Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

  • 3 cups of frozen chocolate Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of Silk Almond Coconut Blend (grab a coupon!)
  • Shaved organic chocolate
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Refreshing Berry Smoothie Recipe

We entertain a lot during the summer and I’m always looking for amazing recipes to serve guests. Last night I taught an Essential Oils 101 class in my home and served up these delicious berry smoothies to my guests. 

Ningxia berry syrup smoothie recipe at diyshowoff.com

I loooove berries so when Young Living recently released Gary’s True Grit Ningxia Berry Syrup (1 liter NingXia berry syrup with lemon and orange essential oils), it was quickly added to my shopping cart. Ingredients include: Organic evaporated cane juice, Water, Berry juice concentrate (Blueberry, Pomegranate, Apricot, Raspberry), Pure vanilla extract, Xanthan gum, Grape pomace extract, Lemon (Citrus Limon) peel oil, Orange (Citrus sinensis) peel extract, Wolfberry Seed oil.

Ningxia Berry Smoothie Recipe

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff  

Add the following to your blender:

  • 2 scoops of frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of Silk almond coconut milk blend
  • handful of frozen berries (I used frozen strawberries, red and black raspberries and blueberries
  • 2 tbs. of Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup 

Blend on medium until smooth. Pour into glass. Top with a few berries. Serve. SO good! So berry-licious and refreshing on a hot summer day! And when you live within 1 mile of a popular ice-cream franchise like we do, a much healthier option too. ;) 

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff

Serving: 1 

*I filled up my blender to make a serving for 6. I also made them about an hour before the class and froze until ready to serve. 

Looking for more info on Young Living Essential Oils? Visit my natural living page for more details and an awesome special deal!

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

 

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Enjoy the weekend, friends! Stay cool! 

Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal

Summer time in our home = lots of entertaining and hauling out the fancy glass beverage server for homemade lemonade is a must. Labeling glass containers lets guests know exactly what they’re consuming.

Beverage Recipe Vinyl Decal Label Tutorial

DIY lemonade recipe vinyl decal on beverage glass

Materials:

  • Glass beverage server
  • Happy Crafters Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (mint)
  • Transfer paper

Tools Needed:

  • Vinyl cutter (I use a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Scissors

What I did:

Open up Silhouette Studio Designer software. Choosing the font tool, write up a label. Simply the name of the beverage or ice. I included my lemonade recipe too. 

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Load the vinyl, color side up into the machine. Adjust blade settings for adhesive vinyl and “send to cut”.

lemonade vinyl label tutorial

Unload vinyl, trim design if needed and weed away vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper to the vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Peel away backing (vinyl will transfer, showing reverse on the transfer paper).

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Place sticky side of the vinyl/transfer paper design to the glass. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tip for curved surfaces: Stick the center of the decal first. Apply by working from the center point out. I found it easier to carefully tear the transfer paper on each end between text to avoid wrinkles. 

lemonade /beverage vinyl label tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Mix up your beverage recipe and serve!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com

Party time!

DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com DIY beverage containter vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I’ll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it’s going to stay throughout the season.  DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com These glass containers are washed by hand. And I'll simply peel off the vinyl lettering when if I want but I think it's going to stay throughout the season. DIY vinyl decal for lemonade recipe

Visit The Shabby Creek Cottage for another fun summer vinyl project!

summer-mantel at The Shabby Creek Cottage

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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DIY Table Markers for the 4th of July

We’re hosting a family picnic to celebrate Independence Day. This easy DIY adds a patriotic touch of red,white and blue to the 4th of July theme.

DIY 4th of July Picnic Buffet Table Markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

Gather up:

  • scrap wood (mine are 1 x 6 x about 10 inch pine, 2x4s or 4x4s would work too)
  • a few wooden stars
  • acrylic craft paint
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (chevron)
  • chalkboard labels
  • hot glue

Tools needed:

  • sandpaper/sanding block
  • craft paint brushes
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

1. I sanded and cleaned up the wood scraps. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Next, I gave each 2 coats of white paint and let dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Once the white paint was dry, I applied FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (I used the chevron pattern) in three strips, starting with the top, then the bottom, then centering the third between the top and bottom. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the tape to activate the PaintBlock® Technology. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Then just paint the area not covered by tape. I used a combination of red and blue. I did two coats.

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. I painted the wooden stars and let everything dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

8. I applied a small bit of hot glue to the back of each star and attach to the painted chevron wood background. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

9. I stuck on some chalkboard labels. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Time to set the table! 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

4th of July DIY Ideas

16 Patriotic 4th of July DIY highlights from That DIY Party at diyshowoff.com

There have been so many awesome 4th of July projects linked up to That DIY Party lately! So I gathered up a collection of 16 red, white and blue, creative patriotic ideas to “show off” for inspiration just in time for celebrating Independence Day! 

1. Patriotic Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window

1. Patriotic Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window
Picture 1 of 16

Fourth of July Paper Rosette Wreath at Little Red Window

 

Do you have a creative patriotic DIY to share? Pop over to the weekly That DIY Party to link up and show off.

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

Fun in the Sun Link Party and Giveaway!

Summer, summer, summer! It’s like a merry-go-round. I LOVE summer time! Let’s get this party started! 

Fun in the Sun link party and giveway

If you missed the kick off with these Fun in the Sun posts, take a few minutes to get caught up starting with my DIY birdie garland then visiting the rest of the series.

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

I gathered up some more of my past summer projects. Just click the image to be redirected to the original post. 

DIY Show Off summer home tour slide barn patio makeover house number flower pots tire flower planter decor DIY Dog Bed stacked ombre flower pots tutorial DIYShowOff chandelier planter free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden DIY brick patio how to add curtains to a patio swing   DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

Ready to share or browse the links for inspiration? Let’s go!



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DIY Birdie Garland and Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

It’s here! Summer! Perhaps not officially just yet but these warm months and longer days cheer my soul. I love summer! Let’s celebrate with a summer blog hop! Visiting from the beautiful summer bedroom at Town and Country Living? Welcome, friends! I’m so happy your here!

I’m participating with an easy summer DIY:  badminton birdie garland. 

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Materials:

  • ribbon
  • plastic badminton birdies (check the dollar store!)

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Tutorial:

1. While length of ribbon is still attached to spool, create a loop (for hanging) and knot.  DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Remove caps off of all birdies (mine simply popped off).

3. Using the package (or ruler) determine distance between each birdie (starting from the knotted loop).

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Fold ribbon and ‘snip’ with scissors your measured mark. Just a small snip will do.

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Place snipped area of ribbon over ‘peg’ on birdie top. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Replace birdie cap. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Repeat steps 3-6 using all of your birdies. 

8. Then simply measure same short ribbon distance one last time, add a few more inches. Cut ribbon, create a loop and knot for the end. 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Hang! Summer outdoor family game themed. Super cute (easy and cheap too)! 

DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY Birdie Garland / Summer Blog Hop DIY birdie garland tutorial at diyshowoff How to make a birdie garland at diyshowoff.com

Follow along the entire Fun in the Sun series by heading over to At the Picket Fence for some outdoor inspiration and by visiting the links below for summer recipes, crafts, projects, decor and more!

Fun in the Sun Blog Hop

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

DIY Show Off

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a link up party and awesome cash giveaway! 

Fun in the Sun graphic

Ombre Stenciled Flower Pots

This is definitely the summer of DIY flower planters at DIYShowOff, isn’t it? We’ve always been so busy with projects INside the house, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer. I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flowers and flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.  

Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

Materials:

  • Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
  • Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters). 
  • Krylon Clear Coat
  • Rebar (mine is 42″)
  • Potting soil and flowers
  • Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)

Ombre flower pots Tutorial:

I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:

  • Blue Jay Blue
  • 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
  • Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
  • Blue Bahama

deco art patio paint

For each pot, I started with one of the base colors above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. I then elevated my pots to make painting/drying easier. 

painting terra cotta flower pots

Then added white to the paint and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot.

And added more white and repeated.

ombre flower pot tutorial

When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot. Then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside. 

I did the above steps for each paint color for each terra cotta pot.

Then I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots…

painting flower pots

then flipped and painted the bottoms and let them dry overnight. 

painting terracotta flower pots

Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers.

Or you can grow weeds.

making sure that the sizing was correct for each pot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.

Happy Crafters

Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.

creating a vinyl stencil

Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…

vinyl stencil

and applied the stencils to my terra cotta pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually. Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper.

applying vinyl stencil to terra cotta

Next I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.

stenciled terra cotta pots

I removed the vinyl stencils as soon as I was done painting and let everything dry for 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.

painting and stenciling terra cotta pots

Then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat. 

sealing painted terra cotta pots

Once that was dry, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for more ombre effect…  purple ombre flowers

And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.

stacking terra cotta pots

 

Watered them too. 

stacked ombre flower pots

Then topped off the rebar with my finial…

finial

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

Colorful and happy! More DIY planter tutorials:

How to Make a Chandelier Flower Planter

pink-chandelier-planter

 

How to Make a Tire into a Planter

tire flower planter decor

 

How to Make House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

 

How to Make a Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

free standing pallet herb garden

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Colorful DIY Fun in the Sun Link Party Features

The Fun in the Sun series and link party was a blast! I loved seeing so much DIY creativity, beautiful decorating and delicious recipes all in one place.

summer carnival mantel decor

 

Since my fun summer project was my summer carnival mantel and extra colorful, I went through the party links to gather a colorful Fun in the Sun collection:

colorful summer DIY ideas

COLORFUL DIY SUMMER IDEAS

Colorful bucket planters – Echoes of Laughter 

http://www.echoesoflaughter.ca/2012/05/spray-painted-bucket-planters.html

Summer Front Porch – Echoes of Laughter

front porch makeover at Echoes of Laughter

Fun Firepit Repurpose – Top This Top That

fire pit repurpose at Top This Top That  

How to Tint Bottles – It’s Overflowing

how to tint bottles - It's Overflowing

Summer Mantel – AKA Design

AKA-DESIGN-summer-mantel

DIY Crayon Art – One Heart One Family

crayon art at One Heart One Family

 Free Summer Printables – Shaken Together

FREE-summer-printables-at-shakentogetherlife

Lots of Color at the Happy Housie Home

home tour at the Happy Housie

Outdoor (poolside) Area at Four Generations One Roof

outdoor living Four Generations One Roof

Pretty Paper Flowers Tutorial – Petticoat Junktion

paper-flowers Petticoat Junktion

Summer Quilt – Windsor and Main

summer quilt Windsor and Main

Adorable! Jump Rope Butterflies tutorial at I Gotta Create

Jump rope butterflies - I Gotta Create

Thanks so much to the above amazing ladies for sharing their awesome colorful summer posts and to everyone who linked up sharing their summer fun ideas!

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And if you missed them, you’re going to want to pop over and check out the party hostess’ summer fun too:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Fox Hollow Cottage – pool noodle summer wreath

Adventures in Decorating – Summer Porch

Setting for Four – summer beach mantel 

Debbiedoo’s – 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

French Country Cottage – summer table setting

Cupcakes and Crinoline – beach inspired desserts

Domestically Speaking – Ultimate All American Sundae

At the Picket Fence - DIY chalkboard outdoor coffee table

Yellow Bliss Road – sweet & simple summer mantel

JoJo and Eloise – avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

* Congratulations, Laura! Winner of the Fun in the Sun Kindle Fire giveaway is Laura Kim! 

Odds and Ends – Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day, US friends! The 4th of July is probably my second most favorite holiday (right behind Christmas). I love my country! 

Our day will be filled with work. But we’ll be celebrating the 4th on the 6th. With the exception of seeing fireworks tonight. How about you? 

fireworks

We’re celebrating by prepping for a BBQ this weekend. 

DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

I had just cleaned for the summer home tour but it didn’t last. How does it happen so quickly?

At least he’s in charge of the food!

His menu includes:

summer bbq menu recipes

If you’re still looking for some great patriotic DIY ideas, check out the DIY Show Off Patriotic DIY Pinterest board. I think my favorite this minute is Beckie’s Pledge of Allegiance subway art. 

patriotic diy pinboard

Oh, there’s still time to link up to this week’s DIY party to share your creativity:

that diy link party

I’ve updated my house number flower pots so guests can easily spot our driveway…

house number flower pots

I have never had so many planters as I do this year. More planter ideas: chandelier flower planter, pallet herb garden and tire flower planter.

chandelier-planter-feature free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

And a Happy 3rd Birthday to our ragdoll girl, Lalka, who was born on the 4th of July in the USA. Don’t let that sweet innocent face fool you. She definitely lived every minute of her terrible two’s to the fullest by climbing on shelves, tearing through the house, finding her favorite crinkly ball only at nights right under the bed, bullying her new sister-dog Rosie by stealthily sneaking up behind her or popping out from dark rooms. 

ragdoll

Have a happy fourth of July, friends!

2 DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects

I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies. 

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…

barn party patio

See it?

party patio

There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?

tire flower planter tutorial

Materials:

  • Old tire
  • Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
  • potting soil
  • flowers.
  • I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
  • Optional: chain and s-hook.

I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry. 

upcycled tire planter

Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry. 

tire flower planter tutorial

Next we used a  (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Time to plant! 

I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff  

and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background? 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Pretty!

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.

More planter ideas:

chandelier-planter-feature

House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Participating in the Fun in the Sun series was a blast! Now it’s your turn to share your summer ideas and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

fun in the sun blog hop

If you missed the summer inspiration from the Fun in the Sun co-hosts, here’s a recap:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage – pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating – Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four – summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s – 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage – summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline – beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking – Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence - DIY chalkboard outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road – sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise – avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Fun, right? See TONS of summer inspiration at the Fun in the Sun Pinterest board. Follow along!

fun in the sun pinboard  

Now it’s YOUR turn! Link up your summer “Fun in the Sun” posts:


Enter to win a Kindle Fire. Giveaway starts now and ends July 3rd. Winner will be announced shortly after. Open to US and Canada residents only. 

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Summer Carnival Mantel & Fun in the Sun

Summer time! It’s my favorite time of the year.  I love that I can do some fun decorating in our colorful and eclectic family room in progress. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the gallery wall but the collection is all thrift store items from my decorating accessories stash. The colorful glass were filled with flower arrangements at our wedding reception nearly 8 years ago. My colorful candlesticks were an easy DIY thrifty transformation. 

summer carnival mantel decor

Sunshine, long days, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks…don’t you love that stuff?

summer carnival mantel

Funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples, gyros, french fries, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs,  

summer carnival mantel

Rides. Wait. I’m more of a merry-go-round than roller coaster type girl and avoid things called ‘tornado’ and ’tilt-a-whirl’ or anything that drops. 

summer carnival mantel decor

 Concerts, bands, music festivals and fireworks.

colorful eclectic decor

Duck pond, ring toss, games, balloon animals, clowns, cheesy prizes, face painting and pony rides.

summer carnival mantel decor

 Step right up! 

summer carnival mantel

 Everyone’s a winner!

summer carnival mantel decor

See the DIY foam board accent wall/wall art/gallery template tutorial for more details on a lightweight, easy, cheap way to add pattern and color to your decorating.  

Crazy and whimsical and temporary. Keeping furniture and walls neutral allows me to change things up more often. I’m using the foamboard for another project, so it’s now looking a bit more like this:

summer carnival mantel

Do you decorate for the seasons? Have you been following along with the Fun in the Sun series? So much summer inspiration! Here are the details:

Fun in the sun summer linky party and giveaway

Be sure to visit all of the Fun in the Sun hostesses and their awesome summer projects:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage - pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating - Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four - summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s - 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage - summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline - beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking - Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence - DIY outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road - sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise - avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Coming up tomorrow (6/27): Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway! 

11 Patriotic DIY Decorating Project Ideas

Looking for some patriotic DIY ideas? Look no further. I’ve gathered 11 easy patriotic DIY projects from show off submissions and That DIY Party links. These talented and crafty blog friends have some awesome do-it-yourself projects for decorating your home for the 4th of July. 

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

I’m married to a former Marine. This time of year reminds me of how blessed I am to be an American and how thankful I am for the brave ones who defend our freedom. I love celebrating with family and friends, fireworks and good food.

11 Inspiring Patriotic DIY Projects 

My friend Amanda shares a great tutorial for creating an American flag pallet art with cross at Mommy is CooCoo

american flag with cross pallet by Mommy is CooCoo

See how to make an easy DIY Fourth of July star garland at Teenah’s Projects

fourth of july garland at teenahs projects

Marji created this gorgeous paper star tree template for the Silhouette online store. Get the details at Ashbee Design – perfect patriotic centerpiece. 

AshbeeDesign Tree of Stars

3 festive patriotic wreath tutorials:

Learn how to make this USA patriotic wreath at His Frugal Servant

patriotic usa wreath by his frugal servant

Red flag ribbon wreath at An Extraordinary Day

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Patriotic mesh ribbon wreath at Snack Cups & Smiles

patriotic mesh wreath at snack cups and smiles

Easy DIY flag canvas tutorial at Create and Babble

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Cristina at Remodelando La Casa has SO MANY awesome patriotic DIY ideas:

Cute DIY wooden star craft:

patriotic star by remodelando la casa

Patriotic drop cloth table runner

drop cloth patriotic runner remodelandolacasa

and a pretty PB knock off patriotic banner

pb knock-off Patriotic Banner at Remodelando la Casa

and a fun free 4th of July popcorn printable at Uncommon Designs

4thofJulyPopcornPrintable at Uncommon Designs

Thank you so much to the awesome ladies above for sharing their creativity! Do you have a red, white and blue patriotic DIY project to share? Head over to THAT DIY PARTY and link up…

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and be pinned to the DIY Show Off Patriotic DIY Ideas pinboard

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DIY Outdoor Giant Dice Game (LCR)

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the option to participate in monthly challenges. One of the themes to choose from for June is DIY Outdoor Games. Our family spends a lot of time together in the summer months at mom’s pool and at our home for cook-outs and bon-fires. Having a few games on hand makes get-togethers fun. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

I decided to make a giant version of a new-to-me dice game called LCR. Lowe’s supplied a gift card to complete this project. I think this would be a great summer DIY hostess gift too! 

DIY giant LCR dice game

Materials I used (can be altered using some leftover supplies too):  

  • Scrap 4″ x 4″ 
  • Sandpaper/sanding block
  • Stencils (3 “L”s, 3 “C”s, 3 “R”s and 9 circles). I created my own but Lowe’s also sells vinyl letters or you could draw/paint them free-hand. 
  • Rust-Oleum’s High Performance Enamel (gloss black)
  • Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane spray
  • 2 boxes of large canning jar lids (total 24 lids)
  • Rustoleum’s Self Etching Primer
  • Rustoleum’s Spray Gloss Protective Enamel (red)

TUTORIAL

Dice: 

1. Measure and cut cubes from the 4″ x 4″. Note: A 4 x 4 will more likely measure 3.5 inches, not 4 inches. My cubes are 3.5″ x 3.5″. I used scrap wood since 4″ x 4″ beams come in 10 foot pieces…although that’s great option for making these as hostess gifts this summer! 

cutting 4x4 DIY dice game

2. Sand edges and surfaces of each cube. 

sand wood cubes DIY giant dice game

Note: You can paint dice any way you choose: All one color with a different color lettering, color the lettering and leave the dice wood-toned, staining the wood and painting the lettering, etc. I will probably try something different with my next set so they’re each unique. 

3. Apply vinyl lettering/circles: one L, one R, one C to each die (the real game set shows them all beside each other on 3 face sides), then apply 3 circles to each die. Make sure to press them down securely. 

DIY LCR dice game tutorial

4. I elevated my dice and used a roller to apply my paint. Once dry, I flipped each die and painted the bottom side. 

giant LCR dice

5. Peel away vinyl stencils.

outdoor dice game tutorial

6. Once dry, I sanded each die for a distressed look then wiped them clean with a damp cloth. 

giant LCR dice game

7. Spray each die with a lacquer/clear coat sealant and let dry. 

sealing DIY dice

Chips:

Spray each side of each canning jar lid with self etching primer (allowing to fully dry on one side before flipping and spraying other side). Repeat with spray gloss protective enamel. Each coat takes a long time to dry, especially around the rubber seal of the canning jar lid. I found working outside helped speed up the drying process. 

DIY giant game chips tutorial

Time to Play!

DIY Outdoor LCR Dice Game Tutorial

Game Rules:

  1. Each player starts with 3 chips. 
  2. First player rolls the dice. 
  3. L = give a chip to the player to on your left. C = give a chip to the center pot. Roll an R = give a chip to the player to on your right.  Roll a dot = keep chip.
  4. Pass the dice to the player on the left for their turn. 
  5. You roll as many dice as chips you have (if 4 or more, roll all 3 dice).
  6. Losing all of your chips doesn’t mean you are out of the game…the game changes quickly! There is a chance another player will roll an L or an R and pass more chips to you. 
  7. Last person possessing one chip wins the center pot. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

Summer BBQ Menu and Summer Recipe Inspiration Link Party

What? Recipes at DIY Show Off? Well, cooking is a do-it-yourself process, right? In our home, my husband does the cooking (not because I can’t but because he really enjoys it). We host a lot of dinner parties, summer cook outs and picnics and recently held a Mother’s Day BBQ (see the beautiful chandelier planters our guests and I made). Oops…back to HIS passion FOOD! and the reason for today’s blog post…our BBQ menu and a Summer Recipe Inspiration Link Party. Our BBQ menu included:

Summer BBQ Menu

We’re new to sharing recipes (and taking food photos too). Let us know if you have any questions. 

Pictured above:

  1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches (recipe below)
  2. Fresh Crunchy Vinegar Cole Slaw (recipe below)
  3. Fresh baked buns (add pulled pork and coleslaw)
  4. Dill Red Potato Salad (recipe below)
  5. Pineapple Orange Trifle (recipe below)
Smoked Pulled Pork
Serves 15
This recipe utilizes a Big Green Egg for smoking which makes the smoking process easier, with only loading charcoal one time and cooking for up to 18 hours or more.
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Pulled Pork Ingredients
  1. 3-5 lb. pork shoulder
  2. 1 bottle of Allegro Marinade
  3. 1 bottle of Heinz Hot Relish (12 oz)
Smoking Ingredients
  1. Royal Oak Natural Lump Charcoal
  2. 6-8 hickory chunks soaked in water and 1/2 cup vinegar.
This is what I do
  1. Using a jaccard* or sharp knife, poke multiple holes in the pork shoulder, top and bottom. This will help the marinade penetrate the meat. Place pork into large resealable bag. Add Allegro marinade and squeeze out the air in the bag. Allow to marinate for 3 days.
  2. Ready the fire on your smoker. I use Royal Oak Natural Lump Charcoal. Get the smoker to a temperature of 220 degrees. Use about 6-8 hickory chunks soaked (covered) in water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place hickory chunks on the coals. Place a large turkey roasting pan filled with water on the grid above the coals. Next place the pork shoulder on a grid above the water. Insert a remote meat thermometer set to go off when the meat reaches 190 degrees. Estimate time to be approximately 11.5 hours.
  3. After that time frame, wrap meat in foil and continue cooking for another 3-5 hours when temperature reaches 220 degrees.
  4. Remove pork shoulder and pull apart. Add about 1/2 bottle of the hot relish. Mix and pull and mix.
  5. Serve on buns with vinegar cole slaw.
Notes
  1. *jaccard is a meat tenderizing tool
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Believe it or not, this vinegar cole slaw is requested at every family gathering! Try it!

Vinegar Cole Slaw
Family favorite requested at every picnic gathering. Serve on a bun with pulled pork or as a summer side dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ribs of celery (sliced thin or minced)
  2. 1 head of cabbage (sliced thin)
  3. 1 full sprig of dill (minced)
  4. 1 full sprig of parsley (minced)
  5. 4 small red/orange/yellow bell peppers (chopped)
  6. 2 tsp. sugar
  7. 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  8. 1/2 cup vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup olive oil
  10. optional: chopped radishes, green onion
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl. Cover and let sit 2 hours. Toss and serve.
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Red potatoes, dill, olives? Delicious! 

Dill Red Potato Salad
A yummy spin on potato salad.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 lbs. red potatoes
  2. 6 jumbo eggs (hard-boiled and sliced)
  3. 3 stalks (ribs) celery
  4. 1 cup salad olives
  5. 4 green onions (minced)
  6. 1 bunch fresh dill (minced)
  7. 1 1/4 cup real mayonnaise (Hellman's preferred)
  8. 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  9. fresh cracked pepper to taste
  10. smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Boil red potatoes in salted water with skins on until tender. Drain. Cut potatoes into chunks. Combine the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Cover.
Notes
  1. Serve warm or cold.
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Easy and perfect for summer time!

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Pineapple Orange Angel Food Cake Trifle
Yummy fruity summer trifle dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box angel food cake mix
  2. 1 - 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  3. 1 - 11 oz. can (or larger) of mandarin oranges
  4. 1 container of Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. Spray 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine angel food cake mix and 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (with juice). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Cut cake into serving size pieces. In a trifle dish, layer cake, Cool Whip and mandarin oranges. Serve. Refrigerate.
Notes
  1. *Original source for the pineapple/angel food cake is unknown.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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All of that food serves our family gatherings of 15-20 people with plenty to eat, decent serving sizes and even seconds (in some cases thirds!).  
 
Summer Inspiration: Recipes! It’s a link party and you’re invited to share your favorite summer recipes!

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Party Etiquette:

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1. Please link up any project, old or new, that relates to the party theme: Summer Recipes only. Any links not related to the theme will be deleted. Your link shows on the link party on all four blogs shown above!

2. Please include the party button or a link to this post on your summer recipe blog post OR share the party via Facebook or Twitter to help spread the word! Thank you!

This is the first time I’ve shared Russ’ cooking and an entire event menu all in one spot. I can guarantee you he’s reading the comments so, what do you think? Curious as to what my chef cooks for me more often? Something you’d enjoy seeing more of? 

For more summer recipe inspiration, visit these blog friends listed below:

and Thank you so much to Melissa from The Happier Homemaker for organizing this awesome summer series and for inviting me to participate! So fun! See the FULL Summer Inspiration series:

Summer-Inspiration-Link-Party

CRAFTS:

Chandelier Planter Tutorial

About a month ago, we hosted a BBQ for our family – filled with good food, a fun gardening project and great times…stuff special family memories are made of.

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

I started the prep work in advance, so that the fun part of planting flowers was the only concern on the part of my guests.

How to Make a Chandelier Planter

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Summer Home Tour

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day 2! If you’re following along and just popped over from visiting Emily’s gorgeous home at Decor Chick, welcome guests!

Summer Tour of Homes

I’m so excited to participate in Day 2 of the Summer Tour of Homes hosted by Gina at the Shabby Creek CottageIt’s my favorite time of year! Longer days for productivity and lots of DIY.

DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Are you ready for LOTS of pictures? I hope so! summer chalkboard

Most of our summer is spent outdoors. We do a lot of summer entertaining, hosting BBQs and family cook-outs. So making our outdoor areas pretty is where our tour begins…

barn patio

We have a bank barn which we use for storage (much like a huge garage), but the bottom part opens up into our BIG party gathering space in the summer where we can set up volley ball in the yard and sit around a bon fire.

teeny tiny scary before picture…

barn before

The barn patio area provides a covered space for setting up a picnic buffet for entertaining or a quiet place for relaxing. Improvements are still on the DIY ‘to-do’ list but you can see it’s a big improvement already. This area has been a great location for grad parties, a co-ed baby shower BBQ, a fashion photo shoot, family reunions, picnics and cook outs.

barn patio makeover

outdoor entertaining

outdoor living

party patio

barn party patio

red and turquoise patio

Sources: DIY painted foam playmat art tutorial, tire planter tutorial coming soon, DIY tissue paper poufs and banner, old weathered door/barrel buffet, spray-painted accessories (Rustoleum Lagoon), turquoise crocheted accent pillow (Target), red petunias, outdoor area rug (Better Homes & Gardens, WalMart), red accent pillows (Target), blue mason jar vase, red outdoor fabric table cloth (Kmart), DIY framed chalkboard. 

The patio off the back of our home also got a mini-makeover last month with some cleaning, refreshening accents with some spray paint, some re-arranging, flowers and a few new decorative touches…

(see the before the patio and installation)

before

patio-before

patio makeover

patio-makeover

patio makeover

The patio swing was looking a little tired and inspired an outdoor swing/daybed makeover  patio daybed

My hubby’s favorite hobby is cooking and having fresh herbs near the French doors to the kitchen is convenient. Decorative and functional with our free standing pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

patio accents

One of the things I loved about the property when we purchased our home was the mature huge grape arbor. It was very rickety but the grapes were plentiful…

before

grape arbor before

We rebuilt the framing and added a gazebo to the center…

grape arbor gazebo

This year we’re recycling a pile of old bricks for a paved walkway and seating area underneath the gazebo (more on that coming up this summer). Again, a work currently in progress, but check out those vines! LOVE!

grape arbor gazebo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home tour. Things are mostly the same with some rearranging but here are some most recent pictures. Our house before was down right disgusting and scary but we saw past that to the potential…location, charm, character, size. But definitely a true fixer upper. 

kitchen (links to kitchen before/after, more pictures, DIY door clock tutorial, spice loft, sliding ladder, marble subway tiled backsplash how-to, painting cabinets, cook book library, etc.)

farmhouse kitchen makeover

kitchen tour

before

kitchen before

 after…

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen tour

eclectic farmhouse kitchen

eclectic kitchen tour

The French doors lead right to our patio. It’s so convenient for entertaining and hosting BBQs. The sun sets on the other side of the house so evenings are shaded and comfortable. Perfect for alfresco summer dining. 

before…

farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen before

now… DIYShowOff kitchen tour

powder room before and after

powder room

dining room

before

dining room before

now…

diningroom tour

diningroom makeover

DIYShowOff diningroom

farmhouse dining room

eclectic dining room

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I’m always re-arranging the sitting room. It’s gets a makeover about once a month. It’s an ever changing multi-functional space. Sometimes it’s a sitting room, sometimes a dining area or mudroom.

before

sitting room before

This month, it’s a small office/work space…

office space eclectic hallway DIYShowOff Home Tour sitting room

DIY: no sew script drop cloth curtains, wall mounted pallet shelf, French doors, slate floors, pet gate, globe light fixture cover.

half-globe-light-cover

Our stairway landing hasn’t changed at all. I just love it the way it is. For now.

stair landing

And the family room is still a work in progress so these are a bit of a reveal since I haven’t shared little things in this room before, but fun DIY art and lots of color adds a touch of summer…

family room

Still a lot of DIY planned for this room!

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headboard door pediment tutorial

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DIY chevron garden sign, painted thrift store candlesticks, Today will be the Best Day sign, DIY curtains (fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower), window/chandelier coffee table, and a DIY chandelier planter tutorial coming soon.

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free standing fireplace surround with pallet shelving  faux fireplace with pallet shelving

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Last but not least, even CocoRosie, our Italian Greyhound, enjoys the summer weather with her shaded dog bed

DIY shaded dog bed

Whew! Lots to see, right? Thanks for sticking around if you made it through it all! You can see more room by room before/after and DIY at the DIY Show Off Home Tour

Are you all set for summer? Don’t forget to link up your summer home tour on Friday, June 7th at the Shabby Creek Cottage summer-tour-of-homes-schedule

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior
 

DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off
 

DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl
 

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden

Our vegetable garden is located a few acres from the house. Wanting to have a small herb garden closer to the patio, grill and kitchen and inspired by so many vertical pallet planters (thanks, Amanda!), Mr. DIY and I created a free standing (moveable) vertical pallet herb garden.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden  

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