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The Best Apps To Help You Make DIY Festive Decorations

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There’s no better way to start feeling festive than to decorate your home in beautiful colors, ornaments, and of course, your Christmas tree. Before you spend a lot of money on brand new decorations, why not consider getting a little crafty? To help you get inspired, you’ll want to take a look at these great DIY apps. With ideas like these, you’ll soon create some gorgeous crafts.

1 . DIY Christmas Decorations

With the DIY Christmas Decorations app, you’ll get your home looking holiday-ready in no time. The application has lots of different ideas, including detailed step-by-step guides. There are so many craft projects to choose from, whether you’re looking to make miniature Santas, ornamental trees, or festive candles. Crafts vary from easy to advanced, and there are plenty of kid-friendly options so that you can make things as a family. DIY festive decorations can make great holiday gifts, (plus they give you something fun and creative to do during the lockdown)!

2. Craftgawker

Craftgawker is a great app that provides plenty of craft project ideas. You’ll find ample creative guides, along with lots of eco-friendly ideas. Craftgawker offers projects for various levels. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced crafter, you’ll find something to suit your needs. There are 41,000+ DIY projects and creative concepts, including lots of festive-themed projects. Craftgawker offers carefully curated content, so you’ll find high-quality work from the world’s best craft bloggers. Seen a craft project you like the look of? All you have to do is tap the picture, and you’ll find a handy craft tutorial.

3. Pinterest

Everyone’s old favorite, Pinterest is absolutely bursting with creative inspiration, including plenty of Christmas craft projects. All you need to do is perform a quick search for ‘homemade festive decorations’ and you’ll find plenty to get you started. Once you’ve finished your projects, you can upload them and get feedback from the craft community. Don’t forget to take advantage of the ‘Creator Chat’ board, where you can ask all your questions about creative projects. Whether it’s the Best wood for carving or finding earth-friendly materials, don’t be afraid to ask the creators for a few tips!

 4. Crafts Ideas 

Crafts Ideas is a free application that offers an extensive collection of the best DIY and craft ideas. Discover and save all your favorite crafts ideas, learn plenty of new things, and save money on your decorations. Lots of the materials used include old things that you’d usually throw out or recycle, whether that’s old papers, bottles, cardboard, or clothing. Want to turn the items you have laying around into something beautiful and functional? Then Crafts Ideas is the app for you. All instructions are detailed, and there are plenty of ideas for the whole family. These art crafts ideas include plenty of different themes, whether gardening, food, fashion, or home decor.

Once you’ve got into the swing of making your own decorations, you’ll improve your skills, and be inspired to attempt more advanced projects.

Happy Crafting!

Make life a little easier with these free apps.

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Like many young adults just on the other side of various quarter-life crises, while balancing “big people jobs” with mundane grown-up responsibilities, sometimes I’m barely holding it together–organizationally speaking. Fake it ‘til you make it! Since so many people who appear to have it all together swear by their technological solutions, I decided to do a little digging and see if I couldn’t research my way into some make-life-easier apps. And because I ascribe to the gospel of “Ballin’ on a Budget”, I gave myself one rule…they had to be free. Here’s what I rounded up! Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments below.

For seeking so you shall find:

Job Search- Look for jobs based on job description and location with Indeed.com’s search application.

Repairpal- Assists you in locating auto repair shops in your area.

Last.fm- Find the latest artists and albums.

Gas Bag- Locates the cheapest gas prices.

For staying organized:

Sticky Notes- Write reminders on virtual post-it notes and stick them on a virtual bulletin board.

24me- This app will keep track of bank and Netflix accounts, track how many cell phone minutes you’ve used, and log frequent flyer miles.

Smart ToDo- Keeps track of due dates and a detailed “To Do” list.

Evernote-Jot down notes via text, audio or picture. Everything you in-put is searchable later.

For a fitness focus:

MapMyRun- Keeps track of all your runs, including: pace, distance, route, speed and charts your progress over time.

Restaurant Nutrition-Lets you know the healthiest choices when dining out.

For getting out of a jam:

iTranslate- Combines voice recognition, translation and output to achieve the dream of a Universal Translator.

Law Dojo- Know your rights.

For PARTY:

Drinks and Cocktails- Spin the wheel and get a new drink recipe every time.

Birthday Reminder- Keep track of all your friends’ special days…and know when to expect the next party.

Perfect Date-Helps you plan a romantic evening out with your lucky gal or guy.

For making discoveries in your town:

Fandango-Find out what is playing at the local movie theater and how much the ticket will set you back.

Songkick Concerts- Lets you know when your favorite band will be rolling through your town.

iRecycle-Trying to be environmentally conscious? This app will tell you where the local recycling center is.

Pizza Finder-Find the best slice in town!

For shopping ‘til you drop:

Closet+-Keep an organized closet by cataloguing your wardrobe with pictures and descriptions.

Book Bargain- Alerts you to the best deals on Amazon and other online book sellers.

For staying up to date on current events:

NYTimes- Get news for free from a trusted periodical.

NPRAddict- News with a bit more quirk, this app also lets you download great podcasts which are wonderful for roadtrips and passing time on the elliptical.

For life-long learning:

Word of the Day –Expand your vocabulary and your GRE score.

Art Lite-Learn all about the artists, significance and history behind your favorite works of art.

SparkNotes- Lets you access Spark Notes for all the literary classics. Be sure to read the actual text too!

(iPhone illustration via here.)