A creative dog trainer has revealed her simple but clever trick to stop pet animals from digging up indoor plants.
Simone Moszkowicz , from Melbourne, who cares for a guide dog in training, revealed how a placemat from Kmart offered a solution to her problem.
Taking to Facebook, the woman shared the impressive results – and how the hack was effective, inexpensive and easy to put together in seconds.
‘My best Kmart hack EVER! This $1.50 placemat protects my plant (and dirt) from my puppy (without having to remove it for watering!), she captioned the post.’
Simone Moszkowicz has revealed how a $1.50 placemat from Kmart (pictured) can be used to stop pets from making a mess of pot plants
Simone Moszkowicz, of Melbourne (pictured) cares for a Seeing Eye dog in training
The hack uses a $1.50 gold PVC placemat from Kmart (pictured) which has been cut through to the before a section is removed from the centre
The hack involves making one cut to the centre of a placemat, then removing a section so it fits around the stem of a plant.
As to be expected, those who have seen Ms Moszkowicz’s clever idea online have praised her for the thrifty invention – and how perfect it was for putting an end to a pet-related mess.
Wendy wrote: ‘My cat does this too. I’m running out to do this. Thank you.’
While April, also a cat owner, chimed in with: ‘My cat is going to hate this post… haha no more nasty pot plant surprises for me.’
A third, Bella added the hack was one she would consider using to keep her young kids away from her plants.
‘This will be perfect for my 15-month-old. You are a genius. Thank you,’ she wrote.
The placemat hack not only protects plants from naughty pets but doesn’t have to be removed for watering (stock image)
As a renter, with a love of greenery, Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, reveals how a $27 rack from Kmart (pictured) could be transformed into a hanging garden
Recently, the Australian discount retailer, much-loved by those with a creative streak, turned up trumps for a mum wanting to create an indoor garden.
Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, Victoria, revealed how she created a lush indoor space using a clothing rack from Kmart which cost a mere $27.
‘When you rent and you will do anything to have hanging plants indoors!,’ she wrote on a post alongside an image she shared to social media.
The photo shows a tall, black, industrial-style clothes rack with four plants hanging from the top rail.
Ms Grining also revealed details of how she created her hanging garden saying that as well as using the rack, she sourced other pieces from second-hand shops.
‘The four-tiered hanger was in stock [at Kmart] last year, the middle is an op shopped cane basket with the Kmart macrame hanger, the black and grey hanger was from pillow talk,’ she told 9Honey.
A wire rack from Kmart (pictured) solved Ms Grining’s problem of how to create a lush indoor garden
Ms Grining explained she removed the fabric panel at the bottom of the rack (pictured) as this didn’t serve a purpose
Ms Grining explained that she also removed the fabric panel at the bottom of the rack as this didn’t serve a purpose.
The rack was constructed according to instructions, without the fabric panel. Hangers were added before the final rod was put in place.
Naturally, fans of Kmart were quick to praise the mum on Instagram for her ingenious use of the wire rack.
One woman, Mel, wrote: ‘This looks so so good, lovely! What a fab idea.
‘I have one of those racks (full of clothes overflowing from small wardrobe), but am now thinking I need another to do this!’.
Another, Mae, chimed in: ‘This is definitely what I need! Looks great.’
Ms Grining also shared her hack to a popular mother’s Facebook group where the post was liked close to 4,000.
Plants used by Rebecca Grining to create her indoor garden:
Rebecca Grining used a range of indoor plants to create her stunning apartment garden (pictured)
1. Ice caps
2. Creeping fig
3. Spider plant
5. Super atom
6. Zanzibar gem