Craft your own rock mosaic

Crafting a rock mosaic could be the perfect garden DIY project. You can fashion the piece to fit into any sized outdoor space and they fold nicely into any garden style from classic to cottage to kooky. No special supplies or skills are needed and the learning curve is easy and fun. The process is…

DIY: Cool contemporary plant stand

Garden pots can be splendid on their own, but when elevated, they achieve rock star status in the garden or on the patio. Plus, the taller the pot, the greater the impact. But big pots are pricey. Building this wood plant stand helps give the illusion of a larger pot and also makes for a…

Garden craft: Air plant wall hanging

Tillandsias are the “it” indoor plant at the moment. Commonly known as air plants, most of the species are epiphytes, which is a classification of plants that grow on other plants, without the benefit of soil, and do no harm to their host plant. They absorb water and nutrients through their leaves. A commonly known…

Make your own garden plant markers

Decorative plant markers may seem more fun than function, but they’re actually quite useful to have in the garden, especially in the vegetable beds where they help you track emerging seedlings. How many times have you forgotten where or what a row of budding plantlets are or worse yet, weeded them away before they’ve popped?…

DIY: Vertical Planter Wall

Vertical gardening, both indoors and out, is a hot trend right now. It’s space saving and striking in appearance. Nothing brings the outdoors in like an interior vertical planting wall…you really do feel like you are in a garden when beside it! 1970s gardeners used macramé plant hangers to create the effect. Plants set on…

DIY: Garden photo pillow

I’ve written quite a few times on how well gardening and photography go together. Snapping photos in your garden is creative and fun and it records your gardening joys and successes so you can relive the beauty of the season in the winter months. Photos also come in handy to plan revamps of areas that…

DIY: Holiday Wreathmaking

Wreaths are full of symbolism. The holiday wreaths we know today are offspring of Christian Advent wreaths, symbolizing strength and endurance through the harsh winter, which could be why they’ve become some beloved by us Northerners. It’s not just holiday décor, but a badge of honor! Making your own is not only much cheaper than…

Succulents are succulent; they make me happy

Fine Gardening magazine recently had an article on 10 outstanding succulents to try, which prompted my thinking — midst continuous snow fall and crazy temps — of how happy succulents make me. They teach us snowbunnies much about surviving the winter. They tolerate dryness by holding onto any moisture they can muster up, as best as they can. This…

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium

Check out part 1 on making your own terrarium. Read my article at Northern Gardener (it’s the sample article this month). Consider a membership or subscription while you are there. Planting the garden. When selecting your terrarium’s plants, use the same design principles you use in your outdoor garden. Look for a contrast of textures, sizes,…

More funky garden junk: Silverware windchimes

It’s been warming to the soul to discover I have fellow garden junk lovers out there. I knew you were out there, but it’s good to connect. Let me share an old favorite DIY project. These old silverware windchimes were flying around the arts and craft fairs about 10 or so years ago and even…

Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my…