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Easter Baskets for Teens & Tweens | 5 Frugal Ideas

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Easter Baskets for Teens & Tweens: 5 Frugal Ideas

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DIY Flower Planters | How to Choose & Arrange Flowers for BIG Impact!

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Jamie here, if you’re wanting to try your hand at DIY Flower Planters this year (rather than buying the pre-arranged pots at the garden center) I have a super-simple 3-Step Rule to share with you ;)   You need to purchase each of these types of flowers:

1) a BOOM 2) a FILLER and 3) a SPILLER

You’ll want to begin putting together your DIY Flower Planters by searching for these three types of flowers/plants to fill your pot.

*Keep in mind that they each need to have the same sun requirements

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The BOOM!

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Kitchen Organization: Organize Pot & Pan Lids with a File Divider!

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Organize Pot & Pan Lids with a File Divider

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DIY Laundry Detergent

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DIY Laundry Detergent

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DIY Spice Organizer (LOVE this for those Odd-Shaped Jars!)

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DIY Spice Organizer

Jamie here, I hate my messy spice cabinet with a passion, so this week I had the bright idea to tidy it up with a cheerful DIY Spice Organizer! (Not so much DIY as Recycled)

This is simply a plastic file bin I picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot a couple weeks ago.  I picked up a couple – I used my other one to make this DIY Plastic Wrap Organizer!  I will tell you – so far this is the best thing I’ve tried in my spice cabinet… here’s why:

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DIY Plastic Wrap Organizer (From Plastic File Bin!)

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This week I took it upon myself to tackle the under-the-sink area and I wanted to share this cute DIY Plastic Wrap Organizer!  It’s simply a repurposed Plastic File Bin I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot and now I’m totally kicking myself that I didn’t buy several to use all over the kitchen.  (Argh!  Hindsigh, right?)

If you can’t find this at Target (they change their Dollar Spot items up so frequently it’s hard to say), I’m sure you can pick up various file bins at the Dollar Tree, Walmart, and other places that won’t cost much.  Even at a few dollars, this DIY plastic wrap organizer is ceratainly more cost-effective than these options:

Grayline 40231, Door or Wall Wrap Rack, White - $11.86

Organized Living Kitchen Wrap Organizer, White – $15.81

 

What other kinds of uses can you come up with for a file bin?  Do you think it would make a good spice organizer??

 

 

DIY Face & Lip Scrub (Only 2 Ingredients!)

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DIY Face & Lip Scrub

Finally, Spring is in the air!  The trees are beginning to bud and it’s time to scrub away wintertime skin with this DIY Face & Lip Scrub!  I rarely splurge on body scrubs, because this is SO easy, works so well and the ingredients are sitting in my kitchen cabinet.

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Mason Jar Wall Planters

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Mason Jar Wall Planters

We posted this adorable mason jar wall planter craft before (thanks to our super-hip friend Amber) – but with Spring around the corner it seems like a good time to mention it again!!

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 3, and an avid DIY’er.  I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life on MotherhoodMusings.com. Check out Amber’s Etsy Store!

This DIY is a little bit different than my normal crafts because it involves some power tools! One thing I’m not the best at, so you’ll notice my handy husband in the pictures. :) But if you like this look, go for it. It’s definitely worth the effort.

What you need:

  • Old pallet or any other weathered wood
  • Wide mouth Mason jars
  • 3.5 inch diameter metal clamp
  • Screwdriver with drill bits
  • Screws
  • Handsaw
  • Flat head screwdriver

Directions:

1. Start with your pallet, we used a crowbar to separate the wood from the pallet.

2. Using your handsaw cut a plank of the pallet wood to a desired size, I usually make mine around 16 inches long.

After you have it the length you want, measure how where you want to place the jars. I like to keep mine 3 inches from each end and about an 1-2 inches apart. (If any of you are like me, this is the hardest part, I don’t specialize in mathematical measurements)

3. Drill hole in clamps to prepare for the screw, to do this I used a drill bit proportioned in size to the size screw I would be using to attach clamp to wood. Below is what your hole would look like.

4. Once your holes are cut, drill your clamps in your measured areas. I would suggest using shorter screws to avoid poking out the back side of the wood.

5. Last step! Place your Mason jars in the clamps and tighten with a flat head screw driver.

Tips:

Don’t worry if your measurements are off, just unscrew and try again. You can probably eye it better than you can measure.

If you are using these as planters; hang the plank where you want, put your soil in the jars separately, then tighten them into the clamps.

I absolutely love these planters, Enjoy!

 

Jamie here – I see discarded pallets around town all the time – and now that I’ve learned how to use a drill on metal (check out my DIY Oil Pan Sled!) – I’ll definitely be giving this one a try and maybe gifting them to family!