Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Quick Tip: Covered Trash Storage

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Quick Tip: Covered Trash Storage

A dirty subject that’s worth talking about: trash storage. When you don’t have any covered trash storage in your country kitchen, tap into your creativity! Place an accent table over the bin, salvage an old cupboard that’s big enough to fit the bin, or opt for a trash bin storage cupboard like this one from our Rustic Country Collection, which conveniently opens for easy access to the trash.

Shown here: Rustic Beadboard Trash Bin in Red, Straw Hearth Broom, Stencil Farm Coir Doormat, Folk Lace Curtains and the Red Tiered Lazy Susan.

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DIY Summer Fairy Garden

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Fairy gardens are cropping up all over the place, and with our addition of some new web exclusives, you can easily create a fairy garden in your own planter box or backyard. Today we are also laying out some basic materials you’ll need to DIY a fairy garden, followed by some inspiration to help get you started.

  • The space or a container. Prop little fairies and their houses at the base of a tree trunk or in your already-established garden for a little more whimsy this summer. Or, choose a container to create one from scratch. You could use a terracotta planter, a bucket, a wash tub, a wagon and even an outdoor table (see below). Elevate the fairy garden for enhanced visual appeal.
  • Potting soil and plants. You can choose any plants and flowers that you adore, but in addition, we recommend incorporating moss and green leafed plants. You could even use low-maintenance succulents!
  • Wood and rocks. If you’re simply adding a few fairy friends to a garden, consider crafting a makeshift bench or a small rock pathway for added charm. If you’re going all out with a DIY fairy garden, you could construct a mini pergola out of twigs, a small fence out of painted popsicle sticks, and a little patio for the fairies. Adding a small birdbath would also be lovely, and it would provide a nice resting spot for your backyard birds.

A simple fairy garden that emphasizes flowers and plants,
but still exudes joyful storybook charm.


Photo by Alison HodgsonMore home design photos

A little more involved, we love that this fairy garden was made in a vintage red wagon (which means you can move it anywhere on a whim!).


Photo by Cozy Little HouseSearch patio pictures

This adoring fairy garden was (ingeniously) constructed in a table.
It’s even more perfect because of the drop leaves – with this DIY, you can
be charmed by the fairies and still use the table for serving tea to friends.


Photo by Nelson Design Associates, inc.Browse landscape ideas

Our Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy and Miniature Garden Wishing Well
are just two of our fairy garden pieces. See the rest here, and send us
pictures of your own DIY fairy gardens this summer!


Puppy Love Miniature Garden Fairy | DIY Fairy GardenMiniature Garden Wishing Well | DIY Fairy Garden

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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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