New year DIY

By Maya Devineni and Arya Chethikattil

It’s been a long year, and now let’s start the new year with a new look! Read below to see some super easy DIY’s to spice up your room for 2015!!!

1. Picture Clothesline: Have too many pictures that you don’t even dfystringframesinkknow what to do with? Make a picture clothesline! It’s super cute and super easy to do, and made out of things that you probably already have in your home!


  • Mini clothespins
  • Twine
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Photos
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Any color paint (optional)


Step 1: Go Thor style, and hammer two thumbtacks on your wall, with distance of your choice.

Step 2: Aline the twine with the two thumbtacks, and loop it around each thumb tack (cut off excess twine).

Step 3 (Optional): Paint the clothespins a color of your choice, whatever matches your room, or your favorite color. This just adds more color so it pops out more.

Step 4:Then line the clothes pins along the twine. Make sure to put enough space between the pictures.

Step 5: Lastly, put up your photos!  

2. Glowing Mason Jars: If you’re in the dark and you would like a fun looking lantern, make this DIY to fulfill your desires



  • Mason jar with lid
  • Several liquid glow sticks
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper (just to keep your area clean)


Step 1: Wash and dry your mason jar.

Step 2: Put newspaper along the area where you will be working because this can get pretty messy.

Step 3: Crack the glow stick, so it glows.

Step 4: Hold the glow stick over the mason jar, and cut off the tip of the stick. Then completely empty the glow stick.

Step 5: Put the lid on the mason jar, and shake the contents!

3. Sharpie Mugs:  Have a plain old mug that’s not really you, or just DIY-sharpie-Deer-muglooking for a gift to give to a coffee or hot chocolate lover? Then this DIY is perfect for you!


  • Oil-based Sharpie paint markers (any color)
  • plain mug
  • oven
  • pencil (optional)


Step 1: Wash and dry the mug.

Step 2 (optional): Use the pencil to sketch out your design.

Step 3: Then use your Oil-based Sharpie to either trace the pencil marks or free hand the design.

Step 4 : Bake the mug at 350 degrees for 20 minutes Step 5: Enjoy 😉 Warning: Do NOT wash it the dishwasher…ONLY hand wash.

4. Hand warmers: Inspired by Bethany Mota, when it gets too cold in the winter, these DIY hand warmers are amazing. Just heat it up in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, and keep them in your pockets for your hands.



  • old t-shirt made of flannel/ cotton
  • scissors
  • rice
  • thread and needle
  • non flammable fabric markers (optional)
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • funnel


Step 1: Cut out a piece of cloth into a shape, I personally like doing hearts. It’s easier if you cut it from the edge, so there is less sewing.

Step 2: Sew the cloth up with a sewing machine leaving a medium-sized gap at the end, and if you don’t have a sewing machine, no biggie! I actually don’t know how to work mine so I just hand sewed it. It just takes a little longer!

Step 3: Make the heart or shape inside out, so it looks nicer.

Step 4: Before you finish sewing the gap, use the funnel to fill the heart up with rice. Make you fill it up as much as you can!

Step 5: Finish sewing up the gap, until it’s completely closed up. Double check for small little holes, and stubborn, sneaky rice trying to get out!

Step 6 (optional): If you still want to make more personalized, you could get non flammable fabric markers, and you could maybe write a quote, your name, or just anything random like Brrrr!

5. Headboard: Inspired by Meg Deanglis, this is a really pretty, without the 300 dollar price tag, easy to make headboard!

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  • Any type of board, or even a canvas
  • spray paint (2 different colors)
  • Leaves
  • Towels


Step 1: Set your board/canvas in an open area, like your backyard, and lay out old newspaper to keep your area clean.

Step 2: Take your spray paint, and completely spray one of the four boards/canvases.

Step 3: Then take the leaves that you took from your backyard, or if your backyard doesn’t have pretty leaves, you can go to the store and buy some. Lay them over both boards.

Step 4: Take the board that you already sprayed with your first color. Then with leaves on top use your second color and sprat paint over it. Then take off the leaves revealing the first color, to get better idea of this its much like using stencils.

Step 5: Take the second board, and using your leaves as stencils again, spray paint over the entire board using the first color. Then remove the leaves, and voila!

Step 6: Once you are done being a top-secret spy with your hot glue gun, take your towels and hot glue them over the board


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