2 of 11 comments
Container gardening has become increasingly popular in recent years, and with good reason: it is cost-effective, water-wise, space efficient and super easy! Plants, and especially veggies, are happy to grow in pretty much anything, whether it’s a bucket or a bag. You really don’t need a lot of space for it either. As long as you have a sunny spot, you can grow something. Let’s take you through the steps to setting up your own small garden.
I really like to burn rubber, so pretty much all the tread on two of my tires was gone - it was time for new tires for my little red SUV. We ended up replacing all four tires, and we tossed the two really bad ones, but for some reason decided to hang onto the two that weren't that bad. The hubs and I were cleaning out the garage the other day and saw the two tires stashed in the corner. My husband was ready to take these two beauts to the dump, when I had a vision - a vision that became a reality this past weekend. I used an old tire, an old rim and some left over plywood to make this one of a kind garden planter. Let me share with you how I did it! I started of by giving the outer edges of the rim a fresh coat of black paint. I used just regular flat black spray paint for this. I didn't worry about doing the inside or bottom because this part is not seen.
Our house only has a stoop for the front door...wanted a little seating area. Created a seating area under a newly created window box.
So, I had a pair of nightstands that were destined for the dump. I kept them around for several years with the intention of throwing them out but for some reason I just couldn't part with them. I finally made the decision to give them a second chance!
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
There’s just something about growing your own food that is incredibly gratifying! My passion is really flower gardening, but I love growing veggies too. Vegetable gardening is a part of my heritage. There were seven kids in my family and I can remember having a vegetable garden every summer. My dad would make us get up at the crack of dawn (in the cool of the day, he would say) to pull weeds and tend to the garden. This was no little garden with raised beds either, it was an old fashioned, huge garden cut right into the ground. After all, we had a family of 9 to feed and the neighbors and families in need. Said with a note of sarcasm, but really with a heart of gratitude for the lessons that were taught. Of course, we moaned and complained about getting up early and we all swore we’d never have a garden when we grew up. And yet, most of us do. Can any of you relate to this story? As always, I will do my best to craft a tutorial according to what has worked for me. So, we’re going to keep Vegetable Gardening 101 very, very simple – just because it is! If you are new to vegetable gardening, you might want to take a few minutes to read through Flower Gardening 101. There are many tips and instructions in that post that apply to vegetable gardening as well.Choosing a Spot for Your Vegetable GardenPick a spot of real estate in your yard that gets full sun – that’s 6 or more hours of bright sun per day. Your vegetables will produce better and taste better in full sun. I don’t care how many Pinterest pins you can find (and there are plenty) that say “10 Vegetables That Grow In The Shade” blah, blah, blah… Sorry to disappoint, but vegetables need sun to grow.If this is your first vegetable garden, start small. You might even want to consider trying some vegetable plants in containers.
Welcome to the second segment in our series of Vegetable gardening for beginners. As we continue our series in discovering how to become a successful gardener, we are going to learn the importance of how, when and why to "Harden Off" our seedlings before planting them in our garden plots. So before we grab that shovel and put those tender seedling directly outdoors, let me show you how to transplant for Success.
"Mommy, when can we start a garden?" "Now?" "Is it time yet?" "Now?" "Are we ready yet?" My five-year old has been asking for a garden since last year, so I thought it was time to dig in. But there really wasn't anywhere to dig in our yard. No worries. If you are looking to start a garden with limited space, just start one on a wall or fence.
Going on vacation? Put a few of these together for your container gardens to keep them hydrated while you are away. The concept of repurposing a wine bottle into a container garden “watering device” has been around for a while. I was intrigued at first, because I love to see glass in the garden, and the idea seemed practical as well as pretty. However, after trying several different methods and contraptions I gave up, until recently. After thinking it through, I made a trip to the hardware store with a very specific idea in mind: use copper tubing to make a wine bottle "funnel." What You'll Need: One wine bottle Glass pearl gems (vase gems) to go inside the bottle * One 1/2" male copper adapter One 1/2" female copper adapter One piece of 1/2" copper tubing (about 24" long) Black electrical tape ½ x .520 Teflon tape (Plumbing Dept.) # 67 O-Ring (13/16“ Outside Diameter x 11/16” x 1/16” Clear waterproof silicone sealant Permanent marker Measuring tape Scissors Hacksaw, Small Vise, Small Flat Metal File, Adjustable Wrench Bamboo stake (or similar, to poke a hole in the soil) * Don't use round glass marbles, as they will block the flow of water. Use odd-shaped floral glass gems that won't block the copper tube. The gems disperse the flow of water through the bottle, as well as add a decorative element to the watering device (especially if the bottle is clear). Copper is a nice companion to glass, and I wanted something easy and simple so that the device would be practical. COPPER TUBE INSTRUCTION NOTES: The wine bottle will be buried up to the base of the neck when it sits in the planter. Keep in mind the extra 2" to account for the adapters, before determining how long to cut the soil-extension piece. For large planters, 6-8" is a good length for the soil tube segment, and 3-4” will be the length of the bottle-neck tube segment. Example: 3" (bottle neck) + 2" (adapters) + 6" (copper tubing) = 11" below the surface of the soil. The copper tubing will deliver water, as well as act as a "stake" to keep the wine bottle stable in the planter. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: don't leave your bottles outside if the temperatures drop below freezing, as this may cause the bottles to freeze and crack.
I will be honest with you, when I first tried to do this project I could not get it to work the way I wanted. I spent a couple of very frustrating hours trying to stick wet springy bark to pots, using a variety of glues to no avail.To make a Birch Bark covered pot like ours you will need some pieces of bark, a terracotta pot, elastic bands and PVA glue. We also painted the rim of our pot with a cream acrylic paint.
I've been shopping around for some large planters to put on my front porch. I wanted them larger so I could plant some Perenial Hostas in them. I love buying new flowers every year but it gets costly. So I thought planting perennials might be better because they come back every year. I knew I'd need a bigger Planter and went searching. I found These on Amazon (aff Link) Wooden Planter Boxes WAY to expensive for my little budget. So I convinced the beard to build some for me, and they cost a fraction of the price!
With the price of lumber so high I went through my scrap pile of wood so I could build our new cat his own getaway. I gathered a lot of ideas of what I wanted, measured the walls, and started building. At the end of this post is a video I made showing the whole process.
Can I tell y’all how much I love to create cutesy crafts? These super sweet and kinda sassy Patriotic Clay Pot Love Bugs went together in just about 30 minutes with simple supplies from Dollar Tree (and my craft stash)! Get the kiddos involved and then have some family fun time, being creative.
This post may contain an affiliate link. See my disclosure policy. Today I’m going to show you an amazing DIY upcycled lampshade project that shows you how to upcycle an old lampshade into a repurposed project that will be a unique decor item and conversation piece!
I was asked by a friend if I could give a small vanity she was given a makeover. It was not in the best of shape and was missing the mirror and a knob for one of the drawers.I knew I had some chalk paint in my workshop that would be suitable for this vanity. She did not want anything fancy, so this project is not as unique as other projects you will find on my website. My idea was to paint the vanity using chalk paint and I would add some wallpaper to the drawers as a feature.
This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden!
Spring has officially sprung in Southern California, and I decided our backyard needed a little facelift! Head to my blog for more fun projects like this!I decided to wing it and build a custom DIY Planter Box for our backyard, and it turned out SO well! My dad, who is a contractor, was here to help, and I am forever grateful because that made the whole “winging it” aspect less stressful.The great part about this is you can make it custom to fit YOUR space. Ours is a MASSIVE 7 feet long, 27″ tall, and about 18″ deep. It fits perfectly under our window that looks out from our indoor dining room, to our outdoor dining space. This DIY planter box project really helped to clean up the outdoor area, and it makes the space look more classic and beautiful. It is a more complex project, but I tried to break it down for ya! Keep in mind, your planer box should be made to go in a LEVEL space. If your space is not level, or even if there are slight variations in the planter box itself once built, you can always adjust with a shim or two as needed!(Note: YES, lumber is expensive right now. This still cost less than what I would have paid for a planter this size/shipping).
I see big hurricane vases all the time at the thrift store for super cheap but I am not a huge fan of the shape. I recently saw one that I really liked at Pottery Barn but it was $70! I set out to see if I could recreate this candle holder for less.
If you are like me and you like to eat outdoor rather than indoor. It doesn’t matter if you are just having your breakfast alone with the songbirds or a big family gathering. It’s always better outside. But, i found my round 4 chairs faux wicker table quite annoying. It’s small and not my style. For that, we thought about something built from scratch. That way we decided on the style, the size, the color and the BUDGET. The one we want is an 8 to 10 chairs capacity depending of the size of chairs. it’s exactly eight feet long, 42 inches wide and 28 inches high.If you have a small knowledge in working with wood this project is for you. Also if you are used to use the following tools the work gonna be much easier for you. You will use the miter saw, the kreg jig and the drill. We really didn’t use any extraordinary technique or tools to build it.I was inspired by the pottery and barns farmhouse table design. It has a beautiful X brass legs and along board as a table top we added a thin frame all around to bring everything together. For the table top boards we bought a specific wood boards that facilitate the assembly. They can go into each other without leaving any gap. I know how frustrating to get those beautiful X legs done and all the required tools and techniques. Here we did a little trick to have it done. Clever husband hhhh.the general cost of this table is 210 dollars. Did I Said 210$? Yes, that Includes wood boards, screws, stain and protection formula. A judge table like this will cost not less then 800$ from any store. So you are saving a lot here.
Roses are one of my favorite flowers.They are absolutely beautiful and smell heavenly.In my humble opinion, one can never have too many roses.I found these beauties at the grocery store, of all places.Blush pink, butter yellow and a loverly rose pink (of course) – la vie en rose.Swooooooon.
DIY Projects DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered LetterThis DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter is a great personalized gift for any music lover in your life! Read on to see how easily I created this W!This Post Contains Affiliate Links. Any time you purchase a product through my links, I receive a small commission. Several years ago, I bought a large W at Canton Trade Days. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with it, but had been looking for an oversized W for a while.We, my husband and I, both come from musical families.As a matter of fact, both of us are musical or were musical. Jake played the Tuba and was drum major for his high school band and for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in his younger days.I took over as the pianist at my church in TX when I was 15. I traveled with Life Action Ministries for a couple of years while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I still don’t know, honestly. Since then, I’ve played keys and sang in a variety of praise teams and choirs. I think I’m officially in retirement from all that, though.Back to the large W I bought in Canton…To incorporate it into my decor, I took an old hymnal that belonged to my grandmother, who was a self-taught, very talented pianist, and decoupaged a variety of hymns all over it. It ended up being a beautiful decor piece in our kitchen 3 houses ago!My husband’s dad spent about 42 years as a music minister. He had a beautiful baritone voice and had a heart for people like no one else I’ve ever met. He could make a friend everywhere he went! He was also a talker!After he passed away in 2014, after a long battle with kidney cancer, my mother-in-law gave me the hymnal he used every Sunday morning to lead the choir. The intent was for me to use the pages of that hymnal to create her a hymn covered W. A few years ago, I even bought a large W to tackle this project but ended up using the W I bought on my own mantle. Oops!So here I am, almost 7 years later and I still haven’t made her W. Well, after today, that’s no longer the case!We’ll be meeting her at the beach in June to celebrate her birthday. She’s also moving into a new house toward the end of the summer. I’ll hand-deliver this gift to her, that’s no longer a surprise!This decoupage hymn covered W will be the perfect birthday/housewarming gift for her.(Debbie, act surprised when I give this to you in person!) 🙂My intention was to complete this project for a DIY gift round-up last month, but in true Jen Wade fashion, I forgot to order my W and it didn’t arrive until after the challenge was over.You ready to make your own hymn covered letter?!DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter Supplies:
They must have been MASSIVELY mass produced. These lovely cut glass luncheon plates with matching cups were, at one time, the standard for serving “a light lunch” at baby showers, wedding showers, church meetings, bridge clubs and other hosted “Ladies who Lunch” events.
I was browsing online the other day for new planters, and I came across this awesome one from Target. However, it was over $350 for a set of three! I couldn’t believe it. I also would never spend that much on planters. A few days go by, and I can’t stop thinking about how cute they were. So I set out to see if I could create a DIY two-tone planter myself.See how I created a similar version of this two-toned wicker planter using only a few supplies.
As I recently discovered, making a simple lamp is easy. There’s no wiring involved and the lamp is ready to use in about ten minutes.The whole idea for this project began with an item I found in Dollar Tree’s party supply section. In fact, everything I used here is from Dollar Tree, with the exception of the remote control puck light that I found at Dollarama.Here’s how to make a simple lamp using Dollar Tree items. I think you’ll agree that it’s easy-to-do and useful, as well as pretty.Supplies Used:Two 4-inch glass candlesticks1 small round glass bowl (approx. 4″ tall)1 round, fluted plastic bowl1 remote-control puck light (Dollarama)Gorilla Glue or E6000craft paint (optional)
I recently acquired an end table from my mother-in-law's home. It was from my husband's father's mother. The end table was in the garage collecting dust for years since she passed in the early 2000s. It was unique in style and had many decorative accents that I thought would be a great DIY chalk paint project I could try with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. Check out how I updated this old and not loved piece.
Whenever we would sit on our finished patio, all we could see was the eye-sore of our under deck. We didn’t like the look of traditional lattice but decided we needed to do something. We came across the idea to use wood slats and fell in love! This was an easy project that made a big impact on our outdoor space.