Halloween Painted Rocks

Helen Emmence makes her own Halloween painted rocks. You can buy the cement and silicon molds on amazon. These would be so cute for Halloween, or even just for fall, placed along your walks, or in your flower beds. I don’t think I would need this many of them. Even a few would help dress up your yard.

Halloween Rocks

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Painted a bright orange.

Orange Rocks

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Taken out of the molds, before Painting

Rocks Before Painting

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Troll Doll Planters

Troll Dolls are toys that date back to 1959. They were first made in Denmark by a Danish woodcutter, Thomas Dam. The original troll doll was carved as a Christmas gift for Dam’s daughter, Lila. When the kids in town saw the doll, they wanted one. too, and the company “Dam Things” was born. The dolls were made from plastic instead of wood, and were called “Good Luck Trolls”.

Still popular today, the Troll dolls are being used as planters, often for succulents. They are so cute!

Troll Doll Planters

I don’t know for sure how they are made, but my guess is that you would remove the hair, and maybe remove the plastic base of the hair, so there would be more room for the potting soil. Then add your soil, plants and water.

The larger sized troll dolls could hold a larger plant, as in this picture:

Large Troll Doll Planter

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They’re just so cute!

A Fun Slide

This would be a great slide to have if you have a hill on your property. Kids and grownups alike would love it. It would be great for family get togethers, reunions, or just a bbq for friends.

Hill Slide

So awesome. Good use of a hill on your property!

Garden Trellis Made With Sticks

Garden Trellis made with sticks. This is a unique trellis for your climbing vines. Plus it’s a DIY project and can save you the money you would spend on a store-bought trellis.

Trellis Made of Sticks

I’m sure every gardener has seen a trellis at some point, but how many know how to make one? You can find sticks in the woods or even on the sidewalks of your neighborhood (especially after a windy day!). You can lash the sticks together with chicken wire, or to add a rustic touch, try using natural twine to lash the sticks together.

You can add flowering vines like honeysuckle or morning glories onto your trellis. Or try growing beans on your trellis. It is easy because they just love climbing!

Brick Books for a Vintage Garden

I very much enjoy crafting new items for my home and garden.

When the holiday decorations are taken down and stored away and the winter weather is still keeping us indoors, I sit down with a hot cup of coffee or tea and begin creating new items for the new year. January and February is the best time for creating – I find that the spring time asks for too much cleaning, summer is full of travel and making plans with the kids and fall is the start of a long, enjoyable holiday season. I like to keep busy, so crafting is a great way to stay occupied when the chill outside is unbearable!

Brick Books

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This weekend, I started a new project that is not only fun for me, but I will be continuing to create more as gifts for relatives. My family has a couple generations of librarians, so by nature we have turned into bookworms! What better for a bookworm than a nice set of books for the garden?! These “books” are actually made of bricks! Yes, that is right…ugly old garden bricks transformed into these amazing (though not QUITE readable!) treasures.

Look at the beautifully crafted vintage look of these brick books! I am so impressed! For my very first brick novel, I started with my grandfather’s favorite “Treasure Island”. I know he will enjoy placing this out in his garden…or maybe using it as a bookend in his home office. While mine does not look quite as vintage as the lovely books shown above, I am hoping to wear it down with some fine sandpaper once I am done painting the title on.

This is a very fun project and will make an easily personalized gift for any garden or book lover!

Upcycle a Broken Lawn Chair!

I have seen people re-purpose nice, old wooden chairs, but never have I seen something like this before.

Chair With Belts

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I have to admit, when a lawn chair breaks, I am first to chuck in in the dumpster. Never before have I thought twice about saving it or fixing it. Probably because these days, lawn chairs are so poorly made that I don’t expect it to last more than a few seasons with that crappy woven plastic tubing.  Not to mention how much these plastic-covered chairs suck. Your hot, sweaty skin sticks to them in the summer time! Ugh.

This guy gives a tutorial on Instructables.com in creating a re-purposed chair from seat belts! Genius! Not only are you up-cycling old junk, but creating a new chair at the same time. Saves money and looks awesome! Plus, the possibilities seem endless…seat belts, regular belts (dated ones not worn in your closet, or stock up on the cheap at a second hand store), macramé yarn, old ties, old rope, old backpack or purse straps, duct tape…whatever junk you have sitting in a box in your garage! Just be sure you spray it with a weatherproof coating if you are going to keep it outdoors.

What an awesome idea!