Kids simply love to help their parents make things. It’s a great way to spend quality time with the children and end up with something at the end. It’s also a good way to teach them to be creative and to be safe. If the project requires the use of power tools it is good for kids to see you using protective equipment like face masks and safety glasses and if they are working beside you, make sure you have some for them too. Go online to http://www.stihl.com.au/ to see what is available. Generally basic protective equipment is not expensive.
Here are five great ideas for DIY projects that your kids will just love.
Seashell Wind Chime
This is an easy project to complete and will give you something to do with those shells you collected on your last trip to the beach. Tie fishing line around each shell and then attach to a base to hang from. An interesting piece of driftwood makes an excellent base. If you have a dremel bit and a power drill you can drill holes in the shells and thread the fishing line through and knot the shells in place.
Why buy a plastic sword from the cheap shop that will break in two seconds when you can make a hardwood one without too much bother? It definitely won’t break and you and the kids will have fun constructing it. The sword can be as simple or elaborate as your carpentering skills allow. Most of the work can be done with a hand saw, although a table saw would be best for the blade. Obviously you need to round off all edges so that swordplay is safe.
All kids love kites. Making your own will give extra satisfaction when you fly it. You can make a simple diamond kite or for the more experienced, you can get really fancy. You don’t much material to make a simple kite. Just some string, four lightweight strips of wood, some paper (newspaper will do, but tissue paper or crepe paper is best), some glue and a pair of scissors. If you want you can add streamers for decorations. You can draw or paint colourful designs on the paper before construction. Only other requirement, the wind!
To make tin lanterns you only need a tin can a hammer and a nail (or a power drill), a towel and battery operated tea lights. Wash the tins and fill them water and freeze. This stops them denting when you hammer holes into the cans. Make a variety of patterns with the holes. Work on a towel to keep the tin stable. You can add two holes at the top if you want to string your lantern with wire. Place the tea lights inside and presto, you have a tin lantern.
Collect sticks of roughly the same length and thickness. Start by tying four sticks together to form a square base and then just keep adding layers.
We are moving soon 🙂 The hubby and I have been married for 4 years now and this is the first time we will be moving to a place of our own. We made a loan to make this possible, at least what we will pay for monthly will be going towards our own property and not just for rental.
Now, we have to admit that we have not bought much furniture before because we always have it in mind that we don’t want to bring so much stuff when we move to a new place. But looking around our rented house now, I think we could really use some new ones 🙂
1. Sofa. It would be nice to have a new sofa. We have an old one which has unfortunately been discolored; it’s made of material which is kind of difficult to clean. If you ask me why did we buy this one in the 1st place, then let it be known that it was sold to us at a very cheap price by a friend. And my hubby liked it 🙂 I would love to have a sofa in deep brown color or even a dark blue or gray one would do. I want it dark.
2. Dining chairs. Our dining table is still useful and I wouldn’t mind just buying a couple of chairs to go with it. The old chairs are simply begging to retire.
3. Bedstead. It would be great to have one. In the previous house that we rented, we were provided a bedstead to use. As we move out, we would need one.
4. Closet. The house we are renting already has a closet that the hubby uses. My clothes are in a smaller closet which we bought after our wedding. With the move, we need a new one for his clothes.
5. Kitchen cabinet. We are using the cabinets of our rented house now and so obviously we need one or two in our new home.
So far, these are the essential ones we need as we make the move soon 🙂 Expect some update about our furniture shopping (or receiving?? You know, maybe some family and friends would decide to give them as gifts. Hahaha) in the coming weeks.
We are thankful that God has blessed our marriage and we can now have a new home, a cute one but just what we need. We know that He provides for our needs and even our wants 🙂
As children, we’re usually taught that sharing is a good thing. We’re told to share our toys, to share our opinions, and to share our food. However, when it comes to sharing our homes with others, are our parents on the ball? House sharing with others will always be a mixed bag. You never know exactly what you’re in for before it’s too late and you’re already settled in. But there are some general advantages and disadvantages to sharing with others, and you should be aware of them before co-signing the lease. Here are 3 pros and 3 cons of sharing a house.
Before you’re ready to purchase your very own home (visit this website
for an excellent home builders in NSW and QLD) you may need to share a house with others. Lots of people houseshare, and for good reason: there are advantages to living with other people. Here are 3.
1. Cheaper rent.
By sharing a house with others you’re able to spread the financial cost of renting amongst your housemates. It also means cheaper utility bills (e.g., Internet, gas, electricity) and less money upfront individually for the bond.
2. More socialising.
Living with others means that you’ll still need to socialise when you come home. This can be a lot of fun. You can form deeper relationships with those you share with, and make more friends with the many people who visit your home.
3. Shared chores.
If your apartment or house is particularly big, then having others around to help clean the house can save everyone a lot of time. Many hands do make light work.
However, sharing a house isn’t necessarily all smooth sailing. There are a number of challenges to living with other people. Here are 3.
1. Less privacy.
Not getting enough privacy in your home, especially if you’re introverted, can be annoying. Also, if you need to work or study, but your house is pulsating with party music (from your housemates), then this can be a problem, especially if it happens often.
2. No complete authority.
When sharing a house, you’re not the only one who gets to make the decisions. Other people in the house will also need to have their say, and this can be frustrating.
3. Potential financial burden.
Indeed: one of the more attractive benefits of sharing a house with others is the reduced financial burden in paying the rent, bills and bond. However, what happens if one of your housemates decides to skip town? Or loses their job? If your name is on the lease, then you may be liable for paying all the rent, and for any damages left behind by the runaway housemate. And this can set you way back in your financial goals to buy a home.
If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot by sharing a house with other people. About people, about yourself, and about responsibility. If you do choose to house share, then try and move in with people who have similar routines to you, and have lived with other people before. This will minimise any potential problems that may arise.