Posted in Home DIY

Turn a Sauce Jar into Re-usable Water Bottle

Ever wonder what to do with your tomato sauce jars? If you don’t need them for storing your own prepared foods in, you can turn them into a re-usable water bottle!

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Here is what you need:

a drill with a 1/4″ bit

stainless steel drinking straws (any will do, but I bought mine on amazon here)

An empty and cleaned out sauce jar- my specific jar comes from Aldi and is the brand Priano

Here are in the instructions… or watch our video on you tube Here

  1. Clean and rinse out your mason jar.IMG_20190101_142839620

2. Use a 1/4″ drill bit, or one that is roughly the same size as your straw.IMG_20190101_142915380.jpg

3. Drill a hole in the center of the lid.Screenshot_20190101-150055.png

4. Drill on the other side of the lid, in a circular motion, to remove any burrs.Screenshot_20190101-145228-e1546372869149.pngIMG_20190101_143135896.jpg

5. Wash and Fill!

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Enjoy!

 

Posted in Kid Hacks

$15 DIY Kids Art Table with Dry Erase Surface

Let’s face it, children LOVE to wreck furniture. It’s just in their nature to spill drinks and smear food (and at my house, it’s always something sticky like syrup or jelly!)

Not to mention the pens, markers, crayons, stamps, and glue. For a four year old, coloring on the table is always much more fun and exciting than a piece of paper. As far as glue… well sometimes I wonder if any glue actually made it to the art project, or if it’s all just there on the table.

So I came up with a cheap and super EASY solution to this problem. I made the kids each their own art & snack table with an easy wipe surface, that can be replaced as often as necessary! I got a lack table from Ikea (Link here- I get no money for posting this, just being helpful) You could use another type of table if you have one handy, as long as you aren’t super attached to it. Then, I went to walmart and bought a $5 roll of this

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It’s dry erase paper. And its STICKY. Which means you can apply it to most surfaces with minimal damage when removing (NOTE: some little pieces of surface on my lack table did peel up when reapplying a new paper) Since it’s dry erase, kids can color on it, eat on it, anything really, and it will easily wipe off. Plus, for $5 you get 10ft of dry erase paper. So you can replace it when it starts to look dirty!

Here is a short video on our youtube channel on how to apply the paper (if you prefer). Or Here are the instructions:

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  2. Cut the paper to the length of the lack table (or other table)Screenshot_20181227-165555.png
  3. Peel off a little of the sticky back, and apply to one corner.Screenshot_20181227-165602.png
  4. Continue peeling and slowly apply the dry erase paper, making sure to smooth as you go. Use a card to do this.Screenshot_20181227-165634
  5. Cut the paper at the end with scissors or a razor to make it the exact size of the table.
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And that’s it folks! Now you have an easy-wipe table with a replaceable surface!

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Posted in DIY Games

Make your own GIANT Jenga

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If you are in your 30’s or 40’s right now, you probably grew up playing this classic game with your friends. I know I did!

While the original game is still a classic, my friends and relatives have really enjoyed a newer twist on the game, make it huge! (I cannot take credit for inventing the game, we simply built our own set).

It is pretty easy to make your own DIY game, if you have access to a lumber store and a mider saw.

You’re going to need the following:

1.) Six  2×4’s – You are going to want to get the ones that are 8′ in length, and check them over for imperfections… while the game does get interesting if they are uneven, you don’t want the tower to fall over with a small breeze!

2.) mider saw, or some other type of saw to cut through the 2×4’s, and a woodworking or other table to cut the wood.

3.) sandpaper

Once you get your 2×4’s (which in reality measure 3.5″ wide and 1.5″ tall), you’ll want to use the mider saw to cut them into sections 10.5″ long. Just keep cutting! You’ll end up with a little extra at the end of the 8′ that you’ll need to trim off.

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You can then sand the rough edges of the pieces if you like, or leave as is.

The set together has 54 pieces! When you set them up to play, it stands about 27″ tall.

I like to store mine in a large tupperware container.

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Stack them up in rows of three, as pictured at the top, and you’re ready to play! I usually set my game up on an end table, so it’s a little easier to reach the pieces. If you forgot the rules you can check them out here- from jenga’s official site.

Enjoy!

Posted in Gardening

DIY Pineapple Plantation

Where we live in Florida, before the area was developed, our town used to be a pineapple plantation. Which means, pineapples are perfect to grow here in Florida!

They are hardy, and great for beginner gardeners. The catch.. it does take at least a year to grow a mature pineapple, and can take up to 2 1/2 years (more on how to bloom the pineapples in another post). It’s worth the wait! Although smaller than a store bought pineapple, home grown ones are sweet and delicious. Ours are gone in a matter of minutes.

It’s easy to start a pineapple plant yourself, from one that you have bought at the store. When you go to cut it up, save the top, so that you can plant your own plant for your home garden.

We have a video on you tube to show you how to prepare the pineapple for planting if you prefer to watch if you prefer https://youtu.be/BwtIJyyBbAo

Otherwise, here is how to prepare your top for the garden:

  • First, remove all the fleshy, fruit part of the pineapple.

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  • Next, remove the leaves from the bottom 1″ of the pineapple top

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  • Place the pineapple in a container with water. Make sure the container is NOT clear. Roots do not like clear containers.

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  • Replace the water once a week. After 3-4 weeks the roots will grow out and you can plant in a pot or in the garden!

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Do this to every pineapple you have and you’ll end up with a plantation like ours 🙂

 

Posted in Pallet Art

Finding the Perfect Pallet

IMG_20181217_124233089_HDROne of our favorite re-cycle/up-cycle art projects is with the use of pallets.

Pallets are SO versatile, they can be used for a variety of projects from playground pieces, to benches, to wall signs (these are our personal favorite- more on that later in another post).

The first step to working with pallets is, or course, locating them. And making sure that they fit the needs of your project.

There are a variety of ways to find pallets. Craigslist is my favorite option, there are typically businesses that are selling very cheaply or giving away used pallets for free. These pallet typically are NOT brand new, but have a slightly weathered look to them, which is great for art.

Avoid pallets that are too weathered, uneven, and decaying. Rough edges are OK, because those can be sanded off at a later time.

You also want to check for the slat size. For some projects, we prefer a thin slat 3-4″ like for this sign:

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and for others a thick one, around 5″:

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You want to check over the slats for knots, dents, nicks, and other imperfections that may suit your project well or ruin it all together.

That’s it! It may take a little bit of driving around, but if you know what you’re looking for you can find the perfect pallet for your DIY project!

Happy Hunting!