Earth-Friendly

Easy-To-Make Bird Bath

by Daisy Crafts

Providing a water source for wild birds is a simple proposition. Just set out a birdbath, right? But like a lot of things, especially when funds are limited, finding a birdbath that fits the bill isn’t as easy as it may seem. As I shopped around I began to feel like Goldilocks– This one’s too […]

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Trompe l’oeil Rain Barrel Tutorial

by Daisy Crafts

I had a lot of options and a lot of ideas when it came to painting the seriously blue plastic barrel we were converting into a rain barrel. I thought of flowers or butterflies (or both), but when it was suggested I paint the thing to look like a barrel, well, that idea made a […]

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Grapevine Wreath Bird Feeder

by Daisy Crafts

If you’ve ever been torn between the desire to tidy up the dead seed heads of spent summer blooms and the knowledge that you would be taking away a food source for wild birds, this is a project that will give you (and the birds) the best of both worlds. Trim back those spent blooms, […]

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DIY Frosted Garden Lanterns

by Daisy Crafts

Easy Garden Lanterns Whether you’re planning a garden party or looking for a way to add ambiance to everyday, garden lanterns are THE way to add just the right twinkle of warmth and illumination to your outdoor space. And when they’re this easy and fun, you may have trouble knowing when to say when. What […]

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How to Paint a Watercolor Tomato

by Daisy Crafts

Here at Little House in the Suburbs we’ve grown tomatoes,  dried tomatoes, broiled tomatoes, fried tomatoes, pickled tomatoes, and even laughed at my attempts to stake tomatoes. Running out of new things to do with tomatoes, by george, we’re going to paint tomatoes. How to Paint a Watercolor Tomato by Jeff Atnip It is always […]

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Berry Ink

by Daisy Crafts

NOTE:  The following post incorrectly identified this as greenbriar, while it was later revealed by an alert reader to be passiflora lutea, or yellow passionflower.  It can still be used to make ink. “Their hands and mouths covered in blue.  Do you have any idea what it could be?”  My husband’s voice was a mixture […]

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Gourd

by Daisy Crafts

This past summer I grew three bottle gourds from a plant I bought impulsively at the garden center after none of the gourd seeds I planted germinated. I thought three gourds wasn’t much of a yield from so much vine, but I was happy with my three gourds and put them in the shop to […]

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Garlic Paper

by Daisy Crafts

This image requires some explanation. It’s what’s left of the garlic braids now that we’ve eaten all the garlic. I can’t resist making paper out of these stems. They are so clean and dried and . . . papery. And it doesn’t smell like garlic anymore. True garlic devotees may see this as a con, […]

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Blueberry Buttons

by Daisy Crafts

Yep, literally. It may be carrying frugal behavior to a bizarre extreme, but I saved the prunings from my blueberry bushes.  I wanted them because they make great gee haw whimmy diddles, but I got to thinking that I could also use them for other things. Like these: I don’t have a garment in mind […]

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Rose Petal Beads

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been intending to do this for years since I first heard of rose petal beads. The thought of smooth, mysterious black beads emitting a subtle rose fragrance from the warmth of the skin was an enchanting one. I had some doubts, though. Would they really smell of roses? Would the fragrance last? How durable […]

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Cinder Block Compost Bins

by Daisy Crafts

What can you do with: a gillion cinderblocks an ever-growing piles of organic trash an ugly hidden part of the yard begging for a purpose Something so ugly and at the same time so beautiful…. Here are the pdf instructions for constructing this bad boy, minus the ‘doors’. I don’t like my compost spilling out, […]

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Aluminum Can Plant Markers

by Daisy Crafts

This is not the easiest way to mark your seedlings. It’s not the most gorgeous. But it’s free, lasts indefinitely and it’s kinda fun. Besides, I gotta keep up my aluminum can skilz. Supplies & Equipment: Aluminum Drink Cans Cheap scissors Dried up ball point pen Straight edge (for the straight plant markers) Impressionable work […]

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Make a Christmas Wreath (on the cheap)

by Daisy Crafts

You probably already know how to do this, but in case you don’t, here goes: 1. Get a reusable wire wreath form (I have used the same ones for years–you can also use an old coat hanger, untwisted and shaped into a circle and re-twisted at the end to close), clippers for trimming your trimmings, […]

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Make a Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle

by Daisy Crafts

So you’re flat broke, it’s 8 days before Christmas, and you have fourteen nieces and nephews you’d like to get a little something for their stockings. If you are handy with a pocketknife and have access to some sticks, enter the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle. First of all, you might like to know what in […]

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Aluminum Can Ornaments

by Daisy Crafts

Today’s post began where so many of our posts seem to originate: The Recycling Bin What you need: Empty aluminum beverage cans Scissors Sandpaper (sanding block is helpful but not necessary, or wrap sandpaper around a bit of wood) Pen or pencil Ribbon or cord for hanging Start with an aluminum drink can. Cut off […]

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Hand Papermaking with Okra

by Daisy Crafts

Okra is the toughest of the three natural fibers I have made paper with so far. It also required more treatment–I peeled the outer bark from the stems with a vegetable peeler: And left the stems to dry for a few weeks: I smashed the largest stems with a sledgehammer (any hammer would have done, […]

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Sandwich Wraps from Shopping Bags & Shower Curtains

by Daisy Crafts

Are you sick of buying storage and freezer bags? I AM. Reusable Wraps from Shopping Bags (#2 plastic) 1. Take four clean, thin shopping bags and cut off the bottom and the handles and turn inside out. 2. Stack so that you have a large rectangle 8 layers thick and sandwich between two large pieces […]

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Making Hypertufa Grots

by Daisy Crafts

If you want to evoke a blank stare, tell someone you are making a hypertufa grot. Alternate reactions are, “Gesundheit,” or “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” Hypertufa is imitation tufa, a rock-like calcium carbonate deposit. Hypertufa is made of varying combinations of cement, perlite, peat, sand and/or other organic materials. The result is […]

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Hand Papermaking with Yucca

by Daisy Crafts

As I mentioned in a former post, I have been getting around to making paper from the plants in my yard and environs. This time it is yucca paper. I decided to use the old, dried leaves instead of the green ones. These have been “retted” (allowed to break down) by nature, and I hoped […]

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The Daylily Paper Is Made!

by Daisy Crafts

In an earlier post I told you how I made papermaking material out of dried daylily leaves from lovely plants like the one above (the leaves, not the flowers). Here I’ll show how I transformed that “stuff” (an actual papermaking term, technical-sounding, isn’t it?) into four, 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper. Pound the […]

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Seed Packet Bookmarks

by Daisy Crafts

At this time of the year, I have all kinds of shredded paper sticking out of my favorite gardening books and a bunch of full size seed packets with a millimeter of seed inside. Messy! How to Get a Free Bookmark with Seed Purchase 1. Bang chosen packet on its noggin to shake the contents […]

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