen, cozy bathroom, cozy attic, etc. Find your cozy safe space and GO ALL OUT.
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7. Find Your Home's "Quirks"

Every place has its quirks: squeaky floorboards, odd temperatures at odd times of day, the bloodied scream-y ghost in the basement, a poorly placed window, deadzones in random rooms, a weird smell, etc. Once you figure out the place, figure out how to work with the quirks. Carpet squares? Fans and blankets? Crucifix? Fancy curtains? Turn it into a reading room? Get a candle? No matter what, you can always make something better.
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8. Splurge On Something.

Whether you splurge on a Soda Stream, or just some damn fine sheets, make sure to splurge on at least one fun item. However, when it comes to things you will be using often, or for a long time, more often than not you'll be doing yourself a favor spending a few extra bucks on items like sheets, towels, washer, dryer, cookware, etc.
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9. Make Home for Two.

This is specific for individuals living with a significant other, spouse, or roommate, but make home a place for the both of you. Pick out decor, colors, appliances, etc together so you feel like the place is one that you share.
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10. Enjoy Being Home.

DIY: Tiki Torch Bottles

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Step One:
Gather supplies-
-Tiki torch tips
-Liquor bottles
-Tiki torch liquid
-Matches

Step Two:
"Wash the bottles with water."

Step Three:
"Fill the bottom of the bottle with water, just below the wick, don’t let the wick touch the water." 

Step Four:
"Then fill the bottle with tiki fluid."

Step Five:
"Drench the wick in tiki torch fluid and then place it back in the bottle."

Step Six:
Light it up and enjoy!

DIY: Wine Rack

Wine Rack DIY from The Merry Thought

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Step One:
Gather your materials-
-1/2″ x 12″ x 24″ Birch Plywood
-Scroll Saw
-Three 5/8″ Dowels
-Drill
-5/8″ Forstner Drill Bit
-Wood Glue
-Four 1″ x 20″ pieces of Leather
-Sewing Machine

Step Two:
"Draw line across the board at 11 5/8in from one end (this gives an extra 3/8in to the back side of the stand) Use the saw to cut along this line."

Step Three:
"On the top half, (the one with the extra 3/8in) measure 1.5in down from the top and make a mark at the center of the board and then a mark at 1in in from each side. Also mark 6 1/4in down from the top at the center and 1in in from each side. (These are for the dowels.)"

Step Four:
"Drill a hole most of the way through the board at each mark. Cut six 12in pieces of dowel."

Step Five:
"Screw the base piece of wood to the back of the stand. Glue dowels in place."

 

Step Six:
"Fold each piece of leather in half. Stitch across, giving enough room for dowel to fit through. About 1in." 

Step Seven:
"Now fold about an inch on each end and sew along the edge. 
Slide the leather on the dowels once they are completely dry and fill it up with your favorite wine!"

DIY: Balloon Chandelier

Create this amazing and fun balloon chandelier for your next hoe down!

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Step One:

Gather your materials:
-Balloons
-Helium tank
-4x6 photos
-5x7 cardstock
-Ribbon
-Scissors
-Holepunch
-Double sided tape or glue stick

Step Two:
Glue/stick your photos to the card stock.

Step Three:
Hole punch the card stock where you want the ribbon to hang.

Step Four:
Blow up balloons.

Step Five:
Attach length of ribbon to each photo.

Step Six:
Attach other end of the ribbon to a balloon.

Step Seven:
Release and enjoy!

DIY: Vintage Tea Cup Candle

Vintage Tea Cup Candle
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Step One:
Gather your materials
-Vintage tea cups with saucers (you can get these anywhere from Etsy to Goodwill to your Grandma's attic)
-Candle wicks (waxed)
-Wooden skewers (8, to hold the wicks in place)
-Heat proof bowl
-Saucepan
-Cup with spout (to pour wax)
-500g soy wax
-2g wax dye
-Fragrance oil

Step Two:
"Before getting on with the process make sure you have set up the containers with wicks etc. I first tried to keep the wicks in place with a clothes peg balanced on the rim, but when i poured in the wax, with the slightest movement they changed position. So I placed two skewers on either side of the wick to keep it in place (as in picture)."
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Step Three:
"Once the mis en place is intact, heat enough water in a saucepan to come about half way up and bring to a simmer."
Step Four:
"Place the wax in the heat proof bowl (cut them up into smaller pieces if they are in a block, to allow easy and even melting) along with the wax dye and let it slowly melt. 
Use a long wooden skewer to stir in between if needed."
Step Five:
"Once the wax has completely melted, take it off bain marie and keep aside to cool a bit. 
Pour in the fragrance oil at this point, stir with the skewer and slowly pour into the cups till about 3/4th full. If the wicks have moved a bit, don't worry, just readjust. The wax is not going to set immediately. Also, rinse out your utensils quickly."
Step Six:
"Don't move the candles until its completely set. If there is a bit of sinking in the centre, just warm some more wax and fill it up."


DIY: Thanksgiving Leftovers Bag

Thanksgiving Leftovers Bag
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If you click on the link above you can print out all of these adorable Thanksgiving Leftovers labels. They even explain to you how to make your own bags using material purchased from Garnish. However, you can make these bags yourself right at home using items you can pick up at Walmart or Dollar Tree!

Step One:
Gather materials
-Large paper take out bags
-Take out containers or toss away tupperware
-Stencils
-Stickers
-Paint
Etc.

Step Two:
Brainstorm a theme. Select fonts. Print things out. Figure out how much you need and what you like.

Step Three:
Make your containers!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

DIY: Memory Box Table

This memory box table idea was inspired by sunset.com.

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Step One:
Gather your materials-
-a small table
-a deep picture frame (about an inch smaller on all sides than the table top
-mementos (photos, souvenirs, postcards, etc.)
-hot glue

Step Two:
Measure out the picture frame and the table to make sure it fits. Next, organize the photo frame with the mementos. Play around with the arrangement until it's how you like it. Take a photo of it for reference so when you take everything out to glue it in, you don't forget the image you're going for. Glue the mementos into the frame and cover it with the glass.

Step Three:
Wait until the mementos are set. Now, mount the picture frame to the table using hot glue (or some type of wet cement to insure security.)