I tried out a clay recipe and ran into some problems. No worries - I patched them up and painted them. To make these clay medallions I rolled out the clay and used a cotton doily to make the impressions.
Our youngest daughter needed to organize her jewelry and bulletin board. What we came up with is both functional and pretty. You can see how we made it here: http://diydesignfanatic.blogspot.com/2012/06...
Who says you can't get something for nothing? I just finished two raised beds made from my neighbor's old shutters and odds and ends of left over wood, then painted them with surplus deck
paint! ZERO COST!!
For quite a while, I have admired all sorts of wonderful homemade and commercial raised beds seen on Pinterest and Hometalk. Because I couldn't justify the cost of buying the lumber and didn't want to tackle disassembling pallets, raised beds did not seem to be in my future. But then, our neighbors replaced their shutters and were nice enough to give them to me when I asked. They know by now that a repurposing project is about to get underway.
You could do other configurations, but I used two shutters on each side and one-half a shutter for the ends. That used up all ten of the free shutters. Odds and ends of lumber stored in the garage rafters came down and became corner, end and middle supports. I even had enough wood screws from another project to use for this one!
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I use papers to line the new flower beds as I go. I really dont like lanscape cloth. If you
use thick layers of paper, then dampen it, then put the dirt, you can poke right through it, well, easier than with dry paper. I used dry the first time. Had to be so careful as it disturbed everything because trying to poke through it justpulled the paper along in one large piece, frustrating but didnt even occur to me to wet it,lol. It works pretty well. That original bed has been in for 3 summers and I only have the occasional weed poking through here and there. I also mulch pretty heavly with a pretty red mulch. We will see this summer how well it works in aveggiegarden. Love the repurposing fir your raised beds. Doing things as cheaply as possiby is one big reason people try to be self reliant and garden in the furst place isnt it? Yeah for yu and your creativity.