Stepping stones are a great way to dress up your garden, but can be quite pricey. So why not spend an afternoon making your own garden stepping stones? They are super easy and fun to make for the whole family!
There are tons of different kinds of stepping stone, weather you want to add them to your garden or just accent a walkway into your backyard stepping stones make cool landscape accessories. They can also make great gifts, although they may be a little heavy to wrap!
What you will need:
- Concrete (you can find this in your local Rural King store or special stepping stone concrete at a craft store)
- Plastic mold (you can also find these at craft stores, but you can also use a pie pan or a plastic pot drainage saucer which is also found in our Rural King stores.)
- Decorations such as paint, shells, marbles and glass beads or pieces of a wind chime.
What to do:
- Put on a pair of plastic gloves and lay out a few sheets of newspaper to cover the floor.
- Pick which mold you’ll use to make your stepping stone.
- Mix the cement according to the instructions on the package and pour it in the plastic mold container. It should be at least two inches thick.
- Depending on how you want to embellish your stepping stone, start decorating it while the cement is still soft or wait at least 24 hrs for it to dry before removing it from the container.
Stepping stones: before the cement hardens, you can make a hand or footprint, stick on shells and glass beads or use cookie cutters to make cool shapes. You can use anything lying around your house to jazz up your stepping stones. If you’re more of a painter, then wait for the cement to completely dry before you paint your stepping stone!
Tired of annoying mosquito bites? Avoid the cost of mosquito traps at the store and just make your own! It is quick and simple. All you need is an empty 2 liter bottle, yeast, sugar, and water.
What to do:
1. Cut off the top of the bottle, just where the the top curve ends
2. Add mixture of:
– 1 tbs of yeast
–1/2 c of sugar
– Luke warm water
3. Put mixture in the bottom of the bottle
4. Place the cut off top of the bottle up-side down into the bottom of the bottle
5. Make sure the the mixture doesn’t touch the up-side down piece of the bottle. (This is so the mosquitoes can’t find their way out.)
6. Tape or staple the end of the bottle together to secure the hold.
Simple as that and your DIY Mosquito trap is complete! The mixture gives off Carbon Dioxide which is what we breathe out and attracts mosquitoes to us. That gives them something else to dive into that doesn’t cause us irritation!
As everyone knows it is getting that time of year, where it rains and rains and rains, but it is only preparing us for what is to come with our colorful surroundings. Our Rural King Store Locations have their Green Houses up and going for you to come and visit. When you visit you will see a variety of flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs that will look great in your landscape, but will need the lovely rain water that is occurring to help them grow. Not only will we have your flowers, plants, trees and shrubs, we carry all of your landscaping needs from from mulch, dirt, fertilizer, weed killer, food for your flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs, and landscaping decorations. Go take a look out at your local Rural King in order to spruce up your landscaping needs.
If you are an avid bow hunter in Illinois, don’t kid yourself, you have thought a time or two about taking advantage of the new crossbow laws. In case you haven’t heard:
Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation allowing expanded use of crossbows during the Illinois archery deer and fall archery wild turkey hunting seasons. A legally permitted archery hunter may use a crossbow from the second Monday following Thanksgiving through the end of the archery hunting seasons. For the upcoming season, those dates are Dec. 3, 2012 through Jan. 20, 2013. Illinois law continues to allow use of a crossbow throughout the entire archery season by persons age 62 or older and handicapped persons who are issued crossbow permits by the IDNR. [More information available: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/IllinoisCrossbowLawChange.aspx]
The Barnett Jackal Crossbow should be your number one pick! It has all the features you need to get the full experience of being a crossbow hunter without the price tag. No need to worry about going out and buying bolts or a quiver. The Jackal comes as a packaged deal with 3 arrows, 3 – 20″ arrows with field points for each, and Barnett’s premium red dot sight. Fully loaded at a mere 7.7lbs and still firing away at 315 FPS…yeah, you’ll want a Jackal.
Have you ever gotten your ATV in a place that you’re not quite sure how to get out of? Then this could be of some help. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of the woods, tracking for the “sweet spot”, and all of a sudden, you’re up to your axles in mud. Well, if you have a winch like the Grip Tools 3,000 lb. 12 volt electric ATV winch from Rural King Supply, then all of your worries will be a thing of the past. You can also use it to get that perfect kill out of a precarious location.
Here are some tips on how to winch properly…
- Inspect your cable for frays or kinks before going on your trip.
- Always wear gloves while winching.
- Make sure you have anchor points (usually tow hooks) front and rear of your rig.
- Make your you have a tree strap, some ‘D’ shackles of size, short length of 3/8 chain and a good pulley block rated at twice the capacity of the winch.
- If you are winching another rig out you should anchor your rig to something like another rig , or a tree or a special made winch anchor.
- Put a heavy coat, towel or blanket over the cable while winching.
- After the trip, or when you put on a new cable, or when you buy a new winch you will need to rewind the cable.
- Let out the cable while on flat ground and run it to an anchor point.
- Winch your rig to that anchor point making sure the are no gaps between the cable as it winds up.
- Always use a tree strap to get an anchor to a tree and not your cable. Cable cut into the tree and will kill it in the long run.
- The heavy blanket or what ever you use on the cable while winching helps the cable to go toward the ground instead of up where it could hurt or kill someone.
- Remember winching can be dangerous.