Chicken Feeder Succulent Trays

I LOVE the Tractor Supply store. It is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States. Since my grandparents were farmers, maybe it’s in my DNA to love this store. However, as I discovered, it not only serves the needs of farmers but crafters too!

Stick with me gang….take for example these inexpensive chicken feeder trays.

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All you need are some succulents, potting soil and pea gravel and you get this!

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A unique autumn centerpiece!

 
You can buy the succulents, potting soil and pea gravel at most plant nurseries. Simply add about 1/2 inch of potting soil to the bottom of the tray, remove the succulents from their nursery containers and place them creatively in the tray. So they fit nicely, you may have to remove some of the soil around the base of the succulents. Then finish off the tray with a layer of pea gravel.  Place in a sunny location and water once a week.

Easy, right? Happy crafting!

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No Carve Jack O’Lanterns

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A confession…I hate carving pumpkins. I’ve hacked away at innocent pumpkins in my day but with little success. However, here’s a super easy and clean way to create unique and fun pumpkin heads which are sure to delight….without the mess and frustration.

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Round lids as guides
  • Pencil

How you do it:

  1. Draw circles on the paper using jar lids as guides.
  2. Cut, cut, cut and paste onto your pumpkins!
  3. Done!

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Happy Halloween and happy crafting!!!

Ornamental Gourd Wreath

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This wreath has to be one of my favorite creations. It was easy to assemble and all of the wreath ingredients were collected at my local nursery and craft stores.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small gourds
  • Grape vine (optional)
  • Moss
  • Foam wreath form
  • Floral picks
  • Floral wire
  • Glue gun

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Wrap floral wire around the wreath form to create a loop to hang it.
  2. Insert  floral picks into the bottom of the gourds then randomly insert the gourds into the foam wreath form. You can also put a dab of hot glue on the  bottom of the gourd for additional support.
  3. This step is optional – for texture and interest, wrap  grapevine around the wreath and secure with floral wire.
  4. To cover the exposed foam, hot glue moss into all of the crevices.
  5. Done!

Happy Halloween and happy crafting!

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Repurposed Pantry Jars As Party Favors

Hello crafters! A while back I posted a project titled, Repurposed Jars for the Holidays. It was a big hit on my blog so I decided to repurpose MORE jars but this time as tiny terrariums. I think they’d be awesome as wedding favors!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jars from your pantry
  • Craft store acrylic paint
  • Tiny succulents
  • Potting soil
  • Small pebbles
  • 18 gauge aluminum wire
  • Card stock paper
  • Tiny spoon or twig
  • Wire cutter
  • Pencil

With the exception of the jars, succulents and potting soil, you can pick up all project ingredients from your craft store. The succulents and potting soil can be purchased at your local plant nursery.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Empty, clean and remove label from the jar.
  2. Paint jar lid your favorite color.
  3. Add about 1/2 inch of soil to the bottom of the jar.
  4. Remove the succulent from the store container and remove any excess soil that is around the root system. Don’t worry about hurting these little guys, they’re super resilient.
  5. Insert the succulent into jar and secure the roots of the succulent in the soil using a small spoon or twig.
  6. Add a layer of pebbles.
  7. Cut a section of wire to wrap and twist around the neck of the jar.
  8. Using a pencil, curl the other end of the wire around the pencil to create a coil – this will hold the name tag.
  9. Create a name tag with card stock paper, slip it in the coiled end of the wire and your done!

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This project is super easy and inexpensive to make. And best of all, it makes a super and unique gift. Oh, and caring for these little lovelies is a breeze:

Check every couple of days to see if your terrarium needs water. If it is dry add a tiny bit of water.

If your terrarium is closed, take off the top every couple of days to air it out. If you see lots of condensation or have added too much water, leave the top off until it has had a chance to dry out.

Pull off any leaves that show signs of yellowing or damage and prune plants if they grow too large.

Don’t fertilize your terrarium because you don’t want to encourage growth.

Happy crafting!

 

 

Pretty Tea Cup Favors

Happy Sunday! If you’re looking for a unique favor for your next event, why not repurpose some orphaned tea cups. There are a gazillion uses for these lovelies but I think they make the perfect vessels for tiny plants and look so charming. They’re perfect for give-aways at weddings or events!

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You’ll need:

  • Tea cups – your cupboard, flea markets and antique stores are perfect sources for these lovelies
  • Tiny plants like ferns, succulents, violets, and orchids – the selections are endless
  • Moss – any craft store will carry this item
  • Paper, twigs, and all-purpose glue for a place card pennant (optional of course) – again, craft stores have tons of paper options and your back yard can most likely offer up some twigs

Here’s how ya do it:

  1. Simply repot the plant of choice directly into the cup. It’s important to have plenty of soil around the root system of the plant.
  2. To conceal the dirt, add moss around the base of the plant.
  3. You’re done! OR you can add hand-made place cards like I did. Cut paper to the desired size and shape, write your guest’s name on the card then glue it to a tiny twig. Poke it into the cup and you’re done!

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Happy crafting!