Showing posts with label garden crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden crafts. Show all posts

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Adorable kawaii unicorn craft project - turn an empty jar into a rainbow unicorn. It's the perfect unicorn gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff!
If you love rainbow unicorns, you will LOVE this adorable kawaii unicorn craft!

Hi Creative Green Living friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a super fun kawaii unicorn craft with you. Rainbow unicorns are the most magical creatures. So, of course when looking for inspiration for my latest recycled craft, I went in a kawaii unicorn direction.

Inspired by the magical rainbow unicorn, and this unicorn mason jar succulent planter takes the prize for "most coveted" of unicorn crafts. It would make the perfect gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff. 

Hosting a unicorn party? Make a bunch of these rainbow unicorn mason jar planters and use them as party decorations. They double as the perfect unicorn party favor!

This project is easy to make in an afternoon and a fun craft for tweens and teens. Absolutely adorable, and when you see how simple it is, you'll be kawaii unicorn crazy, too!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I love you plant marker recycled craft idea

This clever recycled craft idea lets you turn empty tin can lids into adorable plant markers. Use them as garden markers to help you remember what you planted where. You can also stamp other messages onto the lids to make them into a combination plant marker and gift tag. Tell a teacher "You're the best!" or tell mom "Happy Mother's Day". Giving a plant to someone who has a bit of a brown thumb? Maybe try a cheeky "Water me!" along with a second tag telling them the type of plant it is.
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Friday, March 23, 2018

learn how to make a fairy house
Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here

This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game with a DIY fairy house that I made myself. 

But this isn't just any fairy house! This fairy house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! 

The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day--and then at night, the windows of the fairy house will glow! Sweet!
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rock painting is the hot new hobby of 2017. Many people who are not crafty or who have never painted before want to get involved. I love that! As new crafters are flocking to rock painting forums everywhere, people are asking How do I get started painting rocks? Or What is the best paint for painting rocks?

As a lifelong crafter, avid rock painter and professional craft tutorial writer I felt pretty well equipped to answer this question! 

This is my ultimate guide to getting started rock painting including a list of my favorite tools and paints for painting rocks.

If you are interested in learning more about the hide-and-seek rock game that people are playing with their painted rocks, check out this article on I Love Painted Rocks: How to Play the Hide and Seek Rock Game.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Has your family caught on to the rock painting or "kindness rocks" craze? 

We love to paint rocks so when I got a chance to play with the new Martha Stewart Marbling Medium a couple weeks ago, my first idea was to try it on rocks and I LOVE how they turned out! 
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Guardians of the Galaxy craft: How to make a baby groot chia pet inspired planter
Is a Groot Chia Pet on your Christmas wish list? If you love baby Groot and are dying to grow your own chia pet style Groot planter, I have a super fun DIY project for you!

This is a super unique recycled craft - I'll bet you've never imagined using toilet paper rolls quite this way!

I love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The baby version of him makes his sacrifice in the first movie so fun. He didn't die and we get to enjoy a cuter version for a while.

I love at the end credits of the first movie to see him dancing in the planter to the music. 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aren't cassette tapes the coolest?  They bring back some fabulous childhood memories.  Making mixed tapes of all the best songs by recording the radio. Rewinding, untangling that tape, and the inevitable glitches mid-song from a snagged tape. My children will never understand the wonders of the cassette tape.  Did you ever use cassettes? Do you still have some hanging around?  They are the perfect recycled craft medium for this fun planter. I got a bunch from my church when they were getting rid of the antiquated technology.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017


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When we bought "The Farmhouse" two winters ago, we had big plans for the backyard. Last year we had our first summer here and the only change we made to the outdoors was digging a French drain to keep our sideyard from flooding. Necessary but not very exciting.

Now that the weather is warming up, I am ready to get outside and make my space more enjoyable! When Lowe's asked if I would like to partner with them to show you guys easy budget backyard makeover ideas I was all over it! I had big plans for an easy way to make my patio more livable and I really love how it turned out!
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite ways to put recycled goods to use is in the garden. It's amazing what you can upcycle into pretty, funny or quirky garden art with just a little paint, glue and imagination! Check out these great DIY ideas that you can make with anything from old tires to plastic bottles, mismatched silverware or old hubcaps!
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Sunday, October 9, 2016


If you need a way to add some green to the inside of your home, succulents are a great way to do it! Make these adorable planters out of recycled cans, burlap and lace and in just a few minutes you'll be ready with your own console table-worthy creation!

Costa Farms partnered with me on this post and provided these great succulents from their desert escape collection. Look for Costa Farms succulents at your local Home Depot and Lowe's stores.
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Monday, June 20, 2016


If you have a vegetable garden, or even a few pots of edibles, one of the best parts about summer is being able to step out the door and snip or pick fresh produce for meals. 

Salads, especially, are one of those staple main or side dishes that are perfect on hot days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Today I have a great guest post for you from Tara Nolan, the author of Raised Bed Revolution

She is going to teach you how easy it is to turn an old table or desk into  a funky cool raised bed for growing your own salad!

Carissa

One of the projects that I knew I wanted to build for Raised Bed Revolution was a salad table. 

I’d seen one in a DIY book years earlier and loved the simplicity of building a basic structure for one type of crop. 

Lettuces and other greens can grow in a pretty shallow environment, so I though I would search for a set of four funky table legs and then build an easy DIY wooden tray to secure on top of them. 

I found sets of two and three legs, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find four in the same style.

So, I adjusted my plan and started looking for tables. 

I found one with a top that was unattached. I nodded as the antique seller tried to tell me how easy it would be to nail back in place, but I knew I didn’t need that tabletop. 

When I got the table home, I tossed it aside and got to work on my salad table. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016




The school year is almost over! The weather is (finally) cooperating! It's time for all of us to get outside and start thinking about hosting an outdoor party. Probably not together in one huge group, because there are too many of us for my backyard, but we could all do it simultaneously and it would be just as fun. I did some looking recently and found a lot of easy, creative DIY projects and recipes that will help us pull off the ultimate outdoor get-together. It's all here--decorations, games, food--so kick back and start planning.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015



We are in the process of selling our townhouse and buying, what I think I will refer to as, "The Farmhouse" (although stay tuned on that one). All that to say, I anticipate the possibility of removing some doors from our new home and I think this project would be a great way to reuse them! 

Please note, if you are removing doors from your pre-1970 built home, you should absolutely test them for lead (these 3M Lead Check swabs are easy to use and don't require bringing the door anywhere or paying someone to come to your house)
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015



You get new tires for your vehicle and then what? In many places, those tires are going straight to the landfill. Instead, ask to keep your old tires and turn them into an adorable hanging planter! Tires are great for planting ornamentals - don't use them to plant edibles because they leach toxic chemicals into the soil that you don't want to eat! Since these planters just have flowers (and a friendly garden gnome!), this is the perfect way to use them.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015



Fairy gardens are super trendy this year. I totally get the appeal - I love the idea of creating inviting little spaces for garden fairies to lounge in. I suppose they are kind of like beneficial insects - minus the carnivorous bug eating?

If you want to get in on the fairy garden trend, no need to be scared. Simple fairy gardens are very easy to put together by yourself or with kids. Come see how I made mine! 


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015



You may have seen an idea making the rounds on Pinterest - water your plants while you are away on vacation with an old wine, beer or water bottle. This is a great way to water your plants. It's also not very cute:


I don't know about you, but I don't think having beer bottles sticking out of my plant pots is the best look. Beyond the looks issue, I also wanted a more long term solution. I supposed it doesn't matter if your plants look un-classy if you aren't home to see it (like when on vacation) - but if I have to look at it every day, I want it to be cuter. With two small kids at home, plant watering can take a back seat. With my waterer, I can fill it once every 2-3 days and my plants stay happy. Plus I think it's super cute! 

Here's how I made it:


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Monday, May 25, 2015



While I almost exclusively use my refillable water bottle to drink from, I occasionally find myself with a leftover disposable one on my hands. 

If you have leftover water bottles, you and your kids can turn them into pretty yard art with a few simple supplies. 

As an added bonus, it will help your kids with their scissor skills as well (you know, in a productive way).

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Monday, May 18, 2015



This is the last week of school for my oldest. To say thank you to his teachers and principal, we decided to give plants - because unlike mugs (ahem), you can never have too many plants! These same gifts are perfect to give as hostess gifts, volunteer appreciation or as a thank you to just about anyone! You can use just just about any herb or flower and personalize it with colors and more. 


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015



Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 2! Yesterday, I showed you how to make an a super cute giftable plant container. It's a quick and easy way to dress up a small plant or flowers to give as a gift! If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:


What's this Craft Lightning business? Glad you asked! This week, with the help of my friends Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie of The Country Chic Cottage I'm going to bring you a new recycled craft each day PLUS feature 8 other recycled crafts. Its a veritable recycled crafting extravaganza!

Today I have easy to make plant markers using clothespins. They even coordinate well with the planter we made yesterday to make a super cute gift.


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Thursday, March 12, 2015



I love crafting with recycled cans and wind chimes are one of my  favorite things to make with them! (check out my Fourth of July Wind Chime and my Halloween Ghost Wind Chime posts!) 

Wind chimes are fun projects to make with kids and a fun way to decorate your porch or garden. Make this rainbow wind chime for St. Patrick's day, to celebrate the arrival of spring (AKA "rainbow season") or just because!


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