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One Project Closer’s The Better Half is dedicated to the softer side of DIY, sharing decor, crafts, recipes, weekly link parties and more! Some favorite articles include How to Make Fabric Flowers, 40 Washi Tape Crafts, and .

Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50
Jocie | December 18, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party! As always, we are super excited for you to unleash your creativity upon us, whether that’s decor, recipes, crafts, or DIY.   There will be no link party next week, since we will be celebrating Christmas with our families. We wish you a wonderful, peace-filled Holiday Season! And in case you missed it, here’s our creativity from this week. Winter Fresh Air Fresheners from Shaken Together Fireplace Mantel Makeover from The DIY Village Holiday Home Tour... 

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Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!
Jocie | December 15, 2014
Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!

By now, every blogger in the blogosphere has already shared their holiday home tour, some before Thanksgiving. But I was committed to not decorating until after our Thanksgiving company left. Or maybe I’m just a procrastinator. Either way, it worked out, because I’ve joined up with 15 other fabulous (and procrastinating) bloggers to give you our Holiday Home Tour 2014. And if you haven’t decorated yet, then here is the inspiration you might be needing! Be sure to read to the end too, for a fabulous giveaway! Most... 

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Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!
Jocie | December 10, 2014
Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree!

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to make a plastic spoon Christmas tree. It’s been a popular article with over 38K pins and growing! If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. And, if you love DIY projects... 

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Winter Addition
Jocie | December 2, 2014
A Few of My Favorite Things: Winter Addition

With Thanksgiving having just passed and looking forward to Christmas, I am thankful for so much! For salvation and forgiveness, my family, good friends, a home, heat, a full fridge. We have more than we need. That being said, there are always a few new things to us this year that are definitely not needs, but certainly fun to have, and I am excited to share them with you! Duluth Cold Weather Gear That’s right, I’m driving a tractor. Crazy, right? I’ll get to that later, but as we did our final yard... 

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: DIY Scented Ornaments
Jocie | November 17, 2014
Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: DIY Scented Ornaments

Welcome to the Homemade Holiday Blog Hop! I’m teaming up with a bunch of other bloggers to give you a Handmade Gift Guide for this holiday season. After you read about how to make DIY Scented Ornaments with Essential Oils, be sure to look at the bottom for more great ideas. DIY Scented Ornaments We’ve made clay ornaments in past years. What’s not to love? They are cute, personal, cheap, and the kids love making them! Also, write a cute note on the back with a Sharpie marker, and it becomes a fancy gift tag. But this... 

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Lotion Bars with Essential Oils
Jocie | November 16, 2014
Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas: Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Welcome to the Homemade Holiday Blog Hop! I’m teaming up with a bunch of other bloggers to give you a Handmade Gift Guide for this holiday season. After you read about how to make Lotion Bars with Essential Oils, be sure to look at the bottom for more great ideas. Lotion Bars (aka Bee Bars) This recipe was the brain child of my cousin, and friend, Naomi. For years, she has struggled with very, very dry, cracked (and often bleeding) hands that come with the dry, cold winters. For awhile she used a store-bought Bee Bar, with lots... 

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How to Apply Wall Decals with Royal Designs Studio
Jocie | November 13, 2014
How to Apply Wall Decals with Royal Designs Studio

Royal Designs Studio sent me these decals for free in addition to money towards future purchases, as a part of their holiday campaign. However, opinions and tips are 100% mine. Wallternatives by Royal Designs Studio made my Thanksgiving decorating super easy this year with their Fall Phrases Removeable Wall Decal Set! I’ve put up decal before in the past, and WOW was it a headache. They often bubble or go on, only to realize that it’s crooked. But not these decals! They are so thick that I did... 

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How to Kill Bugs in Wood: My FREE Decorative Logs
Jocie | November 5, 2014
How to Kill Bugs in Wood: My FREE Decorative Logs

With our new house and beautiful white brick fireplace, I really wanted to add some decorative logs to the fireplace decor. If you saw my post yesterday on my Thanksgiving Mantel, you saw these beautiful logs in action. I just wasn’t sure where to get these pretty logs I see in magazines and amazing blogger homes. So I put it on my personal FB page, asking my local friends where I could find pretty, round logs. Some people suggested an arborist or tree cutter. But my sweet brother-in-law, Chris offered me wood... 

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DIY Thanksgiving Mantel: Gold & Rustic
Jocie | November 4, 2014
DIY Thanksgiving Mantel: Gold & Rustic

FREE was the name of the game for this year’s DIY Thanksgiving Mantel! It doesn’t get much better than that, right? Tell me what you recognize and where I had it in the old house, for extra bonus points! I tried to repurpose or move around decor that I already had on hand, or find things in nature to incorporate, like the logs and pine cones. My children, also often seen in the wild, enjoyed hopping in the pics, but they didn’t make the cut. haha So let me give you the tour… This is one of my... 

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The Teal Pumpkin Project: Allergy Safe & Real Food Approved!
Jocie | October 27, 2014
The Teal Pumpkin Project: Allergy Safe & Real Food Approved!

I realize that almost every blogger in the world has already moved on the Christmas projects and posted about Halloween months ago. But I’m a bit behind this year and sorta operating on a minute by minute basis. Have you heard about The Teal Pumpkin Project, promoted by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education? The idea is to paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch, signaling to Trick or Treaters that your home is providing non-food/candy options for kids that have food allergies. Pretty cool, right?!... 

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