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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

| Crafts & DIY, Outdoors

Newspaper plant pots.

Newspaper plant pots.

How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots – Well, it’s that time of year to get all the seedlings started. Usually I just get those little plastic seedling trays to start my plants in but I’ve never been thrilled with the result for my tomatoes which grow stronger when started in roomier pots. And well, why not save a few bucks and be environmentally friendly at the same time. Simply use the newspaper you already have in your recycling and you can whip up tons of these little pots in no time.

I found a YouTube tutorial that explained how to make newspaper seedling pots but really, you can figure it out pretty quickly just by looking at these photos.

Materials:

  • Newspaper (the good old Saanich News is what I used – it’s a smaller tabloid size which is great for this)
  • Some sort of can (soup, beans, spaghetti sauce… whatever size you prefer)
  • Scotch tape

Instructions:

  1. Take one sheet of newspaper and fold it into 3 sections so that when you put your can on its side, it’s about 1.5-2″ longer than the can.
  2. Roll the newspaper around the can making sure you have your newspaper hanging over one end (don’t roll too tight or you’ll have trouble getting the newspaper off the can).
  3. Gently put a small piece of tape on the edge of the newspaper once it’s completely wrapped around the can.
  4. On the end of the can that had newspaper hanging over, fold over the newspaper towards the middle of the can until it’s all folded down. Tap and squish down the paper by pushing the can against a table or other hard surface.  Use a small piece of tape to tape it down.
  5. Remove the newspaper pot from the can.
  6. Fill your pot with soil and plant your seeds or seedlings.
  7. At this point I put all the soil filled newspaper pots in a low plastic watertight  tub that fits about 16-20 pots but you can use whatever you want.
  8. Pour water into the bottom of the tub and it will soak up through the newspaper and into the soil.
  9. When your plants are ready to go into the ground, you can either pop them out of the newspaper pot to plant or just put them straight into the ground since the newspaper will decompose (I’ll likely rip off the bottom of the pot to make sure the roots have room to grow).
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Celebrate the iPhone 5… Free template

| Crafts & DIY, My Life

Click for your free printable iPhone 5 template download

Click for your free printable iPhone 5 template download

After 3 long years, my cellular contract is up and I’m finally, finally able to upgrade from my iPhone 3G. Yes, I said 3G. Considering the fact that I’m a bit of tech toy junkie I consider this wait to upgrade a momentous triumph – also considering I’m about the least patient person I know.

Finally this past weekend I got my new phone and I couldn’t be happier with it.  I was able to pick out a free cover to go with the phone (although the choices were pretty slim) so I picked a very simple see through cover, purple in honour of my daughter’s favourite colour.  After I got home, I thought that it was actually a pretty boring cover and I had to do something to spruce it up.  I had the idea to add some nicely designed paper to the back cover.  This wasn’t a novel idea but I measured everything and laid it out properly using illustrator and had it fine tuned to one sixteenth of an inch.  A few posts back I added a free Project Life journaling card template so I thought I’d just use the same design elements to create the printable iPhone templates to go under my phone case.

They turned out so well… I just love them. I’ve decided that they’re too nice to keep for myself so I want to share them with you HERE.  Just print and then cut out.  I used an xacto knife with a swivel blade for the little hole where the camera is and it worked really well.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Doodle Easter Eggs

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Kids Fun

Doodled Easter Eggs

Doodled Easter Eggs

What fond memories I have of Easter from my childhood.  My parents always made a big thing of it as they did most holidays.  Every single year up until I was a teenager, maybe even a young adult (sad to say), we dyed eggs.  My brother and I used to see who could make the best design and yes, I won every time (in my opinion anyway).  To this day my parents still talk about the mornings of the Easter egg hunt and how I would find all the eggs and there wouldn’t be any left for my little brother. When we (I) was done, my Mom and Dad would have to divide everything in half so my brother got his share. Poor Marc, he never stood a chance against me.

Luckily for my daughter, she’s an only child and doesn’t have to worry about sibling competition. For the past few years we’ve dyed eggs with Noelle but this year I thought we’d doodle instead.  I boiled up eight eggs, let them cool and then brought out the sharpies. I just did a really quick search in google images for some bunny ideas and then started doodling away. Yet again, my daughter completed all five of her eggs and was ready to move on to the next project while I was just starting egg number two – she hasn’t quite learned to savour the experience yet. Sometimes my husband ask me “is this project for you or Noelle”.  I genuinely had noble intentions with this one and it was all about Noelle but as soon as I started getting into it, well… dinner was late again.

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3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Bubble fun in the sun - using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

Bubble fun in the sun – using the 3 minute DIY bubble maker.

3 Minute DIY Bubble Maker – How cool is this!  It literally took me 3 minutes to make and my daughter spent almost an hour playing with it outside. The neighbour kids saw Noelle playing with hers and wanted their own, so I whipped some up for them too.

What you need:

  • Small plastic bottle
  • Sock (I used one of my daughters old but clean tiny socks)
  • Elastic
  • Dish detergent & water (about half and half) in a small bow
  • Sharp knife or box cutter
Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

Everything you need to construct your bubble maker in only 3 minutes.

What to do next:

Cut the end off the bottom of the bottle, slip the sock over that end of the bottle and secure with elastic.  Go outside.  Place sock end of bottle into the dish of soapy and then blow into the top of the bottle.

That’s it! How easy was that!  Now the kids will be entertained so you can go sit down, have a tea and watch them enjoy their new toy!

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