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Mediterranean Herb Pot Idea



An interesting and creative idea for your garden is to plant herb in containers that have a distinct Mediterranean style instead of ordinary plant pots. Italian tomato paste, sauce, puree, whole and crushed tomato cans make great small to medium sized pots. For larger pots you can use Greek and Italian olive oil cans. They can be found in supermarkets and specialty stores.

Another good idea is to use cans of stuffed grape leaves, a Mediterranean specialty. These cans also come in different sizes. You can find the smaller ones in regular supermarkets, but Greek specialty food stores carry larger sizes.



A collection of these various colorful cans in their different sizes make a really creative and attractive Mediterranean herb garden. And they don’t even require that much space which is great if you don’t have a large backyard. The cans can be arranged on patios, balconies, and even window sills for a charming little Mediterranean flavored garden. Even with limited space, I had a cute little arrangement of Mint, Oregano, Basil, and Rosemary in an assortment of stuffed grape leaf cans and tomato paste cans on my window sill in my apartment in New York. Mediterranean herbs are both fragrant and delicious. They give wonderful flavor to sauces, marinades, salads, fish, poultry, pastas, etc., and can even be used to flavor butter, oil, vinegar, teas, and other beverages. Some of the most popular Mediterranean herbs are Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaf, Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Marjoram, Parsley, and Mint. I planted Oregano in my crushed tomatoes can in the photo above.

To use them, empty out the contents, remove the tops with a can opener and wash them out. Punch drainage holes on the bottom with nails and a hammer and put in your soil just as you would a regular plant pot. You can apply clear varnish to the outside of the cans to prevent them from rusting and also to protect the pretty and colorful can labels. Be very careful of the sharp edges after you remove the top of the cans, especially when you’re washing them out and also planting your herbs. For protection, you can try putting heavy duty masking tape on the inside edges of the cans to cover those sharp tin edges.


Pinecone Crafts Ideas

There are many ways to create beautiful crafts with pinecones and this season is a great time to collect them from the ground as they fall off the trees. If you’re not in an area where you can find and collect pinecones you can buy them from crafts stores and most pharmacy/convenience stores.

You can arrange pinecones around candles to make a beautiful display:

candle and pinecones


You can brighten up your pinecones by painting and glittering the tips with colors like white and silver to create a snowy effect. You can also use blue and silver to create an icy effect:

glittery pinecones


Creative Acorn Crafts

Fall is going to be here soon with the crisp cool air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they begin to turn. Fall is a great time for crafting and you can get very creative with just what you find in your yard. There will soon be an abundance of acorns as they begin falling from the trees, and before you sweep them up and throw them out, let’s look at some very cute and creative crafts that you can make with them.



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Little Acorn People – Babyccino




candle display

Candle Display – BHG




rustic acorn wreath

Rustic Acorn Wreath – Crafts Unleashed




glittered acorn wreath

Glittered Acorn Wreath – That’s My Letter




acorn tea set

Acorn Tea Set – Twig & Toadstool




acorn necklaces

Acorn Necklaces – Whimsy Love




acorn owls

Acorn Owls – Bloesem Crafts




glittered acorns

Glittered Acorns – ChinaMommy



Beach in a Jar Crafts

I love jar crafts, there are so many creative ways to make lovely displays and to create miniature sceneries inside the jars. Summertime is a great time to collect items from the beach like seashells, starfish, sand, pebbles, etc., and make a little ‘beach in a jar’. You can even put small photos and other special items from your vacations and create little beach memory jars. These beautiful little nature crafts are not only fun to make but also look fantastic as part of your decor.

Have a look at these lovely ‘beach in a jar’ crafts to give you ideas and inspiration:

Seashell Terrarium

Seashell Terrarium – Making Home Base




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Easy Seashell Crafts – Better Homes and Gardens



Sand Jars

Sand Jars – Living Locurto




seashell-hurricanes

Beachy Summer Bathroom – How to Nest for Less




Apothecary jars with seashells

Apothecary Jars with Seashells – Ann’s Entitled Life




Nature Crafts – Terrariums

A fun way to bring the beauty of nature indoors and decorate your home, office, etc., is to make a terrarium. You can get very creative using various natural items to make cute little terrariums, and they are very easy and you can even get the kids involved in these fun projects. Below are some examples and ideas to give you some inspiration.

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Lets Craft: Terrific Terrariums – Modern Mom


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Terrarium Craft – This Mama Loves


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Lightbulb Terrarium – The Hipster Home


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Make an Indoor Terrarium for Kids – She Knows


Nature Crafts – Botanical Bookmarks

It’s great to have a pretty and creative bookmark to keep your place in your favorite book.  Now that Spring is here and flowers and herbs are lush, you can use your creativity to make a lovely bookmark using nature’s bounty.  It’s very simple and fun and if you have kids, they’ll enjoy getting into the project too.


So if you’re an herb and flower lover, here are some easy DIY bookmark projects to inspire you.