DIY: UNIQUE BIRD CAGE LAMP/COAT HANGER

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A lamp/coat hanger with endless possibilities…

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A floor lamp made from a coat hanger and bird cage lamp.

HOW THIS DIY FLOOR LAMP WAS DESIGNED

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like change and I like original decor…not something you will find in every other house, shop or hotel.  This is not always possible, since I also love buying from shops and markets and I also follow trends to a certain extend, but I like originality rather than mass production.  Designing is a bigggggg passion of mine and luckily I married a very handy husband who can bring all…or let me rather say some of my plausible ideas…into existence!

One day I walked through the isles of one of our local grocery shops and saw this beautiful little wooden and black bird cage.  Then and there I decided this will become a lamp…and it did.  We bought a light fitting at our local hardware shop, some electrical cord and we already had an extra light bulb at home.  My hubby then unscrewed the top wooden knob of the bird cage, fixed the fitting, connected the cord and at the other end of the cord installed a light switch.

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The next question I had was, “where do I want to hang this?”  So the idea of a coat hanger came to mind.  Yet again I called in assistance from my loving husband, I dragged him down the isles of our local hardware shop – again – on the look out for “black steel things” 🙂 …I usually go to the shops with an idea and then know what I want when I see it, not planning too far ahead 🙂 … so we found the black steel hooks, we decided to use the wood pallets we had at home for the stand, for the top we bought a steel curtain rail end and then he made me this beauty!!

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STYLE IDEAS

Here comes the fun part…

This lamp/coat hanger stand gives you multiple options!  I just bought a few hang plants and a copper wire diamond at a market to hang on the coat hanger.  BUT you can chop and change what you hang, someone even suggested to hang a clock.  You can also hang photo frames with family photo’s.  And the day you decide to hang your bird cage lamp somewhere else, you can even start using the coat hanger to hang coats 😉  Just remember when you style this floor lamp keep balance in mind..more than one smaller items clustered together and bigger items on their own for instance, but it will depend on the specific items.

So go out and be creative…the sky’s the limit ❤

XOXO

Janine

DIY: My little succulent garden in a vase

DIY: Gardening

A little while back I received the most beautiful tulips in a vase as a present.  I nurtured these tulips to the best of my abilities, but just like most flowers – well maybe just in my home – they have an expiration date.  I decided to reuse and recycle the vase and the rocks at the bottom to build myself a new little flower garden, but this time with succulents which can survive much easier for longer!

Before:  The beautiful tulips

Tulips in a glass vase.  Brightens up the diningroom/livingroom.

The steps of building your succulent garden

Step 1: Rocks at the bottom of glass vase

Step 1:

Place rocks at the bottom of the vase.  This vase doesn’t have holes at the bottom to help drain the excess water and these rocks will help to absorb some of the water.

Step 2:

Wet the potting soil.  It shouldn’t be drenched in water, just moist enough to keep the soon planted succulents alive.

Add potting soil onto the rocks and then cover it with the fine river sand.  The sand is optional, I just like the beige/white colour of the sand better than the look of the brownish rough potting soil.  It all depends on your style.

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Step 3:

Make little holes in the soil and plant the succulents.  You will see some of mine is still very small.  They were little off-springs of the bigger one you’ll see in there.  Succulents grow very easily so you are more than welcome to plant mature succulents but I know these babies will grow quickly and fill the space.

Step 4:

Place your little succulent garden where you see fit and enjoy looking at it everyday and see how it grows.  Especially living in the city it is one way of at least feeling a bit closer to nature…

Greetings

J