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Stepping Ston With "Sheri's Garden" on it

Homemade Stepping StonesThat well worn path can be paved with inexpensive stepping stones. This page is about homemade stepping stones.

 

several birds made by poster o TF

Making PVC Birds for the GardenThis is a page about making PVC birds for the garden. If you are tired of the pink flamingo or gnome garden art, try making birds from PVC pipe.

 

Finished birdbath.

Flower Pot Bird BathUsing a few inexpensive terra cotta flower pots you can make a beautiful bird bath for your garden. This is a page about making a flower pot bird bath.

 

Mold and Concrete Stepping Stone

Making Concrete Stepping StonesMaking your own stepping stones is a fun project and a way to create unique stones for your garden. This is a page about making concrete stepping stones.

 

A terra cotta lighthouse.

Making a Terra Cotta LighthouseAn inexpensive craft project made with clay pots is a lighthouse for a garden decoration. This is a page about making a terra cotta lighthouse.

 

Recycled Jeans Flower Pot

Recycled Jeans PlantersThis is a page about recycled jeans planters. Recycling jeans sets the stage for many craft projects.

 

maibox in garden

Using a Mailbox for Storing Garden ToolsThis is a page about using a mailbox for storing garden tools. Decorate an old mailbox and create a great place to store your gardening gloves and tools.

 

Flower Pot People made from clay pots.

Making Flower Pot PeopleThis is a page about making flower pot people. Terra cotta pots can be used to make cute flower pot people for your garden.

 

tardis garden lights

Making Tardis Solar Garden LightsThis is a page about making tardis solar garden lights. Dr. Who fans will love this, garden path lighting, craft project.

 

Pink house shaped bird feeder in an apple tree.

Repainting a Metal Bird Feeder?This is a page about repainting a metal bird feeder. Over time metal bird feeders can rust. With proper prep and a final clear coat, you can give the feeder a new look and it will last for many more years.

 

Self Watering Basil Planter

Making a Self Watering Basil PlanterBasil likes to be watered regularly. Make this a little easier by planting in a self watering container. Making a self watering basil planter is easy and will keep your basil heathy and ready for any recipe.

 

Concrete bench on grass

Making a Concrete BenchThis is a page about making a concrete bench. Making your own concrete bench does require some creativity and skill, but is a doable project.

 

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Decorative Outdoor Solar Sconces - lights on as twlight begins

Decorative Outdoor Solar SconcesAdd inexpensive solar path lights to wall candleholders to make decorative outdoor solar sconces. Learn how on this page.

 

Closeup of beaded wind chime.

Make a Wind Chime with Old Beads and JewelryYou can make a pretty, unique wind chime with leftover craft beads and odd pieces of jewelry. This is a page about make a wind chime with old beads and jewelry.

 

Glass Bottle Wind Chimes

How to Make Glass Bottle Wind ChimesVary up the finished wind chime by using different shaped and colored glass bottles to make several of these lovely chimes. This is a page about how to make glass bottle wind chimes.

 

Garden Hose Basket

Recycled Garden Hose BasketUse an old retired garden hose and some zip ties to make a useful garden basket. It could even be used as a planter. This is a page about making a recycled garden hose basket.

 

Tweety Bird stepping stone

Making Cake Pan Stepping StonesThis is a page about making cake pan stepping stones. There are so many cute cake pans shaped like cartoon characters and other designs that can be used as the mold for homemade stepping stones.

 

Pansies in Hypertufa Pots

Making Hypertufa PlantersHypertufa is made by mixing Portland cement, perlite or vermiculite, with sphagnum peat moss, and water. It can be used to make durable planters in endless shapes and sizes. This is a page about making hypertufa planters.

 

Hypertufa Stepping Stones

Making Hypertufa Stepping StonesThis is a page about making hypertufa stepping stones. Hypertufa can be prepared and molded into a variety of garden enhancements, including stepping stones.

 

Family Under Patio Umbrella

Recovering Patio UmbrellasThis is a page about recovering patio umbrellas. You can save money and conserve resources by repairing your patio umbrellas or ones you find at a yard sale.

 

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Homemade Bases for Kickball or BaseballHomemade Bases for Kickball or Baseball. Supplies needed: Sheets of High density foam like what a pool noodle is made of but two different thicknesses, Left over plywood or particle board . . .

 

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Bubbles on Surface of Homemade Stepping Stones?I get a lot of little air holes in the top of my stepping stones when I turn them out. I am using plastic molds and tap them on the ground to release the air, but still get lots of little air holes in what I would like to be a smooth surface.

 

A patriotic garden ball in red, white and blue.

Patriotic Garden Ball Using a Bowling BallAn old bowling ball can be converted into a decorative piece of patriotic garden art using flat craft marbles. This is a page about how to make a patriotic garden ball using a bowling ball.

 

Terra Cotta Turtle Planter - planter sitting on a deck

Making a Terra Cotta Turtle PlanterTake regular terra cotta pots and transform them with paint into this whimsical turtle. This is a page about making a terra cotta turtle planter.

 

A homemade stepping stone with glass pieces and rocks placed in the cement.

Inexpensive Stepping StonesThis is a page about making inexpensive stepping stones. Making stepping stones doesn't have to be expensive. Stepping stones are a fun activity to do with your kids and are a great way to decorate your garden. They make wonderful gifts too!

 

Planter Lamp - finished planter on patio

Planter LampThis craft uses an old lamp, a unique drainage system, and a plant "shade" on top!

 

Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - finished piece with faux bird and flowers attached

Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest DecorI found this topiary watering can for $1.49 and came up with this idea to decorate it for my patio.

 

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Hanging CD Reflective Garden Decoration- threading twine through the hole for hanging

Hanging CD Reflective Garden DecorationMake these cute hanging garden decorations with simple supplies you may already have at home! They also help keep birds away from plants (because of the the shiny reflections.)

 

Ceramic Plate Flower Sculpture - ceramic flower bolted to the wrought iron

Ceramic Plate Flower SculptureThese flowers don't need to be watered and they look wonderful all year round!

 

chair covers made from jeans

Making Lawn Chair CoversMy lawn chair covers were suffering from sun rot and needed a lot of help. In one afternoon, I crafted four chair covers from some worn jeans I had on hand.

 

Re-Cycle Planter - finished planter

Re-Cycle PlanterThrift stores such as Goodwill are an excellent source for finding metal objects that can be re-used to make a creative planter. Here is a project that explains how this imaginative tricycle planter was pieced together.

 

Bee Happy Garden Sign - assembled sign

DIY Bee Happy Garden SignGarden decor and signs can be pricey. They may however get your creative mind working and inspire you to craft an original of your own. This cute sign is fun to make and can be constructed from items you may already have lying about at home. Give it a try.

 

An air plant growing in a shell.

Air Plant CraftsAir plants are fun to incorporate into wreaths, decor projects, creative planters, and more. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

 

Bamboo & Coconut Shell Planters - planters hanging outside of a house

Making Bamboo and Coconut Shell PlantersThese bamboo and coconut shell planters are not only functional, but will bring an island feel to your garden. Use them for succulents or other plants of your choice. The tutorial published below will get you started.

 

Straw Handbag Planter

Making a Straw Handbag PlanterTransform an old or new inexpensive straw handbag into a planter. It is perfect for displaying faux flowers or with the addition of a liner for planting live ones. Learn how here.

 

Kid Friendly Succulent Terrarium - glass terrarium with beads added

Kid Friendly Succulent TerrariumThis kid friendly succulent terrarium incorporates your child's rock and shell collection into the planting. Add some colorful plastic beads too. Check out the full project below.

 

Stone Ladybug Garden Ornaments - ladybug rocks in a planter

Making Stone Ladybug Garden OrnamentsPaint stones to look like cute little lady bugs to add to your garden or potted plants. Everything you need to know to make these sweeties is found in the tutorial below.

 

Gardener's Floral Gift Box - decorated pot with seed packets ready to gift

Making a Gardener's Floral Gift BoxThis gardener's floral gift box begins with and unpainted clay pot. Follow the instructions in this project to make this gift box/planter. Add a few packages of seeds and it is ready to gift.

 

Making A Patriotic Flag With Left Over Wood - flag decoration leaning against house on porch or deck

Making A Patriotic Flag With Left Over WoodSalvage a piece of scrap wood to create your own patriotic flag yard decoration for your garden or entryway. You will need paint, a brush, painter's tape, and an optional hanger.

 

Bead Flower Decor for Garden - two flowers in the garden

Bead Flower Decor for Your GardenThese cute craft bead garden flowers add a fun colorful bit of decor to your garden. The instructions include the supplies list, steps, and how to photos.

 

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Heart Succulent Wreath - a variety of colors and shapes fill the heart planter

How to Make a Heart Succulent WreathSucculents lend themselves to decorative planting ideas. Pick up a heart shaped piece of wall decor at your local craft store. Planting instructions for this lovely living wreath follow.

 

Plastic Spoon Plant Markers for Your Herb Garden - three finished spoon herb markers

Making Plastic Spoon Plant MarkersCreate inexpensive plant markers with craft paint, plastic spoons, and a permanent marker. They are perfect for an herb garden or to identify any garden plant.

 

Angel Windchime made with recycled materials

Recycled Angel WindchimesMaking your own windchimes is a great crafting project. They will add joy to your garden and can be given as gifts. Learn how to make a recycled angel windchime here.

 

A wind chime made from a metal hanger and colorful bells.

DIY Clothes Hanger Wind ChimeMake an easy, pretty wind chime from a metal clothes hanger and some bells. This project results in a subtle chime sound; perfect for the patio or garden. The instructions and supplies list follow.

 

finished planter with succulents

Making a Concrete PlanterThis pretty planter is made using inexpensive concrete, a bowl, and a recycled jar. It's easy to make in an afternoon and will last for years.

 

Air Plant with Layered Sand and Glitter - air plant added

DIY Air Plant with Layered Sand and GlitterThis colorful layered sand and glitter planter for an air plant will make a nice bit of living decor for your home or a child's room.

 

Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb Planters

Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb PlantersThese recycled plastic bottle herb planters are also self watering making them lower maintenance. Make several and grow herbs year round.

 

Cereal Birdie Treats - repeat with the third one

Making Cereal Treats for Backyard BirdsYou can easily make treats for the birds that visit your garden. String ring style cereal on cord or pipe cleaners and hang. Dye, sugar, and salt free varieties are a good choice. If you want to feed wild birds regularly, keep this type of treat down to once or twice a week and offer seed or suet the rest of the time.

 

Ribbons decorating a flowering bush.

Using Ribbon In Your GardenAdd seasonal interest to your garden by decorating with ribbon. Add ribbon bows or fabric strips to your planters and more. This page has some suggestions to get you going.

 

Recycled Glass Light Fixture Terrariums - looking down on two planters sitting on a deck or similar structure

Making Recycled Glass Light Fixture TerrariumsThe glass covers on light fixtures can be repurposed and used as terrarium planters. Whether you have some from old fixtures or have purchased new or used ones, the project information on this page will assist you in making recycled glass light fixture terrariums.

 

A stepping stone that has a crumbling surface.

Problems with Homemade Stepping Stones?If you have decided to make your own personalized stepping stones for your garden or to give as a gift there may be issues that you need help with. This page addresses concerns about mix consistency, product choice, and even a name misspelling.

 

DIY Macrame Plant Hangers - pot hanging

DIY Macrame Plant HangersMacrame crafts come and go, but the plant hangers seem to retain their popularity. You can make these easy DIY plant hangers and save money over buying them retail. Detailed instructions follow.

 

Upcycled Plastic Egg Mini Planter

Upcycled Plastic Egg Mini PlanterMany of us have plastic Easter eggs kicking around the house. Repurpose them into fun mini planters. This page shows you how to make an upcycled plastic egg mini planter.

 

Making Mini Egg Carton Planters

Making Mini Egg Carton PlantersPaper egg crates can be transformed into these cute mini egg carton planters. Use them for starts or tiny plantings. This page contains a step up step project for making these outdoor planters.

 

Concrete Vase

Making a Concrete VaseThis unique concrete vase is perfect for a garden location or even for use at a cemetery site. It is easy to make using two vases and a bag of Quikrete.

 

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor Planters - closeup of impatiens potted plant

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor PlantersOld birdcages or new decorative ones can be repurposed into attractive outdoor planters. They make a lovely addition to your gardenscape and are easy to personalize with some spray paint and your choice of plants.

 

Wooden Bunnies - paint faces and spray with clear coat then add bows

DIY Wooden Garden BunniesWith some pressure treated wood, you can make some cute yard decorations that will last a long time. This is a page about DIY wooden garden bunnies.

 

DIY Staghorn Fern Mount

Mounting and Hanging a Staghorn FernStaghorn ferns are epiphytes. They are native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia and Australia. They are essentially an air plant and can be mounted to a plaque and hung on the wall of your home. This is a page about mounting and hanging a staghorn fern.

 

Painting Decorative Indoor/Outdoor Signs

Painting Decorative Indoor/Outdoor SignsBuying decorative garden or indoor metal signs can be not only expensive, but you may also not be able to find one with just the sentiment you are looking for. One solution is to make your own. This page offers a detailed project with photos for painting your own unique indoor/outdoor signs.

 

Cement piece with name painted on.

How to Paint a Last Name Yard RockUse either a large stone or even a slab of concrete to create a unique welcome sign for your garden or drive, incorporating your last name into the design. This is a page about how to paint a last name yard rock.

 

Welcome to my garden sign hanging on a gate.

Making Fun Yard SignsYou can make your own customized decorative yard signs using plain metal signs from your local craft store. This is a page about making fun yard signs.

 

A wreath with living air plants.

Making a Living Air Plant WreathAir plants can be attached to a grapevine wreath to create a lovely living wreath for your home. Spritz with water every week or so and you will have this living display for a long time. This is a page about making a living air plant wreath.

 

Easy DIY Plant Holder - cactus and succulents in pots sitting in plant holder

Easy DIY 2x4 Wooden Plant HolderA scrap of 2x4 and a hole saw is all that you need to make this useful potted plant holder. This is a page about how to make an easy DIY 2x4 wooden plant holder.

 

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Making Cat Face Shaped Stepping Stones?What do you guys suggest for making molds for stepping stones in the shape of a cat's face? I would like to keep the shape of a cat, but even after using wire the ears still broke off. Also if I'm not planning on walking on them can I use plaster of Paris instead of concrete?

 

Broken garden path.

Repairing Stepping Stones?This is a page about repairing stepping stones. Decorations can sometimes fall off of stepping stone. An adhesive such as E6000 can be used to reattach these items.

 

Reflector globe.

How to Make Recycled Garden ReflectorsUsing your creativity and some fairly inexpensive or even recycled materials you can make some unique garden art reflectors. This is a page about how to make recycled garden reflectors.

 

Bear with a heart sign Be Happy.

How to Make Plywood Yard ArtIf you can trace, paint, and have an electric saw such as a jig saw then you can create some fun yard art using plywood and exterior paints. This is a page about how to make plywood yard art.

 

Easy Bird Feeder - hanging feeder

Easy Bird FeederThere are lots of ways to make a bird feeder, but I think this is one of the easiest and most fun to make. It is an excellent craft for children to do because the end product looks good with only a minimal amount of skill needed.

 

Terrarium hanging, with a closeup.

Making a Light Bulb TerrariumA hollowed out incandescent light bulb can be used to make a neat miniature terrarium. This is a page about making a light bulb terrarium.

 

Pumpkin Planter 2

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin PlanterA hollowed out pumpkin can easily be turned in to a decorative autumn planter. Learn to make these cute pumpkin planters for your deck or front porch.

 

Hose Wreath for Your Deck or Balcony

How to Make a Hose WreathOld hoses can be recycled in a variety of creative ways. This page shows you how to make a hose wreath.

 

Making A Solar Outdoor Chandelier - hanging on a plant hanger in garden

Making A Solar Outdoor ChandelierI found this great shabby chic chandelier at Goodwill. I have been on a search for one for a while. I love the look, and it will go well with my outdoor space. With a little paint and and solar lights this will become a functional and decorative piece for my outdoor garden.

 

Soda Bottle Bird Feeder - finished bottle with more decorative painting and ready to hang

How to Make a Soda Bottle Bird FeederStart with a 2 liter soda bottle and some paint and you too can make a cute feeder for your yard. This is a page about how to make a soda bottle bird feeder.

 

Using Flower Pot Saucers for Stepping Stones - Finished stepping stone with small toys around the hand and foot print.

Using Flower Pot Saucers for Stepping StonesThe clear plastic flower pot saucers are perfect to use as a mold for making stepping stones. Their flexibility makes it easy to remove your finished stone. This is a page about using flower pot saucers for stepping stones.

 

view of trellis with plant climbing up

How to Make a Bamboo TrellisYou can make an inexpensive and attractive trellis for your garden from bamboo. This is a page about how to make a bamboo trellis.

 

A collection of rocks painted to look like village buildings, overlooking the sea.

Paint a Village of RocksSelect rocks of various shapes and sizes. Paint them to create your own unique village to decorate your garden or home. This is a page about paint a village of rocks.

 

A windchime made from brass from Morocco.

Recycled Moroccan WindchimeThis windchime is made from a thriftstore brass teapot and plate. To that add beads or whatever else you wish to complete the Moroccan inspired chime. This is a page about recycled Moroccan windchime.

 

Toy Wheelbarrow as Flower Planter - barrow at base of tree

Toy Wheelbarrow as Flower PlanterA fun planter can easily be made from a child's wheelbarrow. This is a page about toy wheelbarrow as flower planter.

 

Thriftstore Glass Garden Tower

Making a Thriftstore Glass Garden TowerYou have probably seen these on craft sites and for sale on the internet. Several trips to the thriftstore can provide all the supplies you need to make your own unique version, except for the glue. This is a page about making a thriftstore glass garden tower.

 

Driftwood door handle

Making a Driftwood Door HandleThis is a page about making a driftwood door handle. The smooth weathered appearance of driftwood lends itself to many craft and home decor projects.

 

Mosaic Stepping Stone - using blue and green pieces and the word "Success" in center

Making a Mosaic Stepping StoneThis is a page about making a mosaic stepping stone. A mosaic stepping stone is a fun easy craft that will look great in your garden and makes a perfect gift, too.

 

kitty animal planter

Making a Plastic Bottle Animal PlanterThis is a page about making a plastic bottle animal planter. Save your bottles to make this adorable planter for spring seedlings.

 

Painting Light Bulbs

Painting Light BulbsThis is a page about painting light bulbs. Create a colorful lighted decorative atmosphere or your deck, patio, or in the garden by painting a string of light bulbs.

 

Giving a Sign a Vintage Look

Giving a Sign a Vintage LookThis is a page about giving a sign a vintage look. A purchased garden or wall sign, in almost any material, can be enhanced by adding a vintage look.

 

Garden Sphere Out Of Hanging Baskets

Garden Sphere Out Of Hanging BasketsI have a few of hanging baskets in storage that I wanted to transform into a garden sphere. Because they are a little pricey, I thought I could recreate them with 2 planter hanging baskets joined together. This is super easy and adds a subtle look to your garden.

 

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Plastic Letters for Imprinting Concrete?Where can I purchase plastic numbers and letters to imprint in wet concrete?

 

A hanging bottle planter

Making a Plastic Soda Bottle Hanging PlanterThis is a page about making a plastic soda bottle hanging planter. Help give your plants an inexpensive new home and keep plastic bottles out of our landfills by making this easy hanging planter.

 

Making a Gnome Garden in a Planter

Making a Gnome Garden in a PlanterThis is a page about making a gnome garden in a planter. Add some of your own charm and personality to your garden by putting together your own decorations and planters.

 

Soda Can Plant Labels

Making Soda Can Plant LabelsThis is a page about making soda can plant labels. There are a great number of craft uses for empty aluminum soda cans. The crafter/gardener will delight in they ease of use for making decorative plant markers.

 

Windsock

Making a Simple Weather VaneThis page is about making a simple weather vane. It's nice to know which way the wind is blowing before you go outside.

 

outdoor pumpkin decoration

Outdoor Fall DecorationsThis is a page about outdoor fall decorations. Fall is a fun and colorful season for putting up outdoor decorations.

 

Garden Bench

Making a Garden BenchThis page is about making a garden bench. There are many interesting ways to make a place to sit and enjoy a garden.

 

Squirrel Feeder

Making a Squirrel FeederThis is a page about making a squirrel feeder. The squirrels in your garden or yard may not seem to need their own feeder if they are raiding the bird feeders. However, a homemade squirrel feeder is a fun project and may help keep them out of the bird feeders.

 

Garden Flag

Making Garden FlagsThis is a page about making garden flags. Garden flags are a bright and cheerful garden decoration. You don't have to spend a lot of money to add them to your garden decor; make some inexpensively.

 

Tire planter with flowers in it.

Making Tire PlantersOld tires have been used for years to make inexpensive and creative planters. This is a page about making tire planters.

 

Sand Dollar Plant Markers

Sand Dollar Plant MarkersThis page contains sand dollar plant markers. These dried sea urchins can be made into colorful garden accessories.

 

Homemade Windsocks

Homemade WindsocksThis is a page about homemade windsocks. If you live in an area with a reliable breeze, making a decorative windsock for your home or garden is a fun project.

 

Hanging planter of petunias.

Homemade Plant Hanger IdeasThis is a page about homemade plant hanger ideas. Dress up your hanging plants with unique homemade plant hangers.

 

Making Garden Stakes

Making Garden StakesThis page is about making garden stakes. A variety of materials can be used to make these garden markers.

 

Mirrored Gazing Ball

Making a Gazing BallThis is a page about making a gazing ball. Make a decorative gazing ball to add interest to your garden.

 

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Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest Decor - finished piece with faux bird and flowers attached

Topiary Watering Can Bird's Nest DecorI found this topiary watering can for $1.49 and came up with this idea to decorate it for my patio.

 

Planter Lamp - finished planter on patio

Planter LampThis craft uses an old lamp, a unique drainage system, and a plant "shade" on top!

 

Ceramic Plate Flower Sculpture - ceramic flower bolted to the wrought iron

Ceramic Plate Flower SculptureThese flowers don't need to be watered and they look wonderful all year round!

 

Tea Cup Bird Feeder/Bird Bath - finished

Tea Cup Bird Feeder/Bird BathThis little piece will fit in perfectly with the glass sculpture flowers I made earlier this summer.

 

Minimalist Propagation Plant Stand - 2 finished stands

Minimalist Propagation Plant StandThis minimalist propagation plant stand is very versatile. It adds a nice simple touch to your desk while also propagating the plant or it can make a nice gift!

 

Hanging CD Reflective Garden Decoration - multicolored one hanging outside from a 4x4

Hanging CD Reflective Garden DecorationMake these cute hanging garden decorations with simple supplies you may already have at home! They also help keep birds away from plants (because of the the shiny reflections.)

 

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A glass tower made from thriftstore glass pieces.

Thriftstore Glass Garden TowerTake recycled glassware to create this unique garden decoration. This glass tower will sparkle in the sun. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

Hypertufa Stepping StonesMake your own stepping stones! This is a great project to do with the family.

 

Gnome Garden

Gnome GardenThis little garden built for a gnome is a fun garden accent, perfect for the front porch. Lean how we made ours in this short video.

 

Tardis Solar Garden Lights

Tardis Solar Garden LightsFor all the Doctor Who fans out there, you need these awesome tardis solar lights in you garden. Check out this video and learn how easy they are to make.

 

Clay Pot Lighthouse

Clay Pot LighthouseMake a cute terra cotta pot lighthouse for you garden. Check out this video and learn how easy they are to make!

 

Recycling Plastic Planters as Hypertufa Molds

Recycling Plastic Planters as Hypertufa...Hypertufa planters are easy to make and by using old planters as molds, makes them inexpensive to make. Check out how by watching this short video.

 

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Bee Happy Garden Sign - assembled sign

Bee Happy Garden SignAfter looking at cute garden signs on the internet, I decided to come up with my own creation using various craft supplies I had on hand. Luckily, it didn't cost a cent!

 

Bamboo & Coconut Shell Planters - planters hanging outside of a house

Bamboo and Coconut Shell PlantersI love using bamboo and coconut shells to decorate my home or my yard. I grow a lot of succulent plants and these hangers make a great way to display them around my garden. They are easy to make and last for years. There is no need to change them out and the plants love growing in them.

 

Re-Cycle Planter - finished planter

Re-Cycle PlanterBecause I have an old wagon in my yard with potted plants in it, and I saw a bicycle planter at Big Lots, I decided it would be fun to make my own bicycle or tricycle planter. My project ended up being a "recycle" planter because I recycled metal odds and ends I had purchased at three different local Goodwill stores and put the parts together to create a decorative planter for my back yard.

 

Making Animal Plant Pal Stakes - stake in the leaves of an African violet

Making Animal Plant Pal StakesHere is another shopping inspiration you could recreate for less. Urban Outfitters sell Plant Pal animal plant stakes for $10, on sale for $2.99, but factor in the shipping at $4.95, that'll be $8 and some change for something that you could make at home for free!

 

Garden Flowerpot Chair Planter - finished planter with yellow flowers and the bee garden sign

Garden Flowerpot Chair PlanterI grabbed this chair from a neighbor's loose trash and decided to "recycle" it to make a chair planter.

 

Swag Decoration For Less - swag on garden arch

Swag Decoration For LessWe have a vinyl arch in our backyard. It's pretty plain, so I decided to spruce it up with simple supplies (faux flowers/fillers, zip ties, and a bow).

 

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Problems with Homemade Stepping Stones?I am trying to troubleshoot my first attempt at making your stepping stones. Can you tell me what you think the problem might be if the stone crumbled away? I made a large one and a smaller one and it was the smaller one that has simply crumbled away, 5 days after making it.

 

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Sealant for Outdoor Acrylic Art Project?What type of clear coat would I use? I painted a rural scene on a metal mailbox with acrylics with two coats of clear polycrylic satin finish. Do I also need to find a sealer suitable for outdoors/weather? Now I'm reading the polycrylic will not protect the painting outdoors?

 

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Finding Patterns for Making PVC Birds?Where can I find patterns for PVC birds?

 

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Making Denim Outdoor Planters?How do I make outdoor planters out of old denim? I imagine the fabric needs to be stiffened and waterproofed, but I don't know how.

 

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Gluing Glass To Glass?I want to make a glass birdbath from clear and colored glassware. These pieces may be heavy and I want to know what glue would be heavy duty enough to hold them together?

 

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Instructions for Easy to Make Stepping Stones?Is there any easy way to make stepping stones? I am looking for a easy craft to do with the older grandchildren. What supplies would I need, what type of concrete, would I need a finishing spray and also how thick should the form be for the stones?

 

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