How To Make Next-Level DIY Succulent Pots

The amazing thing about succulents is that they are extremely low-maintenance. Unlike dogs, which require a lot of attention, demand frequent trips outside, and are constantly making messes – let alone the extra expenses that come along as they age – succulents are easy-breezy.

Furthermore, it’s amazing to when you step back and realize that there is a succulent that can grow just about anywhere. They can grow without soil, without space; the only thing that succulents need is a misting now and then, and sometimes they can survive for a while without that. That means whatever creative spot you can find can most likely grow a succulent. Here are some of the most unique planters for succulents that can spice up your plant mom lifestyle.

Driftwood centerpieces are great for the rustic aesthetic you’ve been fighting for but can’t quite get to yet. Rustic is hard to achieve, but just by drilling a few holes in a nice crusty piece of driftwood and planting a couple of succulents in that soon-to-be centerpiece, you’re a little closer. This idea is easy because driftwood is free, and if you have a drill, all you need are the succulents to get this party started.

Lightbulb planters are perfect for a light-filled apartment. Hung by the window, they can cast beautiful green shadows across the room. Don’t believe it? Try it yourself. Take old, burnt out lightbulbs and carefully remove the bottom. Pull out all of the circuitings and get ready to be amazed as your succulent thrives. The best part about these is that they are easily hung, and once you get a collection, you have a cool effect. Not only that, they only use materials that you’ll have anyway; burnt-out lightbulbs aren’t exactly in demand.

Plastic toy planters, for if you don’t know how you got all of these children’s toys and don’t know what to do with them. Just carve out part of the toy and open it up for a succulent to sit inside. Most of these toys have a hollow center, which makes them easy to open up. You can even paint these bad boys and have a cooler look for your planters. There is nothing quite like a row of gold-painted dinosaurs lined up on the windowsill with small succulents growing out of their backs, necks and heads. If you don’t have plastic children’s toys, they are easy enough to find almost anywhere.

Aquarium terrariums are great if you have just enough skill to keep a plant alive and not quite enough talent to keep a fish. If you recently have had a sad experience with a fish, make the pain go away by planting tons of little succulents in your recently vacated aquarium. Aquariums can hold plenty of succulents, and the former fish decorations can hold some as well, making an interesting mini garden in your living room. Just remember to give it a mist every once in a while, and you’ll have a beautiful terrarium that’s always changing and growing. Far more interesting than any fish.

Eggshell starters can start any plant, or they can house succulents for extended periods. The calcium in an eggshell is good for any plant. These are also free because you’re already buying the inside of the eggshell. You might as well use the whole egg. Eggshell starters are also fun because you can draw or paint on the eggs, or even dye them Easter colors, and then plant in them, and you have a creative plant themed centerpiece.

Clay potters are easy and fully customizable. Any clay works, and once it’s completely dry, you can plant any type of succulent inside. Some popular designs include animal-themed clay pots and patterned pots, but you can make whatever your heart desires. That’s the beauty of clay pots: you make them however you want.

Up Your DIY Easter Egg Game

Spring is just around the corner, and while we’ve been busy trying various methods of training our new puppy not to bark so much, it’s time to get back to writing. As we all know, with Spring comes Easter. As the season approaches, it’s natural to turn thoughts to decorations as well as the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. You may have fond memories of children joyously searching for brightly colored eggs while adults watch or help. 

Are you wondering how to recreate those fun Easter memories? You could just purchase plastic eggs or commercially produced egg dyes. Those seem a little impersonal and perhaps just a little boring, though. Instead, up to your DIY Easter egg game with creative ideas that add personality to your eggs.

Make Your Own Dyes

There are a variety of egg dyes available for purchase. Most of them involve dissolving a tablet in vinegar and adding water. This year, why not make your own dyes? Many fruits, vegetables, and other natural elements can be used to create your own environmentally safe dyes. The colors from homemade dyes are not exactly the same as the ones from the dissolvable tablets. They may be more muted or variegated. 

Tie-Dyed Eggs

Take a step beyond simple dyed eggs by tie-dying them. Before dipping your eggs into your chosen dye, use rubber bands or painter’s tape to mark areas of the egg that should not receive the dye. Dip your eggs and allow them to dry. Then, remove the rubber bands or tape. Place tape or rubber bands over the dyed areas and re-dip the eggs in a new color. Repeat this process as often as you’d like to achieve the look you want. 

Bedazzled Eggs

Nothing catches the eye quite like glitter or jewels. Take plain dyed eggs to the next level with simple bedazzlement. Imagine eggs that sparkle brilliantly in the sunlight. These are simple to create, but they have a powerful wow factor. For this technique, you start by dying the eggs as you normally would. Allow your eggs to dry thoroughly. Then, use glue to make patterns, polka dots, or any other artistic creation. Sprinkle glitter or place jewel pieces on the glue. Allow the eggs to dry thoroughly once again. 

Eggstraordinary Canvas

You’ve boiled a couple of dozen eggs, but now you don’t know how to decorate them. Why not let guests decorate their own? Permanent markers make wonderful decorating tools for the white surface of the eggs. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with this decorating option, people can create any number of artistic masterpieces. Each egg provides a blank canvas, and all that is left to do is draw or color on those canvases.

Egg Creatures

What could be more fun than making little creatures from your eggs? Rabbits, cats, chickens, or even unicorns can be created with a little imagination. These are only a few of the ideas for eggs turned animals. These can be created by painting the egg to resemble the animal, by using fabric or paper to create ears, noses, and tails, or by combining the methods. You can even glue googly eyes on them for a fun touch. 

Metallically Elegant

Whimsically fun designs are not for everyone. Sometimes, you want a more elegant touch to your Easter festivities. When that is the case, you might want to opt for a metallic look. Metallic paint pens are an ideal way to create this look. Alternatively, you can glue metallic foil to the surface of your eggs for a similar look. 

Eggs and Easter seem to be perfectly matched. Decorating eggs is a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Whether you use boiled eggs or paintable wooden ones, have fun being creative with your Easter eggs. 

How To Make Your Own DIY Jewelry Display

Jewelry is fun to play around with and always spices up an outfit. The only bad thing about jewelry is that it seems to collect so quickly. I know that I have had drawers full of mixed up jewelry and tangled necklaces, as do many people that collect jewelry and other accessories. Luckily, there is a simple solution: a DIY Jewelry Display. Although it seems like a lot of work, they are pretty simple to make. Here are a couple of simple jewelry displays that may strike your fancy.

The first display is a framed display for your jewelry. All you need for this DIY is a picture frame, chicken wire, mesh or netting, and some glue. First, remove the glass and any backing from the frame. Cut out a square of the chicken wire, mesh, or netting to the size of the frame. Flip the frame and glue the square into the picture frame in place of the backing. Once the glue is dry, you can hang earrings in the small holes in the mesh and hang the frame as you normally would, keeping your earrings sorted and displayed. If you’re feeling especially fancy, you can add small hooks to the bottom of the frame to hang necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

If you don’t like that idea for a display, you can always use driftwood to get an especially rustic jewelry display. This DIY is simple. All you need is some string, some nice driftwood sticks, a small knife, and a nail. First, sand any loose wood or bark off of the branch and use the small knife to slice small notches in the driftwood. Next, create a way to hang the stick with the string by tying one end to one end of the stick, slit into the notch to keep it in place, and the other end to the other end of the stick. Use a nail to hang it up, and you’re all set. You can drape bracelets and necklaces over the branches to display your jewelry. If you have a small enough stick, you can even place rings and bracelets on the driftwood.

The last method is a little more involved, but the end result is beautiful and very customizable. If the previous methods don’t fit well with your room decor, this display is sure to hit the spot. The materials needed for this project are just clay, paint, and some patience. Start finding inspiration. There are plenty of models you could use for this project; that’s the beauty of it. In essence, the model needs to have a bowl or plate-like part that can hold rings and bracelets and a lip with holes in it to hang earrings off of and create more separation. Some great ideas are a mushroom, with a flat top and holes around the lip, or a mandala patterned plate with holes in the lip. Carefully shape your display and bake or finish it according to the clay instructions. Next, paint your display accordingly. If you want, you can finish the organizer with a mod podge to give it a nice shine and ensure that the paint stays intact.

Whichever method you decide to use, you will be more organized than you were before. Try out one or all of these methods to display your beautiful jewelry and make it easier to find the jewelry you’re looking for every morning.

Making DIY Leather Tassel Keychains

If you are an avid DIYer then I am sure you have a lot of projects under your belt. There is a lot of self-satisfaction in creating your own things whether it is cup holders, pillows, or even picture frames. The following project on making DIY leather tassel keychains is definitely for you. I personally like tassel keychains. I think they give whatever they are attached to extra style and class. They can be placed on handbags, bookmarks, or even worn as a necklace. How about a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Below you will find an easy step by step instructions on how to make leather tassel keychains.  

Leather is both an all-purpose as well as beautiful material to work with. You can get it in just about any color you want and use it for fashion accessories, furniture, and other home designs.  

First, you need to assemble your tools and supplies.

Tools

  • Cutting Mat or Cutting Board
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Tube Cutter
  • Rotary Ruler or Omni grid Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter

Materials

  • Pencils
  • Key Rings
  • Leather
  • Copper Tubing (not required)

Leather pieces can be purchased at a craft or fabric store. If you cannot find what you want at either of these places, try thrift stores.  

You do not need a lot of workspaces, but you want to be able to spread everything out neatly and in order. This makes creating easier and more fun. Let us begin.

Instructions

  • Start with a piece of leather cut 4-4.5” wide and 7” long.
  • Lay the piece of leather on your cutting board or mat.
  • Using your pencil, draw a line down 1”.
  • Starting at that point, make cuts a 1/4” apart using your rotary cutter.
  • Cut another piece of leather approximately 3” long and 1/4” wide.
  • Slip it through your keyring, fold it in half and, and hot glue the ends.
  • Glue this end to the top corner of your leather tassel.
  • Starting with the keyring edge, roll the tassel hot gluing as you go.

You are all done. How is that for quick and painless? You can finish your leather tassel keychains by accenting the top with copper tubing, lace, beads, or whatever fancy material you wish to use. The possibilities are endless. I do not know about you, but I enjoy making these. Make them for yourself or for family and friends as stocking stuffers for the holidays or special occasions. Get really creative and personalize your keychains. Attach more than one leather tassel to one keychain for your own unique look. Once you start making these you might not be able to stop.

Here are some helpful tips for making your DIY leather tassel keychains.  

  • Not all leather is the same. Some are softer than others. Make sure the leather you are using for this project will allow you to make accurate cuts. You can try different leathers to see which one works best for you. In addition, if you are using faux leather, you will want to use a fine point blade. A deep point blade will better serve your purpose if you are working with real leather.
  • Using a rotary cutter instead of scissors gives you better control and a more precise cut because you can apply more pressure to the leather.
  • As mentioned above, you can use copper tubing to accent your keychains. If so, you can purchase the copper tubing and the cutter at any hardware store. If you do not want to cut the pieces yourself, they can be purchased already cut.
  • Painter’s tape may be used at the top of your piece of cut leather for more precise 1/4” cuts.
  • Instead of using a glue gun, you can substitute it for no-sew glue.