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Hometalk, Inc. Trends Report - June 2023

June is here, and with it comes a burst of creative energy and excitement! As the warm weather draws us outdoors, it's the perfect time to explore the latest trends that are sweeping the world. Whether you're a content creator looking for fresh ideas or simply someone who loves to dive into new hobbies, this month has something for everyone. From outdoor bar ideas to chilled soups, here are some trends you won't want to miss out on.

Trending on the Hometalk Family of Sites

Here are the trends we're seeing across the Hometalk family of sites!

Hometalk Hits

Backyard Bar & BBQ

Are you ready to take your backyard gatherings to the next level? Outdoor bar ideas are all the rage right now, and for good reason! Whether you have a spacious patio or a cozy balcony, setting up a stylish bar area can transform your outdoor space into a vibrant oasis. From rustic wooden carts to sleek mobile bars, the options are endless. You can even make your bar mobile like this bar cart by Bella Branch DIY. So grab your favorite spirits, mixers, and garnishes, and get ready to create the ultimate summer hangout spot!

DIY Fertilizers

If you have a green thumb or simply love getting your hands dirty, DIY fertilizers are a trend worth exploring. Gone are the days of relying solely on store-bought products to nourish your plants. With a little creativity and some common household items, you can whip up your own plant fertilizers. Not only is it cost-effective, but it also allows you to customize the nutrients based on your plants' needs. Readers are loving this $0 Plant Fertilizer by Montross Made. So why not give it a try and watch your garden thrive?

Foodtalk Faves

Creatively Named Dishes

Who says food can't be fun? From unicorn-inspired treats to quirky food names, the world of culinary creativity is exploding with deliciously exciting options. Imagine taking a drink of this Monkey Milkshake from The Darling Apron! These whimsical and playful dishes not only make for eye-catching photos but also bring a smile to anyone who experiences them. So get those creative juices flowing and bring some joy to your kitchen with dishes that make you smile!

Family Recipes

There's something magical about the recipes passed down through generations. Family recipes hold a special place in our hearts and often evoke feelings of nostalgia and comfort. This month, why not celebrate your heritage by recreating one of your family's signature dishes like these Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes from Marcie and Julie at Platien28? Not only will you be preserving a treasured family tradition, but you'll also get to savor the flavors and memories of the past. It's a wonderful way to pay homage to the ones who came before us.

Upstyle Stars

DIY Towel Cover-ups

As we head to the beach or lounge by the pool, DIY towel cover-ups are a fantastic way to add a touch of style to our summer wardrobes. Instead of simply wrapping a towel around yourself, why not transform it into a chic garment? With a few clever cuts and stitches, you can create a trendy cover-up that showcases your personal style. Sew Much 3 Wear totally transformed her old towels into the cutest beach cover-up. So unleash your inner fashion designer and turn your beach towel into a fashion statement!

Sandal Upgrades

Summer is the time for sandals, and this year, sandal upgrades are taking the footwear world by storm. From adding colorful beads to incorporating trendy embellishments, there are countless ways to breathe new life into your beloved sandals. Check out how Sirena Patterns gave her Greek Sandals a colorful flair. Not only will you have a unique and eye-catching pair of shoes, but you'll also save money by giving your old favorites a fresh makeover. So step into summer with style and upgrade your sandals today!

Wows from the Web

We’re bringing inspiration from all corners of the web. Here’s what we’re seeing trending online.

Perfect for Hometalk…

Cardboard Built Furniture

Who says cardboard is just for packaging? Cardboard furniture is gaining popularity for its affordability, sustainability, and unique aesthetic. From chairs to tables and even ottomans like this one from Linda DIY, there's no limit to what you can create using this versatile material. It's a fantastic way to showcase your DIY skills while reducing waste and embracing a minimalist lifestyle. So grab some cardboard and get ready to transform your living space with your own custom-made furniture!

Stunning (& Easy) Stained Glass

If you're looking for a creative and colorful project, DIY stained glass is the perfect choice. It's a fantastic way to add a touch of artistry to your home decor. You don't need to be an expert glassworker to create stunning pieces. With some basic supplies and a little patience, you can design and craft your own stained glass creations. From window hangings to decorative panels, the possibilities are endless. Did you know you could use glue to create the perfect stained glass windows? Check out this TikTok from Why Try DIY to see how she made hers. So let your imagination run wild and let the light dance through your DIY stained glass masterpiece!

Perfect for Foodtalk…

Patriotic Desserts

With summer comes a sense of national pride and patriotism. What better way to celebrate than by indulging in some patriotic desserts? From flag-inspired cakes to red, white, and blue fruit yogurt bars like these from Super Healthy Kids, these treats are not only delicious but also visually stunning. They're perfect for any Fourth of July celebration or simply to show your love for your country. So grab your apron, put on your chef's hat, and let your desserts shine with patriotic colors!

Chilled Soups

As temperatures rise, there's nothing quite as refreshing as a chilled soup. Gone are the days when soups were reserved for colder months. Chilled soups are all the rage, and they're a delightful way to cool down on a hot summer day. From watermelon gazpacho like this one from Chef Mireille at Global Kitchen Travels to creamy cucumber, there's a chilled soup for every palate. So dust off your blender and experiment with refreshing flavor combinations. Your taste buds will thank you!

Perfect for Upstyle…

Vanilla Chrome Nails

For those looking to add a touch of glamour to their nails, vanilla chrome nails are the way to go. This trendy nail art involves a soft, shimmery chrome finish in a subtle vanilla hue. It's a versatile and elegant choice that complements any outfit or occasion. Whether you're attending a wedding or simply want to feel fabulous, vanilla chrome nails are the perfect statement-making accessory. So treat yourself to a manicure and let your nails steal the show!

Statement Shirts

Sometimes, all you need is a simple yet powerful statement to express yourself. Statement shirts are a trend that allows you to do just that. From motivational quotes to witty phrases, these shirts are a fantastic way to showcase your personality and beliefs. But First, Coffee has a great tutorial for how to make your own statement shirts to fit your style. Whether you design your own or find one that resonates with you, statement shirts are a versatile addition to your wardrobe. So wear your heart on your sleeve (or chest) and let your shirt do the talking! Materials Worth Mentioning

Here's a quick list of items and materials our audience is loving when it comes to DIY projects & recipes. Challenge yourself to create something new using one of the materials listed below.

  • Wooden Pallets

  • Fabric Pot Holders

  • Fresh Herbs & Flowers (ex. Lavender, Dandelion, Ivey)

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Cinder Blocks

Do you have a favorite trend? Let us know in the comments below!

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