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How To Prune An Overgrown Leggy Aloe Vera Plant

I love aloe vera plants. They are both an interesting feast for the eyes and useful. I'm not too sure about the science behind rubbing a sunburn with aloe vera, but I do know that it sure makes it feel better, and that's reason enough for me to always keep this plant in our house.

When we first moved into our house a few years ago, my mom gave us an aloe vera plant. I had since neglected the plant and only paid attention to it when I needed to steal one of its leaves. I just kept winding its leggy stalk around the pot. 

Well, yesterday my husband had a sunburn. He was pouring concrete in the hot sun all day. I ran over to my trusty aloe vera and stared down at its sad state of being. I made a silent promise to the plant as I plucked one of its leaves, that tomorrow, I would prune it. 

I kept my word.

I thought I would make this into a tutorial as aloe vera plants are kind of unusual and how to prune them is not as immediately obvious as many other common household plants.


- Aloe Vera Plant
- Fresh Potting Soil 
- Hand Shovel
- Scissors (clean)
- Rooting Hormone (optional, but recommended)


Choose your workspace. I chose to work outside, as working with plants can get messy. If you can't work outside, line a hard surface floor with newspapers before proceeding.

Gently lift your aloe vera plants out of the soil. Mine wasn't even really connected to the soil. It was just sort of laying on top of it. Lay your aloe vera plant(s) aside in a safe place.

With your hand shovel, work-up the soil in your pot. If your soil looks unhealthy, use fresh potting soil instead. Press the soil into the pot firmly but gently. You don't want to compact the soil too much.

Now, back to the aloe vera plants. Just look at that long string of aloe vera. It was actually a lot longer than I thought it was.

To begin, look along the length of the entire plant, do you see stalky portions with no leaves? Take your scissors and cut across the stalk in these places. I made 4 cuts in total, turning one long plant into 5 shorter plants. 

Line up your 5 plants and remove any dead, dry, rotting, or mushy foliage with your scissors and any areas of dry, dead stalk.

Now, we need to create some roots. Gently pull off the bottom 2 leaves from each new plant. This will expose some roots or root nubs (small brown protrusions which kind of look like small claws), which will later become roots. 

Dip the roots or nubs into your rooting hormone, if you have some. The rooting hormone will help the new plants grow new roots faster. I highly recommend it. If you can't find rooting hormone to buy locally, you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking HERE (Amazon Affiliate Link).

Now, your plants are all ready to go, we just need to plant them. With your finger, poke as many holes in your soil as you have plants. Insert one plant, in each hole and firm the soil around it. 

Give your plant a drink of water, but do not overwater. Aloes don't like too much water. 

Now, stand back and admire your new aloe vera plants! 

But wait, don't leave yet, there's more! Look at this huge pile of aloe trimmings. Go through your pile and collect any healthy, juicy looking aloe leaves.

Bring them inside. Wash and dry them carefully. Package them up in a sandwich bag and store them in the freezer to use on future sunburns! 

The rest of aloe scraps that are not useful can be placed into your compost bin!

Well, there you have it, folks. We're all done. Here's one more picture of the aloe plant, returned back to its home beside my kitty cat draft chaser.

I hope this tutorial gives you the inspiration to prune your own aloe vera plant! Do you enjoy my tutorials? If so, you can Like me on Facebook by clicking here.

DIY How To Paint Fabric Vertical Blinds

When we first moved into our house, all of the window treatments were included. They were a mishmash of modern and extremely dated. 

The vertical blinds in our kitchen being the oldest. I could see why the previous homeowners kept them, though, as they were extremely well made. I would say they are from around 1970. They vertical slats are made of a thick, stiff fabric that looks sort of like woven canvas. 

It was their orangey brown color however, that really gave away their age. 

I decided that it was time to take the plunge and try to revamp my fabric blinds to make them look more modern. 

I scoured the internet for inspiration but came up empty handed. I couldn't find any information on how to change the color of this type of fabric blind. 

So, I threw caution to the wind and decided to do it my own way. Here is how I did it, in case you would like to revamp your blinds as well!

This project wasn't particularly expensive, it was more time consuming than anything else. All together it took me 2 days to complete, with a lot of time sitting around and waiting for my paint to dry. I was working in my kitchen with limited space, so I could only work on 10 blinds at a time out of 30.

Here is what you will need to get started.


- Primer. My blinds were very old and I wanted to block any possible stains from showing through the paint once they were finished. 

- Paint color of your choice. I used an acrylic latex paint in white, as it was what I had on hand.

- Contact paper with a design or a strip of pretty fabric to create a new look for your valance. If you like the design that I used, you can find it on Amazon HERE (Amazon Affiliate Link)

- A Paint brush. I used a 2-inch angle brush. It's nothing fancy. To be honest, I think it came from the dollar store, but I use it for everything!

- A large garbage bag to lay your vertical slats on while painting. Do not skip this step, or your floor will be covered in paint. When I started, I just covered the floor with a sheet and the paint seeped through onto the floor. Then I had to clean the paint up with acetone. Don't make my mistake!

- A fan. This is optional, but it will speed up your productivity as it will make your paint dry quicker.


1. Unhook each blind from the valance. Mine came down quite easily as they are just hooked into little plastic slots at the top. 

Lay your vertical slats on the floor with the back side up.

Paint on a layer or primer. If your blinds were anything like mine, they will really suck up the primer, so don't be alarmed. Make sure you don't leave any bare spots.

Once you have all of the backs of the blinds painted, put the fan on and leave them to dry. Fabric takes quite a bit longer to dry than a hard surface as it is porous. Mine took about an hour until they were dry to the touch.

2. Once they are reasonably dry, flip each blind segment over. Now, apply a coat of primer to the front side of each blind. When you are done, turn on the fan and wait until they are dry.

3. Now that the primer is dry, it's time to paint! Turn all of the blinds over, so you will once again be starting with the back side of the blinds. 

Using your brush, apply a generous coat of paint, but make sure it's not drippy or globby. Pay close attention to make sure that you do not leave any bare spots and that you are achieving an even coverage. Once you have finished, turn on the fan and let it dry.

4. Once it is dry, flip the blinds over and apply a coat of paint to the front of the blinds. At this point, I decided to let the blinds dry overnight as they basically had 4 layers of paint/primer on them. I allowed them to dry for an hour on the floor and then rehung them from the valance to let them continue drying for the rest of the night.

5. In the morning, take a good look at your blinds. Is the color uniform? Did you achieve good coverage? If your answer to either of these questions is no, then I would suggest a second coat. Luckily, my blinds looked amazing after the first coat of paint, so I did not need to apply a second coat.

6. Now, it's time to work on the valance! Take down your valance. Mine was very easy to take down as it just slides into 2 slots, one on each side. 

Remove the fabric strip from the valance. The trim on my valance was very yellowed with age, so I quickly and carefully painted on 2 coats of white paint.

If you would like to paint the fabric strip and keep your valance the same color as your blinds, then you can feel free to do so. 

However, I decided that I wanted to go with a different look, so I attached a strip of self-adhesive contact paper to the valance. This took quite a bit of time and persistence to get it perfect, but I am quite happy with the result.

That's pretty much it. One thing I should mention is that painting fabric will ultimately change the texture, my blinds are stiffer now than before I painted them. I actually prefer the texture now better than before. Painting blinds will also make them more opaque, so they will let less light through. This doesn't bother me as I like to have my blinds open during the day anyway. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it gives you the inspiration you need to tackle your own blinds! I'm really happy with how mine turned out. They really brighten up my room now and add some character. 

Have you ever painted fabric blinds before? Are you going to now after reading my tutorial? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

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