My backyard Habitat
Published March 18th, 2012 6:07 PM
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It's summertime and I'm creating things fun things to do with my kids! With some tomato cages and dollar store laundry baskets you can easily make a fun Frisbee golf course for your backyard. You can see more of my crazy creations here
Edited:Thank you so much for the kind compliments! Some of you brought up some good questions and concerns...1- we have never had an issue with the cinder blocks moving. Not to say it wouldn't happen, but just know that we have had countless parties and kids over and never had any issues with blocks shifting but if you want to play it safe you can definitely use an adhesive. What I kind of liked though was that this wasn't a permanent project so I can change my mind one day if we want to re-arrange the yard.2- love the ideas to add some extra color by painting or staining the concrete cinder blocks, super tempted to even do tiles! great ideas and excited to inspire some backyard projects to you all!!3- sadly Franklin is still gone roaming the wild! (at least one could hope! ha)thanks!!Sam-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Billy and I love to have people over and host, so with that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our yard and "hosting" space. We were super excited about our recent backyard transformation, we took out grass and installed some fake grass, plantings, decomposed granite and even poured some concrete. Amongst all these improvements we still wanted to create a fire pit area, but let's face it things can get pricey when it all adds up!! To save some bucks we were able to come up with a great alternative for our new and improved fire pit seating area. Rather than building some large wall with seating we were able to make our own and what's kind of nice is that it's not permanent so we can still have some flexibility with changing the yard up as our lifestyle changes. Original Blog Post
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!
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.
When I bought my house, it was every inch a fixer-upper. It had lived a maintenance free life for the past 20 years. One of the many big projects to tackle to turn this house into a home was the backyard.This is the story of turning a rotted wood deck and overgrown backyard into a beautiful outdoor living space. All DIY, and done on a tiny budget, you can see more photos and
Love my backyard, but I got tired of keeping up with the grass; and, after a rainstorm it turned into a lake! I decided to completely get rid of the grass and transform it into a beautiful, peaceful flower garden retreat. I would not only be adding soil to the low spots which will help redirect and absorb the water, but I would create a beautiful space where I would much rather spend my time with the flowers and plants than cutting the grass :) Huge undertaking, but I was psyched up for it! I used a technique known as "lasagna gardening"- I did not pull up the grass! I covered all of the grass (and weeds!) with newspaper, cardboard or paper yard refuse bags- that was the first layer. Second layer, I topped that with a garden soil mix (topsoil, organic compost and peat). The third layer was the mulch. I was able to start planting my flowers and vines when there were no more frost advisories. While waiting for the weather to warm up, I started collecting the seedlings I wanted to plant. I also started growing some flowers from seeds. (I had an ENTIRE back yard to fill with flowers!!!) I planned my secret garden layout and I couldn't wait until I could actually start planting my flowers! At the end of May of that first year, I dug in. For a more detailed description of the process, please visit my post http://ivylore.hubpages.com/hub/creating-garden-magic (To see more here at Hometalk, please view "Transforming my Backyard into a Secret Garden- Part 2 and "Scenes from my Secret Garden"). Abracadabra, let the magic begin!
I've seen several DIY projects for privacy fences, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money or put a ton of effort into this project. Unfortunately, I have a champagne vision with a beer budget, but we were able to complete this project for less than $30 in under two hours. Paul (the hubs), was going to be doing most of the work, and I would be the job foreman. I'm happy to report that we're still married, even after our..."lively" debate about why its unrealistic for me to expect full growth ivy winding it's way through the lattice panels, while we sit in cushy new patio chairs sipping Mojitos listening to the gentle gurgle of a three-tier water feature that he could also build that weekend? Geesh, he's such a killjoy.
Have a few tomato cages lying around? Here are 3 ideas to put the to use..around your house! If you don't have any lying around, you can buy them by Clicking Here. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
We have a bit of yard space that we call the Fairy Forest created for children to use their imagination in. It has, of course, fairies, gnomes and their homes but we decided to include some musical fun as well. This is the first thing we added other then some windchimes and bells. Do you have a musical garden?
We recently built a play set for our kids and I wanted to add several parts to it to keep them occupied without spending a fortune. One of the things I settled on was a xylophone made from a chain link fence top rail.*You can easily modify this tutorial to make wind chimes instead! Drill holes in the tops only, then feed an outdoor-safe cable or rope through and attach to a piece of wood for the top.*
My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds. I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works. This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?Here's how...
A "pocket" pollinator garden is one of the best ways to bring color and beauty to your yard while also helping wildlife. You just need a tiny space to add some beneficial plants that can do wonders for your happiness, along with survival for bees and butterflies.
I love to transform unwanted and damaged items of a vintage nature by breathing new life into them and when I saw this piece of slate on a string in local charity shop thought it would be a great item to be decorated and be durable for the garden .
Summer is definitely upon us, with the 4th of July, right around the corner. Definitely it’s time to update the front door with a summer wreath.Last summer, we made this simple, playful wreath for summer, however we didn’t share how to make it with you. It’s also perfect for your front door for the 4th of July and patriotic celebrations too.Certainly, this easy summer wreath for your front door is affordable too. In fact, most of the supplies came from the dollar store.If you’d like to see a quick video tutorial on how to make this playful summer wreath for your front door. Click the play button below.We also invite you to follow along on our YouTube channel.
Looking for ways to grow your indoor garden on a budget? Propagating plants is the easiest way to grow your garden for free! Learn how to propagate pothos in water with these 7 easy steps.Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and care for.They are low maintenance, resilient, can tolerate different levels of light, boosts the mood, and purifies the air.But did you also know that they are super easy to propagate in water?It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of easy-care houseplants.My plants grew so much while summering outdoors.So it’s time to clean them up and cut some of them back.But what to do with the cuttings?I’m going to grow more plants!
Maybe you have throw pillows that need rejuvenating? Or you have a special fabric, like a grain sack, that you’d like to make an odd-sized pillow form for. If so, this is the tutorial for you!Today I’m showing you how to make a pillow insert by using an IKEA FJÄDRARinner cushion. But wait; it’s already a throw pillow insert, so what’s the deal?! Well, we’re going to customize the size!Watch the video below or continue on to the written tutorial below:
This oh so Patriotic 4th of July Centerpiece is a wonderful way to give three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue – it’s also super easy to make and cheap!I love almost anything patriotic. I always have for as long as I can remember. I got it from my Dad. He was in the Marine Corps and instilled that love in me from an early age…and I am so thankful to him for that.
When I walk around Dollar Tree and see random items that I can create with, it makes me super excited to get home and get crafty! For $3.00, I picked up a wreath form and two garlands then used some supplies from my stash to create a Patriotic Garland Wreath DIY project. Perfect for the Fourth of July and the rest of the year. I like to show my spirit for all things red, white, and blue by keeping up some decorations year-round. It also helps me remember the brave men and women who have made us the Home of the Free because of the Brave.
In all my years of thrifting and vintage hunting, it has become very clear that I am attracted to vintage stools! Not a bad thing for sure, but there are only so many bottoms to sit on those stools! 😉 I’m here to tell you, stools aren’t just for sitting any more! Today I’m chatting about how I DIY plant stands from vintage stools. Thrifty Style Team
Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Because a piece has a broken piece off the edge, don’t throw it in the trash. Here I will share steps to fix the broken edge.By the way, if you have been following Cloches & Lavender for any time, you know I love to recycle. As an example, this cabinet needed some love. Because it still works with my French Country home, I used chalk paint making it petty again.Besides the cabinet project, I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers. Not a tea drinker like me? After some thinking I show how to make a plate wreath. Now, back to how to recycle a broken urn. I found this urn thrifting some time ago, and I have used in our home before. However, I was tired of hiding the broken side. So, it was time to fix the broken edge.Let’s Take A Look And See How To Recycle A Broken UrnBefore I begin, I wanted to mention, this urn is made of resin of some sort. So I feel this is the best and easiest solution.First, a piece of spackle tape is added to give a base to the urn. After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound. This is the beginning how to recycle a broken urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape.