Category Archives: Lawn & Garden

DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights

While entertaining alfresco this season, these simple floating jar votives suspended from garden hooks make for that perfect final patio touch, offering an inviting, soft glow that keeps the gathering going long into the evening.
For this project we picked from a handful of mismatched empty mason jars that have stacked up around the house. The varied sizes lend to that overall rustic appeal. We love how they can easily be transferred indoors or out, depending on where you’re entertaining. Use them for a summer party, upcoming wedding or a respite with the family over a glass of wine.

1. Separate the bands from the lids and drill equidistant holes near the base of each band (we used a 7/64-inch bit).


2. Using wire cutters, snip 8-inch long strips from clock chain and attach through the holes in the jar bands using pliers, to create hanging handles. We used #5 sized clock chain, because it’s sturdy for holding the weight of the jars while still giving off a delicate feel. We found it at our local hardware store in the same aisle as regular chain and jack chain, which could just as easily be used for this project.

3. Twist bands around the jar mouths to secure, creating a hanging mason jar.


4. Fill jars about halfway with water, drop tea lights inside to float and light to create an instantly glowing group of mason jar votives. Cluster and use them just like this for an inviting indoor or outdoor centerpiece.


5. Suspend jars from garden hooks secured along a fence as hanging lanterns.

What you will Need

http://www.ruralking.com/ball-1-2-pint-8-oz-regular-mouth-mason-canning-jars-12-pack-60000.html

Ball, 1/2 Pint (8 oz), Regular Mouth, Mason Canning Jars, 12-Pack 60000

SKU: 001280052

http://www.ruralking.com/dare-wire-cutters-2290.html

Dare Wire Cutters 2290

SKU: 070040168

http://www.ruralking.com/candle-lite-tealight-50-ct-white-1261595.html

Candle-Lite Tealight 50 ct. White 1261595

SKU: 014047001

http://www.ruralking.com/18v-vsr-drill-kit.html

Genesis 18V Cordless Drill/Driver Kit GCD18BK

SKU: 093140502

Modernized Pumpkin Carving!

Spice up your pumpkin carving skills with a drill.  You don’t have to worry about handling carving knives. You can just use different sizes of drill bits for all sorts of designs.  You won’t have to be limited to the standard jack-o-lantern face. Make your magical fall nights twinkle.  It is a very simple process.

First you need your pumpkins. You can buy these at your local Rural King.

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Secondly, you would need to carve a large circular opening into the bottom of your pumpkin. Clean out the inside thoroughly, scooping away the pulp and seeds with a spoon.

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Next, make a rough design on paper first, then mark the dots on the pumpkin with a permanent marker (which can be found at your local Rural King or RuralKing.com) Try a swirling or geometric design, or randomly space dots on the pumpkin shell.

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You would then need to drill holes using a drill. You can use difference size drill bits for different sizes of holes. Rural King sells several different types of drills.  This would be a great excuses for revamping your tool collection. Check out all the drills Rural King has to offer by clicking here. :)

The last step required is just to fill the pumpkin with some type of lights. You can use candles or even get an extra use out of your old Christmas string lights.

Once you have your pumpkin all set up, just put it out for the world to see just how creative you are.

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Cozy on up to Fall

..School is starting..
..Football Season is approaching..
..Bonfires and cool nights..

All of these things mean that colder weather is creeping up on us. My favorite things about colder weather are bonfires and hoodies.  Rural King sells different kinds of fire pits and items to keep cozy.  Stop by your local Rural King or RuralKing.com to stock up on these absolutely necessary fall items.

Culvert 36″ Fire Ring 55160

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Coghlan’s Magnesium Fire Starter 7870

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Well Traveled Living 28” Bon Fire Patio Fireplace 01471

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5.11 Tactical Lock Up Fleece 42182AG

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Rigid Industries Women’s Hoodie 020W

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Oh and to be on the safe side… It is always handy to have a fire extinguisher. Rural King sells different brands with different sizes. Take a look for yourself! (Rural King Fire Extinguishers)

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So come on down to Rural King to cozy on up to Fall! :)

 

 

Build Your Own Martin House

Purple martins are swallows that migrate from South America to North America each year to breed. Many people enjoy listening to their songs, watching their aerial acrobatics and seeing fledglings emerge from their nests. Although purple martins don’t eat mosquitoes, they eat large numbers of many other kinds of insects. For these reasons, many people build martin houses in the hope that the birds will build nests in them.

1 Site your martin house properly. Purple martins won’t nest in houses too near the ground or too near homes or tall trees. Martin houses should be a minimum of 40 feet (12 meters) from homes and trees and 20 feet (6 meters) high.

2 Design your martin house for several nesting pairs. It should have nesting compartments that are completely separated from one another, access holes for the birds, porches to perch on and a gabled roof. Some houses have multiple levels to accommodate more birds.

3 Cut the wood for the floor so it will extend past the exterior walls 3 inches (7.5 cm) on all sides. This creates the porches. You can also attach porches using 3-inch strips of wood.

4 Create several nesting compartments inside using partitions. Each space should be 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

5 Cut semicircular entrance holes. These should be 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) tall for each compartment. Set the bottom of the hole flush with the porch to discourage starlings and owls from using the martin house.

6 Drill small holes in the “attic” portion of the house to encourage air flow. Cut a thick piece of polystyrene or corrugated cardboard to fit inside the attic so the house won’t get too hot.

7 Build the roof. Make sure it extends past the exterior walls enough to help shield the access holes from rain and give the birds some shade.

8 Assemble the martin house. Keep in mind that you will want to occasionally disassemble it to clean out the nesting compartments. If you use a router to create slots in the partitions, the floors and in the exterior walls, you will be able to slide them together for a tight fit without permanently attaching them with screws or brads.

9 Paint the house white. Never paint or stain it dark colors, although you can paint the trim another light color if desired.

10 Mount the house on a metal pole that has been set in concrete. You may want to add a winch and pulley system that will allow you to raise and lower the house easily so you can check on nestlings or clean the compartments.

S & K Purple Martin House – 10 Family FH10

SKU: 033570112

Heath Purple Martin House Telescoping Pole MP 15

SKU: 050510058

Have you heard the latest buzz? Harvest Lane Honey Products and Bees are Now Available at RuralKing.com!!!

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We recently added Harvest Lane Honey to our list of vendors we supply from online! We are now able to offer all sorts of beekeeping supplies from the Honey Orange Bliss Beeswax Body Salve to sooth even the driest of skin, to the Large Backyard Beekeeping Kit with Full Bee suit and Gloves WWA-103.

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Beekeeping is a safe, fun, and rewarding experience that can be a hobby or a way of life. Bees can be kept on very small lots; there are many beekeepers in urban areas that keep Bees on roofs or porches. Check your local, county, and state codes for any laws regarding space.

 

We offer several different starts up kits, for everyone from the hobbyist to the experienced farmer! Each kit includes:

  • 10 frames assembled with 10 plastic foundations (in each box)
  • 1 flat Wasatch top (protects hive from harsh elements)
  • 1 solid bottom board (hive entrance for bees)
  • 1 feeder
  • 1 inner cover (rests inside the outer cover)
  • 1 entrance reduce
  • Smoker
  • Hive tool
  • 1 lb of smoker fuel
  • Bee brush

Some of our kits also include the full bee suit, available from Child Small to adult 2X! A must have for every bee keeper; the bee suit allows you to get out and collect honey without the sting. This suit has a full zipper, is made of a cotton/poly fabric, thumb holds, fencing veil, zipped legs with elastic wrists and ankles, breast and leg pockets, zipper veil, Velcro closed tab for front zipper. These are also machine washable!

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*The processing time for all Harvest Lane Honey Products is 5-14 business days*

also we have bees available for pre-order! Each package includes cage, feeder can, Queen, and 3 pounds of bees. Bees will not be shipped until 4/11 (all orders will be shipped overnight once available.) We have Harvest Lane Honey 3lb. Package of Italian Bees with Queen and Cage and Harvest Lane Honey 3lb. package of Carniolan Bees with Queen and Cage currently available for pre-order.

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Click the link below for a quick video about bees!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUkSSA_Kgzc&feature=youtu.be