A Miniature World
Mosaic Bird Bath
This birdbath is the perfect project to welcome summer! With the weather getting hotter it provides a much needed oasis for the birds and gives our garden a pop of colour.
Here's what you'll need:
Bird bath- I used a flower pot base
Caulk and gun- GE silicone
Tile- I used old dishes, just make sure you don't use the rounded rim pieces
Tray to mix grout in
Float or other tool to spread grout
Start with the fun part: smash those tiles! I put mine in a plastic bag and whacked it with a hammer. Make sure you wear safety glasses in case a shard flies out- they're sharp!
Patio Container Garden
I've often thought how nice it would be to have a herb garden on the deck and this spring I've finally started one. There is SO MUCH information available online about how to prepare and start your herb garden and lots of advice about which herbs are easiest for beginners like me. Did you know you can actually plant those leftover garlic cloves that have been lanquishing in your fridge?! Also, there are some pretty brilliant ideas out there about fun alternatives to pots but I decided to take the traditional route this time round (I'm saving my beer bottles for the next time tho). I discovered that some veggies also do well in container gardens so I thought I would give them a shot too. DIY&Crafts offered some particularly helpful advice for getting started.
Here is a list of container-friendly seeds that I planted:
If you're thinking I may have bitten off more than I can chew here, the thought has crossed my mind too but gardening is supposed to be fun to be honest so far it's kind of addictive! The more I planted the more I excited I was to see what would happen. Btw, planting a refrigerated garlic clove is not a myth- I planted three and was amazed by how quickly they sprouted. So far the summer squash has yet to make an appearance but the snow peas (which I planted last) have shot up as have the basil and scallions.
DIY Heart Jar
I love the look of long pendant necklaces. I was perusing Pinterest and came up with all kinds of inspiration. All you need is chain, your pendant(s) of choice, jump rings, lobster clasps, wire and small pliers. They were fun to make and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.
DIY Lacquer Box
I have a desk in my living room (which is actually a console table) and needed a place to keep stationary that would be functional and attractive. I fell in love with some lacquered boxes I'd seen recently and decided it was exactly what I needed for the desk. It was really easy to make and the total cost was only about $12.
DIY Sharpie Mug
The ever-popular sharpie mug is a great DIY project for all ages. It's quick and easy and the possibilities are endless. All you need is a pen and your mug and you're set! A word of advice: in order to prolong the life of your sharpie art, make sure you use an oil based Sharpie pen or other oil based product such as DecoArt glass paint marker as it will help prevent smudging and fading. I suggest hand washing your mug too as it likely won't fare too well in the dishwasher over time.
To set, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool.
DIY Motorcycle Seat
Make a motorcycle seat? Why not? My husband Scott just completed building a motorcycle using parts (mostly) from a 1983 Suzuki GR 650...the only thing that remained totally unfinished was the seat. Making one seemed like daunting project at first but I figured anything would be an improvement on what he was currently using- which was a flat piece of unpadded steel, exposed bolts and all. Constructing the seat ended up being quite easy and Scott's happy with how it turned out- mostly because now he doesn't have to worry about avoiding every bump in the road! Here's how we did it:
Last summer we bought a 2005 Honda Jazz scooter we found on Craigslist and it's been the best thing ever. I honestly believe Victoria is best seen astride a scooter and you're always guaranteed a parking spot! The scooter came to us with one red side and one blue side and used to be a fleet scooter at a rental shop. I decided I would paint the plastics to make him a little more unique. I've always been partial to pastels and so decided to paint the sides a seafoam green colour. I couldn't actually find spray paint in "sea foam" but Krylon's Jade colour is pretty darn close.
You Guys. Talk about an easy and effective way to add some interest and life to a space! Also, if your thumb is not-so-green, like mine, these are really simple to care for. Like the sound of this? If you choose to use air plants you don't have to do anything for them but spritz them with water. I know. Pretty awesome.
Want to add some whimsy? Maybe add a dinosaur or animal figure munching on the stem you accidentally (oops..) broke off.
Check out these links for ideas and tips on creating your own terrariums:
Step by step tutorial on how to make a terrarium
What plants to grow in closed terrariums
DIY Loch Ness Monster
I found the pattern for these guys on the blog "welivedhappilyeverafter.com'". I have to take a moment to give some serious blog-love to Hannah because her site has some fantastic original sewing patterns as well as lots of neat DIY ideas- you should definitely check it out! :)
I used some textured dimple-dot fabric for the back and felt for the underside and added a detachable hello kitty hair bow for the necklace and bow-tie just for fun (my nieces are in a huge hello kitty phase right now!). These guys were so fun and easy to make that I started with one and ended up making a whole family of monsters. Best of all, the girls LOVED them!! (seriously, they were absolutely mauled).
DIY Pillow Case
I love zippered pillow cases. A zipper gives the pillow that final, finished touch and allows easy cleaning and switching up. In this post, i'll show you how to make an easy zippered pillow case you'll love too. I recently ordered some fabric for this project online and below are the designs I ended up using.
Measure your pillow or the old pillow case and add 1" to each side. My old pillow case was 26'x 27' so I cut two squares of fabric that were 27" x 28".
The Great Bedroom Closet Reno!
When we moved into our house in 2012 the master bedroom closet was pretty much non existent. It was the twin to the broom closet in the hall. It was always our plan to renovate it and this summer my dad helped make it happen. We are so happy with how it turned out and we absolutely love our new closet doors!
Frugal in Fairfield is a blog all about fun DIY projects and home comforts. Thanks for stopping by!