DIY Projects

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 end of the year gives us a chance to recharge and spend some time with families, since most kids have time off in late December. But…

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…

Santa Paintbrush Ornament

This Santa Paintbrush Ornament is whimsical and fun to make and will look cute on a Christmas tree or as a wall hanging.

I have to admit, I am enjoying being a kid this holiday season.  I’ve been crafting up a storm of fun and whimsical Christmas decorations.I think I must need a grandchild or something.  Or maybe I am just missing my grown baby girl.  Whatever the reason, this cute Santa Paintbrush Ornament is my latest fun…

Cleaning a Dry Erase Board and Eraser

Cleaning a Dry Erase Board

A dry erase board can be a useful household tool for keeping the home organized.  But Cleaning a Dry Erase Board and eraser can be a challenge, depending on how long the marks have been left on it. I have a dry erase board in my kitchen.  I use it to keep track of the…

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Recycle Reclaim!

This Thanksgiving Centerpiece makes use of reclaimed wood and inexpensive craft supplies and looks lovely on a long dining room table. It is very easy to make, in just a few hours.

My husband and I are in the  middle of renovating our kitchen and other areas of our home, so we have a lot of bits and pieces of wood that is just lying around waiting for me to do something with it. Today’s project uses some old barn board style wood to make an easy…

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Yes, folks, it is getting to that time of the year. This is the time when my mind goes into overdrive trying to come up with ideas for fun craft decor items to make for the Christmas holiday. My latest creation is this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. I have always loved the movie The Grinch Stole…

DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

DIY Cutting Board Holder for a Cabinet Door

Are you looking for a place to put your cutting boards?  I have been storing mine on my counter tops, but I have been wanting to de-clutter the look in my kitchen lately, so I came up with this nifty idea for a DIY Cutting Board Holder that fits neatly behind my cabinet door. My…

Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial – Super Easy DIY Project

Grocery Bag Dispenser

Are you a grocery bag hoarder?  I have always been one.  They have so darn many uses, that it is a shame to just throw them away when you come back from a shopping trip.  But keeping them tidy can be a problem. This DIY Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial gives me a place to keep…

Pantry Closet Makeover Tutorial

Finished closet pantry

My kitchen is small.  It’s a gallery kitchen with very little counter space, so I am always optimizing it for extra storage.  The pantry is the size of a small closet and every single thing in it plays hide and go seek with me when I try to cook.  I have had enough of this…

No Carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

No carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, especially when you do it with children, but it is also messy.  Fortunately, there are many alternatives for a carved pumpkins that will still set a fall theme around your home.  This mo mess autumn leaf pumpkin project is fast and easy to do and looks great when done. …

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

These adorable scrap wood pumpkins are easy to make and will add great curb appeal to your front steps. 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…

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…

Cooking in Parchment Paper to make Fish en Papillote

Cooking fish in parchment paper is a great way to make flavorul, low calorie meals in very little time. thegardeningcook.com

Cooking in parchment paper is a method of cooking fish, chicken or other proteins in their own cooking bags. It is also called “en papillote” (French for “in parchment”) or “al cartoccio” (Italian for baked in foil or aluminum.) Typically, folded parchment paper is used but al foil, paper bags or other materials can also…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. It is easy to create a…

DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray

This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StimulateTheSenses #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray! Summer is here. The days are longer and it’s so nice to sit outside in the evening, enjoying the last rays of the summer sun.…

15 Tips for a Fun Indoor Camping Party & Free Printables

Indoor Camping Party

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for an indoor camping party! We love to camp at our house, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get away for a real camping weekend. For times, like this,…

Patriotic Table Decor

Patriotic Table Decor

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipintoMeze #CollectiveBias  It’s time for some patriotic table decor. We’ve all had that moment when our friends or parents decide to visit with no notice for an important weekend.  But don’t panic.  Just because you have little warning that you’ll…

Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

recyclled bird bath becomes garden planter

This Recycled Bird Bath is now doing double duty as a plant stand in my test garden. My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole…

10 Tips for Creating a Kitchen Gift Basket + a Free Printable

This kitchen conversion cheat sheet makes the perfect gift tag for your basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlissfulMoments #CollectiveBias. It’s Easy Kitchen Gift Basket time! How to create the perfect kitchen gift basket and get a free printable too. Do you have a cooking friend who has a birthday or other special day coming up soon?…

15 Tips for Making the Perfect Gingerbread House

Making the perfect Gingerbread house is easier than you might think! See my 15 tips to make sure yours is the best one yet. thegardningcook.com

Making the Perfect Gingerbread House is Easy with these 15 tips. We love to make Gingerbread houses each year. It has been a tradition ever since Jess was a little girl.  And even though she is grown and living away, she comes home for the holidays and we always take the time to make a…

Festive Ice Skates Door Swag

This festive ice skate swag looks perfect on a front door with an oval glass panel. The skates add a whimsical touch to the burlap bow and gives the whole project a country look. thegardeningcook.com

Decorate your front door country style with this ice skates door swag. We changed our front door this summer, and now have an oval glass panel on the front entry.  The shape means that I no longer use round wreaths for it and swags have become my go-to door decoration.  This project for a festive…

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plaque

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Let your holiday guests know what will be on the menu with this Thanksgiving dinner menu plaque. Thanksgiving is a time for family.  I love to gather all my special people in one place and treat them to a lovingly prepared home cooked meal of turkey and all the trimmings.  Alas, my real family is…