I joined a very creative group of bloggers for a Mystery Box Challenge! The challenge was for us to box up and ship anything that we weren’t using anymore and send it to another blogger (that was randomly selected). This idea excited me for a couple reasons. #1- I hope that is would inspire you to do something like this with your friends! I get asked all the time to share ideas of repurposing things. So this entire “mystery box idea” is exactly that, to get creative with random things! #2- It is a challenge sometimes to use what you have and it sure is a good exercise for our brains! Which I always welcome.
These are the bloggers joining The Mystery Box Challenge-
This months challenge was along the lines of mantels. Well, friends I didn’t stick to that theme. And rather than not participating because I came up with another idea, I decided to keep going and share! Let me first show you what The Handmade Home sent to me!
A bag of darling wood beads and three pieces of round sliced birch wood. I immediately thought of some sort of garland to hang by our fireplace. And my little Finn started to help me string the wood beads on the wire. Which, by the way is a great little activity for a two year old! I had been trying to get him to do a project and this totally entertained him. But I didn’t think saying :”I created a kid’s toy” would work for this challenge!
I ended up finding some leftover thicker wool yarn to create a macramé hanging! Just simply drilled four holes in the wood slices. And strung the yarn thru the wood to act as a base for my plant. Just tied knots on the bottom of the wood slice. Then did a pattern with some of the wood beads on the yarn. It was really basic. No fancy pattern. BUT what I really wish I had was a thick knitting needle. I was just using any kitchen tool I could to shove the yarn thru the wood beads and the wood base, it took longer than it should have! ha! Isn’t that often the case with DIY??
There you have it! I have three more I still need to make (once I get a large knitting needle). I am planning on giving these as gifts! I know a couple of friends that would totally love this.
I already have a couple plant hangers in our bathroom, or I would have added it there. For now I hung it in Finn’s bedroom. He needed a plant!
These DIY plant hangers make it easy to display any plant rather than reaching for the perfect hanging pot, which can be hard to find. Plants add so much life to a space. And if you are short on counter space or want some varied height a hanging plant holder is the answer!
Now make sure to go and see what Thistlewooddid with what I sent her and what she created. I basically sent her items I wasn’t using anymore….a couple cute tinsel trees, a wreath and some twinkle lights of course, some of my favorite things!
And check out all the others joining the Mystery Box Creative Challenge. And I challenge you to do this with a friend! It can be just Christmas items that you decided not to use this year and exchange them with a friend. One sister’s trash is another sister’s treasure!
- The Handmade Home
- Lolly Jane
- Zevy Joy
- Craftberrry Bush
- Beneath My Heart
- My Sweet Savannah
KariAnne Wood says
It’s so pretty!
I love macrame and wood slices—they go together like peanut butter and jelly. 🙂
Thanks for my fun mystery box!
Merry Christmas friend!
Anna Tarabilda says
Too cute! Can’t believe you came up with that with those random things. Genius!
So cute! Way to use the two items (beads and wood) to make a really cute and clever project! I never would’ve thought to do that!
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Lolly Jane says
So pretty, Brooke! Love the wood slice on the bottom.
Ashley Mills says
I adore what you did! So fun and unexpected! Love the practical prettiness of it all- Thank you SO much for participating!
What a fun project! I have vaulted ceilings and don’t know how hanging plants would look but I love the idea of adding some though out my house. You’re so creative 🙂
Berh L says
So dang creative!!! Love!!
You are really talented! Such a great idea, it turned out so good!
Brooke! This project is amazing!! I would have NEVER thought of this! What a great idea, and it turned out beautifully! I’m so jealous. 🙂
Merry Christmas, friend!
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Thank you Traci!!
Krystal Wilkinson says
Genius!!! Love the way that turned out!
Melony Olson says
Stinkin adorable!!! Love your home, your values and all the great info. You share! Merry CHRISTmas!
This really looks cute. What is that holder made of ? This idea really looks impressive, can be implemented in bedroom and even drawing room. The other designs also looks impressive, especially for kids. Impressive one!!
Julie Keough says
I LOVE this idea!! I have the same beads & am making garland for our tree (which is a painful process). To help shove the string through beads, I’ve used duct tape wrapped tightly around the end to help shove the beads onto the string allowing the string to be a bit more easy to work with, give it a try.
PS I absolutely LOVE your blog & love following your inst-stories so much, you are truly a genuine inspiration to your followers to love our homes. Thank you!!:)