Category: DIY

Easy Gardening Hacks and DIYs!!

For some spring is already here, and for others spring is right around the corner.  Gardening season is quickly approaching.  Here are some easy gardening hacks and DIY’s to help make this years gardening successful!

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Make your own garden markers using stones you found outside.

Supplies:

  • Round river rocks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Scrubbie & soapy water
  • Spray paint sealant

Instructions:

  1. Wash off the river rocks with a scrubbie and soapy water.
  2. Once the rocks are clean, sit them out in the sunshine to dry.
  3. Paint river rocks with desired design and let dry.
  4. Spray the painted rocks with the spray paint sealant with up to about 5 coats.
  5. Lay out in your garden to label your plants!

 

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A terra-cotta pot filled with a mixture of sand and mineral oil makes a holder for your small gardening tools. The sand is abrasive, so it sharpens your tools. The oil in the sand keeps your tools well-lubricated, protecting them from rust and dirt build-up.

Supplies:

  • a mid-size terra-cotta pot
  • spray paint (optional)
  • pottery sealer (optional)
  • a large bucket
  • sand
  • mineral oil

Instructions

  1. Start by painting your pot (optional)
  2. Spray paint the pot with 2 coats and out to cover the pot completely.
  3. Once the paint was dry to the touch, spray a layer of pottery sealer.
  4. While the paint and sealer are drying, you can mix up your sand and oil.
  5. Pour your sand into the large bucket, along with 20-30 ounces of mineral oil. (If you can’t find plain mineral oil, you can also use baby oil – which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added!)
  6. Use a trowel or other garden tool to stir the sand and the oil together until the oil is distributed evenly throughout.
  7. If your pot has a drainage hole at the bottom, cover the hole with a couple of pieces of duct tape.
  8. Fill your pot with the oily sand, and lightly pack it down.

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Coffee grounds keep pests away and also enriches the soil!!

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Use an old milk jug for a makeshift watering can!

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Sprouting your seeds 24 hours in advance helps the plants ready to take root and grow strong.

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Catalog your seeds in a photo album.

 

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Place washed, dried, and crushed eggshells around the base of your plans to protect them from insects and nourish the soil with calcium!!

 

Creative Jewelry Organization Ideas

It is a very common occurrence in my house to have a lack of organization in the jewelry department.  My necklaces are always in a knot and I am notorious for only knowing where one earring is.  If you are in the same boat, I hope this post will help you with one idea or the combination of a few to make jewelry organization cute as much as it is practical.

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Picture frame & Chicken wire

This is pretty easy.  Mount chicken wire with a staple gun onto the back of a picture frame.  Add knobs at the bottom of the frame for added storage.

 

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Peg board jewelry organizer

This one is pretty simple!! You will have to buy the desired amount of peg board and hooks.  Mount the pegboard on the wall as in the instructions, hang your pegs and hooks, and hang your jewelry and you are set!! Organize and reorganize because this is a pretty versatile set up!

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I thought this is so cute for a more vintage look! Spray paint a stand up cheese grater with the color of your choice and let dry.  Hang your earrings in the holes and rest your necklaces on top!

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Here is a very non expensive idea! Find a twig that you really like and mount it on the wall with small hooks and hang your jewelry on the twig! This one is my favorite idea!

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This idea can be a little more on the pricey side but I think it is so cute. You can use small pastry molds for your jewelry in your drawers.  Organize by color, size, or style and you are set!!

Recipes: 7 Ways to Eat Waffles for Dinner!

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Recipes: 7 Ways to Eat Waffles for Dinner!

Waffles are awesome for breakfast, but what about dinner or lunch? In our family, we love to experiment with these waffles and make delicious and unique dishes. If you’re like me and absolutely love waffles, then be sure to check out these recipes below:

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffle Melts:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Layers™ refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 biscuits)
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins™ Chili Powder
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pickled sliced jalapeño chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup chunky-style salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 medium green onions with tops, chopped (1/4 cup)

Pizza Waffles:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
  • 8 slices (1 oz each) mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 2 cups Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce

Buffalo Chicken Waffles:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers original refrigerated biscuits
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cooked, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)

PB & J Waffle Sandwiches:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated original biscuits
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh fruit (such as strawberries, peach slices, grapes)

Waffle Bacon Cheeseburgers:

  • 2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
  • 8 slices (1 oz each) Cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, halved

Tex-Mex Waffle Tacos:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! flaky layers refrigerated original biscuits
  • 4 cups purchased chili, heated
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 1 jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

Grands!® Jr. Honey Ham Waffle Sandwiches:

  • 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Layers® refrigerated honey butter biscuits
  • 10 slices (2/3 oz each) Muenster cheese
  • 5 oz very thinly sliced cooked ham (from deli)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sweet honey mustard

What are your favorite recipes involving waffles? Out of these options, my family really enjoys the waffle sandwiches. Find these recipes and more here!

DIY | COPPER PIPE PINEAPPLE MIRROR

This is SO cute!

DIY | COPPER PIPE PINEAPPLE MIRROR

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Supplies:
-pine oval plaque-9″ x 12″ x .63″
-oval glass mirror w/scalloped edge 8″ x 10″
-3/8″ x 2′ type L, hard length copper pipe
-pipe cutter
-super glue
-copper metallic paint
-foam brush
-pen
-power drill
-3/16″ drill bit
-5/16″ drill bit
-3/8″ drill bit
-sawtooth picture hanger
-hammer

Thanks to A Beautiful Mess for teaching us this trick!

Lemon Sugar Scrub DIY!

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Lemon Sugar Scrub DIY!

Sugar scrubs can be so pricey at your local stores! So, why not make your own at home? It’s simple, inexpensive, and only takes 5 mintues! My family tried this recipe below, this weekend and loved it! Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ¾ – 1 c. granulated white sugar
  • 2-4 drops yellow or red food coloring depending on which batch you make
  • 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil or 10-15 drops Raspberry or Vanilla Extract

This Lemon Sugar Scrub will make a great gift and a treat to yourself or others! Let us know how yours turned out, we love to hear from our readers. For additional directions on how to make this scrub, visit the Reason To Skip The Housework Webpage!

Easy DIY Pom Pom Garland

I think this is the CUTEST look! You can use this to decorate for any holiday, birthday, or bedroom.  This DIY pom pom garland is such a great look year round. I have found a easy tutorial to help you get started.

 

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Supplies:

  • Wool or Yarn in various colors. We used pink, dark pink and white.
  • Wool to string your pom-poms onto – you might like to use twine or embroidery thread
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fork
  • Darning needle

First thing to do is to make your pompoms. I enlisted my daughters help and we both got busy and made a bunch of pom-poms. Unfortunately I ended up making all the pompoms on my own as my little helper would only make them if they were in her favourite color blue, she wouldn’t go anywhere near the pink.

Making pompoms is pretty easy as you can see from our little ‘how to make a pom-pom’ guide below.

Instructions to making a basic mini pom-pom:

  1. Basically, you take your yarn and wind it around the tines of your fork. About 50 to 90 times depending on the thickness of your wool.
  2. Cut a length of yarn about 10cm long.
  3. Tie the length of yarn tightly around the center. (I like to tie it once as tight as I can, but before I knot the length I slip the pompom off the fork and then pull the length tighter again. Then I complete the knot)
  4. Take your sharp scissors and cut through the loops.
  5. Now you need to tidy up your pompom with your scissors. You will take off quite a bit of wool so don’t worry too much if it feels like you’re trimming more than you should.
  6. Stop trimming when you have a nice round shaped ball.

Assemble your Pom-pom Garland

When you have made at least a dozen pom-poms, use a needle and thread to thread them onto a length of yarn spacing them evenly. For these sized pompoms I like to leave a gap of around 12cm between each one. Ensure that you leave approx 30cm of yarn at each end for hanging.

These garlands are really versatile and you can use them to brighten up any room. After the party you can reuse it to dress your window, mantle, walls. A Christmas themed garland would look fantastic on your Christmas tree.

thanks, Jellyfishprints!

Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet DIY Coasters!

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Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet DIY Coasters!

My husband and I love to collect different nerdy mugs and glasses. Every time we visit somewhere, we buy a mug from that state or country. So, my husband and I searched for a inexpensive coaster DIY idea and found one! Your guests will absolutely love these and ask how you made them! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • wood craft sticks
  • 1/2″ square balsa wood rod (look in the wood section at your hobby store)
  • pliers with wire cutting blade
  • craft knife
  • sand paper
  • hot glue gun
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge

Let us know what you thought of this DIY and how yours turned out! This is such a cute craft idea, so do not miss out.  For additional directions on how to make this coaster, visit the Washi Tape Crafts Webpage!