Saturday, June 30, 2012

Homemade aluminum plant tags


So you may have wondered why I didn't use aluminum cans?

Aluminum cans are hard to work with and leave sharp edges. That's not to say you can't use them, just be more careful. If you use an aluminum can be sure to bend the edges over to eliminate sharp edges. (note: If you can get cut on a piece of paper, you can get cut on one of these tags.) Sorry in this day and age with all the idiots out there, I have to put disclaimers on everything.
The aluminum I use is easy to work with and it's an aluminum that doesn't normally get recycled. It is not as rigid as aluminum cans, but still holds it's shape.
The plant tags will last for a long time. I have some tags that are over 10 years old. The following is an example of what I put on my tags.

  • Name of plant
  • date planted (moon phases and or planetary alignment )
  • where purchased (note many stores guarantee plants)
  • original location (if moved or propagated)
  • herb, fruit,vegetable

  • Name of plant
  • Ref number
Then have a catalog with the reference number and all the details about the plant that you could not include on the tag.

Other ideas are to use the tags on gifts, as Christmas ornaments, luggage tags, or anywhere you need a nice tag.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

DIY floating solar lights and battery yard lights ideas

Floating solar lights and yard accent lights

These are inexpensive ways to light up your yard.

Note: glass, plastic, or even metal coffee cans with holes can be used to make yard accent lights.

Stepping stones

Make your own stepping stone mold.
Note: things not mention in video.
  1. 1.Stones take up to 5 or 6 days to fully cure and be strong enough to walk on.
  2. 2. When setting stones in place it is very important to set them on smooth level ground. any uneven points or rocks under the stone could break or crack the stone.