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Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

Trellis for your climbing plants – DIY

When I rented an apartment with a huge roof terrace I was really excited about organising there my garden. The terrace was completely empty – just bare grey concrete wall. It is also rather windy up there, so my plan to have a green flowery corner there proved to be challenging. Nonetheless, I made it. Step by step I was adding pots, plants, and then I more flower pots and more plants. One of my dreams was to have a picturesque green corner where I could have a coffee, read a book or just sit and relax. It was quite a challenge but I made it. Here is my balcony garden and climbing plants.

I had a bench and started thinking about the wall behind it. I knew I wanted lots of climbing plants, but how to fix them? As usually, I refused to by ready to go products (there was no trellis of an appropriate size anyway) and decided to weave my own trellis out of rope. I already had two hanging baskets. Their position was really strategic, as I fixed them so they could support my trails later on.

What you need to make a trellis:

Rope Scissors Yes – that’s it!

Instead of rope, you could also use some wire. This would be even better as it would last longer

How to make the rope trellis for climbing plants on your balcony:

There are different techniques – I ll explain how I made my trellis.

1. First, I attached a long piece of string to the baskets, above the bench, across the wall. You can also use nails or screws to hold it, I as I mentioned used baskets to support the trellis. This will be the top end of the trellis.

2.You need more rope to start weaving. I cut 9 more pieces of rope. The length of each of them should be at least twice the height of your trellis. I would suggest adding another 20%, as some of this length will be ‘wasted’ for knots. Once all these pieces are cut, you go to the next step.

3. Each of these pieces has to be tied to the main supporting rope. Tie them at half length spread evenly. Once you have this you can start weaving.

4. I had had nine double hanging pieces of rope.Start tieing them together. The first row will have triangular shapes. All following rows will have a shape of squares. Keep going until your net trellis is ready.

Now you need nice climbing plants. I also need them to be strong to survive the windy conditions. Here is how my trellis supported climbers has grown over the last two years.

This is how my bench and trellis looked shortly after I weaved it and planted the climbers

This is at the end of the first summer

Ant this is during the second year

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Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

Ikea lampshade hack – knitted lampshade cover

Another way of making your rented apartment with random furniture a nit more like your own.

I had this ikea lamp with akredytacji quite worn lampshade. I decided to knitt this orange cover and have to say it werkend out really well. Looks great with the light on and also during the day.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

ikea lampshade knitted cover  rented furniture a bit more your own.

ikea lampshade knitted cover

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Stencils on reclaimed wood – Kate

Stencils on reclaimed wood – Kate

Finished a long time ago but never published. so I am sharing them today. The painting is already gifted.

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Coffee table made of reclaimed palet wood

Coffee table made of reclaimed palet wood

Another item completed over this summer. I was working very hard to make  my outdoor area colorful and cozy 🙂

We have a big table and chair but I had no small table that could be  used when sitting on the bench. I found three small pallets and made this table out of them. I had to cut “legs” from – the bars at the bottom. I then used these bars I between two pallets – bottom one is upside down, then the bars from cut from the second pallet and the third one on the top. All elements connected together with the screws. Before connecting them I painted each of the parts with outdoor green paint and finished with the outdoor varnish. Finally I attached the wheels.

This palet table is super handy as can be moved around easily.

And this is the leg part cut off from one of the palets that I used in between two other palets to extend the height of the table.

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*SOLD* Upcycled white vintage dresser €200

*SOLD* Upcycled  white vintage dresser €200

I found this lovely item on adverts and immediately had this idea of repainting it white. I decided not to get rid of the mirror part as I simply liked it better without the mirror.


And this is how the dresser looked like before. 

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*SOLD* Stencil on reclaimed wood – €40

*SOLD* Stencil on reclaimed wood – €40

A stencil painting on reclaimed wood. 40cmx40cm

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Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

Very productive weekend of renovating furniture and upholstering armchairs 

It was a rainy weekend. The weather and greyness made me feel quite lazy,  but it did not stop me from finishing a few projects.  It was nice and fulfilling to stay at home and bring a few things back to live.

Re-upholstered armchair.

Lovely mustard-yellow fabric and chalky finish waxed wooden frame in graphite.

I have started the chair on Thursday afternoon from painting the frame, and I have completed renovating finished it over the weekend.

Renovated retro dresser.

Chalky grey and graphite finish with a silver coating at the countertop. All waxed and polished.

Renovated dresser / sideboard. that was in my hallway.

It was in my hallway and looked quite boring and dark. I decided to brighten it up a little bit – bright grey chalky finish with metallic elements.

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Hand Sewn Sheep – a free toy pattern

Hand Sewn Sheep – a free toy pattern

Have you ever tried sewing? I love various sewing projects – this is an amazing way of creating truly unique items – gifts for example. The photos below are of the sheep that I have sewn some time ago as a gift for a friends daughter. I wanted to share this project with you and encourage you to try a little bit of sewing. Why not sewing a unique toy for your child, niece or nephew? It is not that difficult. The best thing is that you actually do not have to buy any fabrics. The pieces that you use for sewing are so small, that you can recycle some old shirts or other clothing garments. You can also use some fabric scraps leftover from your bigger projects.

So here you go – I also have a free pattern for you that you can download.


Enjoy your free sheep sewing pattern and your sewing project 🙂

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Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

Necklace made of Reclaimed Cotton or old T-shirts

This necklace is a very easy to make. Can be no-sew if you want to use a hot glue only, but I would say, that supporting the strips of cotton with a little bit of thread make them more durable. I, to make these two recycled cotton necklaces, used hot glue on the edges where I tightly wrapped the fabric around the hanging parts and then I sewn it a little bit.

This kind of necklaces can be made of ready cut recycled cotton that this days can be purchased at most of the craft shops and is accessible online, I, however, suggest to recycle old t-shirts. Cotton T-shirts are knited in the way that when cut into narrow (appx 1-1,5 cm ) strips, they do not rip and nicely roll into tube shapes. You can cut them wider if you want to give the cotton twists more body. Then you can decide on the length of your necklace – various dimensions can be used depending on whether you want it short or long.

You can also use a recycled cotton to make other accessories – so much more than just  necklaces. You can make anything from a necklace to a headband, a bracelet to an anklet, the strings in this scarf can be removed to make different accessories or color arrangements. They can be worn in a multitude of different looks to express your style.

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