Indoor Vertical Garden

Happy New Year guys!

Yes it’s been a while since my last blog but I’m back and full of new things to make for the new year.

I’ve been working on something for a while which is an indoor vertical garden which was quite easy to do.

Firstly what you need is to go to a local nursery and ask for a few plant transporting trays. They cost next to nothing, I paid $5 for 3.

Put all 3 together and measure the border sizes for your wooden frame.

Now also makes sure to measure the thickness if your trays and allow for extra space for the pot plants to fit through.

Treated pine is available at your local Bunnings and for 2 pieces of timber 1800 x 140 only cost me $16. Makes sure to get some screws and brackets to hold the corners together.

Now screw on the inside of your tray to the timber frame. Once that’s done your frame is complete.

Now for your plants. You can get ur fake plants from ikea. Roughly the cost between $3 and $6. Either make a pattern with your plants or just make it simple and put them in rows.

Now to hold them in make sure to use industrial tape (yes it sounds bad but it’s behind the plants so no one will see it lol). Tape it up enough so it’s secure and your done, it’s that easy!

Screw fix this to your wall once finished and you have a great looking life like indoor vertical garden.

Dave’s price: $100












Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hope your having a great time with family and friends. Remember to be kind to one another and I hope you all got what you wanted this year!

Davesatightarse will be back in full swing very soon so look for some new exciting posts to come!


Budget Terrarium

Hi guys! Yes it’s been a while since my last post but no worries I am back in full swing.

Today I’m showing you how to make your own budget terrarium. It’s really quite simple.

These things are great to liven up a space in the bedroom, study or living room and they are very easy to maintain. Don’t pay $50 + for one at David Jones or some expensive nursery, do it the tightarse way and make it yourself.

Firstly you need a couple of glass ornament Christmas globes. I’ve used these on a previous project if you remember which was the floating tree with tea light candles and they are great!

The best place to find these are at your local $2 store. So cheap!!

Next you need the succulents to place inside. Now to find these you can go to your local nursery and pay $7 or you can do what I did and rip a couple out from your neighbours front garden (it was over grown and I was doing them a favour anyways so no judgement, you get what you pay for on is blog… Which is free lol)

Anyway succulents are low maintenance and don’t require much water. But make sure to by succulent soil as this will help them recover when planted (especially if you did what I did and ripped them from the ground)

Next buy some 3m hooks from Bunnings which as like $4 and get some string which you could also buy from Bunnings or you can do what I did and take a crap load of it for free from ikea.

Position them where you want in your room and your done!

David Jones price: $50

Dave’s price: $7







Budget Vertical Garden

Here’s a quick way to brighten up your kitchen with a vertical garden.

Vertical gardens are all the rage right now and they cost a fortune!

Why pay $100 + to create one when you can do it the tightarse way and do it for less than $10.

A shop I recently discovered was DAISO which is a store from Japan that sells everything for $2.80. Yes everything for $2.80! (in case you didn’t read my last comment correctly)

They sell these plain plastic pots that allow you to hang on a fence etc.

I had a space spare on the side of my pantry that looked boring so I spiced it up by hanging two of these items on it.

All you use is some 3M strips (the Velcro strips are the strongest), properly position where I want them and stick them up.

It’s that simple. You can put herbs, vines or whatever indoor plants you want thus brightening up your kitchen or living space with a little bit of green.


Stay tuned for some more decorative indoor plant ideas.





Floating Tea Light Tree

I’d like to finally announce a Dave original creation, my Floating Tea Light Tree!

After months of trying to figure out the best possible way of creating this I couldn’t believe how easy and cheap it was.

Firstly you require a tree branch, how big you want is up to you but I used one that was roughly a metre long.

Next you need some clear fishing wire which u can purchase from any fishing retailer but I chose to buy it from Kmart and it only cost me $10.

Next you require the ornaments. I picked up these ornaments during Xmas clearance and managed to pick up a pack of 2 for only $4. I later discovered these can also be bought from various $2 stores so you don’t need to wait till Xmas for them. I used about 5 of the ornaments for this project.

Lastly some clear 3M hooks will hang your tree branch in mid air. Depending on the weight of the branch you need hooks that will hold the particular weight.

Align the hooks in a row and tie the fishing wire around the strongest parts of the branch. Tie a knot at the end of the wire to hook directly onto the hooks. Make sure to have someone help you with this as its hard to do on your own.

Once the branch is suspended make a double knot again on the wire for each ornament making sure they are secure.

Your finishing touch will be the tea light candles placed in the ornaments and there you have it! You very own floating tea light tree. It makes a great decorative centre piece over the dining table and also is an energy efficient lighting source.

Dave’s price: $25







Home-made Solar Sun Jars

Here is an idea on how to make your own sun jars. Courtesy of Maria Blampied! She was nice enough to share here cool design on my website and its definitely worth making.

You can buy a sun jar for $30 or more in the shops or online. I’ve seen them as high as $60 online not including shipping.

You can use the small $2 “essentials” solar garden lights which are sold separately from target, buy $2 jars with flip lids from the reject shop and Ikea. Lids need to be big enough to fit the solar light underneath.

Can of frosting paint cost about $10 from bunnings but can be used to frost 4 or 5 jars. Best to frost the outside instead of inside as it dries better, looks prettier and is more even. Frost 2-3 coats. But don’t frost the lid bc it needs to remain clear for the solar panel to work effectively! Take apart the solar lights from the stake. You can screw off the panel, battery and wires from the aluminum housing but keeping it is also fine if it fits to the lid.

Gaffer taped the solar panel and guts to the inside of the lid or you can super glue it if you prefer, either way is fine as long as the glue doesnt touch the panel. Wipe any paint residue from the top of the lid just to be sure and keep it in the sun indoors on a window sill.

You’ve got yourself a snazzy sun jar on the cheap and easy! Makes a great gift and a nice decorative element to the backyard.