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.

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 no carve autumn leaf pumpkin project is fast and easy to do and looks great when…

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…

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. I love to make creative…

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

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 host of things that I am incorporating as the weeks go by into one of my garden…

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…

Framed Thanksgiving Menu – DIY Dinner Menu Sign

This framed Thanksgiving menu is a tasteful and professional way to let your dinner guests know what will be on the menu for the holiday. It is easy to make with a few supplies and some greenery from your yard. Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a centerpiece that gets showcased in the center of…

Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect for Halloween and with a few adjustments in a couple of weeks, it will…

How to Make an Autumn Door Swag

Festive autumn front door swag

I just love decorating this time of the year.  But much of what is out there is very holiday-centric.  I like something that goes over both Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I decided to do a decorative autumn door swag this year. We redid the entry of our house this summer and changed from a plain…

Reading Corner Makeover – A Place to Relax

reading corner makeover

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ICantEven #BigLots #CollectiveBias My reading corner makeover gives me the perfect spot to have a cup of tea and relax with my favorite gardening magazine.   I have a corner of my family room that is a great…

Fall Basket Candle Holder Display

Autumn Candle Holder Basket

This DIY Autumn basket candle holder makes use of just a few inexpensive craft supplies and is ready to display in just minutes. When I went to the dollar store the other day, I found a nice basket for $1 that inspired this creation.  I added a roll of wire wrapped ribbon from Michael’s that…

DIY Spooky Mason Jar Halloween Luminaries

DIY Halloween luminaries

Looking for something to light the way along your driveway on Halloween night?  How about one of these Mason Jar Halloween Luminaries. Looking for an inexpensive project that will really set a Halloween mood? Try these spooky DIY Halloween Luminaries. Spooky Halloween Luminaries The project is simple to do.   Just assemble these items: (affiliate links)…

Spooky Halloween Snake Basket – Porch Decoration

snake head basket

Halloween is such a fun time of the year for me.  I love to do crafts and DIY projects more during these few months than any other.  This spooky Halloween snake basket is a real treat.  This project looks scary, will delight the neighborhood trick or treaters, and adds some great curb appeal to my front entry.…

DIY Halloween Goodie Bags

DIY Halloween Goodie Bag

I just love this time of the year.  The temps are cooler, the leaves are changing and I know that the holiday season will soon be here. The kids in the neighborhood will love coming to your house this Halloween if you make these spooky Halloween Goodie bags. Spooky Halloween Goodie Bags will delight your…

Diy Halloween Costumes for Kids

Getting your child ready for Halloween may mean a trip to the local department store, but how about making your own Halloween costumes for kids?  With just a few supplies, you can end up with unique idea that the other kids won’t be wearing. Have you checked out the price of Halloween costumes lately?  They…

Budget Friendly Fall Patio Makeover

Fall Patio make over

This budget friendly fall patio makeover can be put together in just a few minutes and sets the mood from Halloween right through to Thanksgiving. I am giddy right now.  The temperatures have finally dropped and the leaves are starting to change color.  MY TIME OF YEAR!  Living in NC is hard on a gardener…

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin

No Carve Sun Flower Pumpkin

Here is another idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of the pumpkin. Silk flowers make the decoration last…

Halloween Spooky Wood Cut Out Decorations

DIY Spooky Wooden Cut Out Yard Decorations

When my daughter was much younger, I was very much into all sorts of crafts. I especially loved decorating for the various holidays because she loved what I came up with for decorations. These DIY Halloween Cut Out Decorations were one of her favorites. This project takes more time than most of my craft ideas,…

Today’s Kitchen Tip – How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw

  Hull Strawberries with a Straw to save waste. Today’s kitchen tip shows how to hull your strawberries with a drinking straw to save the waste that comes with cutting the top off, or the time that it takes to use a knife to hull each one properly.Our family eats strawberries year round.  They are…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…

DIY Wood Shutter Makeover

The Shutters match the door

Change your Curb Appeal with This Shutter Makeover Project. Shutters have been used for years to add beauty to your home and also to give some privacy to windows.   This DIY shutter makeover project brings back some life to a worn out looking house, but does it on a budget. There are several links in…

Tips for a Front Door Makeover – Before and After

New front door

A beautiful front door transforms the entry to your home, adds great appeal and gives a pop of color to an otherwise bland and boring entry.  This project for my front door makeover is one that I have been wanting to do for several seasons. Add Great Curb Appeal to your Home with a Front…