DIY Mason Jar Spice/Herb Dispenser

If you’re anything like us, the spices you have in your cupboard can annoy you. Why? They all have different designs and labels and they are not something that you can showcase to your houseguests. Enter the DIY Mason Jar spice or herb dispenser. Creating your own containers will allow you to curate the look of your kitchen and give your spice cabinet the facelift it needs. You will love this project because it is incredibly simple. There are only two steps:

  1. Save your parmesan cheese lids, all of them fit regular mouth Mason Jars
  2. Open the lids and spray paint your lids the desired color. Allow them to dry completely. We use Rust-oleum Hammered for an antique look

Parmesan Cheese

parmesan cheese lids

spray painted lids

mason jar spice jar

Mason Jar Spice and Herb Dispensers

That’s it. Seriously. Whether you place them in your cabinets or you place them for everyone to see, you will have a good looking and extremely functional solution for storing and sprinkling your herbs or spices.

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DIY Fresh Basil Herb Pesto

Whether you’re looking step away from the same old red pasta sauce for your noodles or you’re looking for that perfect baguette spread for your next party, fresh basil herb pesto has got you covered. Here’s what you need to make this delicious sauce:

Ingredients for the basil pesto

1 cup walnuts, 4tsp minced garlic, 6 cups fresh basil, 1 cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 cup grated Romano and Parmesan cheese, salt to taste

Step 1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

Add walnuts and garlic on the baking sheet

Roasted walnuts and garlic

Step 2. Place your walnuts and minced garlic on a baking sheet with either a baking mat or parchment paper. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes. You can tell it is done when you smell the walnuts roasting.

Blended walnutsScraping the sides of the blender

Step 3. Put the roasted walnuts and minced garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until it is well blended. You may need to scrape the sides a few times with a rubber spatula

Add basil to the blender

Add olive oil

Step 4. Add the fresh basil, lemon juice, and olive oil. Pulse down until you can add in the fresh oregano and parsley. Blend well

Adding cheese to the blend

Step 5. Add the Romano and Parmesan cheese and a dash of salt to taste

Fresh Basil Pesto

Step 6. Continue to blend while scraping down the sides s needed until it is a smooth consistency

Pesto in bags

Step 7. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for a week or freeze it in ice cubes/freezer bags for about 6 months.

There you have it! This fresh basil pesto is easy to make and will be sure to please your guests at your next party.

DIY Pallet Chicken Coop Run

Alright, get ready for another awesome DIY pallet project folks! Who doesn’t love fresh eggs for breakfast? I know I sure do, so today, we will show you how to make a chicken coop run out of wooden pallets.

Supplies: 3-4 large pallets, chicken wire, staple gun and staples, door handle, door hinges, 1x6x8 wood, shovel, nail gun and nails, door lock/bolt

  1. Find large pallets, roughly 3ft. by 5 ft. We found ours at our local Sears outlet store for FREE!
  2. Take off any extra wood pieces or nails

3. Attach chicken wire to the inside of your pallet with a stapler

4. Dig a deep trench, about 8 inches deep and a square the size of the chicken coop run. We started with one side and worked our way around so we knew how long each one needed to be.

5. Once you dig your trench, place your 1×6 board in the trench to help prevent animals trying to dig into your chicken coop run.

6. Place your pallet with chicken wire on the inside of the run on top of the 1×6 board. We tried to have the pallet 1-2 inches underground so we could tamp it with soil to make it sturdier. **Our chicken coop run was a little longer than our pallet so we buried it a few inches underground for extra protection.

7. Once one side is done, do the next side and connect the two pallets together with a nail gun. Make sure you have long enough nails to go through both pallets. Finish off by doing the same thing to the third side and nailing the pallets together.

8. We added a door by taking apart another pallet and making it into a frame. Again, we attached the chicken wire to the inside of the pallet door frame and attached it with hinges. We added a wooden handle that we found at a local thrift shop to make it easier to open.

9. Attach a lock or bolt to the door.

10. For the roof, we added a few boards from some extra pallet pieces to add support. We then laid chicken wire on top of the roof and stapled the sides down and stapled it to the extra support.

There you have it! A fully functional chicken coop run with a locking door. You can comfortably have about 10-12 chickens in your chicken coop, any more than that and it can get a little bit crowded.

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DIY Home Remedies for Roaches

Let’s face it. Everybody dreads seeing cockroaches inside of their home. These pests bring boatloads of germs from sewers and other unsanitary places and they are not something that you want to be dealing with unarmed. If you don’t feel like paying for roach control, here are some DIY home remedies to help get rid of and keep the roaches away.


Baking Soda

Baking Soda and Sugar

Mixing baking soda and sugar can be an effective way to help get rid of roaches so long as you know where they have been hanging out. Mix equal parts baking soda and sugar, usually about ¼ to ½ cup each. All you have to do is sprinkle the mixture in areas where you have seen the roaches. The sugar will attract the roaches and the baking soda will mix with the roaches stomach acid, causing it to die over time.

Bay Leaves

Although bay leaves won’t kill cockroaches, they can certainly act as a natural repellent to them, as cockroaches hate the smell of bay leaves. Ideally, you would use a mortar and pestle to crush the leaves into a powder but if you don’t have a mortar and pestle on hand, the handle of a knife will do. Simply crush the leaves into a powder in the bowl. Sprinkle the powder in areas where you have seen roaches or where you think they might be hiding

No food or water

Cutting off access to the food and water supply that your home provides for the roaches can be tough to achieve but if done right, it can be an effective way to eliminate the infestation.

Store all of your food in the fridge, even fruit. Seal all of your dry goods in airtight containers. Get rid of all clutter around the kitchen, such as newspapers, plastic grocery bags, boxes, etc. After you’re finished with a meal, wash your dishes immediately, dispose of the food scraps outside and wipe down counters and the floor.

Roaches can go for a month without food but they need to have water at least daily. Every time you use the sink or bathroom, wipe it down to eliminate all water residue. You don’t want a drop of water left behind for the roaches.


Boric Acid

Boric acid has been proven to be one of the best killers of roaches and a variety of other pests. Although it is very effective, boric acid is a poison and isn’t safe for consumption, so make sure to keep it away from children and pets. The idea is to have the roaches walk through the boric acid powder and if they do, it will kill them. Only a light dusting is required and the boric acid needs to stay dry to be effective.


DIY Pallet Scarecrow

If you grow fruits or vegetables, birds are probably your worst enemy. Believe it or not, scarecrows aren’t just in movies with Tin Men and Cowardly Lions – they actually work! If this sounds like your experience, you need to make a DIY pallet scarecrow.
Pallet boards/scrap wood to make a cross frame, nails, twine string, straw, old shirts and pants
  1. Cut one pallet boards in half to make arms. Nail them to full pallet board to make a cross frame
  2. Tie ends on pant legs with twine and stuff with straw
  3. Make twine belt for pants and slip onto pallet board
  4. Put shirt on cross and button up
  5. Place hat over the top
  6. Put scarecrow up to keep pesky Birds away from your produce
When you’re done with your diy scarecrow project, let us know how it went!
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