How to Make Water Balloon Flip Flops

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Over the weekend The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird made herself a pair of water balloon flip flops. She loved them so much she decided to make a pair for bff as well.

I thought maybe some of you might be interested as these water balloon flip flops would be a super fun summer craft for any teen girl to make this summer on one of those “Mom, I’m so bored” days. ;)

water balloons

You need about 100 water balloons per flip flop. My daughter was lucky and found everything she needed at the dollar store. She spent $3 for a set of cute flip flops and 2 packs of water balloons.

how to make water balloon flips

Grab four water balloons. Have 3 water balloons going in one direction {ends together} and use the 4th water balloon to tie the other 3 water balloons to the flip flop strap.

DIY how to make water balloon flip flops

A double knot is recommenced.

Keep tying water balloons to the flip flop strap until you can no longer see the strap. If needed you can slide the balloons around a little to make sure the entire strap is covered.

how to make water balloon flip flops
Pretty Neat- O if you ask me.

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Potting Bench Made from an Old Wooden Rack

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Beverly a former Girl Scout from North Carolina, who’s mother was named Mavis {!!}, who has a HHH {Handy Handsome Husband} and a PUGGLE {!} sent in these awesome  potting bench photos and I just had to share.

storage rack

Here is what Beverly had to say:

I saw this wooden rack at work, and wondered what I could do with it, then realized I needed a potting bench (saw one online for $279. that I liked but would not spend the money on). I came up with the plan and my husband did the rest.

how to make a wood pallet potting bench

Well, I did hold it still while he did some of the sawing/drilling.

DIY wood pallet potting bench

The rack itself was due to be trashed at work, and I bought it for $.53 which included tax.  (The rack came pre-loaded with plants from a vendor, and when those were sold the rack had to go.)  My husband used a few screws to hold it together after he re-modled it, and I got a great potting bench for under $1.00!

DIY wood pallet potting bench how to

The grid he attached to the front face was a shelf from a metal rack from my green house that I was not using, and it makes a great place to put S-hooks to hang tools.  The lumber is rough and untreated, so it will probably only last 3-5 years out in the weather here, but that’s ok with me.

I am just tickled with the result and had to share it with you, because I usually can copy things but can’t come up with the idea, and this one actually was my brainstorm. (I am a little proud of myself right now!)

Thank you for all of the neat informational, fun, and interesting stuff you put on your website.  And for the links to the great deals, too, I have taken advantage of a few of them and really appreciate you sharing them.  I look forward to watching your garden harvest tally grow each week.  I am sure you will reach your goal! I wish you the best of luck for the Garden Gnome project, it is a good cause.

~Beverly

Wow Beverly! Thank you for all your kinds words and if you lived closer I think I’d be asking your husband to make me a potting bench too. Tell him he did a great job!
~Mavis

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsApril From Santa Cruz, California Sends in Her Garden Photos

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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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

The-Complete-Book-of-Arts-and-Crafts-

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!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea Chalkboard Painted Herb Pots picture

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

chalkboard paint flower pots
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.

grid pea trellis

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}.

sticks and twine

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

garden twine

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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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?

Terrarium

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}.

glass chicken

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}

bird feeder homemade 1
{photo credit - Spoonful}

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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