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DIY Hanging Tire Planter

I saw tire planters for the first time on HGTV. I loved the look of the colorful and beautiful flowers inside the old tires. I thought it added so much character to the yards and it was an awesome way to reuse old tires without letting them sit on the side of the road or in a landfill. After seeing this project and similar projects on Pinterest, I knew I wanted some tire planters for my backyard.

The best part about this project is that it’s easy to do.

First, I rinsed off and spray painted two old tires.

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Next, I drilled two metal hooks into my fence and the hung tires. (You can also drill a couple of holes into the bottom of the tires for drainage.)

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Finally, I added the soil and flowers to the inside of the tires.

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I used Marigolds I found on sale at Lowe’s. I make sure to keep them watered because the heat has been intense the past few days. I love the charm the flowers add to my backyard!

Are you all working on any garden projects? Share your ideas and comments.

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Wood Crate Bookcase

I am obsessed with getting my home organized. It has been my mission to make sure everything in my house has its designated place. I wanted to find creative and stylish ways to store toys, books, and other items. That’s why I was so excited to find some wood crates on sale. When I bought them, I knew I wanted to make a bookcase I could place in my living room and that would serve as another storage space for my son’s toys.

Supplies I used:

  • 3 Wood Crates (bought at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store)
  • Hammer
  • About 12-15 Common Round Nails (sizes 5/8″ and 1″)
  • Fine Grit Sand Paper (optional)
  • Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue
  • Coffee Grounds Wood Stain (I will explain later in the post)
  • Mod Podge (gloss)

I started by sanding parts of the crates because they had rough spots and splinters. Most of the assembled crates you buy at stores are ready to paint, but some need extra help to smooth the surfaces.DSCF5278 (2)

Under my list of supplies, I stated that I used coffee grounds to stain the wood. It’s a very natural way to add color to wood without using harsh chemicals. The older I get, the more sensitive my skin and nose becomes to a lot of chemicals and fumes, so I was happy to find alternative stains.

I mixed together about 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds (doesn’t matter what kind), and steel wool inside a jar. I sealed it and let it sit for about 24 hours. The stain came out a dark brown color. The more coats you put on the wood, the darker it will become.

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I made sure to cover my work area and put on some plastic gloves because the stain mixture is wet and messy. Then, I rubbed two coats of the stain on the wood crates (let it dry about 2 hours between each coat).

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This is what the crates look like after the stain dries. Such a nice brown color. There were some dried coffee grounds left on the wood, but all I had to do was wipe them off with a towel.

Next, I sealed the wood crates with Mod Podge.

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Finally, I glued and nailed the crates together.

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I love the way this project turned out. The best part was my 4-year-old son trying to help me nail the crates together. He was so excited to touch a real hammer. I’m happy that he got the opportunity to see his mom using tools, and it was an awesome lesson for him to begin learning how to build and make things.

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DIY Map Crafts

This craft project was a fun way to celebrate and remember some of the places I have lived and traveled.

I used the following supplies:

  • Glass gems
  • Maps
  • Mod Podge (gloss)
  • X-Acto Knife

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I began by cutting out the cities I visited over the years from old road and maps I printed from websites.

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Next, I spread a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the glass stones and on the front of the map pieces. Then I pressed them together and let them dry for a couple of hours.

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Finally, I trimmed the paper with the X-Acto knife.

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I placed the map stones in a large glass vase that is sitting on bookshelf in my bedroom. I think these stones are an awesome reminder of where I’ve been. It’s nice to have another representation of my travels to go along with photos and souvenirs.

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Here are some other projects I completed using maps:

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What are some unique ways you like to keep track of your travels? Please share your thoughts and comments!

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DIY Wish List

I absolutely love decorating and doing DIY projects. Some days I have so many ideas that I just do not have the time to complete them all. Then, there are times when my mind is drawing a blank, and I have no idea what projects to work on. When I need new ideas and inspiration, I either visit craft stores or I visit craft websites to find tutorials for new projects. This blog post is all about DIY projects that are inspiring me and are on my wish list to complete in the future.

***Get the tutorials by clicking on the project titles.***

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