Succulents in a Cracked Mug!
A bright orange mug with a flowery print against the lovely green succulent leaves is a wonderfully cheerful sight! :)
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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 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.
Around Christmas I fall in love with wine cork crafts because they are some of the easiest and most fun DIY projects out there. You can check out my little Christmas trees projects. I love the versatility of craft ideas that wine corks have inspired. That's the reason I did this project too. Ever since a saw this idea a know a had to do it some day. Wine cork crafts are the proof never to throw anything just yet, you never know where you can use it. I'm sure you've seen this succulent wine cork magnets project somewhere before, so I'm just giving you my version.
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.
So like everyone else I love succulents! I recently went to a garage sale up north, small town, and landed at an estate sale. Tea cups and saucers 50 cents! I had to buy and make them planters or pots for my succulents. Now granted I was not born with a green thumb, like at all...plants come to my house to die... so for this project I decided to buy artificial succulents from the craft store. They look so life like and they are not too expensive.
Have you added succulents to your home yet?! These are really beautiful and hardy plants, that are very easy to care for. Here, I will show you how to pot succulents in pretty teacups and teapots, without drainage holes.
Once upon a time I collected bone china teacups. I reently thinned out the collection and kept a box of them knowing I would use them for something soon. With Mother’s Day around the corner, I decided to use them to plant pretty little succulents to give to some friends. The first thing I did was to hot glue the cups to the saucer, I forgot to take a picture of this step. Update - I think using a strong glue like E6000 might keep it together longer.
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.
Colourful succulents, with their beautiful, complex shapes look like mini works of art. Here we show you how to plant a succulent pot to make your own piece of garden art, inspired by the still life paintings of the Old Masters.
Making fun things for the garden is one of my favourite things to so so I decided to create some repurposed garden flowers using thrifted strainer steamers.
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.
I love the upcycled mosaic planter I made for my garden and decided I wanted to make a smaller framed one, more suited for indoors. It is a lot easier to saw through China than you think so this is a fun way to repurpose any chipped China tea cups. Also, these wall vases would make a lovely gift.
When the sun is shining, I love to sit in my little town garden sipping a few cocktails with friends. Last week it finally felt that summer was on it's way so I decided to cheer up my outdoor space with an upcycled happy hour cocktail window. Here I'll show you both how I made my Happy Hour window and the cute cocktail caddy to go with it.
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!
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.
For me, summer is all about sitting on the floor. I basically exist within 3 feet off the ground for a few months. It's so much more natural and comfortable when it’s hot than sitting in chairs and outdoor sofas! You can sit up, you can recline, you can lounge, you’re FREE! With this DIY floor pillow idea, you will get your entire party something to sit on in no time (and barely any money!).Find the detailed step-by-step here!
Provide a safe water source for the bees and other pollinators in garden with a DIY watering station. It’s easy, can serve as a focal point and decorative garden ornament or *bee* as simple as you like!
Aarrgh!!!! It won’t stop raining here! I know getting all of this precipitation is good to fight against the fire season and inevitable drought. The flowers I just planted are probably loving all of the moisture. But I am personally ready for some sunshine. I don’t know about you but I am one of those people whose mood is definitely affected by the weather. The good news is that there were enough breaks in the weather for me to get my latest project done and it has solar lights which most definitely is not sunshine but they are sparkly and cheerful and fun.Have you seen those lighted watering can displays all over Pinterest? I have really been wanting to make my own. I thought it was going to be a simple project but I did run into a few bumps along the way. There must be different types of solar lights that you can buy but I used a single 72-foot strand so I had to think about how to string the lights and where the solar panel was going to go. Anyway, after a little trial and error, I was able to figure out the project.When I started the area looked like this and I thought that I was going to spray paint the watering can and the planter, add some flowers, string the lights, and be done. In the end, the whole display got a lot bigger but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days? Thrifting with the Gals I’d love to invite you to join me, along with some of the best thrifting gals I know over on Instagram every Wednesday, where we share all our thrifting adventures, and tips and tricks. We also share how we decorated with all of our finds every Thursday of the month here on the blog. So be sure to sign up for my newsletter to follow along.
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).
Last summer I was gifted a parsley plant. Since I didn't plant a veggie garden, I planted it in a front yard flower bed... and left it all winter long.Call it lazy or curious... but what transpired this year I did not expect!Not only do I have a full-grown parsley plant before our gardens have even been started, (who knew?!) I decided to ramp things up a notch...Grabbing some cheap 1.5" cedar strips from the local hardware store, these charming little helpers positively steal the show... sorry parsley, but thanks for the nudge!Here's what I made:
Moving right along on all the repairs needed on the Texas Blue Bungalow. The guest bathroom needed floor repairs when we bought the house. They are finally completed 10 months later!I painted this bathroom right away because, well it was, um yeah! Click HERE to see what color is used to be!NOTE: I'm not a pro, I'm just winging it!
I have posted recently here on Hometalk about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting the inside front door black. Lots of folks saw our picture shelves in those posts, and wanted to know exactly how we made them. We have these easy-to-make shelves all over our home and love that we don't need to hang the photos and art, and repair holes.Let’s make these!
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!
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.
I grabbed some extra wood that I had and everything I could think of that was red, white and blue. Let's see if we can make some cute things from all of this mess.
With the warming weather, I’ve been able to get out and do a little digging in my garden. In fact, last Saturday I began planting my tomatoes in my vegetable garden. As I was out digging in the dirt, I thought I’d like to share my simple tips for successfully growing tomatoes.Do you garden or have a veggie garden? Or are you new to gardening and are looking for some helpful tips? In my opinion, digging in the dirt is good for my soul, gardening is my therapy. In fact, I believe it’s good for everyone.As a child, I worked along side with my parents in the garden. At the time I didn’t have the love that I have for it now.However as I’ve grown and matured I recognized the health benefits of gardening.I believe it to be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Along with the benefits of caring for and harvesting your own food.