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DIY Chicken Feeder

By Liesl Clark Chickens are raised all over the world for their eggs and meat. By some estimates, there are 45 chickens per person on the planet. My family had chickens when I was a child (we had, on average, 2 chickens per person!) and we took monthly trips to our local farm coop for […]

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20 Free Crafts Not Plastic

By Liesl Clark When my children reached elementary school age and we enrolled them in programs that had art classes, we were amazed at how few natural materials were used for art supplies and just how much of it was plastic: glitter glue, colorful plastics for mosaics, acrylic-coated feathers, various items to be “recycled” through […]

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Toilet Paper Roll Flowers

By Kelly Munson For Valentines Day this year my daughter made pretty paper flowers for her classmates and a special flower mobile for her teacher. These adorable flowers could be given on any occasion to anyone. A mother, teacher, father, or friend would love to receive one of these simple flowers. They’re pretty and have […]

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10 DIY Upcycled Fire Pits

By Liesl Clark Seems the latest craze is repurposing metal things into fire pits. Here’s a list of some of the most innovative ones we could find: 1) Metal Wheelbarrow Fire Pit: If you’ve got a metal one that’s broken down, try to turn it into a fire pit. It’ll look cool in your back yard. […]

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25 Trellises From Your Trash

By Liesl Clark Trellises are about as easy to come by as planters. Almost anything that’s upright and has a few arm-like features can be climbed upon by plants. This list will definitely get you thinking about what you can place in your garden for vertical fun: 1) Sticks are the original trellis. If you […]

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Patio Umbrella Trellis

By Liesl Clark Trellises can be made from just about anything with a little height and some expansiveness. When a patio umbrella broke in half recently due to high winds, I saw a nice pea trellis-in-the-making. I couldn’t wait to get these images out because I’m excited about this trash hack, so you have to […]

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15 Uses For Berry Baskets

By Liesl Clark It’s strawberry season and most stores will stock their beautiful berries in plastic mesh berry baskets. Where we live, they aren’t recyclable, so we have to get creative if we don’t want to send them to the landfill. Here are 15 uses for your berry baskets: 1) Give your berry baskets to […]

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DIY Wood Sign

By Liesl Clark How to make a wood sign? Easy! Simply decide how large your sign needs to be. Find a piece of scrap wood large enough and hammer a 4-foot-long (or longer) wooden stake to it. You’ll then have a sign you can set up anywhere. Next, you have one of the most gratifying […]

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25 Striking Stick Reuses

The Stick By Liesl Clark 1) Fuel. Okay, we had to mention it, since sticks (yes, even small sticks) are a major source of our home’s heat. We get a lot of blown-down sticks in the winter, so we collect the branches year round and use the wood for heat in the winter. Many are […]

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25 Bedazzling Bread Clip Reuses

By Liesl Clark 1) Reuse to seal other bags (yep, it’s obvious but I had to list it so you don’t throw them away.) 2) Use as a bookmark. 3) Use to replace missing game pieces. A bread clip avatar for monopoly could be quite imposing if you put a scary business face on it. […]

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