DIY Projects

Looking for fun and decorative projects to use around your home? Try one of these easy DIY projects to add a special look to any room.

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail box post that was left over when I gave our front mail box a makeover this summer. I just…

Quick and Easy Halloween DIY projects

Halloween decor projects

Halloween is the beginning of the festive season that seems to lend itself to decorating.  Try one of these cute Halloween DIY projects to dress up your home and yard for the holiday and for fall in general. The colors of autumn really lend themselves to setting a Halloween mood. Bring the outdoor inside with colorful…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Ways to preserve herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My vegetable gardening projects are slowing down and I have to start thinking about the first frost.  It is also the time to start thinking about preserving herbs that seem to be in abundant supply right now. I have a huge group of fresh herbs…

Best Topsy Turvy Planters – Creative Gardening Tipsy Pots

I was getting my hair done a few months ago and my hairdresser showed me her latest creation – a topsy turvy planter creation (also called Tipsy Pots.)  At that point I had not seen topsy turvy planters, they they are now appearing everywhere on social media.  They take the term creative gardening to a…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

Testing 5 Borax Ant Killer Remedies – Which ones Work?

Testing 4 Homemade ant killers against Terro. Which one works best? Find out at http://thegardeningcook.com/testing-borax-ant-killer-remedies/

Do you have a problem with ants in your home as soon as the warm weather arrives?  I know that I do and I don’t like it at all. I decided to test 5 different Borax Ant Killers against the more toxic retail version of Terro to see which one works the best for me.…

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

DIY Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants

Drip feeders are a great idea for vegetable gardening projects.  Many plants prefer the moisture at their roots instead of from overhead sprinklers which can encourage some leaf problems.  There are many retail products available, but this Soda Bottle Drip Feeder makes use or recycled materials and works really well. It is not just vegetables that will benefit…

How to Preserve Flowers with Borax

Preserving flowers with Borax

One of the true joys of gardening is having so many flowers in my garden. I sometimes cut them to bring indoors, and also like to dry them for flower arrangements and other crafts.  It is easy to preserve flowers with two common household ingredients:  Borax and Cornmeal. Borax has dozen of uses in the home.…

DIY Music Sheet Coasters – Perfect for That Special Cup of Tea

Music Sheet Coasters

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias Let’s make some DIY Music Sheet Coasters for a Cup of Tea! I have such a busy life. There seems to never be enough time to get everything done that I need to do. Sound…

Re-growing Carrot Greens from Scraps

Growing carrot greens is a great Earth Day project

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now remembered in more that 193 countries! When I think of Earth Day, I think of recycling, taking care of the environment and planting food. I thought it would be fun to share this project that shows how easy…

Natural Ant Killer Remedies

Effective, Natural Ant Killer Remedies

I am so looking forward to the return of warm weather. With the sunny days come flowers, gardening and time spent outdoors.  Unfortunately, with the warm weather also come ants!  These natural ant killer remedies will help to control the ants in your home in a non toxic way. It is fun for kids to…

Rope Wrapped Eggs – Cottage Chic Decor Project

I love pretty home decor projects that can be used for an upcoming holiday but aren’t TOO seasonal. These Rope Wrapped Eggs have a pretty cottage chic rustic look that is perfect for both spring and Easter. This project came after a trip to my local Dollar Store to pick a package of their over…

Mason Jar Easter Bunny Treats Project

Mason Jar Easter Bunny Treats

This Mason Jar Easter Bunny project is a great alternative for celebrating the holiday. It comes together in just minutes and would also make a great table centerpiece for your dessert table. I love hiding Easter eggs and making a basket for kids as much as the next person. But it can get pretty expensive…

Spring Table Centerpiece – Quick and Easy Decor Project

Spring table centerpiece

It’s time for a change out of my table centerpiece.  I love this type of project – gather a few supplies, poke them into the floral foam and voila – a pretty Spring Table centerpiece. My husband made me a centerpiece box to use for Thanksgiving.  It graced my dining room table for Thanksgiving and…

Easter Grapevine Door Swag – Butterflies Bunnies and Eggs!

The Easter Grapevine Door Swag is a pretty way to welcome guests

My front door is one of the few places that always gets a holiday make over.  When Jess was younger, I used to decorate the whole house for each holiday, but those days have long gone. Now, I make a door swag and a centerpiece for my dining room table and call that good enough!…

Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

It's bath time. Prepare to relax with a good book, a glass of wine and an aromatic candle.

This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle, but all opinions are 100% my own. Let’s get some tips for using candles in the home. There is just something really warm and inviting about a room with the look of a flickering candle in it.  Using candles in the home creates an intimacy that sets a mood to…

DIY Shiplap Barn Door

Shiplap barn door

If you are a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you will know that shiplap has taken the decorating world by storm. Mr. Gardening Cook and I decided to use it as part of our galley kitchen make over.  This DIY Shiplap Barn Door project gave a wonderful look to my kitchen pantry and…

St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag Welcomes The Luck of the Irish!

St. Patrick's Day Door Swag

My front door is one place that I decorate pretty much year round. Even when I don’t decorate inside the house, I still like to welcome guests in a pretty way on my entry.  This cute St. Patrick’s Day Door Swag is whimsical and welcomes both my guests and spring with the pretty yellow and…

Build an Easter Basket with Clues

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringMoments #CollectiveBias It’s time to build an Easter Basket with Clues! When my daughter was a little girl, we always had a normal Easter egg hunt for her, but as she got older, and she no…

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

I don’t do much to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like a touch of the color green here and there. Two places in my home always seem to get some sort of holiday decor look – my front door and my dining room table. This Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece gives me a chance…

Burlap Tea Bag Jars

DIY Burlap Tea Bag Jars and flowers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Burlap Tea Bag Jars. There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea, particularly when the weather is cold like it is right now. Drinking tea is so much more than…

DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial – Wrap up your Pens in Style!

Pen roll case

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias It’s time to make a DIY Pen Roll! The summer gives us a chance to recharge and spend some time with families, since most kids have time off through the summer months. But it’s also a time…

12 Unusual Christmas Wreaths

12 great Christmas wreaths

A Christmas wreath is a popular way to decorate your entry for the holiday season.  Christmas Wreaths are also used on mantles and in other areas of the home and garden such as garden gates.  Nothing quite sets the mood for your party guests like a front door decorated with a Christmas Wreath. Decorate Your…

Burlap Wine Bottle Bag – Easy DIY Christmas Gift

This DIY burlap wine bottle bag is the prefect way to wrap your favorite bottle of Sutter home family wine.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SutterHomeForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. It’s time to make a Burlap Wine Bottle Bag! This Burlap Wine Bottle Bag is an inexpensive way to dress up a bottle of wine…

Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have…