Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Upcycled Garden Volume 12: Using Recycled & Salvaged Materials In Your Garden

An old bed headboard transformed into a grand garden gate

There's something really special about garden art. Maybe it's because a garden by itself is a work of art, a sacred place where the magic of nature happens, but when combined with human innovation and creativity, becomes something even more special. 

Either way, I'm back again with my 12th (!!) installment of The Upcycled Garden, where you will find my picks for the very best ideas for using repurposed, recycled, and salvaged materials in your garden and outdoor landscape. 

So enough chat and let's get on to these beautiful ideas! Be sure to let me know which is your favorite. Leave me a comment below and share with us your own best garden upcycle project - we'd love to hear all about it!
Hanging wreath birdbath from The Hippy Home

Suspended windows with brightly painted frames add interest to a garden area

Old sink turned birdbath or butterfly garden

Brightly painted recycled cans with pieces of rope make quick and virtually free plant pots

Louise Durham adds stained glass to wood to create garden sculptures

Add an old bowl to a hanging planter for an instant birdbath like this one from House to Home

Old birdbath pedestal with laundry tub as a planter from Organized Clutter. The landscape stones around the base are what really finishes off this project

Piano keyboard fence for the music lover

Look familiar? If you know what this is, leave a comment below! 

Create a self-watering flowerpot with old plastic soda bottles...

...or craft a soda bottle terrarium: DIY instructions from AdriondacGirlatheart

Put old wine crates to good use as planters bu adding a lining and suspending from 
a strong frame like these from Koti Ja Keittio

Teapots can be transformed into useful birdhouses...

Add copper wire to create a pedestal for the birds

An antique wooden tub transformed into a pretty planter

What to do about that old tree stump in the yard? Carve it into a throne! (above and below)

Old teapot as a shiny planter

Old garden tools: Here old shovels are repurposed as shelves to hold potted plants

Fence made from old bicycle frames

Add gold leaf - or metallic gold paint to terracotta pots for an entirely new look

Part of an old door repurposed into a shabby garden gate.

Which do you like best?

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DIY Upcycled Wood Pallet Vertical Gardens

Upcycled pallet vertical wall herb garden from The Whoot

Vertical garden planters made from recycled wood shipping pallets aren’t only ideal for apartment dwellers and urban gardeners who have limited outdoor garden space. They make great additions to any garden, and allow any gardener, whether city or country, to bring a little bit of their outdoor gardening indoors.

Pallet garden planters can be used so many different ways:
- Add casters or cart wheels for an easily movable pallet planter. 
- Add some narrow boards inside of the pallet to create shelves for potted plants.
- Add a backing on the pallet with landscaping materials and you will have a planter that you can plant directly into.
- Paint your palette a bright hue to add a beautiful pop of color to your garden.
- Add visual interest, pattern, & texture to your vertical pallet planter by adding horizontal rows of the same plants or flowers.
- Use your pallet planter as an herb garden and conveniently keep it right outside of your kitchen door.
- Use your vertical pallet garden to grow one particular fruit or vegetable such as strawberries.
- Add strong chains to your vertical pallet garden so that you can hang it inside of your home.
- Create a fence or yard divider with recycled wood pallets and add spaces for plants within the slats.
- Wood pallet vertical garden planters are versatile. You can put them virtually anywhere outdoors around your home or garden, attach them permanently in one spot, or move them around whenever you like.

Remember, once you add soil and plants or plant pots to your pallet it will become very heavy. Make sure your pallets are very securely anchored to your wall with sturdy hardware.

Now check out some great vertical pallet garden ideas and inspiration!

Paint your pallets for a bright pop of color. Turquoise and purple look great in a garden!

Adding casters to a pallet planter makes it easy to move around

This bright and clean wood pallet makes a great planter for strawberries

Pallets cut into different heights and attached to each other create an interesting 
flower planter and garden divider.

For a lush pallet planter, plant enough flowers! 

Pallet planters are great for patios and for those short on outdoor growing space

Floral pallet wall planter

A very pretty pallet herb garden. Lots of care has been taken to finish the wood. 
Attention to details makes this one stand out.

Multiple pallets offer plenty of shelves & spaces for small potted plants

I love these individual succulents for around the house!

How convenient is it to have an herb garden right outside your kitchen door?

Planting rows of the same types of flowers or plants emphasized the horizontal 
viewpoint and looks streamlined

Stylish pallet planter with cut away spaces

This vertical planter is not wall-mounted but instead hung by chains
(backed with landscape fabric)

The weathered wood and handwriting give this pallet herb garden its charm.

Mini pallet vertical succulent planter

Which design do you like best?
What would you plant in yours?

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Creative Inspiration From Vacation: 5 Of The Best Summer Crafts To Try

Crafting in the summer is ideal since we usually have more leisure time to spend on fun projects and we are (hopefully) more relaxed than we are during the rest of the year. One of the biggest reasons I look forward to a vacation every summer is the solitary time I get to spend collecting my creative thoughts in a relaxing environment. Inspiration always seems to strike while I'm on vacation, whether just sitting on a beach people watching or camping in the mountains. 

This inspiration is always two-fold. When I'm relaxed and in a different physical environment my mind seems to loosen the chains around the thoughts of what I am usually making (jewelry) and I give myself the freedom to explore new and different things. In a nutshell: Not only do I come home inspired to experiment with a brand new craft, but I also always seem to also have a brand new perspective on my usual work. For me, vacations breed ideas.

Whether you're tacking a project solo or crafting with a partner or kids, summer is the perfect time to try something new. Here are my picks for five great summer crafts to try out during the warm summer months:

1. Tie Dye

Summer is definitely the best time of the year to try out any crafts that verge on the messy side, and tie dye certainly is one of them! Using a large amount of permanent dyes indoors can be a recipe for disaster, but if you have space outdoors to create, then that changes everything! What you will need: You can purchase tie dye kits at most craft stores, and these are great because they will usually have most of the supplies that you will need right in the package, or at least a list of additional items that you may need printed on the outside of the package. 
If you can, work outside on a picnic table or patio table, but move it onto the grass, as drips of dye and soda ash can stain your patio surface. Use a plastic table cover too, rubber gloves, and have old towels and paper towels handy for easy cleanup. Basic supplies include: cotton t-shirts, socks, or other material to dye, rubber bands, tie dye dyes, buckets, soda ash, and water. Here's a basic tie dye tutorial to get you started. 

2. Paint Pouring

Paint pouring AKA acrylic paint pouring AKA "dirty" pouring are all terms for the same thing, which basically is a craft where different colored acrylic paints and a couple other additives are "layered" by being poured one by one into a plastic cup and then afterward slowly poured over a canvas or other surface. The layered paint in the cup, aided by the additives (most often silicone or Flotrol paint additive) creates beautiful patterns as it flows across the surface of the canvas. No paint brushes are needed, though crude tools can be used to help gently guide the paint (think paint stirrer or pallet knife.)

Supplies are for the most part inexpensive and consist of acrylic craft paints, lots of white acrylic paint, an additive like the ones I mentioned above, and canvases. The paint-covered canvas is then set aside for days or even weeks until it is fully cured or dried. 

Why is this craft great for summer? Warmer temperatures aid in drying the paint faster, and the ability to work outdoors or in an area such as an open garage helps to lessen the mess and the paint odors. 

3. Rain Chains

Making a rain chain is a mix between a craft project and a DIY home project - you can be creative with the process, they're fun to make, and they are a DIY improvement to your home or garden and outdoor landscape. What's a rain chain? A rain chain is a creative and aesthetic alternative to collect rain water and/or direct rain water away from your home, kind of like a downspout does. 

You can make a rain chain with different types of chain, or you can get creative and use other objects linked together to create a rain chain. Some ideas for rain chains: vintage flatware such as spoons or forks, wine bottles, plastic bottles, small containers, heavy gauge wire and rocks, crystals, or beads...what creative ideas do you have for interesting or unusual materials that you could use to create a rain chain? Check out these great rain chain ideas to get you started!

4. Seashell Crafts & Jewelry

Natural materials abound outdoors, and seashells  especially are summer-related finds fit for creative ideas. No longer seen solely as kitsch, shells and other organic materials are once again on the uptick for creative crafts, jewelry and home decor—they're just being used in new, innovative ways.

Jewelry is forever a popular choice, and now combined with paint or resin takes on a whole new look. Embellished shells, whether done with permanent marker or metallic spray paint, make pretty bowl-fillers and can be used in lots of other projects. To jump-start your creativity, check out my seashell jewelry projects in my book, Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire-Wrapping and More.

5. Upcycled Flea Market & Yard Sale Finds

Summer is the perfect time to get going on those upcycled creations using your flea market and yard sale finds. The last thing you want is to have that great "find" from someone else's yard sale sit around in your garage or basement only to eventually become your own future yard sale item! 

So what is it that you had planned on making? A garden chandelier of mason jar planters from an old ceiling fixture? An old, outdated metal globe transformed into chic painted home decor? No matter what the project, summer is the perfect time to clear out some of those items by upcycling them into something new and putting them to good use. What project will you work on this summer?

What do you think?

Which is your favorite?

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