Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Spending time on DIY projects is an easy way to get creative and have some quality “me” time. There are many quick and easy DIY projects that can be done in no time.
1. Build an Ecosystem with a Water Bottle Terrarium
Do you have a couple of water bottles? You don’t need to throw them away or send them to a recycling facility. Instead, create a terrarium! It is not only an easy craft to work on but also does not require you to spend a lot of money.
To make a water bottle terrarium, you will need:
- A clean and empty water bottle
- Potting soil
- Activated carbon
- Some small pebbles
- A succulent or cactus
Start by removing the label from your water bottle and cleaning it thoroughly. Make sure there is no residue left on the bottle.
Next, fill the bottom of your water bottle with a layer of pebbles. This will help with drainage and keep your plant’s roots healthy.
Add a layer of activated carbon to help keep the soil healthy. Fill the rest of the bottle up with potting soil. Be sure to pack it down tightly so that there are no air pockets or holes in the soil.
Now, you need to plant your plants. If you are using a cactus or succulent, they should have come with an already-established root system that will help them grow rapidly.
Plant the new plant at the same level it was planted in its previous container. You can then add more activated carbon on top of the soil to keep pests away from your new ecosystem.
If you are planting another kind of plant, do not worry about adding activated carbon into the mix because it is used specifically for peat moss and sphagnum mosses. Continue placing soil until just below the rim of your water bottle and pack it down tightly once again so that there are no air pockets left.
You can now place your new ecosystem in a sunny spot to give it enough light to thrive. Keep the soil moist by adding water directly to the soil and not into the bottle because you want to keep moisture away from your plants!
2. Create a Food Garden
If you have some time to spare this weekend and you’re ready to work out, then use it to create a food garden. Planting your own vegetables not only helps with saving money but also gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you can produce your own food.
To plant your organic garden, first prepare the soil. Get rid of the weeds with a cordless electric lawn mower to avoid disturbing your pets and neighbors. Then turn over the top layer and add some compost or manure for nutrients. You can also fertilize your soil with bone meal if it is depleted.
Once done, make little hills out of loose earth for each plant. Sow small seeds on these mounds, leaving enough space between them so they do not require thinning later on. Cover lightly with soil and water thoroughly until just below the surface is moist.
If you have a greenhouse, use it to harden your plants before planting them in the soil outside. This will help them adjust better to their new environment and ensure that they survive.
When planting your seeds, make sure you plant crops that mature at different times as this will help with harvesting food as it comes ripe!
3. Make an Old Watch into a Unique Piece of Jewelry
Do you have an old watch that has stopped ticking? Do not throw it out or sell it on eBay. Those are terrible places for watches anyway! Instead, turn them into unique necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks or earrings.
Here are some supplies you will need:
- An old watch with a wide face
- An old necklace chain
- A jump ring
- A pin back, brooch clip or lobster clasp
- Some ribbon (optional)
Start by removing the watch hands with the pliers. Use caution when doing this because you do not want to damage or break any of them.
Remove any other parts that would prevent you from using the face of the watch for your project. For example, if there are numbers on the face of your watch, remove them carefully so that they can be reused on some other item or objects!
You can now begin working with your old necklace chain. This is the part that will hold all of your hard work together and allow you to create a truly unique piece of jewelry.
Start by opening up one side of the jump ring with your pliers so that it can easily slide into both sides of your chain. You will then attach the watch face to one end of the chain. Next, close the jump ring with your pliers so that your chain is held firmly in place.
Attach a pin back, brooch clip, or lobster clasp to the other side of the chain so you can now wear it as a piece of jewelry! You can choose different ribbons for each part of your necklace depending on whether you are wearing formal clothing or not.
Aren’t these fun DIY projects? They are quick and easy even for a beginner and will ensure that you have a great start in preparing for your week ahead.