3 DIYs That Promote Growth In the New Year

by Caitlin Kelch


I switched up my New Year’s game this year and did the opposite of what I usually do. And it was fantastic! I spend a lot of the time focused on the more serious side of self-care and sometimes I simply forget to play. This year I stayed up until 2 am on New Year’s Eve and had a dance party with my family (my 10-year-old daughter was mortified!). I left all of my hefty resolutions from the past at the door. And I actually opened my front door at midnight, pushed 2016 out, and flapped my hands in the air to literally welcome in 2017.

In an effort to spread the new year/new growth love in these first few days of 2017, I want to share three DIYs that promote growth for you to take for a spin on one of these grey days. First up are these adorable swan planters! Customize your swans, plant a tiny green friend within, and then watch it grow as a reminder of your own growth through self-care.

Click through for the swan planter instructions and two more adorable additions for your DIY calendar that are simple, playful and push you towards growth in 2017! –Caitlin

Swan Planters


You need just four things to have a flock of swans on your windowsill! Click here for the full tutorial.


Resolution Calendar


This calendar DIY uses washi tape and recycled magazines (or any paper, really!) to drive home your goals for the new year. The “I made it” and “I see it everyday” aspects make sure your brain gets the message. Thanks Sarah West Ervin for this idea! Get the full instructions here and visit Sarah’s Etsy shop here.


To-Do Magnets


So long coffee-stained loose leaf paper to-do lists! Goodbye my nasty little Post-It that has lost its stick. This self-styled clay magnet takes your to-do list and elevates it to smile-worthy, as opposed to cringe-worthy. Bonus: When the colors no longer make you smile, or motivate you to take a long look, repaint it with new colors!

Full instructions right here.


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  • These ideas are great! Such easy, unique ways for starting the year off right. I loved that you opened the door at midnight and shooed out the old year to make room for the new. I felt like I was right there with you. :). Thanks!

  • I really want to make more this year, and this is the perfect place to start, those little swans are so sweet

    – Natalie

  • These are great ideas. Remind yourself to grow each day, that will perfectly apply to me in 2017.
    Thanks for sharing and a happy New Year to you.

  • the swans are magical. i always deeply enjoy coming onto Design Sponge because of the incredible creativity and positive energy.
    Thank you –

    i have bookmarked the instructions and will begin looking for swans this week.
    surrounding myself w/beauty makes everything worthwhile.

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