Cultivating an eye-catching landscape doesn’t have to gobble every free moment. By streamlining landscape chores, your yard can explode with beauty—even as your chore list lightens. This front yard welcomes with mixed plantings: trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Give planting beds a wide, sloping trench edge to make mowing easy. Simply drop a set of mower wheels into the trench to cut grass along the bed edge, and you can skip string trimming.
If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers' heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn't have outdoor electrical outlets.
Add the smallest can to the front center, and use it to keep small scissors handy for snipping herbs. Wrap a length of ribbon around all the cans and tie together to secure. Print then cut out the plant labels and tie each around its respective can with twine or string. Finally, slide the printed greeting through the tines of an old fork.
A pet party isn't the time to break out fine china. Instead, look for sturdy-but-stylish melamine and plastic dishware. String shatterproof teal and blue orbs on a floral wire for an easy DIY ornament garland. Hang it above the treat table and well out of reach of the guests' paws.
Put a whimsical spin on everyday lanterns with colored lights in place of candles. Used singularly, the lanterns can work as centerpieces by filling them with battery-operated string lights. Outdoor luminaries for steps or walkways can be made with groupings of lanterns placed along the perimeter of an area, with strands of lights running from one lantern to another.
Pick a peck of peppers for pickling, roasting or eating out of hand with this sweet pepper. Fruits ripen in a blaze of hues, including orange, yellow, red and purple. Peppers resemble hot peppers, but offer a sweet bite. Plants thrive in containers and yield readily. When the harvest is heaviest, pick some peppers to dry and create strings or ristras.
Catalogs and stores are filled to overflowing with holiday décor of all types, but sometimes it’s just as easy (and less expensive) to make your own. Enlist the kids in putting together a simple window or door topper like this one, with a few slender branches found outdoors, some lengths of twine, string, or ribbon, and holiday balls in a variety of sizes.
Interested in a more modern, artistic and architectural approach to holiday decor? Create an unexpected door hanging with an architectural ceiling medallion, spray paint and ribbon. Pick up a ceiling medallion from the hardware store, update it with glossy spray paint and adorn with seasonal embellishments. Add twine, yarn, string or ribbon to the top and attach it to your door.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
One of the keys to making candy and snacks interactive as crafting supplies is to choose ring-shaped options with holes directly in the center. This will allow kids the option to use their food to make crafts by sliding twine, ribbon or string directly through the center to create garland, bracelets or necklaces.
Both you and your kitty can be sitting pretty on this bench/cat shelter by Space Int'l. With turf on the the floor and ceiling, elastic strings making up the exterior walls, and pillars of jute, your feline friend can be occupied for hours while you relax up on the roof.
Spiky leaves in a rounded clump give yucca a stand-out personality in garden designs. The texture is dramatic and tough to miss. Yucca filamentosa ‘Excalibur’ takes that beauty to the next level with blue-green leaves edged with curly white strings. ‘Excalibur’ grows 24 inches tall by 42 inches wide and is a low-maintenance, drought tolerant plant. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
Custom invitations reflecting the rustic setting of the party are lovely, handcrafted reminders of your event that also inform guests about the venue, dress code, directions and time. Print your invitations on brown kraft paper and mount on 4-inch by 5-inch precut wood veneer sheets. Finish with plain linen fabric strips and gold string. Allow guests to RSVP online or via email. Invitations designed by Little Bit Heart
Give a plastic skeleton a fresh take on the afterlife as a minimalist wreath. Disassemble the skeleton by removing the thread, wire or string used to hold the pieces together. Next, attach bones to a wire wreath form using craft wire, overlapping and interlacing the bones. As a creepy finishing touch, wire the skull to the wreath's bottom so its sockets are approximately eye-level with trick-or-treaters.
Kids can also put the holiday table to use as a place to create handmade gifts for friends and family. To turn colorful candy into necklaces or bracelets, supply kids with string, twine and ribbon in assorted styles. Encourage them to get creative with color and shape, and then bestow their creations to friends or family.
Finish this type of trench lawn edging by covering the area with some type of mulch. A mulch layer helps keep weeds from sprouting in the uncovered soil and prevents soil erosion from the planting bed itself. If your trench area is shallow, you can run your lawn mower along the bed edge by dropping one wheel into the trench. This eliminates any need for string trimming the lawn edge.
Strike it rich with the gold leaves of Polar Gold arborvitae. This upright shrub brings year-round gold tones to the garden on plants that are strongly upright. Plant one for an accent piece, or arrange a string of them to form a hedge or privacy screen. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘SMTOYP’
Mix summer memories in with your holiday decorations this year by stringing sand dollars, starfish and shells onto narrow rope or twine. To attach the starfish, carefully drill a small hole near the end of one arm then slide the twine through. Just loop the twine through the hole on each sand dollar and attach shells either by tying them on or with a dollop of hot glue.