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It's Not Macramé! Make This Plant Hanger Using a Different Technique

by M.E. Gray

It's not macramé, it's crochet! Make this plant hanger!

I've been wanting to try my hand at making a macramé plant hanger for a bit, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. It got me thinking though... macramé is a knot-tying craft, and crocheting is basically knot tying, but with more loops. Could I make a crochet plant hanger instead? The answer is: yes! And you can too. Even if you've never crocheted before, I'm here to walk you through it.           

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The Internet is Magic, and You Can Buy All Your Houseplants Online

by M.E. Gray

Where to Buy Houseplants Online - 10 online retailers

The internet is a beautiful thing. Anything and everything exists there, including online shops that will sell and ship houseplants to your home. It's basically an introverted millennial's dream (that's me, btw). I am fortunate enough to have a lot of nurseries and plant shops in my area, which is where most of my greens come from. I'd never considered that I could buy houseplants online, but after discovering how easy/cheap/non-confrontational it is, I have several green babies bookmarked on my computer. If you're looking for new places to find greenery, here are 10 great sources for you to buy houseplants online.           

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Make These! An Easy Way to Give Old Plant Pots a Facelift

by Stephanie Lee

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

If you’re a frequent shopper at your local nursery, you’ll have had days where you’ve come home with a fantastic haul of pretty plants... only to be faced with row upon row of the ugly, flimsy plastic pots they get sold in.

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

And sure, you could head straight back to the nursery and spend up big on designer planters. Or you could pull out your craft materials and whip up some handmade boxes that’ll hide those ugly plant pots without breaking the bank!

If that sounds like your cup of tea, get some balsa wood and follow along!

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

Materials

  • Balsa wood
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Plants
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Black paint pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Potato

Materials for balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Measure and mark out 5 pieces of balsa wood with a ruler and pencil.

To make each box you’ll need 4 rectangular pieces (2 wide and 2 narrow) and 1 square piece. The square piece will be the base of your box and the rectangular pieces will be the sides. 

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Start out by deciding how large you want your square piece (the base) to be. Ideally, it’ll be at least 1 inch/2cm wider than the widest part of your plastic plant pot.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY
Once you’ve decided on the measurements for the base, the rest of the pieces will be as follows:

  • The 2 wider rectangles should be the same width as your square base
  • The 2 narrower rectangles should be the width of your square base minus 2x the thickness of your balsa wood
  • As an example, my square base was 4 inches wide and my balsa wood was 1/4 inch thick. So my wide rectangles were 4 inches in width, and my narrow rectangles were 3.5 inches wide (4 inches minus 2x 1/4 inch).

All your rectangular pieces should be the same height. They can be as tall as you like, but make sure they’re at least half an inch/1cm taller than your plastic plant pot.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Cut out each piece with a ruler and sharp craft knife (or you can use a saw and mitre box if your balsa wood is quite thick).

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Once all your pieces have been cut, give them a quick sand to remove any rough edges.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Stick one of the wider rectangles to your square base with wood glue. Position it so that it sits along the edge of the square base.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Add some glue to one of your narrower rectangular pieces and stick it to the wider rectangle and square base so that all three bits of wood form a corner.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Then stick your second narrower rectangular piece to the opposite side as shown below.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Finally, glue the last (wider) rectangle in place to form an open-top box.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

It’s time to decorate! Here are 3 ways to get creative with the look of your box planters:

Colour blocked and paint flecked:

Place a strip of painter’s tape around the base of your plant pot. Then paint the bare area with white acrylic paint.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Once the paint has dried, coat the tip of a clean paintbrush with black paint and use your forefinger to speckle it across the white area.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Then remove the painter’s tape.

Mudcloth

Begin by choosing 2 line patterns that you can easily draw freehand (I used lines and arrows). Place a strip of painter’s tape just below the top of your plant pot. Using the tape as a guide, start drawing in your first pattern with a black paint pen.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Once you’ve drawn all the way around your planter, reposition the painter’s tape to leave another gap and fill the space in with your second pattern.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Make your way down the planter, repeating the two patterns until the entire surface is covered.

Scalloped

Cut a small potato into quarters so that you have a semi circle surface. 

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Dip the potato in black paint and begin stamping around the planter, starting from the bottom and working your way up.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

The key to this look is to keep it rough. So don’t worry too much if your scallops aren’t straight or properly filled in - the more imperfect, the better!

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Once your planters are decorated, pop your plants (with their plastic pots) inside.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

The sky’s the limit with these little boxes. Once you’ve made one, it’s easy to make many, and they’re like a blank canvas that you can decorate any way you like.

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

Style them to suit your interior decor or get the kids involved - they can have a craft session where they decorate a box to house a seedling of their own!

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Make These! An Easy Way to Give Old Plant Pots a Facelift

by Stephanie Lee

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

If you’re a frequent shopper at your local nursery, you’ll have had days where you’ve come home with a fantastic haul of pretty plants... only to be faced with row upon row of the ugly, flimsy plastic pots they get sold in.

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

And sure, you could head straight back to the nursery and spend up big on designer planters. Or you could pull out your craft materials and whip up some handmade boxes that’ll hide those ugly plant pots without breaking the bank!

If that sounds like your cup of tea, get some balsa wood and follow along!

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

Materials

  • Balsa wood
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Plants
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Black paint pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Potato

Materials for balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Measure and mark out 5 pieces of balsa wood with a ruler and pencil.

To make each box you’ll need 4 rectangular pieces (2 wide and 2 narrow) and 1 square piece. The square piece will be the base of your box and the rectangular pieces will be the sides. 

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Start out by deciding how large you want your square piece (the base) to be. Ideally, it’ll be at least 1 inch/2cm wider than the widest part of your plastic plant pot.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY
Once you’ve decided on the measurements for the base, the rest of the pieces will be as follows:

  • The 2 wider rectangles should be the same width as your square base
  • The 2 narrower rectangles should be the width of your square base minus 2x the thickness of your balsa wood
  • As an example, my square base was 4 inches wide and my balsa wood was 1/4 inch thick. So my wide rectangles were 4 inches in width, and my narrow rectangles were 3.5 inches wide (4 inches minus 2x 1/4 inch).

All your rectangular pieces should be the same height. They can be as tall as you like, but make sure they’re at least half an inch/1cm taller than your plastic plant pot.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Cut out each piece with a ruler and sharp craft knife (or you can use a saw and mitre box if your balsa wood is quite thick).

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Once all your pieces have been cut, give them a quick sand to remove any rough edges.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Stick one of the wider rectangles to your square base with wood glue. Position it so that it sits along the edge of the square base.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Add some glue to one of your narrower rectangular pieces and stick it to the wider rectangle and square base so that all three bits of wood form a corner.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Then stick your second narrower rectangular piece to the opposite side as shown below.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Finally, glue the last (wider) rectangle in place to form an open-top box.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

It’s time to decorate! Here are 3 ways to get creative with the look of your box planters:

Colour blocked and paint flecked:

Place a strip of painter’s tape around the base of your plant pot. Then paint the bare area with white acrylic paint.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Once the paint has dried, coat the tip of a clean paintbrush with black paint and use your forefinger to speckle it across the white area.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Then remove the painter’s tape.

Mudcloth

Begin by choosing 2 line patterns that you can easily draw freehand (I used lines and arrows). Place a strip of painter’s tape just below the top of your plant pot. Using the tape as a guide, start drawing in your first pattern with a black paint pen.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Once you’ve drawn all the way around your planter, reposition the painter’s tape to leave another gap and fill the space in with your second pattern.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Make your way down the planter, repeating the two patterns until the entire surface is covered.

Scalloped

Cut a small potato into quarters so that you have a semi circle surface. 

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Dip the potato in black paint and begin stamping around the planter, starting from the bottom and working your way up.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

The key to this look is to keep it rough. So don’t worry too much if your scallops aren’t straight or properly filled in - the more imperfect, the better!

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Step

Once your planters are decorated, pop your plants (with their plastic pots) inside.

Balsa wood plant pot DIY

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

The sky’s the limit with these little boxes. Once you’ve made one, it’s easy to make many, and they’re like a blank canvas that you can decorate any way you like.

Give your old plant pots a face lift with these balsa wood planters!

Style them to suit your interior decor or get the kids involved - they can have a craft session where they decorate a box to house a seedling of their own!

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10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall

10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall
Photo: The Merry Thought

Leather is one of those materials that seems intimidating... but once you start working with it, you'll realize that it's not. I promise. So in honor of this sophisticated material, today I'm sharing ten of my favorite leather DIYs for your home. (And if you're not into using the real stuff, you can substitute vegan leather for any of these pieces!).   

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How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Terrarium Ready for Fall!

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem! 

 

 

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

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Make This: Hanging Fabric Planter

by M.E. Gray

DIY hanging fabric planter to organize your indoor greenery

I was recently reading an article on how millennials are especially attracted to houseplants as it gives them something to care for since they can't really afford to care for anything else (the article is here if you're interested). As a millennial, you can count me in as slightly offended but also totally in agreement. My home is slowly being filled with all things leafy and green - I just can't help myself. With all these plants comes the need for somewhere to put them, so let's take to the walls with this DIY hanging fabric planter.         

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17 Bathrooms That Prove the Shower Plant Trend is Here to Stay

by Holly Wade
17 Bathrooms That Prove the Shower Plant Trend is Here to Stay
Photo by I Spy DIY

Shower plants are a big trend in 2017, and you can't browse Pinterest these days without seeing a few plant-filled bathrooms on your feed. If you're anything like me and struggle to keep even the most durable plants alive, this shower plants trend could actually be the key to adding a little greenery to your home because it helps you remember the key to keeping plants alive: watering them often. 

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IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

I'm a plant lover through and through. Plants add visual interest to a space, and they clean the air too. So when I saw the Fryken baskets at IKEA, I knew I had to turn them into a hanging planter set. Not only does it look cool, but it also keeps the plants away from the curious nose of my mischievous dog. So read on find out how you can make your own hanging planter basket set.   

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

The final product is a nice combination of rustic and contemporary, with the bright colored cord paired with the natural sea grass. And it's surprisingly easy to make! Let's get started.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your planter:

 

  • IKEA Fryken basket set
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • 10' of parachute cord
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4" piece of thin wire (not pictured)
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by painting the bottom of each basket. I mixed up a dark turquoise color, and painted on an angle so that the color would be visible from the side when the baskets were hanging.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's a look at the side of the basket. Feel free to use a piece of painters tape to help create a straight line. Let the baskets dry thoroughly.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to connect the baskets using parachute cord. You can buy the cord on Amazon or at most craft stores (I bought mine at Michaels). You most likely won't be able to thread your cord through the embroidery needle, so you'll need to fashion a little loop out of wire. To do this, thread the wire through the needle, create a 1 inch opening and then twist the ends together as shown above.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Cut 6 pieces of parachute cord that are 12 inches long each. Thread one piece of cord through your wire loop and push the needle through the top of the largest basket, as shown above. If you have trouble getting the cord through, pull everything back out and use a flat head screwdriver to gently wiggle a small hole in that spot and then try threading it through again.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Once it comes through, pull one end all the way through and tie a knot at the end. Then pull the outside end back out so the knot is positioned on the inside of the basket. Do this for three of the pieces of cord, evenly spacing them around the top of the basket.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, use the same process to pull the top of one of the cords through the bottom of the medium sized basket. Tie a knot at the top of that cord. Do the same for the other two cords. 

Now repeat the exact same process for the medium basket and attach it to the smallest basket. Adjust the knots slightly if the baskets aren't sitting flat.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Then cut three pieces of cord that are 15 inches long each, and attach those to the top of the smallest basket. Knot the three pieces together at the top as shown above, and hang it from a hook. Your planter set is finished!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You'll want to use plants that are already in plastic containers so you can take them out to water them... if the sea grass baskets get wet repeatedly, they may start to get a bit moldy. For the bottom basket, I used cuttings from another Pothos plant and put them in a plastic container that I found in my recycling bin. I did the same for the Jade plant in the middle, and the top one is an air plant - so no soil needed!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You can customize these to your liking, using colors that match your decor - or you might even consider using different colors for each section if you like a multi-color look.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You could fill the entire thing with air plants, for a lower maintenance option. Just don't forget to water them like I did last time! Spritz them thoroughly in the sink every week or two to keep them looking good.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

If you try this project, feel free to share a link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

by M.E. Gray

The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...

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Decorate with Green: Make a Wood Succulent Planter Centerpiece

by Holly Wade

DIY Wood Succulent Centerpiece

As someone with a brown thumb, the only plants I can keep alive are succulents and cacti. Luckily, there are so many beautiful succulents to choose from, and they range from small to large and are very easy to maintain, making them the perfect plants for DIY projects. This simple wood succulent centerpiece allows you to bring the plants indoors in a way that will beautifully display plants on your table.

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