It’s my belief that ordinary objects can transform into something quite glamorous with some thoughtful accessories. So why not give your flowers a bit of glitz as well? Your blooms work hard to give you a show, so give them the gift of their own jewelry. Glass marble jewelry, that is.
Spray Paint: My BFF
I had an old wooden frame that was in good condition, but the glass had broken years ago, and I wasn’t crazy about the gold finish. Rather than replacing the glass, I used it to make a jewelry holder. You’ve seen these done before, put together with an old frame and some screen or chicken wire. I spied a pretty one at an Antique Fair last month so I was inspired to make one of my own, but I wanted it to be backed by pretty fabric.
How to Make a Recycled Frame Jewelry Holder:
Recycled picture frame
Fabric of choice
Screen, chicken wire, or ‘hardware fabric’ from your local home improvement store
Box cutters or craft knife
Hot glue gun
Hooks (optional) for screwing into wood frame
Trim your wire mesh with wire cutters to fit inside your recycled frame.
Trim your foam to the exact internal measurements of your frame. You can use the cardboard that often comes with a frame, but since I didn’t have any, I used foam board, available at any craft store.
If you don’t like the color of your frame, then spray paint your frame in the color of your choice. I chose a Rosewood tint by Rustoleum. You can also spray paint your wire mesh for a cohesive look, if you don’t like the rustic quality of the metal. I also spray painted the little hooks I used to screw into my frame for additional jewelry display so it would all be the same color.
While your spray paint dries, staple your fabric to your foam.
Once your paint is dry, use your hot glue to secure your wire mesh to the inside of your frame. Then use more hot glue to secure your fabric covered foam to the backside of your picture frame.
(optional): If you’re using a wooden frame, you can screw your hooks into the frame for added display.
Display your jewelry holder anywhere you please.
I came up with a great idea for a garden planter the other day as I was browsing the paint aisle of all places. I spied a stack of plain paint cans and thought, those would make amazing planters so I brought a few home and with a little painter’s tape and spray paint created these:
I had a bare patch of fence in my rear yard that was in need of attention. I really didn’t feel like painting it again, which is what it needed (ha!), so I thought I’d distract everyone with some whimsical decor. And this was such an easy and inexpensive way to do it.
How To Make a Paint Can Planter:
- Paint cans, recycled or new. Plain metal paint cans are available at most home improvement stores.
- Outdoor spray paint
- Painter’s tape and/or stickers for lettering
- Hammer and nail
- Hooks for fence (if you will be hanging your planters)
Step One: If your cans are recycled, clean off the labels and scrape off any drips from the sides. Spray paint your cans with your first color of spray paint. Allow to dry thoroughly, usually at least 5 to 6 hours.
Spray paint your hooks and screws to complement.
Step Two: Apply painter’s tape in your design of choice. In my case, I wanted striped cans so I used the painter’s tape to allow for green stripes underneath. Apply your second color of spray paint and allow to dry thoroughly. When dry, gently remove your painter’s tape.
Step Three (optional): Add your word of choice with simple stickers. In my case, I spelled out the word “BLOOM” for my third paint can. I also applied more painter’s tape to my striped cans so I would end up with a third white stripe, and then spray painted them with a third shade of white. When dry, gently remove your painter’s tape and/or stickers.
Step Four: Use your hammer and a nail to puncture drainage holes in the bottom of your paint can. Use a soft cloth or towel underneath your can so you don’t cause any damage to your paint.
Step Five: Add gravel to the bottom of your planter, then some potting soil and your favorite blooms. In my case, I chose Iceland poppies for their color, and I know they will tolerate heat and full sun. Using outdoor spray paint will allow your cans to withstand the seasons, and the sun’s rays.
These painted cans will brighten any fence, deck or balcony. They would also make an extra special housewarming gift – imagine them with a monogram, or the homeowner’s new street address !
You’ve all heard of the Better Homes & Gardens 48 Hour Challenge, right? It’s where five top bloggers were chosen to makeover their porch in 48 hours with a $500 gift card from Home Depot, at the chance of winning a $5,000 bonus. Today was Mr. CG’s birthday, so while the tots stayed a bit late at school, for his birthday I spent 4.8 hours redoing the outdoor balcony he shares with his male business partners. Yes, you heard me, four point eight hours! I was entrusted with the job and given the same budget of $500 from the office, and all of my purchases came from Home Depot as well.
Here’s the CHALLENGE: $500 budget from the office. 300 square feet of barren balcony, except for a few pieces of neutral furniture. Four point eight hours (before the kids need picked up from school).
First things first, two rugs to define the seating areas. At Home Depot, I purchased two 5×7 outdoor rugs for $59 each. Then I also purchased one can of spray paint for $4. With a bit of painter’s tape, I gave the neutral outdoor rugs a dark red band around the edge. I also purchased some red and tan patterned pillows for $13 each to accent the loveseat and the chairs.
Next, I purchased some deep red fiberglass planters for $39 each, and some plants to fill them. I chose bamboo plants ($20 each) and a dwarf palm ($15). I topped them off with ‘borrowed’ river rocks from the gigantic supply in the rock garden on the first floor. River rocks on top of soil help make great mulch.
Then I created a mini garden in a $12 pot with $1 succulents, some aloe vera, and a red blooming cactus. I also added the rock fountain from the office’s interior, and my own rock sculpture (that’s just river stones stacked on top of one another).
The business partners were very pleased with the transformation.
The deep red adds the necessary burst of color. The river rocks and bamboo add “zen” as well as the succulents garden. The rugs, planters and pillows unite the whole space, and it was all done for less than $500 and in less than five hours. Rugs and paint = $123; Plants = $90; Planters and Soil = $130; Adirondack chairs and 6 pillows = $104; Bird Feeders and Nectar = $13. Total without tax = $460
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