Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)      Sometimes when you move from one space to another, you realize how much (or how little) you really have of something. I don't know if it's because our new house is a very different shape than the last one (long, narrow ranch instead of open concept), but I definitely have more plant stands than places to put them in the house. I've got the "plants-on-the-ground" base covered for sure, so I've been able to turn my attention to hanging planters instead. As much as I adore the fishbowl planters that I had up in our last house, I wanted to find another easy solution for hanging plants that would look a little different for this new space. Elsie has these really cute brass bowl-type hanging planters at her house, and when I saw these hammered gold bowls, I thought they would be just the thing to use for a DIY version.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-3 metal bowls (I used one small and two large size bowls)
-metal drill bits
-1/8" quick links (9)
-brass plated chain
-screw hook (3)
-gold spray paint
-needle nose pliers

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Use your metal drill bit to drill 3 evenly spaced holes about 1/2" from the top of your metal bowl rims (mark the spots with a marker to know where to drill). I found it easiest to place a piece of scrap wood under the bowl and then drill from the inside of the bowl down to the wood piece beneath it. I used a 1/4" bit so I could fit my 1/8" quick link through the hole later.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)  Take your 9 quick links and 3 screw hooks and give them a quick coat of gold spray paint so they match the bowl and chain. Once they are dry, unscrew each quick link to the open position and put them through the holes in your metal bowls.

You don't need chain cutters to shorten the chain length to size—just pliers! Use your needle nose pilers to open the links enough to separate the chain where you would like it to be cut, and keep the links bent open at the top and bottom of each chain section so you can attach it to the planter. I separated three sets of chain that were 38", 28", and 20" to create the different lengths.

Use the pliers to attach the bottom of each chain section to a quick link, and then before you connect them at the top, plant your plants in each bowl. Depending on the type of plant you choose, you may want to add some rocks at the bottom for drainage, but I find that a lot of plants do OK without the rocks.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)   Once your plants are in, attach all three of the chain tops to a single screw hook. Screw your hook into the ceiling to secure the plant. You may want to pre-drill a small hole to make this part easier, and you may also want to use an anchor in the ceiling if the weight of the planter calls for it.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)        Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)        Usually odd numbers looks best when grouping items, but you don't have to stick with three! You could do just one big planter, five small ones, or heck, any odd number you want! I love using drape-y plants (is that a word? drapey??) so they fall out over the edges, but you can plant whatever you like. All in all, this was a pretty quick project to put together considering what an impact it has on my little office corner—so much green is happening now!! Think you'll take some plants to the sky in your home? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Chocolate hazelnut granolaIn some ways this granola sort of reminds me of no-bake cookies, although not quite as chocolatey or quite as sugary-sweet. It's a breakfast-appropriate version. :) Plus the addition of crunchy hazelnuts just gives it such a fun flavor! I especially love this paired with raspberries and strawberries.

Homemade granola recipeHomemade granola recipe The following recipe will make around 3 cups of granola. So you can enjoy this for a week or two (depending on how often you eat granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack). Or you can store it in a clean, glass jar, add a ribbon and gift to a friend. I would LOVE to receive some homemade granola from a friend.

Hint, hint to anyone that's listening. :)

Easy homemade granolaChocolatey Hazelnut Granola, makes 3 cups.

2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (I used black sesame seeds because that's what I had on hand.)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoons cocoa
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the oats, nuts and seeds in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, salt, cocoa, syrup and extract.

How to make granola at homePour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir so that every piece gets coated. I like to use my (clean) hands for this step as I think it ensures each piece gets it's fair share of coating. :)

Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, remove and toss so all the pieces get roasted. Then continue baking.

Chocolate hazelnut granola Once cooled you are ready to serve with yogurt, milk, or however you like to enjoy your granola. Add just a little chocolate to your mornings! Enjoy. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Fabric transfer journalsI love a good transfer project. To me it almost feels like transfer techniques are part craft project and part science project. It's fun to watch your materials transform into something else, like transferring an ink jet printed photo onto fabric (in this case, a fabric journal). 

A few years ago I made this wood transfer of one of my wedding photos. You can see from my video home tour that I still have this project proudly displayed in our bedroom. I think it's gonna be a keeper for a while. This project is a bit more disposable in that I transferred an image onto a fabric journal. So although you could use this technique to create a canvas display or other display item you plan to keep forever, if you transfer to a journal, you're probably gonna use it. 

Fabric transfer journals This was a really fun project to work on with our friends from Canon USA. I used my PIXMA MG7720 to print the super colorful photos I chose to transfer. By the way, have you guys seen the new gold printer they just come out with??? I am in LOVE with the color. It's making we want to update my office area to match. Where's the emoji with gold eyes? You know, heart eye's trendy sister? That's how I'm feeling about my office space. Hmm...

-fabric journal (store bought or you could cover your own journal in fabric)
-Liquitex heavy gel medium
-paint brush
-water bottle
-copy paper
-washi tape (optional)
-Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer

Transfers are a project that I think are just easier to show via a video tutorial, so that's what we did. So watch that, but I'll go over the steps below as well.

First, print your image on copy paper. I think it looks better if your image can cover the entire journal surface, maybe even hang off the edges a little. So print to the size you need. Your image will transfer opposite of how you print it, like a mirror image. So if you are printing something with text especially, be sure to flip the image before printing.

Next, cover the entire image with the heavy gloss medium and adhere it to your fabric. Allow to fully dry (at least 2-3 hours). Then lightly spray with water. Be sure your spray bottle is set to spray in a mist rather than a stream. Most bottles allow for both, so just make sure yours is on mist. Then you rub off the paper to reveal your transfer. Watch the video to see this! Much easier to see than to explain.

Once you get all or most of the paper off, give it one more mist with water to make the colors more vibrant, and then seal with the heavy gloss medium. If you want, you can add some washi tape to an edge. I planned to do this with both my journals, but then I ended up liking one better without. 

How to transfer a photo to fabric That's it! Pretty easy, right? If you've never made a transfer like this before, I recommend having one piece of fabric or journal that you consider your "practice" one, so you can get the hang of rubbing the paper off. You can rub off the image entirely if you use too much force, so it's good to practice a little before you start. But, of course, this project is meant to look a little rustic/weathered, so it's OK if you do end up rubbing off a little too much in the process.

I used photos from past trips (Seattle and Costa Rica) because I like the look of the landscapes. But you could use any photo you like if you decide to make your own. You could easily turn this into a fun gift for someone too. Is everyone already thinking about homemade gifts for the holidays yet, or just me? Are you mad I even brought up the holidays already? OK, OK, let's all just chill and make a fabric transfer. :) xo. Emma 

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy. Video: Janae Hardy, Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

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