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Our latest hobby is finding discarded items and re-purposing them into other usable items. Our latest project was a bench made completely (except for the paint) out of stuff that others didn’t want. We found an old head board, matching foot board and several pine wood slats. I have seen several demos on Pinterest of how to make benches, so we thought we would give it a try.
As you can see, they are very old fashioned and plain. The head board had several deep scratches and chips in it, so we decided to beat it up more vs trying to sand it all and use wood filler.
There are no exact plans for this, since each piece can be as different as you want it to be. But since this was our first attempt, we wanted to keep it simple. We made a support for the bench slats that would connect to both the foot and head board. We also kind of made it to the dimensions of the material that we found. We cut a bit off the foot board feet so it would be at a more comfortable sitting position.
We painted it with Oops paint from Home Depot ($2) and stained the slats with stain we had. We are still debating on whether or not to add something to the back of the head board to give it more height. What do you think? We have since found one more headboard and bought a $5 headboard at a garage sale. Can’t wait to tackle those!
I have a garden project that I will be working on soon. As part of the project I needed old bicycles. A friend put the word out and connected me with another friend of hers and we were given three bikes to repurpose. I really only wanted the rims for my garden project…but then I thought. What if I could use the rest of the bike to make other things so I am not just wasting it? So my awesome boyfriend and I stripped the bike of everything I could think of using and put the rest on the curb. Of course within hours, the carcass was gone from my yard, on to the home of someone else who could reuse it.
My first completed project was this door mat for the back door. I ended up using about three tires and three inner tubes to make it. It isn’t the prettiest thing, but it works great for getting all the garden dirt off my shoes before going inside. I cut the side rims off the tires and cut it across so I would have one long strip made out of each tire. I then cut those into three equal sections and laid them out on the ground. I then did the same with the inner tubes and used those to weave in and out of the tire to hold them together.
Even though it is winter….and we have a snow day today, I have been busy getting my garden ready for the spring. One thing we use tons of is fresh herbs. Green onions are a weekly addition to many dishes for us. I started out buying four bunches of green onions for $1 at the store. I cut off the green and then planted the bulbs.
I took a water bottle, cut off the top spout part, created staggered holes, inserted the onion bulbs, filled with dirt, then watered. I already have several shoots of new growth on them. Now I can have fresh onion right in the kitchen and they will continue to grown and grown.
Are you tired of the same old boring towel bar in your bathroom? Are your bath salts and candles taking over the space? Here is a great idea that we came up with that cost only the price of an anchor bolt.
We got an old wine box free from our local Sam’s club and I knew I wanted to do something in the bathroom with it. The old towel bar was removed and the original anchor bolts left in place. The box we had wasn’t as wide as the original towel bar so only one original hole could be used.
Two holes were drilled in the upper inside top corners of the box. We then marked on the wall where the box would hang, one hole in the original towel bar hole, the other one in a new hole in the sheetrock. Once the second hole was marked a new anchor bolt was installed to reinforce the box and anything you might want to put in or on it.
Then screws were put in the holes with washers and everything tightened into place. Now I have a place for extra towels, candles and other bath items.
For some people the whole idea of having a backyard garden can be scary…and costly. But it doesn’t have to be either. There are many items you already have that you can take the seeds from or part of the plant to create new ones without spending a dime. Below are a few of the things we have been growing.
Celery! Cut the top stalks off celery leaving about two inches of the bottom. Place in a bowl of water and see what happens. Within a few days you will see little leaves popping up. Keep changing the water frequently.
After two weeks this is what we have. There are some roots coming out of the bottom, so I am going to plant this in the garden now to see what we can get from it. You can pull off the rotten part or just plant it as is.
Here is a super easy one to do….potatoes! How many times have you had a potato sprout an eye? Cut off the sprout part, soak in water overnight then plant that spud in the ground. You will soon see leaves emerging. When it gets bigger you will have potatoes from it.
For a whopping 25¢ investment I will now have green onion the rest of the season. Just cut the tops off and leave the white part intact. Submerge in water and make sure you change the water every few days. To harvest just take your kitchen shears and snip off what you need.
We are also growing garlic, onion, and avocado from stuff we already had, so no further expense to see if this works or not. What other items can you think of growing?
As I mentioned before, we love fresh herbs but they are so expensive that we are growing our own. I asked neighbors to save milk jugs for us so we could have them in pots and not the gardens since some herbs, like mint, will grow and take over your entire garden.
Dill that I planted about a week ago is already sprouting. To have a continual crop of herbs plant new seeds every 3-4 weeks.
Cut the tops off milk just so that the handle is still intact. Cut drain holes in the bottom so excess water can escape. Fill halfway with dirt and then add your seeds. Label each milk jug with contents (or not for a surprise). Keep dirt moist and you should see sprouts in no time.
I am lining mine up on a sturdy piece of wood then attaching that to the fence to keep it up off the ground and make better use of the garden.
Since we had such excessive heat during the summer last year, my garden didn’t do well at all. This year, with the help of my boyfriend, we decided to expand our garden to 208 square feet. We are putting in an irrigation system to help it stay watered better. In addition since we love fresh herbs so much but don’t love the price at stores we are growing our own herbs as well. I am going to be doing a few posts on what is going on in our garden.
A lot of what I want to do is recycle and repurpose stuff in our garden versus paying for new stuff over and over. One way to do that is to make your own seed starer pots vs buying them in the store. You most likely have everything on hand that you need, newspaper and a small can.
Tear the newspaper so you have one full sheet and fold it in half. I wanted smaller seed starters so used a tomato paste can. Just roll it up in the paper. Make sure the can is just to the edge of the paper.
Add dirt halfway up then add your seeds. Water enough so that the paper stays moist and doesn’t dry out. I started beets last week and already have sprouts. These can be kept outside or brought in if gets cold, then the entire thing can be placed in the ground when ready to plant.