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Upcycle Your World! | Bottles

I recently went through my old ReadyMade magazines and was inspired to start a new feature - on upcycling! There are so many great ways to re-use the things around us. Hopefully you find some inspiration!

The first thing we’re looking at is one of the easiest things to upcycle - a plastic bottle! From soda bottles to milk bottles, I’m sure you have some sitting in your house somewhere. As you can see above, there are lots of fun things you can make, from cat planters to piggy banks! Click on the links below to see the tutorials.

Kitty Planters | Recyclart

Jewelry Stand | Epbot

Bottle Bank | Martha Stewart

Recycled Milk Jugs | Apartment Therapy

Seed Bombs | Mossy
Ages ago I featured a seed bomb kit from etsy that I loved - you guys loved it too! Well here is a ‘recipe’ on how to make your own. Mossy has a great suggestion of checking the native plant database for your area so you’re ‘bombing’ the right stuff! These would make a great gift to guests at a nature themed wedding!

Seed Bombs | Mossy

Ages ago I featured a seed bomb kit from etsy that I loved - you guys loved it too! Well here is a ‘recipe’ on how to make your own. Mossy has a great suggestion of checking the native plant database for your area so you’re ‘bombing’ the right stuff! These would make a great gift to guests at a nature themed wedding!

Hanging Herb Garden | Persephone Magazine
My mum loves herbs. But herbs do not love her, they always end up dying! I think she would really like this hanging herb garden, and the benefit is that it has soil so it’s not going to wilt and die. And it looks gorgeous! As it suggests, if you’re worried about dripping, don’t hang them over anything electrical or surfaces you don’t want damaged.

Hanging Herb Garden | Persephone Magazine

My mum loves herbs. But herbs do not love her, they always end up dying! I think she would really like this hanging herb garden, and the benefit is that it has soil so it’s not going to wilt and die. And it looks gorgeous! As it suggests, if you’re worried about dripping, don’t hang them over anything electrical or surfaces you don’t want damaged.

How-Tuesday: The Urban Herbalist | Etsy
I just finished reading Hunger Games, which made me realise that if I was ever stuck in the woods I would be screwed. One of the things I loved the most about the main character Katniss was her ability to search for and use the nature around her. In this day and age where we can buy what we need from the supermarket and don’t think twice about it means that there is no need to know about the things that grow around us, which are amazing! For example, do you know that Plantain is great for bug bites, scratches and even acne? This is a great guide for how to navigate the world of herbs and how to use them. I’m printing this out!

How-Tuesday: The Urban Herbalist | Etsy

I just finished reading Hunger Games, which made me realise that if I was ever stuck in the woods I would be screwed. One of the things I loved the most about the main character Katniss was her ability to search for and use the nature around her. In this day and age where we can buy what we need from the supermarket and don’t think twice about it means that there is no need to know about the things that grow around us, which are amazing! For example, do you know that Plantain is great for bug bites, scratches and even acne? This is a great guide for how to navigate the world of herbs and how to use them. I’m printing this out!

Succulent Dish Garden | Fossil
This DIY is a guest post on Fossil by Flora Grubb. Could that be a more appropriate name for a gardener?! I think I need to marry someone who’s last name is Grubb just so I can name my daughter Flora. Best name ever. Anyway, what am I talking about? Oh yeah, succulent garden. I love succulents, they’re really easy to look after and I love their clean lines and colour.

Succulent Dish Garden | Fossil

This DIY is a guest post on Fossil by Flora Grubb. Could that be a more appropriate name for a gardener?! I think I need to marry someone who’s last name is Grubb just so I can name my daughter Flora. Best name ever. Anyway, what am I talking about? Oh yeah, succulent garden. I love succulents, they’re really easy to look after and I love their clean lines and colour.

Sprout A Couch | ReadyMade
I remember this couch from way back in the early days of ReadyMade. Even though I don’t get the ReadyMade magazine anymore (at one point I was buying about ten magazines a month! I must have been richer!) I still have all my old copies and searching through them the other day I came across this and fell in love again! Though I don’t have room in my backyard to make this, one day when I finally do I am so going to make this. It’s so clever and practical, though I’m not sure how you would mow it?! Maybe with a whipper-snipper or a pair of scissors? Not the easiest thing - but maybe it can be like your zen thing, maintaining your grass couch!

Sprout A Couch | ReadyMade

I remember this couch from way back in the early days of ReadyMade. Even though I don’t get the ReadyMade magazine anymore (at one point I was buying about ten magazines a month! I must have been richer!) I still have all my old copies and searching through them the other day I came across this and fell in love again! Though I don’t have room in my backyard to make this, one day when I finally do I am so going to make this. It’s so clever and practical, though I’m not sure how you would mow it?! Maybe with a whipper-snipper or a pair of scissors? Not the easiest thing - but maybe it can be like your zen thing, maintaining your grass couch!

Framed Succulent Garden | ReadyMade
There’s a show I love called Dry Spell Gardening with the very hot Brendan Moar. He makes the most gorgeous gardens with a eco bent. Which is especially important in Australia because conserving water is so important. In one episode he did an awesome ‘vertical garden’ where he planted the plants into the wall. I don’t have the room to do a whole wall but I love this ‘framed garden’. I think my outdoor space is going to be like a second lounge room - with living art! I’m going to have to get my mum to help me though because I’m plant poison.

Framed Succulent Garden | ReadyMade

There’s a show I love called Dry Spell Gardening with the very hot Brendan Moar. He makes the most gorgeous gardens with a eco bent. Which is especially important in Australia because conserving water is so important. In one episode he did an awesome ‘vertical garden’ where he planted the plants into the wall. I don’t have the room to do a whole wall but I love this ‘framed garden’. I think my outdoor space is going to be like a second lounge room - with living art! I’m going to have to get my mum to help me though because I’m plant poison.