Easy DIY Herb Garden

It is spring time!  If you are in Northeast Ohio it may not seem like spring yet but its coming.  Time to fix up the garden and plant those flowers outside!  Or if you are like me and you know nothing about gardening, its time to pretend like you know all about it. If so this is the perfect fake it until you make it herb garden!
How to make your own herb garden
When Eric and I were doing the typical last minute gift search, we were walking through Michaels and I saw this box.  When I saw it, I just knew that I should turn it into a herb garden!  I am officially obsessed with chalk boards too.  I may be a few years late to the game but everything I do I want to be a chalkboard!
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How to make your own herb garden
This herb garden is so easy to make and it looks so cute.  Perfect for your outdoor table’s center piece while growing your fresh herbs.  The herbs in this garden are parsley, basil and cilantro.  I don’t know if you use those regularly but I am sure you can find a recipe just for your fresh herbs!
So without further ado, here is how to make your own herb garden!


  • Box of your choice
  • Drill
  • Your favorite herbs
  • Dirt


  1. Drill a hole or two in the bottom of your box.  The holes are so the water can drain out if it rains.
  2. Put a layer of dirt on the bottom
  3. Place herbs in the box
  4. Fill in around the herbs and fill up the remainder of the box with herbs.
  5. Water your brand new herb garden!
How to make your own herb garden

Wrap Up

We gave this adorable herb garden to my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.  I just hope it doesn’t turn out that she has a brown thumb because I hope to have dinner at her house made with these herbs!  I think it was a pretty successfully gift if I do say so myself.
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How to make your own herb garden
Eric, Eric’s Mom and I on Mother’s Day
What did you do for Mother’s Day and how did you celebrate your mother?
Happy Gardening,

Spa Day Tumbler

What do you do when you want to spoil your friend for her birthday but you can’t afford an expensive day out?  Give her a spa day in!

I gave this to my friend last year for her birthday and this post is so delayed that its almost her birthday again!  Happy belated/early birthday Julie! 
My goal was that every part of the gift could be used.  Mason jar gifts are great but thats the new trend and you can’t really use it as part of spa day!  Instead, I used a tumbler with a straw so she could fill the glass, sip and enjoy while relaxing.  This was so easy to make, the hardest part was trying to fit everything in the cup.
  Here is all you need to make this spa day gift with links to Amazon to buy:
  1. Tumbler With Straw
  2. These are my favorite kind of glasses, hardly any leakage when they tip over.  Can you say sippy cups for adults?!
  3. Packet of On The Go Drink Mix
  4. Its not cucumber water but a lemon packet in the tumbler adds flavor to the day.
  5. Nail Polish
  6. What is spa day without painting your nails, that is a must.  It was so hard just picking one color.  I went with something that she might not have already but was still something I could see her wearing.
  7. Nail File
  8. You can also find these individually in the beauty section of most local stores.
  9. Bath Bomb 
  10. I bought a pack and could only fit one in the glass.  I guess I will have to take advantage of a relaxing bath too.
  11. Face Mask
  12. While relaxing in the bath, she can clean up her pores and relax.

I tied a cute bow and label on the straw and it was ready!  I thought it was so cute I didn’t want to put it in a gift bag.

There are so many other things to add to the gift but I could only fit so much into one tumbler.  Whatever will make your spa day more relaxing, add it!

What makes your spa day more relaxing?

5 Ways To Personalize Your State String Art

Let me start by saying GO STEELERS!!  Now that that is out of my system I can continue talking about the Browns themed Ohio String Art I made for my brother-in-law.

Thanks for coming back to see what I have been up to!  Unlike most years, I only made one gift for someone in our family this year for Christmas.  It was extremely easy and fun to make but it was like I lost a bet.  My sister-in-law and her husband moved out of the state this year so Eric and I thought we would make their Christmas gifts Ohio themed.  Both of them were born and raised in Ohio just like we were.
Instead of giving you yet another tutorial for how to make the state string art, I also thought I would share a few ways to personalize your own string art.

Ways To Personalize Your String Art

1. Sports Team

Do you have a favorite sports team in the area?  What about your college’s colors?  You can paint stripes of your team logo or paint the wood one color and choose string that is the other team color.  Is there a decal that you can stick to it?

If I were to paint a Steelers one, I would paint the wood black with the 3 diamonds on the wood.  Then I would use white string for the string art.  Maybe a future Christmas gift…

2. Favorite Pattern

I love chevron.  And by love, I mean how much of that can I have without looking completely ridiculous? Why not paint the background of the state with that pattern.  You could do polka dots or stencil something onto the wood.

3. Phase or Saying

If there is a saying that reminds you of the state like “Home is where the heart is”, write it out.  There are so many phrases or sayings that can personalize the string art even more.

4. Initial

Do you need a wedding gift or bridal shower gift?  Put the initial of their last name or a monogram with a state that is important to them on the wood.

5. Home

home.  The popular new statement being put on t-shirts and other paraphernalia. One simple statement can mean so much on this piece.




  1. Sand your wood lightly until it is smooth.
  2. Paint the board based on your design.  It is easiest to do this first before you start nailing.
  3. Print an outline of your state and a heart.  Lay them on your piece to see how large you want them to be.  For Ohio, I made it as large as I could on a piece of 8.5″x11″ paper.  It was a perfect fit because it left some space around the side of the board too.
  4. Cut out your heart and state. 
  5. Tape the map to the board
  6. Nail around the state.  Keep the nails as close together as possible and just keep going.  Make sure you nail them far enough into the board so they are not loose.  Do not nail on the paper.  If you nail on the paper, it will get stuck underneath the nails and will not come out when you remove the state later.
  7. Remove the cutout of your state and place the heart where you want to on the state.  Note this does not have to be exact.  If it was, my heart and the edge of the state would overlap and that wouldn’t look as good.
  8. Nail around the heart.
  9. String the thread from the state to the heart.  Start from a state nail and wrap around a heart nail, then wrap around the next state nail and back around a heart nail.  Switch to the next heart nail every so often.  Continue until you have worked around all the state nails and back to the begining.
  10. Tip: I determined the proportion of state to heart nails.  In my case, for every heart nail there was about 10 state nails.  So I would wrap around the same heart nail for 10 state nails.  I overlapped the first couple with the nail before and the last couple with the nail after.  This process made it look less chunky around the heart.
Enjoy making your own!  I believe my brother-in-law likes his and normally I would offer to take it back if he didn’t but look at it, its Browns colors.  Gross, GO STEELERS!  Are you thinking about making one?  How would you personalize it?