diapers for plants

Diapers are incredibly absorbent. That’s kind of the point of them. Did you know those absorbent innards can be used for more than just keeping your little one dry? They can be used to make the soil in your garden super absorbent. This is brilliant and perfect if you live in a dry climate, are going through a drought, or are just looking for ways to save on watering costs!

The gel inside is a polymer. They sell that in gardening stores everywhere but I want to try this method. It just seems fun. This video from The King Of Random, Grant Thompson, breaks it down and is so helpful!

This is such a helpful hack and I’m sure my garden will be grateful but it’s not my favorite thing to do with diapers. My favorite is making diaper creations for baby showers! They are so fun and there are so many brilliant ideas to choose from. You can make fun tricycles, gorgeous cakes, and even adorable prams. So fun!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Planters

Nothing beats the taste of fresh vegetables. But, not everyone has a plot of land dedicated to their fresh summer salads. Use these ideas to maximize the limited space you do have. They are brilliant! These are especially for those of you with small back yards. Sure that terracotta strawberry planter looks pretty, but you can do a lot more than that.

Growing plants vertically isn’t just for ivy and clematis anymore. The bonus is that you will avoid rotting if you leave your vegetables on the vine for just a little longer than usual. Be sure to water and let your veggies get the appropriate amount of light.

I love tomatoes and have used one of these topsy turvy planters in the past. I’m certain you have seen the commercial on a sleepless night while you try to rock baby back to sleep. Check out the non-commercial/DIY versions that can be used for most any plant in the link below.

Here’s the link to all 17 ideas…

Diply: 17 DIY Vertical Gardens Ideal For Saving Space

fire pit cheap

DIY is the best! Especially when it is affordable. If I’m being honest, some of the projects out there, though terrific, can be a little spendy ($$$). This DIY fire pit, featured at Viralnova, really isn’t one of the pricey ones. you can make it for $50! Scouts honor. I’m so excited to have found this tutorial! I know you will love it too.

Where were you last summer?! This DIY pit is simple to make and perfect for beginners. Although everyone, beginners to experts will love it! It’s easy to start and stop. Not to mention clean. It might take some work, but this a portable pit too. I like the idea that if I have to move something I can. What do you think? Is this the fire pit for you?

Woohome has a roundup of 38 fun and easy fire pit ideas worth checking out too. If this one from Viralnova isn’t for you, one the 38 will be! Have fun deciding which one.

See the full project details here…

Viralnova: $50 Fire Pit Build Plans (photos)

self sustaining homestead

Do you dream of becoming self-sustainable? You may think that your dream is too huge and not easily attainable, but in reality anybody can learn how to become self-sustainable. Of course it isn’t a walk in the park though. There is a lot of hard work, effort and dedication required. It can also get quite expensive and involve costs to secure and prepare your land for homesteading.

We found a great article describing how to create your own self-sustaining homestead on only one acre of land. Again it may seem difficult or out of reach, but many people are already doing this and there is no reason why you can’t jump on the bandwagon as well! Do you have the passion to create your very own self-sustaining homestead? If you have the passion and drive, you can accomplish anything!

Here’s the link to full details on how to tackle this for yourself…

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks are just one more thing that proves concrete is awesome and here to stay. Concrete is durable, affordable, and can be make into the most stylish DIYs. The same can be said for cinderblocks! These versatile blocks don’t cost pennies like a bag of cement but they are considerably cheaper that other building materials out there. Keep you eyes peeled for cheap or used blocks so you can make awesome DIYs, like the ones featured at Brit And Co!

We had cinder block furniture in my college dorm room but a little less classy than these. Lol. I’m glad to see that it’s coming back around and that I can claim credit for being a trendsetter. These ideas are so fun! I love all the outdoor seating ideas. Numbers 5, 9, and 12 are such creative couches and benches. I really like number 10 too. What an adorable little vase. Just imaging stubbing your toes on any one of those! Yikes! That wouldn’t keep me from making them though. Hehe.

You can use cinder blocks to make big things too. Like buildings. That’s what they were intended for anyways, to be a larger masonry block than a standard brick. This YouTube Video, from user Rahgsa0509, gives a brief overview on how to make a shed. Sweet!

See all 13 ideas here…

Brit+Co: 13 Creative Ways To Use Cinder Blocks

diy garden apron

Here is yet another great way to repurpose those old denim jeans. Turn them into a garden apron. Gardening is back breaking work and getting up and down a lot makes it even worse. That happens to me because I am constantly forgetting what I need. An apron like this would save me some time (and aches) because I would have everything in one place, the pockets.

Did you know that the average american owns at least seven pairs of jeans? I’m no exception. Many are waiting for my waist to shed a few pounds but there are a few crummy ones that could be repurposed. I love that this DIY is a no sew!

You don’t have to make your own apron if you don’t feel like it. There are some pretty great ones for sale. This one from Williams-Sonoma is pretty fabulous. It is also slightly spendy for something you will be wearing in the garden. There are other fun ones for as little as $10 so DIY or drive to the store, I know you’ll find something grand.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fire Pit

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, fire pits are always in season. What is it about them? They are the perfect spot to sit and relax, catch up with old friends, toast marshmallows, and hide from the world for a little while. There are so many great designs and DIYs out there but I am loving this one more and mote. It is durable, affordable, and portable. It would make the best addition to any backyard!

You can build this pit on your own for $50. Hooray! I love this idea and I think Lowe’s has these rings and they go on sale quite often. Why a mobile fire pit? Because the only certain thing in life is change. The perfect spot for the fire pit this year might not be great next. This design is nice because it can be moved and rebuilt elsewhere fairly easily.

Now you know how to make a fire pit out of concrete tree rings. Score! Know what else would be good to know? How to make your own concrete tree rings. Lol. There is a DIY for everything! Some days I can’t even remember what life before the internet was like. I love having all this information! Find that tutorial over at Instructables to learn how to make tree rings.

Check out the full article from Instructables and learn how to make your own fire pit here…

Instructables: $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

Farm

Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.

I tried to figure out how big 1/10th (0.1) of an acre is in perspective to other things . I used this website, findlotsize.com, and put markers around my ‘house.’ I got a rough estimate that mine is 0.062, but my math seems wrong since my place looks way smaller. It’s interesting to know all the same. Check it out here… if you’re curious to learn what size yours is.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

gardening tricks

Perhaps you are an avid gardener or just don’t have the natural talent to keep a flourishing garden going. Regardless, we have found some great gardening hacks that will help both the seasoned gardener and those new to the field.

Did you know gardens can be a superb investment of time and money? You definitely reap what you sow – and it is so rewarding to watch all of your hard work get transformed into tangible results! If you love gardening and want to know some ways to improve your skills, then these tips and tricks are just the thing you’ll want to review.

You can learn how to start seedlings from indoors, learn what indoor products you can recycle to help your garden stay healthy, learn all about indoor and outdoor gardening and more! Did you know you can use diapers in your planting pots to retain moisture? Or that you can use alum to help revive your wilting hydrangeas?

Here’s the link to all 16 gardening tricks…

diy garden art

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors and being in the garden? Those of you who do have gardens understand the many benefits as you gaze and admire all that they have to offer. But you can do even more in your garden such as bring in beautiful pieces of art and creative ideas. There is so much you can do with your garden to enhance it even more!

If you are the creative type then you’ll definitely appreciate the garden art projects we’ve found here. From repurposing old tires to creating beautiful planters in wine barrels, the sky is the limit. Think about how much color and texture you can bring to your garden.

Is your style whimsical or more formal? Whatever it is that suits you, you will surely find some projects here that will interest you.

1. Homemade whimsical pinwheels:

homemade pinwheels
Plantinghappinessblog.wordpress.com

2. Metal bucket planters on the wall:

bucket planters
Thenymelrosefamily.com

3. Wooden basket planter:

hanging wooden basket
Addicted2decorating.com

4. Bicycle planter:

bicycle planter
Organizedclutter.net

5. Toadstool benches:

mushroom stools
Birdsandblooms.com

6. Rock caterpillar:

caterpillar rock art
Thegardeningcook.com

7. Stone birdhouse:

stone birdhouse
Empressofdirt.net

8. Mosaic stepping stones:

mosaic stepping stones
Prakticideas.com

9. Birdcage planter:

birdcage planter
Empressofdirt.net

10. Toaster planter:

toaster planter
Theselfsufficientliving.com

11. Donkey tire art:

donkey tire art
Icreativeideas.com

12. Mosaic ladybug:

mosaic ladybug
Icreativeideas.com

13. Teacup tire art:

teacup tire art
Thewhoot.com.au

14. Hanging flower planter:

wall flower planter
Decorchick.com

15. Flower tire planter:

flower tire planter
Thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.ca

16. Chair planter:

wooden chair planter
Gardentherapy.ca

17. Decorative garden balls:

decorative garden balls
Empressofdirt.net

18. Potted flowers in a frame:

potted flowers in frame
Organizedclutter.net

19. Cute ladybugs:

ladybug art
Funfamilycrafts.com

20. Hubcap garden art:

hubcap garden art
Usefuldiy.com

21. Waterfall pots:

waterfall pots
Sachiidosti.com

22. Vertical pallet planter:

pallet planter
Diyshowoff.com

23. Garden chandelier:

jeweled hanging pot
Empressofdirt.net

24. Garden birdcage:

birdcage planter
Lovethispic.com

25. Spiral herb garden:

spiral herb garden
Themicrogardener.com

26. Modified DIY wine barrel:

barrel planter
Woohome.com

27. Frog tire art:

frog tire art
Icreativeideas.com

28. Barrel planter with lamp post:

barrel planter lamp post
Flickr.com

29. Stenciled wheelbarrow:

stenciled wheelbarrow
Empressofdirt.net

30. Barrel planter overflowing:

barrel planter laying down
Woohome.com