15 Easy Origami Ideas for Bigger Kids (Bonus: +1 Video at the end of the page)

15 Easy Origami Ideas for Bigger Kids

Origami teaches patience and gives amazing rewards. Your kids are going to LOVE these crafts!

I don’t think there is an adult anywhere who doesn’t remember making origami boxes as a child. Or stars. Or maybe even the notes that would be passed around class. These 25 Easy Origami Ideas for Bigger Kids are a fun way for you to get your kids involved in origami, and to show them that taking the time to do something well will give them something amazing in end. These crafts are truly incredible, and the instructions are all easy to follow…better stock up on some paper, because you’ll have tons of fun crafts all over your house before you know it. Enjoy!

bow
1) Your kids will love decorating presents, their room, even their little siblings with these origami bows once they learn how to make them.

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hearts

2)Make these folded origami hearts and give them to someone you love.

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jumping frog

3) Leaping lizards! No, wait…leaping frogs! These origami frogs can actually jump!

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lucky stars

4) You never can have enough lucky stars. Which is good, because these lucky stars are easy (and totally addicting) to make.

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mini paper books

5) How cute are these origami folded books? Your kids could make their own and write the tinniest novels ever.

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ninja stars

6) These ninja throwing stars are awesome to throw…but never at people (or animals).

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shark bookmark

7) Let your kids make bookmarks that are truly unique! These shark bookmarks are an awesome way to bite into that reading list.

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xwing

8) Any Star Wars fan will go nuts for this x-wing origami. May the force, of paper folding, be with you.

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whales

9) Make an army of whales to explore the ocean with.

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trex10) Origami t-rex might have short arms, but he’s definitely not short on fun.

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transforming stars

11) These transforming stars change from stars to circles and back again. It’s like magic!!

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star wreath

12) When your kids make this origami star wreath, not only will they end up with an awesome decoration for their room, but a cool skill to show all their friends.

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shirt and tie

13) Origami shirts and ties are perfect for kids who want to give their dads a special homemade gift.

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shark cootie catcher

14) This shark cootie catcher is dangerous! Dangerously adorable, that is.

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elephant

15) A herd of origami elephants are headed toward your house. But don’t worry…they don’t eat much.

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50 Wedding Reception Ideas To Make It A Day To Remember

25 Easy Tiny Finger Food Recipe Ideas You Can Serve on a Toothpick

Whether you’re throwing a dinner party, cocktail hour, or a bash to celebrate game day, epic appetizers are a *must* for any get-together. If you want to take your bite-sized appetizer recipes a bit further, skewer those tasty bites with a toothpick so your guests can grab and go as they please. It also means you aren’t left with tons of dishes, so you can spend more time relaxing in that post-party glow. Scroll down for 25 finger food recipes, from BLTs to chicken and waffles… all that you can serve on a toothpick!

1. Lemongrass & Sriracha Grilled Chicken Kebabs: Upgrade your weeknight meals with some new flavors. (via Brit + Co)
 

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2. BBQ Chicken Skewers With Blue Cheese Crumbles: If you love blue cheese and celery but not the usual spicy Buffalo counterpart, these BBQ chicken skewers will be right up your alley. They’re sweet and saucy with a sharp bite and a fresh crunch. (via Stacey Homemaker)

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3. Beet Salad on a Stick: Whatever get-together you have planned, you need to have a couple of vegetarian options up your sleeve. Rest assured, your herbivorous friends will flip for this bite-sized combo of beet, goat cheese, arugula, and walnut. (via Salty Canary)

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4. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Tea Sandwich: Long live the BLT! To turn it into a bite-sized nosh, go for slices of Roma tomatoes and use a cookie cutter to create like-sized circles of white bread. (via Oh, How Civilized)

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5. Chicken Caesar Salad Pinwheels: When you’re serving passable dishes, salads can be a bit too fussy for their own good. Get that creamy crunch you desire in an easy-to-eat package by rolling chicken Caesar salad in a tortilla and slicing into pinwheels. (via Food Fun Family)

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6. Bacon Cream Cheese Bites: You can create an incredibly easy app with only bread, cream cheese, chives, and bacon that will stun your guests. (via Garnish With Lemon)

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7. Grilled Garlic Shrimp Skewers: Simplicity is essential when dealing with sweet, fresh shrimp. A brush of garlic and butter is all you need to enhance its flavor to epic restaurant-worthy levels. (via Simply Recipes)

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8. Hawaiian Chicken Bites: Bring your favorite pizza toppings into cocktail hour with these sweet and sour Hawaiian chicken skewers. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce and add a chunk of SPAM for an authentic flavor. (via Rasa Malaysia)

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9. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites: Nix the bagel and enjoy your lox on top of a slice of crunchy cucumber. These would be wonderful for a brunch party alongside a DIY mimosa bar. (via Baker by Nature)

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10. Manchego Cheese, Ham, and Olive Bites: These no-cook tapas bites are a quick way to wow a crowd with minimal effort. Try drizzling with honey after assembling for an added sweet touch. (via My Kitchen Love)

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11. Chicken Satay Skewers With Peanut Sauce: Chicken marinated in coconut milk and spices becomes tender and moist on the grill. Pair these skewers with a sweet and sticky peanut sauce for extra flavor. (via Savory Tooth)

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12. Mini Chicken and Waffles: There’s no shame in using frozen food to your advantage, especially when you have the task of hosting a party. Dress up mini waffles and chicken tenders with maple syrup and herbs de Provence, and no one will be the wiser. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

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13. Mini Cheeseburgers: If you really want to make a statement with your party food, go all out and whip up mini cheeseburgers. (via Pizzazzerie)

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14. Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers: If you can boil water, you can make these skewers faster than you can say tortellini. Dress with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes for optimal flavor. (via Foody Schmoody Blog)

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15. Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites: Using a rosemary stem as a skewer to hold your pineapple and mozzarella is both practical and delicious. Not to mention, the presentation is pretty spectacular. (via Cook. Craft. Love.)

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16. Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears With Blue Cheese: You’ll want to savor each and every bite of these sweet and pungent snacks. Serve with a round of bubbly to balance its salty bite. (via Recipe Runner)

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17. Saucy Asian Meatballs: Saucy meatballs are a party must-have. It’s doubtful you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, serve them over rice for lunch the next day. (via Gimme Some Oven)

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18. Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers: Bring the flavors of New Orleans to your shindig with these Cajun-style skewers. Serve with a spicy lemon aioli for dipping and ice-cold beer for sipping. (via Iowa Girl Eats)

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19. Wedge Salad Skewers: If you have to eat a salad, it might as well be on a stick. Plus, the topping-to-lettuce ratio here is way more appealing than the alternative. (via Love & Zest)

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20. Glazed Green Bean Bundles: Glazed in a buttery brown sugar sauce, any vegetable suddenly becomes fun to eat. Add a crispy wrapping of salty prosciutto, and these once-humble green beans are now totally party worthy. (via Blackberry Babe)

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21. Dill Pickle Beef Skewers: A marinade of pickle juice keeps the beef in these skewers ultra-tender and seasoned throughout. Spear with a toothpick along with a tiny gherkin and some fresh dill for a hearty party bite. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)

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22. Antipasto Skewers: If you or your party guests are wine lovers, you can’t go wrong with salty antipasto skewers. (via Tabitha Talks Food)

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23. Cured Brown Sugar Salmon Skewers: Succulent salmon is even tastier when it’s coated in brown sugar. Give the fish a quick sear, and each bite will be infused with smokey, caramelized flavor. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)

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24. Filet Mignon Rosemary Skewers: Here’s another way to use some fragrant rosemary sprigs. Skewer juicy prime rib, roasted mushrooms, and red pepper, so each bite is infused with that woodsy rosemary aroma. (via Give It Some Thyme)

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25. Oven-Baked Greek Meatballs: A platter of these savory Greek meatballs is a hearty appetizer for your party guests. Serve them alongside creamy tzatziki sauce. (via A Fork’s Tale)

25 Fantastic 8th Grade Science Projects and Experiments

By 8th grade, kids are ready for more advanced experiments and activities, so inspire them with projects like extracting their own DNA or conducting fingerprint analysis. Below, our favorite 8th grade science projects and experiments.

(Always remember to use safety precautions and supervise kids around fires and chemicals, please.)

1. Create a rainbow of flames.

8th Grade Science Fire ThoughtCo

You can change the color of fire by adding chemicals found at your local grocery store—what a sight! This experiment is easy to set up, but of course requires safety precautions.

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2. Guide a growing plant through a maze.

8th Grade Science Plant Maze KiwiCo

Prove that plants really do seek out the light by setting up a maze, simple or complex. This is a simple 8th grade science project with really cool results.

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3. Teach a computer to play tic-tac-toe.

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This intermediate Javascript coding project requires some very basic background programming knowledge. It’s perfect for kids with an interest in all things computers.

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4. Construct a Rube Goldberg machine.

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Create a machine to complete a simple task in the most complicated fashion! This is a neat 8th grade science project, because it allows you to use a variety of physics concepts in a fun way.

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5. Block the sun’s UV rays.

8th Grade Science UV Steve Spangler

Use color-changing UV beads (readily available online) to test the protective power of medicine bottles, hats, clothing, and more. This is an 8th grade science experiment with nearly endless possibilities.

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6. Concoct and test your own shampoo.

8th Grade Science Shampoo Science Buddies

Ever wonder what makes shampoo effective? In this experiment, you’ll cook up your own recipes and try them out to see which ingredients work best.

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7. Separate water into hydrogen and oxygen.

8th Grade Science Electrolysis Navigating by Joy

Use electrolysis to prove that water really is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. It’s a simple concept, but one that never fails to amaze.

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8. Get your laundry really clean.

8th Grade Science Cleaning Steve Spangler

Find out if all those laundry detergent commercials are really telling the truth with this 8th grade science experiment. Test their cleaning power on a variety of stains and fabrics, and analyze your results.

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9. Build an infinity mirror.

8th Grade Science Infinity Mirror Science Buddies

Experiment with optical illusions by creating a tunnel of lights that seems to stretch away into infinity. Learn about engineering and the physics of optics along the way.

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10. Grow a carbon sugar snake.

8th Grade Science Carbon Snake KiwiCo

Remember those little black pellets that fire up into long snakes from Fourth of July? This is the same concept, but much bigger! The simple chemical reaction of sugar and baking soda makes it happen. (As always, ensure kids are supervised around fire.)

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11. Generate a Lichtenberg figure.

8th Grade Science Lichtenberg

Lichtenberg figures capture the branching path of electricity as it travels through an object. You can make your own in a variety of ways, including burning it into wood or acrylic.

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12. Assemble a spring scale.

8th Grade Science Spring Scale Science Buddies

Apply Hooke’s Law to find out if the stretching of a spring can be used to accurately measure the weight of objects. The materials are simple, but you’ll need patience and physics to calibrate a spring and use it to test weights.

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13. Brew up some root beer.

8th Grade Science Rootbeer Steve Spangler

Who says science can’t be delicious? Plus, any experiment where you get to use dry ice is always fun (take proper safety precautions, please). This yummy project teaches chemical reactions and of course requires a taste test.

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14. Test water quality.

8th Grade Science Water Testing Homeschool Scientist

A student water testing kit opens up limitless options for 8th grade science experiments. Test the water quality of local streams, swimming pools, or even your own tap.

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15. Conduct fingerprint analysis.

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Budding forensic scientists will love this idea. Learn to dust for prints and even try a technique called “fuming” for tricker surfaces. See if you can compare prints and make accurate matches.

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16. Extract bismuth from Pepto-Bismol.

8th Grade Science Pepto Popular Science

This is the kind of project that really makes you feel like a scientist. Grinding tablets with a mortar and pestle, filtering in beakers, heating over a bunsen burner… kids will need supervision and some special materials, but their inner chemist will love it all.

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17. Make a solar desalinator.

8th Grade Science Desalination Science Buddies

Clean freshwater is a valuable commodity. Construct solar-powered desalination devices with readily available materials, and find the most effective desalination methods.

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18. Keep your hands warm.

8th Grade Science Handwarmer Steve Spangler

If you live in a chilly part of the world, chances are you’ve seen chemical hand-warmers for sale. In this 8th grade science experiment, you’ll make your own hand-warmer by harnessing the power of oxidation.

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19. Explore symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

8th Grade Science Symbiosis

Many plants depend on nitrogen for growth, but how important is it? This science project compares the growth of pea plants with and without nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

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20. Crash cars for science.

8th Grade Science Crash The Ardent Teacher

This is a great class project for teachers, but it’s also excellent for an 8th grade science fair experiment. Build cars and crash-test them to learn the best methods of keeping passengers safe.

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21. Power up homemade batteries.

8th Grade Science Battery 124 Homeschool 4 Me

Building batteries is a classic science experiment for any age. Make it into a project by trying different variables and exploring just how much power you can produce.

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22. Examine the connection between personality and memory.

8th Grade Science Memory Educationcom

Do introverts have better memories than extroverts? This science project aims to find out. Round up some willing volunteers and administer the Meyers-Briggs personality test, then challenge your subjects with a memory test and compare the results.

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23. Extract your own DNA.

8th Grade Science DNA Home Science Tools

DNA is the blueprint of life, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to extract your own with a few simple supplies. Preserve it in alcohol in the freezer when you’re done.

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24. Fuel a film canister rocket.

8th Grade Science Alka Seltzer Steve Spangler

Fire a film canister into the air using the chemical reactions of Alka-Seltzer. Once you’ve mastered the basic process, experiment with different strengths of solutions and sizes of container to see how high you can go.

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25. Discover the strength of interleaved paper.

8th Grade Science Phone Books Science Buddies

Paper seems smooth and slides apart easily, right? This experiment challenges that notion by interleaving multiple pieces of paper and testing their strength. This is an easy project with fascinating results.

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25 DIY Wood Projects

Wood is a very versatile material… it can be used for DIY home decor projects, crafts and even jewelry DIYs. It can be painted, stained or left unfinished. The possibilities are endless! Here are 50 of our favorite gorgeous projects made out of wood that will help you step up your style game.Wood Design in Table And Kitchen 

1. Wood Bead Necklace

5 wooden bead necklace

Dress up any old outfit with one of these stunning, whimsical wood bead necklaces. You’ll need some leather, wooden beads and paint in the colors of your choice. Make your way over to Craft and Creativity to find out exactly how to assemble your own pretty piece of wooden jewelry.

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2. Wooden Triangle Plant Holder

1 wood triangle plant holder diy

This wood triangle is mounted to the wall, and a regular terra cotta plant pot is inserted into a hole, creating a lovely wall-mounted plant holder. The use of raw wood gives it a natural, organic feel. Head over to The Merry Thought to find out how to make it.

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3. Wood Charging Station

2 wooden phone charging station diy

There’s no doubt about it – technology is taking over daily life, so it is refreshing to incorporate some natural materials into the daily grind. This beautiful wood charging station is easier to make than it looks. Check out the full tutorial for this DIY over at Homemade By Carmona.

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4. Colorful Wood Block Candle Holders

4 diy wood color block candles

There’s nothing subtle about these brightly-colored wood block candle holders. Every side is a different color, making it the perfect project for all of you color-lovers out there. Make your way over to Mark Montano’s blog to find out how to make a few of these lovely pieces.

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5. Wood Shadow Boxes

3 diy wood shadow boxes

Elevate your walls with a set of these lovely wooden shadow boxes. They are perfect displaying decorative objects, plants or you can even just leave a few empty since they’re so pretty! Make your way over to Homey Oh My! to find out how to make your own set of wood shadow boxes.

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6. Wooden Chevron Style Coat Rack

5 diy wooden coat rack chevron

7. DIY Wood Air Plant Holders

2 diy wooden air plant pots

These round holders are a beautifully unique way to display air plants, and they’re quite simple to make. The key is to buy wooden doll heads (yes, wooden doll heads!) and then you can dye them your desired color. Make your way over to Almost Makes Perfect to find out how to make your own.

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8. Wood Burned Bottle Stoppers

1 wood burned bottle stoppers

Close up your wine and spirits bottles in style with these fun wood burned bottles stoppers. You’ll need corks, wooden shapes and a wood burning tool. Make your way over to A Beautiful Mess to find out how to make them yourself. You’ll want to make them for your entire bar collection!

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9. DIY Moss Plaque

3 moss wood gallery wall art

This decorative plaque is a unique way to dress up your walls, using a piece of scrap wood and some faux moss. The ampersand looks super stylish here, but you might also consider using your monogram. Head over to The Dean’s List blog to find out exactly how to make one of these lovely pieces yourself.

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10. Two-Tone Wood Side Table

4 diy side table wood

Flex your woodworking skills by creating one of these functional side tables – it can be used like a TV tray, as shown above, and it also works well as a regular end table next to the couch. Make your way over to BobVila.com to check out plans, instructions and photos for this elegant piece.

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11. Wooden House Photo Displays

8 wood house photo display

12. Wooden Command Center Board

6 diy desk organiser

Get organized with this simple command center designed to help you keep everything right where you need it. A cork board gives you space to pin photos, and the notebook and pencils provide a spot to jot down notes and lists. Check out the full photo tutorial over at the Burkatron blog.

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13. DIY Book Stand

7 diy book display

Do you have a handful of favorite books that you like to have handy? Then this fun wood book stand might be the perfect project for you. The slots are cut at different heights so the tops of the books all line up perfectly. Head over to Home Tree Atlas to find out how to recreate this look for your own books.

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14. Wood Triangle Bookends

9 wood triangle book ends

Here’s another book-related DIY – this time, a pair of stylish bookends. These triangular pieces are both pretty and functional, keeping your books upright without sacrificing any style. Check out the full tutorial along with lots of helpful photos over at Make and Tell. You’ll want to make more than one set!

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15. “Wood” Notebooks

10 faux wood notebooks

16. Wood Business Card Holder

17 wood business card holder

Display your business cards in a unique way by creating this wooden triangular card holder. The key here is to make a series of slits in the triangular piece of wood to make space for the cards to stand up. Head over to The Merry Thought to find out how to make your own.

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17. State-Themed String Art

16 state themed string art

Show your state pride by making one of these cool string art pieces. You’ll need lots of nails, string and a printout in the shape of your home state. Make your way over to By Brittany Goldwyn to find out exactly how to make one of these customized works of art yourself.

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18. Wooden Baby Gym

18 wooden baby gym diy

If you have little ones in the house, you may want to give this fun DIY a try. Keep your baby busy with this unique wooden gym that is positioned above and provides hanging wood toys to play with. Head over to The Merry Thought to find out how to make one.

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19. Wood Washi Tape Holder

20 diy wood washi tape holder

Organize your craft room by making one of these wooden washi tape holders. All you’ll need are a few thick dowel rods and a flat piece of wood for the base. Check out the full tutorial over at Pillar Box Blue to find out all the details. It can be used to store yarn and ribbon too!

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20. Wood Beauty Dock

19 diy wood beauty dock

This wooden beauty dock is a great way to collect and organize your beauty tools, creating a handy spot to keep things like bobby pins, lip gloss and makeup brushes. Make your way over to, once again, The Merry Thought to find out how to make one for yourself.

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21. Painted Wooden Earrings

23 wood laser cut earrings

These unique wooden shapes are color blocked with light colored paint, and then glued to earring backs. And the color scheme can be customized to your liking! Head over to Chocolate and Craft to find out how to make your own pair, and to find out where to buy the materials.

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22. Wooden Candle Sconces

24 wood candle sconce

Add some interest to your wall with these gorgeous candle sconces. Create a pair of these rustic style sconces out of wood, glue and stain. Make your way over to Amanda Katherine to find out exactly how to create your own set. You’ll want to make them for every room!

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23. Wooden Bead Wreath

22 bead wreath

This wreath is made out of lots and lots of wooden beads. It couldn’t be any cuter, with its petite size and sparsely colored beads. Choose your own colors according to your home’s decor. Make your way over to Hello, Wonderful to find out how to make one.

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24. Hand-Stamped Wooden Calendar

25 handstamped wooden calendar

This unique calendar is made with a piece of plywood, a rubber stamp with a yearly calendar design, ink, and a few other basic materials. Make your way over to Damask Love to find out how to make your own super stylish plywood yearly calendar.

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25. Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf

21 diy hexagon shelf popsicle sticks

Rather than starting with a slab of wood, this project utilizes lots and lots of popsicle sticks to create a beautiful, contemporary hexagon shaped shelf for your wall. Head over to Make & Do Crew to find out how to stain and assemble this super unique decorative shelf.

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100 Painting, Art and Drawing Ideas

1. Draw a Small Happy World

99 Insanely Smart, Easy and Cool Drawing Ideas to Pursue Now

How often do you find your imagination wonder into make-belief places that you would love to be part of ?

Creative mins often imagine swimming with the dolphins, flying as high as possible or seeing the Earth from outer space, one creative mind portrayed where he feel peaceful above, in soothing water, where nature is quiet, still, splendid.

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2. Natural Coziness at its Best

99 Insanely Smart, Easy and Cool Drawing Ideas to Pursue Now

 

Christmas is here and a few design motifs such as bears, a hot chocolate, cool mugs, Christmas evergreen trees and comfortable ugly sweaters are greatly contributing to this awesome celebration. Get creative and use them to shape your next customized postcard, the brilliant results will definitely be rewardful.

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3. Simplify Your Design

. SIMPLIFY YOUR DESIGN

Simple drawings can be easily intensified creatively through simple means, sometimes you simply do not need detailing, you need color and spontaneity, as in life.

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4. One Colorful Inspiring Light-bulb

ONE COLORFUL INSPIRING LIGHT-BULB 

A creative idea often lights our mind with a great array of colors, something new and original never seems to come incomplete, bland, black and white but on the contrary, vivid, alive, filled with enthusiasm.

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5. Draw a Kitty in a Christmas Tree Costume

5. DRAW A KITTY IN A CHRITSMAS TREE COSTUME

One can picture his favorite item, pet, landscape, whatever it is, combined with a seasonal motif, Christmas will be here in less than three weeks and the a winter-motif combined with one element that you greatly care for can shape a splendid personalized Christmas card.

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6. An Elephant and a Rabbit Flying Balloon Hearts

6. AN ELEPHANT AND A RABBIT FLYING BALLOON HEARTS

Little things shape the world as we know it. Moments of tenderness, peace, laughter, all are part of world; trying to capture such pieces of joy has been a life-long goal for many artists around the world and even the attempt brings joy many state. Give this pursuit  chance.

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7. Hot Air Balloon Ran byFlowers

7. HOT AIR BALLOON RAN BY FLOWERS

 

Floral motifs go hand in hand with simple liner lines, they have a sensible balance between them that works brilliantly.

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8. Immortalize Your Mind in the Clouds

8. IMMORTALIZE YOUR MIND IN THE CLOUDS

 

A simple and easy drawing ideas that accurately portrays the mind of an artist in the creative process; he tends to get away from the physical love to comfortable or unconformable imaginary place, happily lead by the creative drive.

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9.  One Cone and his Ice-cream

9.  ONE CONE AND HIS ICE-CREAM

They do, they make a great item, they complete each other for a greater purpose !

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10. Elephant Flying up on a Balloon

10. ELEPHANT FLYING UP ON A BALLOON 

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11. Soap Bubbles, One Rabbit and His Elephant Friend

11. SOAP BUBBLES, ONE RABBIT AND HIS ELEPHANT FRIEND

As in life, teams win the game, teams win the long run, see how beautiful and pure the idea above is.

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12. Portray the Beauty of the Mountains 

12. PORTRAY THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINS 

All you love in one place, the road towards the mountain, its hills and forests, its peaks and starry sun, all in the shape of beautiful creature that inhabits this world.

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13. Wishes in a Dandelion

13. WISHES IN A DANDELION 

This represents the seed of so many dreams, the hopeful joy in simplicity.

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14. Peaceful Tranquility in Camping

14. PEACEFUL TRANQUILITY IN CAMPING

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15. One Adorable Little Creature

draw oNE ADORABLE LITTLE CREATURE

Doodling funny creatures is a game that will never stop, no matter how the world progresses it will come natural for us to doodle lovely creatures !

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16. The Knowledgeable Lady Ostrich

16. THE KNOWLEDGEABLE LADY OSTRICH

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17. Draw an Adorable Turtle

17. DRAW AN ADORABLE TURTLE

A turtle with over-sized eyes can translate into cuteness overload.

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18. One Baby Crocodile Can Win The Day

18. ONE BABY CROCODILE CAN WIN THE DAY

A baby crocodile is definitely not scary but a beautifully inspiring way to represent powerful creature in the animal reign.

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19. PIzza Pick Up

19. PIZZA PICK UP

Pizza is loved by many and one can imagine that it is not only delivered but also picked up, one can imagine that the world`s most popular food will be one of the first thing introduced to Alien life, or maybe they will simply pick it up? Does it need introduction ?

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20. One Small Earth Worm

20. ONE SMALL EARTH WORM

Probably inspired by the old Nokia “Snake” game, the earth worm above is nothing but inspiring, one can imagine his path along a notebook.

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21. Curious Bunnies Looking for Smiles

21. CURIOUS BUNNIES LOOKING FOR SMILES

These curious rabbits can make a great notebook decoration, whether they`re drawn on the beginning of a new lesson or on the cover in great detail, they will sure surprise you with a smile every now and then !

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22. One Splendid Owl Dream-catcher

22. ONE SPLENDID OWL DREAM-CATCHER

Dream-catchers have inspired a movement and so did owls, both are majestic, mystic, interesting to say the list.

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23. A Hero in Disguise

23. A HERO IN DISGUISE

Hopefully this curvy giant resonates with you.

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24. Day and Night in the Mountains

24. DAY AND NIGHT IN THE MOUNTAINS

We all have two sides, sometimes, both are beautiful.

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25. Splendid Mandala Doodling Can Soothe Your Nerves

25. SPLENDID MANDALA DOODLING CAN SOOTHE YOUR NERVES

An easy way to loose yourself between lines that you organize freely, in the bigger picture, a great design takes shape.

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26. Do Not Wash Away the Colors

26. DO NOT WASH AWAY THE COLORS

Time does that, it washes away color, if you let it. You have to keep you head high, you need to keep moving forward and smile everyday, having a blast with color, laughter, joy.

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27. One World in a Light-bulb

27. ONE WORLD IN A LIGHT-BULB

We often feel like we leave in an aquarium yet the world is immense and full of opportunities beyond the boundary set by the glass; the glass is fragile, it can easily shatter and while that is a scary thought, it is tempting, often people choose not to break the glass, the boundaries therefore remain.

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28. Draw a Your Musical Happiness

28. DRAW A YOUR MUSICAL HAPPINESS 

Music is happiness in vibration, one cannot devote sufficient drawings to its awesomeness.

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29. One Tree, One Island, One Boat

29. ONE TREE, ONE ISLAND, ONE BOAT

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30. All Good Things are Wild and Free

30. ALL GOOD THINGS ARE WILD AND FREE

One ought to set in their pursuit without loosing itself in the process.

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31. Make a Wish, Draw a Dandelion

31. MAKE A WISH, DRAW A DANDELION 

A beautiful medallion that depicts a dandelion in an arid, rocky landscape, the dandelion survives and flourishes.

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32. Portray an Architectural Icon as You See It

32. PORTRAY AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON AS YOU SEE IT

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33. A Soul in a Bottle, Happiness

33. A SOUL IN A BOTTLE, HAPPINESS 

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34. Describe Your Creative Nature Through Drawing

34. DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE NATURE THROUGH DRAWING

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35. Draw a Happy Landscape

35. DRAW A HAPPY LANSCAPE

A few lines make it, a few lines define it, you know what it will contain, you decide what it makes a landscape or a happy landscape, you shape realities as an artist.

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36. Two Peaks, One World

36. TWO PEAKS, ONE WORLD

For some the mountainside may represent everything, the place where one goes when hes need peace, tranquility, a place where one simply evades the chaotic urban world. The stars and the planets are the ultimate frontier for many dreamers, they are in our grasp yet far away.

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37. Flowers in a Bottle

37. FLOWERS IN A BOTTLE

A happy mind can imagine the beautiful in so many forms, how often creative DIY enthusiasts use up-cycled glass bottle to emphasize the beautiful naturalness of a flower and how often does that lead to responsible, sheer beauty? A few lines can immortalize this extraordinary simplicity,

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38. Draw a Mason Jar That Contains an Universe

38. DRAW A MASON JAR THAT CONTAINS AN UNIVERSE

Such a beautiful world, a really creative way to think about the bigger picture, the small scale of our existence in the immense scale of our universe.

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39. Draw a Free Bird

39. DRAW A FREE BIRD

How often do we imagine that one day we will set free ?

One day we may forget about everything that keeps us caged, one day we might just break boundaries or simply disregard what we see as constrains.

Our mind is able to roam free everyday, one ought to find happiness everyday, in everything that surrounds us.

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40. One Broken Arrow Complete

40. ONE BROKEN ARROW COMPLETE

We are different and yet so much alike, sometimes certain things set us apart but they will never be enough to change our nature wherever our life leads us.

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41. You Set True North

41. YOU SET TRUE NORTH

A splendid symbol that portrays different elements around a small planet. It makes one wonder what defines our true north and what makes us go a certain way.

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42. Traveling Around the World

42. TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD

One is invited to roam to glove through a small symbol.

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43. How Do You Anchor in Reality ?

43. HOW DO YOU ANCHOR IN REALITY ?

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44. A Triangle Represents Balance

44. A TRIANGLE REPRESENTS BALANCE

Your favorite elements in a glyph of equilibrium can bring joy.

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45. Naturalness in One Splendid Jellyfish

45. NATURALNESS IN ONE SPLENDID JELLYFISH

Nature is sculptural beauty, one can only be happy if he manages to depict part of its glory.

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46. Geometric Wolf Head

46. GEOMETRIC WOLF HEAD

Noble presence even when reduced to geometric construction lines.

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47. Dreamy Geometric Kitten

47. DREAMY GEOMETRIC KITTEN

An iconic presence that will surely be appreciated and pursued by creative enthusiasts.

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48. The Free Road to Happiness

48. THE FREE ROAD TO HAPPINESS

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49. Blossom

49. Tree BLOSSOM 

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50. Reading Under the Stars

50. READING UNDER THE STARS

The dream of the many portrayed in a very simple but expressive illustration.

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51. Everything is Prettier at Night

51. EVERYTHING IS PRETTIER AT NIGHT

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52. A Fox During Autumn

52. A FOX DURING AUTUMN 

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53. The Thinker Resting

53. THE THINKER RESTING

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54. A Cozy Wooden Heart

54. A COZY WOODEN HEART

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55. A Paintbrush of Creativity and Color

55. A PAINTBRUSH OF CREATIVITY AND COLOR

Creativity is colored on the paintbrush, an interesting detail imagined by the artist worth noting here.

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56. The Moon Resting in a Mandala

56. THE MOON RESTING IN A MANDALA

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57. One Man Home Floating

57. ONE MAN HOME FLOATING

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58. Wooden Roots

58. WOODEN ROOTS axe

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59. Depict Nature, Depict Hapiness

59. DEPICT NATURE, DEPICT HAPPINESS 

A lake and a forest are the ultimate mountain combination, a never ending landscape that inspired thousands of artists across centuries !

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60. Create a Glyph of Nature

60. CREATE A GLYPH OF NATURE

Everything you love in a small package that you can scan and reprint on adhesive paper so you can have as an inspiring tag wherever you need it.

61. Draw a Tree-house

61. DRAW A TREEHOUSE

As children we all dreamt of having an awesome tree-house, as adults some of us still dream.

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62. A Splendid Image of Mankind

62. A SPLENDID IMAGE OF MANKIND

We have roots in earth, we are part of a never ending cycle that defines life as we know, it is beautiful.

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63. Draw a Guitar Using Watercolors

63. DRAW A GUITAR USING WATERCOLORS

Super simple design, insanely beautiful and easy to use technique that can be used on various other items.

Draw a colorful life, wherever your are.

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64. Simple Lovely Greenery

64. SIMPLE LOVELY GREENERY 

Color simply points out how fast things can change, how fast it can become beautiful, colored, alive.

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65. Draw a Ballerina

65. DRAW A BALLERINA 

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66. Draw Your State of Mind

66. DRAW YOUR STATE OF MIND

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67. Draw Love and Happiness

67. DRAW LOVE AND HAPPINESS 

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68. Draw Your Dream-Dress

68. DRAW YOUR DREAM-DRESS 

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69. Portray an Universe in a Light-Bulb

69. PORTRAY AN UNIVERSE IN A LIGHT-BULB

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70. Simple Pastel Colors Shaping Trees

70. SIMPLE PASTEL COLORS SHAPING TREES

71. Draw a Free Mind in Nature

71. DRAW A FREE MIND IN NATURE

72. Play With Water-color and Shapes

72. PLAY WITH WATERCOLOR AND SHAPES

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73. Imagine Colorful Happiness in the Clouds

73. IMAGINE COLORFUL HAPPINESS IN THE CLOUDS

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74.  Draw an English Muffin

74.  DRAW AN ENGLISH MUFFIN

A simple and funny image, it could not have been clearer nor more epic !

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75. Ideas Take Roots

75. IDEAS TAKE ROOTS

A picture can tell a thousand words and so can a drawing, the example above is filled with significance, the fruit of highly creative mind.

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76. Nature is a Alive, it Too Has a Heart

76. NATURE IS A ALIVE, IT TOO HAS A HEART

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77. Draw a Curious Giraffe

77. DRAW A CURIOUS GIRAFFE 

A splendid surprise that can land on your notebook !

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78. Draw an Epic Geometric World Map

78. DRAW AN EPIC GEOMETRIC WORLD MAP

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79. Depict the Experience of Camping

79. DEPICT THE EXPERIENCE OF CAMPING

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80. Draw Love with Ups and Downs

80. DRAW LOVE WITH UPS AND DOWNS

81. Draw Your Refuge in Nature

81. DRAW YOUR REFUGE IN NATURE

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82. Draw a Cloud Puking Rainbows

82. DRAW A CLOUD PUKING RAINBOWS

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83. A Free Mind Wonders Away from the Body

83. A FREE MIND WONDERS AWAY FROM THE BODY

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84. Loose Yourself Between the Stars

84. LOOSE YOURSELF BETWEEN THE STARS

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85. A Baby Elephant Finds Joy in Soap Bubbles

85. A BABY ELEPHANT FINDS JOY IN SOAP BUBBLES

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86. Draw an Elephant and a Rabbit Adventuring

86. DRAW AN ELEPHANT AND A RABBIT ADVENTURING 

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87. One Rabbit and One Elephant Playing

87. ONE RABBIT AND ONE ELEPHANT PLAYING 

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88. One Red Balloon Floats a Chicken Around

88. ONE RED BALLOON FLOATS A CHICKEN AROUND

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89. Little, Small, Happy Duet

89. LITTLE, SMALL, HAPPY DUET 

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90. Small Penguin Floating Freely

90. SMALL PENGUIN FLOATING FREELY 

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91. Draw a Baby Elephant

91. DRAW A BABY ELEPHANT 

92. Draw a Baby Crocodile Playing

92. DRAW A BABY CROCODILE PLAYING 

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93. Draw a Chic Owl

93. DRAW A CHIC OWL 

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94. Draw an Adorable Koala bear

94. DRAW AN ADORABLE KOALA BEAR

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95. A Petite Mouse Travels with a Snail

95. A PETITE MOUSE TRAVELS WITH A SNAIL

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96. Draw a Small Mouse Making a Wish

96. DRAW A SMALL MOUSE MAKING A WISH

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97. Epic Poses for a Cartoon Kitten

97. EPIC POSES FOR A CARTOON KITTEN

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98. One Cartoon Kitten Floating Around

98. ONE CARTOON KITTEN FLOATING AROUND

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99. Draw One Baby Whalicorn

99. DRAW ONE BABY WHALICORN 

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20 Yoga Poses to Advance Your Practice

The below 20 yoga poses are what I like to call – “intermediate”. While they’re definitely not a beginner pose, they’re also definitely not an advanced asana. These postures are for the yogis who’ve got a few weeks or months under their belt & want to learn more.

And while I understand that many of these yoga postures are taught from the get-go, it’s often times difficult to learn the subtleties of a posture when practicing in a packed yoga studio or confused/frustrated with your body.

……… emphasis on the confused/frustrated with your body, because we’ve all been there & will continue to go there! When this happens (which it will), remember that it’s a journey, never about the final shape, but always about the experiences that happen along the way. 

 

1. Plank

Plank pose is the perfect posture to learn straight from the get-go, as it’s the epitome of a yoga practice foundation. It helps us prepare for chaturanga dandasana, reverse plank, all inversions, arm balances, and a whole lot more.

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2. Low Plank

Or Chaturanga Dandasana.

Chaturanga, low pushup, or low plank, is a pivotal posture to understand, practice, and integrate into your daily yoga life. It’s part of the commonly practiced sun salutation, the sequence that’s infused into every vinyasa/power flow style class across the world.

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3. Puppy Pose

Or Uttana Shishosana.

Puppy pose is a mega chest and shoulder opener, if you can’t already tell by the photo below. From the outside, it’s easy to confuse this posture as looking/feeling effortless, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The average person lives their life with the shoulders hunched forward and the heart closed off. When asking our bodies to do the exact opposite, it can feel/be a tad overwhelming + vulnerable. And that’s perfectly okay.

I’d guess that 99% of yogis experience this, me included. Take this posture slow, incorporate a block under the head at first, and remember to breathe!

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4. Lotus Pose

Or Padmasana.

Lotus pose is one of those iconic, see it everywhere, printed on t-shirts, looks super peaceful kinda poses. But for how popular the posture is, it’s quite the biotch to actually get into.

Padmasana requires open hips, flexible knee joints, and a strong back. If you attempt this and get nowhere near it, it’s all good.

That’s why we call it a journey…..

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5. Twisted High Lunge

Or Parivrtta Anjaneyasana.

I loveeee this posture, there’s so much epicness (not a word, but needs to be) happening all at the same time.

Within this one posture, we’re feeling all of the below:

  • Extension.
  • Expansion.
  • Strength.
  • Surrender.
  • Release.

Told ya, it’s complex.

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6. Half Moon Pose

Or Ardha Chandrasana.

In this pose, we’re experiencing it all.

  • Balancing on one leg + one arm up in the sky.
  • Incredible strength + participation from both the standing and lifted legs.
  • Openness in the hips.
  • Confidence to integrate all of this into a shape & actually enjoy it.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into this baby.

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7. Revolved Half Moon

Or Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana.

As if half moon wasn’t enough, we then twist our body into a weird ass shape.

Yup, that’s yoga for ya.

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8. Warrior 3

Or Virabhadrasana III.

Warrior 3 asks us to practice extension + expansion + balance all at the same time. Like many of the poses above, it will require consistent patience and practice to embody the full expression.

And while we journey to this place, let’s practice enjoying the ride!

p.s. – Notice the the bend in my standing leg, definitely recommend this for tight hamstrings…. which is basically everyone! 

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9.  Revolved Triangle

Or Parivrtta Trikonasana.

Revolved triangle requires a ridiculously rooted lower body that allows the upper body to revolve and open. It’d be impossible to experience the posture without a firm, rooted, and grounded being.

I recommend using a block here and moving incredibly slow to focus on the small, subtle adjustments that can be made.

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10. Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

Or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. 

Just looking at the pic below, I can see challenge in my eyes – Don’t fall Allie, stand up straight, open through the heart, support the standing leg, open the front leg.

What does your face look like in this pose?

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11. Dancer

Or Natarajasana. 

Dancer pose is like many others on this list, it requires strength and length.

Focus on stabilizing the bottom half of the pose through the standing leg, while lengthening the upper half of the pose through the hamstring, quadricep, back, and chest. There’s a lot that happens, but most importantly – remember to always focus on creating length, versus height.

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12. Side Plank

Or Vasisthasana. 

Side plank is a wonderful pose that builds strength, balance and integration. It’s also an epic core blaster + incredibly versatile to make easier or harder.

Let’s get into it!

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13. Crow Pose

Or Bakasana. 

Most likely, crow pose is your first taste of flying. And oh man, it’s such an exhilarating experience.

If you’re a first timer, check out the below two articles to start your journey.

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14. Wild Thing

Or Camatkarasana. 

I absolutely adore this pose, it’s such a huge heart opener that instills confidence, beauty and possibility into my soul. Yup, I totally dig it.

I recommend coming into wild thing by either flipping your dog (from three-legged dog) or lifting up from janu sirsana. And if really wanting a challenge, take yourself into full wheel pose!

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15. Camel Pose

Or Ustrasana.

Camel pose asks a lot of you, all at one time, and all within the same body. Let’s take a quick glance at what I mean:

  • Strength and length – a delicate balance of opposing qualities.
  • Face your fears, while continuing to breathe.
  • Activate three (of the seven) chakras – the solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras.
  • Drop your ego, move from a place of authenticity.

Now it’s your turn – open that heart and feel all the feels!

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16. Bow Pose

Or Dhanurasana.

Bow pose can be a mysterious posture for many, but like dancer pose, it’s imperative to focus on the opposition. As you kick the feet into the hands, leverage the opposition to lift the heart and open through the front and back side body.

And if you’re feeling feisty, rock back and forth or possibly side to side.

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17. Wheel Pose

Or Urdhva Dhanurasana.

This posture doesn’t disappoint.

You will feel challenged, strengthened, energized, and literally cracked open!

Wheel pose is an intermediate/advanced posture, so please know that it’s a journey in itself to get here. If you’re currently on that journey, remember that anything in life worth pursuing takes all three of the below.

Consistent Practice + Patience + Integrity.

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18. Shoulderstand

Or Salamba Sarvangasana.

Shoulderstand is considered the queens of all asanas, next to the king of all asanas headstand. That’s a hefty title, so definitely don’t tarnish it.

…..just kidding.

Please – tarnish every single pose, mess up, fall down, get back up, fall some more, and then you’ll be halfway towards it.

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20 Yoga Poses to Advance Your Practice

 

19. Plow Pose

Or Halasana.

Plow pose is one of my favorite postures to help decompress, cool down and simply feel good after a vigorous yoga practice. It’s typically practiced at the end a yoga practice, following the above posture – shoulderstand.

If the feet don’t touch down behind, no worries, hang out and enjoy the space you’re in!

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20 Yoga Poses to Advance Your Practice

 

20. Fish Pose

Or Matsyasana. 

And to end, our final posture is fish pose – a beautiful heart opener and strengthener.

This pose is generally practiced after plow pose and before finishing up a yoga practice (especially in the Ashtanga world of yoga). I recommend holding for 3 – 5 deep breaths and slowly lowering to the back.

Wrap up your practice with a gentle supine twist + a sweet, surrendering savasana.

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20 Yoga Poses to Advance Your Practice

And that’s a wrap yogis!

I’m crossing my fingers, holding my breath that you dig this post and the  30 Yoga Poses + 30 Days Journey. If you didn’t take the plunge yet, go for it, you got this! Until next time, xoxo.

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