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Category: Project Ideas and How-To’s

I LOVE creating homemade amazingness. Free, upcycled and repurposed items are the best! These tips allow you to create timeless pieces without the Carbon Footprint.

Repurpose Single Earrings for Ornaments

Repurpose your Single Earrings for Ornaments; it costs you nothing, its simple and simply adorable.

I don’t know about you, but when I lose one of my earrings, I tend to keep the remaining earring for when the other appears.


Dig through your jewelry box, your miscellaneous drawer or your dress-up trunk and revive your favorite pieces by giving them a second life on your Christmas tree or holiday display.


Repurpose Single Earrings for Ornaments – because it just makes sense.


Bee Box Coffee Table

coffee table

We Love You Bees!

These halls once buzzed with life – fluttering beauties creating delicious honey right here in Arizona. 

But their tenants no longer roam and their homes were left to fade in the sun.


I was lucky enough to purchase these for $17 each from friends of the beekeeper.


  • 4 Crates or bee boxes
  • 1 Sheet of particle board
  • Wood screws
  • 4 Rotating casters
  • Polyurethane or stain/sealant of choice
  • 4 Metal L-brackets or flat brackets if using crates with bottoms


  • Power drill
  • Table saw or sawzall if particle board is not already cut to size
  • Electric sander



  1. Scrub Clean and sand and all surfaces on bee boxes or crates. IMG_4913
  2. Place boxes to desired positions for table.
  3. Cut particle board to fit as base. IMG_4915
  4. Apply stain to surfaces of boxes or crates. (The above photo shows the change in tone once the sealant is applied.) Allow to dry for a few hours, or as directed on can.
  5. Use L-brackets to adjoin the 4 crates or bee boxes.  To conceal the brackets place them on the underside of the top center of the crates.  If using crates with bottoms you may need to use flat brackets instead of L-brackets and apply them to either the top or bottom of the crates.
  6. Flip crates over so the underside is facing up. Adhere the particle board to the bottom of crates using wood screws.
  7. Finally, apply casters at four corners of particle board for ease of use.


This sexy piece is a bittersweet reminder of the changes that our planet is going through.

Beauty from Beauty


Vertical Succulent Planter

Large Vertical Succulent Planter

When floor space is limited, a vertical planter allows you to introduce the air purifying, humidifying, aesthetic properties of live plants with the functionality of a hanging piece of art.

Supplies for structure:

  • Wood slats from found pallets,
  • section of particle board for backing (size of preferred planter),
  • 1″ or 2″ galvanized chicken wire,
  • landscaping fabric (I found some made out of recycled plastic bottles),
  • and large galvanized eye-bolts for hanging the piece. (These differ in size based on the weight, be sure to check this when purchasing.)
  • open eye-bolts for attaching piece to wall or beam (these also vary depending on weight).


  • staple gun,
  • sawzall or saw of preference,
  • hammer and power drill,
  • hand-held electric sander
  • galvanized nails,
  • small trawl for soil,
  • large bucket for mixing,
  • wire cutters and a scissor

Soil Recipe:

  • 2 parts cactus soil
  • 1 part perlite for moisture retention and
  • 1 part fine porous gravel or lava fines


  • succulents of choice (I used a variety of heights and species within mine to give an organic feel to the planter)


  1. decide how big you want your planter.  My tip – start small.  (The first one I made and the one showcased was made with a 4’x 4′ pallet and weighs upwards of 200lbs.)
  2. Sand all pieces and remove old nails from pallets. Reserve your most rustic pieces for the final frame or face of the planter box.
  3. Measure and cut your plywood backing and side and top beams creating the primary structure of your planter.
  4. Nail beams in place from back of planter.
  5. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than your eye hooks drill 2-3 holes depending on weight of planter and screw in eyes and twist on bolts to secure inside the planter.
  6. Stretch and staple chicken wire flush with plywood backing and side beams.
  7. Pour in soil.  Be sure to fill to the brim since the planter will be hanging and you don’t want your soil to move.
  8. Stretch and staple landscaping fabric to outer beams.  And follow with another layer of stretched chicken wire.  This is layer that will hold in your succulents.
  9. Nail framing pieces to side beams covering the staples.
  10. Cover with waterproof sealant and allow to dry. Ready for planting
  11. Drill several drainage holes in bottom of planter. (I drilled some in the middle of mine as well since I divided my planter into 4 sections.)
  12. Using wire cutters select the wires to be bent back for insertion of plant.  You will need to use the scissor to cut the landscaping fabric in that area as well.  (I found that by clipping and bending back that it held the plants in place better, rather than cutting out the sections entirely.  I could then bend the wire back down around the root to secure the plant.) *Also, remember that your plants will grow and spread, so you might want to allow for this.
  13. After planter is full, spritz heavily with water and allow to sit for 1-2 weeks to achieve a strong root system before hanging. Eye-Bolts
  14. Drill holes for open eye-bolts where you plan to hang your piece.
  15. Hang planter and enjoy!  Water with spray bottle according to instructions for your particular species.  Succulents don’t need to be watered a lot, but they enjoy a thorough soaking every two weeks or so.  This should be increased if you are in dryer climates. Finished!