Gardenscapes: Taking Your Garden to the Next Level with DIY Home Projects

People can become quite creative when they become stuck. This was the case when the whole world went into lockdown at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some people might’ve expressed that creativity through TikToks and dance challenges, while others created their own vlogs or platforms. Some, who were not to keen on being in the spotlight, chose to turn their efforts towards plants and home renovations. With all the time we’ve been spending at home, it’s only right that we’d want to spruce the place up.

Gardening is not only a very relaxing and rewarding venture, you also get to help the environment! When you get into planting, you can eventually have your homegrown vegetable and fruit garden, but you can also help out Mother Earth. Another way of helping Mother Earth? Instead of buying some of your gardening items or tools, try coming up with DIY crafts for home decor to help you build the perfect landscape.

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Recycle Those Plastic Bottles!

We’re really going full out with our green thumbs here! Not only are we going to lessen consumption, we’re going to reuse those plastics to stop them from piling up. So what can you do with the plastic bottles you have at home? These ideas are also perfect home projects for the kids! Get them in on the decorating and let their creativity flow!

Use Them for Watering

Any beginning gardener will know that we don’t want to drown our plant, but we don’t want them to dry up either. So how do we find the perfect balance? You create a controlled watering tool with your plastic bottle. For this project, you’ll need:

  • small water bottle/s
  • scissors/ cutter
  • decorating materials
  • glue gun

Once you’ve prepared your materials, you can get started on:

  1. Clean out the bottle with some soap and water.
  2. Remove any of the packaging labels.
  3. Use your decorating materials to create appropriate designs. You can paint on animal faces or stick animal or nature-themed stickers onto the bottle.
  4. Using your scissors or cutter, cut a small hole onto the cover of the bottle or several small holes. If the lid is made of plastic, you can also use the heated end of the glue gun to melt it away.
  5. Fill up the bottle with water.
  6. Secure the lid (now with the hole) onto the bottle.
  7. Invert the bottle and check if water is trickling out of the hole. Once done, stick that end of the bottle into the soil of your plant.

You now have a self-watering plastic bottle! The plant will only absorb the necessary amount of water it needs from the bottle. You’ll never overwater or miss watering your plant again!

Create a Flower Pot

Flower pots can in a beautiful array of colours and designs. But even a simple plastic bottle can be turned into a blossoming flower pot, and it’s easy to do too! Here is what you’re going to need:

  • big plastic bottles
  • scissors/ cutter
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • decorating materials

 

So how to we get started with the transformation? Follow the steps below, and bring your garden to life:

  1. Cut the top of the bottle off. We won’t be needing that anymore!
  2. Create holes on the bottom of the bottle. This will help the excess water flow out from the plants.
  3. Design! Design! Design! Use your creativity to design your personal flower pots. You can use spray paint, acrylics, stickers, or glitters! Anything that will make you happy when you look at the pots in your garden.
  4. Place your pot where it needs to go, and transfer soil into it. (This is easier than carrying a heavy, soil-filled flower pot to its destination.)

 

And there you go! You have a new home for your future plants!

Fire Pit

Picture this: a cool summer evening, music wafting from inside the house, and you and your loved ones gathered around a fire, surrounded by beautiful flowers while steaks are being grilled for dinner. Isn’t it just perfect? And you can make that vision come true by making your very own fire pit in your garden! This is a bit harder than creating those self-watering bottles and plant pots, so you can rope in the rest of the family and make it a bonding experience for everyone!

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • fire bricks
  • tiles
  • barbecue rack
  • hardware tools
  • cement mix
  • coal
  • sand

 

Once you’ve made a run to your nearest hardware store, you can get started!

  1. Choose the place where you want to set up your fire pit. You’re going to start laying down those tiles in that area and covering up the ground. This will create a raised platform where you’ll all be sitting around later on, but make sure to leave the centre clear. That’s where the fire pit will go.
  2. Dig a small, shallow hole in the middle of the are that you left clear. This is going to be where you put the coals later on.
  3. Once you’ve achieved the size that you want for the hole, start layering the bricks around it. You are not creating the barrier for your fire pit. You can use your cement mix to seal the bricks together. About four or five layers of fire brick will give you an ideal height for your fire pit.
  4. You can then put coal or wood inside the fire pit to build your fire. You can also place a barbecue rack on top to close off the fire pit if you want to cook there.
  5. Pour the sand around the remaining area between the pit and the tiles. The sand can be used to put out the fires later on.

 

And there you have it. It might take some time, but with 5 steps, you can have a cozy, little fire pit in your garden. Perfect for cold summer nights or barbecues with the neighbours. Don’t forget to get comfortable chairs for lounging about near the fire pit!

 

Garden Path

You know those cute little pictures with pebbles lining a path in the garden? This is a garden path! And you can make one for your own garden! All you need are the following:

  • pebbles/ stones
  • pieces of wood
  • broken plant pots or vases/ sea glass
  • flowers
  • soil or sand

 

Next:

  1. First, we’re going to help ourselves picture the path by creating an outline with our pebble, stones and wood. So place the pebbles parallel to each other along the path you want to create.
  2. Depending on what you want your garden path to look like, you can choose to either use soil or sand. You’re going to take your soil and fill up the spaces between the pebbles or stones until it creates the path. But we’re not done yet!
  3. To decorate the path, we can use broken pots or vases or even multi-coloured sea glass and just sprinkle them along the way. We don’t want it to look like it was staged too much!
  4. Then we can place our precious babies along the path to give it some color. Transfer some of your flowering plants along the path to make it feel more magical!

Want to be extra?

Add lanterns to the path!

How to Make Paper Lanterns for Your Garden Path or Just for Home Decor

This one is another great idea for home projects for kids: Paper lanterns! Not only that, but this DIY project can also be used as home decor and not just in your garden! Of course, we want our path to be lighted during the evening, so how can we accomplish this? We create our own lanterns, and they’re super easy to do. First things first, let’s gather our materials:

  • japanese/ wax paper (try to see if there are different colours for a cooler effect)
  • glue
  • popsicle sticks
  • candles

And how do we go about creating our lantern with this materials?

  1. We start off by creating the outline with our popsicle sticks and gluing them together. You can control the shape and size of your lantern by contracting this outline.
  2. Using out Japanese or wax papers, we’re going to create the cover of the lantern. Feel free to design, draw or decorate the wax paper as well before gluing it onto our outline. Make sure to leave the top part open in order to have access to the candle inside.
  3. Then we’re going to create sturdy and heavy base underneath the lantern to make sure the wind doesn’t blow it away.
  4. Once we have a base, we simply glue or use wax to stick our candle to the base of the lantern.
  5. Use rocks or pebbles to weight the lantern down and make sure the wind doesn’t blow it- or your candle- away.
  6. When the sun begins to set, you can light the candle inside the lantern and see your design dance across the wax papers!

This will truly make your garden glow!

There are lots of things you can do to spruce up your gardens with these paper lanterns, especially with spring and summer in the air – and fall around the corner! For more ideas on home projects you can DIY, check out our other articles and keep yourself updated with our resources.

 

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