25 Quick and Healthy 4-Ingredient Breakfast Recipes

When you’re short on time and low on energy, the answer doesn’t have to be your local drive-through or corner mart. These quick and healthy breakfast recipes guarantee an all-star meal in just a few minutes flat. And before you say you’re out of X, Y and Z, get this: Each of these a.m. creations requires just four ingredients apiece. From nutritious green smoothies to fiber-packed frittatas, there’s something for every craving in the infographic below. Want something sweet? How about a breakfast banana split? More the savory type? Whip up a turkey bacon egg bake. When the alarm sounds, you’ll feel good about hitting the kitchen — and making home-cooked breakfasts your new healthy habit. So pull out that blender, plug in that toaster, or heat up the griddle. The choice is yours!

25 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes

25 Quick and Healthy 4-Ingredient Breakfasts

Best Pumpkin Carving Trick Ever

This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever!  You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of this awesome, little Halloween hack before now.

Let me ask you a question: When you carve your pumpkin, do you cut off the top of the pumpkin to get to the guts?   I think most people do, and it’s how I always did it until a few years ago.  Welllllll……  not anymore!

A couple of years back, it occurred to me to try something different, and I think it really is the best pumpkin carving tip ever!

For starters, it’s a very quick and easy way to gut a pumpkin.

It’s also much less messy than the traditional carving method because the guts pretty much come out in one fell swoop but BEST of all… when you carve your pumpkin this way, it makes lighting the candle SO much easier.

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I cut off the BOTTOM of the pumpkin instead of the top!

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 That’s right, you cut off the BOTTOM.  Seriously.  Don’t you wish you’d thought of this years ago?

No more wrestling to get a lit candle down into the bottom of the pumpkin or struggling to light a candle that you’ve already placed inside!

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Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, and remove that piece for good.  Most of the guts will be pulled out with it, so you’ll only have to give your pumpkin a quick scrape on the inside.

Now, go ahead and carver your jack-o-lantern like you usually would.


Simply set your pumpkin over top of a lit candle!

And check out how we decorated our pumpkin this year!  No scary faces here!  I pulled out he power drill and a large bit, and riddled it with holes!  Isn’t it pretty?

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What do you think?  This sure makes the whole pumpkin thing a bit easier doesn’t it?

However, if you prefer a more traditional jack-o-lantern, here’s a treat for you: over 700 FREE carving stencils for you to get creative with!   More than enough to get you and your entire family through a life-time of pumpkin carving!

29 Halloween Costumes You Can Make With 3 Things Or Fewer

Some great and easy ideas for quick and easy last minute costume ideas.

Bookmark this and come back to it on the day of Halloween.

1. An avocado.

An avocado.

Materials needed: A piece of cardboard, paint, and your own belly!

2. A jelly fish.

A jelly fish.

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Materials needed: An umbrella and a bunch of yarn.

3. No-face from Spirited Away.

No-face from Spirited Away.

Materials needed: A black hoodie (preferably long), and a DIY paper mask that you can draw on using sharpies/markers.

4. The Olympic Rings.

The Olympic Rings.

Materials needed: PVC tape and a rubber hoop cover (or wire). See how here.

5. An adult baby.

An adult baby.

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Materials needed: A onesie and a sippy cup. This costume wins because 1) Halloween is freezing and 2) you’re in a onesie.

6. A chocolate chip cookie.

A chocolate chip cookie.

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Materials needed: A dog bed and brown paint for the spots.

7. An evidence bag.

An evidence bag.

Materials needed: Clear tarp and red tape. See how here.

8. The snapchat ghost.

The snapchat ghost.

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Materials needed: A bed sheet and a sharpie.

9. Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

Matt Murdock from the Netflix TV series Daredevil.

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Materials needed: Some kind of black clothing to cover your eyes (scarf, shirt, bandana, etc.).

10. “I’m innocent but I’ve been framed!”

"I'm innocent but I've been framed!"

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Materials needed: A frame.

11. White trash.

White trash.

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Materials needed: A trash bag and a sharpie.

12. Magritte’s “Son of Man.”

Materials needed: A suit, a hat, and a green apple.

13. Your Tinder profile IRL.

Your Tinder profile IRL.

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Materials needed: Green and red construction paper and a pair of scissors.

14. Alice in Chains.

Alice in Chains.

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Materials needed: A name tag with “Alice” and a chain.

15. A Dell, which makes for a clever “Adele.”

A Dell, which makes for a clever "Adele."

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Materials needed: A Dell sign and a cute smile when people scoff at you for trying to pull off ‘Adele.’

16. A nudist on strike.

Materials needed: Clothes and a DIY sign.

17. Teenage Thor.

Teenage Thor.

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Materials needed: A hammer and a sharpie.

18. PB & J, the brands.

PB & J, the brands.

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Materials needed: Printed Jif and Smucker’s labels (or whatever labels you think make the best flavor combos).

19. One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

One of the badass wives from Mad Max.

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Materials needed: Bed sheets or white t-shirts or something white.

20. MC Hammer.

MC Hammer.

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Materials needed: A hammer and some construction paper.

21. A dungeon ghost.

A dungeon ghost.

Materials needed: A welded chain. See how here.

22. A sim.

Materials needed: Green paper, and the will to make an origami triangle. See how to do this here.

23. A soot sprite.

A soot sprite.

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Materials needed: cotton balls and craft eyes.

24. A crazy straw.

A crazy straw.

Materials needed: Vinyl tubing. See how here.

25. A ~smartie~ pants.

Materials needed: smarties.

26. A ghost that’s too spooky to have eyes.

A ghost that's too spooky to have eyes.

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Materials needed: A bedsheet.

27. A Chipotle burrito.

Materials needed: Tin foil and tissue paper.

28. A Facebook profile page.

Materials needed: A giant print out of your profile page, a friend’s, or a completely-made-up one.

29. An Abercrombie model.

Materials needed: An Abercrombie bag.

YUM! Easy Fall Dinners That’ll Make You Smile

1. Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

No one will complain about Meatless Monday if there’s grilled cheese involved. Recipe here.

2. Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

To be clear, the most perfect roast chicken is the kind you cook in a hot, hot oven with nothing but a little salt and pepper. But if you don’t want to wait over an hour for dinner, put this in the slow cooker and come home to (still very, very good) finished roast chicken. Recipe here.

3. Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Pesto

Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Pesto

Warm and satisfying is really the name of the game. Recipe here.

4. Cheesy Chicken Pizza Pockets

Cheesy Chicken Pizza Pockets

Fair warning: These will ruin hot pockets for you forever. Recipe here.

5. 5-Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

5-Ingredient Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

If you want to save even more time, make a double batch of pesto when you cook the gnocchi, then use the rest of it here. Recipe here.

6. Golden Red Lentil Dal with Cilantro-Speckled Basmati (by Oh She Glows)

Golden Red Lentil Dal with Cilantro-Speckled Basmati (by Oh She Glows)

Lentils get a bad rap, but done right they’re super cozy and satisfying. Recipe here.

7. Smoky Sloppy Joes with Green Chiles and Greek Yogurt Slaw

Smoky Sloppy Joes with Green Chiles and Greek Yogurt Slaw

Round out the week with good old fashioned comfort. Recipe here.

6 Different Ways To Build A Rocket Stove

A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations. Click the link below to see 6 different ways to build a rocket stove.

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I’m really intrigued by this beautifully simple concept, created by Dr. Larry Winiarski. The stove was designed for clean cooking in the developing world (where wood smoke fires cause millions of deaths, as well as a huge contribution to deforestation), but strikes me as a tempting project for the DIY-er (even with limited skills — shoot, I’m even thinking about trying this out). I started doing a little research when I got home, and discovered that there’s a kind of “open source” movement around the rocket stove: many people have shared their designs for these super-efficient, super clean wood burning stoves.

Looking for an alternative to the traditional outdoor barbecue grill, or even for heating your home (at least partially). In my digging, I came across a number of plans that look eminently practical for the weekend tinkerer.

1. The very, very simple 16-brick rocket stove.

This one requires no more than stacking some bricks… though I’m guessing they would need to be made of a material like adobe (for the insulative properties). That the stove’s creator, Dr. Winiarski, putting this one together.

2. The slightly more involved single-pot rocket stove.

You’ll need just a few more materials for this one from the Aprovecho Research Center, but it’s still pretty simple…

3. The big brick rocket stove

If you’re interested in something closer to the look of a conventional barbecue grill, this plan by the folks at Root Simple may be just the ticket. It’s a bit more involved than stacking bricks, but likely still within most of our skill sets.

4. The steel drum rocket stove heater.

Welding is definitely beyond my abilities, but if you’re handy with a torch (or know someone who is), check out this DIY rocket stove for indoor heating. Of course, make sure to follow the author’s safety precautions for operation, and consider his suggestion that such a stove could have implications for your homeowner’s insurance. (via Lifehacker)

5. The customized rocket stove plan.

The Rocket Stove Design base has an interactive tool (which apparently only works in the Firefox browser) that allows you to input elements of the stove you’d like to build, and spits out a plan for your stove in PDF format.

#6 The tin can rocket stove (10/1/11)

Yep, still looking around, and came across another really simple plan for a rocket stove made from tin cans. Jim Bonham, who made the video, has another one with some updates, and another (shorter) one on some of the safety issues involved in making this particular stove.

And a bonus…

While this short video doesn’t go into details about how to build the rocket stove water heater shown (I think you have to buy a DVD set for that), it’s still a pretty cool concept… (via Treehugger)

Know of other practical DIY rocket stove plans? Let us know about them in the comments.

29 Cool Recycled Pallet Projects

Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose Old Wooden Pallets

December 20, 2012 By  101 Comments

People amaze me.

I get a real kick out of re-purposed wooden pallet projects.  People have come up with some awesome ways to recycle and reuse wooden shipping pallets and it’s pretty darn inspiring.  While not specifically survival related, the mentality of creatively using resources is a key theme in any survivor’s mindset.  I put together a collection of some of my favorite recycled pallet projects below that I thought you would enjoy.

A note on using pallets.  Pallets are typically marked with either MB which means they’ve been chemically treated or HT which means they have been heat treated.  Some pallets are also pressure treated with preservatives.  You should try to avoid using MB marked and pressure treated pallets for interior projects and gardening projects.  Try to avoid those nasty chemicals if you can.

Have any of you re-purposed a wooden pallet?  Share and comment below!


Vertical Planter

Project can be found at: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/diy-project-recycled-pallet-vertical-garden.html


Wall Shelves

Project can be found at: http://www.myluckylemon.com/2011/04/pallets-of-love.html


Garden Work Bench

Project can be found at: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-your-own-potting-bench/#page=17


Variety of Chairs

Project can be found at: http://www.slownoodle.com/search/label/Recycle%20and%20Upcycle


Retro Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/05/28/pallet-possibilities/


Wall Covering

Project can be found at: http://homedecorinterioridea.com/decorate-the-walls-of-your-living-room-with-recycled-pallets.html



Breakfast in Bed Tray

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02


Room Divider

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02


Office Furniture

Project can be found at: http://www.decoist.com/2012-02-24/office-design-from-recycled-pallets-at-brandbase-in-amsterdam/


Wickedly Cool Flooring

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02


Dining Table

Project can be found at: http://super-simpless.blogspot.com/2012/10/recycled-pallets-sanded-finished-as.html


Mason Jar Chandalier


Project can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/66488968/mason-jar-chandelier-diy-candles?ref=shop_home_active


Compost Bins

Project can be found at: http://www.threeandathirdhomestead.com/2011/06/three-bin-composter-from-recycled.html


End Table

Project can be found at: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/home-furniture-pallets.html


Wood Shed

Project can be found at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/Pallet-Woodshed.aspx


Off Grid Cabin

Project can be found at: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/firm-turns-shipping-pallets-into-transitional-homes-for-refugees/2841


Day Bed

Project can be found at: http://www.inhabitots.com/adorable-toddler-bed-made-from-shipping-pallets/



Project can be found at: http://www.shft.com/shopping/most-architecture-brandbase-pallet/


Shoe Rack

Project can be found at: http://www.curbly.com


Recycled Walking Path

Project can be found at: http://littleecofootprints.typepad.com/little_eco_footprints/2010/07/pallet-dreaming.html



Project can be found at: http://charlesandhudson.com/pallet_shed/


Raised Bed Garden

Project can be found at: http://blog.greenergreengrass.com/2012/03/11/recycle-pallets-as-garden-planters/


Garden Tool Organizer

Project can be found at: http://gardenista.com/posts/diy-garden-pallet-as-instant-tool-shed


Retail Fixtures

Project can be found at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-reclaimed-pallet-shelving.html


Artful Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-save-pallet-reclaimed-pallets.html


Flatscreen Backdrop

Project can be found at: http://www.simonetasca.com.br/


Pallet Sofa

Project can be found at: http://www.theironstonenest.com/2011/09/transformation-tuesday-outdoor-pallet.html


Pallet Headboard

Project can be found at: http://homebyheidi.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-pineplace.html


And finally… one last project to wish you Merry Christmas!!!!


Pallet Christmas Tree

Project can be found at: http://www.greendiary.com/10-creative-christmas-trees-recycled-materials.html


Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

Tips for Tool Storage


Tips for Tool Storage

Organize your shop with these weekend projects.

By Tom Caspar

Clamp Warehouse

Hang your long, heavy clamps on this rack designed for strength. The braces are notched into the bracket arms in a simple version of a timber-frame joint.

Mill 2×4 dimensional lumber straight and square to make these brackets. The braces form a 45-degree triangle with the two arms. Miter the ends of the braces first. Then cut shallow dadoes into the horizontal arms.

Assemble one pair of arms on a workbench. Make sure they’re square. Lay a brace on top of the arms and mark the positions and depth of the dadoes. Assemble with glue and screws.

Cut a 30-degree bevel on the top rail and hanger rail. Space the brackets 15⁄8-in. apart. Drill holes in the hanger rail for large lag screws and space them to hit studs. Mount and level the hanger rail first, then place the clamp rack on it. If you fasten a vertical arm to the wall, the rack will be locked in place so it won’t lift off the hanger rail.

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Chisel Corral

Where’s the 1⁄2-in. chisel?

When all the handles of your chisels look alike, you’ve got to see the blades, too. Grabbing the right size is easy with this open rack. The long slot allows you to store chisels with blades wider than the holes. The bottom shelf prevents you from brushing up against sharp edges.

Make the rack by ripping three lengths of wood from one wide board. Cut the center piece 3⁄8-in. wide, then clamp them back together (without glue). Drill 5⁄8-in. dia. holes spaced 2-in. apart down the middle of the center piece. Unclamp the three pieces. Crosscut the center piece to make three short bridges, one from each end and one from the middle. Glue the wide board back together with the bridges separating the outer boards.

Cut 3⁄8-in.-deep dadoes into the 3⁄4-in. uprights and shelf. Reinforce with screws from the back.

Tool Slides

Hang tools on Peg-Board slides without taking up valuable wall space. Dozens of hook styles are available—you’ll probably find one to fit every tool.

Top and bottom guides keep the slides on track. Make the dadoes wide enough for the slides to travel easily in the cleats. A hook at the back end of the slide stops against the bottom cleat, so you can’t accidentally pull the slide out all the way.

Source: The best hooks to use on the slides are ones that screw in place.

Tool Cabinet

Store your small tools in this simple, easy-to-build plywood cabinet. The shallow drawers are ideal for layout tools or carving gouges. Deep drawers hold marking gauges and block planes. Place your cabinet on a shelf or hang it from a wall by fastening through the back.

Use 1⁄2-in.-thick ApplePly or Baltic birch for the case and back, 1⁄4-in.-tempered hardboard for the drawer bottoms, and pine for the drawer sides.

The drawer bottoms do double duty. They function as slides and pulls as well. Cut 3⁄16-in.-deep dadoes in the case’s sides for the drawer bottoms to slide in. Stagger the dadoes in the middle divider so it stays strong. The lowest drawers do not have dadoes. Cut rabbets for the cabinet’s back and fasten it with screws or nails.

Simple rabbet joints hold the drawer sides together. (The back of the drawer is made the same way as the front.) Nail and glue the sides together, then even up the bottom edges. Glue the sides down to the hardboard bottom. The stiffness of the drawer sides keeps the hardboard from bending under the weight of your tools.

Source: To find an ApplePly distributor near you,

Magnetic Holder

Stick awkward tools on a magnetic tool bar. You can find small tools right away when they’re out in the open. When you get a sliver, you’ll know right where the tweezers are!



(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)

Lee Valley Tools, leevalley.com, 800-871-8158, 12-in. Bar, #93K75.12; 24-in. Bar, #93K75.24.

Power Tool Roost

Power tools are ready to use if you leave their bits and blades in place. Store them in an upright position on a slotted plywood shelf.

Make the box from 3⁄4-in. plywood. The sides are 3⁄4-in. deeper than the shelves.

Assemble a stack dado set to make 5⁄8-in.-wide cuts. Move the rip fence 2-in. from the blade. Saw four shallow dadoes across the side pieces. Then rabbet the ends of the shelves to fit in the dadoes. Slide the fence 5⁄8-in. away from the dado blade. Stand the shelves up on end and cut.

Put the box together and cut the back to fit. Take the box apart and round over all the edges and slots with a router. Assemble with glue and 4d nails

Saw Blade Box

Separate carbide saw blades in slots so their brittle teeth can’t bang against each other. The angled top of this box makes it easier to handle the sharp blades.

Make the plywood box by cutting three tall sides and one shorter side. Build your box 7-in. wide and it’ll hold both 71⁄4-in. and 10-in. blades. Pencil a 45-degree line on two side pieces. Lay out the length and spacing of the slots. Rip the slots on the tablesaw, stopping the cut on the pencil line. Then cut the tops of the two sides at 45 degrees. Assemble the box with screws.

Tool Hang-Up

Tools won’t bump into each other in this rack. It’s safe, too: you (or your kids) won’t get cut on a tool’s exposed edge.

Make dado cuts partway across the width of a 3⁄4-in. board. Each dado should be 1⁄8 in. wider than the tool that fits in it. Screw the board directly to your wall, or fasten it to a piece of plywood first.

Rust-Free Tools

If your small hand tools are prone to rusting, apply a light coat of 3-In-One oil or WD-40 and wrap them up in a heavy-duty canvas tool roll.



(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)

Lee Valley Tools, leevalley.com, 800-871-8158, 6-Pocket Canvas Roll, 67E01.01; 9-Pocket Canvas Roll, 67E01.02; 12- Pocket Canvas Roll, 67E01.03.

Square Corner

Store delicate squares in a safe, convenient place. These brackets have sloped tops so the squares stay put if the rack is jiggled. Make the back at least 1-in. thick. Your tools are easier to grab if they sit well away from the wall.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August 1999, issue #74.


12 Amazing DIY Furniture Projects

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Slot Together Pyramid Garden Planter

This planter takes approximately 90 minutes to make: The design is simple, and so is the required level of woodworking skill, the only tools required are a square, pencil, electric/cordless drill and suitable spade end drill bit, and a tenon saw; although a chisel and some sand paper would be useful for tidying up the slip joints.

This is a great spring project that can transform the look of your garden. I love this.

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I have been busy with my Pallet Dismantling bar again, and this time I have made slot together pyramid garden planter from the reclaimed Pallet timbers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipQLy-0PfagThis planter took me approximately 90 minutes to make: The design is simple, and so is the required level of woodworking skill, the only tools required are a square, pencil, electric/cordless drill and suitable spade end drill bit, and a tenon saw; although a chisel and some sand paper would be useful for tidying up the slip joints.

I cut down some 2.4 metre long pallet deck planks that were 9 cm wide and 1.9 cm thick to 1.9 mtrs long for the base tier so that the tier inside the slip joints is a 1.8 mtr X 1.8 mtr square.

Step 1:

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The corner slip joints for the first (base) tier are positioned 5 cm from the end of each plank and this measurement is used for the corners of all of the tiers. The slots for the tier above have been set at 20 cm in from the slots from the tier below, and again this measurement has been used throughout the construction of this planter.Only the slip joint slots at the corners of the lower tier need to be half the plank’s width in depth, this is to allow all four sides to sit firmly on the ground. All of the remaining slots used in this planter have been set at a depth of 1/3rd of the planks width.

Note that that the 1/2 depth slot is 5 cm from the end of the plank, and the 1/3  depth slot for the second tier is 20 cm in from the inside edge the first slot:

It is important to remember that on all the slip joints you are working inwards so that you keep the dimensions and the slots in the correct place.

Step 2:

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Each tier is 20cm in from the previous one, and the slots are cut 5cm from the end of each plank.

Step 3:

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After a couple of coats of wood preservative the pyramid planter is now ready to be assembled and placed in its final position before filling with compost and adding the flowers and plants.