Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: $5 Macrame Plant Hanger

The 70′s called and it wants macrame back. That’s not going to happen because I love a cute macrame plant hanger. They are so cute and I love them. You can put flowers or succulents in your hangers, or how about some herbs? Wouldn’t these be cute with a mini oregano hanging out in there? A little grouping of herbs hanging in your kitchen window?


  • Colorful yarn
  • Cute mini planter
  • Plant (I used a succulent)
  • Scissors


Step 1: 

Cut out eight 36 inch long pieces of yarn.

Step 2: 

Tie a big knot to keep all your yarn pieces together. This knot will also be the center of the bottom of the hanger.

Step 3: 

Split up the yarn into four sections (2 pieces per section).

Step 4: 

Tie a knot in each section. The spacing from the main center knot to the first section knot is up to you. Since my planter is tiny, I tied my first knot about 1/2 inch from the center. These set of knots should be somewhere under the planter base. Repeat this step with all four sections (the first set of knots are highlighted in pink).

Tip: feel free to test the planter in the yarn as you go along. This will help you place the knots properly.

Step 5:

Next, grab a piece of yarn from one section and match it with a piece of yarn from it’s neighboring yarn section. Check the image above for help. Repeat with all four sections. Again, the length from one knot to the next will depend on the size of your planter. These knots should be located in the bottom 1/2 of your planter (the second set of knots are highlighted in yellow).

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 to make another set of knots. These knots should be located around the top 1/2 of the planter. Repeat with all 4 sections (the third set of knots are highlighted in blue).

Step 7:

The last set of knots should be located somewhere above the planter (see image for reference). Tie all the yarn pieces into a final knot a couple inches above the last set of knots (you’ll see the fourth set of knots above the plant).

Step 8:

Tie a loop above that fourth knot. From here you can braid the remaining yarn, put some beads on, or just plain tie a loop. It’s completely up to you.

These items would also be SO cute as little gifts and/or party favors!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I made this cute little planter for my ebook: Make Your Day

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painted Trellis DIY

Ok, I know there are plenty of fancy pre-made trellises out there, but there just weren’t any that I liked for the price I wanted to pay. I needed something VERY long and made from good quality wood (so it lasts longer than one summer). I wasn’t willing to spend a ton of money and that’s why we made our own! It takes just a little bit of time, but it’s worth it. I’m loving how this garden piece turned out and I can’t wait to start growing out plants on it. Want to make one for your home? You can follow my directions below. Just adjust the dimensions to fit the size you need.


- 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar

- 3 six feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 three feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 four feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- a box of wood nails

- 2 cans of white primer spray paint

- 2 cans of white outdoor spray paint

- optional: 1 can of colorful spray paint

- hammer


- Let’s build this trellis! If needed, cut your wood to the sizes you need. We purchased all of our pieces at the sizes we needed. The sizes will be completely up to you. We have a couple of raspberry plants we are using this trellis for, so we needed it to be a little bit larger than normal. It’s 6.5 feet wide. If you don’t need something that crazy wide, just skip the 3rd six foot long by two inch wide cedar piece, or make your horizontal pieces shorter (our horizontal pieces we’re 4 feet long).

- Let’s prep the main frame for the trellis:

  • Above you’ll see the frame outlined in 3 different colors.
  • Evenly space the 3 six foot long by one inch wide pieces (green) horizontally on the ground (ours are spaced 12 inches).
  • Place the 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar pieces (pink) vertically on TOP of the horizontal green pieces. They should be spaced just under three feet from the center piece (or the spacing and sizing can change based on how wide you’d like your trellis). Use your wood nails to attach the pink pieces to the green pieces.
  • Evenly space the three feet long by one inch wide pieces (yellow) vertically over the green pieces. Use your wood nails to attach the yellow pieces to the green pieces.
- Now that your frame is built, it’s time to get fancy. We placed the the 6 four feet long by one inch wide pieces (pink) horizontally over the frame. You can get creative here. We chose to evenly space them in the main section of the frame, with a little bit of the piece hanging over the frame age. It’s all up to how you’d like your trellis to look! Use your wood nails to attach the horizontal pink pieces to the frame.
- When your frame is built, spray your white primer paint over the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely.
- Optional: You may have noticed, in the top photo, that I have 2 horizontal blue pieces of wood. If you’d like to do this, follow this step. Use your colorful spray paint to color 2 of the middle horizontal pieces. Let those dry completely. Use some painters tape to cover the sprayed blue pieces.
- Let’s paint this thing! Use your white spray paint to cover the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely and remove the painters tape.
- You’re ready to use the trellis! Trim the bottom leg height to your desired height, and place wherever you need some plant support.


Happy gardening!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Clever Outdoor DIY’s

Yay. It is finally Spring. Here in Oregon we still have cold weather and a bit a lot of rain, but we also have a few warm-ish days mixed in here and there. I’m very ready to jump outside and get started. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been collecting outdoor ideas like crazy. Below I’m going to share a few DIY’s I’ve been gathering for my inspiration board.


DIY Candle Sticks, on A Subtle Revelry.


Hanging Basket Garden DIY, by Smile and Wave for A Beautiful Mess.


Wood Plank Door Mat, on How Does She.


Filing Cabinet Turned Garden Tools Organizer, on Trash to Treasure Blog.


Mini herb garden made from a hanging planter, The Paper Mama on BHG.

Outdoor table cooler DIY, on Domesticated Engineer.


Make some lovely stepping hypertufa leaf stones, on BHG.


Outdoor Pallet DIY table, on Joy Ever After.


Green garden bench made from two chairs, on Mak and Jill.


Revamped Outdoor Chair, on The Paper Mama.


DIY Vertical Planter, on Sweet Bella Roos.


Outdoor Toy Organizer, on Random Thoughts of a Supermom.


Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter, on Modernly Wed.


Hanging Planter Outdoor Pendant Light, on Design Sponge.


Are you ready for this lovely weather?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


P.S. Photos from the first image are from: Domesticated EngineerA Beautiful MessA Subtle RevelryThe Paper Mama, & Trash to Treasure Blog

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Mini Herb Garden

Trend: Mini Gardens

In need of a garden, but don’t have the space? No worries. I can help you out. I’m rethinking the hanging planter today. Instead of hanging, I’ve added some wire, moss, and some time to make a much more interesting addition to my little tiny home.

With a little bit of time you can recreate this. Here’s what you need:


- 1 hanging planter (with coconut liner)

- 1 twelve inch section of hardware cloth

- Wire

- Wire cutters

- Pliers

- Gloves

- 1 package of sheet moss

- Dirt

- Herbs


- Use a marker to trace a half circle onto your hardware cloth.

- Use your wire cutters to cut out your traced shape. Set aside.

- Cut your hanging planter coconut liner in half. Set aside.

- Use your pliers and wire to attach the cut our shape to the front half of your hanging planter. Tip: also fold back any sharp points sticking out on top.

- Optional: If you’d like plants to grow out the front of the planter, like mine, cut out a couple of uneven holes in the mesh.

- Flip the planter over and use your wire to wrap around the back of the planter (to hold in the moss).

- Line the back wire with your sheet moss. I do this so the moss shows, instead of the coconut liner.

- Add the coconut liner inside of the planter. If you’d like, cut out the some coconut liner shapes to cover the front mesh portion of the planter. I didn’t do this, but it may help retain water.

- Finish lining the inside of your hardware cloth with moss. When it’s all covered, start adding your plants…. starting with any plants that will be hanging on the side.

- Add moss onto any spots that may have disappeared under the dirt.

- Hang outside, in full sun, enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Check out my inspiration for this project on Rancho Reubidoux.

BHG Guest Blogger

Fall Garden Party

Hi all,  Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors, the hearty and flavorful foods, and the pleasantly reassuring smells of leaves, pumpkin, and spices. As the warm temperatures of summer fade and the frost covers the landscape, people quickly move inside.

(1) Glass Globe String Lights; (2) Gold Flatware; (3) Global Medallion Dinnerware; (4) Mercury Glass Candlesticks; (5) Shadow Plaid Throw; (6) Triangle Lattice Throw; (7) Oar Server; (8) Gather Tote; (9) Yard Dice; (10) Fresh Pumpkin Crate; (11) Sumner Dining Table; (12) Who’s Wine Glasses 


This year, instead of escaping from the outdoors, I’m encouraging you to embrace it! Grab some pumpkins, your dining room table, and a couple throws. Then call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite fall-inspired table elements to make your dinner magical and unforgettable! Where are the chairs you might ask? Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need. Plus, after the party, you can use them to decorate your house for the season. I even dug through the BHG recipe archives to plan a delicious, simple, and hardy menu your guests will love. With the planning finished, it’s time to party!


(1) Peppered Herb Cheese Ball; (2) Mini Party Quiches; (3) Chicken and White Bean Stew; (4) Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta; (5) Maple Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; (6) Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie


Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ll be patiently waiting for my invitation to your Fall Garden Party.

Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm