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“5 Minutes or Less” is an ongoing series dedicated to fun, DIY crafts that you can do in five minutes or less. Some of my favorites include personalized keys and succulent gardens.

5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas
Jocie | March 13, 2014
5 Minutes or Less: 5 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas

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 Dollar Store Easter Decor Ideas in 5 Minutes or Less. 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. Thanks!My Easter decorations in the past have been very sparse and this year I didn’t... 

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Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils
Jocie | February 4, 2014
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

It seems like every where I’ve turned over the past month I’ve been hearing about essential oils. Have you caught on to the rage? Well after a lot of research and talking to some family and friends, like Beth from Young Living from Unskinny Boppy and Erica with DoTerra, I decided to give them a try (both sell oils so feel free to buy, buy, buy). My first project: homemade all purpose cleaner with essential oils!I have been using vinegar and water to clean for a long time now in order to cut down on the unnecessary... 

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5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders
Jocie | November 25, 2013
5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders

These Pine Cone Place card holders are part of “5 Minutes or Less,” an ongoing series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. We would love to feature your ideas too, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your next “5 Minutes or Less” DIY and send ‘em our way!This was one of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts last year, but it... 

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Fall Decor and Drop Cloth Bunting!
Jocie | September 10, 2013
Fall Decor and Drop Cloth Bunting!

I know, it’s not quite Fall and I’m already making drop cloth bunting. But, in all fairness, football season had started and really that should mark the beginning of Fall. Regardless, Fall is my favorite season so I couldn’t stop myself from getting started. Here was my mantel last Fall – I made another easy burlap bunting using scraps and craft paint. As you can tell, last year I hadn’t painted or started my living room makeover, so decorating this year is going to look very different!There was nothing... 

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5 Minutes or Less: Mirror Makeover
Jocie | July 8, 2013
5 Minutes or Less: Mirror Makeover

I have been on a serious living room kick in the past few weeks, including this fab five-minute mirror makeover. Back before I painted, here was the living room. Lots of golds and browns – very warm and cozy. I didn’t hate it, but was ready for a change and was eager to use more blues.I did paint the room an icy blue and had planned to use a lot of neutrals and whites in the room. You know that white washed thing is so popular right now. But, in reality, it’s not totally me. I like adding a little color with... 

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Craft Lightning: Simple Herb Garden
Jocie | May 14, 2013
Craft Lightning: Simple Herb Garden

Welcome to the Better Half as we join in the Craft Lightning fun by making a super quick and simple herb garden! If you love crafts but don’t have a ton of time, also be sure to check out more of our fabulous 5 Minutes or Less Crafts, like easy succulent gardens and apothecary jars.I’ve been toying with the idea of a herb garden for a while. Ethan built a planter and herb garden for my mom last year and I have been itching for my own ever since. But, we’ve been so busy with other projects, I didn’t have the time... 

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Three Easy Succulent Garden Ideas
Jocie | May 2, 2013
Three Easy Succulent Garden Ideas

I guess I’ve gone a bit crazy with succulent garden ideas since Home Depot asked me to participate in their Pinterest Inspired Succulent Garden DIH workshop! On Tuesday, you may have seen my fabulous succulent terrarium I made using poplar wood and a mason jar. I had some succulents left over and just couldn’t stop myself, so I made three more easy succulent gardens that each only took 5 minutes or less to make! Let me know which is your favorite. Birdcage Succulent Garden I had this idea in the back of my mind for a while... 

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5 Minutes or Less: My Favorite Quick Projects
Jocie | February 19, 2013
5 Minutes or Less: My Favorite Quick Projects

“5 Minutes or Less”  is an ongoing series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. I have done a bunch of projects in this series over the past couple years, but wanted to share with some of our newer readers my favorites: Homemade ModPodge, Personalized Nail Polish Keys, Homemade Vanilla, Beer Bottle Vases, Scrapbook Paper Clothes Pin!Also,... 

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5 Minutes or Less: Making a Message Board with an Old Frame
Jocie | October 11, 2012
5 Minutes or Less: Making a Message Board with an Old Frame

Before you read my easiest, almost most ridiculous post ever, just a reminder to visit our link party tomorrow, see some great featured projects and find out who won the $25 Hobby Lobby Gift Card!Last year, I made a quick message board to put next to the door to write sweet notes between me and Ethan, or reminders, whatever. Usually, the same “love note” sits for a couple of months while visitors come in and write sassy additions like “gag me” or vomit sounds. Or sometimes, people like my sister write “I... 

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5 Minutes or Less: Dressed Up Clothes Pins
Jocie | June 14, 2012
5 Minutes or Less: Dressed Up Clothes Pins

“5 Minutes or Less”  is an on-going series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. We would love to feature your ideas too, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your next “5 Minutes or Less” DIY and send ‘em our way!Awhile ago I had bought those cheap, plastic chip clips that stick to the fridge. Over time, they have been... 

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