The Self-Sufficient Living http://theselfsufficientliving.com Is about simple living,growing your own food,raising livestock,Do It By Yourself,off grid living,gardening,homemade products Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:45:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 15 Best Low Light Indoor Trees You Can Grow Easily http://theselfsufficientliving.com/best-low-light-indoor-trees-you-can-grow-easily/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/best-low-light-indoor-trees-you-can-grow-easily/#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 20:03:21 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5227 Low light indoor trees are ideal plants to grow inside spaces that receive very little natural light. Live greenery indoors adds a touch of warmth and beauty to an indoor room, plus the green leaves help to purify the air in the room.

Large, empty corners of a room are great spaces to fill with a live tree. Look over these 15 best low light indoor trees you can grow easily and pick out one that best suits your living space and lifestyle.

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1- Madagascar Dragon Tree

The Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata) is famous for oozing what appears to be red blood when it’s cut. The live greenery, combined with the red blood, make this low light house tree a unique conversation piece when guest come over to your home.

The stems of this indoor tree are stiff and sturdy, so it will require no additional support as it grows into a mature height of around 6 feet. The long, slender leaves appear near the top of the tree only, not along the trunk.

Place the Madagascar Dragon tree near a north facing window where it will receive low light during the day. Direct sun will scorch the leaves, so never place it in a east or west facing window.

Keep soil moist, but never soggy. Mist leaves once a week to increase the humidity level for the tree. This indoor tree does not like hot or cold temperatures and will grow best in a room that remains between 60-75 degrees consistently.

Madagascar Dragon Tree

2- Chinese Evergreen

This low light tree originated in the tropical rain forests of Asia. The Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Commutatum) will reach a mature height of 3 feet and will be equally as wide.

This large indoor plant has large, flat leaves that are typically variegated in colors like silver and light green. Occasionally the low light plant will produce a bloom that resembles the bloom of a Peace Lily.

This tropical plant does not require much light to grow, but it does need to be kept warm. Consistent indoor temperatures between 68-75 are ideal for optimum growth.

Water only when the top inch of soil is dry.

Chinese Evergreen

3- Alii Ficus

This tree hails from India and Asia, and is one of the best plants to grow indoors. The leaves of this species of ficus tree are narrow and can reach up to 10 inches in length. The tree can reach up to ten feet tall when mature. The tree is slow growing, but can bePrune as needed to keep the tree looking neat and at the desired size.

Water only when the top inch of soil dries out. Feed only during the spring and summer months, withhold food during fall and winter. Only use fertilizer that does not contain boron. Alii Ficus is boron sensitive and will drop its leaves if fed with fertilizer that contains boron.

**All parts of this indoor tree are poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets.

Alii Ficus

4- Kentia Palm

The Kentia Palm (Howea forsterana) produces deep green, palm fronds that can grow up to 8 feet long. The tree is very slow growing and will probably only reach a mature height of 5-6 feet, but it does have the capability to reach almost 50 feet in height when grown in a shaded, outdoor location. Direct sunlight will burn this tree, whether its grown outdoors or indoors.

This Australian tree like low light and slightly dry soil. Only water when top inch of soil dries out. Mist palm fronds monthly to remove dust and increase humidity. Feed once a month during the growing season. Do not re-pot unless absolutely needed. The fragile roots of the Kentia Palm are easy to break and will not re-produce.

Kentia Palm

5- Parlor Palm

The Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is named after the room it grows best in–the parlor, which is the name given to an interior sitting room of the home. This low light indoor tree is easy to care and ideal for any room of your home or office. It’s a slow growing tree with rich green, slightly arched leaves. Parlor Palms are popular and hardy, often being handed down from one generation to the next.

Place this indoor tree plant away from direct sunlight. Bright indirect sunlight will dry the tree out and make it susceptible to disease. Water only when soil dries out. Feed a balanced fertilizer once a month.

This indoor tree rarely needs re-potting and will grow to a mature height of 8-10 feet. The dark green palm fronds can grow up 6 feet long, so it will need space to grow tall and wide.

Parlor Palm tree

6- Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise tree (Caesalpinia) is more of a tall houseplant than a tree. This indoor tree is unique because it blooms. The fiery red-orange blooms are long lasting, appearing in mid-summer and lasting for weeks. The unique blooms resemble a bird in flight.

This low light indoor tree will reach around 10 feet tall when mature and have a 6 foot spread.

Native to Texas, Bird of Paradise thrives under dry conditions. Only water when top inch of soil is dry. Fertilize every other week when tree is actively growing.

Bird of Paradise

7- Norfolk Island Pine

This evergreen tree resembles a traditional Christmas tree and is often decorated as one during the Holiday season. Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) are not true pine trees and are not cold hardy. They will die if exposed to temperatures below 35 degrees.

These are slow growing trees which will eventually reach a mature height of 6 feet. They can be placed outside during the summer in a shady location. However, the Norfolk Island Pine helps to purify indoor air, so it’s good to keep them indoors year around.

Norfolk Island Pines enjoy high humidity and indirect light. Only water when the top inch of soil is dry and feed with a balanced, water soluble fertilizer spring through summer.

Norfolk Island Pine

8- Fishtail Palm

This low light indoor tree gets its name from the shape of the fronds it produces. The jagged edged thin leaves hang down and resemble a fishtail.

Fishtail Palms (Caryota) are tropical plants and grow best in rooms where the temperatures are 70-80 during the day, and 60 at night during the active growing months. When weather cools and the Fishtail Palm’s growth slows down, air temperature of around 50 degrees during the winter months encourages the tree to rest and store energy for the next growing season.

This slow growing tree also loves humidity and should be misted every other day or kept in a room with a humidifier.

Fishtail Palm tree

9- Corn Plant

Despite its name, the Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) is not edible, but it is a nice looking indoor plant that grows quite large. The indoor tree will also help keep the air clean.

The thick trunk curves in interesting shapes and the long, strappy leaves are striped lime green and cream and resemble the leaves of corn stalk. Older trees may produce a strongly scented flower, but it’s rare.

The Corn Plant may drop some its leaves when you first bring it home due to the shock of being moved. It will quickly recover and produce new leaves. If the plant is over-fed or over-watered, leaves will turn yellow and drop off.

Place Corn Plant in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight. Also, keep it away from drafts. Water and feed sparingly. This indoor tree will grow slowly to eventually reach a mature height of around 6 feet. It can be pruned to keep at a desired height.

Corn Plant

10- Umbrella Tree

This low maintenance, low light indoor tree is covered with large, bright green glossy leaves that draw the eye towards it. The size of an Umbrella tree (Schefflera amata) grown indoors is determined by the size of the container it’s planted in. One planted outdoors can reach a mature height of 50 feet, but a container grown one can be kept at a more manageable 5 feet or less. The Umbrella Tree is fast growing and will need regular pruning to keep it at a desired height and width.

Place Umbrella tree near a north facing window and keep room temperature between 55-75degrees. Water thoroughly, then allow soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering this indoor tree will cause root rot and powdery mildew. It’s a tropical tree and does like a light misting twice a week.

Fertilize once a month during the growing season and wipe the dust off of leaves monthly with a soft, damp cloth.

 Umbrella Tree

11- Yucca

Large, woody stems produce sword shaped leaves on the Yucca tree (Yucca elephantipes). This indoor tree helps purify the room air and needs very little care. Native to the Caribbean, the sword shaped leaves will grow between 1-2 feet in length. Dust the leaves monthly.

Yuccas will reach a mature height of around 10 feet and are drought tolerant. Ideal indoor plant for people who are frequent travelers, it can even tolerate large temperature changes. This tree can be moved outdoors in a shady location during the summer, but must be brought back indoor before the first frost.

Yucca Tree

12- Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is an ornamental tree that makes statement in any room of the home. The tall growing tree (up to 10 feet) produces large, flat leaves all the way up the trunk.

This is one of the best houseplants for low light areas. The Fiddle Leaf Fig will tolerate indirect sunlight, but it will drop its leaves if placed in a drafty location. Keep away from exterior doors and air vents.

The tree will also develop brown leaves that fall off if it’s over-watered. Dust leaves with a soft cloth once a month to prevent dust buildup, and give the entire Fiddle Leaf Fig tree a shower once a year in the spring.

Allow soil to dry out completely between watering. Feed every two weeks during active growth using a balanced fertilizer.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

13- African Candelabra

The African Candelabra tree (Euphorbia ammak) is a cactus look-alike. These trees are native to Southern Africa, but will grow well indoors in any part of the world.

These are succulents and need very little water in spring and summer, and should only watered once a month during the winter months. Old, mature African Candelbras will reach 6 feet tall when mature, but that will take a few years since they are slow growing.

Also known as Milk Tree, this low light indoor tree produces a milky sap that can irritate skin and eyes. The milky sap is toxic if ingested and this tree should not be grown around children or pets.

Euphorbia ammak

14- Tree Fern

Native to Australia, the Tree Fern (Dicksonia) has fronds like a fern and a thick trunk covered with fur. The feathery fronds can unfurl to reach mature lengths of 4 feet, with the tree height reaching 6-10 feet when mature.

Tree Ferns love moisture, so keep the soil moist at all times and mist tree weekly. Place tree in a bright room, but not in direct sunlight. Prune off lower fronds as they die back and turn brown.

Mature Tree Ferns are heavy feeders and will need to be fed with water soluble plant food every two week from spring through fall.

Tree Fern Tree

15- Rubber Tree

Very attractive plant with glossy leaves, the Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) is popular for indoor growing because of its easy care nature. The tree will reach a mature height of between 3-6 feet and will need to be re-potted every year in well draining potting soil until it reach the height you desire. The larger the container, the larger the tree will grow.

Rubber Trees are heavy feeders and drinkers. Feed weekly during the growing season with a weak solution of water soluble fertilizer to quench the tree’s thirst and hunger.

Wipe leaves off once a month to remove dust and keep them glossy.

Rubber Tree Indoor

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7 Effective Homemade Mouse Poisons Used To Kill Mice http://theselfsufficientliving.com/homemade-mouse-poisons-kill-mice/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/homemade-mouse-poisons-kill-mice/#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:28:23 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5216  

homemade mouse poisonAny home or business may experience a pair of mice taking up residence. Unfortunately, that pair of mice have the potential of turning into over one hundred mice in a year’s time. A female mouse is ready to breed in six weeks after birth. She can produce up to 10 liters per year, with up to 14 tiny mice in each liter.

It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out a home or business can quickly become infested with unwanted rodents. Every dwelling needs a plan for the best way to get rid of mice, so that as soon at one rat is spotted, action can be taken to prevent an infestation.

Look over these 7 effective homemade mouse poisons used to kill mice and print out the ones that you think will work best for your mice problem. The recipes and how to use them are also included. As a bonus, not all of these ‘poisons’ are true poisons and are safe for use around household pets. Other recipes are for homemade rat poisons concocted to kill mice and will be toxic to pets. Read and follow directions carefully so only the unwanted rodents will be harmed, not pets or children.

** Mice are almost blind and travel close to walls, feeling their way with whiskers. Place whatever type of mouse poison you make close to a wall, baseboard or cabinet wall for best results.

Related: Homemade mouse traps, Homemade mosquito trap, homemade fruit fly traps, homemade wasp traps, getting rid of moles and natural tick repellents.

Homemade Mouse Poisons To Deal With Mouse Problem

1- Instant Mashed Potatoes

This is a pet-friendly and kid safe DIY recipe that will effectively and efficiently get rid of a mouse.

If your see a mouse or evidence a mouse has been in an area (droppings or chewed items), place two tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes flakes in a shallow lid and place in the location. The mice will eat the potatoes flakes and become very thirsty. They will seek out water and drinking the water will cause the instant mashed potato flakes to swell up in their stomachs and kill them.

Pets and kids probably won’t disturb the potato flakes, but if they do consume the small amount of instant mashed potatoes it won’t harm them.

You can entice the mouse even more by sprinkling a little artificial sweetener over the instant potato flakes. The sweet aroma and taste is irresistible to mice, and artificial sweeteners, like Equal and Nutrisweet, are deadly to mice.

2- Peanut Butter And Artificial Sweetener

Cheap, easy and effective way to get rid of mice. As long as there is no one in the household with a peanut allergy, this is one of the best mouse poisons.

Mice love peanut butter and the aroma is intoxicating to them, drawing them to scent from great distances. Purchase the cheapest peanut butter available and mix in an inexpensive brand of artificial sweetener to create poison that is deadly to mice, yet safe for humans and pets.

Mix in two packets of artificial sweetener (any brand, as long as it contains Aspartame) into two teaspoons of creamy peanut butter. Roll into balls that are slightly larger than a pea. Place this peanut butter balls in areas where mice or evidence of mice have been spotted. If there are any mice anywhere in the building they will soon come after this irresistible and deadly treat.

Peanut butter and instant mashed potato flakes can be used to create rat poison balls too. Add a little artificial sweetener to that mixture also.

3- Cement Mix

A little bit of cement mix will go a long way when used to kill rats. This homemade mouse poison can only be used where there are no pets as this will bring about sure death for pets too. Keep this mixture away from areas where children may be too.

Dry cement mix will harden in the digestive system of mice and kill them very quickly. But you have to get the mice to eat the mix, so a tasty filler ingredient is needed.

Peanut butter is a good filler ingredient to mix with dry cement mix. The peanut butter does not contain enough moisture to cause the cement mix to harden. Create this mouse poison by mixing equal parts of cement mix and peanut butter. Sprinkle a little artificial sweetener into the mix if you want to make it even more tasty to mice.

Roll into small balls, about the size of peas, and place along walls where mice have been spotted.

Keep a close check on these cement balls and change them every two days if left untouched by the mice. The cement tends to harden after a couple days of exposure to the elements and rats won’t touch it unless it’s soft.

4- Baking Soda

Safe for kids and pets, deadly for rats. Baking soda can be found in most kitchens and is a needed ingredient in baked goods. It’s also a natural product that is used to treat indigestion and several other health and household issues. It is also one of the best mice poisons.

Humans often mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink to settle an upset stomach. The baking soda reduces stomach acid and creates carbon dioxide in the digestive system that is naturally eliminated. Mice are incapable of expelling carbon dioxide like humans can. After a mouse ingests baking soda, the gas builds up inside the stomach or intestines until the mouse explodes.

Baking soda will have to be mixed with a filler food to entice a rat to eat it. Peanut butter is a good choice. Mix equal parts of peanut butter and baking soda together, form pea sized balls and place where mice have been seen. *Avoid this homemade mouse poison if anyone in the building has a peanut allergy.

Mix equal amounts of flour, sugar and baking soda, then place the powder mixture in a shallow lid and place near a wall where mice have been spotted. This mixture is safe for children and pets.

Cocoa powder has an enticing chocolate scent that will attract mice. Mix equal part of cocoa nd baking soda, then place in a shallow lid near a wall.

5- Plaster of Paris

This is a common product used to create molds and casts. It can also be used as a homemade mouse killer.

Plaster of Paris is a dry product and must be mixed with liquid to be used for its intended purpose. As an alternative rodent poison, the product will need to be mixed with another dry food ingredient to entice mice to eat it.

Mix dry Plaster of Paris with sugar or corn meal to create a tasty rodent meal. Place the dry ingredients in a shallow jar lid in the area where mice have been seen. Once eaten, the Plaster of Paris will mix with the moisture inside the rat’s stomach and harden, bringing about a quick death.

This is not safe to use around pets or children. Check jar lids every other day and replace product for best results.

6- Vitamin D

Crushed vitamin D tablets are effective at killing mice. Consuming vitamin D causes the calcium level in a mouse to rise up to level that will cause calcification of the heart. This calcification will kill the mouse, but it will be a slow process. The mouse will have to consume the vitamin D over a two-three day period before death occurs.

Crush three vitamin D tablets and mix into a tablespoon of peanut butter. Roll into pea size balls and place where rodents have been seen, but away from children and pets.

7- Chicken Broth and Boric Acid

The aroma of chicken broth will lure mice in and entice them to eat. The boric acid concealed under the chicken aroma will kill the rat soon after it has been consumed.

Place two tablespoons of dry boric acid (found near the laundry products at the supermarket) in a small bowl. Slowly pour chicken broth into the boric acid, adding just enough to make a paste. Roll into pea sized balls and place in a location where mice have been seen, but away from children and pets. These balls will dry out quickly and rats will not eat them after they dry out, so replace daily for best results.

Where Do Mice Come From?

Mice can enter a structure through a variety of ways, and they are looking for a food source and shelter. Since the breeding and birthing process happens every 21 days, the ideal location will have a dark, shelter area to have babies with food and water nearby.

A mouse can climb very well and will enter a building through an open window, even on a second or third floor level. Cracks or cervices in the foundation is an open invitation for a rat to come in. All it needs is a 1/4 inch space and it’s in. Mice will easily chew through caulking or insulation to gain entry.

Mice are very attracted to spilled food and beverages, clutter and trash. The cleaner the environment, the less likely it is to have a rodent infestation. Keep outside free of debris and minimize the amount of clutter and stored items indoors to reduce the likelihood of rodents taken up residence in your home or office building.

Store all boxed food items, especially cereal grains, in glass jars. Mice can smell food through cardboard boxes and will easily chew through them to the food stored inside the box. Don’t leave pet food bowl out at night either, dry dog or cat food are favorite food sources for mice.

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12 Homemade Mouse Traps That Work Great To Catch Mouse And Rates http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-homemade-mouse-traps-catch-mouse-and-rates/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-homemade-mouse-traps-catch-mouse-and-rates/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:08:25 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5185 Building a homemade mouse trap will help you rid your home of rats. Let’s face it; no one loves having rats running all over their houses. Those little miscreants can be annoying. Although they may look harmless, these rats can cause considerable damage to your properties. They feed on your foodstuffs, urinate on your items, chew on our furniture’s, leave their droppings all over the place and also carry several deadly diseases.

Related: Homemade mosquito trap, homemade fruit fly traps, homemade wasp traps, getting rid of moles and natural tick repellents.

Making a homemade mouse trap is the best solution if you are tired of those furry creators running around your home. Below are 12 homemade mouse traps that work great to catch mouse and rates.

1. Simple ‘No-Kill’ Mouse Trap

Rats can be annoying; they are fast and cunning. However, you can follow this plan to make a “no kill” DIY mouse trap to enable you to catch and get them off your home. The trap is very simple to make. You will need a tube; like the one from your toilet paper.

First, you have to flatten the side, so it doesn’t easily roll. Then position the tube halfway on a table, so it extends over the counter or any other elevated surface.

Set a trash can or any deep bucket just right under the overhanging tube, and place raisin (little peanut butter) at the front of the tube on the table, and another one on the overhanging part of the tube.

This way, when the mouse eats the first raising on the table and tries to get to the other part in the tube, it will fall into the bucket.

Have in mind that the rats will try to jump out when it falls inside the bucket, so you should use a bucket that’s tall enough.

DIY mouse trap

2. Repeating Mouse Trap

Standard mouse traps are a onetime shot when sprung you will need to reset it to work again. Also, it can only catch one rat at a time. However, you can build this simple repeating DIY mouse trap that works well to rid some rats one time. You will only need to concern about it when it’s time to remove the caught rats.

You don’t need to spend to build this trap; it can be constructed entirely with items you already have at home.

You will need a deep plastic bucket that can take up to five gallons of water, a paper or Styrofoam plate, a metal hanger and some sticks. You can quickly get a plastic bucket around your home. You can use those for paints or laundry detergent. Using one of them will amount to recycling to keep the environment clean.

After getting the items, drill two holes on both sides of the bucket, aiming for the centre. Then cut out the plain side of the metal coat hanger (the side without the twisting).

Turn the plate upside down and position it, so it’s resting slightly on the rim of the bucket, then drill tiny holes on the plate so that the wire can pass straight to the holes on both sides of the bucket. Then run the wire all through ensuring the plate rests slightly on the rim of the bucket. Then fill the bucket halfway with water and drop a stick or two on the side of the bucket so rats can easily access the bucket. You can also spread peanut butter on the edge of the plat to attract rats.

The idea is that, when a mouse climbs the bucket in an attempt to get the peanut on the plate, the plate will flip and the mouse will fall into the water. You can catch a countless number of rats with this trap.

Repeating Mouse Trap

3. Homemade Mouse Trap

If you are interested in building a bucket mouse trap with common supplies in your home, then this is the best mouse trap for you. The trap works perfectly, and it’s easy to build.

To build this homemade mouse traps, you will need a 5-gallon bucket or a wire coat hanger or metal rod and a tin or pop can. You will also need a driller to pore holes, a piece of wood and some peanut butter.

Firstly, you will need to drill holes on opposite sides of the bucket; it should be close to the top and in the middle of the bucket.  The hole should be the same diameter as the rod or wire.

Next, you will drill holes at the bottom and top of the pop can. Don’t use the opening on the can, drill a separate hole wide enough to allow the can twist and roll on the metal rod.

Now thread the rod through one of the holes on the bucket, and the through both holes on the can, and the other hole on the bucket, such that the can Is held in-between the bucket.

Now, spread the pieces of peanut butter all over the can, get place the wood scrap and place it like a ramp leading to the top of the bucket.

The idea here is that, when rats sight the peanut butter, they will attempt to access it by climbing to the top of the bucket to the can. When they do, the can will roll over, and the mouse will fall into a bucket of water.

Homemade Mouse Trap

4. Wooden Cell Mousetrap

This plan involves building a functional and useful wooden cell mousetrap. You will need a hanger wire; soup can with lid and two rubber bands. The project contains instructions on how to build this DIY mouse trap. The design is like a wooden cell. It has the form of a rectangular cylinder with both sides covered with tiny metal rods. The plan can also be built with a tin can instead of wood, following the instructions.

Wooden Cell Mousetrap

5. Cheap Homemade Mouse Trap

Making homemade mouse traps is easy and most times doesn’t cost a dime, as you can get every bit of supply you need within your home. This plan involves building one of these cheap but very functional rat traps. You will need at least three rubber-bands and an Altoids tin to get started. The trap is designed such that when the rat gets in to get whatever is placed inside, it gets trapped.

Cheap Homemade Mouse Trap

6. Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

If you have a soda bottle lying around in your home, then you can use it to create this bottle mouse trap. You can easily find a soda bottle if you don’t have one at home. Aside from the bottle, you will also need a metal coat hanger, a cloth clip and a 2×4 piece of wood. You will also need screws, nails and a few tools like drills, hammer, screwdriver, cutter, pliers.  After getting the materials, you can then follow the plan to make the trap.

Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

7. Mouse Traps For Garden

Rats can be annoying; they chew on just about anything they come in contact with, including your garden plants and fruits. To avoid this, you can build this 5 gallons mousetrap. All you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a pop can, metal rod, a long piece of wood and nails. You can then follow the instructions to build the DIY mouse trap.

Mouse Traps For Garden

8. Mouse Trap With Plastic Bottle

To build this DIY mouse trap, you will need a long plastic cylinder with only one side open. If you have a medium-sized water bottle, you can cut off the top for the purpose. You will also need two tiny pieces of wood and a bigger sized board, as well as glue, magnet and other smaller materials. The plan contains a video that shows the steps to build the trap and how to trap a mouse with it.

9. Bowl Mouse Trap

This idea involves building a homemade mouse trap that can adequately capture rats with a bowl. You will also need other materials like a thick wood board, wooden chopsticks and tape. It also requires something to use as bait to lure the mouse. The trap is designed in such a way that when a mouse tries to eat on the bait, it’s covered and captured in the bowl. You can quickly build this trap following the video instructions.

Bowl Mouse Trap

10. Rattrap From A Cardboard Box

This is another excellent DIY rat trap idea that involves making a trap with a cardboard box and a few other materials you can easily find around the house. You will need a wooden meter rule, string, rubber band and a small length of metal wire. The plan contains a video which you can follow to build this trap.

11. Rat Trap Using PVC & Plastic Bottle

This is about the best mousetrap, and it’s straightforward to build. It can capture multiple rats at a time. You will need a water bottle, PVC of about the same size as the water bottle and masking tape. After building the trap, you will put baits across the entrance and inside the trap.

The trap is designed so that rats eating on the bait will eventually fall into the water bottle at the edge of the trap. The plan contains a video that illustrates how to build the trap.

Rat Trap Using PVC & Plastic Bottle

12. Humane Mousetrap

This is a tetchier humane mouse trap designed to help you capture and rid your home of mouse and rats. The design is a box constructed from melamine offcuts and held together with nails. It has a spring-loaded door that’s connected to an infrared beam which energizes a solenoid. The electronic part of the trap runs on a 12-volt DC supply, its designed such that when the rat, enters the box to eat up the bait, its interrupts the infrared beam, releasing the spring door and capturing it.

Humane Mousetrap

Conclusively, if you are looking for how to get rid of rats, then any of the above listed homemade mouse traps will be a good fit. Just go through the plan and build according to instructions.

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7 Popular Giant Rabbit Breeds To Raise As Pets http://theselfsufficientliving.com/giant-rabbit-breeds-to-raise-as-pets/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/giant-rabbit-breeds-to-raise-as-pets/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 03:24:59 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5163 Rabbits are cute, cuddly and make excellent pets, especially giant rabbit breeds. These over-sized balls of fur come in a wide range of sizes (up to 22 pounds!), colors, and temperaments. Rabbits can be kept indoor or outdoors and make loving pets for young and old alike.

If you think bigger is better and are looking for a new pet, consider some of these giant rabbit breeds to raise as pets. They are as easy to care for as a dog or cat, and these large breeds enjoy your companionship and don’t have burrowing tendencies. Here are the 7 most popular giant rabbit breeds that are easy to raise as pets.

1- Flemish Giant Rabbit

Originating in the Flemish region, these gentle giants are known as the King of Rabbits because they are the largest member of the giant rabbit breed.

A normal adult Flemish Giant will weigh in at around 14 pounds, but they often grow much heavier and can reach an adult weight of 22 pounds (that’s the size of a medium dog). Females (does) will weigh more than males (bucks) when full grown.

Flemish Giants have a docile and gentle nature if they are socialized from a young age. Coat colors range from white to sandy, to light gray or steel gray, blue, and black.

A Flemish giant bunny will need a giant place to live. A standard cage will not be large enough to house the big bunny and many owners dedicate an entire indoor room to them and provide them with a dog lot to play in outdoors.

Flemish Giant Rabbit

2- Giant Angora

The long white fur and pink eyes of the Giant Angora rabbit are show-stoppers. This giant bunny originated in Turkey and were kept by French Royalty in the 1700‘s so the rabbits could be shaved and their fur woven into soft angora wool.

This floppy-ear big bunny has a calm and easy going personality and make excellent pets. Grooming will be needed to keep their long fur soft and tangle-free. Males will weigh around 9 pound at adulthood and females will weigh in at around 10 pounds.

This giant rabbit breed is happy indoors or outdoors, but those housed outside must be provided protection from drafts, extreme weather and predators.

Giant Angora rabbit

3- Giant Chinchilla Rabbit

A soft, gentle giant that is one of the biggest rabbit varieties recommended as pets for senior citizens and young children. Their calm, gentle nature make them ideal house pets and their easy-care fur requires very little maintenance.

These big bunnies love to lounge around the house and keep a watchful eye on their human family.

Giant chinchilla rabbits originated in the Untied States around 1920 and will weight between 12-15 pounds when grown. These large rabbit breeds have a blue-gray fur coat, with a white under belly and black tail. Eye colors can be brown, blue-grey or marbled. They have a life expectancy of around 10 years.

Giant Chinchilla Rabbit

4- Checkered Giant

Also known as Giant Papillons, this giant rabbit breed has a long body and long legs. Adult males will weigh in at 11 pound, adult females around 12 pounds. The origin of this large rabbit breed is unknown, but many experts agree that it’s a cross between a Flemish Giant and some other breed. The color pattern of the Checkered Giant is unique – it has a white coat and black or blue markings that form circles around the eyes, a butterfly on the nose, a strip of dark fur down the spine and various markings on the face and body.

Checkered Giants have a tendency to be nervous and may bite, but each rabbit has it’s own unique temperament.

Checkered Giant Rabbit

Giant French Lop

The name tells us where this big bunny originated from – France. This giant breed was created by  breeding a English Lop and a butterfly rabbit.

Their soft, dense fur comes in a variety of colors and these rabbits are have short legs and a heavy frame. Adults will weigh between 12-15 pounds and have ears that ‘lop down on each side of the head.

Arguably the most intelligent of all giant rabbit breeds, French Lop bunnies make good companions and are very tolerant of children. This is a social breed and does best when paired with another rabbit.

Giant French Lop Rabbit

Continental Giant Rabbit

The continental giant bunny, another intelligent breed that is friendly playful and easy to train. These large bunnies can be trained to use a litter box and will respond to their names. Said to be the oldest rabbit breed, these big bunnies originated in Belgium in the 16th century and made their way to the United States in the 19th century.

Continental giant rabbits have long muscular bodies and broad hind quarters. The breed includes two varieties – White Continental or Colored Continental. Both varieties in any color will have a dense, shiny fur coat that will need regular grooming.

Continentals can reach an adult weight of 35 pounds and have a life expectancy of 4-7 years.

Continental Giant Rabbit

British Giant Rabbit

This big bunny is native to the United kingdom and is rarely seen anywhere else. It will reach an adult weight of between 12-15 pounds and will have a life span of around 6 years.

British Giant rabbit have a sweet personality and are very friendly and social animals. These make great pets for children and seniors citizen, as long as they are given plenty of space to move around. An outdoor enclosed space or inside room is ideal for these giant rabbits so they will have ample room to hop about and stretch out.

They can live their entire life indoors because of their calm, easy going nature. British Giants are hardy and have few health problems, however they are prone to become obese which will make moving and self-grooming difficult for them.

Their coat colors include steel grey, opal, sable, white, blue, and black. Their medium length fur is soft, dense and will need regular grooming.

British Giant Rabbit

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25 DIY Screen Door Projects To Keep Out Uninvited Invaders http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-screen-doors/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-screen-doors/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:55:33 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5121 Building a DIY screen door is a fantastic project to beautify and add character to your home. It’s also the best way to protect your home from pests and bugs when you open your door to let in fresh air.

A DIY screen door is easy to build and with summer already here, you can also make one to keep out bugs from your home, patio or garage, so you can enjoy the sweet summer breeze.

You may also like to see other similar articles: diy screen in porchdiy barn doors , plants to keep flies and mosquitoes away, homemade pesticides, Fruit fly traps and natural tick repellents

Here are 25 DIY screen door projects to keep out uninvited invaders from your home.

DIY Screen Door Ideas With Tutorials

1. Wooden Screen Door

This plan involves making a DIY screen door from wood boards and other materials. The project is easy and requires no specific carpentry skill; however, you will need a few carpentry tools to get it done. On completing the project, you can then paint it with your desired color.

Wooden Screen Door

2. Single 2X6 Screen Door

This DIY project involves replacing an old and worn out screen-door. The original plan was made with a single 2×6 wood, it has a video which gives a step by step guide on how to make the screen door.

The project can be completed within a day, and costs just around $15. You can also tweak the plan and change the size to suit your door frame.

Single 2X6 Screen Door

3. Wood Screen Door

A DIY door allows you to open your door and let in fresh air. If you don’t have one in your home, you can follow this plan to make yourself custom screen doors that will suit your home perfectly. The design is a simple DIY screen door, with a rail at the middle and another dividing the lower part. You will need wood boards and a few other supplies and tools to get started. The plan contains a detailed guide on how you can build the screen door with pictures.

Front Door Screen Door

4. Flat DIY Screen Door

You can follow this plan to create a sturdy and affordable DIY screen door for your home. The design is a modern screen made of lumber wood and other materials. It has a rail diving it at the middle and two others separating the lower part of the screen door. The project is placed at an intermediary difficulty level and requires an essential woodworking skill; however, if you have done one or two DIY projects before, then you can certainly tackle this one.

Flat DIY Screen Door

5. Garden Screen Door

If you have a non- standard door size, it could be hard for you to find your desired screen door at the store, which leaves you with the option of building a customized one that matches the measurement. This project involves making a screen patio door for a nonstandard sized door using a 2×4 wood plumber. The project cost under $35. The design can be precut at the lumber store, so you can easily couple it at home.

Garden Screen Door

6. Plain Screen Door

With summer already here, it’s time to start building some cheap screen doors to let the fresh air into the house, without worrying about pests and bugs. The plan involves building a full-length screen door, without middle rail. The simple design makes it suitable, as it would allow more air in, compared to the covered ones. You will need wooden boards, screen materials and a few other supplies and tools to complete the project.

Plain Screen Door

7. Build a Screen Door

A wooden screen door will be the best choice to keep away crickets and bugs from getting into your home. Already made doors at the store have limited designs and can be quite expensive. The best bet is to buy a door kit and assemble it yourself. Millwork companies make parts for screen doors and have different designs and measurements, so you need to get glue, screening and a few other materials to assemble the screen door.

Build a Screen Door

8. Rustic Screen Door

Screen doors are naturally thin and lightweight to ensure they fit the already occupied door frame, and this causes most screen doors to be flimsy. However, with this plan, you will learn how to make a screen doors that’s sturdy and durable. This DIY screen door is made of rustic wood and can be completed in a day.

The original plan has a rail at the middle and the screen covering its full length to let air in and keep out bugs and insects.

Rustic Screen Door

9. Simple Exterior Door Screen Curtain

If you don’t want to cover your elegant door with a screen door, then you should consider making a screen curtain that can be attached to your front door. This screen curtain idea is perfect, as it allows air into the home, keeps away bugs and enabling easy entry and exit through the door. You will need a roll of Black Fiberglass Screening and some other materials to get this done.

Simple Exterior Door Screen Curtain

10. Screen Door For the Pantry

A new screen door costs about $150 – $200, however with this plan, you can build a customized screen door for as little as $18. The design is very sturdy and durable; it’s made with a 1×4 lumber. The door is separated in the middle by rail. The lower part is covered entirely, while the upper portion carries the screen.

Screen Door For the Pantry

11. Wooden Storm Door

A storm door isn’t just useful for keeping out the wind and rain, it a beautifying factor in your home entrance that your guests see when they visit.  A durable and attractive storm door is essential for every home, and you can follow this plan to build one for yourself. The original plan is a standard sized storm door made from weather-hardy wood, and some other materials. This screen door isn’t hard to make; you just have to follow the instructions on the plan.

Wooden Storm Door

12. DIY Garage Door Screen With a Zipper

Getting a sliding screen door installed in your garage can come at an enormous cost; however, if you need something simple and less costly, then you can make this DIY garage door screen with zipper. This door screen will let fresh air in a while keeping bugs out of your garage. You will need a roll of fiberglass screen and a few other materials to get started.

The design is straightforward; the zipper is in the center of the screen and allows access, in and out of the garage.

DIY Garage Door Screen With a Zipper

13. Reforming An Existing Screen Door

Getting a new screen door that meets your requirement from the store could be quite hectic, and  if you find a sturdy one, it might be ugly. And when you find one that’s beautiful, it might be flimsy. If you decide to buy any available one, then you can follow this plan to tweak it to your taste. You can change the color, size and other aspects of it.

Reforming An Existing Screen Door
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14. Chippendale Screen Door

If you need a stylish screen door for your home, then you should build this Chippendale screen door. The design is an elegant screen door segmented at the middle. While the top is covered with screen, the bottom is beautifully designed. This is one project that will put a smile on your face anytime you return home. You will need wood lumbers, a roll of fiberglass screen and a couple of other materials and tools to build it.

Chippendale Screen Door

15. Simple Wooden Screen Door

It’s always fun to make items in the home yourself. This plan involves making ascreen door for a front door from wooden lumbers and fiberglass screen . The first thing to do before embarking on this project is to know the size of your screen door, and then decide on the design you wish to use. You can tweak the size and design of this plan to meet your specification.

Simple Wooden Screen Door

16. Front Door Screen Door

Having a screen door in place is one way to ensure you enjoy the summer delights. You can open up your door without worrying about bugs and insects. This DIY plan will show you steps on how to make a sturdy, customizable and easy to build DIY screen door that will keep out unwanted flying visitors while letting in fresh air to your home. You should work on every piece of the screen door individually, and paint if you desire, before coupling.

Front Door Screen Door

17. Screen Door From Scrap Wood

This plan involves making a DIY screen door from scrap wood. The design is a fancy standard door sized screen, with a rail at the middle. You will spend less on this project if you have leftover woods from previous DIY projects. The plan is straightforward to build, even for a first time DIYer. Follow the plan and cut out every part of the door before coupling.

Screen Door From Scrap Wood

18. Pallet Board Screen Door

Soon we will experience the warm evening breeze filling the air; and you will likely open the door to enjoy the summer delight. Making this DIY door made from a pallet is the first step to ensuring you have a pleasurable experience, you don’t want bugs under the sofa.

This project is amazingly cheap; it can be completed for about $12 total. The design is straightforward and can be quickly built by anyone with the right tools.

Pallet Board Screen Door

19. Screen Door for Under $50.00

If you want a custom door which is stronger and more durable, then you should consider this DIY screen door. The door is built from plywood, and other essential materials and tools. The design is a farmhouse-style screen door separated at the middle with a rail. The top is sealed with a screen, while the lower part is covered with wood. This DIY screen door will give your home a fabulous curb appeal.

Screen Door for Under $50.00

20. Screen Door From Pine

It’s one thing having a screen door, and another thing having one that adds personality to your home. This plan is tailored to allow you to change both the design and the size as you wish. It’s made of wood pine. You will have to measure the size of your door to know how to shape the plan. The design is a bottom covered screen door with a screen-guarded top.

Screen Door From Pine

21. Sliding Screen Door

This DIY idea involves building a sliding screen door to protect the house from bugs while allowing the entrance of fresh air. Stainless hardware, cedar board, solar mesh and a few other materials are used to build this board. There is also an attached plan for making screen covers for windows from cedar boards. You will need roller tracks and fiberglass screen for this project.

 Sliding Screen Door

22. Pallet Screen Door

If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to get a better cool breeze into your house without worrying about bugs, flies, and insects, then this project is ideal. It involves making a DIY screen door from pallet wood. The total cost for this project is under $25, and it is very easy to make. You need first to salvage the pallet, remove nails and dirt before you start building.

Pallet Screen Door

23. Screen Door Out of an Old Window

This DIY screen door idea was borne out of the maker’s inability to find the right screen door size for her home. It involves salvaging old windows to make fly screen doors. The outcome is a classic screen door with screen covered top and wood covered bottom. The project turned out to be sturdier and durable compared to those you will get from stores.

Screen Door Out of an Old Window

24. Install a Retractable Screen Door

If you love to open your front door, then you will be in trouble if you don’t have a screen door in place. This plan contains instructions on how to install a retractable screen door to keep away pests from your home. This is more suitable for those who may not want to build the screen door from scratch. You will need to purchase the retractable screen door and then follow the guide to install it.

Install a Retractable Screen Door
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25. DIY Adorned Screen Door

It takes money to build a beautiful screen door, however instead of entirely dispersing your existing door; you can follow this plan to remake it into a beautiful antique screen door. This project can be completed in a few hours, and it’s effortless to make. You will need rescreening tools, corner brackets, and a few other materials to get this done.

DIY Adorned Screen Door

Conclusively, building a screen door for your home is the ideal project to embark on with the family during the weekend. It’s a fun activity which will make life easy and more pleasurable for you. Choose one of the listed plans and start building.

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12 DIY Solar Generators You Can Build At A Fraction Of Cost http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-diy-solar-generators-you-can-build-at-a-fraction-of-cost/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/12-diy-solar-generators-you-can-build-at-a-fraction-of-cost/#respond Sat, 28 Jul 2018 22:00:13 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=5054 A DIY solar generator is a must-have item for survivalists and the average Joe alike. Situations arise that cause the loss of power, like the recent flooding and fires many parts of the country have been experiencing, and knowing you have an alternative source of electricity will give you peace of mind.

A DIY solar generator is not only good in cases of emergency, it’s also a great item to have on hand for any outdoor adventure. A portable solar generator is great to take along on camping trips, hunting and fishing trips and even for a day at the beach. Anywhere you want to travel, a homemade generator can provide you enough electricity to power a fan to keep you cool, a heater to keep you warm, charge all your electronics and enough power to keep food cool and cook a meal. Check out these 12 DIY solar generators that you can build at a fraction of the cost of comparable store bought generators.

1- Portable Solar Generator

A tote on wheels hides the batteries inside and the wheels make this DIY solar generator easy to take along where ever you go. The plastic tote lid is replaced with a lightweight particle board lid so the interior components of the DIY generator are protected, yet easy to access.

Portable Solar Generator

2- Power Pack Solar Generator

When you are on the go and need to take the power along with you, this portable power pack is just the thing. Designed to be able to run and charge any type of electronic device or gadget you have, this large power pack is easy to build and cost effective.

Use these step by step instructions to build your own portable solar panel generator for under $200.

Power Pack Solar Generator

3- Solar Generator on Wheels

A bike trailer is used in this design to make the solar panel easy to transported. The bike trailer makes moving the heavy solar panel easy so you can follow the sun and move from one camp site or work site quickly and easily. Just hook the trailer up to your bike and ride to the next location.

This DIY solar generator provides enough power to run several power tools, appliances and electronic devices at the same time.

Solar Generator on Wheels

4- Suitcase Solar Generator

Pack up and move on has never been easier. Take power with wherever you go in a suitcase. Use a small suitcase on wheels when only a small amount of electricity is needed. The wheeled suitcase makes transporting the homemade generator easier. But if you need a lot of electricity for running power tools, just use a bigger suitcase to house all the components of the generator. It will still be portable and easy to load and unload as needed.

Suitcase Solar Generator

5- Pop Up Solar Generator

Easy to build, easy to transport and super easy to set up when you are ready for power. With these free plans, you can design and build a pop up solar powered generator that will meet you specific needs. Great for use at an off grid homestead, camp site or work location. Add on and enlarge the pop up system as needed, fold it up and take it with you when it’s time to move. Simple design produces lots of electrical power.

Pop Up Solar Generator

6- Small Scale Solar Generator

This go-anywhere portable solar generator will meet all the electrical needs of those living in an RV or tiny house. Build this DIY solar generator and meet all the electrical demands of small space living. All the power needed for a comfortable off-grid lifestyle can be provided by this compact, small scale generator.

Small Scale Solar Generator

7- Camping Comfort Solar Generator

Camping in the great outdoors is a fun and rewarding experience. Bonding with family and nature while sleeping under the stars can only be improved by having some creature comforts, like a small refrigerator and a few electronic gadgets. These creature comforts can be powered with this easy to build solar generator. Easy to build and easy to take along on a camping trip.

Camping Comfort Solar Generator

8- Solar Generator Power Supply

This very simple idea provides an excellent power supply for home or camper- the idea is basically to build a box on wheels that any electrical item can be plugged into and it’s powered by the sun.

This detailed instructions will show you how to do just that. The portability of this generator makes it a great choice for taking along on camping trips to inflate air mattresses, power a television and radio and charge various electronics.

Solar Generator Power Supply

9- Low-Cost Solar Generator

If you are in the market for a solar generator and have priced some in the store, you know they don’t come cheap. However, with these detailed instructions you will be able to build a homemade solar generator for under $300.

This is an ideal model to build for emergency usage at home. It’s always good to have a back-up power source when the electricity goes put in bad weather.

Low-Cost Solar Generator

10- 420 Watt Solar Generator

This is a two part instructional video that will show you all the steps needed to build a 420 watt solar powered generator. The second part of video will show you how to hook it up after you have built it. This video takes all the guess-work out of the DIY project and solar generator will provide you with plenty of power or home or camper.

420 Watt Solar Generator

11- Free Energy From Solar Generator

More money in your pocket and all the free energy your household needs can be provided by this DIY solar generator. Follow these detailed pictorial instructions and build your own solar powered generator so you can convert your home to solar power and not have to pay a monthly electric bill again.

Free Energy From Solar Generator

12- Recycled Solar Generator

These free plans will show you how to take old parts from the trash heap and recycle them into a new solar powered generator. A few old solar garden lights and few other recycled components can be fit together to create a small solar generator that provides enough electricity to charge electronics and listen to the radio.

By recycling old parts to capture the power of the sun, you will be helping the planet two ways – you will be minimizing the amount of trash going to the landfill and reducing the amount of natural resources your household consumes.

Recycled Solar Generator

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25 Fabulous DIY Rain Chain Ideas With Tutorials http://theselfsufficientliving.com/25-fabulous-diy-rain-chain-ideas-with-tutorials/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/25-fabulous-diy-rain-chain-ideas-with-tutorials/#respond Sun, 08 Jul 2018 01:47:15 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4938 Mounting DIY rain chains are a beautiful way to harness the power of water; watching the rain chain guide the water from the roof to the ground is a sight to behold.

A DIY rain chain is necessary for every home especially as it helps protect the foundation of your home from water splash while channeling the water wherever you desire. The rain chain not only brings functionality, but it also adds beauty to your home.

If you find this article interesting you may also like to see diy rain barrel, rain gutter ideas and rain garden plants.

Here are fabulous DIY rain chain ideas with tutorials, you can quickly build.

1. Ombre Rain Chain

Rain chains are always fascinating, especially when its made from beautiful copper chains.

Making this copper rain chain is super easy, following this plan; the rain chain is made with terracotta pots held together by a copper chain.

You can complete this project within a few hours, and it requires no particular skill; need some necessary supplies and tools. You can also paint the pot to your desired color.

Ombre Rain Chain

2. Recycled Soda Bottles/Hanging Seedling Rain Chains

This idea involves building a hanging seedling rain chain with recycled soda bottles. The half cut water bottles are designed to hold the soil and the seedlings and get sufficient water for the crops.

This project is very economical as you can get all the required materials and tools within your home. Following this plan, you can complete the project in a few hours.

hanging seedling rain chain

3. Garden Decor Cookie Cutter Rain Chain

For you to have a successful garden in your backyard, you need to water your crops continually. Building a rain chain is one way to get enough water for your tender plants.  This idea involves making a rain chain with cookie cutters, to direct water to the garden or collect water for garden use.

The rain chain will be hanged on the roof, and the water directed to the flower pot or a waiting bowl, to later use to water plants.

Garden Decor Cookie Cutter Rain Chain
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4. Modern Rain Chain

There are so many advantages of a rain chain, and so many reasons to build one; one of it been that divert water from your building. These splashing waters can affect the foundation of your building as well as the painting.

This is a modern rain chain idea made from copper cups lined across a chain. You can also use it to direct the water down to a big barrel, to store water for later use on your garden or lawn.

modern rain chain idea

5. Rain Chain Using Spoons

The rain chain is quite popular in Asia, where it has been used for years to channel water from the roof to the ground; you can make one for your home following this detailed plan which involves building a DIY rain chain using old spoons. It’s a fun project that can be beneficial to your home.

It’s advisable to use thinner spoons, so you can easily bend them. You can place a decorative pot or barrel under the rain chain to collect the water.

Rain Chain Using Spoons

6. Rain Chain from Galvanized Steel Buckets

Rain gutter chains are a perfect alternative to downspouts and can direct rain from your gutter to the ground. They are also amazingly easy to make and requires little supplies.

This idea involves making downspout rain chains with galvanized steel buckets and chains.

Have it in mind that the length of the chain and number of buckets required will be determined by the length of your house to the ground.

Rain Chain from Galvanized Steel Buckets

7. Rain Chain from Wire-Wrapped Rock

Building a rain chain is the ideal fun project to carry out with the kids during the weekend. And you don’t need to spend so much on materials. These downspout rain chains are made with wire wrapped around rocks.

The rocks are placed and held in between the floral wire. The rain chain can be crafted within a few hours and costs less than ten bucks.  You can use it to channel water to the garden or a flower pots.

Rain Chain from Wire-Wrapped Rock

8. DIY Slag Glass Rain Chain!

Making a rain chain ranks amongst one of the best outdoor decorations; It’s sure always to catch the attention of anyone coming towards it; Making your home look beautiful while providing functionality.

This plan involves making an elegant rain chain with gauge wire and slag glass. The cable will be tightly wrapped around several slag glasses according to the length of your building.

DIY Slag Glass Rain Chain

9. Rain Chain from Aluminum Funnels

The rain chain is a pleasing water feature which has long been popular in Japan and is beginning to trend in the USA. Tame the rain with this budget rain chain which is a perfect replacement for gutter downspouts. This project is a lot of fun to make and is inexpensive. Its made with aluminum funnels, held by galvanized chains. You need to determine the height of the building so that you can know the length of string and the number of funnels required.

Rain Chain from Aluminum Funnels

10. Rain Chain from Copper Pipe

Buying an already made rain chain is quite expensive. You can confirm that from the store or with s simple Google search. It’s even more costly if it’s made of copper.

However, following a DIY plan, you can make a copper rain chain within a few hours for far less Cost. The project involves using a flexible copper pipe of a considerable length to make the chain, which you can then hang on the roof to channel water outpour.

Rain Chain from Copper Pipe

11. Oui Yogurt Jar Rain Chain

Yoghurts are so yummy and eating it out of the cute little jar will most likely make anyone feel like a fancy French lady. Now, Instead of just wasting those little jars; embark on a fun project and use them to create a rain gutter chain. The idea is pretty simple, and the project can be completed in a few hours with just a few tools.

Oui Yogurt Jar Rain Chain

12. Mini Flower Pot Rain Chain

A rain chain is like jewelry for your home. It’s very popular in Asia and has been used for years to gracefully control the path of water away from the walls or into barrels. This plan involves making a DIY rain chain with small flower pots, held with string. The project is straightforward, even for a first time DIYer, it can be completed under 2 hours and cost very little.

Mini Flower Pot Rain Chain

13. Copper Rain Chain Succulent Planter

Many people wants to see rain chains as an alternative to regular downspouts, as they work just as well. However, it offers more than that; with the needed materials, and following this plan, you can make a functional rain chain which can also be utilized as a succulent planter. The rain chain is made of copper, which makes it even more beautiful. The project will only take two hours to complete and requires just a few supplies.

Copper Rain Chain Succulent Planter

14. Rain Chain With Copper Fork and Spoon

Spring rains are a rare gift in most of the country. You can take advantage of the precipitation, by making a rain chain to ensure the runoff isn’t wasted or even splashing down on your foundation.

The DIY idea involves making a rain chain with forks and spoons, which are twisted into exciting shapes and joined at the tips to create the long downward chain. The project will turn out to be decorative and very functional.

Rain Chain With Copper Fork and Spoon

15. Front Door Driftwood Garland

Need something different from copper and much more inexpensive? Then you should make this farmhouse-inspired rain chain made of driftwood

The project also serves as décor, while even controlling the motion of water. You need to get driftwoods in large quantity and also ensure the driftwoods are the same length so that it will look nice. The woods are held together with twine.

Front Door Driftwood Garland

16. Rain Chain Using Shower Curtain Hooks

DIY is always about creativity and using less costly methods to achieve excellent results, and this rain chain made with shower curtain and hooks perfectly depict that.

It provides a creative, beautiful and inexpensive way to get water from the downspout into a barrel or a plant pot.

Shower hooks make great rain chains as they are metal and heavy, which means they can’t be blown by the wind. Also, they are intended for the shower, which also rules out the possibility of rusting.

Rain Chain Using Shower Curtain Hooks

17. DIY Tart Tins Rain Chain & Suncatcher

Rain chain makes excellent decoration, and they also provide functionality. This DIY rain chain can be created with tart tins and anything you have that can survive the outdoor, especially beads. The tart tins are held with a solid wire and beads can be added between each tart tin.

You will be happy with the result, as it will it be beautiful, and functional.

DIY Tart Tins Rain Chain & Suncatcher

18. Neon Zip Tie Rain Chain

This is another fun DIY project to embark with the family. It involves making a rain chain out of Neon Zip ties and wooden beads. You will make loops from the large zip ties and attach them to one another.

This provides a beautiful alternative to downspouts and helps correctly guide the rain from the roof, away from your home’s foundation. The water can be channeled into a barrel or just to the ground.

Neon Zip Tie Rain Chain

19. Hanging Yogurt Cup Waterfall

This project involves using some yogurt cups and bakers twine to create a functional rain chain to channel the movement of water off your roof. The twine is used to tie the cups together, and it’s then hanged in the right spot on the roof.

This project is straightforward to make and requires no prior experience. You need to know how to tie a knot to do this.

Hanging Yogurt Cup Waterfall

20. Plastic Cup Rain Chain

If you still haven’t chosen a DIY rain chain to make, then this plan which involves creating one with plastic cups will be ideal. The plastic cup will be held by a chain through the middle. You can use various colors of plastic cups to make it more beautiful.

This project is inexpensive and can be completed within a few hours. You need a few tools to couple the whole components.

Plastic Cup Rain Chain

21. Rain Chain From Copper

Copper made rain chains tend to give a peaceful trickling sound, as they catch the water and gently spills it to prevent erosion. They are quite costly when you want to buy from the store. However, following this DIY plan, you can make an affordable copper rain chain for your home. The project is easy to set up, and you only need a few materials.

Rain Chain From Copper

22. Copper Wire And Polished Stones Rain Chains

Add Style Outdoors with by making this rain chain. This rain chain is made with copper wire and polished stones. The wire is wrapped around each rock to hold it and then joined with copper strings. You can hang the chain to the gutter and place a bowl underneath to collect the water.

Copper Wire And Polished Stones Rain Chains

23. Little Watering Cans Rain Chain

You will be surprised with the outcome if you price a rain chain in a store; some of the least costly goes for around $80 to $100. Howbeit, you can follow a DIY plan to build this beautiful rain chain for less than $15.

The project is done with tiny garden watering Cans and metal chain. You can use different colors of the cup to make it look more beautiful.

Little Watering Cans Rain Chain
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24. Recycled Soda Bottles as Hanging Seedling Rain Chains

DIY rain chains are fun things to build with the family, and it only gets better when you won’t have to spend a dime on it. This is another garden planter rain chain idea. Its made with soda bottles and straws, which you should probably have in your home. You can make this project to grow seedlings in your home.  It is very simple to make and doesn’t take long.

Recycled Soda Bottles as Hanging Seedling Rain Chains

25. Rain Chain Using Vintage Tarte Tins

If you are searching for an elegant modern rain chain to make, then this DIY project will be ideal. The project involves constructing a rain chain with vintage tart tins, and metal chains. The plan is straightforward to build and cost below $20.

Rain Chain Using Vintage Tarte Tins
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Rain chains are a beautiful, creative and functional replacement for gutter downspouts. Listed above are some beautiful and inexpensive rain chains you can make for your home.

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13 Homemade Mosquito Trap Ideas To Get Rid Of Mosquitos http://theselfsufficientliving.com/homemade-mosquito-trap-ideas-to-get-rid-of-mosquitos/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/homemade-mosquito-trap-ideas-to-get-rid-of-mosquitos/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 22:03:51 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4890 A homemade mosquito trap is an inexpensive and easy way to make outdoor summer activities more enjoyable. One of the main issues that keep people indoors during summertime is the abundance of mosquitoes. Not only are the tiny creatures annoying as they buzz around the head and face area, their bites are painful and potentially dangerous.

Several deadly disease are carried and transmitted by mosquitoes, including several types of encephalitis, west nile virus, zika virus, dengue and yellow fever. Beloved pets are at risk when bitten by a mosquito, heart worms are transmitted to dogs when bitten by a carrier.

A homemade mosquito trap will help protect your health (and the health of your pets) while you and your family enjoy having a BBQ and swimming party in your backyard. Some of the DIY mosquito trap designs are so small that they can be discreetly placed so no one has to be aware that a mosquito catcher is around.

You may also like to check out: plants to repel mosquitoes and flies, homemade fruit fly traps, homemade wasp traps, homemade tick repellents, homemade pesticides, garden pests and ways to control themgetting rid of snails and slugs, getting rid of moles, beneficial garden pests.

These disease-carrying blood suckers also find their way inside our home, so it’s advisable to build an indoor mosquito trap to work in conjunction with outdoor traps. You will have the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes with these 13 homemade mosquito trap ideas.

  1. Soda Bottle Homemade Mosquito Trap

Recycle a soda bottle into an efficient mosquito catcher that will work both outdoors and indoors. The remaining ingredients needed to make this design will cost less than $5.

The water, sugar and yeast in the bottom of the recycled soda bottle create a cloud of carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes. Once inside the bottle, the flying pests can’t escape. The black paper around the exterior of the bottle creates an inviting dark environment for the pests while hiding from view the mosquito carcasses inside.

Soda Bottle Homemade Mosquito Trap

  1. Five Gallon Bucket Mosquito Trap

A five gallon bucket has so many uses around the house, including being used as a DIY mosquito trap. Two types of pesticides are used in the making of this best mosquito killer for outdoor use. For a few minutes of your time and a few dollars, you can create an effective mosquito killer that will keep your backyard pest free for 90 days. Create one of these at the beginning of summer before the mosquito population become rampant so their numbers will be kept low throughout the warmest time of year.

Five Gallon Bucket Mosquito Trap

  1. Black Sock Homemade Mosquito Trap

This homemade mosquito killer uses a black sock and bucket to put an end to all those blood sucking pests in your yard. This idea is so easy and inexpensive, yet so very effective. A great homemade mosquito trap to create for use on large pieces of property. This homemade design is reportedly used on military bases with great success. Military bases located in humid, tropical environments have more than the normal population of mosquitoes plus an increased risk of disease carrying mosquitoes in the area. So if this DIY idea works for the military in overgrown, humid, jungle regions, it will certainly work in your backyard. You will need four of these DIY traps per acre of land, but at less than .50 cents a piece, they are affordable.

Black Sock Homemade Mosquito Trap

  1. Fan and Screen Mosquito Trap

Keep mosquitoes away with this simple solution that is created from a window fan and screen. Detailed building instructions provide you with a step by step pictorial plan plus a video that will take you through the building process with ease. The fan can be powered by electricity or a battery, so this trap is portable and can go with you on a camping or fishing trip. This design will also reduce the air temperature by keeping the air circulating.

Fan and Screen Mosquito Trap

  1. DIY Lighted Mosquito Trap

This lighted mosquito trap can be used indoors or outdoors. Easy to follow YouTube instructional video makes building this DIY mosquito trap very easy. Use scrap pieces of wood that you have on hand to save money. The small design makes the trap easy to place in a location where it won’t be visible by house guests. Perfect for recycling small pieces of wood and for use in every room of your home.

  1. Coffee Ground Mosquito Repellent

Save your used coffee grounds and watch this instructional video to discover how to transform those used coffee grounds into an effective mosquito repellent. Easy to make, very inexpensive and will keep the blood sucking insects away so you can enjoy your outdoor space without being bitten. As an added bonus, coffee ground also repel other flying insects, like wasps and flies. Use this idea at your next summertime outdoor function so guests won’t be exposed to potential health threats caused by mosquito bites.

Coffee Ground Mosquito Repellent

  1. DIY Vinegar Mosquito Trap

This is a great DIY mosquito trap to use inside the home. It’s an effective trap that is small and uses no chemicals. The sweet aroma of vinegar attracts the mosquitoes (and flies) into the trap, then the dish detergent causes them to sink instantly to bottom so their biting career is over.Use recycle water bottles to create this effective and inexpensive trap, place one in every room of the home, then open your windows and enjoy the fresh air without having to swat at mosquitoes. Because the ingredients inside the recycled bottle are natural, this design is safe to use around children.

DIY Vinegar Mosquito Trap

  1. Bag Fan Trap

For under $1, you can get rid of those pesky mosquitoes. Great for use indoors since the fan will kill pests and keep cool air circulating. This instructional video will show you how to make this idea come to life with very little effort or expense. Mosquitoes are sucked into the netting and left to dry out by the wind created by the fan. Protect yourself from the west nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, canine heartworms and a host of other diseases carried and spread by mosquitoes.

Bag Fan Trap

  1. Homemade Tire Mosquito Trap

The very things that often become a breeding ground for mosquitoes can be turned into a death trap for them. Mounds of old used tires hold stagnated rainwater and attract mosquitoes as an ideal place for them to lay their eggs. This idea will show you how to recycle an old tire to create a homemade mosquito trap. The chemical scent in the rubber along with the warmth generated by the black rubber when it’s exposed to sunlight is a strong attraction for mosquitoes.

Homemade Tire Mosquito Trap

  1. Homemade Mosquito Trap in a Bowl

An old plastic bowl and a 9 volt battery can be transformed into an effective mosquito trap. Inside the bowl are two things mosquitoes finds irresistible – yeast and brown sugar. These two ingredients combine to give off carbon dioxide and attract all the mosquitoes that are in the area. This effective co2 mosquito trap costs less than $5 and is easy to make with this detailed video. The small size makes them good to use in different rooms of the house so your indoor living space will be pest free.

  1. Homemade Solar Mosquito Trap

This is the DIY trap you need to create when the mosquito population makes going outdoors a miserable experience for you. Catch and kill thousands of tiny blood suckers each night with nothing more than a fan and a screen. No tools are needed for this DIY project, the screen wire is attached to the fan with magnets and the dead pests are removed by simply shaking off the screen wire each morning. Easy, effective and inexpensive. Follow this YouTube video for all the DIY details and start killing the mosquitoes by the thousands tonight.

  1. Low Cost Bait

Use this idea to create low cost bait to place in areas around your home where there may be standing water. Rain barrels, rain gardens, ponds and other yard accessories often contain water. We need and want those accessories, but they are prime locations for mosquitoes to use for breeding grounds. This DIY bait can help reduce the mosquito population and allow you to keep your water features. This bait has been used with success in underground storm drains and cisterns, and the low cost makes it a good choice to try in your backyard near a water feature.

Low Cost Bait

  1. Dry Ice Mosquito Trap

Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide is irresistible to mosquitoes. Dry ice is the main ingredient in this homemade mosquito trap that only takes minutes to makes and is very effective for outdoor use. This is a great way to keep the pests away during an outdoor event like a birthday party or wedding.

Put on a pair of gloves before handling the dry ice, then tie twine around the packs and suspend them from trees. Create one inexpensive trap for each piece of dry ice and place it near the dry ice. Place them away from areas where people will be gathered. As the carbon dioxide is released into the air, multitudes of mosquitoes will flock in and get caught in the DIY traps, leaving you and your guests alone.

Dry Ice Mosquito Trap
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37 Cool Hanging Herb Garden Ideas To Grow Your Favorite Herbs Indoors http://theselfsufficientliving.com/hanging-herb-garden-ideas-to-grow-herbs-indoors/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/hanging-herb-garden-ideas-to-grow-herbs-indoors/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:16:27 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4841 Hanging herb garden is the modern way to grow herbs all year long, they are essential in a home as you need a variety of herbs for your cooking, and also beautifies your home.

Hanging herb gardens are simple to build. However, most persons are unable to do it, because they were clueless as to how to begin.

Below are 36 cool hanging herb garden ideas to grow your favorite herbs indoors and outdoors, with step by step instruction on creating each of them.

1. DIY Window Hang Garden

This idea here is to build and hang herb planters on your window. The plants would receive sufficient sunlight through the window, while also beautifying your home.

To make this window plan, you would need a few items including hooks, shower curtain, and glasses. One beautiful thing about this set is that you can easily integrate it to any window in your home that receives sufficient sunlight.

 DIY Window Hang Garden

2. String-Held Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

The effect of fresh herbs on your cooking is undisputable. It’s cool having to rush to the groceries whenever you need them. However, it will be better and less of a burden if you can access your favorite herbs whenever you want to.

You can make this hanging herb garden indoors or outside, depending on where you have enough space.

String-Held Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

3. Tin Can Hang Herb Garden

The cravings for fresh and tasty herbs are always a little way ahead of the season and growing your herbs saves you money and time. During the winter, it could be too cold to plant outside, however, with this hanging herb garden; you can grow herbs indoors.

Tin Can Hang Herb Garden

4. Hanging Flower Tins

If you are still searching for the right DIY herb garden project for your home, then you should consider this plan. It involves using Tin Cans to make hanging wall planter that can be hanged on the fence or wall. This is amongst low budget hanging herb ideas that can cost you next to nothing. You would only need the cans and a few other materials.

Hanging Flower Tins

5. DIY Vertical Hanging Garden

A DIY herb garden is essential for your home, especially if you enjoy fresh leaves and herbs. This vertical herb planter is easy to create project that can turn a part of your home into a beautiful and helpful garden.

It involves poring small holes (according to the size of the clay pot) on plywood and placing clay pots in it. When you put the pot into the flat plywood, it would hold the pot.

DIY Vertical Hanging Garden

6. Shelve-Style Hanging Garden Planters

DIY projects like these are designed to add warmth to our homes and help make life easier. This project involves building a DIY hanging planter to place clay pots for herbs.

The design is three steps box-like wooden shelves held together with strong ropes, while the clay pots are placed on it. You can set it outside or indoors.

Shelve-Style Hanging Garden Planters

7. DIY Macramé Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

It’s always hard accessing fresh herbs during winter. The thought of even going to the groceries in the cold could make one lose appetite. However, you can relive summer all year long, by making this indoor herb planter. This project blends fashionable copper with macramé and is super easy to make.

You can follow the step by step instruction to make this indoor herb garden and enjoy your unique delicacies all year long.

DIY Macramé Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

8. The Cutest Hanging Herb Garden

It could be strenuous having to go to the groceries every time you need to use your favourite herb in your recipes, not to mention the cost and the time you may spend going to and fro.

Making this hanging plants garden relieves you of the stress and the cost. You will be able to get enough herbs for your cake and other culinary. It also provides an exceptional beautification for your home. Each clay pot is held to one another with wood and rope.

The Cutest Hanging Herb Garden

9. Hanging Herb Mason Jars

Everyone loves fresh herbs, and it only gets better when you can easily access it at no cost, an excellent reward for growing a herb garden. Also, you get to avoid waste, as you would get the right portion you need at that moment.

This project involves making a kitchen herb garden where you can grow your favorite herbs. It’s not only easy to undertake, but also cost very little and can be done by anyone old enough to handle a clay pot.

Hanging Herb Mason Jars

10. Upside down Herb Hanging Garden

There numerous excellent reasons why you need to have a hanging herb garden in your home. Apart from having unlimited access to your favorite herbs, it also provides a dazzling display in any part of the house is placed.

Following this tutorial, you can make a simple DIY hanging garden for your home.

Upside down Herb Hanging Garden

11. Two Steps Hanging Herb planters

Individual packages of herbs are costly at the store, and your delicacy may not be as tasty without them. To save money, you can take out a few hours from your schedule to build this DIY indoor garden.

Two steps Hanging Herb planters

12. Window-Mounted Garden Planter

Have your favorite herbs at your fingertips for your cooking adventure by making this window hanging herb garden. Follow this simple guide to create your own unique kitchen herb garden to grow your herbs.

By placing this simple hanging herb garden in your sunny kitchen window, you are sure to get unlimited access to fresh herbs for your cooking needs all year round.

Window-Mounted Garden Planter

13. DIY hanging Metal Planter

Everyone enjoys the fantastic taste and smell of herbs, be it children, parents or grandparents. Many herbs grow best when it’s placed in a sunny location. The design is a metal cone cut-in-half and held firmly on both sides to a pole with two ropes.

You can then plant the herbs directly on the cone.

DIY hanging Metal Planter

14. DIY Basket Hanging Herb Garden

If you have recently been to the groceries store to buy packaged fresh herbs, you would realize that prices are quite high.

Save money by making a hanging herb garden. The DIY project involves building a basket hanging garden, something different from the traditional garden setting.

The project is easy to make and requires no particular skill.

DIY Basket Hanging Herb Garden

15. Industrial Style DIY Hanging Garden

The design for this DIY hanging garden was inspired by an industrial environment. You can utilize this vertical hanging garden with any plant and not just herbs.

The design requires you to cut a circle into some pieces of wood to hold the planter.

Industrial Style DIY Hanging Garden
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16. Hanging Coffee Cup Herb Garden

Having a little garden make it easier to get fresh herbs when cooking. This is amongst outdoor herb garden ideas tailored to help you plant and effectively grow your fresh herbs in cups. You would need to put tiny pebbles at the bottom of the Cans to prevent root damage.

Hanging Coffee Cup Herb Garden
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17. Hanging Herb Garden for Patio

With some fresh herb garden ideas, and fresh herbs, summer is always cool, and this patio garden idea is just the perfect fit.

You can follow this guide to build a small garden to grow your herbs.

Hanging Herb Garden for Patio

18. The Movable Hanging Herb Garden

There are so many reasons why a garden is a necessity in your home. Apart from the fact that it gives you access to fresh herbs and veggies, you also get to save money and time.

The garden idea involves making a hanging garden that can be moved from one place to another. It’s very cheap to build and only takes a few hours work.

The Movable Hanging Herb Garden

19. Water Bottle Hanging Herb Garden

It’s always tricky figuring how to make herb planter, especially when you are new to DIY projects. This wall-mounted herb can be made from recycled materials and can be mounted right next to the door. This hanging garden sure guarantees you a constant supply of fresh herbs.

Water Bottle Hanging Herb Garden

20. Large Macrame Wall Hanging

Herbs have a freshening fragrance that usually perfumes the atmosphere they are planted. With a DIY hanging herb garden around your home, you need to continually water the plants, and it would keep looking beautiful while providing you with the required nutrient.

Large Macrame Wall Hanging

21. DIY Indoor Hanging Herb Garden with Ecoscraps

Planting herbs in your backyard garden during the winter is a bad idea; however, following a DIY plan, you can quickly build an inexpensive DIY indoor hanging herb garden, which you can use to grow the exact herbs you desire.

One great reason of growing your herbs is that you get the exact amount you need, and that helps to reduce waste.

DIY Indoor Hanging Herb Garden with Ecoscraps

22. Hanging Coffee Can Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a great way to spice up your cooking game. Herbs help makes your dished taste incredibly amazing. All you have to do is to plant the herbs and water them continue to enjoy this wonderful treat.

This hanging garden is the perfect addition to your kitchen, it’s made with old coffee Cans.

Hanging Coffee Can Herb Garden

23. Our Shoe Holder Garden

This DIY herbs garden was born out of creativity and a desire to utilize available resources judiciously. It involves using a shoe holder as a planter.

The plants are placed in the compartments meant for the shoes, and it’s continuously watered. This project is incredibly inexpensive and is the perfect idea to grow your herbs.

Our Shoe Holder Garden

24. Mason Jar Herb Garden

Having this DIY hanging planter in the house will provide a nice homey ambience.

You can build your garden following this idea. This is just the perfect weekend project for you.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

25. DIY Floating Shelf

You can’t even imagine how easy it is to make this DIY floating shelf. It’s also amazingly comfortable to build. The project is a modern shelve display for plants and decorations.

DIY Floating Shelf

26. Copper Rack Hanging Gardens

This project is one of the modern window ideas that would teach you how to turn your kitchen into a productive herb garden. This project involves building modern hanging planters. It involves making copper racks and using them to hold potted herbs.

Copper Rack Hanging Gardens
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27. Makedo Hanging Herb Garden

Showcase your creativity by creating this quick and easy to make herb planter. This hanging herb garden is made with yoghurt containers; you can source for the containers around your home and follow the guide to build it quickly. You would also need string or any other strong trapping material to hang the herb garden.

Makedo Hanging Herb Garden

28. DIY Wooden Hanging Planter

Liven up your home with a little greenery and natural perfume from herb plants. This herb planter combines fun materials to deliver a modern yet rustic feel to any room. After planting, you need to water the plants according to each plant’s needs.

DIY Wooden Hanging Planter

29. Hanging Herb Garden with Galvanized Metal Mesh

This hanging garden plan is perfect when you have little space. It involves making a square wooden frame with galvanized metal mesh, where the clay pots are hanged. You can attach an assortment of potted herbs.

Hanging Herb Garden with Galvanized Metal Mesh

30. DIY Hanging Recycled Herb Garden

This DIY hanging herb idea can be made with recycled materials such as pill bottles, plastic frame. You can create little holes at the bottom, to give more space for the root.

DIY Hanging Recycled Herb Garden

31. Hanging Herb Garden

Move your herb garden indoors, and enjoy fresh flavor all year long; both in winter and summer. Follow this guide to build a simple hanging herb garden. Its designed in a way that rectangular boxes hold the flower pots containing the herb.

 Hanging Herb Garden

32. Great Indoor Herb Garden Idea

Planting your herbs garden in the backyard is outdated. The current trend is to make the herb planter inside your house, to enjoy it all year round, be it winter or summer. You can make this planter and start planting item in your living room or kitchen.

Great Indoor Herb Garden Idea

33. Easy DIY Hanging Herb Garden

This DIY garden idea shows how to make a hanging garden with wine bottles and copper tubes. This project is perfect, especially when you are short of space to plant outside. It’s the ideal project to carry out during the winter. The copper tubing is used as a central annex for the garden.

Easy DIY Hanging Herb Garden

34. Water Bottle Herb Garden

Instead of spending so much on buying from the store, you can make your special garden to grow your favorite herbs following the step by step guide. The idea is to make the herb garden using water bottles.

Water bottle herb garden

35. Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

The sense of accomplishment that comes with doing things yourself can be addictive. You would feel powerful, creative and also save money in the process. Showcase your skill by making this simple DIY herb garden.

Indoor Hanging Herb Garden

36. Custom Potted Hanging Herb Garden DIY

The project is straightforward to make, yet beautiful. You can complete the whole project with just a few hours job. It involves creating a potted hanging herb garden that you can attach to your ceiling. By hanging your plants from the ceiling, you also keep them safe from pets and kids.

Custom Potted Hanging Herb Garden DIY

37- Crooked Pot Herb Garden

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Conclusively, Herbs makes our cooking taste great; they also provide us with a lot of essential nutrients. You can save the cost of fuel and purchases by making one of the DIY herb garden ideas listed above.

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12 DIY Squirrel Feeders For Your Backyard http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-squirrel-feeders-for-backyard/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-squirrel-feeders-for-backyard/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 00:13:16 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4807 A DIY squirrel feeder is an inexpensive way to provide food for wildlife and entertainment for yourself. Squirrels are fascinating to watching as they scurry around the yard and climb trees. Once they discover the feeder you have built for them, they will return time and time again.

A DIY squirrel feeder can be built with designer flare to display your own personal flare, or one can be built with minimal effort. Check out these 12 feeders to get an idea of what you would like to build and free plans that will show you how to create your favorite squirrel feeder.

Related: DIY bird feeders, homemade hummingbird feeder,bluebird house plans, diy birdbath, Bird house plans, flowers to attract hummingbirds and flowers to attract butterflies.

1- DIY Under Glass Squirrel Feeder

This design uses a removable glass jar in which the food is placed. The squirrel is enticed by the food and limbs inside the glass jar to eat. This will provide you with a bird’s eye view of what the animal is doing, plus hours of entertainment. Squirrel Under Glass is a fun feeder that has a wooden base that is attached to a tree and the easy to remove (and replaceable) glass jar that holds the food.

DIY Under Glass Squirrel Feeder

2- Table and Chair Squirrel Feeder

Use these free plans to create a table for one. An adorable design that looks good even when a squirrel is not eating a meal. This homemade squirrel feeder features a small table and chair for the animal’s dining pleasure. A nail in the center of the table holds an ear of corn upright while the squirrel gnaws away at the kernels. Paint or water seal the wood and it will last for years.

Table and Chair Squirrel Feeder

3- Jar Squirrel Feeder

If you would like to build a squirrel feeder but have to DIY skills, then this design is for you. There is no drilling, cutting, measuring or other building knowledge needed. A large mouth glass jar, some wire and a wooden paint stick can be transformed into a fun DIY squirrel feeder. Be sure to place it where you can see it so you can enjoy the squirrely dinner show.

Jar Squirrel Feeder

4- Slinky DIY Squirrel Feeder

Here is another great idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder without using tools. A child’s slinky tools can be tied with a pipe cleaner to fashion a nut holder. The nut holder is suspended from a tree with a piece of twine. Total cost is under $2. Colorful and easy to re-fill, the squirrels will love it.

Slinky Squirrel Feeder

5- Choo-Choo Train Squirrel Feeder

This design is perfect for the experienced DIY’er and train enthusiast in your family. Wood, paint and a Mason jar can be transformed into this fun squirrel feeder with these free plans. Squirrels can board this fun red and black choo-choo train and have their own private Mason jar dining car for a meal of tasty nuts.

Choo-Choo Train Squirrel Feeder

6- Pine Cone Squirrel Feeder

This is a fun squirrel bird feeder to create with your children. A great rainy day project that will provide hours of fun when the squirrels and bird show up to eat the peanut butter and birdseed meal that is stuck on the pine cones. Attract a wide array of bird species with these tasty food treats.

Pine Cone Squirrel Feeder

7- Fork DIY Squirrel Feeder

This homemade squirrel feeder can be created free with items you already have on hand — a wide mouth glass jar, wire and a fork. Attach the fork to the jar with wire so the animals will have a place to perch while they are feasting on the nuts placed inside the jar. The jar is attached to a fence post or any other outdoor structure with more wire.

Fork DIY Squirrel Feeder

8- Wine Bottle Squirrel Feeder

These detailed instruction will teach you how to recycle an old wine bottle into a fashionable squirrel feeder. Learn how to cut glass and wood to create a long lasting feeder that will attract squirrels and chipmunks. Use scrap wood so the project will cost you almost nothing. Paint or stain the wood to weather proof it.

Wine Bottle Squirrel Feeder

9- Dinner and a Show Squirrel Feeder

This see-through squirrel feeder provides all onlookers with a show while the squirrels eats dinner. The clear glass jar mounted on a wood frame is easy to fill with nuts and will last a long time. Paint or stain the wood so it will be able to withstand the elements for years. Easy and inexpensive DIY project.

Dinner and a Show Squirrel Feeder

10- Basic DIY Squirrel Feeder

This basic diy feeder will attract squirrels over to your yard for a hearty meal. Easy DIY project is a great way to introduce your child to woodworking. Simple design and easy build. Load an ear of dried corn onto the bottom nail and watch the squirrels work on it until every last corn kernel is gone.

Basic DIY Squirrel Feeder

11- Squirrel Feeder House

To make squirrels your neighbors, follow these plans to build a welcoming squirrel house. the open-sided design can hold food and a squirrel comfortably. Paint it a fun color and put your squirrels name on it for a touch of whimsy. All your human neighbors will want you to build a squirrel house for them.

Squirrel Feeder House

12- Toilet Paper Roll Squirrel Feeder

Instead of tossing out those cardboard toilet paper tubes, use this idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder. Easy and inexpensive, smear peanut butter on the cardboard then roll it in birdseed. Tie a piece of twine or yarn on both ends and suspend it from a tree branch. Both squirrels and bird will find this an irresistible feast. A fun craft project for you and the kids and the squirrels will thank you.

Toilet Paper Roll Squirrel Feeder

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