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How to Makeover a $1 vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, OUTSIDE
on June 6, 2017

A simple dollar store craft that takes a $1 vase from plain to wow with painted pineapples! Perfect for your summer home decor.

Dollar Store Craft: Summery Candle Holder with Pineapples

Yay! Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of June –  by the way, what?! how?! – which means it’s Create With Me time!

Our task for June was to show you our favorite dollar store DIYs and crafts! My take on the challenge: a candle holder makeover with pops of pretty pineapples, perfect for summer. …And, suddenly it’s as if I’m a star in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Pretty Marvelous.

Be sure to read to the end of this post for more dollar store ideas and fun and of course, to place your vote for next month’s challenge!

You may remember back at Christmas when I created these monogrammed wine glasses using a method similar to the one below. I loved these glasses SO much and couldn’t wait to try the application again!

How to Makeover a $1 Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples

 

GATHER SUPPLIES

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1.  All-purpose acrylic craft paint worked fine for this candle holder but if your project will use drinking glasses or other glass items that will often be washed use a water-based paint specially formulated for glass painting. When cured, it is top-shelf dishwasher safe.

You will need:

 

PREPARE GLASS SURFACE

2.  Wash your glassware in warm, soapy water to remove dirt, dust, and grease. When dry, use a paper towel dampened with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and wipe the outside of the glass to remove any residual soap film. Set aside and air dry for 10 – 15 minutes.

APPLY STENCIL OR PATTERN

3. My vase was all about whimsy, so I arranged my pineapple stencils in an irregular pattern, almost like polka dots. If you’re using a purchased stencil, cut out each pineapple from the stencils and apply them to the glass using a spray adhesive, arranging them until you’re happy with the pattern.

ADD PAINT

4. To paint, dip your brush into the paint and move the paint over the stencil. Add more paint as needed. Use two coats of each color – Decoart Americana Multi-surface Paint – Lemon Zest to the fruit and Decoart Americana Multi-surface Paint – Green Beret to the stem of the pineapple stencil.

LET DRY

5. You can dry your piece using one of the two methods: Air dry or oven dry. To air dry, allow the piece to dry for 21 days. Ain’t nobody got time for that! To speed up the process, place your glassware on a cookie sheet in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 350ºF and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off; let the glass cool completely in the oven before removing. Important: Glass must heat and cool gradually with the oven to avoid breakage. Be safe! 

CARE OF GLASS

6. Washing your item by hand in warm, soapy water, will prevent fading and ensure you can enjoy your painted glassware for years to come!

 

This little pineapple candle holder will be purely paradisiac on my deck table. Seeing it perks me right up – particularly on practically plain days, and puts a prompt smile on my face! #seewhatididthere

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More Dollar Store Makeovers

Huge thanks to Samantha from Little Bits of Home for putting together this fun challenge! Be sure to check out the other ideas for this month but before you go, be sure to vote for July!

Supply Photos via Amazon.com

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Tribal Painted Phone Case via Two Purple Couches

DIY Etched Glass Beer Mugs via My Life from Home

Watercolor Labels via Little Bits of Home

Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter via Making Joy and Pretty Things

DIY Copper Planter via A Purdy Little House

DIY Fourth of July Art via Our Crafty Mom

Industrial Bin via North Country Nest

 

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How to Make an Easy Boho Themed Centerpiece with Glass Jars

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, PARTIES
on May 2, 2017

Adding inexpensive mason jar pots of greenery and succulents to an easy DIY floral table runner takes a simple Boho themed table setting to the next level. Use this easy idea to wow your guests!

If you’re looking for a fast and cheap idea to set the mood for a boho themed table setting for a party or other event, perhaps you’ll find this idea helpful. To make things even easier for you, I’m sharing a free downloadable boho themed place card printable downloadable boho themed place card printable!

My daughter, K, celebrated her birthday last week. I’m one of those annoying parents that throw elaborate birthday parties every year. We don’t go crazy with gifts for our children – in my head; the party is my way of giving an experience or a memory.

But, this year, for the first time, K requested a “simple” party – a non-themed, uncomplicated sleepover. She’s a sweet girl – in so far as a teen can be – and did express concern for my head exploding over the lack of a theme.

My response

Pfft. I know how to do that about as well as Miss K knows why she rolls her teen eyes on an hourly (minute?) basis. And so, to preserve my head – I’m sure it would be rather embarrassing if my head did explode – we added a theme: Fun, Bohemian, but still simple, using florals, flamingo, and pineapple motifs.

I’ll share more details on the party later this month, but today, let’s talk about the Create with Me Challenge and glass jars!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a slew of inspirational ideas to decorate with glass jars and to vote for next month’s project! For myself, I used some old jars that I had around the house for our Boho themed table setting. You might think using jars for party decor is restricted to a country theme, but jars can also be romantic in other themes as well. Romance, eclectics, artistry all say Bohemian. Jars are also cheap, readily available, relaxed and effortless. Here is how you can use glass jars to arrange an enviable Boho style centerpiece.

Supplies

Plain glass jars (affiliate)
Aquarium gravel (affiliate)
Washi tape (affiliate)
Live succulents and cacti of both tall and short heights
Faux greenery garland
Faux flowers (affiliate)
Natural fiber or graphic table cloth (affiliates)

Directions

  1. Plant the taller succulents and cacti into the jars. Jars of varying shapes and textures can be fun and unique! Fill each jar halfway with aquarium rocks, then place your plants on top.
  2. Wrap the washi tape around the jar on the line between the rocks and the soil.
  3. Lay your table cover down.
  4. Lay out the greenery garland.
  5. Weave and scatter the flowers from one end of the garland to the other.
  6. Add the succulents and cacti to the garland, evenly staggering heights and jars throughout the arrangement.

Tips and Tricks 

You can also use fresh flowers – Look for large, open blooms and cottage or vintage buds. You can also use greenery clippings from your yard. I went with faux plants from the dollar store and cut the stems with sharp wire cutters, and found the garland at Michaels. Here (affiliate) is a similar grape leaf garland to what I used. I used a burlap runner – I liked the texture and the contrast against the softness of the flowers. Here (affiliate) is a similar table runner to what I used on our table.

Bright Bohemian Party Centerpiece

The final result left my head intact, my daughter’s eyes un-rolled, and provided a perfect setting for our boho themed table setting and centerpiece. Click here to download these adorable Boho Place Cards.

 

Here are more than a few other fun ideas for using glass jars in decorating!

Glass Jar Projects

Painted Glass Jar Vase via My Life from Home

DIY Stained Glass Look via Our Crafty Mom

Solar Mason Jar Lantern via North Country Nest

Bohemian Table Runner with Mason Jars via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Hanging Milk Jars via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Glass Laundry Detergent Dispensers via Little Bits of Home

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How to Make an Easy and Unique Tea Cup Succulent Planter

Posted in CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, Mothers Day
on April 4, 2017
This simple, inexpensive DIY succulent planter project will be loved by everyone from mothers to teachers!  Perfect for all of Spring’s gift-giving occasions.

Unique Moss Covered Teacup Planter Idea for Succulents

April is the start of that time of year – Yes, folks, it’s birthday season – the time of year where five of the seven in our immediate family, and more in our extended family, have birthdays within a three-month timeframe. This year, to up the ante, it’s my husband 40th birthday. No pressure there, right?!

The kid’s various hobbies and activities are all coming to a close, meaning, oodles of end of year parties and recitals. Add Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Father’s Day, Memorial day, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide gift giving and activity frenzy. My calendar is FULL!

Thinking of all there is to do, the panic sets in – Suddenly, it’s as if I’m in a raft in the middle of the ocean. The merciless sun beats down, there is no wine water, and the sharks are circling, waiting for me to dip my big toe in so they can take a bite!

Need a quick and easy diy gift idea to keep you from swimming with the sharks

Of course, my hair wouldn’t look nearly that good if I truly was in the middle of the ocean, but you get the idea. Obviously, bowing out of some of these things would be easier on me but where is the fun in that? #inserteyerollhere

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Instead, I look for simple but unique, inexpensive gift ideas that have me looking like a gift-giving super-star for teachers, thank you and Mother’s Day gifts. The added (free) printable gift tags (for Mothers, sisters, friends, teachers and one for everyone else) make this gift multi-purpose!

Free printable gift tags for Tea-riffic Succulent Pot

 

This succulent teacup planter made for the Create with Me DIY Challenge is what I (and you) need! All at once I see a life-raft come to save me – and there is room for you, too.  

The Create with Me DIY Challenge, hosted by Samantha of Little Bits of Home, depends on you, our readers, to vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects. Scroll to the end of this post to cast your vote and to see the other fabulous projects for this month!

This month’s challenge: Create with succulents. Let’s get started.

SUPPLIES

DIY Moss Covered Succulent Teacup Planter

You will need:

A teacup and saucer
Glue gun
Moss sheets <affiliate link>
Scissors
Faux Succulent stems <this one, too>
Floral Foam
Floral Pins <affiliate>
Olive green pipe cleaners
Printable (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Use the glue gun to cover the tea cup with moss strips. I used a teacup from my Spring Tea Party – use and re-use! Glue the pieces over the edge of the teacup rim.  I wound an olive green pipe cleaner around the handle to enlarge it a bit, then covered the pipe cleaner with moss.
  2. Glue the moss onto the saucer. Cut the moss into pie shapes and work your way around the saucer. Cover the entire surface.
  3. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit the inside of the cup and place it inside, with a dot of hot glue on the bottom.
  4. Add the succulents – and any other plants you’ve gathered to compliment. I added faux wildflowers. For the non-succulent stems, I used the floral pins to affix the plants. Put the tip of the pin through the hole of the stem and press it into the foam. I stuck the succulents in where they fit the best.

4 simple steps to a diy succulent teacup pot

And that’s it. Done. Easy Peasy.

Teacup Succulent Pot with wildflowers make a great gift for Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

KICK IT UP A NOTCH

To take your gift to the next level, add a ribbon and download a free set of gift tags – for your Mother, Sister, Friend, Teacher. Attach the tag to a straw or skewer and press the skewer into the foam. Yep. You’re a gift-giving superstar! 

 

Easy DIY Teacup Succulent Planter with free labels

Finally! With a few things crossed off my list, I’m more grounded – and feel less like I’m in the ocean! I wish the same for you – May you always have wine water on your raft, and may the sharks find another raft!

Here are more than a few other fun succulent ideas!

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Be sure to check out the other projects using succulents for this month. My friends are crazy talented!

5 Minute Faux Succulent Terrarium- Making Joy and Pretty Things

Hanging Succulent Planter- Our Crafty Mom

Creating Mini Succulent Arrangements- My Life from Home

DIY Faux Succulent Centerpiece- Two Purple Couches

Easy Succulent Art- Little Bits of Home

Succulent Tea Cup Planter- Knock if Off Kim

 

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