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Mother’s Day Macramé Plant Hangers

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a hand-crafted, Mother's Day gift. Brush up on your knotting skills because the sassy 70's décor is back, baby! Try making this DIY macramé plant hanger for your mamma and gift her something genuine, from the heart.

You will need:
  • Four pieces of 2-meter cotton cord (3.1mm thick)
  • 1" brass ring
  • Two pieces of 30 cm rope
  • Scissors
  • Plant of your choice - we have used a Sweatheart Creeper (Philodendron scandens oxycardi)
  • Pot plant container
Getting to know the Sweatheart Creeper

Sweatheart Creepers (Philodendron scandens oxycardi) can be identified by their unique heart-shaped leaves. They are fast-growing climbers and one of the most popular foliage plants used as room or conservatory decor. This plant is adaptable, tolerates low levels of light for long periods, and thrives in summer or winter room temperatures. Click here to find your local GCA Garden Centre for more indoor plants suitable for this project.

Step by step to making your macramé masterpiece:

Step 1.
Begin your DIY macramé plant hanger by cutting the pieces of the cottob macramé cord. You will need four, 2-meter cords and two, 30 cm long cords.

Step 2.
Fold the  four, 2-meter cords in half and loop it through the bass ring.

Step 3.
Next, secure your cords in place by using the wrapped or ring knot. This is a simple knot that has a sophisticated, finished look. You will need your 30 cm piece of cord for this knot.

How to tie a wrapped, looped knot
  1. Place the short cord over the looped cords with the short tail to the left, the loop pointing down, and the long tail to the right.
  2. Wrap the long tail around the looped cords and around the loop of the short cord.
  3. Continue wrapping the long tail, pulling it tight and leaving the bottom loop of the short cord uncovered.
  4. When you are happy with the length of your wrapped knot, thread the long tail through the loop at the bottom.
  5. Pull up on the short tail to tighten the knot and pull it underneath the wraps.
  6. Cut off the tails as close to the knot as possible.

And that's it! We will be using this knot again later for the tassel.

Step 4.
Next, hang your rig on either a hook, door knob, or a friend’s finger. Group your eight cords into groups of two and tie the cords together using a simple knot. Continue this until you end up with four separate knots and make sure they are all the same distance from the top.

Step 5.
Now, you will continue to your second row of knots. Take two adjacent knots and one cord from each knot and tie the cords together. Repeat this until you have four knots and make sure they are the same distance from your first row of knots.

Step 6.
Make sure your pot plant fits, and if it does not fit, adjust the second row until you feel your pot plant is secured and will not fall through the knots.

Step 7.
To finish off your DIY Mother's Day macramé plant hanger, you will need to tie all of the cords together with one final knot. End off with a wrapped or looped knot.

Step 7.
To finish off your DIY Mother's Day macramé plant hanger, you will need to tie all of the cords together with one final knot. End off with a wrapped or looped knot.

Step 9.
Trim off the excess cord to create a tassel finish.

Step 10.

Insert your plant with care. Carefully arrange your plants' branches between the groups of cords and make sure that the hook you hang the plant from is secure and able to handle the plant's weight.

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Make your own water filtration system DIY Soil Water Filtration Experiment

Posted on: March 2nd, 2020 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
life is a garden soil water filtration

With World Water Day just around the corner, on the 22nd of March, Life is a Garden has put together an engaging water filtration experiment for the whole family. Get the kids involved and  teach them about water pollution and how to get clean water.

Living in a drought-stricken country, water is a very precious resource. Sadly, many South African’s do not have access to clean water. Teaching  kids about the importance of water in agriculture is an essential aspect of education and will help youngsters understand just how critical H2O is for  a healthy environment.

This fun science experiment teaches kids about the importance of clean drinking water. It also demonstrates the process of how to clean dirty or polluted water using a natural filtration system.

You can make a water filter using recycled materials found at home. This water experiment is appropriate for kids aged ten and up, and can be used during science class or as a hands-on, educational experiment at home.

You will need the following supplies:
  • Two glass jars
  • Fine, clean sand
  • Gravel or small stones
  • Rocks
  • Coffee filters, cotton balls or a small cloth
  • Activated charcoal
  • Clear plastic bottle
  • Dirty water
  • Scissors or a knife
 Instructions

1. Cut an old plastic soda or juice bottle in half using scissors or a knife.

2. Place the bottle upside down into the glass jar..

3. Place cotton balls, cloth, or a coffee filter inside the bottle as the first layer. The first layer should be about two to three centimetres thick.

4. Add three to five centimetres of activated charcoal as the second layer, on top of the cotton layer.

5. Over the charcoal, add about three centimetres of fine sand as the third layer.

6. Add about three to four centimetres of gravel or small stones on top of the fine sand.

7. Add the rocks to the bottle as the final layer.

8. Add dirt to a glass of water to create muddy water. You can also get creative by adding other things materials such as glitter, beads, cooking oil or other materials to make dirty water.

  1. Pour the glass of muddy/dirty water inside the homemade water filter and watch the water drip clean into the glass below.
  2. Once the water has dripped through the filter, pour the water back into the glass – you can now make a hypothesis or prediction about the experiment.

Water filters reduce the concentration of contaminants such as suspended particles, parasites, bacteria, algae, viruses, and fungi. They remove particles and impurities from water. Each layer of the homemade water filter has a purpose:

  • The small stones are used to filter out large sediments, like leaves or insects, whereas the sand is used to remove fine impurities.
  • Finally, the activated charcoal removes contaminants and pollutants through chemical absorption. In nature, water is purified and filtered through sand, soil, gravel, and even beneficial bacteria.
Life is a Garden Water filtration

Try different types of material in this experiment and have fun learning about water filtration. For more fun DIY projects, visit the Life is a Garden website www.lifeisagarden.co.za