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, 18 Sep 2018 06:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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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 21 Fun DIY Bean Bags And Chairs You Will Love To Make http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bean-bags-and-chairs/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-bean-bags-and-chairs/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 20:59:29 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4702 DIY bean bags can be part of game-time fun and comfortable DIY chairs made with colorful fabric can be used in any room of the home. Cover bean bag chairs with weather resistant canvas made for exterior furniture and enjoy the chairs outside while taking a break from game-playing.

Check out these 21 fun DIY bean bags and chairs and get started making your favorites this weekend.

  1. DIY Small Bean Bags

Several outdoor games need small bean bags in order to play. These instructions will show you how to make bean bags so that you will always have some on hand for playing corn hole or juggling.  It’s a simple sewing project that will enable you to use up small scraps of fabric that you have on hand.

DIY Small Bean Bags

  1. Juggling Chooks

Fun to make and fun to play with! Great for a child’s birthday party, the instructions for these juggling chooks create bean bags that look like little chickens. This is a simple sewing project and would be a great way to teach a child how to sew. These small DIY bean bags can be made in bright colors and given various animal faces with this easy to follow pattern.

DIY bean bags
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  1. Football DIY Bean Bag Chair

Show your team spirit by making this large bean bag chair with a football design. This easy to follow pattern will show you how to create this football chair without sewing a stitch. The fabric and ribbon are glued into place with fabric glue. Make a soccer ball or baseball chair with this idea.

Football DIY Bean Bag Chair

  1. T-Shirt Bean Bag Chair

Create a giant bean bag chair and cover it with those old favorite T-shirts you just could not get rid of. A great way to memorialize old sports teams your children use to play on or to create a reminder of concerts attended in the past. The giant bean bag chair will be personal and unique.

giant bean bag chair

  1. Educational DIY Bean Bags

These are DIY cornhole bags with a twist — they are for education as well as fun. Use these instructions to make the small bean bags, then create numbers or letters on them to help your child learn during playtime. An easy way to make learning fun for little ones.

Educational DIY Bean Bags

  1. DIY Cornhole Bags

The popular and fun game of cornhole needs new bags far more often than the cornhole board needs to be replaced. Learn how to make cornhole bags with these easy to follow instructions so you can keep the game time fun going until the wooden board wears out. You may also like to check out 17 Ideas for diy corhole boards.

DIY Cornhole BagsDIY Cornhole Bags

  1. DIY Bean Bag Chair for Two

These step by step instruction will show you how to make a bean bag chair that is large enough for two people. Great for a shared bedroom or apartment. Easy to make, easy to move, this large bean bag chair is inexpensive and can be covered in your choice of fabric to coordinate with any room in your home.

DIY Bean Bag Chair for Two

  1. No Sew Bean Bag Chair

This DIY bean bag chair required no sewing skills to create. The high back and wide bottom make it comfortable for young and old alike. Curl up in this comfortable chair with a good book and an afternoon nap. Your choice of fabrics will create a fashionable no-sew chair for any room.

No Sew Bean Bag Chair

  1. No Sew DIY Bean Bags

Use these simple instructions to create DIY bean bags without sewing a stitch. A hot glue gun seals the felt fabric closed and creates a soft, colorful covering for the small bean bags. Perfect for use in several games or you can glue numbers or letters on the felt and use for learning time.

No Sew DIY Bean Bags

  1. Bunny Burrow Game

Here is a fun game with a tongue twisting name – Bunnies in Burrows Bean Bag Game. You can create the small bean bags and learn how to play this fun game with the instructions provided on the web page. Cute little Bunny Bags make soft toys for children too.

Bunny Burrow Game

  1. Kids Bean Bag Chair

This is a very simple DIY bean bag chair for kids. Child sized, comfy and sturdy, this bean bag chair will be a favorite seat for a child until they outgrow it. Beginners sewing skills are required to create this kids chair, but this instructional video will walk you through the process with confidence.

Kids Bean Bag Chair

  1. Baby Bean Bag Chair

A soft place for Baby to rest, this small bean bag chair has straps that will prevent baby from rolling off the chair. Small and lightweight, easy to carry along with you. Easy to follow instructions are on a down-loadable PDF file. Remove straps when Baby reached toddler stage.

Baby Bean Bag Chair

  1. DIY Juggling Bags

Fun for all ages, create juggling bags with these free instructions. Use colorful fabric to create these juggling bags and everyone will be as amazed with your DIY skills as they are with your juggling ability. Beginners sewing skills are required to make these small bean bags.

DIY Juggling Bags

  1. DIY Sock Bean Bags

Get creative and bring out your colorful side with these no-sew sock bean bags that can be used for a variety of games. I-Spy is always fun for toddlers, while juggling and cornhole is fun for older kids and adults. Create these no-sew sock bean bags in minutes for hours of fun.

DIY Sock Bean Bags

  1. DIY Hamburger Bean Bag Chair

Create this fun DIY bean bag chair that looks like a giant hamburger. Fun style for kids and makes a great conversation starter for all ages. So comfortable, you may have to make an extra one for the family pet. Great to create for birthday or Christmas gifts.

DIY Hamburger Bean Bag Chair

  1. Giant Bean Bag Chair

This tutorial will show you how to create a comfortable chair that is 50 inches in diameter and 28 inches tall. So much fun for a child to snuggle up in with a snack and a good book. The large size also makes it a great place to take a nap or for use as an extra child’s bed.

Giant Bean Bag Chair

  1. Therapeutic Bean Bags

Small bean bags can be used for much more than just playing games, they also have therapeutic uses. The small bags filled with beans or rice make an excellent pain reliever when heated in the microwave and placed on aching joints. The warm bags are also prefect for warming cold feet.

Therapeutic Bean Bags

  1. Easy Bean Bag Chair

It doesn’t get any easier than this pattern when it comes to creating a comfortable and affordable bean bag chair. The high back makes it a comfortable seat to snuggle with Baby, so you might want to make one for the nursery and one for the family room. Colorful fabric makes the chair inviting and fun to sit in.

Easy Bean Bag Chair

  1. 30 Minute Bean Bag Chair

This fun kids chair can be created in just 30 minutes. The wide bottom and low back make this a fun place to lounge and a colorful fabric choice will make it the most popular seat in the house.

Beginners sewing skills and 30 minutes of work will create this comfortable chair.

30 Minute Bean Bag Chair

  1. Animal DIY Bean Bags

Here is a great way to teach kids about nature — create different bean bag animals for them to play with. Colorful, soft frogs, turtles and owls will provide kids with hours of educational fun. The patterns for the animals can be downloaded and are easy to follow.

Animal DIY Bean Bags

  1. DIY Balloon Bean Bags

Use these instructions to create balloon bean bags that are tough and durable. The round shape makes them great for a variety of games. A great way to use up leftover balloons from birthday parties. Easy to makes with these step by step instructions.

DIY Balloon Bean Bags

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23 Popular Heirloom Tomatoes To Grow For Rich Taste And Diverse Colors http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-popular-heirloom-tomatoes-to-grow/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/23-popular-heirloom-tomatoes-to-grow/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 20:56:56 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4663 Heirloom seeds are the best way to preserve the flavor of history. Each one of us grew up with certain types of vegetables that we would like to enjoy as adults and pass down to our children. The simplest way to do that is to grow out own vegetable favorites so we always have them on hand.

Heirloom tomatoes is a good example of passing down a flavor heritage through garden vegetables. These tomatoes seeds are passed down through the generations, making it possible for use to enjoy the same tomato variety and flavor that our grandparents enjoyed.

Through a simple homegrown tomato we are able to preserve a little bit of our heritage, grow the best tasting tomatoes and keep our home garden produce free of any GMO food items.

All tomatoes are a major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Check out these 23 popular heirloom tomatoes and plant some in your home garden for GMO-free rich taste and diverse colors. Heirloom tomatoes seeds can be purchased through a seed exchange.

  1. Anna Russian

Small, heart shaped red tomato that has a dual flavor of both tartness ad sweetness. Originally from Russia, this heirloom tomato was handed down by Russian immigrants living in Oregon in the early 1980‘s. This heirloom tomato variety grows in clusters of three and ripens early in the spring. The vines are unsightly and straggly and will need to be supported, but vines produce prolifically all summer.

Anna Russian tomatoes

  1. Azoychka

This is a very tart tasting, yellow tomato that is originally from Russia. Robust, sturdy plants grow well in cool climates and poor soil. The inside flesh is white and it makes a nice slicing tomato that ripens in early spring. If the tart flavor is too much for eating as a slicing tomato, try Azoychkas in a tangy salsa recipe for flavor and color. Also great for use in fresh chow-chow or for pickling.

Azoychka tomatoes

  1. Brandywine

Pink, yellow, orange, black or red slicing tomato that is filled with flavor. Somewhat fickle to grow, Brandywine will produce abundantly when grown in full sun and well draining, fertile soil. If this tomato is not happy in its growing location, it won’t produce. Amend garden soil with compost to promote drainage and increase fertility before planting Brandywine plants. Use more compost as a side dressing or as a mulch to keep the plant well fed during the growing season.

Brandywine has remained a popular tomato variety for its flavor, color and texture.

Brandywine pink tomatoes

  1. Black Beauty

The blackest of all tomato varieties, shiny black skin with red skin makes this variety a knock-out when sliced. Meaty, rich flavor, few seeds and thin skin. Hangs well on the vine and stores very well, and the flavor improves with room-temperature storage.

This tomato is rich in anthocyanin, which is the same antioxidant found in blueberries and blackberries. Anthocyanins offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits, so not only is the Black beauty beautiful and tasty, eating them provides a myriad of health benefits.

Black Beauty Tomatoes

  1. Black Krim

A heirloom variety from the Black Sea region of Russia. High yields of fruits have a rich tomato flavor and turn to reddish black when mature. Interior is reddish green and very sweet. Excellent for salads and sandwiches.

Plant in full sun and well draining soil. Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Add a side dressing of compost to provide a constant food source for high yielding plants.

Black Krim Tomatoes

  1. Big Rainbow

The yellow flesh inside this heirloom fruit is marbled with red in the bottom half. Tomatoes have a big, lumpy beefsteak shape with a very mild and sweet flavor. Fruits typically reach 22 ounces and make an attractive addition to any table when sliced and placed on a platter.

Tall plants grow best in full sun and well draining soil. Plants will need to be staked and tied. Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Big Rainbow Tomatoes

  1. Cherokee Chocolate

Large heirloom tomato that is dark brown with tinges of green color when ripe. The names comes from the skin color, not the flavor. The more fertile the soil, the larger the fruits the plant will produce. It’s not uncommon for Cherokee Chocolates to reach the size of grapefruits if the soil is amended each year and has good drainage.

This is a happy heirloom tomato plant that will grow well in any home garden that receives 6-8 hours of sun each day.

Cherokee Chocolate

  1. Cherokee Purple

As the name suggests, this heritage tomato has purple tinted skin. Originating from Tennessee, Cherokee Purple tomatoes have been passed down to us from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This purple skinned tomato has a full, rich flavor and its large size makes it perfect for slicing and placing on a sandwich. Easy to grow in full sun and well draining soil.

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

  1. Cherokee Green

Large, tomato with green skin and flesh. Tart taste and sturdy flesh makes them a good tomato for frying. This tomato variety is a late starter, but will continue to produce fruits until first frost.

Disease resistant, grows well in cooler climates. Harvest all remaining tomatoes prior to first fall frost and use to make green tomato pickles.

Cherokee Green Tomatoes

  1. Dwarf Emerald Giant

This heirloom tomato variety produces full sized tomatoes on small plants. Dwarf Emerald Giant originated in Australia from a cross between Golden Dwarf Champion, which is a medium sized fruited yellow dwarf, and Green Giant tomato. Fruits range in weight from half a pound to a pound. Plants are small and sturdy, making it a perfect choice for growing in a container or a small garden.

Dwarf Emerald Giant

  1. Ferris Wheel

This super sweet tomato has been around since at least the late 1800‘s. It’s very popular today for its consistently large size, smooth, unblemished skin and sweet flavor. Fruits have been known to reach up to 3 pounds, but sometimes ripen when only half a pound. Typical mature size is one pound.

Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Ferris Wheel Tomatoes

  1. Green Giant

The name aptly describes this large tomatoes with green flesh. This tomato is meaty with a small seed cavity. Ripens in late summer and can be harvested when flesh has a slight give when pressed with finger.

Select a planting location in full sun. Amend soil with compost prior to planting to promote drainage and increase fertility. Add a side dressing of compost mid-way through the growing season to provide a steady supply of food for the plant.

Green Giant Tomatoes

  1. Kellogg’s Breakfast

The name suggests a breakfast food, but this is the best heirloom tomato variety for sandwiches. Full of flavor, but very little juice so it won’t make sandwich read soggy. Plant in full sun and well draining soil and each plant will produce about 7 large yellow tomatoes.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomatoes

  1. Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom

Yellow, meaty and dense tomato with thin skin. This tomato plant produces large yellow tomatoes that weight 10-16 ounces in late summer, taking close to 100 days to reach maturity. It contains very few seeds, making it great for slicing.

Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom

  1. Lucky Cross

A delicious cross of sweet and sour, red and yellow. A happy accident of a plant that just grew in among the Brandywine plants and produced a beautiful, flavor-filled tomato. Plants grow very tall and will require staking to keep upright.

Lucky Cross Tomatoes

  1. Mexican Midget

Heirloom cherry tomatoes that are small in size but have a big flavor. This cherry tomato won the 2014 SSE’s Tomato Tasting Contest. Easy care plant needs full sun and well draining soil to produce hundreds of small fruits throughout the summer gardening season.

Mexican Midget

  1. Mr. Stripey

The stripes are not perfect, but the flavor always is. These huge, beefsteak-type red-and yellow fruits with a high sugar content are delicious and pretty to slice because of the bi-coloring. Weighing up to two pound each, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes have always been popular in the southern states. This variety grows best in regions with long, hot summers. Plants reach up to 10 feet and produce fruits all summer.

Mr. Stripey Tomato

  1. Speckled Roman

Tiger striped oblong tomato is great for slicing, dicing or sauces. This heirloom is a cross between and Antique Roman and Banana Legs tomatoes. Gorgeous 5 inch long fruits contains very few seeds and the plant produces fruit all summer when planted in a sunny location.

Speckled Roman Tomato

  1. Mortgage Lifter

This is a large, delicious heirloom tomato with a prosperous financial history. It was originally developed by a man in West Virginia to pay off his home mortgage. The cross- breeding was successful and the plants produced fruits that weight up to two pounds. Seedling of the Mortgage Lifter were sold and the West Virginia tomato breeder was soon mortgage-free.

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

  1. Nepal

This tomato variety originates in the Himalayas, making it a great heirloom fruit to grow in cooler climates. Medium sized red tomatoes are quick to ripen and full of flavor. Vines reach 6-8 feet tall and will need to be supported. Plant in a location that receives 4-6 hours of sun daily.

Nepal tomato

  1. Sun Gold

Big -growing plant produces small yellow tomatoes that have a big flavor. Vine can grow up to 10 feet and will need to be supported to keep the hundreds of yellow cherry Sun Gold tomatoes off the ground. Plant in full sun and harvest hundreds of sweet yellow heirloom cherry tomatoes all summer.

Sun Gold Tomato

  1. Super Beefsteak

Most all garden supply centers sell beefsteak tomato plants. They remain a popular variety of tomato due to their consistent large size. The Super Beefsteak is the true heritage tomato and regularly produces fruits over one pound. This heirloom variety also has smoother skin and smaller blossom end scars.

Flavorful red tomato is easy to grow in home gardens – just give plant a sunny location, fertile soil and consistent moisture and it will reward you with summer long production.

Super Beefsteak Tomatoes

  1. Rosella Purple

The deep, dark red skin color is almost purple and the flavor is rich and full. The plant is sturdy and compact, making it an excellent choice for growing in a container. Fruits are round and can weigh up to one pound. Rosella Purple originated from a cross between Budai, a small red fruited dwarf, and Stump of the World, a popular variety from Australia.

Easy to grow, plant in good quality potting soil, feed bi-weekly with a water soluble fertilizer and place container in full sun.

Rosella Purple

Tomato Nutrition

Tomatoes are low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol and contains about 20 calories.

The fruit’s biggest health benefits are:

  • Vitamin C: An essential nutrient and antioxidant. One medium sized tomato can provide about 28% of the recommended daily intake.
  • Potassium: An essential mineral, beneficial for blood pressure control and cardiovascular disease prevention.
  • Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and bone health.
  • Folate (B9): One of the B-vitamins, important for normal tissue growth and cell function (6). It is particularly important for pregnant women.
  • Lycopene : An antioxidant that has been shown to reduce prostate cancer. Additionally, lycopene can increase HDL (healthy cholesterol) and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).

They are also good sources of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6,Thiamin, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

Nutritional and health benefits can be derived from fresh, canned or dried tomatoes.

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10 DIY Swimming Pool You Can Build To Save Thousands Of Dollars http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-swimming-pool-you-can-build-on-a-budget/ http://theselfsufficientliving.com/diy-swimming-pool-you-can-build-on-a-budget/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:13:48 +0000 http://theselfsufficientliving.com/?p=4648 A DIY swimming pool will help you keep cool this summer while leaving some money in your pocket so you can throw a few backyard pool parties. Most homeowners would love to have their own backyard swimming pool , but the high cost hinders them from having one built. With these 10 ideas and free plans, you can construct your own DIY inground swimming pool for a fraction of the cost a professional would charge.

Check out these custom DIY swimming pools that you can build so you can be inspired to create your own backyard oasis this summer.

  1. On Ground Pool

This DIY idea creates a concrete on ground pool that enables you to take full advantage of every inch of landscape space. The end results makes the pool look like an in-ground one. This design can be used to build a pool above or below the ground and works great in those landscape areas that are not completely flat. This DIY build will cost around $7,000.

On Ground Pool

  1. Natural Swimming Pools

These step by step plans will show you how to build you own pool that never needs chemicals. This pool design uses natural materials to filter the pool and keep it clean. No chemicals are ever needed in these pools, so that will keep the long-term expense down and be healthier for your family and the environment. The design blends into the natural landscape to make it look like a pond instead of a pool.

Epic DIY Natural Swimming Pool

  1. Backyard Pool With Build In Steps

This swimming pool construction goes step by step to create a lovely backyard pool with built-in steps and seating. All the digging was done by hand, so it is a slow process, but the finished results is stunning. The layered steps provide the needed stability for the in-ground pool and the curved designed is great for a small backyard space. The pool depth is perfect for swimming or lounging on a hot summer day.

Backyard Pool With Build In Steps

  1. Above Ground Pool and Deck

This is an easy way to get a backyard pool – buy an above ground pool then build a wooden deck around it. This design provide a nice outdoor space for entertaining on the large surrounding deck and a cool, inviting pool to jump into for cooling off. Cut costs even more by purchasing an above ground pool at the end of season when outdoor items go on sale.

Above Ground Pool and Deck

  1. Dream Pool

Building a swimming pool of your dreams is easier and cheaper than you may think. Design your own dream pool, then gather information on the materials needed to fulfill your dream. You don’t have to know all the details for the entire process before you begin construction – just know where to get the information as the construction process progresses. Buy the building supplies as you go to so you can take advantages of sale prices and save even more money.

Building a swimming pool

  1. Above Ground Pool

A cheap swimming pool that provides family fun for years is a simple inflatable above ground pool that you can purchase at any Big-Box type retail store. The soft sides are perfect for families with small children since it has no sharp corners or hard surface to hurt little ones. Easy to deflate and store when the summer pool season is over. These step by step instruction show you how to set up an inflatable above ground pool so it will be level and safe for family fun. The set up time is quick so you set it up and swim in it the same day.

Above Ground Pool

  1. Natural Pond Style Pool

This homemade pool looks like a natural pond instead of DIY swimming pool. This natural looking pool is also chemical free and uses sand, gravel and aquatic plants to filter the water naturally. A standard aquarium air pump moves the pool water through all the filtering material and down into drainage pipes to be re-circulated back into the pool. A great way to have clean, bacteria free water for swimming for human that is also safe for the surrounding environment. The natural look and aquatic plants also encourages flying pollinators to stop in for a visit.

Natural Pond Style Pool

  1. In Ground DIY Pool

For some people, only an in-ground pool is acceptable. But the swimming pool costs of a traditional build hinders them from having one. If you fit into this category then this DIY pool is for you. This affordable pool will have you and your family enjoying a backyard swimming oasis for a fraction of a professionally built pool. Rent the needed equipment and only hire professionals to do the portions of the construction you are not able to do yourself, like pour the concrete. to keep costs low.

In Ground DIY Pool

  1. Hay Bale Swimming Pool

This is an easy way to build a cheap backyard pool. Create the size and shape of pool you want with bales of hay, stacking them to a desired height. Then place a layer of loose hay on the ground inside the stacked hay bales. Cover all the hay bales and loose hay with a thick sheet of pool-grade plastic. Fill with water and enjoy. This is an ideal DIY pool when a temporary pool is needed for a one-time event, like a child’s birthday party or backyard BBQ. Easy to put up, easy to take down, and the hay can be recycled in the garden.

build a cheap backyard pool

  1. Pallet Pool

This idea shows you how to transform nine pallets and a pool liners into an affordable, attractive above ground pool. The none pallets are placed upright on their sides and fastened together to form the walls of the pool, recycled towels cover the interior of the pallets before the pool liner is installed. To give the exterior a finished look, bamboo blinds were installed along with a smooth board to cap off the top rim and provide a shelf around the pool. Cheap, easy and the recycled material makes this an eco-friendly pool

above ground pool

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