Happy Halloween! Happy Fall! Enjoy the season and have some fun! Don't forget to winterize your water feature, you never know what might pop up!
Published October 15th, 2013 2:31 PM
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When the weather gets warm enough, it's time to cross off all the outdoor projects you've had on your list before it gets too hot to actually get them done. Below are 5 easy outdoor projects I recommend doing now to get your home ready for warmer weather.*This post was sponsored by CTS Cement, however, all views and opinions are my own.1. Weatherproofing Weatherproofing is super important going into the summer months to save you from wasting a ton of energy from cold air leaking out and warm air working its way in. It also prevents moisture and insects from getting in and causing unnecessary damage to your home.Two ways to keep your home cool and dry in hot weather:Repair foundation cracks before they become a problem.
One of my favorite things to do when I go north to my mom's house is to visit the local dump. My hometown small dump separates all of the stuff brought into the dump in piles and has a big storage container for used furniture, household items and books. It's open to the public and I'm on a first name basis with the dump manager! On my last visit home I found two gazebo frames calling my name. With the help of my sister we loaded them and took them home. I already had a plan for this find.
Halloween season is in full swing and if you haven’t started decorating, this Halloween tipsy pot planter is a must! Not only is this super easy to make, it will not break the bank and it looks amazing! Last week, Arthur and I were lucky enough to face off in a head to head thrift store challenge, where we competed to see who could make the best thrift store project. The results came back via Instagram poll with a pretty even result. Winning by only seven votes was my this tiered tray. Since ‘tis the season for spooky witches and awesome Jack o’ lanterns, here is the tutorial for this easy and fun tipsy planter, which can be reused every year.What you will need:Pumpkin and cauldron bucketsrebardrill with 1/2in spade drill bitdirtFlowersHammerWe shopped at the thrift store for old vintage trick or treat buckets. These buckets are usually in the thrift stores by the dozen and there are so many unusual things you could do with them! Especially at $1 a piece! Arthur grabbed some three Jack lantern buckets with differing faces and two witch cauldron buckets to make his planter. You can use any bucket that suits your fancy. (all pumpkins, all cauldrons, ghosts…) the sky is the limit. For this project you will also need a piece of rebar. You can get this from the hardware store.How to make your Halloween Tipsy Pot PlanterMaking the tipsy pots is the best part. (especially because you will be surprised at how easy this difficult looking project really is)First, drill the bottom of each bucket with a 1/inch drill bit. Simply place the hole in the very bottom (like a drainage hole)Next, decide where you would like to put the Halloween tipsy planter. Pound the rebar deep into the ground so that it is sturdy.Decide which pot you would like to place on the bottom. Thread the pot hole on the rebar and lower it to the ground. Once it is on the ground, position the bucket where you would like it to go.Fill the bucket with dirt to make stacking the next pot easier. Lower the next pot on top of the first and tilt it so that it looks like it is tipping. (the dirt should help to hold it in place.)Repeat this with the remaining pots, tilting them in opposite directions and adjusting them until you get the look you want.Once you get to the top, if there is any remaining rebar sticking out, make sure to pound it into the ground.Plant some flowers of your choice in the pots (we went with Mums) and enjoy your new awesome Halloween decoration!I am super excited about how this turned out, especially for how easy and inexpensive it was! Every time I walk past it, the flowers and bright colors of the pots make me smile! I highly recommend giving this one a try! We also have an easy Halloween wreath you could try as well as some spooky heads in jars!Let us know how your project turns out! We love seeing your pictures and hearing your comments, so be sure to drop us a line! Also be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss any of our exciting new DIY adventures!
As we get closer to The Day, I become like a kid who keeps asking “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” – hahaha. 😀 Well, you all know me – I enjoy doing this and that, but there is one time of the year where I really have great fun working on my projects. You know what I am talking about, don’t you? Of course you do! Halloween! Yeessss!!!! Today is the day I start posting about Halloween. And oh boy – do I have some lovely Halloween props for you this year! But before jumping into anything else, I want to show you my potted Rosemary (aka potted hand Halloween prop), as it is related to last year’s beloved project: Halloween Apothecary Jars.Speaking of Apothecary Jars, did you see my Apothecary Jars project from last year? Oh you didn’t? I am sharing 80+ jar labels on our blog together with lots of jar filler ideas, so if you are into Halloween, you really don’t want to miss these free printable labels. Here is a pic from that post, so you can see the labels ;-) [It is one of most popular posts - hint hint!!]
Need a large container for that Halloween Candy? Want something that can be reused all year long? This simple to find galvanized bucket works perfectly! Add a Halloween themed vinyl cut out and remove when done! The best part? The SVG file for your cutting machine is totally free!
I love Halloween! And this year I am going all out on the DIY decor and crafting! Here are two adorable and tasty Halloween Candy-Filled Treats/Decor ideas. Both are easy and take just minutes to make!
Last month my in-laws, aka Mom & Dad, were handed down a beautiful curio cabinet. In order to put that gorgeous piece in their dining room, they needed to retire their faux money tree. Lucky for me, before taking anything to Put & Take, they usually ask me if I could find any use for their retired items. Seeing that with a little modification it could turn into a cool Halloween prop, I gladly took it, and that is how the story of "The Halloween Tree" started...
I’ve always loved wind chimes and I’ve made quite a few over the years, but this time I wanted to do something completely different from all the wind chimes that I’ve created before.I was packing up a large donation box for the thrift store recently and I found a small lampshade that I had put in the box a while back.And I had a light bulb moment.
One of my least favorite chores has to be cleaning out the bathtub. It’s so awkward to reach into and scrub clean all of the surfaces. I’m not crazy about using smelly harsh chemicals and most natural cleaners that I had tried just didn’t cut it or required a fair amount of hard scrubbing. Well a few years ago I stumbled upon this method by doing some of my own experimenting, and I have been cleaning my bathtub this way ever since. All you need is three simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Read below to find out what my secret is to get the cleanest bathtub... with zero scrubbing required!
(This post was written in collaboration with H Potter but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for planting ideas for a window box? Wait until you see how to plant flowers in these GORGEOUS window boxes.When I first saw these stainless steel window boxes with an antique copper finish, it was love at first sight.I mean…wow!And I have to tell you, they are even more beautiful in person than they are online.About H PotterH Potter sells absolutely gorgeous garden decor and accessories. I’ve received a few items from them, and these copper window boxes might be my favorite because they added lots of character to my garden shed.H Potter is a family-owned business that has been accenting homes and gardens nationwide for over 20 years with distinctive items that can be used indoors and out.Their product line includes terrariums, lanterns, trellises, window boxes, planters, and torches, handmade by artisans using high-quality materials from stainless steel to copper to hand-blown glass.And let me tell you, from my experience, they are built to last and are just gorgeous!
I’ve always had ugly laundry rooms, every single one, but the current one would have won the prize for ugliest yet! The biggest eyesore of all was the electrical panel and all the exposed wiring, so I constructed a cover to hide it.
Are You Looking for More Outdoor Entertaining Space? Oh Good! Me Too!Maybe You have a Small Section of Dirt Just Sitting Doing Nothing.Our Eyesore Dirt Patch is Just Off the Patio.This is Prime Real Estate that Needs Some Major Oomph.It Needs BRICKS!
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
I hope you’re as excited for the summer as I am! The season has started where we live so I’m sharing my new DIY citronella candles made with coconut shells – to ward off any mosquitos trying to put a damper on your summer nights!I always keep citronella candles on hand to keep the mosquitos away because they seem particularly attracted to my freckles… In the spirit of upcycling, I tried making my own by recycling some containers I salvaged, which turned out to be coconut shells!Find the detailed step-by-step here!
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.
There is something timeless about a scroll. It doesn't matter if it's displaying words, a phrase, or a print, I just love them. Canvas scrolls can be expensive, depending what you're looking for. I found an easy and inexpensive way to create your own!Using a roll of brown wrapping paper, a print of your choice, and some crafting tools, you can create your own customized paper scroll for your home.
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.
If you follow my blog you will know that I try and create all my projects from recycled materials. In our house, we all love Pepsi Max, which leaves us with a fair few aluminium cans. Instead of sending them to the recycling centre, I wanted to try and create an aluminium can wall hanging with them. Because aluminium cans are not very big, I wanted to create a wall hanging that was made up of smaller panels that could be arranged in different designs on the wall. So your wall hanging can be changed around when you get bored with the design.
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
This is an off the wall type project; but it's fun and unique! I have had this wood ladder for a while now. Originally, I painted it and added wood planks as shelves, to create a ladder shelf of sorts. Over the years, the ladder has just been sitting in a corner; but an idea came to me! Why not create a fun piece of decor that's different and not your typical "shelf."That's when I decided a hanging basket plant and some old suitcases could really help turn this old ladder into something fun!
Alissa HaganPlay Kitchen RemodelIt seems kitchens are a trending theme in my world recently. I have been helping a client with a kitchen remodel/refresh and now gave my girls' play kitchen a small makeover! I acquired this play kitchen before we even had kids. Honestly, I think it was even before we were married that I snagged the stove and the sink unit at a garages sale for $10. It sat for years collecting dust and moved three times, but I knew one day we would have kids and a play kitchen would be a great learning experience. I don't have pictures of what they looked like when i bought them, but just imagine wood kitchen units that left a lot to the imagination. The first makeover came when our oldest daughter was three. The stove unit got a door and hardware and the sink unit got an actual sink and faucet recycled from a bathroom remodel. We painted it a bright turquoise blue and gave it to her at Christmas. The first "remodel" cost us the price of spray paint and some hinges for the oven door. Everything else, the towel ring, faucet, sink bowl and oven handle were all recycled from a bathroom remodel my parents had done.
Last year, hubby cut down a medium sized tree in our yard. Thankfully, I had him save some branches for possible future projects, so this wood has been drying out for quite awhile now (you want dry wood for this project).We ended up redoing our little front porch and painting our front door, so I wanted a new wreath to go with the new look. That's when we thought to chop up that old wood and make a wreath! Best part about this wreath is that it's a perfect year round decor piece! You can decorate it for each holiday/season!Here's how we made it ....*Price is based off of the cost of the glue since we already had the circular saw, cardboard came from a box that was shipped to me, and wood came from our yard, so those items cost nothing.If you don't have a circular saw, you can use a jigsaw, chainsaw, handsaw, but those tools will either take longer or not give perfect straight cuts. We do recommend any diy'er to invest in a circular saw since it is used for so many different projects
Do you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs or want to create a way to enjoy more plants in your small space? Check out how you can transform a thrifted shelving unit into an herb or garden planter for the porch or patio. This would be an easy and inexpensive option for those limited to apartment balconies as well.
We recently gave our 70s kitchen a complete makeover. It needed work on everything: cabinets, floors, walls, molding. I also built an island and made a passthrough/breakfast bar. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! We are very happy with the outcome.Today I'm showing step-by-step how I painted the kitchen cabinets. (I'll also be posting on the DIY island and breakfast bar that we added.)I am including the video if you'd rather watch that.
I love to upcycle and reuse old maps, they are very affordable craft paper. There are so many fun things you can do with them. One of the most popular things I've made with them is beautiful roses (see here).This time I've used my old maps to create some beautiful moths for fun faux taxidermy wall art. You can give these as a gift if you use a map of somewhere special.
I have the perfect way for you to use up some of your old game pieces! With just a few supplies, I made these DIY Rock Garden Markers and they turned out adorable. I have a bag of random game pieces that I’ve collected over the years. I have lots of Monopoly houses, that turned out to be perfect for this project.
Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.