Upcycle: Easy Hanging Container Garden

When I was a child my grandparents had a garden. It seemed everyone did. And they ate from the garden all year. Fresh in the summer and frozen fresh in the winter months. Everything was organic. {wink}

Easy DIY Hanging Container Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Now we all have smaller yards, live in neighborhoods, high-rises, condos… so the opportunity for having a garden is a bit more challenging. But it is possible no matter what kind of space you have.

In November of last year, Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, launched Unilever Project Sunlight, a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. The project aims to create a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. Have you seen the video of the kids? It’s seriously inspiring and a great way to talk to your kids about our future. 

How To Make A Hanging Planter | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So today I’m sharing an easy way to make a hanging jar planter by upcycling those everyday items. Like Hellmman’s Real Mayonnaise jars! You’ll need:

  • Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise Jars
  • Twine
  • Pebbles (for drainage and you can also drill some small holes in the bottom of the plastic jars, you don’t want root rot)
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Labels

How To Make An Easy Hanging Container Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

See how simple it is to make this planter! 

I had my boys help with this upcycle project. I don’t want the art of personal gardens to be lost in my family. Yes, the grocery or the farmer’s market is easier, but personally I think there is something therapeutic in watching something grow. And what kid doesn’t like to get their hands dirty. Am I right?!

Kid Craft: Upcycle Hanging Jar Planters | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these hang with twine is simple.

  1. Wrap twine twice around the lip of the jar and tie loosely. You’ll tighten later.
  2. Take a length of twine and weave it under the twine around the lip. Tie each end on opposite side. Make sure they’re equal for balance.
  3. Tighten the twine around the lip and secure.

Want more creative sustainable life ideas? Visit Uniliver’s Sunlight Project.

Want more DIY and upcycle container garden ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Home {Gardening} board:

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I hope you’ll join me and take small steps to make our world a better place now and for our generations to come.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate AND change the world! {grin}

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Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Skillet S’ Mores

The fourth of July is just around the corner and we always roast s’ mores before the fireworks. This year I think we might add the fixin’s to make Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup S’ Mores. They are amazing!

Reece's Peanut Butter Cup S' Mores for the 4th | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The ingredients are just what you think… graham crackers, marshmallows and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Easy peasy.

Reece's Cup Skillet S' Mores | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s best, you don’t have to wait until the fourth of July or any other holiday if you want one now. My kids and I make skillet s’ mores at least once a week. {grin}

This particular skillet is rod iron and it’s original purpose was to bake homemade biscuits. My southern grandmother seasoned it and gave it to me, among other things, as a wedding gift. I use it almost every day. Oh how I miss her…

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And to serve, I trimmed red, white and blue sandwich sleeves from World Market into 3×3″ pockets. This keeps all the yummy… gooey… chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow from running away. These fun little baskets are from World Market too.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Paper Straw Kid Crafts – DIY Art Easel

My sweet friend Hilary made these easy DIY art easels out of paper straws. 

Easy Paper Straw Easel Craft - DIY Art Easel | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love that they can be any color combination and are perfect for art parties or to showcase art for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hilary made them with my boys so they could showcase an art project they made in class this past school year. They were thrilled!

Or, if I were having an art party I’d make a small version for placecard holders. So cute!

You’ll need: Paper Straws, Elmer’s Glue Dots, Scissors

Directions: Cut the straws to desired length, apply Elmer’s Glue Dots at the joints and display. It’s that easy.

Want more art party ideas? Shop my art party supplies on Etsy and follow my Birthday {Art Party Ideas} board on Pinterest.

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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes – A Birthday Breakfast

Peanut butter banana pancakes. Yum! Birthday breakfasts are fun. I almost never let my boys have sweets before noon… I know… the occasional doughnut never hurt anyone. It’s more of… if they start the day with sugar it seems to just keep going. {wink}

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes - A Birthday Breakfast | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In any case, birthdays are different and my family has so many birthdays this month. My hubby turns… well… just turns… tomorrow. And my youngest turns 8 next week. I can’t believe my little boy is going to be 8 years old!

And we’ll be having birthday breakfasts. Something fun and yummy to kick off the day of sugar.

These peanut butter banana pancakes are so very simple…  because… well, I used a shortcut.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana

Blend all ingredients in a mixer, spoon onto a flat griddle and cook… with butter. Yep. Butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For the topping, it doesn’t get any easier. Just microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter per pancake stack and drizzle.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For decorations, I used paper straws, stripe napkins, and mini forks from Target. And those darling little sparkle poms are Darice brand from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Father’s Day Photo Idea – We Love You Daddy!

It’s Father’s Day and we spent the day enjoying one another: cooking out, playing in the yard, riding bikes. My hubby got a few sweet things from my boys, including this photo.

Father's Day Photo | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It was going to be great… I saw this super cute photo idea on Freckle Photo, I wrote “We Love You Daddy!” on their feet, put them in the grass… and then they started picking on each other. I couldn’t get them to stop without the smiles stopping too, so I just went with it.

In all honesty, this is a perfect picture of what they look like every single day: rabbit ears, pointing, giggling, tickling… we are blessed with very happy boys.

Want more Father’s Day ideas? Follow me on Pinterest and follow my Holiday {Father’s Day Ideas} board.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Father’s Day.

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Strawberry Cocktail + Pink, Orange & Yellow Bridal Shower

Think pink. And orange and yellow. This pretty color combo just makes my heart sing. And this strawberry cocktail will make your taste buds flip!

Strawberry  Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! Help your bride stave off the nerves with these yummy Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy cocktails full of strawberry, watermelon, lemon and guava. I added a few strawberry slices for color and some lovely pink stripe paper straws embellished with Sparkle Tape (from Darice) flags… and you’re done!

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ve pinned some beautiful pink, orange and yellow ideas including cakes, table settings, floral arrangements, and more that will help have your party planned in no time.

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Party {in Orange, Pink, Yellow} on Pinterest.

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Cheers!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Peach & Mint Bridal Shower + Peach Cocktail

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! I’m in love with the soft hues of peach and mint. This color combination makes me think of the south… of home.

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Peach Cake – The Perfect Palette, styled by Michelle Leo Events / Peach Cocktail – Kim Byers, The Celebration Shoppe / Peach Cookies – Cooking Classy / Coral and Mint Table  – Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jennifer Cress / Shimmer Mint Circle Garland – Couture by Ayca / Mint Placesetting – Magnolia Rouge

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Peach & Mint Bridal Shower Ideas | Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, choosing the color palette for your wedding has to be one of the toughest decisions for the big day… beyond choosing the right man of course. {wink} Everything from your bridesmaid dresses, flower arrangements, invitations, linens, ribbons, favors… and on and on… and on… will reflect the colors you’ve chosen.

Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

But no matter the color palette you choose, rest assured that Seagram’s Escapes can help you Keep It Colorful for your bridal shower, bridesmaid brunch and even reception.

Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Or… if you were like me… for those moments when you just needed to “escape” from all the pressures of planning the big day. {grin}

This sparkling Peach Fuzzy Navel cocktail is one of my favorites! Not only is it yummy and light, but it’s so pretty when paired with fresh fruit.

Bridal Shower Ideas | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

No bridal showers in your immediate future, no worries.

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Want more peach and mint bridal shower and party ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Party {in Coral, Mint & Black) board.

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The Way Kids See It {We Can Change The World}

I think a great deal about how I can… how my family can… do more for others. Do more to make this world a better place. I used to think that it had to be something big to really make a difference. But as I got older I realized that sometimes it’s the small things we can do… that we all can do collectively… that add up to that big thing that makes a difference in this world.

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While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

As a parent we try to influence our children to make good choices and in the process of teaching mine, I often remind myself of what I should be doing. You too?! {grin}

There is still much to be done in my household and in my community, but these are a few of the small things we’ve personally done that I pray will add up to big changes:

  • Recycling – at first it was such a hassle. Remembering not to throw the shampoo bottle in the trash, but to actually take it downstairs to the recycling boxes in my garage. And then since they don’t pick up recycling in my neighborhood yet, driving it to a recycling bin a few miles away. Now… honestly… I can’t imagine tossing that shampoo bottle in with our biodegradable trash. It just feels wrong!
  • Upcycling – this one is actually a bit easier for me because I’m a crafter. I love making something out of nothing or upcycling something into something new. And in the process of upcycling, honestly I consume less than I used to.
  • Trash Up – we love to hike and to spend lots of time in nature. And when we see trash on the ground or in a pond it really bothers us. Of course sometimes the trash is an accident (e.g., blown away by the wind), but when people are purposely lazy it’s really upsetting. If it’s just an item or two we’ll pick it up and take it to nearest trash can. But we have gone back to places with trash bags and these “pincher-grabber” things (named by my children) and picked up trash. It’s yucky, but it’s really rewarding.

In November of last year, Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, launched Unilever Project Sunlight, a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. The project aims to create a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations.

I’m so excited to share Project Sunlight’s latest film, “The Way Kids See It.” It shines a light on the unique ideas and the magic that children all over the world apply to tackle all sorts of environmental and social issues.

The minds of children are such a gift. They’re not clouded by all the “what ifs” and “what abouts” that our adult minds are. And because they’re not clouded they can dream big and act immediately. They don’t see obstacles, they just see benefits. We adults could take a lesson from them.

I encourage you to take a cue from the optimistic outlook your children have on the world. Adopt sustainable habits at home. Unilever Project Sunlight has ideas to help you get started. Visit projectsunlight.us to learn more about Uniliver’s Summer Sunlight Activities.

I’ll personally be upcycling with my kids and growing an herb garden to help reduce waste. I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope you’ll join me and take small steps to make our world a better place now and for our generations to come.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate AND change the world! {grin}

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Easy Glitter Wine Glass Markers {Personalized For Pennies}

Having guests over for drinks? Need some glass markers? It seems I never have enough or they don’t match my party’s theme. So in my recent girls night in party post I shared a peek at these fun and simple glittered wine glass markers that only cost pennies to make.

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I’ve shared this sparkle tape (aka glitter washi tape) from Darice before (also available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), and every time I use it I love it more. The glitter really shines and you could practically sand a table with it and no glitter would fall off. It’s perfect for embellishing gifts, crafting and oh yes, DIY party ideas! {grin}

To make these simple drink markers you’ll need:

Cut several lengths of tape, fold in half and trim out a triangle, peel off adhesive and stick to glass, write on your guest’s names. Done!

Washi Tape Glass Marker | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And here’s how darling the glitter drink markers can look on a pretty and delicious drink recipe. You don’t want to mix these glasses up. Trust me, you want every last drop of my Raspberry Acai Pineapple Champagne Cocktail.

Both this DIY glitter wine glass marker and this recipe will be perfect for New Year’s Eve too! {wink}

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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