How to Make a Bean Teepee

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When Monkey Boy and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird were young, I would build them a bean teepee every summer.  Back then, we lived on a .25 acre lot and because there was not an abundance of trees, I would purchase 6 foot bamboo poles at the Home Depot.

These days, we live in a more wooded area so we can make teepees a big as we want now.

If you have never built a bean teepee {or even thought about building one} for your kids, and you have the space, you should give it try.  Not only will your kids think you are the coolest parent ever, but if you space the poles far enough, your children will be about to walk into the teepee, giving them a unique summer “clubhouse.”

Lets get started.

First, you’ll need to decide how wide you want the inside of your teepee to be. I spaced my poles far enough apart so there was about 4′ of open space in the center, which is plenty of room for a child and their friend to sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Next,  gather {6} 1o’ wooden poles and secure them together with twine, both at the top and the bottom.  Make sure you push the poles deep into the soil so they don’t fall over if it gets a little windy or Fido walks by.  Most pole beans grow about 6′ tall, so don’t feel like you have to haul 10′ poles home from the hardware store.  6′ poles will work just fine.

Once you have your teepee poles in place, rake the soil from the center of the circle to build up a nice mound of dirt around the teepee base.

Then, plant a generous amount of pole beans in the mound of dirt surrounding the teepee, and water as necessary.

You should have a fully covered teepee in about 60-70 days.

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Last year we planted squash at the base of the teepees and it did really well. So if you have the space, go crazy!

If you are interested in learning about the history of teepees, check out Tipis, Tepees, Teepees: History and Design of the Cloth Tipi by Linda Holley.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $11.55.

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How To Make Sidewalk Paint

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Whipping up a batch of sidewalk paint is not only easy, but it might just keep the kids busy long enough for you to get dinner ready.  Have you ever sidewalk paint before?

If not, here is how to make it:

corn starch in glass container

Mix equal parts water and corn starch {I used one cup of each} in a bowl and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved.  Next, grab one of your old muffin tins and fill the muffin cups with about 1/4 cup of the corn starch and water mixture.

DIY Sidewalk chalk paint for kids

Add 2 drops of food coloring for lighter colors and 4-5 drops for darker colors.  Walk the tin of sidewalk pint outside, hand your kiddos a few paint brushes, and let them have some fun.  The chalk washes off easily when they are done.

DIY Sidewalk  paint for kids

Summer vacation is almost here.  Are you ready?  I know I am!

~Mavis

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For more easy {and fun} children’s craft projects, check out The Complete Book of Arts and Crafts. The reviews are awesome.

 

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea – Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

If you’re trying to come up with a craft project for your kids to make for Teacher Appreciation Day next week, these chalkboard painted pots should do the trick.  Not only are chalkboard painted pots easy to make, but your kids will love making them for their favorite teacher as well. Plus, the teacher will be THRILLED it’s not an another apple. Ha!

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Supplies

  • 4 Terra Cotta Pots
  • Fresh Herbs {I chose Basil, Chives, Rosemary and Oregano}
  • 1 Quart Chalkboard Paint
  • 1 Paint Brush
  • Potting Soil
  • 1 Piece White Chalk or Chalk Pens

Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

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Instructions

  • Paint dry pots and let them dry for 2 -3 hours
  • Add moistened soil to the bottom of the pot, add herb, add additional soil
  • Label each pot with chalk and water

Teacher Appreciation week Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots

Personally I think these pots look great outside sitting on a potting bench.  If you would like to give them as indoor gifts, I would suggest purchasing little terra cotta saucers to place underneath the pots to allow for drainage.

I’ve tried several different brands of chalkboard paint over the years and Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Brush-On is my favorite.  You  might be able to find it in your local hardware store, but if not, Amazon has it too.

Another great thing to have on hand are Chalk Ink Markers. Amazon has these, but you can probably find them for less at the craft store with a coupon.

 

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Gardening Tips – How to Organize Seed Packets

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I thought I would repost this clever tip for those of you who didn’t see it the first time around.

If you are like me you probably have a bunch seed packets scattered all over the place {or you soon will!}. I like to place my empty seed packets in a mini photo album I found at the dollar store. The albums 4×6 inch pockets can accommodate practically any size packet and the photo album fits nice on a shelf for easy storage.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself find myself checking the back of my seed packets from time to time to make sure I planted everything right and that the germination process is on schedule so I like to keep them around instead of tossing them. How-to-Organize-Seed-Packets-photo-album_opt How about YOU? Do you toss you seed packets or keep them. ~Mavis

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DIY Rustic Pea, Bean or Garden Trellis

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DIY how to make a pea bean trellis

I originally posted these photos of my rustic pea trellis last year but I thought I would share them with those of you who might have missed it and are looking for an inexpensive way to trellis you peas {or beans} this spring.

If you happen to live in an area where you can score some free sticks, you are in luck. Last spring we had a ton of saplings and dead branches that needed to be removed from the backyard.

We were able to re-purpose them and create a rustic pea trellis instead of just letting them decompose.

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To make a rustic trellis, simply lay the branches down in a grid like pattern, and tie the sticks together at each crossing {I tied triple knots}.

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This is suppose to be rustic, so remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Quirky is good!

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I like to use Luster Leaf twine for my garden projects because it comes with a built-in twine cutter.

DIY pea bean garden trellis

Once you have all your knots tied carefully lift your trellis and move it into place.DIY how to make a pea bean trellis

Another great way to grow peas is to create a teepee. Either way, fresh peas rule, and once you get your peas planted, you’ll only be about 60 days away from a delicious harvest.

Grow Baby Grow!

~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}

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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.

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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.

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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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How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

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How To Create a Terrarium

The Girl and I decided to make a terrarium the other day after having spotted 2 large shelves filled with mini cactus and succulents at the Home Depot. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t seem to stay away from that place no matter how hard I try.

We couldn’t resist the fat little succulent plants, and it’s nothing sort of a miracle we didn’t bring every single one of them home with us.

If you have never built a succulent terrarium before they are super easy to make, and really are a lot of fun if you enjoy indoor gardening. Oh, and did I mention terrariums are extremely low maintenance too?

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How to Make a Succulent Terrarium

Select a container that has a wide opening. Your container can be virtually anything that has glass sides to view your plants. We wanted a specific look, so we decided to spend a little more on a container rather than use a glass vase. The Girl found this mini greenhouse at Target in the Smith and Hawkin Section.

Terrarium rocks

To get started, place about  a 2-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of your container to allow for drainage. Keep in mind you’ll probably want to use decorative rocks for a more finished look. We found these at Ikea for $0.89 a bag.

Terrarium plants

Next place a thin layer of activated charcoal where your plants will be. This will act as an air purifier since we are using a closed top container. Next add a bit of cactus soil {found at Home Depot} around the base of where you will be setting your plants. You’ll probably want to spread the soil over all of the rocks, but we chose not to, because our plants are tiny and had rather shallow roots. Remove the plants from their pots and place them in the soil.

How To Create a Terrarium plants

Next, add a small layer of sand, and then some small pebbles to cover the sand {but only if you have OCD like me and don’t want the sand to be visible}.

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Finally, add an accent item like a figurine, a small vintage toy or a tiny glass chicken ornament your mother gave you for Christmas that you named Glenda.

How To Create a Terrarium

The #1 reason terrariums fail is because people over water them, so only water your plants every two weeks or so. Also, make sure you place your succulent terrarium someplace that will receive at least 5 or 6 hours a day.

Keep Calm and Carry On.

~Mavis

Tiny World Terrariums

For more ideas on building your own terrariums, check out out the highly rated book Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-Step Guide to Easily Contained Life.

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Easy Kids Crafts – DIY Bird Feeders Ideas

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toilet paper bird feeder{photo credit - Cocktail Mom}

star bird feeder{photo credit - Sweet Paul}

pine cone bird feeder{photo credit - Kate’s Life}

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teacup bird feeder{photo credit - Intimate Weddings}

old light bird feeder{photo credit - The Art of Doing Stuff}

Have you ever made a homemade bird feeder? Did it work? Did your feeder attract a lot of birds? Above you’ll find a few cool ideas and links. Simply click the link to go visit the original source and find out how to make these.

I love the Star Feeder, but I think I am going to stick with the basics, and attempt the toilet paper roll one instead.

~Mavis

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How To Make A Candy Cane Vase

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Are you planning on attending a party this winter and would like to bring something other than chocolate or homemade cookies as a hostess gift?  Make a candy cane vase instead. Not only is it quick and easy to do, but the WOW factor might just score you an extra helping of appetizers.


Start by lining the bottom of a recycled glass container with rocks. I was lucky enough to find these polished rocks up over the summer at a neighbors garage sale for a steal.  In the end, the rocks will be covered anyway, so rocks collected from your backyard will do just fine.

Cover rocks with moistened potting soil and insert a paperwhite or Amaryllis bulb in the center.  I was able to purchase 8 paper white bulbs at Home Depot very inexpensively.


Using Zots* or some other sort of glue dots, carefully adhere candy canes to the side of the vase or selected container.

Once you have covered your vase in wrapped candy canes, use a piece of recycled ribbon to secure candy canes.

Place in a sunny window and wait.  Water periodically.  When paperwhites are a few days from blooming, present recipient with gift.

So what do you think?

~Mavis

*Direct link to an Amazon.com product

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Easy Kids Christmas Craft Ideas – How to Make Your Own Snow Globe

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This is my favorite tutorial post out of all the snow globes I am featuring today.  With simple directions and lot’s of pictures.  Plus, I like how they used ordinary jars and spent very little on supplies. Yay, for being thrifty!  The pictures below are simple for visual ideas. Remember, a snow globe doesn’t have to be just for Christmas, you can fill it with all sorts of goodness.

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Do you have a favorite?  I think mine is the gnome.

~Mavis

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