March 25 2019


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March 20 2019

DIY Cleaning products

Dish Soap: Adding essential oil to unscented castile soap can help take the drudgery out the ordeal. I like to add 10 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil to 20 ounces (600 ml) of castile soap and then decant into a simple glass bottle with a pour spout for keeping on countertop.

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February 25 2019

DIY Hanging Flower Tins or Cans

Hanging tin – flower or herb cans

hanging flower pots supplies

You will use actual tin coffee cans or vegetable cans

The first step is to punch holes in the bottom for drainage and drill the holes in the back for  hanging. Use the hammer for the drain holes and a drill with a metal bit for the rope holes. Make sure you get it just big enough for the rope to go through, not too big.

Give ’em a few good coats of spray paint. However many you need until it looks good. Let them dry.

Put one of the rope through one of your rope holes and knot it. Then decide on your length and cut the other end accordingly. Knot that end through the other hole.

Voila! A hanging pot!

February 9 2019

Make Something

Miniature Garden

They may have outgrown their sandbox, but you can still reap the benefits of its perfect size and shape. Here’s what you’ll need: BPA-free sandbox, pavers (optional), gravel, weed barrier fabric (cut to fit interior of sandbox), potting soil, soil supplements (optional), assorted edible starter plants with shallow root systems, utility knife, drill and 5/8-inch bit, garden trowel, garden gloves, kid-sized garden tools

Prep the Location
Determine the location of your new garden based on sunlight. Make sure it has enough sun or shade for the plants you intend to grow. Partial shade is usually best for many container-friendly edibles. Move the emptied sandbox into place, then layer a few pavers underneath the box to elevate it and ensure optimum drainage.

Ensure Good Drainage
Good drainage keeps plants healthier and staves off root rot. Once you’ve added pavers and adjusted them so the bottom of the sandbox is level, add several drainage holes using a drill and large bit. Make a hole every 6-8 inches in the bottom of the sandbox.

Add Weed Barrier
Cut weed barrier fabric to size and lay down in the sandbox so the bottom and sides are covered. This will help create a barrier and discourage any weeds attempting to make their way into the garden through the drainage holes.

Add Gravel
Spread a 2-inch layer of gravel along the bottom of the sandbox, directly on top of the weed barrier.

Add High-Quality Soil
Premium soil is key to the success of your garden, so make sure it’s suited to your plants and climate. Consider mixing in a supplement or soil additive that’s specifically suited to your plants.
Select your plants

Plant Thoughtfully
Get your kids in on the planting process so they’ll be fully invested. Make sure to plant companion plants together. Strawberries like beans, lettuce, onions and thyme, while lettuce, like arugula, prefers beans and mint. Try to follow along with spacing as dictated on the plants’ tags.

Kid-Sized Everything
Keep aprons, tools and garden stools kid-sized to encourage hours of play that’s fun and parent-friendly, too.
February 6 2019

Make Something!

Make an Ottoman

Materials Needed

  • milk crate
  • fabric
  • foam insert (cut to fit crate)
  • plywood (cut to fit crate)
  • (2) 2″ wood pieces (cut to fit crate)
  • glue
  • staple gun + staples
  • sanding block
  • drill + bit
  • screws
  • spray paint
  • spray adhesive

Prep Crate(if using metal milk crate)

The first step is to prep the milk crate or the soon-to-be base of the ottoman. The age and patina of the crate will determine the amount of elbow grease needed. Remove any unwanted paint or rust with a sanding block. Once the surface is smooth, add a pop of color with spray paint.

Nothing says cozy like a plush ottoman. Coffee tables are great and all, but an ottoman can be a footrest, a chair and, with the addition of a tray, it does all the work of a coffee table. But before draining your savings on one, consider making your own for under $100.

Materials Needed

  • heat-treated pallet
  • (4) wooden candlesticks
  • drill + 1/4″ bit
  • (4) 1/4″ lag bolts
  • wrench
  • 4″ foam
  • spray adhesive
  • batting
  • stapler
  • fabric

Attach some legs

To begin, flip the pallet over. Ensure the pallet you are using is marked “HT” for “heat-treated.” This verifies it is safe for indoor use. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each of the four corners, equidistant from the edges. Run small lag bolts through the holes, and secure the candlestick legs after drilling corresponding holes in them.

Secure the Foam

Once the legs have been tightly fastened, flip the frame upright and place a piece of foam cut to the size of the pallet on top. Coat the surface of the foam and pallet with spray adhesive and set the foam piece on the pallet.

Fasten Batting and Fabric

Once the adhesive has dried, cover the foam with a large piece of batting and flip the ottoman back over. Fold the batting around, and staple it to the bottom of the pallet no more than two inches apart. Repeat this step with the fabric, making sure to fold the corners neatly and tightly while stapling to ensure a beautiful final product.

November 30 2018

Great Home Decorating Ideas



Concrete Blocks Furniture

You can create a range of beautiful furniture for your home using concrete blocks. These blocks can be used for night stands, patio furniture, outdoor pots, and can even be used to make a frame for your sofa or bed. A coat of paint is all it takes to give these blocks a modern yet homely feel.





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