How to Recycle Wine Corks into Plant Markers

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I love it when I stumble onto a genius idea that I can implement in seconds, and that’s totally handy. This wine cork recycling project is one of those genius ideas. It takes one man’s junk and turns it into a treasure for gardeners!

Now I don’t drink wine, but I know enough people that do to provide me with a whole bunch of wine corks. Then all I needed were some wooden plant stakes or bamboo skewers and a black marker. Simple as that I have cute garden markers made out of something that would have otherwise wound up in the trash. It’s a win-win!

wine corks

Supplies:
Recycled wine corks {I suppose you could buy them new if you can’t get your hands on any used ones}
Wooden plant stakes or bamboo skewers
Black Sharpie-type marker

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Directions:

Using the Sharpie, write the plant name on the side of the wine cork. Insert sharp end of your stakes or skewers right into the center of the cork. Push the wine cork plant markers into the dirt of their respective plants. Now you have cute plant markers you can sit back and enjoy while sipping wine {therefore, adding to your wine cork collection!}.

~Mavis

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Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

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Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

The Girl has had the same friends all through high school.  Her group of girls have spent countless nights at my house, so when Senior Night came, I wanted to make them each a little something.

I decided on flower pot candy bouquets.  I think these would make an awesome gift for just about any occasion, so even if you don’t have a senior this year {pause for nervous breakdown}, you can make them for birthdays, teacher’s gifts, etc.

Flower Pot Candy BouquetYou’ll Need

A small flower pot
A foam ball {size depends on the size of your flower pot}
A pretty fair amount of dum-dum suckers
Glue gun
Spray paint or ribbon can be used to decorate the pots as well. {I chose not to in the end}

Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

Directions

Using the glue gun, glue the foam ball into place on your flower pot.  Now, starting at the top center of the foam ball, push the stick of the dum-dums into the ball.  You only need to push it about as far as the start of the wrapper.  Continue placing the dum-dums, working outward toward the flower pot, until the foam ball is completely covered.

Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

That’s it.  So easy, right?

~Mavis

Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

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DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

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Garden Markers Made From Sticks

I always think that I will remember which plant is which, but I can only hold so much information in my brain these days {and that amount is very small, I admit}, so I inevitably forget {usually within hours}.  So, for me, marking my plants is absolutely essential.

I really liked the organic look of these stick markers and I lov that all I had to do was wander into the back yard to collect a few sticks to make them. ;)

sticks

You’ll Need:

Pruners
Veggie Peeler or Sharp Knife
Sticks {about 1/2 thick}
Sharpie

DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

Directions:

Start by wandering outside and cutting some branches off of a tree–or better yet, find a fallen limb.  Choose a branch that is about a 1/2″ thick.  Cut the stick into segments, roughly the same size.  Trim the sticks, so that they don’t have any shoots.  Now, using the veggie peeler or sharp knife, remove the bark from one side of the stick.   {I totally felt like I was whittling wood–very old-timey of me.}

You only need to remove the bark about half way down the stick, because the rest will be pushed into the dirt.  {If you use a veggie peeler, be aware, it may really dull the blade!}  Once you have a bark-free portion of the stick, write the name of your plants on with a sharpie.

DIY Garden Markers Made From Sticks

That’s it.  Now, mark your plants and free up some space in your memory bank.

~Mavis

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Try Kiwi Crate for FREE- Includes My Rad Rocket Project Kit

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Ever heard of Kiwi Crate? Well if you have kids or know some kids who love to use their imagination, and like some hands-on fun that encourages creativity and curiosity, you’ll want to listen up:

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Enjoy a free sample-size project from one of their most popular crates and pay only $3.95 shipping.

Your free trial includes My Rad Rockets. That crate allows you to build and experiment with your very own pair of rockets that fly! Learn how rockets can travel through the air differently. Then measure the distance with your flight chart to see how far they can travel. You’ll also learn about the many ways airplanes and rockets fly with their free magazine with bonus projects and activities!

YOUR CRATE INCLUDES:

  • All the materials to build your pair of rockets
  • Bonus flight chart to help measure distance traveled
  • Set of metallic markers and pom poms to personalize your rockets
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Head on over HERE to sign up for your FREE My Rad Rocket Project Kit.

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DIY Plant Markers From Broken Pots

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turn broken pots into plant markers

I don’t know about you, but I have amassed a pretty large terra cotta pot collection over the years.  I love them.  They  naturally regulate water to the plant, and as long as you take care of them, they will last for years.  The only downside is that they do occasionally break–after all, they are clay and exposed to the elements year after year.  It kind of kills me to throw them away, so when I decided to make a few of them into plant markers.

terra cotta flower pots

You’ll Need:

Terra Cotta Pots
Black Sharpie
Hammer

broken terra cotta pots

Directions:

Break off portions of the mouth of the pot.  You will want to use the top portion of the pot so that you have nice smooth edges, rather than jagged broken ones stick up waiting to attack you in your garden.  I broke the pots into desired pieces with a hammer.  I just lightly tapped where I wanted to break the pot to even it out a bit.  Write the name of your plant with a sharpie and then bury the base of the broken portion of the pot in the dirt along side the plant.

DIY Plant Markers From Broken Pots

Waaaay better than throwing out the broken pots, don’t you think?  {If you totally love the idea, but don’t have any terra cotta pots, the little ones are cheap, so you can still make the markers.} ;)

~Mavis

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DIY How to Make Redneck Wine Glasses

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DIY Redneck wine glasses

The summer entertaining season is right around the corner and now is a great time to get a few of those arts and crafts projects out of the way. This morning I made a set of DIY Redneck Wine glasses for one of my friends. She had mentioned having seen some redneck wine glasses on Amazon a while back and thought they were cool

Well guess what? Her birthday is coming up and so I made her a set.

Hot Diggety Dog!

DIY redneck wine glasses craft

How to Make Redneck Wine Glasses

Supplies 

6 Canning Jars
6 Glass Candlesticks {I found mine at the Dollar Store}
Epoxy Quick Set Glue {Home Depot or Amazon sells it}
Sandpaper {I used medium grit}

redneck wine glasses tutorial

Directions

Use a piece of sandpaper to scratch up the rim of the glass candlesticks {this will help the epoxy adhere the canning jars and the candlesticks together}. Wash, then dry the candlesticks to remove any dust.

diy how to make redneck wine glasses

Set the mason jar, bottom side up, on your work surface. Carefully place a generous amount of Epoxy glue on the bottom of the mason jar.

how to make redneck wine glasses DIY

Place the candlestick on top of the canning jar and press the glass pieces together. Let your new redneck wine glass sit undisturbed for 24 hours before using or gifting.

Yee- Haw!  How easy was that?

~Mavis

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Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

vinegar

The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

blue eggs

*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

naturally dyed easter eggs

Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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How to Make Polka Dot Easter Eggs

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How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou know all of those stickers that come with Easter Egg Dye Kits?  They seem like they are going to look super cute, but they always leave you wanting?  Here’s a new way to put them to use:  polka dot Easter eggs.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsYou’ll need:

Round stickers
Hard-boiled eggs
Easter Egg Dye
Cups

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsDirections:

Place round stickers on the eggs, in whatever pattern you choose.  Make sure to push them down completely, so that no dye can find it’s way underneath the stickers.  Dip the egg into whichever color you choose and allow it to marinate until desired color.  Pull out egg and allow it to dry completely on a paper towel.  When egg is dry, carefully peel off stickers to reveal your polka dotted egg.  If you want the polka dots to be a color other than white, give the whole egg a dip in a different color.

How to Make Polka Dot Easter EggsEasy pleasy, right?

Happy Easter,

Mavis

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How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

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How to Recycle Old Crayons

So, every year, for years and years, when the kids brought their backpacks home on the last day of school, I would dump their crayon stubs into a rubbermaid shoe box.  Then, when we went on road trips or whatever, I’d throw it in, the kids could painstakingly unwrap the nubs and continue to color with them.  No matter how many road trips we went on, the crayons only seemed to multiply.

Now, after all of these years, I still have the box of crayons, and no chubby little hands to hold them.  So, what’s a girl to do?  Make ‘em new again, that’s what.   Then, when friends bring their kids over, I will pull them out and stun and amaze them with my cool crayons.  Ah, it’s good to be Mavis.  Ha!

broken crayons

You’ll Need:

Crayons
Silicone mold {or muffin tin would work, but it might be harder to get the crayons out, so I would line it with foil cups}

recycled Rainbow Crayons

Directions:

Peel all of the remaining paper off of the crayons {I’m not going to lie, this part isn’t fun, so if you want to solicit the help of the kiddos, I highly suggest it}.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Chop all of the crayons into small pieces.  Fill the mold, with about 1″ of crayons.  Bake for 15-20 minutes {time really varies, so check them and remove them when wax is melted}.  Allow the mold to cool completely, then pop them out of the mold.

Rainbow Crayons, Recycled Crafts, How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

Super easy, right?

~Mavis

How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

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Jelly Bean Mason Jar – Upcycling a Chick Feeder

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Jelly Bean Mason Jar

There is something so poetic about a chick feeder becoming an Easter jelly bean dispenser.  Poetic and easy.  What could be better?

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A chick feeder base {Farm stores carry these}
  • Clean mason jar
  • Jelly beans
  • Funnel

Jelly Bean Mason Jar chicke feeder

Wash the chick feeder in hot soapy water.  Dry completely.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar

Funnel jelly beans into the mason jar, leaving enough head space to easily screw on the base of the chick feeder.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar

Screw on the base, while the jar is still upright.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar chick feeder

Flip it over and proceed to eat all of the purple and pink jelly beans out of the feeder before the kids have a chance to get at it. Now how easy was that?

~Mavis

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