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DIY polished rocks

10 Jun

I have a tendency to pick up rocks. But they have never gotten much attention once home, stashed in the corner of my bookshelf and rarely noticed. I have rocks from every road trip I’ve ever taken. I still have the “Indian throwing rock” that our campground host gave us in Missouri a few years ago, just before he offered to drive to town and pick up beers. Anyway, this is a ridiculously easy way to get them ready for display.

#DIY faux polished rocks by makingmondays

Supplies:

Rocks

Clear nail polish

Wax paper

#DIY faux polished rocks by makingmondays

You got it! Paint one side of the rock with clear nail polish, be generous. Set on wax paper to dry. Paint the other side. Allow to dry. Repeat for 2 or 3 coats, until it has a nice thick shiny coating all over.

If you want to frame them, arrange the  rocks in a grid pattern that looks balanced. Then glue to a piece of mat board cut to size for a shadow box frame.

I mounted the best of my collection as a grid in an 8 x 10 shadow box frame.

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DIY hanging fence pots

20 May

My house is small and my yard is even smaller. So I have to grow things wherever I can.

#DIY hanging fence pots

Supplies:

Galvanized steel wire

Pliers and wire cutters

Small pots (IKEA $0.49)*

Plants ( I used impatiences)

Potting soil

Rocks or pottery pieces

#DIY hanging fence pots

Cut wire into 12inch strips. One for each pot you intend to hang.

Using a pot as a guide, wrap a strip of wire around the middle to make a circle. Twist the two wires together on the back one or two times. The wire circle should be wrapped tight enough that the pot does not slide through it. Repeat with each strip of wire.**

#DIY hanging fence pots

Place the twist of two wires at an intersection on the fence (where the fencing makes an X). Wrap one wire around the upper left leg of the X and the other wire around the upper right leg of the X. Once secure, trim the ends of the wire.

#DIY hanging fence pots

Choose flowers based on your climate and space. I used impatiences because my fence is shady, only getting a few hours of filtered sunlight a day through the ivy.

#DIY Plant Step-by-Step

Slip the pots into the hanging circles and let gravity keep it in place.

#DIY hanging fence pots

My hanging pots cost $1.25 each. My total project cost was around $15. This included enough pots, wire, flowers and soil to make 12 . Making more won’t increase your total cost too much, about half of the wire and soil were left when all was said and done.

*Note: you want to keep the pots small and lightweight for this project so that they do not cause your fence to sag. Mine have been up for a year and I haven’t had any problems.

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