Potted Porch Plants and Window Box Tips and Ideas

Want to add curb appeal and interest to your home? Now it’s as easy as adding fun porch plants or window boxes to add that “pop.” Have fun creating dynamic set ups with colorful flowers and plants that will add liveliness to your curb appeal. Here are some ideas and tips to create wonderful porch plants and window boxes.

Potted Porch Plants:

1. Add a Pop of Color/Use Different Shapes and Sizes
Whether you are going for a more traditional or modern look, it’s always a good idea to experiment with color, textures, shapes, and sizes when making your potted porch plants. Find the perfect planters that match your personal style and have fun creating your dynamic porch plants. Mix and match styles, heights, and color for really interesting porch plants like some of these set-ups!

2. Get Creative with Planters
You don’t have to stick with using typical planters for your porch plants. Instead get creative and go on a hunt for interesting pieces that could serve as a planter. Do you have colorful and modern planters sitting around? Or can you find a cool vintage tin container at a flea market? Don’t be afraid to use artifacts that might not be considered proper planters. Check out some of these amazing porch planters for some inspiration!

3. Plant more than Flowers
Flowers are always the perfect go-to plants to use for your planters. However, you can also easily use other plants to your advantage. Instead opt to plant herbs that you could use in your recipes! Look at this idea, which is perfect for a back porch!

4. Have fun with Seasonal Plants
Porch plants don’t have to be reserved for the spring and summer seasons. Have fun with porch plants all year round and add curb appeal with your seasonal porch plants. Plant and decorate for the different seasons and your planters will be a focal point all year long.

Window boxes:

1. Get Colorful
Just like potted porch plants you’ll want to experiment with color and texture. Going with a non-traditional color will definitely add bold curb appeal. However, if you are going for a more traditional look, feel free to get colorful with your flower and plant choice instead. Also, make sure to install window boxes correctly! Here’s how you can properly install window boxes!

2. Get Creative
Don’t get caught up making window boxes that are typical in their design. Get creative just like you did with your potted porch plants and find interesting pieces that could serve as window boxes! Not only will your displays stand out for being unique, but they will also be beautiful as well.

3. Mix up Flowers and Plants
Mix and match flowers and plants within your window boxes for maximum curb appeal. Check out some of these amazing window box displays for inspiration. Get a range of plants that vary in color and height and arrange accordingly! You’ll have eye-catching window boxes in no time!

How to Start a Garden for the Summer

Savor the summer and pick up a fun and healthy hobby through gardening! With the weather warming up, it’s about time to start planting and reaping the rewards of having your own garden. If you don’t have a lot of yard space, don’t worry. There are easy solutions that will allow you to garden. Here are some tips on how to start a small garden for the summer.

Determine What to Plant
Before you start anything for your garden, you’ll want to determine what you are going to plant. Many first time gardeners get excited at the prospects that gardening has to offer. However, don’t plant too much! It’s better to start small if you’re gardening for the first time. In order to determine what you are going to plant think about what and how much your family will eat. Also, remember the amount that each plant produces. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers provide throughout the season while carrots and corn only produce once. So plant accordingly!

Here are the best starter plants for the first time gardener:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon (if you have enough space)

Determine How Much Space Your Need
For first time gardeners you won’t need too much space, but if you garden every season then you should already know the amount of space you need. Also, if you are tight on yard space don’t worry! Try planting your garden in containers in a place that gets plenty of sun, like a deck!

Pick the Perfect Spot
There are only three basic requirements for a successful garden: a spot that’s full of sun, plenty of water, and great soil. Again, the size of your garden doesn’t matter. If your garden has these three essentials it will flourish! Because you are focusing mostly on warm-season vegetables they need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a space that gets enough sun you could always grow leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach. Water is just as important as sunlight. To make gardening easier on yourself plant your veggies as close to a source of water as possible. However, the most important aspect of gardening is your soil. You’ll want moist, well-drained soil for the best outcome.

Layout Your Vegetable Garden
Your garden’s layout will depend on what type of garden you’ve decided to build. For raised garden beds or containers, you’ll want to make easy plant combinations for easy harvesting due to the small space. Try planting tomatoes with oregano and bell peppers, or arugula with romaine lettuce. Whatever you’ve determined to plant layout your garden accordingly.

Examine Your Soil
Soil is one of the most important things when it comes to a successful garden. Make sure to examine it before you finally plant. Soak the soil and get a handful of soil to examine. Next, squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, add organic matter or compost to improve drainage. Then open your hand to see how the soil reacts. If the soil doesn’t form a ball or falls apart its too sandy. If a ball holds together and takes a lot of effort to breakdown there is too much clay in your soil. You’ll want the ball to break into cake-like crumbs for the best results.

Plant and Feed
Finally you can plant your vegetables! Plant based on the preexisting layouts you determined and have fun! Once you’re done planting, make sure your veggies get a steady supply of water, about an inch of water a week.

For more in-depth gardening tips, click here! Also, if you’re looking to garden all year long here’s a great garden calendar to follow!

Create a DIY Headboard

Do you feel like your bedroom is lacking a little something? That you room isn’t as dynamic as you want it to be. You don’t have to redesign the whole bedroom if you feel this way. You can easily make your room more dynamic by doing simple DIY projects throughout the room!

The best place to start to make your room dynamic is with the headboard of your bed. Your bed is the main focal point of your room so by creating a new headboard could take your room to the next level. Below is a list of tips to help you through the DIY process for making a headboard.

Pick a Style/Theme
There’s most likely a style or theme to your bedroom already so you might want to stick with a similar theme. However, before you make the final decision explore the vast array of options you have. Browse on Pinterest to get inspiration and ideas. Play with different textures and colors or even fabrics. Have fun and don’t be afraid to mix and match, you might find that a different style headboard will make your room “pop.”

Get Crafty
When doing any DIY project it’s important to stay crafty throughout the whole process. You’ll never know what your craftiness will lead to, which is extremely fun and exciting. Look around your house and see what’s sitting around not being used. Those materials could become a main feature in you new headboard!

Go to Local Flea Market
If you don’t have any resources lying around your house that inspire you don’t worry, there’s an easy solution. Local flea markets are the perfect place to pick up beautiful pieces to incorporate into your headboard design. There are always a vast array of items and materials to choose from, and don’t forget different styles as well. From farmhouse chic to industrial style, going to a local flea market is a surefire way to find materials for you DIY headboard.

Revamp and Refurbish
If you don’t feel confident in your crafting skills you can easily give your existing headboard a “make over.” That’s right, you don’t have to start from scratch when making your DIY headboard! Instead, you can revamp and refurbish your existing headboard to your liking.

Build it Yourself
When creating your DIY headboard don’t be afraid to start from scratch. If you’re having trouble finding existing pieces to use you can easily build a headboard yourself. There are a multitude of helpful videos and tutorials to guide you through the process. So pick you style, design your ideal headboard, and get building!

DIY Pebble Bathroom Mat or Teak Board

Are you looking to spruce up your bathroom but don’t know what to do? Well why not add a new bathroom mat or teak board to liven up the space? These two DIY projects are becoming extremely popular and add that spa like atmosphere to your bathroom. So here is what you’ll need for each project and how to build them.

Pebble Bathroom Mat
This bathroom mat is more of a craftier DIY than the teak board. All you need are a few materials and an hour or two to make your pebble bathroom mat. The best thing about this project is that you don’t have to use it in your bathroom! It could easily be a used as a front entrance mat too!

Materials;

  • Rubber Floor Mat
  • Garden Pebbles (also known as River Pebbles)
  • 5-minute Epoxy

Step 1: Pick the color of rocks you want to use. Do you want a modern feel? Go with black, white, and grays. Do you want a rustic feel? Go for browns and reds.
Step 2: Clean and dry the surface of each rock to ensure that they are clean and easy to work with.
Step 3: Spread 5-minute Epoxy on the rock and mix the hardener and resin together for about a minute.
Step 4: Place the rock on the rubber floor mat in the position you want it and hold it down for about 3-5 minutes.
Step 5: Repeat the first three steps until the whole mat is finished. Make sure to watch your placement of the rocks to make your mat more dynamic.
Step 6: Place your mat in the bathroom or at your front entrance once it has finished drying and enjoy!

Teak Board
Materials:

  • Wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or hand saw
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Sander (if you don’t want to sand by hand)
  • Drill
  • Nails
  • Watco Teak Oil Finish
  • Paint brush or rag

Step 1: Cut the board into 30” pieces and pick a width you want them to be.
Step 2: From the remaining wood, cut three pieces of wood that are 1.75” wide and the length you want your teak board to be.
Step 3: Sand all the pieces of wood. This process will smooth the wood and ease the edges with your progressive sanding. Start 120-grit sandpaper and rough sand all the pieces. Then continue with 180-grit sandpaper and finish off with 220-grit sandpaper for a fine sand.
Step 4: Arrange all wooden slats to your liking. Make sure the bottom sides of the slats are facing up. Feel free add spacing between each slat. The spacing depends on what you want your teak board to look like. If you want spacing, the usual space is 3/8” apart, but feel free to experiment to get the look you desire.
Step 5: Once you’ve decided the spacing of your slats, grab your wood glue and dab glue on each slat one inch from the edge.
Step 6: Place the bottom support piece (the three pieces you cut 1.75” wide) over the glue and nail them down. Make sure to keep all the slats even during this process.
Step 7: Repeat for the other side and center support piece.
Step 8: Let the glue dry and then apply the finish you desire on the board and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 9: Enjoy!

If you need any further instruction or help click here.

Creative DIY Ways to Light Up Your home

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These outdoor lanterns look chic and work extremely well! All you need to make this a reality in your home is some spare glassware, an old tuna can, hammer and nail, a pair or broom stick, some spray-paint in the color of your choice, and about 20 minutes! These lights work great for lining a walk way to an entrance, or just as added light in a backyard. Check out the step by step instructions here: http://bit.ly/1fuYImo

fairy light

Mason jars are being used for everything nowadays, so why not use them to light up your home? These “fairy light” jars have been a hit on the internet and can be used in any space you see fit. They work perfectly for a dimly lit living room or a romantic dinner, as well as being great night-lights for the kids, and an activity you can all have fun doing together! To make these functional and pretty, it takes a mere 15 minutes and barely costs anything at all. Find the step by step here: http://bit.ly/2qAbu2J

cup lamp

This next creative way to light up your home is one of the least expensive options, and also one of the coolest looking. Any overhead light can quickly be turned into a conversation starter with just some plastic cups of your choosing, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks. This is certainly an attention-getter in any home. We recommend using fluorescent light bulbs, or a light not directly touching the bulb, so as to keep the heat away from the plastic cups. When done right this installment looks beautiful and can transform a room or foyer. Find the instructions here: http://bit.ly/2qAbsYD

mson jawn

This next DIY way to light your home is a little more involved than the past few, but well worth the work. Mason jars will work beautifully with any hanging lights you have in your home. The rainbow mason jar chandeliers are available for purchase for as much as $240 dollars, but by this DIY tutorial costs about $30 dollars. This stunning chandelier would make a beautiful addition to a child’s bedroom or playroom. Find out how it’s done and more here: http://bit.ly/2pdIVDa

lego lmap

Our final installment of these creative DIY lights is our personal favorite. All you need to make this project a reality is a LEGO set of your choosing, a lamp that needs revitalizing, and a little time! If you have kids this will be a perfect craft project for you and your family. Start by building a base, and then build your way up creating whatever design you choose. The best thing about this DIY is that the kids can participate and add their own personal flare to the project! Once you’re finished, turn on the light and watch the colorful light come pouring out from the lampshade you created. This project will change the atmosphere of any room it’s in and add a unique touch to a child’s bedroom! Find the instructions for this LEGO lamp here: http://bit.ly/1mjzJFt

DIY Stone Bath Mat

pebble bath mat

Create a one of a kind, pebble bath mat in just a few simple steps! All your need is a rubber welcome mat, bags of river rocks, and contact cement.

You simply lay down the glue on the mat and arrange the rocks however you want them. Working your way from the center all the way out will be the easiest and you should let it sit for 24 hours before use. Place them in a pattern or make them look organic, you decide! It feels great on your bare feet and the rocks get beautifully glossy when they’re wet! And don’t worry, they aren’t slippery like you would expect them to be, making it a good bath mat.

DIY Cheap & Fashionable Headboards

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Headboards can be very expensive to buy, so why not just make one yourself? For a lot less money and with some simple supplies, you can make a one of a kind headboard that will look great behind your bed. Here are various ideas and styles to create your own personalized headboard in no time:

  1. The first headboard can be created from less than $100 and a trip to your local home store. On medium-density fiberboard, draw a shape/design as wide as the mattress and 40 inches tall then cut it out. With wood glue, cover the medium-density fiberboard with a beaded board cut in the same shape. Glue pieces of veneer over rough edges, use trim to put on the top edge and paint the entire headboard. Wait for it to dry, then mount it! You can use whatever color, pattern and shape you want with medium-density fiberboard to create your headboard. Play around with shapes, research some styles until you find something you like.
  2. Instead of making a headboard that’s the size of your bed, use the whole wall as a headboard. This can be done with wooden planks by measuring the wall to see how long the planks have to be and how many you’ll need to cover the wall from top to bottom. Start at the top by drilling a plank on the wall closest to the ceiling, making sure its secure. Work your way down until the wall is covered. You may have to cut a plank horizontally once you get to the bottom.
  3. An easy way to enhance a metal headboard is by draping fabric over it. You can use yardage, woven floor cloth, a blanket, etc. Clip both sides of the fabric of your choice with curtain rings and use ribbon to tie a bow around the existing metal bed frame. Now you’ve dressed up a plain, boring frame into a unique headboard in minutes!
  4. Rather than building a headboard, paint one on the wall. You can use whatever pattern, color or shape you want but one helpful tip is to use a rubber roller that is engraved with a wood-grain pattern; so easy! Line the area where you’ll be painting with painter’s tape. Paint a base coat of the color you want it to be then let it dry. Mix 4 parts glaze medium with 1 part paint of a darker color Paint on the glaze mix using the wood-graining tool and following the manufacturer’s instructions of rocking the tool back and forth as you pull it across the surface. Let it dry, remove the tape and you have a headboard!
  5. A storage headboard can be made using old dresser draws. As pictured above, you can stack them with the inside of the drawer facing outward, to be able to store decorations in them. Plan your layout on the floor until its just right, screw the pieces together. You can also cut out plywood doors like in the picture to fit a few drawer openings and screw them with hinges. Give it a few coats of paint or wallpaper the drawer backs and doors to enhance your headboard, then hang it using some 1×4-inch cleats.

If you’re up for the challenge to create your own headboard, use one of these great ideas to get you started! You’ll love your personalized headboard and all the money you save from it. For even more DIY headboard ideas, click here.

23 Creative Ways to Repurpose Plastic Bottles

Stockholm, Sweden – July 04, 2015: Recycle or up cycle in the garden. Here are four PET bottles with cut bottoms and hung upside down with soil inside. Wild strawberries grow fine in these.

Aside from separating your trash and recycling plastic that way, there are endless options to repurpose your plastic bottles, from gardening to decorating to even organizing your knick-knacks!

1. Here’s a new way to garden, use plastic bottles as planters by turning them sideways and hanging them along a wall or gate! You can create a unique vertical garden at a small cost with all sorts of plants.

2. Another surprising, yet useful way to reuse plastic bottles is by decorating a chandelier. By cutting off the bottoms of plastic bottles and bringing them together, you can create a one of a kind chandelier that looks elegant with a unique texture.

3. The same thing can be done with plastic spoons on a lamp! By taking off the handles, placing the spoon tops downward and overlapping on a bottle that you can hang on a light bulb can give it a great look.

4. Again with the bottoms of plastic bottles you can create a jewelry stand, who would have thought? By turning them upside down except the bottom one and putting a small metal prong through the middle, it can create the perfect place to store all of your small pieces of jewelry.

5. For those of you who are into the outdoors, plastic bottles can also be made into a beautiful bird feeder! With the help of some spoons, you can poke holes into the bottle to let the bird food come out and stick spoons in the holes to catch the food. Just simply hang the bottle by a string on a tree, put the food in, and let the birds enjoy.

For more ways to reuse plastic along with pictures, click here.