Scrap wood Challenge: a plan-less chicken coop or rabbit hutch

I never like to build anything without a plan- it’s so difficult and something always turns out wrong. BUT- is it really a scrap wood challenge if you use a plan? It’s still challenging, but building on the fly is a whole ‘nother level of challenging. It’s aggravating.

I knew from looking at a neighbor’s chicken coop about what design I wanted. So I started by creating the bottom with four four by fours cut at 30 inches long. I cut my 1x4s to 24 inches and built a frame. I then used two 1×12 shelf boards to build the nesting box. I cut the sides and the divider to 12 inches and cut one to 30 inches to form the back of the nesting box. I also added a 1×4 board frame to the bottom of the legs for stability and to add the wire later on.

I then added plywood to the bottom, top, and added a floor to the inside of the nesting box. I also created a small door for the coop.

Then, I added a 1×4 frame “chicken run” to the outside of the coop. I also added a plywood roof to the top.

And my youngest daughter decided she should try out the chicken run. 🙂 We started adding wire to the outside until we completely covered the open areas with wire.

And then we added hardware to the doors and egg hatch.

Three coats of paint and several shingles later, we ended up with the final product…which I will show you next week 🙂

Have a wonderful week!! We will see you Wednesday for school lunch ideas and on Friday for Farmhouse Friday.

Installing a Portable Polytunnel Greenhouse Part 2

Last week, we shared our new polytunnel greenhouse. We have been working on it, since it is nearing the time we usually start our seeds for our garden.

This week, we have begun working on the inside. We just need to purchase a heater and install our irrigation system and we will be good to go.

The inside currently looks like this:

Stable mats from Tractor Supply (I used two of them) and poly resin Muscle Tech garage shelves from Walmart. They snap together without tools and are very sturdy.

For the shelves, we purchased 5 5-tier Muscle Tech resin garage shelves. The fifth tier made them too tall so I reduced them to 4 tier and was able to make one more shelf out of them. This way, if these shelves don’t work for the greenhouse, I can repurpose them in our attic or garage. I wanted something with holes for drainage and ventilation that wasn’t expensive, wouldn’t rot or rust and could be used for something else if they didn’t work here.

We have also ordered a potting bench that hasn’t arrived yet.

We are looking at several different heaters and we are leaning toward this one:

And as for hydration:

We are planning to DIY something similar to this.

I can’t wait to show you the finished product! Check back next week!

Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

Dollar Store Spring Decor

Have you all been to your local Dollar General lately? If you haven’t, you might want to pop in. If you’re a fan of the Pioneer Woman line at Walmart, you will love their spring stock. They have some of the cutest kitchen items I’ve seen in a long time…and it’s not expensive at all!

I came away with these salt and pepper shakers, a melamine mixing bowl, a Dutch oven (for looks, it’s probably not food safe) and a cute picture frame.

And those are just the things I bought. I wanted waaaaay more! I thought I’d share the cuteness that I loved, but left behind (and might still go back and get).

These sweet melamine juice glasses for $1.50

My kids are not allowed to use glass drinking glasses for obvious reasons. They sometimes get offended that they can’t have a pretty glass like the adults. With these, they could feel like they have a fancy glass…and at $1.50 a pop, if they drop it and break it, it’s no big deal.

These are $3 a piece but still adorable and worth the price.

Any hobnail fans in the house? I love that these glasses are hobnail and I love the color.

Pretty bottles for $3-$5

If you like glass bottles, grab a few of these to stash on top of your cabinets. Or you could even fill one with mini Christmas lights.

I just love these colors!

These small canister jars would be great to buy and fill with candy for a small gift, or even to store small goods in your own kitchen.

Who doesn’t want a flowered piggy butter dish?

This flowered butter dish is a cutie. I have a cow creamer that I’d like to put this beside.

A lettered sign that looks like a grain sack!

You all know how much I love lettered signs! Here’s a pretty one for $10!

What an adorable “tag” frame!

This tag frame could look cute in any room.

This would make a great utensil bucket.

This bucket reminds me of enamelware.

Which item was your favorite? My favorite would definitely have to be the drinking glasses. Comment down below and tell me which item you liked best!

And have a wonderful weekend.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I love pine cones- I use them to decorate for fall, Christmas AND spring. I have tons of them around my house and I can always find them by the bucket full. Did you know you can easily make simple and cute ornaments from them?

You will need pine cones, your choice of ribbon and some twine, as well as a hot glue gun.

Tie your ribbon into a pretty bow.

Tie a piece of twine around the bow

And hot glue the bow to the pine cone.

Isn’t that the cutest and easiest thing ever?

Check back on Saturday for our Christmas home tour. Have a wonderful Friday!