Hanging Gutter Planter Privacy Shade

Hello! Hello! Are you guys ready to see the final outcome of my hanging gutter planter? I had the perfect spot for a hanging planter and didn’t even know it until this project. My front porch has a couple pillars that could use a little dressing up so I decided to hang the planter there – so here is my hanging gutter planter privacy shade!!

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So fun right! I love that they sort of block the view of my front porch from the road and my neighbors house! They were really easy to make too, and since I know you want to make one now — YOU CAN!! Head to your nearest Home Depot on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 and you will learn how to make this beauty!

(If you want to see how I made mine with the fun chain — just keep reading!)

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You can register before hand by clicking right HERE – it will take you to the registration page so you can get all set up to build your own hanging gutter planter! The  Workshops are free, demonstrative classes. While attendees won’t always be able to make and take the project (changes by store), you will walk away with the skills to recreate the project at home.

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DIY Hanging Gutter Planter with Chain Tutorial!

First, I bought 3 10′ lengths of vinyl gutter from Home Depot and cut them down into 4′ pieces. You can use a jigsaw but I used my miter box.

Second – I painted them this fabulous Ocean Mist color from Rustoleum!

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While my gutters were drying, I cut 3 Treks pieces of fencing to 45″.

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Then I ripped them in half on the table saw.

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When my gutters were dry, I drilled tiny holes in the bottom so I would have drainage.

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Next, I drilled a 3/8″ hole (using the 3/8 drill bit) one foot (12″) away from the edge. I centered the treks piece on the inside and clamped it down to drill.

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On four of gutters, I drilled an extra home at 14″ from the side.

Next I gathered up all my hardware. You will need:

(12) 12″ pieces of straight link chain
(20) 5/16 x 4″ Eye Bolt with Nut
(20) 5/16″ nuts
(40) 3/8 x 1 1/4 washers
A package of 30 1 1/2″ S-Hooks

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The Order goes like this: nut, washer, gutter, washer, nut

So, on your outside holes – the ones you drilled at 12″ – the bolt goes inside the gutter. Put on a nut, then washer – insert the bolt into the gutter and then add a washer and a nut.

The inside hole  – at 14″ – goes the opposite way. The bolt head goes underneath.

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Once you have all your blots, washers and nuts in place you can start to hang up your planter. Use your chain and your S-hooks and find the length that you like and make sure everything is nice and level. Then tighten up your nuts real tight.

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Next, add on your gutter ends. I didn’t paint mine because I loved the contrast of the white and minty-bluish color. The gutter ends just slip right on.

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Now comes the really fun part – the flowers! Pick some fun flowers that you like and find a good pattern and then start planting.

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I added all the flowers to the planters and then filled in the rest with soil.

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And then you are done!

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Remember to head on over to the Home Depot website and register for the April class! You will love it!

Amanda

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Homemade Jalapeno Poppers

If there is one thing we can grow in our garden… it is jalapenos! We grow soooo many that by the end of the summer, I just stop picking them because I have no idea what to do with them and we can only use so many in our salsa. (we are mild/medium people around here, well… except for Spencer who loves stuff Medium/Hot.) They other day our kiddos picked an entire bowl of Jalapenos and they sat in the fridge for a couple days while I wondered what to do – and then it dawned on me: Homemade Jalapeno Poppers!!

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I looked up some recipes on-line and found this one from CopyKat Recipes.

I’ll give you the list of Ingredients and a few tips but head over to her site to get all the instructions!

Ingredients
  • 30 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, soften to room temperature
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 quart of oil for frying

I prepped and cleaned the jalapenos. I cut the big ones in half, but the smaller ones I just sliced on one side and cleaned out the insides. I mixed the cheese and cream cheese and stuffed the jalapenos. Stuff them full! If you think you cannot fit anymore — stuff a little more in there! I wish I had a little more filling and the next time I makes these – I am going to “over stuff” them.

I rolled them around in the flour mixture and let them sit for a little bit longer than 10 minutes. DO NOT skip that step!

I love breadcrumbs on stuff so I rolled them around twice and made sure they were good and coated! Some I even sent through three times!

Then fry them up!

I fried all the ones I made (about 3 dozen) and froze some of them for later. We just baked them at 350 for a few minutes. They were still good but when they were fresh out of the oil they were simply amazing!! When I make them again… I will freeze them before frying them up and when we want to make them, I toss them in the oil.

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    Enjoy!!

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Polka Dot Succulent Planter

Happy Tuesday! Sorry we missed a post yesterday – the weekend was just too fun and I spent yesterday playing catch-up! I have been working on and building some pretty big projects that I cannot wait to share with you, including a huge project for my boys room and then I can do the full reveal! In the meantime, I felt like our little backyard picnic table needed a little “something” so I whipped up this fun little polka dot succulent planter and I am loving the white and gold!

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This is such an easy project and just perfect for beginners or a quick nap time project. It is also really easy to modify for your space. I used some pieces of 1×4’s and a 1×6 from my wood pile. To make this exact one here is a cut list:

Cut List:
(2) 1×4 @ 18”
(2) 1×4 @ 4”
(1) 1×6 @ 18”

You will need wood glue and a staple gun – or a drill and screws to build the box.

Attach the 4” pieces to the ends of a 1×4. Remember to use your wood glue – and staple the pieces together.  This will be one side and the ends.

Turn the piece on its side and glue all along the edge. Then staple your 1×6 (the bottom piece) on the side.

Glue once again along the bottom piece and attach your last side.

Now your box is built – it will look really familiar – almost like this shelf!

I knew I was going to be scuffing it up so I gave the edges a quick coat of Rustoleum Expresso.

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Then I gave the whole thing a good coat of Rustoleum Gold Metallic. This gold metallic pretty much rocks my world!

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Using my Silhouette I cut out a bunch of vinyl polka dots and placed them all over the box.

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Then I gave it a good coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White. When the paint was dry I pulled off all the dots.

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Then I took my sponge sander to the whole thing and roughed it up a bit.

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Because I knew I was planting dry loving succulents I didn’t drill any holes in the bottom for drainage… if you are planting something that needs lots of water – drill a few holes for drainage so you don’t ruin your roots.  I added some rocks to the bottom.

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Then my little helper added a layer of moisture control potting soil.

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I added all the plants – mostly Jade type succulents – and then filled in around each plant with the potting soil and was done!

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I love it!! I love the polka dots and the white and the gold – especially with the bright green of the succulents!

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These succulents are suppose to bloom with white flowers in the winter so I am excited to see that! This is my first go around with succulents so I hope I succeed and don’t kill them!

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How to Plant Herbs In Mason Jars

Mason Jars are all the rage right now and why not… they are affordable, super cute and you usually have a few hanging around! I even save pickle jars and pepper jars too to use for projects. Jars just rock! I recently planted my garden but wanted my herbs planted in pots instead of the garden area. After looking up awesome herb gardens and washing out a mason jar, I knew they would be perfect together so here is how to plant herbs in mason jars!

You will need:

Herbs
Jars (mason, kerr, pickle whatever!)
Potting Soil
Soil Cover Rocks
Water

Step One: Take your jars and fill the bottom 2-3 inches with the soil cover rocks. This is really important when planting in jars because it allows the water to seep into the rocks and prevents your plants and dirt from getting gross and moldy.

Step Two: Fill the Jar about 2/3 of the way full with potting soil. I like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil in jars – it’s just an extra protection for your plants.

(If you are planting seeds, fill your jar up all the way, stick in your seed, water and be done!)

 

Step Three: Remove your herb from the container and crack the root. Sometimes the herbs can come in biodegradable containers you can plant but take them out and crack the root (loosen the dirt around the root).

Step Four: Gently shove the herb into your jar!

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Step Five: Add more potting soil to the top. Pack it in there because when you water the herb the soil will settle.

Step Six: Water!! If you look close you can see some seeping into the rocks… just like it is supposed too.

Now you are done and can enjoy fresh herbs all year long! Here I have planted Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Spearmint and Parsley.

Now I just need to find some really yummy recipes that call for herbs!

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20 Awesome Herb Gardens

This week while at Home Depot, I was walking around the garden section and decided to pick up a few herbs – I thought of a fun way to display them in our yard, but wanted to see how others grew their herbs. I have rounded up 20 awesome herb gardens for inspiration. Enjoy!

20 awesome herb gardens

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Simple Stylings

herb garden ... reclaimed wood. Could suspend it from heavy-duty hooks and "I" bolts along house wall to keep dogs from eating it
Pallet Herb Garden

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Mason Jar Herb Garden


Chalkboard Clay Pots

whimsical herb garden
Whimsical Herb Garden


Wheel Herb Garden


Garbage Can Herb Garden


Concrete Herb Garden


Wagon Wheel Herb Garden

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Indoor Herb Garden

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Mason Jar Wall Planter

Completely in love with this little indoor herb garden.
Metal Bucket Herb Garden

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Pallet Herb Garden

How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Tin Can Herb Garden


Wooden Box Herb Garden


Industrial Look!


Potted Herbs


Blackboard Garden


Hanging Bucket Herb Garden


Ledge Herb Garden

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