Concrete Bird Bath

Since I’ve been working so hard on my new vegetable and herb patch recently, it is now time for a little decoration. Because I want to really take a vacation in my own garden this summer.

You can also paint the little bird bath as you like, if you want to have a little more color in the garden.

What You Need

  • Concrete / cement
  • 2 plastic bowls (1 large, 1 small)
  • Plastic cup
  • Stirring stick
  • Water
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint or lacquer

Anyone who has never worked with cement or concrete should simply start a little test. It is best to first touch the ratio of powder and water that is written on the packaging.

I’ve had the best results with regular cement and not flash cement. Especially with larger molds I didn’t manage to stir the cement properly before it started to harden. And then, unfortunately, this mass could no longer be poured nicely. So I got the nice white cement. You can paint the concrete or cement at the end as you wish.

Mix your cement or concrete as described on the package.

Then pour the mass into the large bowl and press the small bowl in the middle or positioned slightly to the side into the concrete. Make sure that there is a concrete edge at the bottom and at the edges.

Gently knock the large bowl on the table to let air bubbles escape.

It is best to let the bird bath dry overnight. The next day you should remove them from the shells.

Sand bumps smooth with the sandpaper.

If you want, you can paint the bowl with a glossy, transparent varnish or with acrylic paint.

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DIY Wrapped Geometric Hanging Lamp

I have a really great new project that I really want to show you today. Once again I have a chance to build a new lamp.

In my latest lamp project, I wrapped a lampshade with macrame cords.

Material for the wrapped hanging lamp

  • Lampshade wire frame diamond shape
  • 3 meters of textile cable
  • Protective contact plug
  • Large socket, matching the lampshade (black in retro look)
  • Beige macrame cord
  • Yellow macrame cord
  • Scissors
  • LED bulb (large socket)
  • Hooks for hanging on the ceiling / wall

To connect:

  • screwdriver
  • pincers
  • possibly wire strippers

DIY wrapped lamp: here’s how

I chose a macrame cord that you can also find in the craft store next to the macrame material. It is important that it is nice and round and a little thicker and does not fluff like wool, for example. So the result looks nice and tidy. Remember that a very thin cord will take much longer to wrap than a thicker one.

Tie the cord to the top of one of the vertical rods of the lampshade. Now wrap the rope all around the lampshade and put a loop around each pole.
Work your way through from top to bottom.

Since the entire ball is too big and bulky to squeeze completely through the tight wire rods, I cut it into pieces and wound it into individual balls.
When the first ball is over, you just knot another piece to it and continue winding. It is best to cut the piece off so that the knot can be hidden behind a rod. If you have to put several knots, make sure that all knots are on the same side afterwards. So you can simply turn this side towards the wall afterwards.

When you are done with the first color of the cord, simply knot the end at the bottom.
Then you continue to wind the lower piece of the lampshade with the yellow cord. Knot this cord at the end as well, push the knot to the inside and cut it off.

Now the cable can be connected to the plug and the socket. Leave the connection of the lamp to a qualified electrician so that you do not take any unnecessary risks and your lamp meets the safety standard. Optionally, you can also have a switch connected to the cable.

Now screw the socket into the lampshade and screw the LED bulb into it. Hang the lamp on a hook on the ceiling or wall.

How do you like it?

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DIY Concrete Lamp Without Pouring

I actually wanted to cast a concrete lampshade a long time ago. The problem with the implementation, however, is that it also has to be very stable and at the same time the weight must not be too heavy for assembly. But I’ve now also found the best solution for this. A concrete lamp without having to pour the concrete!

DIY concrete lamp without pouring

The solution to these problems can easily be found in the craft store. There is a concrete effect paste and matching concrete effect colors that are very light and with which you can achieve a great concrete effect.

Material for the concrete lamp

And so you create the concrete lamp

1. Clean the lampshade well beforehand and then apply the concrete paste in several layers one after the other. I applied the first layer with a wide brush. Later layers with a spatula.
2. Let the concrete dry out after one layer and then sand it a little smooth before you apply the second layer. Sand the last layer a little smoother. But you can also leave the lamp a little more rustic and coarse if you find this nicer.
3. So that the concrete effect gets more depth and looks more realistic, you then dab the dark and light concrete color here and there in different places on the lamp with the sponge. You can blur the whole thing as you find it most beautiful. Then let everything dry well again.
4. For an extra nice effect, I painted the inside of the lamp with copper paint. Depending on the color, you may need several layers of paint for this.

After drying, the lamp is ready to be hung.

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DIY Garden Cushion

Today I’m going to show you my favorite multifunctional DIY for the summer: A DIY garden cushion with table function.

This is what you need for a DIY garden cushion

  • A piece of chipboard or wood approx. 60 × 60 cm
  • Foam (three 5cm thick layers used – also approx. 60 × 60 cm – you can get it by the meter on the Internet)
  • Oilcloth (one piece 100 × 100 cm and one piece 65 × 65 cm – you can also order by the meter)
  • Hand stapler with staples
  • Scissors and craft knife

Material tip: You can also use solid fabric for indoors – for the garden cushion it was important to me that it is washable and does not absorb moisture directly!

This is how it’s done – DIY garden pillows

First cut the foam to match your piece of wood with the craft knife.

Then also cut the fabric or the oilcloth. Place the 100 × 100 cm piece with the beautiful side down on the floor or on a table. Place the foam sheets on top of each other in the middle. The piece of wood comes all the way to the top.

Then insert the staples into the hand stapler and adjust it accordingly. With the hand stapler that I used, you can, for example, set how much power the stapler should use.

Start on one side, pull up the oilcloth, fold the edge once and then staple it tightly along the entire side to the wood. Then do the same on the opposite side. It is best to work in pairs – so one can hold the fabric tight.

On the other two sides you have to fold the corners a little bit nicely. Then you can also staple the sides on top of the wood.

Finally, put the 65×65 cm piece of oilcloth on the wood. Fold the edge back under and staple the oilcloth all around. Pay particular attention to creating nice corners. So your pillow will have a neat back that you can use as a table!

Ready – now you can relax in the garden!

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DIY: Pallet Decor

Today I will show you a pallet decor tutorial with which you can easily beautify your  garden or apartment. From a simple pallet, we quickly conjure up a huge candlestick that can also be easily turned into a small shelf. So multi-functional, we love that!

DIY Pallet Decor

The pallet decor is once again one of my wedding DIY projects. We used the pallets to set up candles and lanterns in front of the location and also as a lateral separation from the DJ stage. It shouldn’t fall off! The beautiful things are of course much too good to throw away and that’s why they are now getting their second chance as patio decorations with my parents. Decorated to match the season. In the photos you can see the autumn variant. Ready for the tutorial? Here we go!

Pallet Decor- What You Need

  • A pallet, of course
  • A couple of boards and screws
  • White paint and brush
  • Cordless drill and saw
  • Decoration

How to do it

Step 1: Paint. Depending on where you found your pallet, you may have to clean it a little first. We decided on every second board and painted it with a light brush. This creates the popular shabby-chick look and the wood still shimmers through.

Step 2: Sawing . Now look for two boards and place them across the pallet. Mark the protruding end and saw the boards to the correct length.

Step 3: Screws. Lay the first board flat on the pallet and screw it down. You can then easily place the second board on the first board and screw it on. Now it floats like a shelf in front of the pallet. To be on the safe side, you can also drill through the pallet into the board again from behind.

Step 4: Decorating . There are no limits to your imagination. Just get started.


Of course you can not only use the finished product as a candlestick but also use the pallet decor tutorial to build a small shelf with the same technology. Simply screw a few more shelves onto the pallet. Then you can use the pallet as a piece of furniture, for example to present your cookbooks nicely!

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DIY: Make Your Own Fabric Hearts

Our DIY fabric hearts are real all-rounders and also look good everywhere. Just as a decorative heart, as a wedding decoration, pew decoration and maybe soon even on the Christmas tree. And best of all: They are very easy to make and we’ll show you how too!

DIY Fabric Hearts

The fabric hearts are actually a wedding DIY, because they were created when I was looking for modern, and above all not too expensive pew jewelry. I didn’t like the typical wedding arrangements and a lot of what you get on the Internet was just too expensive for me. So I just made a prototype myself and was so satisfied with it that I went into series production. For the church we attached flowers to the heart and it looked like this:

After the church, the hearts wandered straight to our location on the wall and now they are waiting here with me to be used on the Christmas tree or are already decorating the walls of friends.

Here is a unfortunately very shaky snapshot of the fabric hearts on the wall at the party.

Fabric hearts instructions

The hearts are very easy to make, even without much sewing experience. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew by hand.

What You Need

Paper and pen

  • Linen fabric
  • Fiberfill
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Satin ribbon
  • needle and thread

. . . that’s how it works

First decide how big your hearts should be and draw a template on paper or cardboard. The heart doesn’t have to look perfect and even, a little crooked and crooked also has a lot more charm. I painted the heart a bit elongated because I find that particularly beautiful.

Now it’s time to cut out. Always double, one of which is mirror-inverted so that everything fits together and don’t forget that you have to add seam allowances. How much also depends on the size of your hearts. With 1 cm you won’t do anything wrong and you can still cut back afterwards.

Then put the hearts right sides together. The satin ribbon as a hanger belongs in between, in such a way that the ends look out between the layers of fabric at the top in the middle of the heart. Pin everything and sew the layers of fabric together except for a small opening. Now all you have to do is cut back the seam allowance, turn the hearts, stuff with polyfill and close the opening, and the hearts will look pretty nice.

To top it off, sew on a few buttons. I always used one to three buttons, just a few more for an extra large heart. If you don’t want to attach flowers to the heart, you’re done now. If you don’t want to do without the flowers, simply pull two threads through the back in different places. This can then be used to tie a flower stem. You can simply pull the threads again if you want to use the heart without a flower.

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DIY: Wall Coat Rack

It’s high time to dig out the toolbox again! Today there is a DIY for making your own wardrobe rack.

Do you know the problems of too many scarves, too little space for bags or too little storage space for winter coats in summer and for summer things in winter? I just needed more cloakroom space. And after I came across these cute squirrel hangers in a shop, I couldn’t leave them lying around anyway. So let’s start with the tutorial make your own wardrobe rack. Without sawing and without danger.

What You Need

  • 5 nice hangers
  • 3 fastening hooks with small nails
  • 1 wooden board
  • Wood varnish
  • Paint roller
  • pencil
  • Screws for the hanger
  • Cordless screwdriver / screwdriver
  • 3 dowels and matching screws

First of all, of course, you have to find nice hangers:

There are really many furniture stores or flea market stalls where you can get beautiful wall hooks.

Then you just go to the hardware store and buy a simple, untreated, light-colored wooden board. Mine was 15cm x 70cm.

I used a light blue, non-glossy wood varnish for coloring. Carefully and neatly apply a layer of paint with a paint roller. I only left it with one layer so that the structure of the wood still shines through nicely. You can of course also dye it opaque. If you don’t have untreated wood, you should degrease it first and smoothen it well with sandpaper before painting the board. Let the board dry for a few hours to a day. Depending on how many layers of paint you apply.

Then the positions for the coat hooks on the front are determined and marked with a pencil. Then immediately determine the position of the fastening hooks on the back. Be careful that they are invisible after hanging, but rather disappear behind the board.

And now you can attach the hooks on the back. Then screw the hangers on the front.

Your own self-made, individual wall coat rack is ready!

Don’t screw yourself up in your leg!

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