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DIY-ify: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Trend: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Ok guys, the first day of Spring is TOMORROW. The weather here in Portland has been weird and almost Spring-like for the past month. We’ve been working like crazy in our backyard and can’t wait to start planting the garden. Today I’ve gathered some wonderful Garden DIY Ideas from around the internet to share with you. These bloggers have some great ideas to get your Spring started.

 

Herb garden coffee table DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Mini Live Succulent Wreath tutorial, the La Crema Blog.

Super simple outdoor DIY seating, from Lena Sekine.

Simple Vertical Trellis Garden, from BHG.

Chandelier Candler Holder Makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

Make a handmade outdoor chaise lounge for under $35, from Ana White.

Handmade Painted Trellis DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

DIY Color Blocked Garden Markers, from Sarah Hearts.

 

How to build a garden box, from The Paper Mama.

DIY Outdoor Terra Cotta Storage Side Table, from 17 Apart.

Create these garden gifts: Little Egg Succulent Planters, from The Paper Mama.

Recycled Barrel Planter DIY, on Design Sponge from Centsational Girl.

 Who else is ready for Spring?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the photos from the first image are from: BHGA Beautiful MessLa Crema Blog, and Sarah Hearts


Hi! I’m Victoria Hudgins, author of A Subtle Revelry, and I am excited to give you a sneak peek into our new book, Materially Crafted, today.

 

What I love about this book is the awesome impact it will have on all your crafting and DIY projects. How many times have we all failed at crafting something that looked easy and beautiful in the photos? Fail no more! Walk with me through this fun journey learning everything you need to know about crafting materials. From wax to spray paint, I will explain how to work with them all in the best way – sharing my personal tips and tricks and so many great hints to make your crafting a success.

 

 

 

 

Along with the quirky spunk and awesome crafting education, Materially Crafted also hosts a number of fun projects to try out on your own. These wax tea lights are a great beginning project. They are fun to make and since you don’t have to melt the wax, they’re an easy way to create vibrant candles at home.

supplies

  • 8 x 16″ (20 x 40 cm) colorful beeswax sheets
  • Cotton tea-light wicks
  • X-Acto knife

instructions

  • Using an X-Acto knife, cut the beeswax sheets into three 4 x 2″ (10 x 5 cm) pieces per candle.
  • Make the wax malleable by warming it up in your hands for a moment. Overlap the short ends of two of the pieces slightly and press together. Add the third piece in the same manner to connect the three pieces into one long skinny piece (about 111⁄2 x 2″ [29 x 5 cm] long).
  • Press a tea-light wick into the wax at one end. Starting from that end, gently roll the wax strip tightly around the wick to form a spiral.
  • Press the end of the roll into the candle base to connect.

 

To celebrate the latest book from A Subtle Revelry, Materially Crafted, we are giving readers a chance to win one of five books.

 

To enter to win one of five copies of Materially Crafted, comment below telling us what craft project you plan on making next! To get another entry, follow Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter @BHG and tweet using #BHGRevelrySweepstakes. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/03/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 03/04/15. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.bhg.com/blogs/style-spotters-giveaways/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

See more information on the book, including details on purchasing a copy, here.

 

 

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED


Friday Finds 2.20

Spring is right around the corner! It won’t be much longer before we’re all outside, soaking up some sunshine and playing in the sand. For the few weeks of dreariness we have left, brighten things up with an at-home mani pedi. Show off some adorably painted fingers and toes this spring with these cute ideas!

 

If dark is your color, add some sparkle with this silver line nail art from Styles Time. I love the classic look mixed with a modern spin.

 

 

I love the minimalist look of this white nail with black tips I found on We Heart It. This design is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s for a glamorous night out or a day at home.

 

 

Want some more spunk? Take a look at these cuties–polka dotted chaos from Beauty High. I can’t get over how simple and colorful this style is!

 

 

I’ve always wanted to try a reverse french tip. For a good tutorial, look no further than this blue and gold beauty from The Lacquer Log. Simple and elegant, this color palette makes for timeless sophistication.

 

 

And now for my favorite: I am absolutely in love with this silver and gold style on Lulu’s. Classy but fun, this look just screams summer!

 

 

See you back here next week!

Erin


Trend: Add interest to your living room with these tutorials. 

The living room is the space that most people spend the majority of their awake time, so why not make it comfortable and lovely? You don’t need to buy expensive furniture and paint all the walls, you can really add color and pattern with the accessories. Sew your own curtains and throw, build some triangle shelves, or you could paint your own rug and pillows. All of the tutorials below are very budget friendly. Enjoy!

 

Triangle shelves would be so cute in any living room, from Whimsy Darling.

Make this wonderful copper tubing table, from The House That Lars Built.

Paint a dropcloth to make a new rug, from Nellie Bellie.

This beautiful coffee table is made from pallets, on The Merrythought.

This handmade Spring Throw is lovely and easy to sew, from Design Mom.

Paint some pre made pillows, from Burlap and Lace.

Make your own artwork with paint drips, on BHG.

 Make this acrylic curtain rod, from A Storied Style.

Sew up some colorful curtains to dress up the window, from Bright Bazaar.

Add some plant life to your living space with these cute painted pickle jar planters, from Hibrid.

 

Do you have any living room update plans?

- Chelsey


Organize With This: DIY Storage!

I have always been a bit of a storage “junkie” as one would say.  Not only do I love the process of organizing, I love beautiful and stylish containers.  What I don’t love is the impact that storage can have on my wallet.  Therefore, whenever I take on an organizing project, my first step is to brainstorm ways to create my own storage using materials I typically have on hand.  Most often times, a little creative thinking and resourcefulness allows me to DIY beautiful solutions on a budget.  And I am always up for the crafty challenge!

I have DIY’d a lot of storage over the years, and I typically find myself reaching for many of the same items over and over again.

 

Cardboard Boxes:

Boxes come in many shapes and sizes; the boxes I find myself using most frequently are shoe boxes and cereal boxes.  Pair the boxes with paint, decorative paper or fabric, and you have a high end look on a crafty budget.

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The boxes above were given a few coats of paint and the edges were gilded with gold.  Below, boxes were covered in fabric to create a canvas effect.

 

Food Packaging:

Don’t throw away those oatmeal canisters, cereal boxes or soup cans!  They all can be upcycled as storage throughout the home.

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Jars:

Mason jar storage has gone viral over the years.  They can be used to corral anything itty bitty.  However, if you don’t have any mason jars on hand, head to the recycling bin and use any glass jar.  With a little paint, they can be crafted to look like storage purchased at your favorite home good store.  And they work great for holding anything from cotton in the bathroom to nuts and bolts in the garage.

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Pegboard:

Maybe I typed too soon.  Mason jars and pegboard may have to battle it out for title of Most Versatile Storage Solution.  I love using pegboard all over our home to keep commonly used items within arm’s reach.  Pegboard in the laundry room organizes sewing supplies, in the craft room it organizes gift wrapping and crafting tools, while in the garage it organizes utility items.

 

Picture Frames:

Pictures frames work wonders for displaying your favorite memories, but their functionality doesn’t have to stop there.  If you have a few extras on hand, or pick some up at your local thrift store, they can be used to hold pegboard, decorative sheet metal and even canvas pockets to create stylish and practical wall storage solutions.

Simple hardware can also be added to a common photo frame to create a beautiful, decorative tray!

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Crates:

Unfinished wood crates can be purchased extremely inexpensively at local home improvement and craft stores, and with a little paint and/or hardware, you can put them to work all around your abode.  Add casters to create pull out shoe storage, or cut them in half to create slim wall organizers!

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Magazine Files:

Say farewell to paper clutter!  Magazine files organize magazines, mail, school papers, books, newspapers and stationery.  Because they are slim, they can also slide into pantries and linen closets to organize awkwardly shaped items in a sleek and stylish way.

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Rope:

Thicker rope paired with thread or hot glue can be used to create baskets, while softer rope is perfect for embellishing containers and for creating storage bin handles.

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Fabric:

Fabric can be sewn into organizational pouches, pockets and baskets.  It is also the key to making recycled boxes, food containers and jars look top notch.

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Decorative Paper:

Just as I utilize beautiful fabrics for covering boxes, paper can do the same.  I also love to use decorative wallpaper, gift wrap and scrapbook paper to line bookcases, drawers and trays.

Storage does not have to be expensive to be beautiful.  Using common household items as storage is not only easy on the pocketbook, it also promotes recycling.  All you need is a little glue along with some lovely fabric or paper and you are well on your way to high end storage on a shoe string budget.


Friday Finds 2.6

February! It’s that time of year again, folks. Amid all the flowers, fancy dinner dates, candy hearts and cards, it’s easy to get lost in the formalities of Valentine’s Day–and forget that the best way to spend it is loving on all those special people in your life. To help you celebrate, I found some awesome DIY ideas to make this year’s day of love the sweetest one yet.

 

As a hopeless romantic, I actually love reading through all of the cheesy Hallmark cards. Even so, I can never seem to find the perfect one. This year, stop worrying about finding a card that encapsulates all you want to say to your special someone–make your own instead. Look at these cute DIY card ideas from Delightfully, Kristi for some inspiration!

 

 

If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (let’s face it, most of us don’t), look no further. These adorable Valentine’s Day card downloads from Camille Styles will do the trick!

 

 

If you want to spruce up your space this Valentine’s Day, take a look at this gorgeous star burst wall art from Lia Griffith. Super easy, super chic, and pretty enough to keep up all year if you want, this bright addition is sure to surprise your sweetie!

 

 

I know we’re six days into February, but it’s not too late to make this adorable ombré heart calendar from Me And My DIY. If you’ve got an extra hour or two this weekend, give it a try!

 

 

And finally, finding the perfect gift for your special someone is only half the battle–add a whole new “WOW” factor with these DIY gift wrap tutorials I found on The House That Lars Built. Love, love, love it!

 

 

Enjoy the week! If you try any of these cuties, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

Erin


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