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Eager to try out a different DIY project? Learn how to make clay yourself using simple household ingredients and start crafting! We have chosen the 3 easiest and cheapest methods to make clay, so make sure you try them all before choosing your favourite. Don’t forget to tag us in your clay creations online using #manomaker – we would love to see what you’ve been up to! Go on, get making and seize the clay! 💪 How to Make Clay Cold Porcelain Clay Ingredients: 225 ml white glue 125 grams of cornflour 1 tbsp lemon juice/vinegar 1tbsp baby oil Optional glitter and food colouring Find a microwave safe bowl and fill it with the cornflour. Add in the remaining ingredients (excluding glitter and food colour) and stir well with a whisk or spoon until you reach paste-like consistency. Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute 30…

Nobody likes to discover that their plants are infested with aphids, or that fungi has bloomed. That’s why here at The Handy Mano, we’ve put together some tips to help you prevent plant pests and keep your plants strong, beautiful and healthy. How to Prevent Plant Pests 1. Fertilise your plants! Did you know that insects have a preference for weaker plants? That’s why our first piece of advice is to fertilise them regularly. A healthy plant is less attractive to plant pests which means that it’ll bloom better for us! You can use a generic fertiliser for flowering or leafy plants. There are specific fertilisers for veggie patches, orchids, cacti and even a specific one for bonsais. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, because excessive fertiliser can also do more harm than good! Aphids and red spiders (pictured) prefer plants that are rich in nitrogen, meaning that any…

Sick of tripping over your hose reel and looking for a cheap way to cover it up? Hide your hose reel in this handy DIY planter box! The simple turning mechanism inside will allow you to take the hose reel in and out of storage easily, whilst making sure that your garden looks tidy. DIY Planter Box with Hose Reel Tools and materials To make a garden hose reel DIY planter box you’ll need the following tools and materials: Mitre saw Drill / screwdriver Hole saw drill bit cutter Wood drill bits Nail gun Coping saw Planks and rods of wood and a board of MDF measuring as follows: 5 planks measuring 240 x 68 x 2.1cm 1 plank measuring 240 x 3.2 x 3.2cm 1 rod measuring 100 x1.9cm and another measuring 100 x 2.7cm An MDF board measuring 120 x 60 x 3cm Wood screws Sand paper White…

There are so many different projects that you can do with pallets, but sometimes the hardest part can be painting them perfectly to finish off your project! That’s why we came up with our top DIY pallet painting tips to help you get a flawless finish each time! DIY pallet painting tips Remember that each pallet is unique and might take paint differently. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have a safe (and non toxic) pallet, you can check that by viewing our pallet sourcing guide here. Pallet wood can look so so great with a bit of roughness, but, the smoother the surface, the easier it is to paint! Use an orbital sander or sandpaper (80 grit works fine but aim for 120 girt or higher if you’re looking for uber smoothness) to find your middle ground. Once you’ve finished sanding, remove all of the dusk with a slightly damp…

Feeling like getting into gardening this Summer but have no idea where to start? Save money with our garden ideas on a budget to give you an idea on how not to splash out on the wrong things! Go on, we bee-leaf in you 😉 Garden Ideas on a Budget Reduce, reuse, recycle… There are many things around the house that you can use in your garden! To save a few pennies, we’ve came up with a few suggestions to get you started: -Plastic food containers or egg carton tray to plant seeds -Bricks or lumber to frame garden beds -Use some old fencing to create your own compost bin -Create little soil trays out of empty toilet rolls and plant seeds until roots start showing -Turn a mason jar upside down and use it as a little greenhouse for seedlings and plants -Make your own weedkiller by spraying the weeds…