Headband Bookmark | Adventures in Pinterest

My six year old loves to read and to be read to. But with summer, her regular bedtime routine has been completely obliterated since I promised she could play outside until dusk. In So Cal, that’s right around 8:00pm and after a shower and brushing teeth, bedtime looks a lot like lights out.

We’ve been trying to make our way through a summer reading list, sneaking in a few chapters between running errands and afternoons at the pool. I pinned this No Sew Elastic Bookmark craft from Thirty Handmade Days months ago and knew it was exactly what we needed to bookmark the 800 books she’s currently making her way through.

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If I’m being honest, I pinned the bookmark craft and never looked at it again. Raise your hand if you do that to. That’s the whole point of these Adventures in Pinterest posts – to go back through my Pinterest boards and actually make a project I’ve pinned. Anyway, I knew the bookmarks would be super easy to make. I grabbed a couple of elastic headbands on clearance at Old Navy and way too many buttons from the craft store.

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The problem with not looking at the original pin again was that I didn’t realize I would need flat elastic headbands. I got the ones that are knotted off. It works but what the heck do you do with the knotted part? I moved the knot to the back of the book but then the book doesn’t lay flat or stack nicely with a set. Whatever. You could move it to the top and give your book at mohawk too. I like the idea that I the knotted elastic head bands can be adjusted for thinner or thicker books, too.

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Fun, right? The bonus here is that my daughter really likes to wear headbands in her hair and these totally double as an accessory. Not my original plan, but why not?

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Hanging Mason Jar Planters | Adventures in Pinterest

Last month, my husband and I headed north to Los Angeles to see the Book of Mormon. We caught a pre-show dinner at Stella Barra Pizzeria on Sunset Blvd. where we shared some amazing pizza, got a glimpse of Kelly Taylor’s dad, and spied some adorable mason jar planters.

In between bites of my butternut squash pizza, I declared, “That’s what I’m making for my next Adventures in Pinterest!”

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I hit Pinterest and apparently everyone loves a mason jar planter. It never dawned on me to use a mason jar for plants. Candy, yes? Plants, no. There were tons of cute DIY projects. I knew I wanted to use succulents and I knew I wanted to use some reclaimed wood I had been saving from a tree box.  I came across this hanging mason jar and jumped in on my own version.

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Get yourself some wide mouth mason jars from your craft store. I got mine for less than $2 each at Hobby Lobby. Swing by your favorite hardware store and grab a couple of pipe clamps from the plumbing section, a bag of natural coarse sand, a few itty bitty sized succulent or house plants, and a bag of potting mix (not pictured).

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I chose two 4 oz. sized succulents and one small indoor house plant. I don’t have the greenest thumb and knew I probably would be able to keep a few succulents alive. That asparagus fern? I don’t have high hopes.

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Pipe clamps come in a variety of sizes. Truth? It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to make them smaller. I thought I had to loosen the screw and adjust it like a belt. Turns out, you just turn the screw clockwise and it moves along the tracks making the clamp smaller and smaller.

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You’ll definitely need some sort of natural draining system for the bottom of your planter otherwise the water that isn’t absorbed by the roots of the plant will pool at the bottom of the jar. I hope this natural coarse sand will work.

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My sidekick wanted to help. Actually, she had a blast putting the planters together. This is a great spring project to work on with your kiddos.

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We completely guessed on how much coarse sand will work for proper drainage. This part is a total experiment and I’ll keep up posted on how it goes.

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Layer your potting mix over the coarse sand. Did you know there is a difference between potting mix and top soil? Potting mix is formulated to hold the correct amount of moisture in a container. Top soil is made to be mixed with native soil. Learn more here from Scotts Miracle Grow.

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Pop in your itty bitty plants and fill around with potting mix. Shake off any excess soil and don’t forget to water!

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Now what I thought would be the hardest part: breaking down the old tree box to get one plank of wood. We had a birch tree planted last fall and I’ve been keeping the tree box for some unknown DIY project. I love the rustic look of reclaimed wood!

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It was pretty easy to pry the pieces apart with the back of a hammer. Photo by my 6 year old sidekick.

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Now for the hardest part which required an additional trip to Lowes. I thought a sharp nail and hammer would be enough to poke through the metal clamp so to attach it to the wood plank. Those pipe clamps are pretty sturdy. My husband picked up a special drill bit to drill a tiny screw hole into the back of the clamp. All that was left was to attach the clamps to the wood plank and slide the mason jars into the clamps.

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Are you wondering why I have this gorgeous new hanging mason jar planter propped up on a bed of grass? The reclaimed wood is so crazy soft and the filled mason jars are sort of heavy that we couldn’t get a hanger to stay secured in the wood. We did try though and hung it on our gate for about 5 seconds to snap the photo below. Right now, it is sitting on my outdoor fireplace looking pretty and waiting for it’s permanent home.

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This is a non-sponsored post. But hey…call me Scotts Miracle Grow, Hobby Lobby or Lowes Improvement Store if you want to work on a project!

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