15 ways to make a DIY vertical gardenA vertical garden can be a perfect solution for a small porch, apartment, or any other space-limited space that needs a little sprucing up. You can build one to plant herbs, succulents, flowers or whatever else you want to use to bring a little greenery to your space. And if you create one indoors you can enjoy your garden year round! Here are 15 Easy Ways to Make a Vertical Garden to inspire you and give you ideas on how to can customize the perfect vertical garden for your home.

diy vertical garden with drip watering system by houseful of handmade

Build a large vertical garden for herbs and plants that includes a drip watering system.


diy vertical gardenRepurpose an old ladder an some galvanized buckets to create this rustic vertical garden.


tower garden

Give your garden some modern style by creating this unique DIY Tower Garden.


Repurpose an old shutter then add hooks and small buckets to create this whimsical vertical garden for succulents.


Build this amazing DIY Vertical Garden Wall Planter using cedar boards and french cleats.


diy wall planterOld wire shelving is the perfect material to repurpose to make this modern DIY Living Wall Planter.


vertical herb garden planter

Use some boards and metal brackets to create this amazing rustic Vertical Herb Garden Planter.


tiered garden planterWith lumber, lattice and corner braces you can make this beautiful DIY Tiered Garden Bed.


Make a chic DIY Vertical Plant Hanger with a board and some terra cotta plants.


hanging herb garden

Make a Custom Potted Hanging Herb Garden for any room of your house.


pvc pipe vertical planterCreate this unique colorful vertical garden using PVC pipes.


Build this rustic DIY Wooden Hanging Planter to hold any number of plants or succulents.


Make this simple and pretty DIY Wall Planter Ladder and add gorgeous flowers to any fence.


Build this tall and skinny DIY Vertical Planter with a strong base and fun, colorful pots.


Use a rustic old ladder and make this lovely DIY Vertical Ladder Flower Garden.


I hope you loved these ideas and found inspiration on how you can create something similar for your home. Comment and let me know what you think! Which is your favorite?

Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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Living blinds

Make Your Own “Living Blinds”

Looking for privacy or a way to decorate dormer windows? Look no further, because today I’m going to show you how to make these bohemian style living blinds!

I have two dormers in my house and styling them is a challenge because the space is so small.  Rather than try to fill the nook with furniture, I decided to play off their best feature, the east facing window.  Let the light in and let my hungry houseplants soak up the early morning sun while also creating a bit of privacy.

Living blinds are what I am calling custom-made shelves attached directly to a window frame or dormer.  They are best in windows that require some, but not a lot, of privacy. They are also great for spaces that don’t need blackout coverage.  The beauty of these living blinds is that you can add or subtract plants depending on how much light you want to let in, and you can swap out plants for different seasons to keep your décor fresh.


  • 1×6 pine or other finished board (enough for the desired number of shelves plus supports)
  • Screws
  • Sand paper
  • Plants.  Lots of ‘em!


  • Tape measure
  • Rubber mallet
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Stud finder


Step 1- Determine shelf placement

This is important, and what you should NOT do is divide your window into thirds and attach your shelves there.  Instead, think about your plants (tall, short and in between), the privacy you are creating, and also the design of your window.  The best way to do this is hold up a few plants and mark where you think they look the best.

Now, measure the distance between the wall or window frame at each location you want to place a shelf.  Measure each shelf location independently because your window frame may not be a uniform width from top to bottom.  For example, my window is almost 3/4 of an inch wider at the top than the bottom.

Step 2: Cut and prepare your shelves and supports

Cut the 1×6’s to the length of the measurements.  Be exact so the shelves fit tightly between the walls or window frame.  The remaining 1×6 will be cut to make your supports. Cut 1/2 inch thick pieces off the 1×6. Cut enough so you have two supports for each shelf.

Materials on chair

I only ended up using supports on my top shelf because I utilized the trim attached to my wall as the support for the middle shelf, and I attached the bottom shelf directly to the windowsill.  You’ll need to determine what is best for your window.

It’s a good idea to sand and paint your shelves and supports before attaching them to your window.

Step 3- Place your shelves

Place your top shelf and level it.  Leave enough space between the shelf and the window so you can open and shut the window easily. 1½ inches between the window and the back edge of the shelves should be sufficient space. Draw a line under the shelf from front to back on both sides.  Now remove the shelf so you can attach the supports.

Use a stud finder to locate a stud at any point along the lines you just drew.  Ideally, this is where you will screw your support to the wall.  If you don’t have any studs, you’ll need to use wall anchors to attach your support pieces.  Align your support to the line, pre-drill, and screw to the wall.

Follow the same steps for your remaining shelves.  Use a rubber mallet to tap your shelves into place.  My shelves were so tight between the two walls that I didn’t need to nail or glue the shelves to the supports, but if you have even the tiniest bit of wiggle room, I would recommend using a bead of adhesive or small nails to secure the shelf to the wood supports.

Tip: Dab a little bit of paint on the the screw heads after they are in place and they will be nearly invisible.

I placed my last shelf directly on top of my windowsill with two screws.  If you don’t like the idea of drilling into your windowsill, you could place your bottom shelf above the sill or just use adhesive.

Now add your plants and admire your hard work!

Suggestions for Plant Placement:

Small plants and succulents are great on the top shelf.  Vines and cascading plants are perfect for the top two rows to provide more window coverage. And don’t be afraid to mix in a few faux plants as well…  can you tell which ones aren’t real?

Hi!  I’m Lara, the creator of The Unprofessional blog and YouTube channel. I am an aspiring handy-woman with little to no experience building, tiling, landscaping, demolishing, and what have you.  I’ve drilled holes in the wrong places, cut on the wrong lines and stripped more screws than I care to count.  And yet, I’m on my way to customizing my home, project by project.  I believe you can do pretty much anything with a few good tools, a stack of wood and a half-baked

I like to find challenges and solve them with my miter saw. When my 3-year-old son complained that he couldn’t reach the picnic table, I designed an easy-to-build folding booster seat perfect for camping trips and beer gardens. When the low ceilings in my cape cod wouldn’t accommodate a bulky barn door, I found an alternative approach to turn any interior door into a space-saving barn door. I love to share these solutions with others in hopes that the empowerment and love of power
tools spreads.

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Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains

Do you know what a rain chain is? They are an attractive alternative to those boring downspouts connected to our home’s gutters. Downspouts are incredibly beneficial since they help direct the draining of water during a rain storm. But, let’s be frank, unless they are gorgeous copper round downspouts, they don’t look great. But, did you know there’s a more beautiful solution? Ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to be wowed.

Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains

What do you think about those pretty rain chains instead of a downspout? Love them? What if I told you it is possible to make your own rain chains using various materials that you may have lying around the house.

Here are 21 awesome DIY Rain Chains you can make!

how to make a beautiful copper rain chain

Make a beautiful copper rain chain with leaf shaped pieces cut from thin sheet metal.

stock tank and rain chain by joes happy hour

Create this tranquil and pretty outdoor water feature using a stock tank and rain chains.

copper ring diy rain chain

Make this copper ring DIY Rain Chain using copper tubing.

diy mini pot rain chain

Use mini terracotta pots to create this fun DIY Ombre Rain Chain.

diy cookie cutter rain chain

Add some whimsy to your yard with this DIY Cookie Cutter Rain Chain.

copper wire and stone DIY rain chain

Use copper tubing and stones to make this beautiful, natural rain chain.

galvanized buckets into rain chain

Turn these cute galvanized buckets into a DIY Bucket Rain Chain.

Dollar General Rain Chain buckets

If your budget is tight, consider making this DIY Plastic Cup Rain Chain.

glass and copper diy rain chain

Learn how to make this stunning DIY Glass and Copper Rain Chain.

DIY Funnel rain chain

Make this DIY Funnel Rain Chain using aluminum funnels and chain.

bent silverware rain chain

Repurpose old silverware by bending it and creating this funky DIY Silverware Rain Chain.

succulent rain chain

Do you love succulents? Add more to your life by making a DIY Copper Rain Chain Succulent Planter.

vintage spoons rain chain

Wire vintage spoons together to make this DIY Bent Spoon Homemade Rain Chain.

watering can rain chain

Create a fun and bright rain chain for your garden using dollar store watering cans.

plastic yogurt cup rain chain

Have kids help you show your love for the environment by creating this DIY Reused Plastic Yogurt Cup Rain Chain.

Create a Key Rain Chain with a large collection of old keys.

shower hook rain chain

Use old shower hooks to create this DIY Hook Rain Chain. 

neon zip ties rain chain

Have extra zip ties lying around the house? Create this amazing Neon Zip Tie Rain Chain.

tart tins and colored glass beads rain chain

Add whimsy to your yard by creating this DIY Tart Tin Rain Chain with colorful glass beads.

polished stone rain chain

Drill through polished stone to create this amazing DIY Polished Stone Rain Chain.

wrapped rock rain chain

Finally, here’s another Wire Wrapped Rock Rain Chain that would be gorgeous and easy to make.

I hope you loved this collection of ideas to make your own Rain Chain! Do you have other ideas for creating a beautiful rain chain for your home or garden?  I’d love to hear it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains

Make Your Own DIY Rain Chains
Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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Awesome DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces

One great way to enjoy more time outdoors is to make your outdoor spaces useful, attractive, and functional! Here are 46 Awesome DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces that will help you to create a personalized oasis on your property. Some are so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them.

Diy living wall planter by pretty handy girl
Make a beautiful Living Wall Planter on a fence or porch wall.


How to Build Rot Resistant Raised Planter Bed
Rot-Resistant Raised Planter Beds are a great way to get your garden started!


How to Build a Scalloped Planter Box Centerpiece

Scalloped Planter Box Centerpiece would be a beautiful addition to a patio table.


Outdoor Planter From an Ice Bucket

Make your own Planter from an Ice Bucket to display beautiful flowers on your porch.


DIY Patio Umbrella Utensil Station

 This Utensil Holder for patio umbrella is a great addition when hosting a party!


DIY mini PlantersThese Mini Planters would work on any table or small outdoor shelf.


How to Build a Beer GardenMake an Outdoor Beer Garden to add some fun to your next party!


How to Build a Wood Storage Shed

Build a Wood Storage Shed and enjoy s’mores around your fire pit without looking for more wood.


DIY Marble Toss Game

This Marble Toss Game would entertain the kids during your next outdoor party!


Dressing up a Patio TableDress Up a Patio Table for your next brunch.


Turning a Bed Frame into a Patio Bench

Turn a Bed Frame into a Patio Bench and curl up with a good book outside.


DIY Firepit and Seating

Create an amazing Firepit and Outdoor Seating space to entertain all year long.

DIY Fence Trellis

A Fence Trellis is a gorgeous way to turn those climbing plants into art.


DIY Giant Mandala Tattoo for Deck

This Giant Mandala Tattoo is a unique way to beautify your deck.


How to Build Adirondack Chairs from Scratch

Use these Adirondack Chair Plans for more outdoor seating.


DIY Gravel Patio

Install a Gravel Patio for a great seating spot!.


Build a Porch Swing with Pallet Wood

This Porch Swing from Pallet Wood is a perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of every season.

Install Concrete Paver Edging

Install Concrete Paver Edging around your flower beds.


Create Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen

A Living Wall Lattice Privacy Screen provides beauty and some privacy from your neighbors.


How to build a Raised Garden with Cucumber Trellis

Build Garden Bed with Cucumber Trellis to keep your plants healthy and productive.


Air Conditioner Screen from Pallets

An Air Conditioner Screen from Pallets will hide that hideous—but oh so necessary—appliance.


How to Install Low Voltage Landscape lights

Learn how to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lights along your walks for nighttime lighting.


How to Install your own Sprinkler System

A DIY Sprinkler System can keep your landscaping thriving.


DIY Washer Toss Game

This Washer Toss Game would be fun at your next barbecue!


Little Red Wagon Planter

A Little Red Wagon Planter is a cute feature in any garden.


How to Tile a Small TABLETOP

Tile a Small Tabletop to add a pretty table to your patio.


Painting Metal Patio Chairs

Re-Painting Metal Patio Chairs handles rust and keeps them fresh and new.


No Sew Patio Tablecloth with Umbrella Hole

A No Sew Tablecloth for Table with Umbrella will come in handy every night of the week.


Scrap Wood Planter Box

Scrap Wood Planter Boxes are quick and easy projects to make for your flowers.


Repurpose Vintage Milk Jug into Side Tables

Repurpose Vintage Milk Jugs into Side Table for a farmhouse addition to your porch.


Tips to Create Knock Out Container Gardens | Pretty Handy Girl

Tips for Creating Knock Out Container Gardens will come in very handy this year.


DIY Yard Dice

Make DIY Yard Dice and have fun rolling them with the kids.

MORE DIY projects for outdoor spaces

How to Build a Solid Gate

Learn How to Build a Rock Solid Gate and keep the dogs in or people out.


Tall Cedar Planter by Jaime Costiglio

Make some DIY Tall Fence Planters for just $10 each, they’ll look modern and sleek in your landscaping!


How to Fix Window and Door Screens

Knowing How to Fix Window and Door Screens will save you lots of money.


Inspiration for Backyard Landscaping

Check out this post for Inspiration for Backyard Landscaping this year.


DIY Large Farmhouse Planter by PinSpiredto DIY

Create a gorgeous Large Farmhouse Style Planter  for your back deck.


Make a Grown Up Swing Set

Kids grown up? Make a Grown Up Swing Set and have more fun than the kids.


Marimekko Decorative Tin Can Planters by Pillar Box Blue

Add some gorgeous color to your patio by making these Easy Upcycled Marimekko Tin Can Planters.


Build a pergola with Trellis Screens

Build a Pergola with Trellis Screens to hide your trash cans and add beauty to your walkway.


Easy Solar Light Stand DIY

Easy Solar Light Stands creates an inviting spot and they will keep those solar lights from falling over.


DIY Rolling Plant Caddy Tutorial

Build a Rolling Plant Caddy so you don’t have to lift your heavy planters.


DIY Recover Outdoor Pillows

Save money by learning how to Recover Outdoor Pillows and add some comfort to your outdoor space.


DIY Concrete Wood Planter

A DIY Concrete and Wood Planter is a modern and sleek way to hold succulents for your porch or deck.


DIY Outdoor Dining Bench

This Indoor/Outdoor Dining Bench is perfect for some quick and easy seating.


DIY Hose Hiding Planter by Jaime Costiglio

Make a DIY Hose Hiding Planter to keep your landscaping looking sharp.

I hope you loved this roundup of DIY Projects for Outdoor Spaces! Which was your favorite? Share in the comments!

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If you liked this list of outdoor ideas, you’ll love these beautiful Dreamy Screen Porches:

DIY Screen Porch Makeovers

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Creative Ways to Decorate with Red, White, and Blue

July 4th is right around the corner. If you like to decorate for the 4th, try using red, white, and blue primary colors to give a patriotic vibe to your home. Red, white, and blue are also perfect for a classic and bright style. This trio of colors enable you to use different prints and textures together. Here are 26 creative ways to decorate with red, white and blue!

Red and Blue Star Pillows are great decorations and they look wonderful year-round.


Add blue to your kitchen with this Quick Cutting Board Makeover.


Red File Cabinet Makeover using Chalk PaintThis File Cabinet Makeover using Chalk Paint is a gorgeous way to add red to your room.


Fingerprinted Envelope Star PillowThese Fingerprint Star Pillows rock the muted red and blue. Plus, the piping adds some elegance.


made in usa star shirtsDecorate yourself as much as your home with these Made in USA Star Shirts.


 refinished furniture in blue tones

Learn to Update Furniture Like a Pro using paint in blue tones, glaze, and wax.


Who says you can’t stain a bed blue! Learn how to make this awesome loft bed.


Pine Aqua Dresser MakeoverGive your Pine Dresser a Blue Aqua makeover to breathe new life into old furniture.


Add Colors to an Old Dresser by painting just the drawer fronts. For something extra see what was done to the sides.


tub storage benchMake a useful Red Tub Storage Bench to brighten up any room and provide extra storage.

faux cross stitch tea towelMake this Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel
 to add red and white accents to your farmhouse kitchen.


Create a fun Reading Nook for your kids using these primary blue and white striped curtains and accent with red tones.


backlit bookcaseMake this Blue Bookcase and learn how to add some backlighting for a cool effect at night.


red hand painted monogrammed ornamentsUse a little red ribbon to add a special touch to these Hand-Painted Monogrammed Ornaments.


Patriotic Denim Bunting TutorialThis Patriotic Denim Bunting Tutorial is great for summertime when you’re going for a festive red, white, and blue theme.


hanging bead flower vasesUse different elements like red and white flowers, plus blue beads to make Hanging Beaded Glass Flower Vases.


Make a decorative red barn doorA Red Decorative Barn Door can stay up all year-round and be decorated with a variety of seasonal decor items.


Patriotic Summer MantelDuring summer use this amazing red, white and blue Decorative Patriotic Mantel for inspiration.


twig star decorationsMake your own whimsical White Twig Star Decorations.


Blue Bench CushionUse blue fabrics to update your furniture with this tutorial to make a Bench Cushion With Piping.


diy art summer blueMake your own Blue DIY Art with this fun paper and the sun!


wool roses on a stemRed Wood Roses on a Stem can add a red accent anywhere in your home.


blue window resin artPaint an old window in a tone of blue to create this Dream Big Butterfly Window to your wall decor.


DIY Decorative MushroomsAdd small elements of red to your plants like little Red Decorative Mushrooms.


dry erase message board from a cabinet doorUse red when upcycling a cabinet door into a Dry Erase Message Board.


Don’t let winter stop you, create a garden flag using red, white, and blue fabric paint on a placemat. Create your own design  patriotic design!

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Check out these 26 creative ways to decorate with Red, White and Blue for some inspiration for bold and bright home decor.

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Decorating Ideas for an Outdoor Garden PartyOutdoor Garden Patio Party Decorating Ideas | Pretty Handy Girl


How to Decorate Series: Color Harmony in DecoratingHow to Choose Color Harmonies | Pretty Handy Girl

Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Read all of Sheri’s tutorials.

~Find more of Sheri’s projects here ~