DIY SUCCULENT GARDEN

Succulents are trending. I honestly think I see a succulent pin or blog post at least once a week. I’m jumping on the band wagon and showing you how to make a succulent garden.

First you need to go out and buy your succulents and cacti. Your local garden center should have a variety, if not there are many vendors on Etsy who sell them. When choosing which ones to buy make sure they vary in height, width, texture and color. This is important because you need balance in your mini garden.

For my garden I chose twenty-two succulents and two cacti. When handling cacti make sure you wear needle proof gloves.

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Before planting your succulents and cacti, place them on a table and arrange them in the way you want them in the planter. This way you can figure out the best placement for each plant.

Place small rocks on the bottom of your planter. This allows the water to drain. If water cannot drain, the soil becomes too wet and the roots can rot causing your plants to die. Don’t skimp on the rocks, trust me.

Place succulent and cactus soil on top of the stones. This is also an important step because this special soil has higher sand content than regular soil. This helps imitate the plants natural habitat.

Once you have finished planting all of your succulents and cacti place the leftover stones around the plants in clusters. You can also use reindeer moss. I used a combination of both.

 On a Side note, if your garden is full of weed and need to get rid of them I strongly suggest you check out the Best weed whackers available in the market today. Anyway, the materials I used are:

Materials

  • 1 planter (mine is from West Elm)
  • Enough succulents and cacti to fill your planter (varying in size and color)
  • 1 bag of succulent & cacti soil
  • 1 bag of stones
  • 1 bag of reindeer moss
  • 1 pair of needle proof gloves (if using cacti)

 

 

DIY Hanukkah Dreidel Card

To add some extra flare to my Hanukkah tablescape I made these DIY dreidel cards. The letters that I used appear on actual dreidels. I thought it would be cute to put a different one on each card. It would be nice if you wrote a couple of words or a sentence on the back of the cards for each person at your party.

Materials
– card stock
– scissors
– glue pen
– gold and silver glitter
– a pencil
– template

Directions
– Print out the template in the link above.
– Cut out the dreidel and trace it four different times onto four different pieces of card stock.
– Cut each one out.
– With pencil draw the one letter on each dreidel. I just google imaged dreidel letters and free handed them onto the card stock.
– Put newspaper or a garbage bag onto your surface to avoid glitter everywhere. Take your glue pen and retrace the letters that you just drew.
– Quickly dump a bunch of glitter onto the letter, wait a couple of seconds then shake the glitter off of the card.
– Repeat this step with each card.
-Now it is time to do the border. Trace the outside line of the dreidel card with your glue pen and apply glitter, shake off after a couple of seconds.
– Let dry for 30mins – 1 hour before touching them.

DIY TIE DYE DISH TOWELS

While visiting my hometown of Toronto, Canada I teamed up with blogger Ali Maldoff of Mint Sprinkles to create two colorful DIYs. We spent the day experimenting with fabric dye in her backyard. Both projects turned out amazing. Check out Ali’s blog where she shows you how to make DIY Dip Dyed Shoes, how fun is that! They are super cute for summer.

For my DIY I played with two different color palettes; blue/teal and pink/purple. My favorite turned out to be the pink/purple dish towels, they are vibrant and bring life to my kitchen. Which ones do you like?

Materials:
4 White cotton dish towels (mine are from Target)
4 Fabric dye colors
4 Plastic buckets
Rubber gloves
Stirring stick
Drying rack

Directions:
Follow the directions on the fabric dye packets and mix four buckets of dye, one in each bucket. Fold the dish towels like an accordian length wise.
Dip one half of the dish towel into the first bucket of dye while still holding the towel in its accordian shape.
Depending upon how saturated you want the colors you can leave them in for as long or short as you want. I left mine in for 15 minutes.
Remove from the dye and rinse the dyed side in water (follow directions on your fabric dye packet).
Follow the same steps above for the other side of the dish towels.
Let dry overnight and voila!

* Wash alone in your washing machine a couple of times to insure there is no leftover dye.