Articles in: Do-it-yourself

Succulent Garden Ideas – Mason Jar Terrarium from OPC’s The Better Half

Posted by: on April 29th, 2013 | 35 Comments

We’re thrilled to have Jocie Hagan of  The Better Half, share her succulent garden ideas with us. Her blog-within-a-blog at One Project Closer (OPC) is all about thrifty and fabulous DIY decor and crafts. And there’s definitely a crafty element to this clever miniature succulent garden project– it’s a garden inside a mason jar. Read on for the complete DIY tutorial. 


Succulent Garden Ideas: A miniature succulent garden in a Mason jar


Confession time: I don’t garden. Ever. In fact, when The Home Depot asked me to participate in the Do-It-Herself Workshop series by sharing my succulent garden ideas, I had to look up what a succulent was. *shame* But once I figured out what a succulent was, I was super excited to make a garden with my own special twist.

Succulents are right up my gardening alley – they require little water or attention, are bright and hearty, and are easy to plant. They are hard to kill, and for this black thumb gardener, that is all that matters!

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DIY Project: Floating Shelf Made From a Book

Posted by: on May 22nd, 2012 | 3 Comments

There is something wonderful about the look of a nicely bound book, and on a nicely designed bookcase, your books can become a part of your decor as well as literature. Here we have a small twist on the book shelf idea: the book IS the shelf. In this video, Home Depot Forum associate Aboveaveragejoe takes you through this cool DIY project to re-purpose and old book as a cool floating display shelf.

In less than four minutes you’ll know all about what type of book to choose for the project, how to glue the pages together, how to attach the hidden bracket and how to properly drill the bracket (and book) into the wall.

When you’re done with the book shelf project, you’ll have a truly unique floating shelf that would look great in an office or library. Use children’s books for a fun, cute look in a nursery as well.

Visit Aboveaveragejoe, or any of our other expert associates, for more interesting DIY projects on the Home Depot Community Forums. And take a look at our project guides for just about any DIY, home improvement or gardening project you can think of.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Repainting Metal Patio Furniture to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Decor

Posted by: on May 17th, 2012 | Make A Comment


All it takes is a little paint and elbow grease to make your old metal patio furniture like new again. It will make a huge impact on your outdoor space without spending a bundle.

Our very own expert Forum associate PatinPaint shows you exactly how to give your old patio set a total facelift. And after going through the steps of using a steel brush to take off flakes and rust, steel wool or sand paper to give furniture a smooth finish, applying primer, and then paint – you’ll feel like a paint expert yourself!

The supplies you need for this, and any other DIY painting project, can be found at PatinPaint, and all of our expert associates, are on the How-To Community Forum ready to answer your questions or give you advice on your DIY or gardening projects.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

YouTube Tuesday: Deck Improvements

Posted by: on May 8th, 2012 | Make A Comment

We recently told you all about how to properly clean and maintain your deck, but let’s take your outdoor space to the next level. Give your deck a complete face lift without building a new one from scratch.

This video is chocked full of ideas on how to improve the appearance of your deck. Learn how to maintain your underlying structure while replacing certain features for dramatic effect. Add deck tiles and boards in a variety of colors and recessed LED deck lighting to post caps, deck rails and risers. This will can make all the difference in the world.

Balusters available in tons of shapes, styles and materials, as well as a variety of post caps, are all quick and inexpensive ways to make your deck look better than new! Visit our huge decking selection for everything you need to build or maintain your deck. Our expert associates on the How-To Community Forums will also answer any deck-related, or other DIY, questions you may have.

Want more videos? Catch up with YouTube Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Give An Old Patio Umbrella New Life With Paint

Posted by: on May 4th, 2012 | 8 Comments

This umbrella doesn’t need painting… yet. Image via nancy_t3i


Beautiful plants and flowers to liven things up? Check.

Comfortable patio chair to relax in? Check.

Time to stretch out in the warm weather with a good book and just unwind a little bit. Check.

But, wait! Your old patio umbrella doesn’t match your new patio accessories and it’s throwing everything off. Or maybe last summer’s sunshine totally faded your umbrella and it’s looking a little sad. Home Depot Community member ShaunasMom had a similar issue, but she didn’t want to splurge on a brand new umbrella so she headed over to The Home Depot Forums for guidance. Luckily, Forums associate Aboveaveragejoe was there to lend a helping hand:

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Places: Ceilings

Posted by: on May 3rd, 2012 | Make A Comment
Image of ceiling being painted

Image via Cap Murals


What was the first person to paint or decorate a ceiling thinking? For all we know, cavemen began painting the ceilings just because they ran out of wall space. It’s almost certain, however, that once they were done they realized – “hey, that looks pretty cool, it really changes the entire feel of the space.”

That’s our story on how ceilings came to be known as the “fifth wall” of the home and we’re sticking to it. Ceilings are also the dimension of interior design, the oft unexplored space in the home that begs discovery. We love the fantasy cherry blossom theme painted by Cap Murals in the photo above.

But it doesn’t require an original mural to make your ceiling work harder for the decor and take your ceiling to a place where no home has gone before.

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Caulking Windows And Doors

Posted by: on May 3rd, 2012 | 7 Comments

Here’s a riddle for you: What DIY project keeps in warmth during the winter but keeps heat out in the summer?

Caulking your home’s windows and doors, of course! If you didn’t get around to doing it during those wintery months, now’s the time to start caulking before the full strength of high summer temperatures hit. The good news, too, is that caulking windows and doors is an easy DIY project with some huge benefits.

This is an easy project that’s definitely worth your while when you consider the fact that up to 20% of home energy costs are from heating and cooling your home. Watch this video to find out the tools and supplies you need to complete this task, including premium caulk, a caulk gun, caulk remover and more. It will also walk you through all the steps to complete this task, as well as offer handy tricks on detecting gaps and cracks like using lighted incense sticks or candles to locate the source of an air leak.

The Home Depot also carries a wide range of insulation products to further protect your home from the elements while saving on your energy costs. For more information about caulking, or any other home DIY projects, just ask our expert associates on the How-To Community Forums.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Spring Garden Project: Mailbox Garden (and Makeover!)

Posted by: on April 27th, 2012 | 11 Comments

Mailbox with bright flowers

Curb appeal doesn’t start with a brightly painted front door or perfectly trimmed hedges. The first impression of your home’s personality is the often-overlooked mailbox. Giving yours this cheerful makeover will set you back less than $50, but will make a big first impression. In addition to planting a ring of flowers, we upgraded the actual mailbox and numbers, spray painting them to correspond with the fresh array of spring colors on display. You may find your letter carrier lingering as he delivers the bills and bank statements.

Check out the Mailbox Garden discussion on our forums, then print out this Garden Club Project card to take with you to your local Home Depot store.

Products needed for mailbox garden

Here’s what you’ll need:

Plants of various heights and colors

A shovel

Garden soil

Mulch or edging (optional)

All purpose plant food


House numbers

Spray paint



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From the Forums: Is My Oak Tree an Underachiever?

Posted by: on April 27th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Upview of beautiful oak tree

Image via mscaprikell


If you pick the right variety of tree for your climate zone, once its roots are established, and given enough water, the tree should thrive without much work on your part. But Home Depot Community Member kfish was concerned about the apparent slow growth of an oak tree, and took those concerns to The Home Depot’s Community Forums, along with some photos. Take a look at what kfish had to say, along with the expert answer from Forums Associate FlyingHDsod:

kfish:   I have this great oak tree I planted in my yard about 5-6 years ago. I think it is a Georgia oak or something similar. I bought it from Trees Atlanta at their annual tree sale, and I know they helped me pick out one that was suitable for my in-town, full sun site. It seems pretty healthy – it leafs out every year. But I swear in the 5+ years I have had it, it has probably only grown two feet. My neighbor keeps suggesting we dig it up and make sure it isn’t root-bound. My mother thinks maybe we planted it too deep and more of the base needs to be up. I am just scared to try to dig it up because I might do more harm than good.

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Places: Outdoor Play Sets

Posted by: on April 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment
Image of crochet playset

Image via Kids Web Japen


Play lets children exercise their creativity and imagination. It also teaches them to share, to negotiate and to compromise, all skills that will prove invaluable once they leave the playground.  Play sets of some kind have been around for a long time, perhaps as long as there have been kids to play on them.

The colorful, phantasmagorical playscape installation at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan pictured above from Kids Web Japan is an example of how far the idea of play sets has come. It’s probably not an option for most backyards, but you won’t need anything nearly this radical to provide a rich play experience for your kids.


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