• Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor,  Outdoors

    Ruler Succulent Planter & Back to School Blog Hop

    It’s almost time for school to start and that means everyone with kids is scrambling to buy school supplies, get some new clothes, and figure out who this year’s teacher will be. To make things easier, we’ve come up with a fun idea for an easy teacher gift to kick the year off on a good note.

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    But, since this is a Back to School Blog Hop, we’ve joined up with a great group of bloggers to share even more projects and printables to help the start of the school year be more organized and go off without a hitch. Check out all of the awesome ideas at the bottom of this post.

    So, for this project, we hacked into our stash of extra wooden rulers (left over from our Ruler Drum Shade.) What? You don’t have a superfluous supply of rulers? No worries. You can get them for relatively cheap at pretty much any store that offer school supplies. Here’s what we used to make our Ruler Succulent Planter:

    – Three 12 inch wooden rulers
    – Needle nose pliers
    – Hack saw
    – Wood glue
    – Large C clamp
    – Scissors
    – Sand paper
    – One gallon freezer bag
    – Small succulent
    – Potting soil

    Use the pliers to remove the plastic or metal straight edge piece from one side of the rulers. (You can try to pull them out with your fingers/nails, but I was having no such luck.) Cut each edging piece into approximately 3 inch sections with scissors.

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    With the hack saw, cut each ruler into quarters (also in 3 inch sections.)

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    Next, we attached two pieces of ruler together. To do this, evenly divide the ruler sections into two groups. We will call them group A and group B. Re-insert the cut edging pieces into group A. Add a line of wood glue along the side where the plastic or metal edging piece was on group B and then push A and B together. The straight edge piece will then be in the middle of the two ruler pieces, which will help make everything a bit sturdier.

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    Add some more of the wood glue to the side of one of the sections and then use the C clamp to hold a second piece on to create a 90 degree angle. (If this is getting too confusing, just refer to the photos.) Do this for all 4 sides and the bottom piece of the planter to make an open top box.

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    While we were waiting for the glue to dry, my daughter and I ran to the store to grab a little succulent. Here she is picking out her favorite.

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    Ok, back to the project.

    Once the planter is all put together and dry, cut a large square out of the corner of the freezer bag with scissors and insert this new “bag” into the planter. Trim any excess off, so that the top of the bag is just below the edge of the box.

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    Then all that is left is to add some potting soil and plant your cute little succulent.

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    I know this process sounds pretty wordy, but the planter was really easy to make.

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    And it will make the cutest little back to school teacher gift, especially since we threw in this witty little flag.

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    We love that this succulent will be easy for my daughter’s teacher take care of and add a little life to her desk or window in the process. What are your favorite gifts for teachers, besides the obvious, but delicious, apple?

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    Want more? Check out these 15 great back to school ideas!

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  • Outdoors

    Yeah…I’m going to need you to leave!

    This may not be my prettiest project to date, but here is how I have been spending my time lately.

    Do you know what voles are? It’s okay if you don’t. I didn’t know what they were until a whole slew of them moved in under the base of our air-conditioning unit. They are field mice that love, love, love to eat vegetable plants. Lucky for them, their new home was located directly next to our vegetable garden. Not so lucky for us. They would scurry out from their nest and pluck my plants one by one for a delicious meal. It’s one thing to scurry about my yard and a whole other thing to eat my plants! Plus they leave these little ruts wherever they go.

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    I tried using my manners and asking politely and they just ignored me. Can you believe that? This was war! We chased our little furry friends all over trying to scare them away. (I also tried to get a picture of them and was unsuccessful.) We even tried live traps, but they are no fools. They were definitely on to us. I called my family members getting advice and nothing was working. Erin even suggested that I call 1-888-MICKEY-MOUSE. But when I did, there was no answer. So, to the internet I went.

    After hours and hours on the computer looking around, I found that installing hardware cloth around the plants was the most effective way to keep my veggies safe. Immediately after reading this, I was on my way to the store to pick up a roll of 1/4″ steel hardware cloth.

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    To install the fence, I first dug a 12 inch deep trench around in my garden area and placed the hardware cloth in it.

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    Next, I cut the fencing to fit the space and on the ends where the mesh met back up, I used a few zip ties to keep it together.

    After that, I placed some duct tape on the sharp edges of the fence. I am not sure how long this will stay on there, but I wanted to try to protect my little ones from getting cuts when they are helping in the garden.

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    Finally, I filled the trench in with dirt and this held the fence in place.

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    Although it took a little while to do, I think the installation of this fence went pretty smoothly. Will it keep the voles away? I don’t know about that, but stay tuned for an update soon!

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    Have you ever encountered these furry, little trouble makers? If so, what did you do to make them leave?

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  • Home Decor,  Outdoors

    Laundry Basket Planter

    When I see something left on the curb to be picked up by the trash man, my mind starts racing to create a use for this item. I begin to think I could totally use this for… and then, it becomes a “need.” I have to have it or my life will not be complete!

    This broken laundry basket I saw on the side of the road was no different, except I couldn’t think of a use for it. I grabbed it off the side of the road anyways, not even caring. So, it sat in my basement for about six month when it finally hit me “I can use it to as a planter.” Here is how I turned this trash into treasure.

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    First, I taped up the crack in the side with some plain old packing tape. Next, I hot glued burlap on the inside to cover the slats of the basket. This was to help make sure my dirt stayed in.

    burlap pannel

    Then,  I covered the basket with burlap, gluing the fabric down periodically.

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    After that, I took a separate piece of burlap and wrapped it around the top edge and handles.

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    I glued this edging to the inside of the basket.

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    Then, I attached rope around the basket, making sure to cover the seam where the two fabric pieces came together.

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    A little hot glue was added to ensure there was no unraveling of the rope. After all this hard work, I wouldn’t want that!

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    Next, I tied the rope into this cool looking knot thing.

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    Finally, I added the dirt and plant. You can’t even tell it was a broken laundry basket.  Ye-haw!

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    What do you do with broken laundry baskets? Erin said “I would just throw them away.” To which I responded “If I lived closer, I would just pick them up.”

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  • Outdoors

    Starting Plants In Toilet Paper Rolls

    Do you remember the adorable heart shaped stamps I shared around Valentines Day? Well, this time I am bringing you a completely different use for a toilet paper roll. These little cardboard tubes make a fantastic, decomposable home for starting plants.

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    Here’s how I turned this trash into treasure!

    First, I started saving our empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper rolls months in advance, so I was prepared to begin the seedlings.

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    Next, I cut four slits in one end of each cylinder, about 1 1/2 inches deeps. This created four little flaps.

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    Then, I folded opposite flaps inward to make a base.

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    Finally,  I lined up the cylinders in a large container, added some dirt to each one, and planted the seeds.

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    It is important to label the tubes. This way the plants aren’t mixed up when they are transfered outdoors in May.

    I thought about writing directly on each one, but my two little guys helping me with planting and their listening skills weren’t exactly the best. They would put seeds in whatever spot they wanted. My system of coloring coding toothpicks worked amazingly. After the kids sewed the seeds, they placed a toothpick in the corresponding paper roll.

    This key will help me later with identifying each plant.

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    They may not be the prettiest planters, but they are definitely practical.

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    Spring is in the air, or maybe just in my head, but now is the perfect time to start growing your vegetables and herbs indoors. Don’t throw out your toilet paper rolls. Put them to good use.