Whether you live in an apartment with a balcony, a house with a huge backyard, or have no outside space to call your own, it is nice to have some greenery to add a touch of nature to your life.
So, I decided to embrace my inner HGTV-lover and look for some creative ways to add a touch of green to any home.
Recently I started buying fresh flowers to spruce up my room, but they die so quickly and have to be replaced so often that they can become a hassle. For someone like myself who doesn’t have a green thumb, I needed something that would bring nature into my room without needing a lot of attention.
Recently, I was introduced to the terrarium craze that is going around. These are low maintenance plants that can be kept indoors, and the best part is that you become a landscaper because you can design them yourself! This tutorial for how to make a hanging terrarium globe is just one of many. You can buy them pre-planted at stores like Whole Foods, or you can get ideas online for ways to DIY, like these from Buzzfeed.
Let Gardening Hacks Make Your Life Easier
There are tons of gardening tricks out there, and if you are a pro, then you probably know most of them! But there is always something to learn, and if you are new to the gardening scene then make sure to check out some tips to make your life easier!
One trick that we have seen is the wine cork lanting board that uses wine corks to make holes for seeds in the ground. Want to try out this DIY project? Check it out here.
Find a Creative way Display Your Greenery
This old ladder was found and recycled into a series of shelves to hold potted plants! There are plenty of unique ways to display your green thumb’s work, but we thought this one was pretty cool. It takes some work, but it pays off, and if you’re up for the challenge there is a DIY tutorial to show you how they did it!
If you are looking for a quick and simple way to show off your greenery, try some of these ideas from Buzzfeed. There are some great ideas for both the indoors and outdoors. Putting plants in cinderblocks is always a great way to add creative flare!
Spruce Up Your Patio
If you have a patio instead of a garden or backyard, there are ways you can add some greenery! This tutorial on how to make a planter that your patio table umbrella can slide right through is an awesome way to start.
Terrariums are great for patios, and the previous tip on display methods can provide other ways to let your green thumb run wild even if you don’t have ground space! If you don’t have a large patio, consider options that allow you to stack plants. Here is an idea that requires a bit more work, but it can be as simple as stacking your pots in size order!
Ornate Stepping Stones
If you have more of a backyard area to work with, and are looking for something to create a walkway through your garden, you should look into adding stepping stones with some character. Try this tutorial for leaf shaped stepping stones; they are unique and will add to the outdoor feel of your garden. If you want something a little more classic for your backyard, check out this DIY walkthrough for concrete stones designed from rubber door mats!
If you enjoy interior design or just want to add some love to your home make sure to check out “Home Makeover Magic with HGTV’s Don Hirsch” on August 7. Find out more and get tickets here.
Written by Emily Hines, social media intern at The Smithsonian Associates.