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  1. Shipping Pallet Compost

    October 31, 2011 by Scooter


    Fall is here and the leaves are falling… and what else makes for great compost… but leaves!! Not wanting to have any of our newly raked piles go to waste… we spent an afternoon building a compost bin in hopes that some of that leafy mulch will turn into gardener’s gold come spring!


    $$ – (Under $26)


    4 shipping pallets – Side of the road… (free)
    8 wooden (or metal) stakes/ posts – Habitat for Humanity Outlet… ($)
    Window Screen (optional) – Home Depot … ($)
    Wire – Home Depot… ($)


    Staple Gun



    We picked up 4 old fencing posts and decided we could cut them in half to get the 8 stakes that we needed… compost_assembly

    Next, we stood the pallets up on their sides to form a square and then hammered in the posts at each end of the pallets. We also drilled 3 of the 4 pallets together for extra stability. The forth pallet gets wired to the other three on the one side to act as a hinge for opening and closing.


    Since we have dogs that like to eat just about anything, and squirrels that make a mess of our yard… we decided to line the inside with screen mesh to help prevent spilling out… Using a staple gun, this was secured down…keeping in mind of the pallet that will swing open.



  2. Zombie Pumpkins

    October 24, 2011 by Scooter


    Its a week until Halloween!… and we live in a house, in a neighborhood, with lots of kids… so lets google zombie pumpkins and see what comes up:)… I found this Zombie Pumpkin Project over at Martha Stewart.


    $$ – (Under $15)

    2 White Pumpkins – Grocery Store/ Pumpkin Patch… ($6)
    Plastic balls – Thrift Store… ($3)
    Paint/ Markers – Lying around the house… (free)

    Knife / Miniature Saw

    zombie pumpkins_white

    zombie pumpkins_eye_holes

    I found these beautiful white pumpkins while grocery shopping…

    For the eyes, hold saw at an angle and cut 2 cone-shaped holes into the pumpkin. The diameter of the holes should be slightly smaller than the eyeballs’ diameter.



    Since I could not find plastic eyeballs, I ended up picking up a giant bag of colored plastic balls (like the ones you jumped in as a kid) at a thrift store. I had markers and paint in the closet, and decided we would have a little art project making these eyeballs 🙂

    zombie pumpkins__eyeballs

    Next, carve a mouth… There are templates over on Martha’s website…



    She also did this Mouse Motel which I had to throw into our mix! I found the mice at a halloween store for under $1 each..


    Of course, the neighbors had warned us that the squirrels will eat the pumpkins if we leave them out… sure enough, within 24 hours the zombie pumpkins had their eyes gnawed on, which zombie-fyed them even more :)… But we brought them inside to enjoy until Halloween night 🙂

    zombie pumpkin_all

  3. Halloween Wreath

    October 10, 2011 by Scooter

    Halloween Wreath_Putting on snakes

    This project was inspired by the Wriggling Snake Wreath over at!

    $$ – (Under $26)

    black acrylic paint – Hobby Lobby… (under $3)
    vinyl snakes – Halloween or toy store, we found a bag of 8… (under $10)
    Floral wire, 20-gauge – Hobby Lobby… (under $3)
    Black water-based spray paint – had around the house… (free)
    18-inch grapevine wreath – .. (under $5)
    1 75pk of creepy creatures – Big Lots… (under $5)


    Halloween Wreath- Grapevine Wreath

    Halloween Wreath- Spray paint

    Paint grapevine wreath using water-based spray paint; let dry.

    Halloween Wreath- Painted Black

    Halloween Wreath- Vinyl Snakes

    Halloween Wreath- Acrylic Paint

    Paint vinyl snakes in assorted shapes and sizes using acrylic paint; let dry.

    Halloween Wreath- Pug

    Halloween Wreath- Painted SnakesHalloween Wreath_creepy creaturesHalloween Wreath_Finished

    Attach snakes, spiders, bats and any other creepy crawly creature to wreath: For flat snakes, twist floral wire around in 2 places, thread wire into wreath, and secure at back. Coiled snakes can simply be wrapped around wreath.

    Halloween Wreath_On the Door

  4. Spoon Mug Wall

    October 3, 2011 by Scooter

    Spoon Mug Wall

    This project was inspired by the Snug Mug Spoon Wall over at ReadyMade!

    $$ – (Under $45)

    scrap cabinet grade plywood – found in alleyway… (free)
    assortment of spoons – thrift store… (under $4)
    Nuts, Bolts, and Washers – price depends on size. we wanted large, so spent a bit more… (under $10)
    2 36″ square steel tubing – $5.57 each… (under $12)
    2 Flat Brackets – depends on size of your board. We went with 48″ brackets @ 6.51 each.. ($13)
    Steel Adhesive – we went with SteelStik… (under $6)
    Burlap Coffee Sack (optional) – had around the house…(free)


    Spoon Wall - Nuts and Bolts

    Spoon Wall- Spoon with fan reflection

    First we arranged the spoons and the steel bars on the board…

    Spoon Wall- Spoon Materials

    Now, take a hacksaw and score the spoons and the steel tubing where they will attach. Next we took SteelStik and adhered the spoons.

    Spoon Wall- Scoring

    Spoon Wall- SteelStik

    Spoon Wall- Adhesive

    Spoon Wall- Placing Spoons

    Spoon Wall w/ Pug looking on...

    Set up the brackets and mark where you would like the bolts to go… We did 4 on each side between each bar.
    Next, drill the holes…

    Spoon Wall- Drill Holes

    Spoon Wall- Trim Brackets

    We then set it up and trimmed the brackets. We had a coffee sack lying around that we thought would make for a nice cover to the board.

    Spoon Wall Mockup w/ coffee sack
    Last we added some mounting wire onto the back and the spoon mug wall has been created!

    Spoon Wall- Mount

    Spoon Wall- Bolting it down

    Spoon Mug Wall