This week for our DIY project, we are going to get a little more in-depth, but it will be worth it when it’s done. We are going to make a flower pot bird bath by stacking flower pots one on top of another and then placing the bird bath at the top. This is the perfect decoration for spring and summer to liven up your yard. But let’s start with our materials.
What You’ll Need:
- One 8″ flower pot
- Five 6″ flower pots
- Outdoor spray paint
- 62″ of rebar
- Drill and bit that can drill through the bottom of the pot without cracking or breaking it.
- potting soil
- wide mouth, shallow bowl
1. The first thing you need to do is to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of each pot. Be careful not to crack or break the pot. Go slowly.
2. Then paint each pot with your desired color. The color will last longer if you primer them first.
3. Hammer about 2 feet of the rebar into the ground so that it is secure.
4. Carefully slide the 8″ pot onto the rebar through the hole and sit it level on the ground.
5. Fill the 8″ pot with potting soil
6. Slide the first 6″ pot down the rebar and let it tilt to the right so that one side is resting completely on the rebar. Fill with potting soil.
7. Repeat step 6 for the remaining pots, tilting each one in the opposite direction of the last.
8. If you get the last pot on and the rebar is still sticking out more than half of the pot, hammer it down GENTLY so that it is about halfway down in the pot.
9.For the top pot, try to make it level because this is the pot that your bird bath will be sitting on.
10. Place the bowl on top of the stack, making sure to make it as level as possible.
11. Plant flowers in each pot and fill bath with water and Viola! A beautiful flowery bird bath!
coffee can lanterns. This is a great project to add a rustic, country look inside or outside the home. You can also use formula cans that are all metal (some are cardboard). http://growcreative.blogspot.com/2012/07/tin-can-lanterns-tutorial.html
So far all of our DIY Projects have been pretty easy and straightforward. We’ve dabbled with bedazzling shoes, making blankets, and even household decorations. But this week I want to take it to another level. Don’t be alarmed. This project is still fairly easy but it will require some handiness with tools and some imagination. This particular project has innumerable possibilities and relies completely on your preference and creativity. This week we are going to make coffee can lanterns. This is a great project to add a rustic, country look inside or outside the home. You can also use formula cans that are all metal (some are cardboard).
So nowadays everything is about customization and people needing to express themselves through their stuff, especially electronics. You can go toAmazon and find hundreds of pages of phone cases for iPhone alone. Some of these cases sell for $20 or more. Savvy and creative shoppers like us however, look for ways to save money and still get a great result. So I bring you the DIY duct tape phone case. You might think that this sounds cheesy and won’t provide you with a great end result, but don’t doubt me yet.
You can actually buy plain old phone cases on Amazon, for example, for dirt-cheap and with all the colors and patterns of duct tape these days, the possibilities are endless. Just browsing Walmart you’ll find dozens of designs, color, and even forms of duct tape.
Here’s what you need:
- Assorted duct tape colors and/or patterns. Whatever floats your boat.
First you need to decide on what design you want to do. For the purposes of this instructional guide, we are going to do a striped phone case. You can do this horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
Cut a piece of duct tape that is longer that the length you actually need (about 1 inch or more on each side).
Smooth your first piece of tape across the case in whatever position you want and press the excess tape on each side down on the work surface. (FYI: don’t use a surface that will peel easily). You should now have a phone case that is basically taped to a table.
Take the scissors and while resting them on the table, cut the tape on each side of the case as close as you can get to the case itself. Then smooth out the ends of tape onto the sides of the case. This way the tape is completely wrapped around the sides of the case.
Repeat steps 1through 3, overlapping tape to make thinner or thicker lines, depending on your preference, to achieve your design.
So lets say you get done and despite the colors and patterns of the tape, it just seems too bland for you. Do you remember the Converse sneakers? You can take it a step further and ad a few rhinestones in places to jazz it up a bit. And there you have it. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Catch my weekly DIY project column for more fun things you can make yourself.