Recycling & Nature Crafts

Memories Throw Blanket, Wabi-Sabi Style

by Daisy Crafts

My favorite recent project is seen here, lounging on an old family rocking chair, memories on top of memories. And I didn’t plan this, but I see a painting of the old family homeplace this chair came from leaning on the wall in the background of this shot. Memories on memories in front of memories. […]

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Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Stick Edition

by Daisy Crafts

Every year I get more and more averse to buying cheap, imported stuff; stuff that breaks, gets tossed aside the moment the newness wears off and becomes little more than something I can’t wait to discard so I don’t have to keep picking it up so I can vacuum. Here are a few of the […]

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Harvesting Madder Root

by Daisy Crafts

Back in, hm, let’s check the date stamp on the photos . . . the latter days of March, I decided to dig up the madder plants that had begun to sprout and harvest the root for dyeing. The madder is some I started from seed I bought from Fedco Seeds three years ago.  The […]

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Make a Felted Wool Rose

by Daisy Crafts

These are so easy I wanted to share them with you.  You get such a lot of cuteness for very little effort you have to try making them. Here I show it as a hairclip, but they are great as brooches with a little bar pin, or sewn on to sweaters (maybe over a moth […]

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Making a Luffa Sponge

by Daisy Crafts

This year was a first for many things in the garden.  Probably the most dramatic new addition was the luffa gourds. They got off to a bad start.  Soon after sprouting, they disappeared entirely one night.  Chipmunks?  Alien abduction? So I planted more.  They soon sprouted and whatever got them the first time decided to […]

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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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Build a Garden Bench from a Bed

by Daisy Crafts

A place to sit is what turns your garden into a destination, a place to linger, a respite from the daily grind.  Seating transforms your yard into a parklike oasis where you can soak in the beauty of what you’ve labored to create. It also allows you to seat your family and friends in comfort […]

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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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Dibble or, What To Do With a Broken Shovel

by Daisy Crafts

In the “they don’t make ’em like they used to” category, I include the home center shovel.  Like this one: So I decided to make a dibble. Funny word.  If you don’t know what a dibble is, it’s a stick used to make planting holes, calibrated to let you make holes of specific depth. I […]

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Stick Plant Markers

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been whiling away part of the winter planning my Spring garden and whittling these plant markers. If you think you might like to make some, here’s what I did. Find a stick.  Any stick will do, from the size of a fat kindergarten pencil to about an inch in diameter is about right.  I […]

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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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Make Fleece Yarn

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  I have GIANT piles of fleece.  You can do this with any material that you want to become yarn. First, figure out which direction of your fleece is the stretchy direction, then fold along the dotted line as shown below. Second, using a rotary blade (or […]

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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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Ivory’s Seed Stitch Tute

by Daisy Crafts

There has been a bit of confusion about my pattern for the seed stitch trivets, so here’s a pictorial tute of the stitches. 1. Ch 25 2. Single crochet in second chain from the hook. (Where the silvery one is poking) 3. Note that there are two single crochets and then ch1 sc, ch1, sc. […]

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No-Sew Rag Wrist Purse

by Daisy Crafts

WOW, that’s a bad picture. I swear the purse doesn’t glow like that. Anyhoo, if you have only one of those giant-necked, perfect-fit Old Navy tees and you wanna recycle it. Here’s your project. 1. Refer to this post and this post for detailed descriptions of the technique. 2. Cut shirt into 1″ strips. Take […]

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Aluminum Can Plant Markers

by Daisy DIY

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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