Category Archives: Crafts & MIY

How To Paint A Texas Flag Gate – A Fun, Quick Project

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RancherMan & I painted one of our 16-foot long gates in a Texas Flag pattern to show our Texas pride. I think the gate looks awesome.

Many were interested in how we did it – paint color choices, metal star size, etc. So today I’m happy to share how we did it.

How To Paint A Texas Flag Gate. It was a quick and enjoyable project. And I love the way our gate painted in a Texas flag design looks. #TexasHomesteader
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How To Make A Cute Porch Lantern

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch. Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset. 

And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch. But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit. And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all) so it really is an oasis!

Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas. Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Cute Clothespin Apron

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

People have various methods of holding their clothespins when they’re hanging laundry. I’ve heard of clothespin aprons, sewing the bottom of a cute baby’s dress and using a hanger to keep it on the line, and more.

I love to hang our laundry on the line. There’s just nothing like that gorgeous Texas blue sky and sunshine to add the delightful aroma of pure sunshine to our clean clothes. 

My sis is like me – loving the smell of sunshine on her clean laundry. So she hangs her clothes out to dry as well.

When she had a birthday recently I put on my thinking cap. Y’all know we like to make homemade gifts whenever possible, but what would she like. Hummm… I KNOW! I’ll make her a clothespin apron!

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

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Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Like most folks, RancherMan & I enjoy the hummingbirds. When we first moved here we didn’t see any hummingbirds. But apparently putting out a feeder brought them out of all corners of our homestead!

Back in “the day” I just bought the packages of dry powdered red stuff for my feeder. But I hated that it involved a plastic package to contain it.

(did I ever mention how much I’m trying to eliminate extraneous plastic from our home??) 

But I do so enjoy the hummingbirds that come to this beautiful feeder first thing every morning.

Make hummingbird nectar at home for a fraction of the cost of buying the commercial stuff - only two ingredients! Read how #TexasHomesteader

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