Macrame Hanging Planter

DIY

Go figure, macrame is cool again. I’ve seen macrame wall hangings and plant hangers at hip, trendy retailers and online vendors for a while now and really wanted to hop on the band wagon. But personally, I couldn’t justify the expense. That’s why I decided to give this craft a try for myself. It took a bit of trial and error but I’m happy with the result. This is a simple, basic macrame hanging planter design that is great for a beginner and works as a wonderful gateway into a new medium.

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What you need:

  • 4 x 15′ lengths of rope
  • 2 pieces of string, thinner than the rope you are using.
  • Hook (to hang planter from ceiling)
  • Potted plant
  • (optional) 1 carabiner

Instructions:

Step 1 – Gather the 4 lengths of rope together and thread through the carabiner. Pull through halfway so there are 8 even pieces of rope hanging from the carabiner. If you are not using a carabiner just fold the 4 pieces in half to get 8 equal lengths.

Step 2 – Use string to tie the pieces of rope together. If you are not using a carabiner make sure to leave enough of a loop to hang your planter from a ceiling hook. To add a band of colour – tie with a long piece of colourful string. Coil the string around the rope until short and tie off.

Step 3 – Now to make the first set of knots. Pair the rope so there are 4 sets of 2. Tie each pair together about 3 feet down from the carabiner/loop. This is where the top of the plant pot will sit.

Step 4 –  To figure out how far down the second set of knots will be, measure the height of your pot and divide by 2. My pot is 5″ high so I tied my second knots 2.5″ down from the first ones.

Step 5 – For the second set of knots, take one rope from each pair and couple it with one of the ropes from the neighbouring pair. Use the photos above as a guide. Start with the centre pieces and then finish by tying the end pieces together.

Step 6 – To figure out how far down to tie off the strings, use the measurement for the second knot (mine was 2.5″) and add about half the diameter of the pot. Using the same method as in Step 2 tie all 8 pieces of rope together.

Step 7 – Trim ends if necessary.

Step 8 – Hang from ceiling using a hook and place your potted plant in the planter. Enjoy!

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DIY Customizable Body Butter

Beauty

I have been playing around with making my own moisturizer for a while. I’m always amazed at how you can take a few simple ingredients and transform them into such a nourishing treat for your skin. This body butter is incredibly moisturizing, absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t feel as greasy as others I’ve tried. By using a 3:1 ratio of butter to oil you can experiment with different ingredients to create a finished product that is totally tailored to your wants, needs and price point.

What you Need:

  • 3 parts Butter – shea, cocoa, mango, coconut (solid). Any one or a combination of these will work well. I used mostly shea and a bit of cocoa butter.
  • 1 part Carrier oil – sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut (liquid), olive. Again, there are many to choose from and you can combine oils. I used sweet almond oil.
  • (optional) Arrowroot powder, tapioca or corn starch. I used Arrowroot powder. You’ll need approximately 1 tsp per cup of butter/oil concoction. This helps cut the greasy feeling and makes the butter absorb more quickly into the skin.
  • (optional) essential oil. About 36 drops per 1 cup of butter. I used grapefruit essential oil.

Instructions:

Step 1 – Melt butter in a double boiler over medium heat.

Step 2 – Mix carrier oil with arrowroot powder and set aside.

Step 3 – Once butter is melted, remove from heat add carrier oil/powder mixture. Mix well to combine.

Step 4 – Put mixture in fridge until opaque; firm but not rock hard. For me this took about an hour. I mixed the butter after 45 minutes and refrigerated for another 15 minutes.

Step 5 – Remove butter from fridge, add essential oil if using and whip with a fork for 1-2 minutes until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 6 – Transfer to an air tight container. Enjoy!

Cold Brew Coffee

Food & Drink

I love iced coffee. I drink it all year round and have it just about everyday. And while the old fashioned method of brewing in a french press or espresso machine is great for a quick fix, once I discovered how easy it is to make your own cold brew I don’t think I’ll ever look back. Letting the coffee steep at room temperature for a longer period of time gives it a truly unique flavour. It is less acidic, more caffeinated and super strong. Perfect for adding ice without over diluting. Great paired with my Vanilla Simple Syrup recipe.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup coarsely ground coffee
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Large mason jar or bowl
  • optional: coffee filter or cheese cloth

Instructions:

Step 1 – Mix coffee and water in a large mason jar or bowl.

Step 2 – Cover and let sit for 14 to 24 hours.

Step 3 – Strain with a sieve. (Option to fit sieve with coffee filter or cheese cloth for even less grinds).

Step 4 – Drink with ice. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

 

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Recycled T Shirt Necklace

Style

I’ve been looking for a statement necklace for a while but haven’t been able to find one I like in my price range. I saw some tutorials on repurposing old T shirts for wearable accessories so I thought I’d give it a try. I used stained tees and 99 cent bin finds to create this unique piece. It’s simple to make, very customizable and requires no sewing! I love that this necklace can be easily modified to fit any style or skill level.

 

What you need:

  • T shirt(s) – One or more depending on how many colours you want to use.
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Step 1 – Cut T shirt(s) into 1 inch strips starting at the bottom seam. The number of strips you need will depend on what you want you necklace to look like. I used 7strips (3 white, 2 black and 2 yellow) to complete the necklace in the photos shown.

Step 2 – Once cut you’ll end up with loops of fabric. Stretch these loops as much as possible without tearing. This will curl the fabric and give you a string-like look.

Step 3 – Take 3 loops of one colour (white) and tie the ends together with a fourth loop (yellow). Tie the yellow loop around so that there is a long tail. You will use this to cover the seam and finish off the necklace.

Step 4 – Take 3 more loops of a different colour (2 black and 1 yellow) and make them into a braid.

Step 5 – Tie the ends of the braid to the first cluster of loops to make one cluster of loops.

Step 6 – Using the yellow “tail” that is hanging out, wrap the loose ends of the necklace. When covered, tuck the end of the tail under itself to finish.

Note:

For a more basic piece you can stop at Step 2. You could also simply create a braid and tie the ends together. There are many colour and style modifications that can be made if you choose to use this as inspiration and do your own thing. Enjoy!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles

Food & Drink

One of my favourite flavour combinations of all time is chocolate and mint. So naturally when I found a recipe for making these choc-mint popsicles I just had to give it a try. I also love that this recipe using fresh mint so I could use of some of my garden herbs! Although this was ultimately a self proclaimed “Pinterest fail” (my pops got trapped in my dollar store moulds so I had to scoop them out) I was very happy with the taste and will definitely try again once I invest in some better ice pop making gear.

 

What you need:

  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 1 x large handful fresh mint
  • Mini or chopped Chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • popsicle moulds (I also made a few using a silicone ice cube tray)

Instructions:

Step 1 – Heat coconut milk, salt and sugar in saucepan until you start to see some steam.

Step 2 – Remove mixture from heat and mix in fresh mint. Let stand for 30-60 minutes.

Step 3 – Strain mixture over bowl or measuring cup to remove mint leaves. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Step 4 – Pour mixture into moulds and add chocolate chips, dividing evenly.

Step 5 – Freeze for at least 4 hours. Un-mould and Enjoy!

 

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SUGAR SCRUB TWO WAYS

Beauty

I started experimenting making my own beauty products about a year ago. I love being able to customize recipes to my own purposes and experiment with scents and ingredients. These basic sugar scrubs are super easy to make. They’re great for exfoliating and moisturizing. The best part is they are all natural and you know exactly what you are putting on your skin!

 

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used golden)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

Step 1 – Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I mixed the dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing all together but this isn’t necessary.

Step 2 – Store in a closed container such as a mason jar. I purchased cheap plastic containers at the dollar store. They are good to keep in the shower since they are not breakable. Enjoy!

 

 

 

NO SEW RECYCLED TEE SHIRT PATCHES

Style

When attempting to downsize my closet, I came across a few ill fitting tees that I never wear. The problem is, I love the print! Rather than donate them and never see these prints again I decided to find a way to turn them into patches so I can appreciate the graphic on a better fitting article of clothing. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to turn your neglected tees into super rad patches that you can put on a jacket, back pack or just about anything that you want, as long as you can lay it flat and iron it.

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What you will need:

  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Old towel (might get a bit sticky so don’t use a good one)
  • Heat n Bond “Ultrahold” iron-on adhesive
  • Graphic Tee shirt or other fabric with patch graphic
  • Another piece of fabric or article of clothing to adhere your patch to once finished

Instructions:

Step 1 – Cut the graphic out of your tee. Be sure to make it a bit larger than you want your patch to be. You will be able to cut it to the exact size later.

Step 2 – Following the directions on the Heat n Bond package, layer your towel, then tee shirt, then Heat n Bond on a flat surface. The tee shirt should be facing down and the sticky side of the Heat n Bond will be touching the back of it.

Step 3 – Iron the Adhesive paper to attach it to your Tee shirt. You will need to press and hold the iron and move around the image so the entire surface has an even amount of heat applied.

Step 4 – Cut your patch with sharp scissors to the exact size you want your patch to be.

Step 5 – Peel the paper from the back of your patch, position onto your article of clothing and iron again to adhere.

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DIY Wood Box Planter

DIY

This year I am fortunate enough to live in an apartment with an outdoor space. I have been wanting to try my hand at gardening for a while so I bought some small pots and seeds and planted away. While my herbs are thriving, I became aware that I had overcrowded my hot pepper and tomato plants. This project is the solution to my problem. I was able to save money by constructing this planter myself with cheap lumber and “L” brackets purchased from my local hardware store. I even added some extra flair with some left over spray paint I had from another project.

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What you will need:

  • 4 pieces of rough pine cut to the size you wish your planter to be (I started with two 4′ boards and two measuring 2′ 4″)
  • 6 pieces of 2″ x 2″ board slightly longer than the width of your planter (Mine were 2″ longer)
  • 8 small “L” brackets
  • 1 Tarp (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • hammer
  • screwdriver
  • screws (or whatever you need to suit your choice of wood/”L” brackets)
  • fencing staples or staple gun
  • box cutter or other knife
  • paints etc. for decorating (optional)
  • potting soil
  • plants/seeds

Instructions:

Step 1 – Arrange your lumber to form a rectangle and using a start screwing on those “L” brackets! Fix one along the top and bottom of each corner of your planter.

Step 2 – Using a hammer and staples attach the tarp to the inside edges of the box. I started by attached staples to one side of the box then stretching across to the opposite side and attaching there to create as flat a surface as possible on the bottom of the tarp. Next I stapled the other two side (use any gift wrapping skills you may have to pull taut and fold neatly. Trim excess tarp if necessary.

Step 3 – Cut slits in tarp to allow for drainage of soil.

Step 4 – Before filling with dirt take your 2″ x 2″ boards and place evenly spaced below your planter. These could be screwed or hammered in but I just left loose. If you leave loose make sure you have your planter where you want it to be when assembling.

* note: this step is important if you are putting your planter on a wood surface or one that could get damaged if damp for prolonged periods. It is not necessary if building on grass, soil etc.

Step 5 – Fill your new planter with soil and plants and/or seed. Enjoy!

Optional – Decorating! You can do this at any point. Depending on what you have in mind it might be easier before you fix everything together but I added my spray paint between stages 1 and 2.

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