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Recycling Everything for Everyone

Everyone from the average renter to the business-minded owners can incorporate recycled material into their everyday lives. Recycling is a continuous cycle where material is kept in rotation. If you’re not buying new material, you’re saving money, helping the environment and using your creative juices to help your life. The act usually brings to mind collecting things in bulky blue containers, but there’s actually many ways recycling can be done.

Quick Home Projects

There’s smaller recycling projects without the need for machines. You can get newspaper to use as makeshift wallpaper. Toilet paper rolls can be used as wire organizers by rolling the wires into the center. Partially-cut milk jugs can be turned into planters. Clothes and curtains can be cut and reused in other fabrics. There’s even a no-sew option for adding a new fabric to a couch or love seat using precise folds and safety pins.

Do-It-Yourself Conversion

Everything mentioned so far has been re-purposing material, but you can also do work that’s usually left to production centers like paper mills. You can recreate your own rough paper by putting it into a blender with warm water to make pulp that is then molded, pressed and dried. The result is paper that fits your desired size and thickness. You can also add plant material to the pulp to make beautiful, decorative paper. There’s the option of melting plastic in an oven, though the fumes make this a more complicated process best done with an oven designed for this and with some oversight. There may be workshops available in your area that can help.

Heavy Machinery

Of course there are those who make a living out of recycling and production of recyclable materials, In these cases, heavy machinery could be worth the investment. There’s extraction equipment too, useful for those who may or may not be in the production business. Sometimes, extracted material is easier to transport. There’s companies who can use the recycled rubber material to make other roll products.

This is just a few ways you can directly recycle products. You can try to find local workshops or look at online photo albums to get even more great ideas. Everyone has a chance to recycle in ways that be both fun and profitable.

Ways To Improve Your Garden On A Budget

Many homeowners are stuck living in tight quarters that do not afford them much outdoor living space. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a backyard to boast of, then you’ve probably experienced at one point, struggling to improve your garden and maintain it without going overboard with the costs.

Improving your garden isn’t a walk in the park. However, it isn’t impossible. Here are some ways to improve your garden on a budget:

Do your own landscape

You don’t have to be a professional to be able to redesign your own backyard. There are countless do-it-yourself ideas online that you can pattern after. Sometimes, enhancing your outdoor area can be as simple as adding some garden lighting, turfing or decking.

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If you’re lucky, you can run into experts who publish basic tips and guidelines in various social accounts and platforms. I got great ideas from these guys here who’ve uploaded some infographics and slide videos about garden landscaping and design.

Go for perennials

Some plants are seasonal and can be very expensive to maintain. How about adding more perennials to your garden if your climate allows? Perennial plants are those that live more than 2 years. They die out from autumn to winter, only to grow back during spring and summer. Classic examples of perennials are Dahlia, Peruvian Lily, Catmint, and Forget-me-Not.

Install walkways or pathways

Aside from improving the aesthetics of your garden, walkways or pathways can also prevent weeds from growing. This should save you money and time in maintenance and weed removal.

You can buy large stone pebbles and some inexpensive pavers to use for your walkway. If you’re saving and have resources to recycle, try repurposing old wood planks as thick blocks to use as walkways.

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Add some outdoor furniture

A garden isn’t just a place for plants. It can also be a great place to add outdoor furniture that you can use to bask in the relaxing atmosphere of your little pocket of nature. You can score great finds from Home Depot, and sometimes, a quick visit to yard sales and flea markets can yield good buys of outdoor furniture.

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Install a trellis

The simplest change can dramatically transform your garden. A trellis can be a good addition if you want to accentuate a garden with crawling plants.

Add some lighting

Outdoor lighting serves the basic purpose of illuminating dark sections of your garden. When placed strategically however, lights can also create visual drama that you might find especially necessary when you’re entertaining guests at night.

If you‘re trying to save on electricity, you can buy solar-charged LED lawn lights and tree lanterns at Home Depot centres or use floating candles.

Add garden ornaments

Sculptures and other garden ornaments can add some appeal to your garden. Of course, it’s best to be meticulous with your choice of embellishments. Take into consideration your overall theme and the size of your space. Adding too many items that are inconsistent with your other design elements can make your outdoor space feel crowded or tacky.

Watch this informative video for more inspiration, ideas, and DIY helpful tips.

DIY Fall Wreaths

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Can you feel the crisp and cool air now? It’s officially autumn! And it’s a beautiful time to enjoy the great outdoors and the ever changing colours of nature’s foliage. It is fun to dress up our doors too with budget Fall wreath decors you can make.

Below are easy DIY Fall wreaths you and your family can make to save money on decors. Materials are everywhere and if you are crafty, you can use some of your craft supplies too. All you need is a big imagination, some wires or even cardboards to use as base for the wreath, twines, fine wires, glue gun, glue and some glitters to add spark! Now, the rest of the materials can be found around you.

Creating the base of the wreath is easy. If you prefer to use a wire, make sure you add a mesh so it is easy to attach the leaves and other decorations. I would prefer to use a thick cardboard so I can just punch holes on the base directly rather than cutting a wire mesh to attach to the wire base. Here’s a tip when you can’t find a wire deco mesh – use an old metal clothes hanger.

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Decide on how large you want your wreath to be. You can be playful by going out of the normal circular wreaths. You can make a square, rectangular, oblong or any shaped wreath base you like.

Cut out your base to the desired dimension and start layering. I would normally not glue or attach the decorations right away. I will just practice on layering and placing them around the base to give me an idea of how it would look like when done.  You can start attaching when you are satisfied with the mock wreath.

If you’re using lots of dried leaves and other natural materials, you can use small amount of glue gun on the base of the leaf. Just dot the hot glue and be careful not to burn yourself. You can use hot glue on twigs and other small fruits like berries.  Use a small wire to attach the dried pine cones or small pumpkins onto the wreath.

If you will use cloth/fabric or burlap as layers for your wreath, then a wire mesh is best to use for the base so you can intertwine the fabric between the wires.

Add glue glitters on the leaves to make them look sparkly.

Complete the finishing touch with bows.

 

These are great ideas to help you with your DIY fall wreath project. (Photo credits: to their owners and taken from Pinterest)

Leafy wreaths

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Burlap wreaths

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Corn husks wreaths

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Dried fruits, flowers, pumpkins, acorns, pine cones wreaths

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Easy DIY Party Kits

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Hosting a party can be a daunting experience especially when you are doing it for your family or close friends.  There are many things to consider, lots of coordination with suppliers and service providers, and party supplies to have. You may want to run a themed celebration or simply have a bash that is well-coordinated and organized. No matter what you like to achieve, it is always great to see the results of your hard labor to be greeted with cheers and an astounding success!

Party kits will be the best solution to save you precious time, resources, and breaking of head (not literally!) for thinking of ideas and themes.  Do you want to something personalized? How about themed? Fun? Crazy? Colorful? Toned down? Classy? Then check out DIY Party Kits from Birthday Express! Each D.I.Y. kit comes with everything needed to create a fun backdrop or decoration that the kiddos will love… plus they make great photo opps too!

  1. D.I.Y. Barnyard Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – YeeHaw! Spend a day down on the farm for your son or daughter’s next birthday! Make the celebration one-of-a-kind with this exclusive DIY party kit! The project kit includes barn/hay backdrops, 3 straw hats, 2 bandanas, 1 set decals, and 1 roll of twine. The only things you’ll need to round up are clothes pins, tape, and scissors.
  2. D.I.Y. Superhero Comics Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – Create a BAM, POW, BANG, BOOM party room for your little superhero! This D.I.Y. party kit includes 2 yellow lanterns, 1 blue lantern, 2 red fluffy decorations, 1 blue fluffy decoration, 2 placemats, 2 masks, and 3 rolls of crepe (1 each of red, blue, and yellow). All you’ll need to bring it together are scissors and tape!
  3. D.I.Y. Little Spa Party Room Decor – D.I.Y. Kit Materials – 1 Guests – Transform your home into a relaxing oasis with this delightful D.I.Y. Little Spa Party project. Materials included are: a bathtub standup, 1 roll of pink tulle, 2 packs of blue fluffy decorations, and 4 packs of white balloons. Just have some tape and scissors on hand and you’ll be able to create a special retreat for your little one.

Each kit is super easy to set-up, so let your imagination run wild and create an awesome custom party room to remember! Shop now! Don’t make it stressful! Enjoy!

 

Pocket Gardens For Small Yards

Having a garden is one of the dreams of homeowners who loves plants, gardening and have a knack for making plants thrive in any condition. Other homeowners prefer to have gardens because they add beauty to their property and brings nature close to home. However, not every homes have the space to accommodate a garden so other people make do with buying plants in pots and just putting them in one area or wherever is available to bring a semblance of nature to their home.

A pocket garden will be a good solution to those small space woes. Here are some inspirations for you and some may just be suitable to your tight quarters back home and some tips to consider when creating a pocket garden.

 

Use small pots

Collect small pots and put them in one area of the yard or your house to mimic a small garden. Use various plants like flowery, and leafy plants. They will give of a vibes of a small garden that you’ve always loved.

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photo credit: edomontonsun.com

Repurpose unused drawers

Do you have old cabinets or dressers that you want to throw? Don’t do that just yet. Save the drawers and repurpose them into plant beds.

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photo credit: alwaysintrend.com

Use pipes as hanging planters

You can get used pipes and cut them in half and drill holes for water to drip. Hang them up or prop them against a bare wall in your house and create a small garden out of them.

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photo credit: pinterest.com

Create vertical gardens on vacant walls

Do you have a blank wall that you just don’t know what to do? Spice it up and create a vertical garden instead.

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