Give your home a spring refresh with these DIY decor projects (in under 10 minutes!)

It's always a good idea to usher in good energy into your home every few months. Sure it would be nice to frequently repaint, choose new wallpaper or even update your bedroom furniture, but that's not exactly realistic—or cost efficient. That's why we look to home decor accessories to quickly change the mood of rooms.

But before you hit your favorite stores in search of home decor, consider creating the crafts yourself. There are scores of projects that you can DIY right at home in less time than it takes to watch your favorite Netflix show. Think of it as a cool way to spend your time, money and energy with items you already have on hand.

We've created a short list of a few easy, DIY home decor ideas that will help breathe new life into your home:

Create felt succulent boxes

Allergic to flowers but still love the look and tranquility they bring? We hear you, mama. Create your own succulent pairings! Grab a glue gun, green felt and adhere the small pieces to your favorite pot. Once you're done, use them to style your mantle, dining room table and nightstand. Best of all, they'll never die.

Update toddler pillows

There's something about pillows that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Pillows are comforting and easily allow you to add your personal style to any room. To upgrade your pillows in any room you want to feel inviting, grab embellishments like ribbons, beads, sequins and appliqués and hand-sew or iron them into a design you like.

Plant-covered everything

Brighten your space with planters of various sizes. Don't be afraid to get creative and hang them over kitchen windows, desks and even your bed. If you really want to show off your green thumb, turn a bar cart into a plant cart and house 10-12 different types of plants on it.

Decorate your toddler’s headboard in bold colors

Elevate their headboard to a beautiful piece of art with spray paint.

Here's what to do:

  1. Clean the headboard well with ammonia and water.
  2. Rinse and dry completely.
  3. Place the headboard upside down, then paint the underside of the headboard first.
  4. Apply white primer to the entire headboard. Let dry.
  5. Spray on desired paint color.

To be fair, the entire process of cleaning and repainting a headboard is much more than 10 minutes—even if it's a tiny frame. But, if you're committed to decorating in under 10 minutes, opt for big, colorful stickers instead.

Create wall art

Buying new wall art is expensive. And, the larger it is, the more pricey it becomes. If you're tired of your wall art but not ready to fork over cash, create your own. We love that Dazzle allows you to unleash your creativity. Just choose your material and let your creative juices flow.

Design stencil doormats

Doormats should be a clear reflection of your personal style and (if you choose) sense of humor. They are the first thing that guests see when they enter your home, so why not make them special? If you have time, create your own stencil, if not, use these as a starting point. Paint or spray paint them in black or bold colors like green, red and yellow.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

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