May 18, 2016

The DIY Planter Challenge is in full swing and the competition is getting fierce! To help get in the spring spirit and prepare for summer, Marketplace Events team members crafted some fun planters, and now the online voting has begun. Whose planter will receive the most votes and be crowned the winner? It's up to you (and our other Facebook fans) to decide.

Before you visit our Facebook page and vote for your favorite, why not try making your own planter? We've already showed you how to make Karen A.'s printed pipe, but what about William Brown's perfect printer? The Landscape Coordinator for Marketplace Events and owner of William H. Brown Landscape Inc. made this unique piece using an old printer. Here's how you can make one.

What you'll need:

  • Printer
  • Tinfoil
  • Potting mix
  • Variety of plants

Step 1: Find an old printer and remove its ink cartridges and any other extraneous parts.

Step 2: Using tinfoil, create a tray for some plants in the middle of the printer. Fill it with potting mix.

Step 3: Add more plants of varying height and style to any additional compartments your printer may have to create a lush "printer-scape".

We're big fans of this creative upcylced planter. Not only is it a great way to find new use for that old printer you've been hesitant to throw away, but it's a truly unique and original piece to display in your home or garden. Love it as much as we do? Make sure to vote for it on Facebook.

May 13, 2016

To help put a little spring in all of our employees' steps, we challenged our Marketplace Events team members to a friendly DIY competition. Folks had just over a month to create a cute, original planter. There were no restrictions on size, style, or influence - it just had to be homemade.

Check out the full list of entries on our Facebook page and vote for your favorite. But first, learn how Karen A., Exhibit Sales Consultant for the Birmingham Home + Garden Show, created her fabulous printed pipe planter.

What you'll need:

  • PVC sewage elbow
  • Grinding disc
  • Glue (Karen used Goop)
  • Stylish duct tape (Karen used leopard print)

Step 1: Start with a trip to your local hardware store to grab supplies. Karen went to Habitat for Humanity and bought a PVC sewage elbow and grinding disc. Total cost for both was $2.

Step 2: Using a sturdy adhesive, (Karen chose Goop), glue the disc to the bottom of the PVC.

Step 3: Cover the PVC in stylish duct tape. Karen used leopard print to give her planter a funky look, but you can use any style.

Step 4: Fill the planter with the plant of your choice. Karen selected an air plant from her property, but any species would look nice.

We love the simplicity of this craft. A few dollars can go a long way when it comes to making planters. What do you think of Karen's creation? If you're a fan, make sure to vote for it in our DIY Planter Challenge. Visit Facebook to cast your vote today!

May 11, 2016

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, we wanted to help our Marketplace Events coworkers add some green to their space. And what better way to do so than with a friendly DIY competition? Employees from every department across the US and Canada were invited to try their hand at making a cute, original planter. There were no restrictions on size, style or influence. Employees were encouraged to be as creative as they could, with just under a month to make their entry.

Here’s where you come in! 

We need our beloved fans to help us choose a winner! Please visit our Facebook page to see all the planters we created and vote for your favorite. Voting will run until June 30, 2016 at 11:59pm. The employee whose entry receives the most votes will win some serious bragging rights and a pizza party for their entire department.

What are you waiting for? Check out the planters we made and vote for the one you think deserves to win. And don't forget to Like Us after you vote. Our Facebook fans get lots of perks - like exclusive show content, fun contests, ticket deals, and more!

Want to learn how to make some of the fabulous planters we've featured? Watch for instructional posts to teach you how to create some of our favorites, including Karen A.'s printed pipe, Joanne C.'s inspired alcohol ink piece, and a playful printer from William Brown of William H. Brown Landscape Inc.

May 2, 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and you still haven’t got a gift? Don’t worry – we have you covered. This year skip the stores and make your mom something she’ll truly treasure. We found some fabulous DIY projects from a few of the best bloggers out there. Check ‘em out and surprise mom with something homemade this Sunday.

Terrific Terrarium - Terrariums make a great addition to any space, so help mom add some gorgeous greenery to her office, kitchen, bedroom, or den with this fun project from DIY Just Cuz. Brittany shows us not only how to put a terrarium together, but also how to easily etch a message onto the glass. Whether you want mom to know that she’s the best or that you love her, this sweet gift is a great idea. Click here for the full tutorial.

Image via DIY Just Cuz

Fierce Flowers - Is your mom a tea drinker? She’ll love these super sweet, super simple flowery tea bags from Kipi. Cut off your tea’s tag and attach a beautiful bloom. Smaller is better, (Kipi recommends carnations), but if you can find mom’s favorite flowers they’ll work well too. Turn afternoon tea into an absolute delight with this adorable craft. Click here for the full tutorial.

Image via Kipi 

Heart Holders - Spread the love and show mom how much you care about her with these copper photo holders. Homemade Ginger teaches us how to bend the wire into a heart shape and create the ultimate photo holder. All you need is some wire, glue, wooden blocks, and cute photos of you and your family. Click here for the full tutorial.

Image via Homemade Ginger

Playful Platter - We are head over heels for this cute craft from Simply + Kierste! Grab a plain white serving platter and red paint from your local dollar store and borrow your family members for a few minutes to recreate this sentimental DIY. Mom will be reminded of how much she’s loved every time she makes you and the family dinner. Click here for the full tutorial.

Soothing Salts - Pamper mom on her special day with homemade bath salts. Kitchy Kitchen teaches us how to make two different types of bath soaks: Soothing Lavender Oatmeal and Rosy Coconut Sea Salt. If your mom loves to unwind after a long day with an even longer bath, this is the perfect gift for her. Click here for the full tutorial.

Image via Kitchy Kitchen

Marvelous Mod Podge - This final project is sort of a combination of a few others on this list. Mod Podge Rocks teaches us how to use old photos, a planter, and the power of mod podge to create a beautiful craft for mom. Click here for the full tutorial.

Image via Mod Podge Rocks

We hope these DIYs help you make your mom feel appreciated, loved, and special this Mother’s Day. If you tackle any of these crafts please share the finished product with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram. We love seeing what you create! And of course, from our family to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

Apr 29, 2016

With the start of summer just around the corner folks are being bombarded with tips and ideas for their backyards. Most of us love spending the warmer months outdoors – but what do you do if you have really limited outdoor space? Sure, you’d hang a chandelier bird feeder with pride and invite all your friends to join you on your new extra large outdoor sofa, but just you don’t have room. Fear not. We’ve found six fun and easy ideas for your petite patios that’ll have you saying, “space schmace”. Check ‘em out below and get ready for summer.

Rugged Beauty – We’ve all accepted the idea of outdoor furniture being more than simply plastic chairs, right? Well, we’re encouraging homeowners to take this concept one step further and invest in outdoor rugs. They allow you to have more fun with your color scheme and create a cohesive look for your small space.

Playful Pallets – There’s lots to love when it comes to pallet furniture. It’s great for the environment, has such a fun and funky feel, and is fairly customizable. That last point has huge implications for your outdoor space. If you’ve got a little or uniquely shaped outdoor area, create furniture that’ll fit it perfectly.

Textured Treat – Add depth to your area without taking up too much room. Use blankets and pillows to create an inviting seating area, even though you don’t have space for a couch. The variety in fabrics and patterns will make things more luxurious.

Harmonious Hangout – You create the ideal space for hanging out when you make space for your stuff to hang. Maximizing vertical space can save you a lot in the long run.

Layered Love – Perfection is all in the details, and we’re loving this tiered herb garden. Not only do the herbs add gorgeous greenery to your balcony, they’ll make your cooking more delicious, and having them on a rack means you aren’t sacrificing too much space.

Beautiful Bed – Ok, we might never get up if we had this on our patio, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Just because you don’t have room for large furniture, doesn’t mean you have to get only teeny tiny pieces. We love the idea of the “half day bed”. It’s a nice, big, comfy piece – it’s just not as large as its counterparts.

We hope these balconies have inspired you to tackle your small space and make the most out of your outdoor decor. For more tips and ideas, make sure to connect with @HomeShows on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Have a small space you’ve styled nicely? Share a snap with us! We’d love to see what you’ve created.

Apr 20, 2016

This Friday is Earth Day. While you may be overwhelmed with messages about appreciating our planet and becoming more environmentally friendly this week, we want to make sure the notion of the importance eco-consciousness lasts beyond April 22nd. Consider the simple tips below to help reduce energy consumption at home. These ideas are easy to adopt, and can help you save money and the planet. Try implementing them today and develop a more eco-friendly lifestyle for Earth Day and years to come.

Turn Off & Unplug

Did you know that items like TVs and computers continue to draw power even after they’ve been turned off? To help limit energy consumption, ensure that in addition to turning them off when they aren’t in use, you unplug these types of products. Is it a little cumbersome? Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Not only will it help to reduce your energy bill, it also reduces the amount of energy your household wastes.

Know When to Use Major Appliances

Most energy providers will apply a discount or credit when you use major appliances during off-peak hours. Doing your laundry or dishes outside of peak hours (peak hours are usually right before and after work during the week, but check with your provider for specific times) means that you aren’t contributing to the grid getting overcrowded, and you’re able to save a bit of money. Now that’s what we call a win, win.

Timers are Your Friend

If you haven’t put your indoor and outdoor lights on timers, what are you waiting for? We understand that exterior and hallway lights help deter burglars and pests, and can make you feel more comfortable at home. What’s not comfortable, however, is having these lights on all night long. Reduce energy consumption without compromising on safety by putting your lights on a timer. You can set when they turn on and off, creating additional security for when you aren’t home.

Full Is Better

Doing a half load of laundry or running the dishwasher when it isn’t full can increase how often you’re using these appliances. Efficiency is important for major appliances. Wait until these items are full before using them. Does that mean you might have to do a couple dishes by hand if you run out of forks before the dishwasher is full? Yes. Will you sometimes have to wait longer than you want to wear your favorite top? Sure. But that sacrifice is worth it.

Tip: Always make sure you’re washing your clothes with cold water. Washing machines consume so much energy because the water has to be heated up. Washing in cold water greatly helps to reduce your energy consumption – plus, most laundry detergents are formulated for cold water.

Blind Leading the Blind

Using your blinds to block out the sun on hot days can significantly cool down the temperature in your home. Give your air conditioner a bit of a rest during the summer by strategically closing the blinds when the sun is shining. Similarly, help your furnace out by opening the blinds on sunny days in the winter.

Green Products

Eco-friendly products like light bulbs, windows, doors, and appliances, can all contribute to reducing your energy consumption and bills. So the next time you need to get a new light bulb, grab the energy efficient ones. They may be a little more expensive, but you’ll see a return on that investment. This is true of windows, doors, and major appliances as well, however these items need to be replaced less frequently. When it comes time to upgrade them, consider the environmentally friendly option (although it may be more expensive than the regular model).

We hope these tips help you and your family to live a little greener this Earth Day and all year long. Have some eco-friendly ideas you want to share with us? Tweet or Instagram your best advice to @HomeShows or share it with Home + Garden Events on Facebook. We love hearing from you!

Apr 19, 2016

At Marketplace Events we love our friends, fans, and followers. And to help show how much we appreciate and value your support, we hold a series of giveaways on several different channels (via Facebook, email, on our websites, and more) every year. Congratulations to the winners of this season’s giveaways!

  • Velena Adams, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Minneapolis Home + Garden Show) 
  • Christy Coates, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Facebook)
  • Lauren Gerber, Smart Home Sweepstakes (Winnipeg Home + Garden Show) 
  • Emily Hall, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Des Moines Home + Outdoor Living Show) 
  • Brian Henderson, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Capital Remodel + Garden Show) 
  • Bridget Nagle, $500 Smart Home Sweepstakes 
  • Rosemary Norton, $250 Post-Show Consumer Survey 
  • Pavel Posrednikov, $500 Smart Home Sweepstakes 
  • David Stone, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo) 
  • Regina Shepherd, Scotts Snaps Sweepstakes (Raleigh Home Show) 
  • Patricia Taylor, $500 Smart Home Sweepstakes 
  • Kevin Troio, $250 Post-Show Consumer Survey 
  • Cynthia Toupin, $500 Smart Home Sweepstakes 
  • Sharon Underwood, $500 Smart Home Sweepstakes 
We hope our home shows have helped to inspire you to spruce up your space and that the prizes you’ve won will allow you to do so. Want to see your name on that list next season? Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Stay tuned to see what our next giveaway will be (hint: it’s a doozy!).

Apr 15, 2016

Spring is here and you know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. Are you ready for this rainy season? Just as grey skies and weather warnings have us bringing out our rain boots and jackets, it’s important to ensure that your home is protected in the event of a storm. To spare you some headaches and a few costly repair bills, we’ve outlined our top four home maintenance items to tackle this (and every) spring.


Gutters collect rain and help move it off of and away from your home. Uncovered gutters will fill with debris (leaves, sticks, rocks, trash, etc.) over time and should be cleaned out regularly. Unkempt gutters are unable to adequately move water away from your home; instead it will pool in the gutters and overflow onto your roof - which can cause serious damage. Cleaning out your gutters twice a year (in the fall and the spring) can help save you from major repairs.


It’s a good idea to assess your roof after the snow has melted. The several inches of white stuff that’s been on your roof for two or three months can hide damage. Once it’s gone grab a ladder (and a pal; don’t do this on your own!) and see what shape your shingles, flashings and chimney are in. You want to make sure that everything is attached properly and in good condition. Winter weather hits roofs very hard, so it’s important to ensure yours has fared well when things start to warm up or else you could be at risk for water damage when your first major rain storm hits.


While you may look at your lawn and yard in terms of gardening and landscaping regularly, how often have you thought about your grading? The slope of your outdoor space can have a big impact on the state of your indoor space. If your yard slopes away from your home, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if your yard slopes toward your home, you might be in trouble. Rain, like everything else, has to follow the laws of gravity. If your home is at the bottom of a downward sloping lawn, water will follow that slope, pooling around the base of your home and seeping into your foundation. This can cause all sorts of damage. Setting up your lawn so that it is flat or sloping away from your home is a must-do.


Here’s hoping you sealed all your cracks before the winter, but if you weren’t able to take care of this chore a few months ago, it’s still valuable to do it now. Go through your home and caulk all the cracks in the walls and around windows and doors you see. These holes allow air to seep out and pests to get in. Sealing minor cracks will help make your home more energy efficient and deter unwanted bugs and rodents from making their nests in your space.

Taking care of these chores will help make your space more comfortable this spring and summer, and these little home improvement projects can prepare for your next big renovation or remodel. Not feeling confident enough to tackle these chores on your own? Connect with a local pro in your area and see how they can help with your space. Referral based websites like Angie’s List and HomeStars can put you in touch with the right company. Looking for more advice, ideas, and inspiration for your home? Follow @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram, and like Home and Garden Events on Facebook.

Apr 8, 2016

What is it about springtime that signals the start of DIY season? Yes, there are many who undertake projects all year long, but for some reason there seems to be a flurry of home improvement activity as the temperature begins to rise. Perhaps it's the bright spring sunshine illuminating your dated decor, or the prevalence of inspiring spring colors, patterns, and trends, or maybe we're all just feeling invigorated after a long winter's rest. Regardless of your motivations, we're excited to share some new projects to help cultivate your DIY ambitions. We know that starting a DIY entirely from scratch can be a lot of work and usually requires a certain level of skill that not every homeowner possesses. So we decided to share our 10 favorite IKEA hacks - simple projects you can try to make your otherwise conventional IKEA furniture look more beautiful and luxurious. Check out great ideas from some of the best bloggers our there and get ready to get your DIY on.

We're not IKIDDING you, these are from IKEA!

Stools - This Little Street shows us that removable wallpaper in fun patterns turns regular stools into works of art! Perfect for children's rooms or just jazzing up your own space, these stools are super easy to make. Get the full tutorial here.

Cabinets - You might not know this, but switching out the knobs and top part of this cabinet make it look like a custom built-in. As Made By Girl proves, it's the little details that define IKEA furniture, so transforming these pieces isn't usually a huge undertaking. Get the full tutorial here

Image via Made By Girl

Side Table - This IKEA table was only $30, but you wouldn't believe it - heck, you wouldn't even believe it was from IKEA. Style Me Pretty used marble contact paper and copperleaf to give this side table a serious upgrade! Get the full tutorial here.

Image via Style Me Pretty

Entryway Table - Just because a piece of IKEA furniture doesn't fit your exact requirements when you first buy it, doesn't mean you can't make it work. Using paint and a little carpentry, The Sweet Beast turned this shelf into the perfect entryway table. Get the full tutorial here.

Image via The Sweet Beast

Tote - Ok, so this isn't exactly for your home, but the hack from Melissa Esplin was so creative we had to share it. I guess what we're trying to say is, we totally love this tote. It's more complex than the other hacks we've shared, but the end result is so stunning you won't believe this bag was once a pillow case. Get the full tutorial here.

Image via Melissa Esplin

Window Bench - Mommy Vignettes is the genius behind this creative upgrade. A cushion, some legs, and a bit of carpentry turn this shelving unit into a window bench. Get the full tutorial here.

Image via Mommy Vignettes

Bathroom Vanity - The Golden Sycamore went a little rustic with their hack and we approve. A touch of milk paint changes the feel of this IKEA vanity, making it look a lot more luxurious, expensive, and unique. Get the full tutorial here.
Chair - Turn a boring, plastic desk chair, into something more fluffy, original, and comfortable. Our very own Digital Marketing Director, Joanne Carry, is responsible for this creative hack!

Image via Snapguide

Lamp - Cape 27 fill the inside of this clear IKEA lamp with paint creating a bright, adorable piece of furniture. $23 well spent! Get the full tutorial here.

We love lamp!

Bookshelves - Centsational Girl added some faux crown molding to these simple bookshelves and painted their interiors a rich color to make them look a lot more high-end. What a great idea! Get the full tutorial here.

We hope these hacks help to inspire your next DIY project and show you how a really simple undertaking can have a huge impact on a space. Are there other IKEA hacks you've tried that we haven't listed here? Share them with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram. We'd love to hear about how you've made your furniture better!