DIY Projects

  • Indoor Garden

    Indoor Garden DIYs Indoor Garden DIYs

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Indoor Garden

    Not all of us are lucky enough to have a big garden — or even a small garden, for that matter — to grow all our veggies and flowers. However, with a little dirt and these handy ideas from Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine: The Perfectly Imperfect Issue, you can have them no matter what size your space.

    Dried Herbs Dried Herbs

    Instructions For Drying Herbs

    SUPPLIES

    • Herbs
    • Rubber bands
    • Jar with a lid
    • Hook, nail or push pin

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Make small bundles of herbs and secure them with a rubber band. Make sure not to use string (the stems will shrink as they dry and you don’t want your bundles falling apart).

    2. Hang the herbs in an airy space to dry for about a week.

    3. Once they’re nice and dry, store them in a jar and tightly close the lid.
    Wine Crate Garden Wine Crate Garden

    Instructions For WINE CRATE GARDEN

    SUPPLIES

    • Plastic trash bags
    • Wooden crate
    • Pebbles
    • Soil
    • Plants
    • Moss

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Cover the inside of the box with two layers of plastic bags. Then, trim the plastic bags down to size.

    2. Fill the bottom of the crate with 2 to 3 inches of pebbles.

    3. Fill the rest of the crate up with soil.

    4. Plant your plants and herbs.

    5. Add moss to keep the soil moist.
    Herb Terrarium Herb Terrarium

    Instructions For HERB TERRARIUM

    SUPPLIES

    • Glass bowl
    • Pebbles
    • Soil
    • Plants
    • Small figurines

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Take your bowl and fill it with a 2-inch layer of pebbles.

    2. Add in soil until it’s about 1/3 of the way up the bowl.

    3. Get planting.

    4. Add another thick layer of pebbles.

    5. Mix in small figurines for an extra bit of personality.
    Hanging Herb Pots Hanging Herb Pots

    Instructions For HANGING HERB POTS

    SUPPLIES

    • Pots
    • Metal wire
    • Herbs
    • Wire cutters

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Cut a long piece of wire and tie it around your pot. Make sure your pot has a rim on top. That way, the wire has a place to rest.

    2. Cut another piece of wire and secure it to one side of the pot. Then, make a simple hoop over the pot and secure that end of the wire to the other side of the pot.

    3. Fill the planter with your favorite plants and herbs and go on and hang it up.
    Eggshell Planters Eggshell Planters

    Instructions For EGGSHELL PLANTERS

    SUPPLIES

    • Eggs
    • Seeds
    • Egg carton
    • Soil

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Save up your empty, cracked eggs and place them back in their carton.

    2. Fill each egg with a bit of soil and add in your seeds.

    3. Place in a sunny area and wait for them to sprout.

    4. Once plants are big enough, plant them outside or transfer them to a larger planter.
    Vegetable Centerpiece Vegetable Centerpiece

    Instructions For VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE

    SUPPLIES

    • Vegetables
    • Herbs
    • Vases and small containers

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Arrange vegetables on your table.

    2. Keep it interesting by adding in some height with vegetables like asparagus and rosemary. You can even put them in a vase or two if you’re feeling fancy.

    3. Group smaller, colorful vegetables together to fill in any leftover negative space.
  • Composting With Serenbe and Mrs Meyers

    Composting with Serenbe and Mrs. Meyer's

    Welcome to Serenbe

    Serenbe, Georgia is a sustainable-community in the Chattahoochee Hill Country near Atlanta. Founded in 2004, it’s filled with lush preserved forests, winding pathways, organic produce and people committed to living a greener life. Needless to say, it’s impressively sustainable compared to typical American neighborhoods.



    Like the folks of Serenbe, we at Mrs. Meyer’s have a passion for sustainability. For us, that often starts in our own backyards by planting one garden at a time using natural materials and a little bit of elbow grease.

  • Love Night Light

    Love Night Light

    This customizable craft is fun for the whole family. Just take simple oven-bake clay and punch out a note or a name to light up the night.

    Materials & Tools

    • Oven-bake clay
    • Precision knife or clay tools
    • Rolling pin
    • Large cookie cutter (optional)
    • Small night light
    • Hot glue gun
    • Aluminum foil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Cut the clay into a different shape, carve a different word or design into the surface, or use glaze to change the finish or color of the clay. The possibilities are endless.
  • Mason Jar Caddy

    Mason Jar Caddy

    Yes, we’ve found another adorable way to use Mason jars! This handy caddy is easy to make and can store all kinds of things. We filled ours with arts and crafts supplies, but the options are endless. Wouldn’t your junk drawer look nice and tidy organized in jars instead?

    Materials & Tools

    • Large piece of wood
    • 4 Mason jars in various sizes
    • Roll of copper flashing with holes
    • 16 wood screws with wide heads
    • 4 nails
    • Heavy metal snips
    • Screwdriver
    • Hammer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • There are tons of different Mason jar lids that you can screw onto the top of each jar, from shakers to liquid pump dispensers.
    • Make sure to use wide-mouth jars if you’ll need to put your hand all the way inside.
  • Rope Lamp

    Rope Lamp

    Update an old lamp or add a personal touch to a new one with this easy DIY project. You won’t need much more than rope and hot glue to turn an ordinary lamp into your very own creation. Don’t have a lamp to use? Look for old chandeliers at flea markets or vintage stores, or choose any ordinary new one as your starting point.

    Materials & Tools

    • Chandelier or hanging lamp
    • 100% cotton rope (example used 60 feet of ¾-inch thick rope)
    • Fabric dye
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Hot glue gun
    • 2-foot x 4-inch piece of cotton fabric

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Create an interesting pattern by alternating rope colors or introducing several colors of rope into your chandelier.
    • For safety, keep the rope a safe distance away from any light bulbs.
  • Tin Can Herb Planters

    Tin Can Herb Planters

    Reroute your tin cans from the recycling bin and upcycle them instead! You’ll channel your inner artist as you use seed packets to transform those cans into pretty planters for fresh herbs.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tin cans
    • Herb plants
    • Seed packets
    • Decoupage matte adhesive
    • Precision knife
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Paint
    • Marker 
    • Paintbrush
    • Potting soil
    • Nail
    • Hammer

    Instructions

  • Upcycled Storage DIYs

    Upcycled Storage DIY Upcycled Storage DIY Title Image

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Upcycled Storage Diys

    Upcycling is a great way to bring otherwise forgotten objects back to life. And we love making something old new again. So, if you’re not recycling our containers, why not upcycle them? Check-out nifty how-tos from china squirrel and Sweet Paul magazine here.

    Storage Jars Storage Jars

    Instructions For Fabric Covered Laundry Storage

    Supplies

    • Various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • Heavy scissors
    • Fabric
    • Matte finish découpage glue/sealer
    • Paint brush

    How to Make this Project

    1. Peel the labels off the tops. Use scissors to cut off the top of each plastic bottle to make a simple canister shape.
    2. Use each bottle to measure out a rectangular fabric strip. Make sure the strip is long enough to wrap completely around the bottle leaving about 1" of overlap. Leave about 1" of fabric at the top and bottom of the bottle too.
    3. Paint on a thick coat of découpage glue all around the sides of the bottle.
    4. Roll the fabric around the bottle tightly and put a little extra glue on the fabric at the seam. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.
    5. Use your scissors and cut the overlap at the top and bottom of the canister into ½" fringe.
    6. Coat the bottom of the canister with glue and fold the fringe onto the bottom tightly. Coat the inside lip of the canister with glue and repeat the folding process with the top fringe. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
    7. Paint on a nice coat of découpage glue over the entire outside surface of the canister. Allow to dry completely for several hours. It will dry clear and make it look amazing!

    Tips for Inspiration

    Use vintage fabric. The crazier the print the better! You can even look for groovy vintage clothes at the thrift store and cut them up for your fabric.

    Upcycled Storage Diy Step One Upcycled Storage Diy Step One

    Instructions For Storage Jars

    Supplies

    • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Candle jars
    • Doorknobs
    • Drill
    • Bolt cutters
    • Vintage candleholders
    • Primer
    • Undercoat spray paint
    • Your choice of spray paint for a final coat

    How to Make this Project

    1. After you have used the candle you will need to clean the jars and lids. Start by heating up a pot of water. Once it's good and boiling, put on oven mitts and use a ladle to pour it into your candle jar. Wait a few hours for the water to cool and wax to float to the top of the jar.
    2. Gently remove the wax with a spoon or butter knife. Any remaining wax and labels can be removed with warm, soapy water, a sponge and a little bit of patience. Dry the jars and lids.
    3. Measure the thickness of each doorknob thread, then use a drill to make a hole in the center of each lid.
    4. Use bolt cutters to trim the length of each doorknob.
    5. Make sure the jar lidsand candlesticks are clean and dry then spray paint with a primer or undercoat (follow manufacturer's directions). Allow to dry completely.
    6. Screw the doorknobs into the lids. Use ceramic suitable epoxy glue (follow manufactuer's directions) to glue the base of the jar to the candlestick. Allow to set overnight before using.
  • Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    Lemon Stamped Table Runner

    The start of summer means outdoor gatherings are in full swing. We’ve all been waiting to spend time with friends and family in the backyard, under a canopy of trees or next to a colorful garden. Informal outdoors entertaining is all about fresh flowers, brightly hued table coverings and delicious food. This easy DIY pays tribute to one of my favorite summertime treats - fresh lemonade. We decided to turn some of our retired sheets and long curtains into bright coverings for our serving tables using a simple stamp technique with lemons.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tablecloth or runner sized fabric; cotton or muslin work best
    • Knife
    • Paper towels
    • Medium sized lemon
    • Fabric paint
    • Foam brushes
    • Paper plates
    • Cardboard, to place under fabric while stamping
    • Iron

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Practice on a piece of scrap fabric first.
    • Once you find the amount of paint and pressure that produces a design you like, move on to your party fabric.
    • Each time you stamp, you will need to reapply the fabric paint to the lemon stamp, to ensure you get a similar design every time you stamp.
  • Pressed Flower Projects

    Pressed Flower Projects Pressed Flower Projects

    by Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Pressed Flower Hero

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Pressed Flowers Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Pressed Flowers

    Supplies

    • Heavy book
    • Blotting paper or parchment paper
    • Fresh flowers
    • Leaves
    • Fern

    How to Make this Project

    1. Place flowers, leaves or fern face down between two pieces of parchment or blotting paper. Make sure items are spaced out and don’t overlap.
    2. Place everything inside a large heavy book and carefully close the book.
    3. Place extra weight on top of the book using other books or a brick.
    Botanical Wall Art Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Botanical Wall Art

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Art paper
    • Making tape

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto pieces of art paper.
    2. Once you find an arrangement you like, tape everything down to the art paper with masking tape.
    3. Arrange art paper on a wall and hang with masking tape.
    Wrapping Paper Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Wrapping Paper

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • White paper
    • Craft glue
    • Camera
    • Printer

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers and greenery onto a large sheet of paper.
    2. Take a photograph of your arrangement and print it out using a printer.
    3. Use your printer paper to wrap gifts.
    Gift Tags Pressed Flowers

    Instructions For Gift Tags

    Supplies

    • Pressed flowers
    • Cardboard, cut into gift tag-sized rectangles
    • Craft glue
    • Hole puncher
    • Twine

    How to Make this Project

    1. Arrange pressed flowers onto gift tags.
    2. Use craft glue to glue flowers into place.
    3. Make a hole in each card using a hole puncher.
    4. Cut twine and thread through hole in card. Then, attach the gift card to your gift.
  • Lace Doily Bowls

    Lace Doily Bowls

    Make something mod with Grandma’s doilies! If you don’t already have some on hand, doilies are easy to find in thrift shops. And this project turns these old fashioned decorations into something stylish and unexpected!

    Materials & Tools

    • Lace or crocheted doily
    • Glue
    • Water
    • Food coloring
    • Plastic wrap
    • Bowls
    • Table salt

    Instructions

  • Hanging Table

    Hanging Table

    Turn a slab of natural wood into a conversation piece. Unlike any old, run-of-the-mill table, this one is suspended from the ceiling! Inspired by the 20th-century furniture designer George Nakashima, this unexpected surface is simple to assemble and fun to use.

    Materials & Tools

    • Slab of natural wood (example is 3 inches thick x 2½ feet x 3 feet)
    • Drill with a ¾-inch bit
    • 120-grit sandpaper
    • Linseed oil
    • Heavy hook mounted in your ceiling
    • ¾-inch thick nylon or cotton rope
    • Level 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Be sure to find a ceiling beam or stud to support the weight of the table.
    • Wood slabs can be found at your local lumber store, salvage yard or online.
    • To add a pop of color, use mountain climbing nylon rope, which comes in a variety of bright colors and interesting patterns.
  • Fresh Flower Crown

    FRESH Flower Crown Fresh Flower Crown

    By Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul Fresh flower crown

    Flowers aren't just for vases anymore, thanks to this DIY. A fresh flower crown is perfect for weddings, homemade gifts or just for sprucing up an outfit. Not to mention, it does wonders for cheering you right up.

    Stick figure with flower crown Stick figure with flower crown

    Instructions For Fresh Flower Crown

    Supplies

    • Dry vine or wire
    • Tape measure or string
    • Fresh flowers
    • Fresh greenery
    • Thin, green floral wire
    • Scissors

    How to make this project

    1. Use a tape measure or piece of string and measure around your head.
    2. Cut floral wire or a dry vine to the length you measured. Then, make the wire or vine into a circle and secure the ends together with a small piece of floral wire.
    3. Wind greenery around 3/4 of the way around the crown. Use tiny pieces of floral wire to keep the greenery in place as you go.
    4. Trim flower stems, leaving a short amount of stem, and attach fresh flowers to the crown with small pieces of floral wire.
    5. Try on your crown or gift it, and then show it off with #MakeAndTell.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • Swap flowers for different types of leaves.

    • Gifting your crown and not sure what the circumference should be? Use pliable twine instead of floral wire. This way, you can easily adjust the size.
  • Cross Stitch Hand Towels

    Cross-stitch Hand Towels

    Plain hand towels are the perfect blank slates for quirky cross-stitches patterns that are just as eye-catching as they are welcoming. Grab some of your favorite yarn and stitch your way to great bathroom accent pieces and even better homemade gifts!

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • White hand towels
    • Yarn
    • Yarn darning needle
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If you practice beforehand or are comfortable with cross-stitching, make your guest towels a bit more welcoming by creating a cute message like we did!
  • Crated Shelves

    Crated Shelves

    Rather than stacking crates for storage, turn them on their side and into a brightly colored display. Pick colors that will contrast with the contents or let each family member choose a color and curate his or her own shelf.

    Materials & Tools

    • Small to medium-sized wooden boxes (wine crates, small apple crates or wooden box planters will work)
    • Paint
    • Paintbrushes
    • Screws with anchors 
    • Electric drill

    Instructions

  • Color Dipped Bowls

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    Start with plain wood bowls and end with eye-catching accent pieces. They’ll make a great addition to any meal, or can be used throughout your house to organize smaller trinkets. Or keep one for each family member by the door for keys and other personal items.

    Materials & Tools

    • Wooden bowls
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush (optional)
    • Container for dipping bowls into paint 

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Instead of paint, you can use rubber dip (available at hardware stores). It comes in bright colors, and the rubber will keep your bowls from slipping and sliding.
  • Braided Rosemary Bread

    Braided Bread Braided Bread

    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Braided Bread

    Gather round the picnic table and break a few pieces of this oh-so-delicious rosemary bread. This braided loaf is brown and crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and comes straight from the pages of Sweet Paul + Mrs. Meyer’s Magazine.

    Braided bread Braided bread

    Instructions For Braided Rosemary Bread

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp. dry active yeast
    • 2 tbsp. honey
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 3 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 3 to 4 rosemary stalks
    • Sea salt

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • Large bowl
    • Plastic
    • Baking tray
    • Parchment paper
    • Wire rack

    Instructions

    1. Mix yeast, honey and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for about five minutes until it becomes frothy. If nothing happens, that means your yeast is dead and you’ll need to start all over again.

    2. Add the rest of the water, flour, oil and salt and knead until you have a smooth dough.

    3. Cover the bowl with plastic and wait about 40 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.

    4. Divide the dough into three parts and roll out each part into a long sausage-like shape.

    5. Cover a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and put the dough on it.

    6. Press the three parts of the dough together at one end and place the rosemary on top of one part of it.

    7. Braid the other two parts around the rosemary and then press the ends together.

    8. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

    9. Let the dough rise for 25 minutes.

    10. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 400°F.

    11. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    12. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

    Tips for Inspiration

    • For a spicy kick, dip your bread in chili oil.

    • Experiment baking in other herbs, like basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon and dill.
  • Blanket Ladder

    Blanket Ladder

    Simple storage or artful decor? How about both? Follow these steps to easily transform basic wooden dowels into a ladder that lets you store and display your blankets. And when it’s time to cozy up on the couch, you’ll know just where to find something to snuggle up with.

    Materials & Tools

    • 4 copper pressure tees - diameter 1 inch
    • 8 wooden dowels, 1-inch diameter (example used two 30 inches, four 12 inches, two 6 inches, one 20 inches, one 19 inches, one 18 inches)
    • 4 copper caps, 1-inch diameter
    • 2 rubber floor protectors for feet
    • Wood glue
    • Blankets

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Paint or stain the wood before assembling the ladder, if you want a different look. Or use different metal for the tees and caps.
  • Blanket Chair

    Blanket Chair

    With a plush, new cover, you can turn a simple butterfly chair into just the thing for your reading nook. After upcycling a thrift-store picnic blanket into a chair cover, you just may find yourself fighting over a chance to enjoy this delightfully cozy seat.

    Materials & Tools

    • Butterfly chair
    • Picnic blanket (preferably wool)
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • The easiest blankets to use are boiled wool, as they don't fray when you cut them.
    • Or use an old quilt for a very charming effect.
    • Check out local flea markets, thrift stores or online.
  • Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo Steamer Shelf

    Bamboo steamers aren’t just for dumplings and dim sum. With a few easy steps you can turn this kitchen tool into a nifty little shelf. It’s a great way to organize and display smaller items around your desk or sewing machine. And no one will ever guess its original use!

    Materials & Tools

    • 18-inch bamboo steamer 
    • Drill with 1⁄2 inch bit
    • 3 pieces of pine for shelves (size depends on your desired placement)
    • Wood glue or painter’s masking tape
    • 6 5/8 inch screws
    • Screwdriver
    • Pen
    • 1⁄2 inch cotton or nylon rope

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Make a few steamer shelves in various sizes and hang them together for a beautiful display.
    • Consider painting the pine shelves different colors (before assembly) to add a pop of color.
    • Gold leaf would also add a nice sparkle.
  • Hanging Planter

    Hanging Planter

    Elevate your houseplants with this easy DIY project. You can hang the planter outside or in any room of your house with natural light. This project is a great way to show off your artistic side and your green thumb.

    Materials & Tools

    • Thin nylon or cotton rope/string (at least 40 feet long) 
    • Plant
    • Bowl or planter with holes for drainage
    • Scissors
    • Plant hook (optional)

    Instructions

  • Orange Clove Pomanders

    Color-Dipped Bowls

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is to sit by the fire and make orange pomander balls. Pomander balls go back to the 15th century, when they served as natural air fresheners for closets or drawers. We hang them for decoration-- on the outside of our front-hall closet, in the laundry room and the kitchen-- and, of course, for that beautiful citrus-spice smell that warms the room. We found the inspiration for our designs in some patterns from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Find them at mrsmeye.rs/patterns.

    Materials & Tools

    • Orange or other citrus fruits
    • Skewers
    • Whole cloves
    • Straight pin
    • Ribbon or string
    • Water-based marker
     

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • In addition to oranges and lemons, this project works well with limes or apples.
  • Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Shelf-Top Ironing Board

    Not much room in your laundry room? This DIY project lets you ditch your bulky ironing board and replaces it with a space-saving, shelf-top solution. So grab a staple gun and some heat-resistant batting and let’s get started!

    Materials & Tools

    • Storage furniture - should be around 36 to 46 inches tall, depending on how tall you are; must have flat top with overhang; best if you can remove top.
    • Heat-resistant batting
    • Fabric (cotton duck or canvas is recommended; also denim or tightly woven, cottons or linens)
    • Bleach pen
    • Staple gun

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can use different colors of cotton, denim or canvas.
    • Or use fabric paint instead of bleach.
    • Try simple dots or designs, or choose your own mantra (like “Waste not, Want not”) to write on the fabric.
  • Homemade Composting

    Homemade Composting Homemade Composting

    by Thelma A. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer's Namesake Composting Hero

    Regular old trash bags can take decades to decompose. Luckily, you can lend Mother Nature — and your favorite plants and flowers — a helping hand by creating your very own compost pile using all sorts of household scraps, paper egg cartons and fallen leaves.

    Homemade Composting Parsley Salad

    Ingredients For Compost

  • Greens: fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee ground and filters, household plant trimmings, soft prunings, eggshells, tea bags, grass clippings, flowers, hair

  • Browns: twigs and branches, mulch from rain gutters, shredded newspaper, paper egg cartons, fallen leaves, pine needles, wood ashes, wood chips, sawdust, dryer lint, straw

  • Soil
  • Supplies

    • 4x8 ft. wooden or metal bin
    • Rake
    • Resealable plastic container

    Instructions

    1. Find a not to out-of-the-way spot in your yard that's partly sunny and partly shady.
    2. Line the bottom of a wooden or metal bin with twigs.
    3. Put six to eight inches of green and brown matter down, followed by a thin layer of garden soil. Repeat these layers three times. Ideally, your compost pile should be one part green materials to two parts brown, so everything breaks down correctly.
    4. Turn your pile every other week with a rake
    5. Tips for Inspiration

      • Avoid adding anything treated with pesticides or herbicides, animal and dairy products, oil, grease, diseased or poisonous plants, weeds or any plants that aren't completely dead ( they can take root in your pile and no one wants that ).
      • Be sure to make your compost pest-proof by using a lid or tarp, turning it over often and soaking it with water.
  • Pegboard

    Pegboard

    This simple DIY pegboard can help you organize just about anything. From the kids’ rooms to the kitchen, it keeps the things you need within reach without the clutter. You can use the pegs as hooks or rest items on the shelves. It’s a smart and simple way to keep things tidy.

    Materials & Tools

    • Piece of 20 inch x 25 inch, 1⁄2 inch thick A/C fir wood
    • T-square ruler
    • Pencil
    • 10 1⁄4 inch x 3 inch wood dowels
    • Drill with 1⁄4 inch bit
    • Two 27 inch and two 20 inch pieces of 1 inch x 1 inch poplar or pine wood for framing
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Rubber hammer
    • Four 1/4 inch wood pieces for the shelves, cut to desired length (our example uses maple)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Wood stain or paint can add a little polish and pop.
    • You can also scale this project up to be as large as you want.
    • You could make the whole piece bigger or you could just increase the number of pegs and shelves.
    • If you don't have a saw at home, just buy all of your supplies at your local lumber store and ask them to cut it all to size for you.
  • Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Vintage Pie Tin Stand

    Turn inexpensive pie tins into a charming display for homemade goodies. Arrange cookies and mints on each level to really impress your guests at the end of a dinner party. Best of all? This DIY is easy as pie.

    Materials & Tools

    • 3 vintage pie tins in different sizes
    • 2 long vintage wooden spools
    • 4 small brass balls or cap nuts
    • 120 grit sandpaper
    • Super glue
    • Pencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Pie tins and wooden spools can be found at flea markets, thrift stores or online.
    • For a floral centerpiece with a vintage touch, fill each layer of the stand with flowers.
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    Holiday Gift Wrapping Station

    We love gift wrap supplies maybe a little too much. Every time we reach for one thing, three other things fall off the shelf. Time to whip this area into shape before the holidays! Use these ideas as a jumping off point to get things organized just how you want them.

    DETAILS & TOOLS

    • A small shelving unit with adjustable shelves
    • Washi tape for gift wrap but also to add a little color to our white shelves!
    • Small, square wastebasket to hold gift wrap rolls
    • Magazine file for gift bags or tissue paper
    • Dowel(s) on hooks or attached to the shelving for ribbons and tape
    • Jar for bows and ribbons
    • Chalkboard for upcoming birthdays and holiday reminders
    • Gift boxes
    • Holder for pens, pencils and scissors
    • Colorful bunting, just because

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Bows and pom-poms aren't just for gifts -- use them as décor!
    • Since our walls are painted, we went with white boxes and accessories, but that doesn't mean you should!
  • Embroidered Pillowcase

    Embroidered Pillowcase

    Add some personality to your pillowcase. All it takes is a few simple stitches, and some creativity to get started on your embroidery.

    Materials & Tools

    • One or two pillowcases
    • Your choice of thread colors (3 or 4…or more!)
    • Ruler
    • Pencil or tailor’s chalk

    Instructions

  • Pom-Pom bath Rug

    Pom Pom Bath Rug

    It's time to make your feet happy, and your toes feel tickled. This modern take on a simple bath mat will leave you perfectly pampered and playful. 

    Materials & Tools

    • A bath rug
    • Yarn in your favorite colors
    • Large needle for threading
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Thimble (if you prefer)

    Instructions

  • Scalloped Towels

    Scalloped Towel

    There’s nothing as cheerful as a scalloped edge or border. Reminiscent of cottage life, spring gardens and fresh flowers, scalloped edges provide a whimsical feel to the home, without being too over-the-top or frilly. We love this DIY because it’s as economical as it is easy. Most modern dishtowels are extra large, providing us with an opportunity to cut the towel in half, upcycle it and create two custom towels out of just one.

    Materials & Tools

    • Cotton tea or dish towel
    • Sharp fabric scissors
    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Round lid from a spice jar
    • Pencil
    • Pins
    • Liquid seam sealant
      (available online or at sewing/craft stores)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used scallop edges here, but you can experiment with all different types of patterns. Play with color and texture by sewing on different types of colored fabric on each end.
  • Stencil Doormat

    Doormat

    We all know April showers bring May flowers, but this time of year often brings the outdoors inside, too. Keep the mud outside right where it belongs, all the while brightening your doorstep, with this DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Coir doormat
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Foam paint brush
    • Acrylic paint
    • Straight edge (optional)
    • Paint brush (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Experiment with colors and even add some florals if you can't wait until your garden blooms!
  • Branch Message Center

    Branch Message Center

    Clear the clutter and add a natural touch to your family’s message center. This easy DIY project can replace a hodgepodge of notes with a clear space to share information. Depending on the length of your branch, you can hang additional items too, such as scissors and pens.

    Materials & Tools

    • Long skinny branch (as straight as possible, but some curvature is OK) 
    • Two leather strips (at least 40 inches long)
    • 12-24 inch roll of paper (look for one with a center hole at least 2 inches in diameter)
    • Two clothespins
    • Two 1 inch nails

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • If your paper won’t fit over the branch, you can unroll the paper from the tube and make a looser roll you can fit over the branch.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Wood Burned Cutting Board

    Plain wood cutting boards can be a little dull. So add a modern edge with a wood-burned design. All you need is a wooden cutting board and a wood-burning tool. Then your options are limitless!

    Materials & Tools

    • Cutting board
    • Wood-burning tool 
    • Wood-burning tool attachment kit
    • Pencil (optional)
    • Wood scrap (optional)

    Instructions

    COMMON SENSE SAFETY

    • Observe all safety rules when doing your project.
    • Keep children away from the hot wood-burning tool.
    • Change attachments by following all tool guidelines.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Frame Pin Board

    Frame Pin Board

    Before there was Pinterest, or even the Internet for that matter, I used to pin all my best ideas on a giant bulletin board in my room. It’s where all my pictures, notes and cards ended up living for months on end. Though we live in a paperless world, sometimes it’s nice to have a place to store memories that aren’t on a screen. Today, I have my pin board up in my kitchen to hold important reminders, fun pictures and some of my favorite cards. It’s so nice to see those paper memories smiling back at me every morning, and it’s a great place to store important things, like grocery lists.

    Materials & Tools

    • Frames
    • Cork Roll
    • Scissors
    • Pen
    • Strong adhesive or sticky foam strips

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    Decorate your cork using fabric, paint or decorative tape. We kept our picture frame black here, but you can always paint yours in a color of your choosing.

  • Coiled Rope Plant Holders

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    One of my favorite Mrs. Meyer's quotes is "Waste not, want not!" As I was thinking about my next DIY project, I thought of that quote and that's when inspiration hit. I used a bit of rope, a little thread and fabric dye, and voila! A perfect piece of fall decor. There are lots of ways to go about this project and make it completely your own. If it's not "perfect" and you mess up (I sure did), remember to Just Keep Making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Empty Mrs. Meyer's Bottle
    • Cotton clothesline cord
    • Embroidery floss
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Craft knife
    • Fabric dye
    • Large pot

    Instructions

  • Picture Frame Tray

    Picture Frame Tray

    Cheer up your trays and serve your guests in style with this frame worthy DIY. Get making and get inspired for all those get-togethers. Let your voice shine through and personalize the patterns however you see fit!

    Materials & Tools

    • Picture frame
    • Drawer pulls with screws
    • Paper
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Drill
    • Drill bit
    • Leaves or flowers

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    This is a great up-cycle for a frame you probably already have lying around! What makes this even better is the ability to change the inside of your tray depending on the season. This could easily transition from summer to fall or be used for special occasions and holidays.

  • Scented Bath Salts

    Scented Bath Salts

    Looking for a great homemade gift? You can make these bath salts with your favorite essential oil, or combine a few to make your own signature scent. Then give to a friend in need of a little rest and relaxation. Even better, make enough for you and a friend.

    Materials & Tools

    • Glass jars
    • 3 cups Epsom salts 
    • 2 cups sea salt
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1⁄2 ounce essential oil
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Spoon for mixing

    Instructions

  • Citrus Picnic Blanket

    Buffalo Cauliflower

    What’s better than a cozy picnic blanket? One that’s stamped with all your favorite things, of course. Get inspired with the sunniest and brightest colors and then take it outside and have a picnic!

    Materials & Tools

    • Drop Cloth (I used 5 x 5)
    • Fabric paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Stencil
    • Precision knife
    • Rotary mat
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep some scrap fabric or paper towels nearby, so you can wipe off your stencil between color changes.
    • I was inspired by block printed patterns when I made this picnic blanket. The great thing about using stencils is, you can create any pattern you want! Let your imagination run wild, but be sure to use some bright and cheery summer colors!
  • Seashell Spoons

    Seashell Spoons

    Warmer weather means more trips to the beach. Put your sandy, seaside souvenirs on everyday display with this crafty cutlery DIY.

    Materials & Tools

    • Spoon shaped shells
    • Different bits of wire
    • Small pair of pliers
    • Dremel tool for holes
    • Non-toxic water based sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • As far as the spoon handles go, you can get very fancy with scrollwork or by using other materials to make them. Even try using the ends of old silver spoons!
    • *Double check to make sure your sealer is safe to use around food.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects, DIY Import on October 2, 2017 by jpannone.

  • Punched Copper Votives

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    We're big fans of votives, especially when we make them ourselves. They're great as homemade gifts, accent pieces and mood setting centerpieces for dinners.

    Materials & Tools

    • Gauge No 6 / 0.5mm copper sheet* (used in card making)
    • Metal hole punch
    • Air dry clay
    • Metal snips (or you can use scissors with this metal sheet)
    • Cookie cutters
    • Roller
    • Multi-purpose adhesive

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Try cookie cutters and hole punches in different sizes to vary the shapes and patterns of each votive.
    • *We recommend using battery-operated tea lights with this DIY. If you choose to use candles, always be aware of heat when using them around metal.
  • Concrete And Painted Vases

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Concrete and Painted Vases Main Image

    We’re all about jazzing up forgotten items that may otherwise end up in the recycling bin. Work some simple magic with concrete, paint and empty Mrs. Meyer’s containers – see below for the how-to.

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    Instructions For Concrete & Painted Vases

    Supplies & Materials

    • various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
    • heavy scissors
    • primer
    • brush
    • craft paints
    • concrete (concrete powder that you mix with water)

    Instructions

    1. Peel the labels off bottles and cut off the tops. If you want to make a planter cut the containers in half.
    2. If you are making a hanging planter, make holes on the edge of the cut of containers using a hole puncher.
    3. Cover the containers with primer and let it dry
    4. For the painted vases, simply paint them with 2-3 layers of craft paint, and let them dry between each coat.
    5. For the concrete ones, be careful when handling and always closely follow the instruction on the packaging and dip the vases in the concrete. Let them dry.
  • No Sew Tote Bag

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    by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul No Sew Tote Bag

    Whether you’re thrifting or at the farmers’ market, you’ll want a durable bag to toss all your found goodies in. Make one that’s all your own with this DIY from Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul. The best part – no thread and needle needed.

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    Instructions For No Sew Tote Bag

    MATERIALS & TOOLS

    • paper
    • cotton tarp
    • scissor
    • fabric glue

    HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT

    1. Start by making a template of your bag. I drew mine but you can find a lot of templates online.
    2. Cut out 2 parts of the bag in the tarp, remember to add 2" so you have gluing room.
    3. Fold in all the edges and glue them together.
    4. I glued parts of the bag together then let it dry for 15 minutes with heavy books on top.
    5. Glue the whole bag, let it dry overnight.

    Tips for Inspiration

    Want to give it a vintage touch? Use a well-worn tarp after giving it a good wash. For an extra oomph of personal style, go wild and splash the tarp with different colors of fabric dye. Go an extra mile with stencils, iron-on patches or buttons.

  • DIY Upcycled Candle Jar Planters

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    If you're a fan of candles, you know it's only a matter of time before empty jars start piling up. Save those jars from a one way trip to the recycling bin by transforming them into planters.

    Materials & Tools

    • Soil
    • Spoon or butter knife
    • Plant of your choice
    • Gardening spade
    • Cooking pot

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Be sure to water your plant each week, but never overwater—that’s the worst for plants.
    • To avoid fungus, water the base of your plant, rather than the leaves.
    • Extra points if you’re sprinkling with reused water from cooking, or flat club soda.
  • DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

    DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub

    At Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, we love lavender. Its calming scent makes everything a little nicer – whether you’re doing the dishes or taking a bath. So, if you love lavender half as much as we do, you’ll want to have this scrub on hand next time you get in the tub. Its natural ingredients are great at exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Plus, it’s easy to make, and you probably have most ingredients on hand.

    Material & Tools

    • ½ cup White sugar
    • ½ cup Raw sugar
    • ½ cup Coconut oil
    • 5-10 drops Lavender essential oil
    • Dried lavender (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Feel free to try different mixes of sugars, or substitute olive oil for coconut oil.
    • If you’re trying to find lavender essential oil or dried lavender, check your local health food store.
  • DIY Decoupage Recipe Box

    DIY Decoupage Recipe Box

    There’s something magical about a handwritten recipe card. Perhaps it’s because the same love that goes into cooking goes into writing each and every word. With this DIY you can put that love into a gorgeous découpage recipe box. All you need is a plain wooden box and just a few other materials and tools.

    Material & Tools

    • Wooden box
    • Paint
    • Large and small paintbrushes
    • Botanical images
    • Precision knife
    • Decoupage gloss adhesive varnish
    • Sandpaper

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Most of these materials can be found at your local craft store.
    • For the botanical images, you can use any paper imagery you love!
    • Try magazine images, stamps, paper packaging or labels.
  • A Centerpiece Worthy DIY

    A Center Piece Worthy DIY

    Show off your Home Making skills this fall with a creative DIY leaf bowl. Your guests will never guess how easy it was to make! Turn it into a centerpiece by filling it with small gourds, pinecones and some more fall leaves. Feeling extra festive? Coat your leaves with gold spray paint (and let dry) before you start.

    Materials & Tools

    • Dried leaves
    • Glue
    • Paintbrush
    • Balloon
    • Wet rag
    • Gold spray paint (optional)

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Use real leaves.
    • Fabric leaves absorb the glue and don’t hold together as well. Plus, real leaves add a nice natural touch.
    • Make sure the kids are out of the way for this DIY. Balloons (especially popped balloons) can be dangerous.
  • DIY Autumn Door Hanger

    DIY Autumn Door Hanger

    Fall brings longer sleeves, crunchier leaves and a whole lot of time outdoors sprucing things up before the first frost. While you’re outside doing your fair share of raking, make sure to stop and grab a few pinecones while you’re at it. With a few of them and a little ribbon, you can give your wreath a rest and get your door looking nice and festive for autumn.

    Materials & Tools

    • Pinecones
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Eyebolt Screws
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Staples or a needle and threa

    Instructions

  • Appliqué Table Runner

    Clay Coaster

    I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian inspired art. I especially love its minimal design and patterns inspired by nature. My dining room wallpaper has a very distinct Scandinavian feel, so I was inspired to bring that same kind of design to my table with a homemade table runner.

    Materials & Tools

    • Canvas table runner
    • Felt
    • Stencil
    • Craft knife and mat
    • Fabric glue
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Felt tip pen for tracing

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used a more traditional color palette here, but you could always add some brighter colors into the mix.
    • Use the stencil to trace directly onto the runner and then go over the shape with embroidery.
    • You could even use the stencil to paint onto the runner, or use patterned fabric instead of felt. No matter what you do, get creative and make it yours!
  • Floral Napkin Ring

    Clay Coaster

    I’ve always been a big fan of Scandinavian inspired art. I especially love its minimal design and patterns inspired by nature. My dining room wallpaper has a very distinct Scandinavian feel, so I was inspired to bring that same kind of design to my table with a homemade table runner.

    Materials & Tools

    • Steel ring
    • Scissors
    • Floral tape
    • Fresh flowers
    • Sprigs
    • Napkins

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used a more traditional color palette here, but you could always add some brighter colors into the mix.
    • Use the stencil to trace directly onto the runner and then go over the shape with embroidery.
    • You could even use the stencil to paint onto the runner, or use patterned fabric instead of felt.
    • No matter what you do, get creative and make it yours!
  • DIY Hanging Flower Garland

    DIY Hanging Flower Garland

    Who doesn’t love flowers, especially during springtime? But some are just too pretty to stay in the garden. Put some blooms in your home and on display with this eye-catching floral décor.

    Materials & Tools

    • Flowers
    • Greenery
    • Twine
    • Branch
    • Scissors

    Instructions



    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Keep your flower garland fresh for even longer by choosing flowers and greens that dry well.
  • Sun-Dyed Leaf Tote

    DIY Sun Dyed Leaf Tote

    Remember making things with leaves when you were young? This Sun Dyed Leaf Tote DIY is a great way to get back into making.

    Materials & Tools

    • Tote Bag
    • Tape
    • Water
    • Inkodye
    • Leaves
    • Paintbrush
    • A little bit of sunshine

    Instructions

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects on September 25, 2017 by kbeaudry.

  • Clay Coaster

    Clay Coaster

    Keep all eyes on your table with these fun and festive DIY clay coasters. Great for both kids and adults to try, these crafty creations are easy-to-make, endlessly customizable and make for great eye-catching décor or homemade gifts.

    Materials & Tools

    • Air dry clay
    • Cookie cutter
    • Rolling pin
    • Acrylic paint
    • Paint brushes
    • Clear drying adhesive sealer

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used festive holiday colors here, but you can experiment with all sorts of different colors, patterns and stamps.
    • Don’t just stop at having your coasters be circular, explore other shapes, too!
  • Felt Flower Wreath

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    We love fresh flowers, but their short life spans often make them hard to use in decorating. Felt flowers are a great way to keep the colors of spring on your doorstep and in your home all season long!


    Materials & Tools

    • 13 inch Wicker wreath
    • Felt (25-30 sheets)
    • Floral wire
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • You can make any color or style of flower you like, making this wreath completely unique.
    • Don't just stop at a wreath — make table arrangements, bouquets or small ones as quick gifts.

    This entry was posted in DIY Projects on September 25, 2017 by kbeaudry.

  • Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    Quilled Paper Heart Jewelry

    A quilled paper necklace is an easy way to add a little handmade flair to anyone’s jewelry collection. Grab a few sheets of paper in a color that catches your eye and coil your way to great personalized homemade gifts perfect for moms, friends or special someones.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Clear dying glue
    • Scissors
    • Quilling paper
    • Quilling tool or toothpick
    • Clear dying all-purpose sealer
    • Jewelry ring
    • Jewelry chain

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t just stop at jewelry; quilled paper is great for adding a little something extra to cards and wall décor.
    • Add pops of color to your crafty creation by incorporating different colored and patterned papers.
  • Stenciled Wrapping Paper

    DIY Stenciled Wrapping Papper

    Presents are always great, but presents with a little extra homemade touch are even better. Stand out from the crowd for holidays and birthdays with this easy to make stenciled wrapping paper.

    Materials & Tools

    • Plain wrapping paper
    • Paint
    • Craft roller brush
    • Hole punch
    • Glue or Spray adhesive
    • Craft Knife
    • Rotary Mat
    • Stencil

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Dress up your homemade wrapping paper even more with bows, ribbon and festive, woodsy accents.
    • We used brown butcher paper here, but the possibilities for paper colors are endless.
  • Upcycled Holiday Place Setting

    Picture Frame Tray

    My mom has always been a fabulous gift wrapper — I still don’t know how she gets her corners so crisp and beautiful! In fact, the way she wrapped our presents is still one of my favorite holiday memories! She always added something unique to every gift that made it even more special! I used her famous gift tags as inspiration to create these cute, upcycled wreath place settings.

    Materials & Tools

    • Old magazines
    • Floral wire
    • Floral tap
    • Ribbon
    • Hot glue
    • Scissors
    • Heavy stock paper
    • Pen

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • Don’t limit yourself to one color of magazine pages.
    • I used green here, but yellows, browns, reds or whatever color you want to try would work well, too!
    • Wrap your floral wire around a glass to make forming a circle easier.
    • Don’t just stop at place settings — these wreaths are perfect for holiday gift tags, too!
  • Folded Paper Clock

    DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

    It’s hard to be on time if you never know what time it is. Always know where the hour and minute hands are pointing, at least when you’re inside your home, with a folded paper clock.

    Materials & Tools

    • Scissors
    • Paper
    • Glue
    • Tape
    • Clock Movement

    Instructions

    TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

    • We used pretty simple origami folds here, but you can always try other folding techniques and paper arrangements to create different clock shapes.
    • Don’t forget about color: experiment with all kinds of colored and patterned paper to create different visual effects.
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