Simple Valentine's Day Project
Published January 17th, 2014 4:12 PM
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After seeing so many posts on diy garden globes, I just had to try it. I started searching for old bowling balls but all I found were priced too high. Then little by little, it all came together and and I now have six garden globes that I just love. Hope you do too.
Here's an easy diy that you can make for yourself or give to someone special in your life. Perfect for an outdoor patio or porch in the summer or indoors anytime. Visit my Projects Page to see tons of fun and easy handmade and diy projects.
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 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.
Do you want to plant a gorgeous container garden to brighten up an outdoor living space but aren’t sure where to start? Learn how to design this outdoor planter that attracts hummingbirds.I love to design container gardens.In spring, my favorite thing to do is plant outdoor planters for my deck and patio areas to enjoy all season long. They add a lot of color and personality to outdoor living spaces.Container gardens help soften the hard lines and lend to a relaxing atmosphere.I’ve got a great container garden recipe for sun today that you can try.And a little tip to keep those planters light so you can move them around easier.The Elements of Container Garden DesignWhen designing an outdoor planter or any container, keep in mind the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.What does that mean?It means you want a plant that will add height and drama (the thriller).Plants that will fill in the container (the filler).And plants that will trail over the outside of the container to soften the lines (the spiller).There are lots of ways to achieve the look.Here is one of the outdoor planter recipes that I designed for the season.
Ok.. It may be possible that I may be the only one… BUT I don't think so. I hate seeing keys on a counter rolling around with no assigned location. I also don't really like having them “exposed” on a key hanger. (specially since I don't have a “Mudroom” or something like it. I wish I did.) In my case they would just hang there in my middle of one of my entry ways, looking into my OCD soul. Too much? Ok.. well, you may be right, but I really don't like them just hanging there. Doesn’t really fit in the decor.. Sometimes I feel it take aways from the great looking key hanger out there.I ramble just to justify.. My great James Bond idea. HA! “Why don’t just hide them behind a frame.” The key (no pun intended) is finding the right frame. It’s has to be at least 1½ inches in depth. This way the keys will hide behind behind the frame without damaging it or not allowing the frame to close properly. The deeper/thicker the frame the better. It was really pretty easy and I think I may customize a bit more by adding fancier hooks, and maybe replacing the elastic with a small wood plate but I just couldn't wait to share. I hope you guys like it and maybe you can customize it to fit your needs, hopefully I gave you a head start. Check it out ! I had most of the materials which allowed my cost to be minimal.
Comments and questions on an earlier posting suggested interest in what was done with the left-over keys from a piano repurposing project.As stated in that posting (https://www.hometalk.com/43336777/piano-repurposed-into-a-bookcase) the clients wished to have them repurposed into key racks for siblings. The purpose of this posting is to show the results and discuss some key points (pun intended) encountered in the process.Most of my projects are one-of-a-kind. Doing seven sets at a time was a little tedious for me. I tried to mimic, but not replicate key racks I had seen on the internet.Short version: The 88 key were divided into seven sets of 12 keys- 7 white, 5 ebony. The 12 keys were attached to a backer board along with three hooks to hang keys on and two hangers to hang the rack. Feel free to jump to the end of this posting.Long version: After the keys were separated into sets, some white keys were missing or damaged. I was able to remove damaged ivories and selected good ones by placing them in boiling water. The ivories probably were attached with hide glue, but I reattached them with polyurethane glue so I was able to have six sets of seven white and five black keys and one set with no ivories.With one of the sets of black and white keys, the color of the white keys varied so greatly. I painted them with a muslin latex enamel. Unexplainably the paint crackled on drying which gave them an aged look I decided to live with.The set with no ivories was re-veneered with iron-on birch veneer tape. Over lapping edges were trimmed, sanded, and finished with satin urethane.
I was getting fed up with the amount of time I spent looking for my keys before I left the house. So I decided to make a wall rack for them, the idea being that I hang them up on the rack so I know exactly where they are. So far it's worked!This key holder is a truly a junk project, I made it using scrap wood and rusty nails. It, however, is super cute and is supposed to look like the houses in my street. Except, of course, we don't have flowery roofs, unfortunately.To finish off I stamped my streets name onto the rack. These racks would make a lovely gift as you can personalize them by stamping on the recipient's own street/neighborhood name.
Things were getting desperate at my place. My husband and I switch cars fairly often and car keys don’t get put back in the same place. Besides, we both have our ideas on where they should be kept. I devised a solution that actually makes it fun to put the keys back in the same spot and looks pretty good too! I’ve got a thing for magnets, I guess, as you can see in my refrigerator magnet bottle opener and my refrigerator cement ball planters. They are just so handy.
Here's my entry for this week's challenge. I've had these "ingredients" for quite a while and this week's challenge was again a perfect opportunity to "get 'er done". I'll now be ready for next year's patriotic holidays.
Air vent covers aren’t built for looks. At least the builder-basic ones aren’t.We had a standard white cover on our air exchange vent in the basement.When the wall was white and it was mostly used for storage, I didn’t notice or care very much:
Who doesn't love a great thrift store find?! Whenever I get the chance to go to the local "Bargain Barn", I am never disappointed. This time around, I found a large mirror on sale, but I wasn't loving the frame. Nothing a little paint and elbow grease can't fix!
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.
After getting locked out of my house once, I vowed NEVER AGAIN! So I combined two trendy DIYs- stepping stones and mosaics- and added a secret key hider underneath. Click HERE for the full tutorial...including my secret trick for a fool proof stepping stone!
Make a festive strand of lights for game day, tailgating, a Summer party or the man cave!
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.
So many times when my husband and I get a dinner out alone, we talk about bills, work and the daily grind. This year for Valentine's Day, I thought I would plan a dinner in and make some conversation stones so that we talk about other things than what is going on day to day.
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.
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.
My sister asked if I would be able to make her a pallet daybed for her entertainment area. She wanted the daybed to be big enough for 2 people to sit comfortably on and wanted it to be sturdy. Her entertainment area is sheltered but when we get heavy rain it does get wet. That is why she chose to have the daybed made from pallets.
Do you have a few pieces of old wood laying around? Are you looking for something to do with them? Come see how to build a birdhouse with scrap wood! With a little bit of imagination, you can turn that old pile of wood into something that your bird friends will love!
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
I am so excited to share these DIY hexagon shelves that I’ve been in love with & have seen all over the internet but anything I could buy wasn’t deep enough for me. I wanted to be able to stick 6″ pots into each nook, so I came up with the idea of these oversized hexagon shelves so I’d have an excuse to buy more plants! LOL
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!
Happy May friends! I say this VERY tentatively but I think Spring might just be here – like all the way here, finally!!! Our cozy living series is back for another month with some springspiration for you. I truly hope that Spring has sprung where you are too?
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.