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.

Fall Entryway Makeover- Decorate your Front Door for Autumn

This fall entryway makeover brings in the rustic colors of autumn to my front doorway. #LowesFallDecor #IC #ad

This post was sponsored by Lowe’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for a Fall Entryway Makeover. This Fall Entryway Makeover takes my front door and entry through from fall and right into Thanksgiving with natural elements and the rustic…

Halloween party tips – Budget Friendly Ghoulish Fun for Halloween

Halloween party tips

I love this time of the year.  The heat of the summer is almost gone and the leaves are starting to turn color.  And, more importantly, it is the beginning of three months of non stop parties and entertaining. If you are planning on having a scary get together for Halloween, these budget friendly Halloween…

Hurricane Lamp Fall Centerpiece – Rustic Autumn Table Decor

hurricane lamp centerpiece

Fall is the time for rustic decor projects in muted tones of autumn leaves.  This hurricane lamp fall centerpiece combines the colors of fall into a super quick and easy to make rustic table decor that will grace any autumn table. It would look lovely on a Thanksgiving table. I enjoy making inexpensive home decor…

Clay Pot Pumpkin – Terracotta Pumpkin Candy Dish

Finished clay pot pumpkin

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  This clay pot pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish.  Win – win in my book! I love working with clay pots.  I…

Terracotta Candy Jar – Clay Pot Candy Corn Holder

Candy corn holder

This adorable Terracotta Candy Jar will delight your trick or treating youngsters.  It is made to look like candy corn – everyone’s favorite Halloween candy and will look really cute on your Halloween party table. I love making projects with clay pots.  The material paints easily since the pots absorb craft paint well and, often,…

Candy Corn Centerpiece

candy corn centerpiece

Are you looking for something fun and whimsical to add to your Halloween party table? This candy corn centerpiece is super easy to make and adds a spooky looking effect very quickly. I don’t know if you are like me, but I love using things found in my yard in home decor projects. It keeps…

DIY Pumpkin Projects and Crafts

Pumpkin projects

I love fall. The smells and colors abound and it’s the beginning of festive holidays for the rest of the year.  And of course it is the beginning of Everything Pumpkin Time!  These DIY pumpkin projects will add lots of seasonal decor to your home with very little cost. You can carve pumpkins and there…

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…

Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Garden Plants – Water Plants with a Soda Bottle

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 familiar? With…

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…