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How To Create a DIY Living Wall for your Home

With the weather warming up and outdoor plants starting to come back to life, spring is the perfect time of year to add some greenery inside your home. If you’ve ever been worried about finding a home for small plants, this tutorial from Tahni at Urban Cottage Living is perfect for you! See how you can add a rustic plant holder in your home and don’t forget to enter to win a prize from one of our amazing party sponsors at the end of the post. 

Hi, I’m Tahni from Urban Cottage Living where I’m living a big life in a small home. In 2015, I downsized my life and now call an old 920 square foot cottage home.

I’m excited to share with you my DIY living wall. Recently, I updated my little bedroom and adding a living wall was the perfect way to include lots of plants and a piece of art at the same time. Plants give off lots of oxygen for good sleep and they are pretty and peaceful.

I made my living wall out of reclaimed fence boards, but you can make yours out of reclaimed barn wood, pallet wood, or even new boards if you want.

The following step-by-step instructions include supplies to build three 26 x 4.5 x 5.75 boxes. You can adapt the measurements and the number of boxes for your living wall design.

Supplies

  • 4 fence boards – mine were 5.75 inches wide and 6 feet long
  • 2 2×4 boards – mine were 6 feet long
  • A bottle of wood glue
  • 1 1/2 inch finishing nails
  • Picture hangers
  • Molly screws
  • Phillips bit screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Water-based Polycrylic in matte
  • Paintbrush
  • Pond liner or heavy-duty trash bags
  • Potting soil
  • Plants

Tools

  • Scrub brush
  • Dishsoap
  • Measuring Tape
  • Saw – I used a chop saw
  • Hammer
  • Stapler


Cut

  • Fence boards – cut six pieces 26 inches long and six pieces at 3.5 inches long.
  • 2×4 studs – cut six pieces at 25 inches long. Note, you will want to adjust the length of your 2×4 boards if your fence boards are a different thickness than .5 inch.

Wash

If you are using salvaged boards like I did, make sure you wash them really well. I scrubbed mine with a firm brush using dish soap and water. Allow them to completely dry.

Dry

Let your boards completely dry after washing.

Assemble

On a flat surface, lay out your 2×4 stud with your end pieces. The 2×4 is going to be the bottom of your box.
Run a zigzag line of glue along the 2×4.
Tip: Using a 2×4 as the bottom of your box instead of another fence board, is because it is thicker. This will help hold your box together better.


Place one of the 26-inch boards on the glue, lining up the bottom and then ends flush.

Nail with six finishing nails to secure.

Flip over and repeat keeping the end pieces in place to keep the box square and level.

Glue nail your end pieces.

Seal

Allow the glue to dry completely.

Brush a coat of Polycrylic on your boxes.

Allow to completely dry and repeat.

Allow to completely dry.

Tip: Sealing your boxes will bring out the grain and character in the wood. This will give a similar look to as if the boards were wet.

Add Hooks

Decide what side of the box you want to be the front.

Set the box front side down on a flat, solid surface.

Measure one inch from the outside of the box lining the hook to be right at the top.

Mark the holes with a pencil.

Using the screws that come with the picture hangers, attach to the back of the box.

Attach Liner & Hang

Staple pond liner or heavy duty trash bags to the inside of your boxes one inch below the top.
Measure where you want your boxes to hang, mark where the wall screws need to go.
Install your wall screws using molly screws if necessary.

Tip: Fold the pond liner under one-inch to give a clean look. If you are hanging directly on sheetrock, you will want to use molly screws to hold the weight of box once filled with dirt and plants.

Add Plants

Play around with the layout of your plants before you plant them.

Fill the boxes with potting soil and plants

Water the plants

Tip: You may want to unhook the boxes from the wall and take them outside or to the garden shed for planting the plants.

You can find more DIY projects, organization, and design for living a big life in a small home at my website, Urban Cottage Living


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Easy Quilting Project: Dresden Pillow Tutorial

I love love love pillows – much to my husbands dismay – and I was really excited for the chance to try out a small sewing project that would allow me to add another fun throw pillow to my guest bedroom. Dresden Quilts are beautiful but I am not an experienced quilter so taking on more than one dresden plate seemed more be an ambitious than I could finish in a month. A single pillow ended up being the perfect project for me to stretch my sewing skills and learn some quilting basics. 

The Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions helped me take on this mini project with little to no quilting experience. In addition, this project calls for 2 fat quarters (or 2 yards of contrasting cotton material), a self healing mat, and a rotary cutter. 

I chose to make 8″ pieces so my first step was cutting 8″ wide rectangles of my chosen fabric. After that, cutting out the dresden pieces is easy. Line up your fabric using the markings on the template to determine where you need to cut. If you were making a traditional dresden and wanted to have scalloped edges after the pieces are cut you would use the yellow markings inside the template to line up the top section and mark out the curved cut. 

My pattern required six of each fabric. Once everything was cut out, we pinned the pieces together with the wrong sides facing. 

Next step is sewing the seams together. After pinning this should be fairly easy to do, just make sure to remove the pins as you go. 

After all the edges are sewn, you should have a circle with a hole in the middle. There are a few ways to fill in the center, but I decided to use a round circle of fabric.

Cut a circle from a piece of cardboard to use as a template and using a needle and thread, sew a wide running stitch around the outside edge. This is called basting. 

Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, hold the opposite end of the string and pull tightly. This will bring your circle edges up around the cardboard. Use an iron to press the edges down and remove the cardboard. You should now be able to see where the edge is to sew a circle around the center with your machine. Pin it to your larger pieced circle and sew down. 

Use an iron to press all your seams flat. This shows the shape of the pattern and makes it a lot easier to work with. 

Using a jelly roll cut of fabric, pin a contrasting color all around the outside of your pattern. Jelly Rolls are pre-cut 2.5″ strips. You could also cut your own but starting with something precut makes things easier. This will be the edge of your pillow. Sew around the outside edge and use your pattern as a template to cut a circle of fabric to be the backside of your pillow. 

You could create two dresden patterns instead but I figured only one side would be displayed at a time. 

Face the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the pattern and use your machine to sew around the edge. Leave 3-4 inches open at the end so you can fill the pillow. 

Use a needle and thread to close up the final seam and your finished pillow is ready to display! 

If you’d like to make a pillow of your own, or are inspired to try an even larger dresden project, make sure to enter our Spring Party Giveaway! Nancy’s Notions will be sending one lucky reader their Dresden Americana Table Topper kit! 

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How to use Freezer paper to make a DIY Throw Pillow

This week’s DIY projects kick off with an easy DIY technique that will let you create vintage looking throw pillows for every room of the house from Lauren at Gather & Flourish. [Don’t tell my husband I’ve already started a set for our living room.] I love how versatile freezer paper is for crafting and this transfer idea is one I had never heard of before! I love Lauren’s design style and I can’t wait to add a few of these pillows to my home.

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Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Can you believe we are almost half way through the month? I hope you’ve been inspired by all the fun decor ideas and have been able to add touch of spring to your home before this weekend’s holiday! Today’s beautiful wreath project comes to us from Morgan at Beautifully Inspired Home. Wreaths are one of the easiest ways to change out your decor every season and I love how fresh and bright Morgan’s Spring Wreath is! See the full tutorial below and don’t forget to enter our contest at the end. 

Hi, I’m Morgan from Beautifully Inspired Home and I’m so excited to share this spring project with you today! I’m a perpetual crafter and love sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned. Today we are tackling an easy Spring Wreath for your front door or mantel.

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