Gardenista's Favorite DIY Projects

By slatalla | A roundup of our favorite DIY projects for blurring the boundaries between outdoors and in.

Dear Diary: A Gardener’s Journal

Seems like everybody we know is journaling (when did this word become a verb? Discuss) these days.<p>And with back-to-school season underway, we’ve been …

Gardening

The Romance of the Homemade Candle

In the colonial era, enterprising New Englanders quickly discovered that the wax produced by boiling the prolific gray berries that grew along the …

Candles

DIY: Rustic Gate Clasp

A project for beachcombers: stones collected from the shore, strung together to form a simple gate clasp.<p>Above: A set of five hand-drilled stones …

DIY

7 Things You Should Do to Protect Fireflies

Compared to photographing them, catching fireflies is about the easiest thing to do. And in the summertime, spending at least one evening running …

Gardening

DIY: Modern Mothballs (No Chemicals Included)

Summertime shouldn’t be synonymous with the pungent smell of mothballs, but for anyone lucky enough to have a summer house, it too often is. People …

Gardening

DIY: Make a Flower Crown, from Tigers to Lilies

Spotted on Tigers and Lilies, flower crowns fashioned by Lili Cuzor and fit for a queen (like you or me):<p>Photographs by Lili Cuzor.<p>Above: You can …

Flowers

Bee’s Wrap: Just like Plastic Wrap, Minus the Plastic

In my kitchen–and in my home in general–I try my best to avoid plastic of any kind. In fact, this past winter I purchased my very first roll of …

Baking

DIY Outdoor Planters: A Cool Palette for Hot Weather

I garden in pots on my front porch, and by the time summer arrives, I just want my containers to look good…and I don’t want to spend a lot of time on …

Gardening

DIY: Pressed Seaweed Prints

As a native Cape Codder, I’ve always been fond of seaweed. So when I ran across designer Karen Robertson’s pressed seaweed DIY on Garden Design, I …

Crafting

The World’s Best Rose Wallpaper

Roses do not last long enough in the garden. I know you agree. June may come and go, but you and I would like to be gazing fondly on pink velvety …

Design

DIY: How to Make a Bouquet Garni

A bouquet garni is simply a small “bouquet” of fresh herbs that you pop into a broth, soup, or stew for seasoning as it cooks. A staple in French …

Flowers

DIY: Instant Children’s Teepee, Summer Edition

Last summer, I spotted a great looking teepee in the neighborhood that seemed like a perfectly doable DIY. I was compelled to investigate. Greg Pitt …

Crafting

Risky Business: Oven Canning Jam

If you mention the topic of oven canning, prepare to get an earful of advice against trying the technique. Warnings include: Your jars will blow up! …

Canning

An English Gardener’s Diary: Spring at Last

This is only my second installment from England, and I had reckoned on writing to you all sooner, but something extraordinary happened. Spring …

Gardening

Mystery Revealed: How to Grow Things in Perfectly Straight Rows

Mark out straight lines on paths and garden beds with two pegs and a piece of twine:<p>Above: A Pegit by Nutscene, which consists of two beech pegs and …

Gardening

The Secret Ingredient to Make Windows Shine Bright Like a Diamond

When it comes to cleaning my home, I like to take as natural an approach as possible. In my ideal world, the process of making my own cleaning …

Vinegar

Miracle Cure for Allergies: Gentle Nettle Tea

I never had allergies growing up. As soon as the weather was warm, I would throw off my jacket and practice log rolls down our backyard hill. I …

Herbs

Plants & Seeds

Plants & Seeds<p>Crocus species Mixed<p>£7.99GBP from Crocus<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Zinnia Giant Wine<p>$4.95USD from Floret Flowers<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Zinnia Candy …

Gardening

DIY: Hanging Easter Posies

In celebration of that time of year when one gets to indulge with abandon in bunnies, chicks, and all things “cute, pretty, and pastel,” my children …

Flowers

Urban Gardener: Is It OK to Reuse Potting Soil?

Whether potting spring bulbs or transplanting seedlings to a window box, the urban gardener has to answer a basic container-gardening question: Is it …

Gardening

turning off the lights.

Over the weekend, James and I celebrated Earth Hour. Maybe celebrate is too joyous of a term. Perhaps I should be saying that we <i>observed</i> Earth Hour …

Bouquet of the Week: Splurge on Black and White Anemones

The first apartment my husband and I shared had a tiny white and black kitchen. A huge white porcelain sink sloped gracefully into a black tiled …

Flowers