DIY Concrete Planters – Round One: Rocky

Our first attempt at making concrete planters included understanding the difference between concrete and cement. Concrete, it turns out, is cement + rocks or gravel. We really wanted cement planters – so this aesthetic was a surprise! This isn’t really a tutorial, but you can check out some images of our project – in addition to how I painted and stained the finished planters – after the jump!

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Tension Rod Herb Garden using IKEA FINTORP Cutlery Pots

This project is exactly what it sounds like, and requires no tools! Yay! All you need is:

A tension rod

IKEA FINTORP cutlery caddies (which have drainage plates already

A package of hooks for that system

Some plants


Then you put them all together in your window, see? So easy. This was extra easy for me because I have a lot of tension  rods lying around from when I had curtains instead of roller shades. They were a little too expensive to throw out, so I had them all in the shed just waiting patiently! Another great use for one ended up putting it under the sink to hang spray bottles.

IMG_0806As an added bonus my plants are mostly out of reach from the cats. Since these herbs (cilantro, sage, and orange thyme) are all technically pet-safe and non-toxic it isn’t the most important thing, except for of course I would like there to be a few herbs left for me! I previously had a greenhouse in this window to protect them as babies, which is going bye-bye so I can turn this shelf into a 2-seater bar! Until next time…

Chalkboard Gift Tags

I am not the first, nor will I be the last to use these for something other than gifts, but they are so sturdy I had to post! Now I won’t drop these baskets on my head anymore trying to remember what’s in them. The cute chalkboard gift tags are from Target and the baskets I already had from IKEA. With a little twine they can look cute labeling almost anything, and at $2.99 for 4 tags why would I use anything else?




Plant Succulents in Wall Cracks

May 13th, 2012 –

Before – Meet India my foster dog! She goes to her new family tomorrow!
Some plants I already had and some found – the great thing about succulents is that is it easy to take cuttings. I have a pair of scissors in a pocket knife on my keys and I am not afraid to use them!
Here you can see how they’re tucked in! I put the rocks there just to unify the look. Hope it lasts!

I have seen crazier things with these shallow rooted plants, so we’ll see. I stuffed dirt down as far as it would go, but there’s a chance it will all fall out and the succulents won’t have enough in their root ball- I’ll update in a month!

Update after the summer: Some of these lived, and it was the smaller ones that were able to take shade from the bigger ones. I don’t believe this is the best summer experiment.

May 24th 2014 –

These have really done well! I am so surprised , but then again that is the magic of succulents!