DIY upcycled advent calendar

If you haven’t already noticed- I love Christmas and everything that comes with it! As the stores fill with decorations and commercial advent calendars, I decided to make my own almost entirely out of material I already had at home. I did grab some pine cones, red berries and pine needles from outside my apartment…

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6 Upcycle Projects with Chalk & Blackboard Paint

Earlier this year I bought some blackboard paint (10€ for 230ml) from my local home-ware shop and some chalk paint (8€ for 120ml) for a garden upcycle project. I heard about the chalk paint on a blog and loved the idea of an eco-friendly paint that could easily be used on pretty much any surface without the need…

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Why I’m obsessed with Tiny Houses

The concept of “simple living” means a range of things to different people. To me, it encompasses removing excessive and uninspiring ‘stuff’, people, habits, work and attitudes from my life, so that I have energy, time and income to focus on what’s really important and inspiring to me. While this is an ever-evolving, ongoing process in…

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Weekend DIY: Small pallet garden

I’ve previously made a fairly large vertical garden from an upcylced pallet (details here) and have been on the lookout for a smaller one to fit into another corner in my balcony garden. After seeing a free pallet on Facebook, I excitedly walked the few blocks to pick it up and was happy to find…

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DIY: upcycled cork planters

On a recent trip to Denmark I saw some ridiculously adorable cacti in cork planters. I thought they’d be super easy and fun to make and also avoid me the 20€ price tag! So  every time we’ve had champagne in lab meetings since, I’ve collected the corks. It didn’t take long to have enough corks to…

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Pallet Vertical Garden

I love the idea of vertical gardens, especially in a space poor area like a balcony garden. I also love the idea of making them out of upcycled material like old shipping pallets. Here’s a breakdown of how I recently made my own from scratch. Materials Wooden pallet, hessian type fabric, staple gun, scissors, soil…

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Pots from wild clay

A few months ago I did a one day pottery course at Udumbara Studio in Kallio, Helsinki. Eva, the owner of the studio and creator of the stunning pots in the first photos below, uses earth friendly wild clay pottery to make tea ware and flowerpots with a Nordic twist. The wild, natural clay comes from…

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