How to Gold Leaf… via Thrift Store Swap

This is a fun set of reveals that I’m going to share over two different DIY posts! The first post will show you how to Gold Leaf!… how to prep, apply, seal, and even glaze gold leaf!…

Early in the new year I joined a group of bloggers to do a Thrift Store Swap! What’s a Thrift Store Swap you ask!?…

Basically we each found items at a thrift shop to send onto another member of the group and we had to relove whatever we received, that someone else picked out for us!  We gave ourselves a month to repurpose the items and now we’re all sharing what we received and what we turned those items into!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The items I picked up to ship onto one of the swap members, Sammi, were these darling black and gold storage containers (I would have liked to have kept them!)… and a collection of metal pails… along with a couple that I’d had on hand myself in my stash already! To see what Sammi has created from her swap items be sure to check out her reveal post over on her blog!

Thrift Store Swap

The items that came to me, all the way from jolly ol’ England, were theses great hand turned wooden goblets with spindle tops, and a great piece of light canvas… when I unfold the canvas I discovered that it was a curtain panel!… These wood goblets were the perfect candidates to become gilded succulent holders! The light canvas curtain!? to see what that will become be sure to check back in a few days for that second reveal an DIY!Continue Reading

Faux Fur Wine Bottle Holder DIY

I love a little faux fur… Its a great way to add warmth and whimsy to your everyday!…  so I created this muppet looking faux fur wine bottle holder and tutorial to share with you… it would be a fun hostess gift for the next dinner party you attend, or perhaps even a fun GALentines present for your bestie and a fun girls night in this coming Valentines day!… There are so many variations of fur that you can get from realistic to downright muppet looking…

Let’s get right to it. For this DIY you will need:

Faux Fur and matching thread – we will cut a 10.5″ x 16.5″ rectangle and a circle with a 10.5″ circumference

Bottom Circle Pattern – download here – print out at full size and trace out then cut out a faux fur circle to use as the bottom of your wine bottle holder

Ribbon – to tie the holder around the neck of the bottle.  I worked with a 20″ piece… if you find it is too long after you can trim the ends to your preferred lengths

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Scissors

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Sewing Machine

Sewing Needle

Wine

This faux fur wine bottle holder was made for your standard size bottle of wine… if you choose to make this for a champagne bottle or any other larger bottles you may have to increase the size of your rectangle and bottom circle. The width dimension of the faux fur rectangle is 10.5″ and the height of the rectangle is 16.5″

There is a trick to cutting faux fur… You don’t want to snip away the fur, so after you’ve marked on your rectangle for cutting, use scissors to cut the pieces out… BUT when you cut the fabric have the backside of the fabric up and cut only the fabric back letting the lower blade of the scissors slide between the fur.

Once your rectangle and circle are cut pin those pieces together… decide if you want your fur going up or down… whichever direction you decide will determine the bottom of your faux fur wine bottle holder… Start the first pin 1/4″ in from the rectangle edge.

When pinning pieces of faux fur together work slowly and push the faux fur down and inside/away from the edge… this will ensure that your fur doesn’t get trapped in the sewn seam…

Working all the way around the circle pin the faux fur wine bottle hold bottom into place… We’ll deal with the vertical seam shortly… the faux fur is pretty forgiving so this will work up nicely.

For the sizes of piece cut for this faux fur wine bottle holder I worked with a 1/4″ seam allowance… its just nice and easy to use the edge of the presser foot as the guide I find 🙂

Start sewing the circle 1/4″ away from the edge of the rectangle and stop 1/4″ away from the other edge when you get around to it. Sewing the thick fabric pieces together can be a little tedious but just work slowly… you’ll be all around the circle in no time…

Once you’re around the circle remove the bottom pins and then pin up the open vertical edges of the faux fur wine bottle holder…

Now as you work up the side don’t forget to pin your ribbon tie into place!…

Fold your ribbon in half… and tuck the tails inside of the faux fur tube… the tails go inside now so that when the wine bottle holder is turned right side out the ribbon tails are right where they need to be… below you can see that the ribbon fold is up through the pinned edge of the faux fur wine bottle holder.

For the dimension here I placed the ribbon at about 13.5″ up the side… depending on where the neck of your bottle starts you can adjust this dimension to suit your bottle!

Once everything is pinned into place sew up the side using your 1/4″ seam allowance.

Once all is sewn and threads are trimmed turn that sucker right side out!

There you have it! Your sewn wine bottle holder with ribbon tie!… but wait!…

…if you wish to leave the cut edge at the top it will hold and not fray BUT if you want to kick it up a notch and give it a special finishing touch I recommend hand stitching the top edge back down to the inside of the faux fur wine bottle holder… This creates a finished edge and makes your work look pro.

…you don’t have to fold over and sew down much… just the edge that you can pickup with your needle… enough for the faux fur to fold over the top edge creating a full faux fur frenzy right to the top of your faux fur wine bottle holder!

Here is a bottle of the Canadian Red Rooster Winery Red Cab Merlot for one of my gal pals for galantines… a bottle of wine is a great gift… but look how fun it becomes when you pop it into a muppet faux fur wine bottle holder!

Or as mentioned this would be a fun wintery hostess gift kicked up a notch!…

Okay now get your tushies out to the nearest fabric shop to hunt down some faux fur for your very own wine bottle holders!…

And be sure to come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook page and share photos of your faux fur wine bottle holders with everyone over there! I can’t wait to see what fur and ribbon combinations you come up with… and to hear about the gift giving occasion you used it for!… AND to hear about the reaction to your lovely handmade gift!

CHEERS BABES! 

Oh and if you enjoyed this DIY be sure to subscribe to receive these blog posts right to your inbox when I hit publish by popping your email address into the box in the right hand column at the top of this page! And if you want to pin with me come on over to the FMN page on Pinterest! See you there babes!

xx

Lacey

Loving Local Gift Guide…

I just had to share a local gift guide… There are so many great local products… most of these are from Calgary with a few being from further west… as you know buying local supports our local makers and companies and helps our local economy thrive… if you’re a US reader then be sure to checkout out these great gift ideas because you’re getting some of the sweetest products for a sweet deal with the current exchange rate! 🙂

Feathering My Nest Love Local Gift Guide

1. Smash + Tess

The Sunday Romper ($86) It’s a Sunday Funday and what better way to celebrate than being comfortably chic? Oh… and maybe another round of mimosas 😉 You know what they say, “a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” Mission accomplished. This romper needs no zipper, no buttons… nor introduction – it’s that fabulous! It’s spacious, stylish, and fits in all the right places. Looking for a new staple item? Look no further. Ensure your loved ones are comfy and cozy this Christmas!

2. Lace Brick Design – Local Girl Brand

Mountain Girl Camping Mug ($32) The perfect accessory for the mountain loving girl in your life!… take it camping or enjoy it snuggled up this winter at home. With this MOUNTAIN Girl Camping Mug from LBD’s LOCAL GIRL BRAND, everyone will be sure to know that the recipient’s heart is rooted deeply in the soul of the mountains!

3. Heather Buchanan

Enamel Lapel Pins ($9.50 ea) Local artist Heather Buchanan, known for her hilarious Bad Puns, has created a cheeky collection of enamel pins.  From slice of pizza, to Dorito, egg on toast, to boob, cactus and taco! Young or old, who wouldn’t want to wear either of these around!?

4. Drizzle Raw Local Honey

Drizzle Raw Honeycomb ($28) is a rare, seasonal specialty that is 100% edible. It’s the rawest and healthiest form of Drizzle Honey, coming straight from their local hives. The light wax combs are filled with fresh honey and you can eat them directly with a spoon, in a smoothie or paired perfectly with cheese, fruit, meat and breads. Can you say om nom nom nom nom?! Well the recipient of this treat surely will be saying it!

5. Buttercream Clothing

Organic Scarf ($44) These top selling Buttercream Organic Scarves get snapped up as quickly as freshly baked cookies out of the oven! Made with organic cotton, the double cowl infinity scarves are such an easy piece to add some whimsy to your day. They’re 58’ long and 9’ wide and come in the most adorable designs. S N U G G L Y and darling!

6. Tribes + Society

Knot Bangle – Brass (from $40) From beginning to the end, and back to the beginning. A simple, delicate knot bangle, a reminder of the continuity of life, and beauty of tomorrow. Dainty, textured wire, wrapped in a knot and soldered into a bangle. Big enough to slip on, small enough to wear as a key piece, everyday. Perfectly delicate and lovely – I’m off to order one for myself 😉

7. By Lacey Janette

Point Ring ($35 ea) This lovely handmade jewellery comes in a variety of metals. You can also order custom pieces for additional cost… how about kicking it up a notch this Christmas is a custom piece for your loved one!?

Feathering My Nest Love Local Gift Guide For Her

8. Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.

Green Beans (from $12), Roasted Beans (from $18), Coffee Subscriptions (from $87) This company has heart and an immense love of coffee… you can even learn to roast the green beans yourself with guidance from their website!

The company found its inspiration over a percolated cup of coffee on a backpacking trip one morning in the rolling hills of Alberta. Since then, the company’s foundation continues to grow and evolve during backyard BBQs, weekend mountain adventures, and late nights under star-filled skies and scotch-filled glasses. Coffee has never sounded so romantic! Pour up a cup with your loved one and snuggle down for long winter!

9. Lamb’s Soap Works

Manly Man Soap Set ($24) These soap bars are the perfect gift for that special man in your life. Or treat yourself just because… This delicious set include 1 Tea Tree Eucalyptus Soap Bar Activated Charcoal, 1 Brown Ale Barley Soap Bar, and 1 Patchouli Hemp Seed Bar. Lamb’s Soap Works know that each and every product they put their heart and soul into creating, will end up being used on your skin – that‘s why Lamb’s only uses natural pure ingredients in all of their product lines. Because if their family wouldn’t use it, they don’t expect that yours would! Their natural products range from lip balms, to lotions, scrubs, soaks to soap… and every single one smells delicious!

10. Mammoth Beard Co.

Mammoth Beard oils ($25-30) are handcrafted in Canada with carefully selected ingredients, meaning you absolutely will not find any cheap filler oils, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives in any of their products. Their beard oils are available in two unique base formulas aimed at softening and strengthening beard hair, and conditioning the skin. With six unique scents to choose from (as well as unscented) there is a Mammoth Beard Oil for everyone. Have a bearded babe in your life?! This is the thing they’ve been missing!

11. Justine Ma

Mini Calm the F Down Wooden Flag ($15) How about a darling hand lettered wood flag to help you keep your love one’s reality in check 😉 nothing says love like a cheeky little gift for home or office to let them know you’re thinking of them when they’re feeling most aggravated!

12. Natura Soy

Man Candles ($23.95ea) Candles for the guys! Natura Soy Man Candles can transform any space into something more masculine and modern. A perfect addition to any man cave or bachelor pad. Settle back and relax to the mesmerizing crackle and flicker of the wood wick and true scents of nature (no flowers over here!). By swapping out all synthetic ingredients and perfume oils for pure plant-based ingredients that bring us back to what Mother Nature does best, Natura Soy’s hand poured soy candles will light up your everyday moments in the safest and most sustainable way possible.  

13. Friday Sock Co

Beltline Socks ($15) This design was inspired by the many different breakfast restaurants in Calgary’s beltline. Can you smell the coffee? The sizzling bacon and eggs? Nothing like starting your morning with soft combed cotton on your feet and a full belly. *These socks do not contain gluten. Friday Sock Co has a greta assortment of designs with new ones popping up all of the time!  They even have a sock subscription! Now that’s a gift that gives all year round!

Feathering My Nest Love Local Gift Guide For Him

14. Tamara Hackett

Mindful ABCs & Mindful 123 ($23 ea) Author, Illustrator, designer Tamara Hackett had created beautiful children’s books in an endeavour to connect with and teach her own children about gratitude, instincts, dreams… the big things. Her hope is to contribute to the tech-free moments of life to make them even better.  Tamara knows that life is about those moments, snuggles in pillows, conversations about happiness and dreams of flying with hummingbirds in the clouds. Give the gift of incredible moments with these sweetly illustrated and incredibly thoughtful books.

15. LouLouLollipop

The Silicone Donut Teether ($29.50) is Loulou LOLLIPOP’s signature teether loved by thousands of babies. This thing is so stinkin’ cute! You just can’t go wrong picking this up for any baby on your shopping list – they also have other adorable and hilarious shapes… everything from oreo cookies to french fries!

16. My Mila

Striped Flip Rim Toque ($20) The trendiest toques from newborn to adult!… be sure to checkout the darling baby harem pants as well… from newborn to 5T! Then lookout because you’ve just created the most fashionable little person with a gift from My Mila! Kick it up a notch and order one for everyone in the family for the ultimate adorbs factor 😉

17. Justine Ma

I <3 the Sh*t Outta You Onesie ($30) No description necessary for this bad boy!… OMG! It is so fu*kin’ awesome! Sizes 6M to 18M available for your darling bebe’s.

18. Snow Alligator

Model Kit ($25) – Calgary Tower, an easily recognizable part of Calgary’s skyline, is an iconic prairie monument and was created to honour the 100th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada (1867).   It is home to the highest 360° observation deck in the world!  The natural gas torch featured on the top of the tower was first lit in 1988 to celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics, and continues to be re-ignited for various special events today.

Model Kit ($25) – Grain Elevator’s are known throughout the prairies as sentinels that dotted the skyline.  They often had their community and operators name painted on the sides. These painted names would still appear on an elevator long after the town had either disappeared or been amalgamated into another community.  A grain elevator spelled prosperity for any town that was along the railroad.  Many of these cultural landmarks have been lost but some have thankfully survived.

All pieces are fully customizable! These model kids will give the little people hours of fun while they draw, paint, tape, and glue to create their own mini versions of local monuments.

Feathering My Nest Love Local Gift Guide For Littles

AAAAAAAND There you have it babes! A local gift guide collection of great gifty gifts that you can pickup locally or order online right meow! If I’ve missed some of YOUR fave local brands or goods leave me a comment below to tell me what/who and please share a link to their goodies so that everyone else can fall in love with them too!

xx

Lacey

That Time We Had Our House Cleaned by Mad Maids…

Between full time day job gigs and growing Feathering My Nest over the past two years we just don’t spend as much time keeping the house in order as we used to… Cleaning the house used to be the thing that I spent at least one full day a week working away on… Now the majority of my non day job gig hours goes into growing Feathering My Nest. I don’t even know how people with kids find the time to clean house! You are magical creatures! Are you already using Mad Maids!?

When the opportunity came up to collaborate with Mad Maids I literally jumped up and danced a jig {I’m from Newfoundland so I can jig}.  Seriously, knowing that a solid chunk of my time was going to be freed up from “chores” AND that someone else was going to do the deep cleaning for us!? YOU HAD ME AT HELLO! And talk about stars aligning… I was just mentioning to the Pickle about hiring in help to do a good Fall deep clean on our house to make it easier for us to keep the house in tip top shape over the winter! Now, not only am I experiencing the cleaning magic of Mad Maids but TWO lucky followers will also receive gift cards for Mad Maids service! AND I have a discount code for everyone compliments of Mad Maids! BAM BAM BAM!

A little about Mad Maids… Mad Maids is a locally owned {love local} cleaning company located in Calgary and Edmonton that started up in 2013…. the thing about Mad Maids that sets them apart from the rest is that they focus on thorough housekeeping mixed with the ease of modern technology. Mad Maids is the very first company in Alberta to offer online booking and flat-rate quotes. With Mad Maids you always know exactly what you’ll pay for the service and you don’t have to waste time scheduling home visits to get a quote. You can schedule a professional home cleaning in a quick 60 seconds over the computer. This quick book option is incredibly appealing to me… I don’t even like calling to order takeout so being able to setup the service with a few clicks was perfect!… and who has time to schedule a pre appointment to get a cleaning quote? 

…So along came cleaning time… I have to say I actually felt a little nervous having people over to clean… most people I know will always hustle to clean before friends come by or they’ll apologize “for the mess…” I’ve done this myself on many an occasion… BUT you don’t need to apologize.  We’re all human, no body is perfect… think about it – cleaning services exist for a reason!  You also don’t need to pre clean before cleaners arrive to clean your house. I asked Mallory, Mad Maids Owner about people feeling this way and she had this to say:

So this is a question we get ALL THE TIME! In many different variations but you can feel the same emotion/anxiety throughout that many people are hesitant to let anyone in to see their house at it’s worst. I want people to know that we don’t judge your home! We really have seen it all and we’re all human too, we’ve all had our homes get out of hand when life becomes busy – we know what it’s like! 
 
One task that many people assume they *have* to do is decluttering before their house gets professionally cleaned (and rightfully so as clutter does need to be moved so we can shine, polish, disinfect, etc to perfection). Any good cleaning service should move things out of the way to clean under them, but when clutter becomes too daunting clients ask themselves what is the point of hiring someone when they will have to scramble to put everything away beforehand. Many of our clients are professionals and busy parents that plainly just don’t have time for that – and for these clients we now offer an extra organizational service to our work that removes this added annoyance. This way you can leave your house in the state it’s in and we spend the time organizing the clutter for you, pickup toys, neatly tidy up your papers, not to mention doing laundry and any other small tasks that are needed. This way you can relax and you’ll come home to a truly clean home, no more laundry and knickknacks stuffed under the bed and in closets after cleanings 🙂
Okay, the only “pre-work” that I did was to purge my house… and this wasn’t to prepare for the cleaners… having Mad Maids coming over was just the push that I needed to get the annual Fall declutter done. Knowing that the house was going to be deep cleaned, it would be a great time to purge the kitchen cupboards and our closet. I love the feeling of an uncluttered closet, and overstuffed cupboards being lightened of items that we’ve not used for months upon months… I did a quick sweep of my kitchen cupboards and closets and created two piles, a donate pile and a consign pile… If you’re looking for a great place to consign gently used clothes in Calgary check out The Clothing Bar {another great local company}. 

Okay… Mad Maids arrived… I was home but you don’t need to be home for them to get their work done, Oh! and they’re pet friendly.

Two people came to clean!… what were they expecting to walk into!? I kid, I kid!  They send two cleaners to each job to ensure a speedy service.

They got right to it starting upstairs in the bathrooms and bedrooms after setting my built up oven dirt to soak… They changed the bed sheets as I had bedsheets out for myself to change the bed clothes! Score! Surfaces were cleaned, blinds were dusted, even the cat post received a solid vacuuming!

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They worked their way down through the house right out to the entryway and on out the door dusting, cleaning, scrubbing the whole way through the house.

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…before…

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…after…

Like I mentioned above, Mad Maids services are easy to book, it can be fully booked online… and the pricing structure is easy to understand!… the cleaning is based on number of bedrooms and that bedroom count corresponds to the typical size of kitchen and various living spaces in a home with X number of bedrooms!… there are add ons that you can do which are great time savers for you for just a little more… having a big party?! Book your deep clean and step it up a level (move in/out) to get your fridge and oven cleaned! BAM!… nothing like a freshly cleaned oven and fridge!

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…before…

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…after…

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I wanted to get the inside scoop for us, and because hiring in a cleaning service is new to me, so I spoke more with Mallory, Mad Maids owner. I asked Mallory for her top tips to share with you about how to make the most out of a cleaning service. Mallory said:

Upkeep between cleanings is a great topic and certainly something everyone needs to be thinking of when hiring a cleaning service! Off the top of my head for upkeep between cleanings the number one priority is routine. Routine, routine, routine. Instead of tackling everything all at once, we suggest doing some isolated cleaning for a minute or two here and there every afternoon or evening so it doesn’t feel like so much of a chore. Having a small task tied to a daily action is a great reminder and once this habit is developed it becomes second nature. Not to mention each task on it’s own only takes a second here and there rather then setting aside a large chunk of time for them every few days.
What are some examples of these isolated cleaning!? Mallory continued with:
 

Examples include putting dishes directly into the dishwasher after eating, hanging up towels directly after showering, giving the sink a quick wipe before washing your hands and throwing a load of laundry in as you get dressed/undressed for the day. 

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Since having Mad Maids in I give my bathroom sink and counter a quick wipe every night after I wash my face!… It’s such a small item but has such a large impact on making that space stay cleaner longer! Mallory continued with:

If you stick to a routine like this not only will you feel better and less overwhelmed day-to-day, you’ll also reduce the amount of grime dirt and dust that accumulates keeping that precious clean-home feeling we’ve left you with going for longer. As they say, clutter loves company! 

Are there any items that you recommend that we have on hand that help make upkeep a breeze?

Two items that help keep things simple with upkeep are a cordless stick vacuum, for small touchups here and there doing a quick check in corners or under furniture where dust bunnies hide out, and a toilet bowl clip or stick on gel pod to keep build up out of the toilet between Mad Maids visits.

Any final thoughts?

My last suggestion for busier households would be to have an all-hands-on-deck (including kids) cleaning spree every now and again for 10-15 minutes when things start to get a little messy. You can focus on the whole home or even just one room or task (such as dusting or floors). Put on some fun music and you’ll be amazed how much of an impact your family can make even with a short amount of time!

Chris and I have figured this out lately with laundry… it is so. much. quicker. when we tackle putting away laundry together and much more fun than slogging through the task alone!

Okay and now we’ve got a special treat for you!… Mad Maids is giving away a $200 gift card and a $50 gift card to two lucky Feathering My Nest followers! Head on over to the Feathering My Nest Instagram and find the giveaway post and follow the instructions there for your chance to win! All you have to do it follow Feathering My Nest and Mad Maids on instagram, tag a friend in YYC or YEG in the comments and you are entered to win!

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AND!… Mad Maids is offering a discount to Feathering My Nest followers who book a service before the end of November – Use Code FMN20 to receive $20 off your service!

Good luck to the contest entrants!… and now excuse me while I go and bask in the glory that is my sparkling abode! 😉

xx

Lacey

Succulent Book Planter

Have I got a conversation piece DIY for you! If you are a succulent lover… if you like getting crafty… then this DIY is for you!  Check out my succulent book planter!… Yep! Those are real live succulents planted in a real live book 😉  I’m sure this will raise the ire of staunch book lovers but let me assure you that I saved this book from the dump… its been given new life as a unique piece of home decor. Are you ready to make your very own succulent book planter?!  Get ready babies because it’s about to go down!…

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As always, start by gathering up the project supplies… for this DIY you’ll likely have a number of these things around the house already!… YAY YOU!… I do love a DIY that doesn’t involve buying ALL OF THE MATERIALS to make the thing…

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Hardcover book – I picked up this book for $1.00… yes $1.00 from a salvage shop

Tinfoil – who doesn’t have tinfoil kicking around the kitchen?

White glue

Paint brush

Pencil

Metal rular – metal works best when cutting with xacto knives… we’ll be pressing hard and the knife can cut into a plastic ruler

Xacto knife – I swapped out the normal silver metal blade for the heavier duty black metal blade

Freezer paper – one side is papery, one side is plasticky

Scissors

Activated Charcoal – you can get this at a plant shop or at the pet supply store in the fish section 😉

Pea Gravel

Soil

Succulents – these are so popular now I feel like you can find them everywhere… if you’re in Calgary I highly recommend you go scope out Plant in Inglewood

Moss/bark/rocks/shells – decorative items optional – these are to decorate the top of soil

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To get started I chose one of the first few pages of my hardcover book that I want to see as the top page for the rest of time… or for as long as I keep the planter around.

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This is where the tinfoil comes into play…  wrap the pages before the top page and the book cover in tinfoil to protect it while we tackle the next step.

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Using the white glue and paint brush apply glue to the page edges around the three sides of the book… a thin layer is all that you need. This will secure the pages together enough to hold the bulk of them together while you are cutting down through the book. Try to be careful not to glue the tinfoil to the book. Gluing the pages while the book is closed helps to keep the pages square… if you like you can open the cover after the glue is applied while it dries but you may have to squish it back into square…

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I glue carefully and then set the book aside and wait for the glue to dry… You can stack some other books on top to ensure the page edges don’t wrinkle as they dry.

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Once the glued page edges have dried break out the ruler and pencil… I leave the foil on because I found it helps to keep that top page clean and damage free… Using the ruler draw a square or rectangle on the top of the book… the size is up to you {tip: keep the shape at least 1″ from the spine and edges… it’ll make things go more smoothly… trust me… I’ve tested this out for you}

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Once you are pleased with your shape, it’s cutting time… this takes a little time to cut down through… throw on your favourite tunes or a season of something on Netflix and settle in!… Starting from a corner of your shape press your knife in and cut down and pull using the ruler to keep yourself on the line… turn the book and work around cutting from corner down each line…

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…once you get a little ways into the book you can ditch the ruler and use the edge of the cut pages to keep your knife straight while you work away… take your time… press with moderate pressure and cut slowly… there’s no rush… be safe… take your time… you will be much happier if you take your time and keep your cut work clean….

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…as you work down through the book extend your blade to match the depth of your hole… don’t extend too much blade at once as this can increase the risk of cuts… don’t lose patience… if you find it helps to stand while you cut then do so… I find, to get the best out of the elbow grease that I have, standing works best for me when cutting down through a book…

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…still with me?!… did you make it down through!? A W E S O M E  J O B!… Y O U  G O T  T H I S!

Now using the ruler measure the width and height of the shape that you cut… and measure your hole depth as well!… we’re going to make a little freezer paper box that keeps the book planter dry when you water your darling little succulents…

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It’s freezer paper time… this stuff is great!… papery on one side and plastic coated on the other…

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…using the dimensions you took above transfer those onto your freezer paper – plastic side down – papery side up… the depth of the hole is the border that you see below… and the rectangle in the middle is just a smidgen smaller than the length and width of the shape that I cut into the book…

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Cut out the outside shape and then fold along all of the lines…

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Now we’re not going to get too fancy here… fold up two adjacent sides and pinch that extra piece of paper that ended up in the corner in half… this will make a little triangle shape… do this with each corner…

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…then fold those little triangles in and press the triangle to the side of the little box that you are creating…

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…like so…

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Take out your white glue and paint brush one more time…

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…apply glue to the triangle… then glue that sucker to the side of the box… do this with all four corner triangles…

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Now there will be some looseness where these triangles are glued to the box from the folds inside… don’t even fret about these… these are inside the book, covered with dirt and you’re never going to see them… the main thing is that we’ve got a little water resistant liner for the hole that we’ve cut into the book… thats it!…

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I tend to always make my little liner boxes taller than the hole…

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…and then I trim it so that it sits just below the top of the hole in the book…

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It’s time for just a little more white glue… using the paint brush apply glue to the sides of the hole in the book… This will hold the paper liner box in place…

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Pop that freezer paper liner into he book and press it into the glued sides…

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If you have great patience you can wait for it to dry… or you could go right onward with planting… the glue being dry at this stage isn’t imperative to continuing the process…

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…also the freezer paper liner in the succulent book planter doesn’t have to be a super perfect fit… you’re not going to see it…

Take out the activated charcoal, pea gravel, soil, plants, and the decorative dressings for the top of the soil…

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We’re getting so close now!… its going to get a little messy again before we’re finished… but it’s going to be worth it 😉

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Drop a layer of the activated charcoal into the book planter… this will help keep it fresh… really it’s not going to get tons of water but better safe than sorry here… nobody likes a stinky planter… Next goes in the a small layer of the pea gravel for drainage… again it’s not going to see THAT much water but best do it right for the plants…

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Then… yep… you guessed it! SOIL! Try to work with fairly dry soil as to not create a muddy mess on your book, which will dirt stain your top pages… if the soil is dry you will be able to brush or blow away the dirt once your plants are planted and the soil in the planter has been covered with your decorative toppings.

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It’s time to plant!… give the root ball a little squish to loosen up the roots…

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…and then nestle that little babe down into the soil…

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Go with one… add in a second… this is entirely up to you… what do you like? a little cluster? just one in the middle?

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You can see the messiness that happens… roll with it… if the soil is dry the clean up will be a breeze.

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Pull out your decorative options for the top… here I have bark chips and moss… I tried the chips and didn’t like them and opted for an all moss topper to seal in the soil and to add some visual interest to my planter…

Okay, it doesn’t look like much because it is still wearing its tinfoil jacket and there is soil, moss, and bark chips everywhere…

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Gently blow, vacuum, or brush away the soil and moss that may have gotten aaalllll over your book planter and likely also aaallll over the place.

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Now… that’s more like it… one very fresh and oh so clean succulent book planter!

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These plants are oh so easy to take care of… they require just a little water every now and then… how’s that for non specific watering instructions?  Checkout the internet for the specific watering instructions for your particular succulent… then when you water be sure to water the centre of the planter hole, and use an instrument that gives you control of the amount of water that you give to your plants!… a small measuring cup or spoon, or even an eyedropper!

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Book planters make great conversation pieces for your home or a unique and thoughtful hostess gift!… or perhaps even a great maker night item to make with your book gang club!

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If you have pet jerks cats I do recommend that you use a little bell jar on your book planter to cover the plants… our cats love to pluck the succulents out and bring them to us while we’re asleep! They’re so thoughtful.  The plants are so dry that I’ve never had an issue with moisture under the glass done causing the pages to wrinkle…

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So there you have it!… an old book turned new book planter!… I CAN’T wait to see yours and where you put it in your home or who you gift it to!  When you get yours made please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share a photo of your creation!… and if you would like to receive blogposts like this one right to your inbox pop your email address into the little subscribe box up at the top right of this page! And Hey! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of the succulent book planter!

Checkout this video of me showing some of this DIY on CTV Morning Live Marketplace!

xx

Lacey

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