DIY Upcycled Washi Tape Planter

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DIY Easy Upcycled Planter - Made with Washi Tape and an Empty Vinegar ContainerI use so many gallon sized containers of vinegar every month – for everything from a homemade after shower spray to a natural and inexpensive laundry softener – that I wanted to  figure out something I could actually use these plastic containers for rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin. One of the quickest and easiest ways I thought of to upcycle these containers is to re-use them as pots for plants.

To make these pots, simply cut off the top of the container with sharp scissors – I used a knife to get started – wash thoroughly, then wrap with strips of your favorite washi tape. You can also make a small drain hole in the bottom if needed. Leave some of the plastic on your new pot exposed and you’ll be able to tell by how dark the soil is, whether or not it’s time to water.

I put one of my pepper plants in my pot while it’s waiting to be transplanted into the garden. However, these would be perfect for using container succulent gardens and for planting your favorite flowers and annual herbs.

Once I have three more of these vinegar containers emptied and ready for upcycing, I’m planning to use them with a dowel and eye hooks to create some new wall storage in my office.

Looking for more ways to re-use everyday containers? Be sure to check out my DIY Storage Box Organizer as well as my post on Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things. You can also follow me on Pinterest!

How do you recycle and upcycle everyday plastic containers?

DIY Herb Garden Markers – Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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Herb Garden Markers DIY - Upcycled Craft Project Made From Popsicle Sticks and Washi Tape - Easy Craft for Kids and Homemade Mother's Day Gift IdeaWith spring in full force and planting underway, now is the perfect time to whip up some garden markers for your new plants! This herb garden marker is so easy to make with materials you probably already have on hand. Plus, they’re simple enough the kids can craft some for all of mom’s favorite plants as a homemade Mother’s Day gift!

Herb Garden Marker Craft Project

Materials for making your own diy herb garden markersWhat you need:

popsicle sticks, one for each marker
scissors
washi tape
packing tape
permanent marker

Homemade Thyme Garden Marker - Homemade Mother's Day Gift Idea Even the Kids Can Craft

What you do:

Start by cutting the bottom end of each popsicle stick into a point. Then wrap the top section of the popsicle sticks with washi tape. I used complimentary patterns and colors of washi tape for my thyme herb marker, using a solid color of washi tape where I wanted to write the name of the plant. I used scissors to cut around the top edge of the popsicle stick for a cleaner look. Then I simply wrote the name of the herb onto the washi tape with a permanent marker.

Once I had the garden marker the way I wanted, I covered the washi tape decorated portion of the marker if packaging tape and then cut around the popsicle stick to seal it from rain. Alternately, should have some on hand, you could also seal the garden marker with a clear, outdoor acrylic sealer.

Handmade Garden Marker DIY - How to Make Simple Herb Garden Markers with Washi TapeAll that’s left is to place your garden markers in your garden by their corresponding plants or into pots of plants you plan to gift.

DIY Garden Planner to Organize the Perfect Garden

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I have discovered so many wonderful new blogs lately, but one that really stands out is Punk Projects. Written by 20 year old Katie – doodler, biker, dog lover, tea lover and Star Trek geek – Punk Projects is where she shares her tutorials and favorite crafty finds.
DIY Garden Planner - Organize and Plan Your Perfect Garden for Spring with this Scrapbooking Project
I most recently fell in love with Katie’s DIY Garden Planner! She made hers with some super fun scrapbook papers and her imagination and a handy dandy sewing machine to make pockets for keeping seeds and such. This would be a great family project for a first time garden – or your first time gardener! (And spring is right around the corner!) You can find Katie’s garden planner tutorial at Punk Projects. You may also want to check out Katie’s DIY Seed Tape and Dinosaur Plant Markers. (They’d both make fun weekend family projects.) I also think her Recycled Cardboard Tree Stumps are pretty nifty!
What are some of your favorite, newly discovered blogs?

DIY Edible Birdhouse Winter Craft Project and Gift Idea for Bird Lovers

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Learn how to make a DIY edible birdhouse to feed the birds in your yard throughout the cold, winter season. This easy to make DIY edible birdhouse makes a great DIY winter craft project for bird lovers as well as unique homemade gift idea for nature lovers! It’s filled with edible dried fruits, nuts and seeds that birds love.

handmade edible birdhouse to feed birds in winter

My friend, Brian, who sells his pottery and photos down on the Roanoke City Market made this stunning DIY edible birdhouse. He’s been selling them like hotcakes all season long as homemade Christmas gifts. You can buy the top selling versions of this edible birdhouse from a long established company for around $70. Or you can make your own DIY edible birdhouse. Lucky for you, Brian – who retails his birdhouse for $45 each – was kind enough to share how he makes these DIY edible birdhouses for your fellow fowl.

homemade birdhouse with edible dried fruits, nuts and seeds

How to Make a DIY Edible Birdhouse

If you are quick you can craft one of these DIY edible birdhouses to give as a last minute homemade gift idea for a garden lover or bird watcher. These make stunning DIY gifts year round for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or any other gift occasion and make a great DIY spring craft project.To start you’ll first need to buy an unfinished wooden birdhouse from a craft store. Drill two holes in the top of the birdhouse and string thin rope or heavy ribbon or twine through the holes and knot securely in a loop. This allows the birdhouse to be hung in a tree or another favorite location.

Next, gather all of your edible ingredients you’d like to include on the birdhouse for the birds to eat. You can buy birdseed and millet in bulk as well as apples and oranges. For the apples, slice then soak in lemon juice and salt so they don’t brown then dry in an oven on low heat. For oranges, simply slice and dry in the oven. You can also use dried fruits you’ve purchased including cranberries, pineapples and raisins – even coconut!

Once you have all of the ingredients to go onto your birdhouse, you’ll need to make the paste to adhere them to the birdhouse base. To make the paste, combine 3 Cups Wheat Flour, 2 Cup Waters, and 3/4 Cup Honey. If honey is too expensive in your area, you can substitute it with corn syrup. You can multiply or divide this recipe to make more or less of the paste depending on how many houses you plan to make.

Now that your paste is made, all that is left is to apply the paste to the birdhouse and press the seeds and dried fruits into the paste! Allow to dry, add some decorative ribbon and a gift tag, and present to your recipient!

Edible birdhouse covered in seeds, nuts and dried fruit

If you like my winter craft project for making a DIY edible birdhouse, then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest for later.

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DIY Summer Craft Projects: 15 Fun Craft Projects for Summer

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Summer is here! And while the heat may be a little insane already – we’re expecting 100 degree weather here in Southwestern Virginia this weekend – it’s the perfect excuse to whip up some amazing summer craft projects. Following are a few of my favorite DIY summer craft projects to not only keep you busy, but to help make summer that much more enjoyable!
DIY summer craft projects
Other DIY summer craft projects you can make include:
For more fun DIY craft projects, visit these boards on Pinterest: Jonesing for Crafts, DIY Bath and Body, Gardening, Printables, A DIY Summer, Fashion Forward DIY, and DIY for Wee Ones.
What types of craft projects do you like to work on during the summer season?