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Dinner on a Dime- Cubed Steak w/Mashed potatoes

This meal is a quick and easy one that can save you money.  I used one pack of 4 cube steaks at Kroger, a box of Betty Crocker Loaded Mashed potatoes, Bread, and watermelon.

 

Ingredients:

1- Box of Betty Crocker Loaded Mashed potatoes Cost after coupon $.59

4- Cube steaks Cost $3.87

4- Pieces of Bread (Any kind you like) 4 slices cost $.32

4oz. Medium cheddar cheese Cost $1.00

1 small watermelon Cost $3.99

1- Tbsp Mrs. Dash (Lemon and Garlic Herb) Cost $.10

1-tsp olive oil Cost $.25

Salt and pepper Cost $.10

You will want to cut your watermelon ahead of time and refrigerate for later.

You will need to shred the cheese to use on your bread for cheese toast.  Once you shred the cheese place your bread on a baking sheet or a piece of foil will do (less cleanup as you can throw it away when you finish).  Put your cheese on the bread and add salt or pepper to taste if you like.  then turn your oven on to low broil.  Set your cheese bread to the side and start your meat.

Next you take the Mrs. Dash and sprinkle over your Cube steak and let sit.  Heat medium pan to Med-High with 1 tsp olive oil.  Once heated add your Cube steak to the pan and cover for about 3 min.  Next you turn your meat over for an additional 4 mins or so.  You can cut into your meat to make sure it is done to your liking or use a meat thermometer if you want to make sure it reaches the internal temp you are looking for.

While you are waiting for your meat to cook you need to follow directions on the package of the Betty Crocker Loaded mashed potatoes to cook.  I used the loaded mashed potatoes because it has so much flavor I don’t need to use gravy on it.

 

As your meat is finishing take your cheese bread from earlier and place it in your oven for about 45 seconds to a minute watch closely so it won’t burn.  Remove from the oven and plate your dish with a scoop of Loaded Mashed Potatoes, one cube steak, one slice of cheese toast and watermelon.  This is a complete meal that will feed 4 people for $10.32 or $2.58 a person.  If you would like to make this meal for more people adjust the amounts accordingly.  I hope you and your family enjoy this meal.  Happy Cooking!

 

Dinner on a dime – Quick & Easy Lasagna

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Here is a quick and easy lasagna that anyone can make with very little effort and cheap to feed a family of six for less than a $1.75 each. total cost was $8.92 before taxes.

Ingredients:

1 Large box of Lasagna noodles (cost $1.00 on 10/$10 sale)
1lb of ground beef (cost 1.79 lb on sale)
1 can diced tomatoes (on sale 3/$1.00)
1 small onion (cost about $.30)
1/2 Lb shredded cheddar (cost $1.00)
1/2 Lb shredded mozzarella (cost $1.00)
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
Water
Bagged salad $3.50
Tomatoes (free from garden)
Cucumbers ( Free from garden)
Salad dressing (free with a coupon Kroger sent me)

First brown your ground beef until done, drain. Pre-heat oven to 375*, Next add tomatoes and onion (diced) cook till onion is opaque. While this is cooking mix your cheese together and add the italian seasoning to the cheese, set aside. When done place a sheet of Reynolds wrap parchment paper or the new reynolds wrap foil on one side and parchment on the other. I used the new kind and love how it cooked my lasagna and cleanup was a cinch.

Next you place a large cooking spoon full of meat on the bottom of the casserole dish and spread around , then place three uncooked lasagna noodles on top of your meat mixture side by side. You will repeat the process and add cheese mixture on top of the meat mixture before you place your next noodles. Then repeat meat, cheese and noodles. Once you have 3 or 4 noodle layers (depends on how much noodles you like) place the last layer of meat mixture and the rest of the cheese on the very top. Next you add water to the dish just enough to touch the bottom of the top noodle. Next cover with foil and place in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 mins. You can adjust time according to how you like your noodles done. Either more or less time. When it is cooked remove from oven and drain any water that has not evaporated and let set for 5 min. Serve with salad and you have a complete meal. I hope you enjoy.

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Dinner on a Dime – Easy Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli Casserole

 

Here is a great way to feed you family for about $1.45 a person as this dish total cost was approximately $8.60 and feeds about 6 people.  You can add more broccoli or chicken breast to feed more.  Above is a picture of my finished dish that the whole family loves, oh and I almost forgot total time start to finish and on the table was 30 minutes.   You can serve right from the pan or place in a casserole dish.  

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil Cost $.051 1/2 pounds skinless,

boneless chicken Breasts

Cost $2.97on sale for $1.99lb.

 

1 (10.75 ounce) can Campbell’s®

Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

(regular or 98% Fat Free)

Cost $.75 on sale

 

1 1/2 cups water

 

1/4 teaspoon paprika

 

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

1 1/2 cups uncooked instant white rice

Cost $1.25 (box cost $4.98 had 6 cups)

 

2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets

Cost $2.79

 

 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cost $.75  (Bag of cheese w/2 cups on sale for $2.00)

I really couldn’t figure a way to add a cost for the spices as I have had them in my pantry and paid less than a dollar at Family Dollar for each bottle a few months ago.  So literally the cost would have been less than pennies for what I used.

Directions:

1.

Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 10 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken.

 

2.

Add soup, water, paprika and black pepper to the pan that you cooked the chicken in. Now you will need to heat to a boil.

 

3.

Stir in rice and broccoli. Return chicken to skillet. Sprinkle chicken with additional paprika and black pepper. Top with cheese. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and rice is done.

 

I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe for dinner as much as mine does.

Dinner on a dime Mac and Cheese Ham Bake

Hello everyone I found a delicious recipe that my whole family likes, including my 4year old son who is a picky eater. I used one package of Kraft Homestyle macaroni and cheese, 1 – 8oz. Package of Smithfield Ham, and a salad.

 

First start off by making your Homestyle macaroni & cheese ( I used the creamy Parmesan and Alfredo sauce).

Bring to a boil 6 cups of water, add your noodles and cook till done. While you are cooking your noodles start your sauce in a separate pan. Place your cheese sauce and butter in the pan, add seasoning pack and slowly add 3/4 cup of milk till all are blended and melted. Drain your noodles and add to the sauce, mix well. Place in a casserole dish ( I used a 8 x 12). I then cut up a Smithfield Ham steak (8oz) into small cubes, you can cut up into any size that works for you. I mixed the ham into the macaroni & cheese and sprinkled the cheese topping that was included in the package on top of everything. I placed it into the  oven for 8 minutes. When time was up I let the dish sit for a couple of minutes then served with a garden salad and a sliced apple. I hope your family will enjoy this dish as much as we do. Here is a breakdown of what I spent:

Homestyle Mac & Cheese – from my stockpile $2.99 after coupon

Smithfield Boneless Ham Steak reg price $2.99 after coupon of $2.00 (SS 6/10/12- expires 7/31/12) final price $.99

Dole salad mix $2.59

Tomatoes (free from my garden)

Cucumbers (free from my garden)

Sliced apples $.31

Total cost before taxes $6.88. Meal serves 4 people. It took approximately 40 minutes from start to finish.

So there it is a quick and easy meal for under $2.00 a person that I am sure your family will love, oh almost forgot it is nutritious as well. Enjoy!

DIY – Recycle Your Old Cd Case Covers

 

Here is a great Idea on how to re-cycle your old CD covers that are laying around.  You can make these any way you want with pretty much any supplies you have laying around.  First you need to pick out pictures you want to use.  I always make copies with my scanner to use in case I mess up it is not an original picture.  If you don’t have a scanner you can always go to Walmart or Walgreens to make copies as well.

Materials needed:

paint

glue (both hot glue and a tacky glue like elmers)

glitter

buttons

sea shells

ribbon

paint brush

Foam letters

 

*please note that you can use anything you want to make your picture frame unique

 

First you start off with an idea of what you want your frame to look like.  I used ribbon to make the Cd Case appear like it had a mat to surround my picture.  Next I made a bow and hot glued it to the bottom of the frame.

 

 

Another idea would be to use a paint brush to brush on glue and sprinkle glitter or sand on the Cd cover, let dry completely.  Then add foam lettering to caption your picture or sea shells for a beach picture.  If you don’t want to glue to the outside of your frame you can always use card stock and create your own mat to frame your picture and slide in to the case so it is protected.  To hang this frame you could use a long piece of ribbon simply laid across the spine inside and close your case then tie off you ribbon and hang.

Once you decide if you will use your Cd frame on a desk or wall you can fold your case almost backwards to have a platform for it to sit up on.  When I reuse in this way I use for a recipe holder and I don’t really decorate it as it would be on the back side. You can also glue ribbon to the Inside of the back of the case to hang on your wall.  You can also glue ribbon to each side of your case inside to only allow it to open a few inches to set on your desk as well.

                                               

 

As I said before there are so many ways to re-use your old Cd cases and next week I will show you some ideas on how to re-cycle your Cd’s that are scratched up.  Keep an open mind and your creations will be endless.  These make a great gift for a grandparent, or even a bridesmaid gift for them to remember a great occasion and with it being homemade you will surely have a great response.  As Always Happy Crafting!

 

 

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Party Centerpieces Made Easy

My sister and I had so much fun making these centerpieces for less than $3.00 for her daughters birthday party.  We had a blast trying to come up with something for the Mardi Gras part of Princess Tiana themed party.

Materials needed

- White paper cups (dollar store) I used the small party cups about 5 inches high but you can use any size you wish

-  Tissue paper (any color for the flowers)

-  Glue Gun

-  Confetti

-  Green metallic shreds (really you can use whatever color you like)

-  Bamboo Skewers (dollar store)

-  Floral foam (Comes in many different sizes you can cut it down to the size you need also found at the dollar store)

-  Floral wire

-  Tape

-  Elmer’s glue

-  Curling ribbon (dollar store)

 

 

Directions

You start out by placing Elmer’s glue all over the side of your paper cups, this is to attach your confetti.

 

 

Next you cover you cup with confetti and let dry, move onto the next one.

 

You can make as many as you need or want.  While you are waiting on your cups to dry you can make your flowers and paint your bamboo skewers.

I painted my skewers a green color to represent a green stem.

To make your flowers you cut about 9 sheets together in the shape of a rectangle.  The more sheets you use stacked together the fluffier and bigger your flower will be.  Don’t be affraid to play around with the size and find what works for you.  I made these with a 6 by 9 inch rectangle.  You can make your flowers bigger or smaller to fit your needs or the size of cups you use.  Next you fold together all 9 sheets in the shape of a fan accordian style.  Once you fold the tissues together yours should look like the following pictures.

 

 

I then cut a half circle on each end of the tissue while it is folded to create the pedals.

 

Next you take a piece of wire about 4 inches long and wrap around the middle of the tissue.

 

 

Then you start to separate you tissue one sheet at a time to fluff your flower.

 

Once your flower is fluffed up you attach the bamboo skewer to the bottom with the remaining wire and I placed a piece of tape around the wire to hold in place, you could also use your hot glue gun.

 

I created 3 flowers for each cup (centerpiece).  Once I had my flowers complete I cut a piece of floral foam to fit
inside of each cup and used the hot glue gun to keep in place.

 

I then added Metallic Green Shreds (you can find the party shreds in many colors at your local dollar store to fit your needs) to the inside of the cup.  I then placed 3 flowers, which were attached to the bamboo sticks, into the cups using the floral foam to keep them in place.

 

To finish off the centerpieces I used curling ribbon in coordinating colors to tie off around the top of the cup and curled for a finished look.

 

These can be made to fit any occasion and colors to your liking.  You will have so much fun as your imagination will be going crazy designing so many different color variations.  I hope you enjoy. As always Happy Crafting!

 

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Crafting with your kids for 4th of July!

Is everyone ready for the 4th of July, I know I am.  With 4th of July coming up real soon, now would be the time to start your projects.  Kids are home for the summer with nothing to do (according to them), so why not give them something fun to do.  These are easy to make hats that anyone can create.  I have also include a bonus project for Patriotic Fans made from cardstock so be sure to read the whole article.  What are you waiting for let’s get started!

I didn’t get a chance to take more step by step photos of this weeks crafts as we got into making them and had so much fun but the instructions should be pretty self explanatory.

 

Materials needed

  • Paper gift bag (These come in all sizes and you will need to measure around the persons head you want to fit to buy the correct size)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint
  • Star stickers
  • Ribbon

 

 

Instructions

  1. To make one, first remove the handles from a white paper gift bag large
    enough to fit your child’s head (we used 10 to 12-inch-tall bags). Use a
    pencil and a ruler to mark vertical lines about 1 inch apart down all
    sides of the bag and across the bottom, then paint or color every other
    stripe red. (For painting, open the bag and place it over a small bucket
    or similar object.)
  2. When the paint has dried, fold over the open end of the bag a few times for a
    hat brim, then paint or color the brim blue. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Add a few Silver Star stickers to the brim, and the hat is ready to wear. (If
    the hat is too roomy, wrap a ribbon around it at the base, behind the
    brim, and cinch it snug.)

 

 

 

 

 

Patriotic Cardstock fans

These stars-and-stripes fans are fun to wave while waiting on the sidelines for the parade to begin, or just simply to use at
home.  They are very easy to make and the kids love them.

 

Materials Needed

  • Wooden paint stirrer
  • 2 (8-inch) squares of card stock, one white and one blue, for each fan
  • Glue
  • Red tape
  • Sticker stars

 

 

Instructions

  1. Use glue to sandwich the top of a wooden paint stirrer between two 8-inch squares of card stock (one white and one blue).
  2. Apply strips of red tape to the white side and sticker stars to the blue side, and the fan is ready to wave.

 

 

Hope you and your kids enjoy these hats and fans that will make any party or parade a hit.  As always Happy Crafting!

 

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Do you want desinger flip-flops without the high cost? This Article is for you!

 

Flip-flops are one of the most worn shoes for summer and if you’re like me you will wear them year round.  Flip-flops aren’t just for hot summer days anymore, flip-flops are comfy, they’re can be very inexpensive.  Almost anyone can be seen wearing flip flops with jeans, and even skirts, even during the cold months of winter.  

When you decorate your very own flip-flops you can get designer shoes that look as if you paid a pretty penny for.  You can find $1 flip-flops at your local dollar store or dig out old ones in your closet to repurpose them.  A plus side to making designer flip-flops on your own is you can make this a family project by asking your kids to help you.  You will have all kinds of fun just use your imagination and creativity. 

 It’s extremely easy to make a flowered pair of sandals that looks as good as or better than designer varieties. All you need are the blooms of your favorite artificial flowers and a hot glue gun. Simply glue the heads of daisies or other blooms to the straps of your shoes.  Allow the glue plenty of time to dry before wearing them.  Use small or large flowers depending on the look you are going for.  Decorating a pair of sandals is easy with fabric ties.  All you need are strips of fabric in colors and patterns of your choice. They should be about ¼ inch wide by 6 inches long.  Mix and match various colors and patterns for a unique look to suit your needs.  Tie each of the fabric strips to the straps of your sandals until the straps are no longer visible.  Your flip-flops will be unique as you can create them, and they can be designed to match any color scheme or designer theme that you wish.

You can also add a touch to almost anything with craft paint.  If you don’t like ordinary sandals, change them by painting on designs of your choice.  You might even consider painting on words or phrases to give your flip-flops unique designer appeal you’ll never find in stores.  Once painted designs have dried, cover them with clear nail polish to keep them from chipping away, and glue on a few faux jewels to complete the look.  Your hand painted jewel-studded flip-flops, will express your individual style without the designer prices.

 

For the fabric flip-flops here are the directions:

Select a fabric and use pinking shears to cut a series of 1- by 6-inch strips (the number of strips you’ll need depends upon the size of your child’s feet; the ones we made required 30 strips).  Using single knots, tie the strips around the flip-flop straps, pushing the knots close together as you go.  Keep adding pieces until you fill both sides of your sandals. Hope you enjoy your new designs and as always Happy Crafting!

 

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How to Make No Sew Fleece Blankets and Scarves

Some of you will say it is way too early to start thinking about winter. While others such as myself say it is never too early.  I love these no sew blankets and scarves.  They make great Christmas gifts.  I have donated over 100 of these blankets and scarves to the High School Band for their fundraisers.  I make them in the school colors and parents love them.  Football season works best to use for your fundraisers as it is getting cold and everyone loves to sport their school colors.Â

These are easy to make and no sewing skills are needed.  If you can hold scissors and cut then this is your craft.  I love to shop the sales at Jo-Ann’s and usually will pay no more than $3.99 a yard for fleece.  Sometimes if you check out their clearance or remnant racks you can find the best deals.Â

Once you find a solid color look for a contrasting printed fleece to make the cutest blankets and scarves.  Your imagination can lead to endless creations and make a gift everyone will love.  You could even make these to match and College or Professional team colors for those special gifts. Your kids can even help you and have fun also.  I hope you have fun with this project.  As Always Happy Crafting!

 

 The picture above is how your corners will look after cutting them.  The picture below is how a blanket will look once you have all your corners cut and the 1″ interval strips cut as well.Â

 

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • 3 yds fleece print
  • 3 yds fleece solid
  • Scissors or rotary cutter & mat
  • Tape measure

DIRECTIONS:
TIP: Cut both layers of fleece at the same time.

BLANKET
1. From each piece of fleece, cut a 56″x70″ rectangle.
2. Place fleece rectangles wrong sides together.
3. Cut out one 7″ square from each corner of both fleece pieces.
4. To make the fringe, cut 7″ into fleece at 1″ intervals around all sides of both top and bottom.
5. Knot fringed pieces together around entire blanket, using 1 strand from the front fabric layer and 1 strand from the back fabric layer.

 

SCARF
1. Cut strips to 10” wide by 3 ½’ long. (you can make them longer if you wish)

2. Place fleece pieces wrong sides together.

3. Cut out 3” square from each corner of both pieces of fleece. (Make sure it is all 4 corners.

4. Make fringe by cutting 3” into fleece at 1” intervals around all sides (sides)

5. Knot fringed pieces together around the entire scarf, using 1 strand from the front fabric layer and 1 strand from the back fabric layer.

 

***Tips***

Use colors that contrast well, or school colors to use for a fundraiser (these sell well at football games in the fall)

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How to create easy Pine Cone Decorations

 

 

I have a rather large family so when I think about Christmas I litterally gasp for air.  I am starting early this year with handmade Christmas gifts.  This year my kids and I have already been busily collecting pine cones each and every time we go out for a walk.  We have found all shapes and sizes which will work to make every gift unique.

We started off with all different colors of ribbon and small wooden balls that we purchased at A.C. Moore.  I used paint on some of the pine cones that depended on what I was making.  I made angels, snowman and Christmas trees out of these pine cones.  For the snowmen we painted the pine cones white while the Christmas tree pine cones were painted green.  After painting the pine cones I glued a wooden ball to each of the angel pine cones.  I then painted little eyes  on the wooden balls.

Next I used rafia (you could use ribbon) and tied a bow that would match the size of the pine cones I used.  I then used hot glue to place the rafia just behind the wooden ball head on to make the wings.  To finish the pine cone angels off I used a metalic string and glued to the back of the wings.   These can be used as ornaments or to hang from a gift tag if you make small ones.  I ususally make a set of 6 for each person as a gift and everyone loves them.

You can also make snowman by painting your pine cones white and gluing to craft popsicle sticks (after painting)  to make the skis.  We used chenille stems (Brown) for the arms and small pom poms glued to the end of toothpicks for the ski poles and earmuffs.  i used scrap material (fleece) for the scarf and earband (for the ear muffs) and a orange chenille stem for the nose.   The eyes were painted with black paint but you could use small black beads.

 

 

 

 

Other items you can make with pine cones are Christmas trees by painting them green and decorating.  For Thanksgiving you could decorate each pine cone with chenille stems to make a turkey.   There are many different things you can use pine cones for and keep your projects cheap.   Everyone loves a homemade gift especially if made by you.  As always Happy Crafting!

Items needed:

Pine cones

paint

craft popsicle sticks

toothpicks

pom poms

scrap fabric

metalic string

ribbon

wooden balls

beading

rafia

chennile stems (multi colored packs work best to have choices)

and anything else you could use to decorate ( Use your imagination)

 

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How to knit or crochet your very own dishcloths

Here is a great idea that I use for gifts.  I know I use dishcloths as much as I use utensils in my kitchen, but can never seem to find colors to match my décor.  So with this in mind I chose to knit my very own dishcloths.  As you can see from the pictures my colors are very bright and vibrant in my kitchen.  These also make great house warming gifts or even a simple wedding gift that is homemade with love.  If you don’t know how to knit I have included instructions to crochet a similar dishcloth.

These dishcloths can be made in any color of your choice.  I have even gone as far as dying my yarn at times when I am unable to
find a color that works.  If you choose to dye your yarn, a quick tip is to soak your finished product in a gallon of water with a cup of vinegar to seal the dye from getting on other items in your laundry when washing. I spent an average of $1.15 for each yarn ball.  Most craft stores sell the small balls of Sugar ‘n Cream for $1.89 and the Wal-Mart near me sell them for $1.77 each.  Prices may vary by state and location.  Of course I used coupons at my local Michaels Crafts, and A.C. More (40% off) to save money.  If you watch your newspapers, these stores come out with coupons for 40% off a single item, which is the best time to buy.

I had a great time teaching my daughter to knit and crochet these dishcloths. Now she has decided to make sets for all her friends for graduation next year.  The thought of a handmade gift will brighten anyone’s day.  These dishcloths will be unique to everyone and that is the key.  Please do not get discourage if your sizing is off, this may occur depending on how tight or relaxed your grip is.

Also if this is your first time knitting or crocheting I recommend you Google search videos to help you understand the basic concepts. There are so many videos to help that anyone can do this craft.  Good luck and as always Happy Crafting!

SUPPLIES &
TOOLS FOR KNIT DISHCLOTH:

Measurements: Approx. 10″
square

• Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: 1 ball,
color of choice

• Size 5mm (US 9) knitting
needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

 

GAUGE:

16sts and 28 rows = 4″ in
garter st.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Cast on 4 sts.

1st row: (RS) Knit.

2nd row: K1. Inc 1 st in next st.
Knit to end of row.

Rep next row same as 2nd
row all the way to last row of 49 sts.

Next row: K2. K2 tog. Knit to end
of row. (This will start your decrease)

Rep next row to last row leaving
4 sts.

Cast off.

 

Skill Level is about a 2, and
time to complete is about 3-4 hours.

 

 

SUPPLIES &
TOOLS FOR CROCHET DISHCLOTH:

Measurements: Approx. 11″x11″

• Sugar ’n Cream® Yarn: 1 ball,
color of choice

• Size 4.50 mm (US 7) crochet
hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

 

GAUGE:

8 loops and 16 rows = 4″ in
loop pat with 4.50 mm hook.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Ch 42.

Foundation row: (RS). 1 sc in 4th
ch from hook. *Ch 2.

Miss next ch. 1 sc in next ch.
Rep from * to end of ch. Turn. 20 loops.

1st row: Ch 3. *1 sc in next ch 2
loop. Ch 2. Rep from * to last ch 2 loop. 1 sc in ch 3 loop. Turn. This row

forms pat. Cont in pat until work
from beg measures 8″ ending with RS facing for next row. Fasten off.

Border: With RS facing,
join to ch 3 loop at end of last row.

1st round: Ch 1. *(1 sc. Ch 3. 1
sc) in corner loop – corner made. Ch 2. (1 sc in next loop. Ch 2) 19 times

along side. Rep from * 3 times
more. Ss to first sc.

2nd round: *Work corner loop.
Ch2. **1 sc in next loop. Ch 2. Rep from ** to next corner. Rep from * 3

times more. Fasten off

Abbreviations:

inc = increase

K = Knit

K2tog = knit next 2 stitches
together

rep = repeat

RS = right side

st(s) = stitch(es)

 

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How to Hand Craft raised garden planters

I consider anything that you do with your hands to create something, unique a craft.  It is because of this that when I saw an ad on a free-cycle post in my area I jumped for joy.  I really didn’t,  but I was truly excited.  Someone tore down an old fence down and was asking anyone interested to pick it up for free.  Of course I always say to be careful and take someone with you for safety and help.  My husband and I picked up a total of 30 pieces of old wood fencing.

Now my husband was skeptical at first and wondered what in the world I was going to do with old wood.  I really wasn’t sure at first myself.  However I knew it was free, and I could use it somehow.  My Idea came from a picture in an old Martha Stewart magazine.  I saw some raised flower planters made from an old crate (pictured to the left).  The look for a garden was very cute.  In the area I live in we have red clay, and raised garden beds are a must if you want your plants to grow and flourish.  These hand crafted flower beds are great for any garden, and you can customize them to suit your needs.

decided to cut my fence boards up into 4 pieces.  I cut the first two down to 24” and the next two down to 12”.  I used a band saw that my husband showed me how to use.  If you don’t have a band saw or table saw you could use a small manual saw or ask someone you know to help you out.  Next I used nails, wood glue and wood clamps to adhere all the wood together on the four  corners.  Once it was all dried I found a place in my garden to place my new raised garden box.  I used some old tent stakes that I had and a hammer once I figured out where to put my box.  Place each stake in a corner and hammer half way down; this will keep the box in one place.

To finish off your hand crafted raised garden box you will need to fill with potting soil and choose flowers to plant in your box.  One reason I love this ideas is because you can paint the boxes to be a certain color or leave plain for an all natural look.  Remember the fence board I used are already weathered as it was an old fence and is very natural looking.  I hope you have fun with this project.  I have included some pictures of different sizes I created with different flowers including my tomatoes, and annuals.  Happy Crafting!

Items needed:

1-    Old wood fencing (free)

2-    Band saw/ hand saw

3-    Wood glue ( $4.99)

4-    Nails ( Already had)

5-    Hammer (Already had)

6-    Tent stakes (yard sale item $1.00)

7-    Plants (in my case I spent $12.00)

8-    Potting soil ($10.99)

 

Total spent out of pocket was $28.98 for a total of six hand crafted raised garden planters.  Your cost could go up or down depending on how many boxes you create and if you paint them.


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