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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

DIY "Rock" Planters from Styrofoam Boxes









What to do with those 
styro foam boxes
 you get with Christmas goodies inside?

Here's a great solution and it's easy to do.

Make faux rock planters out of them.

Yup!


Here's one finished planter with a succulent that's loving it's new home. 

This planter is a few months old so you can see I have to touch up a few spots 
but really, it looks like an old stone planter covered with moss!!


This was a box for our Christmas ham. I trimmed it down then roughed up the sides 
with a wire brush. Then I scored rough rock shapes into the foam.


I took my regular acrylic craft paints in rock and moss colors and started layering
 and layering until it looked authentic. 

I used spray paint sparingly at some of the joints and I loved
 the cool rocky texture it made.


So now I tried some more light sprays of paint in little areas and loved it even more!
This is definitely a stony, rocky look right there.


Then I layered on more acrylic paint to blend the colors and cover up 
any white foam showing through.

I'm in love with this project!


I already had a pot of mixed sedum on my deck so I
popped it into the new planter.

Oooh aaaaah!



Sunday, December 29, 2019

Recycle Pallet Boards and Nursery Pots To Make Neat Planters

This is one of my favorite garden DIY projects! 

We first made these five years ago and they are still going strong all year long in our garden.

It is cheap, fairly easy to do and gives me the BIG planters pots I want for my yard.

We noticed the big pile of empty tree pots at our local nursery and bought
 a couple of 15 gallon size for $6 each. 

We already had a pile of boards from dismantled pallets,
 so already this project is right up my alley...

CHEAP!



Here are the finished planters. 

I LOVE the different shades of the used boards and the rough grain. 
These nursery pots have a generous lip around the top which make
 the finished planters look neat.Before....and after!

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The Welding Man trimmed each board to fit and we attached them
 with our handy nail gun using brads.

The nail gun runs on a small air compressor. 

It's one of my favorite tools for projects like this.



Just look at the neat colors and wood grain!


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Here's how the brads look once the boards are attached. 

We used long ones so they would penetrate all the way thru and
 give us a generous length to bend down inside the planter. 

We used a block of wood and a pair of needle nose pliers for this part. 



This is the largest tree pot we've redone.

 It is 22 gallon, I believe, and it holds a full size rose bush aand two Walkers Low Catmint plants. 

We dry brushed it withour house trim paint and added a 
mitered board frame around the top for a nice finishing touch.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Lighted Autumn Hurricane So Pretty!

                                      I scored this gigantic glass hurricane at a yard sale for $2.
                       It is 20" tall and 8" across at the belly with a wooden base. I love the size
                                          and how I can dress it up all year long. Plus, $2!! 
                                                          
                                                           That still makes me smile.


Last spring I filled it with vine balls, book page decor balls, driftwood, monkey's knots,
pine cones and my favorite green glitter dragonfly. I LOVE how it looked with a
few of my cobalt glass pieces.

                      

So this fall I restyled it for Autumn. Now it is a lighted accent to my
Thanksgiving decorating.

I like it. I like it alot!


         I grabbed a garland and a short string of 50 lights from my stash....both Dollar Store buys
                     from years past. I twined them together and stuffed them into the glass. 
                                             The problem was, they all fell to the bottom and
                                                       left the top of the glass empty.


I took a dowel the same height as the glass and wrapped it in autumn paper to blend in. 
Then I wrapped the garlands and lights together around the dowel using florist tape to secure it in a vertical column. One the dowel is nicely decorated it was easy to place
 the hurricane glass over it and set it in place. 

It worked!!

                

I love how it turned out!

It looks stunning and really lights up any corner I put it.
Me thinks I need to keep an eye out for more huge hurricane glass!

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I used the same trick in the tall pasta jar right next to it. 

Easy peasy and didn't cost a dime.

Gotta love that!






Wednesday, August 21, 2019

BIG Planter Water Saucers from Trash Can Lids

We make BIG planters for our yard out of plastic nursery tree pots 
covered with pallet boards. This pair are the 15 gallon size. 


The below pic shows a 25 gallon planter in the back and a 15 gallon planter in the front. 
I gave them a bit of house paint for color but let the rough wood grain show through.


But I couldn't find any plant saucers big enough to put under them until I saw
 two trash can lids in the garden shed. 
Yes folks, our garden shed holds lots of random stuff like that. 
Doesn't yours?


The trash can lids are the perfect size for these big 15 gallon planters 
and even bigger ones. I am so jazzed!


I filled them with rubber tire mulch to disguise their true origin, 
and they work like a charm!

Now I can water until I see the lids start to fill. No more over or underwatering, EVER!

It is an extremely cheap solution  and I am calling it a win win.

DIY Vinca Vine Wreath

As I was trimming the runaway vinca vines from my planters I looked at
 the handful of  cuttings and thought they'd make a great wreath.

I did a bit of curling and wrapping and added a few bits of florist wire 
and I soon had a pretty green vinca wreath.


But you know and I know that fresh and pretty green wreaths won't last very long. 
I set it aside to dry for a few weeks.

When it was fully dry and brown and crinkly and NOT green anymore,
 I assessed what I would do with it. 

Hmmmm. 

Spray paint couldn't do any harm and it might make it look pretty good.

Where's that can of Rustoleum Lagoon?


Oooh aaah!

Not brown anymore! Now it's pretty and perfect for this little fence in my garden.
I love how it looks against all that rough wood grain.
As you can see I didn't paint it thoroughly, just gave it a few swipes of color.

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I'm going to leave it out there over the winter and see how it does. 
Even if it doesn't last it's a pretty and eye catching bit of art in my yard
 that was simple to make and didn't cost a dime.

You can bet I'll be saving ALL my vine clippings from now on. 
I foresee lots of pretty little wreaths in my gardening future!

Zero Dollars To Make a New Fountain For Our Deck!


We've always had a fountain on our deck, not only for the beauty and the 

sounds of it, but for the grand babies to play in.

               



But this little fountain is past its prime.



We took it apart to see what we could salvage and found the pump is in perfect working order.
 All we needed were containers and a platform for a 
new little fountain.....hmmm.

Time to check the garden shed for what we already have.



I bought these matching plastic planters because they looked like wood. 
They don't have any pre drilled drain holes so they seem exactly what we need. 
We stacked them on top of one of my five gallon bucket tables 
that has a  microwave dish top (covered with pretty pebbles stuck on with GE Silicone II)

 It's a perfect solution!


 The Welding Man drilled the overflow hole and added a short pipe fitting. 
We added water, plugged in the pump...
and VOILA!

I dug up clumps of creeping jenny from the yard and planted them in little pots. 
We wired them to the fountain  and would you look at that..
an almost instant pretty deck fountain that did not cost us a dime!


We'll have to drain it for winter, of course. 
But these plastic tubs won't spring a leak like the wooden buckets did
 and we hope they'll last for years. 

This is my favorite kind of project...a bit of finagling and recycling what
 we already have to make something brand "new."

I call that a win win!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Flower Planter Thrift Store Chairs Two Ways!

Here is my original wooden chair I turned into a flower planter. 
I LOVED IT!
But it only lasted two years since it was an indoor wooden
 dining room chair and fell all to pieces.

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So this year I kept my eyes open for METAL chairs to use in the garden and 
LOOK!
I scored 2 of these beauties, both powder coated steel!



The seats are plywood and easily removed. I saved the plywood pieces for more projects.
I spray painted one white and added my "Green Man" sculpture to the chair back.
 Pallet boards fit make a sturdy shelf and a planter and saucer
 from my stash made this project easy peasy and pretty!



The second chair has a different look with Rustoleum spray paint in "Lagoon." 
The circular piece is from a broken hose hanger. 
A pink miniature rose fits right into the chair opening.



I decided to replace the planter of roses with some colorful annuals. A quick trip to the Dollar Tree got me a dishpan and a tray that fit the chair nicely. Pallet boards provided
 a sturdy shelf and here she is, newly planted with colorful annuals. 

           
                           

Two metal chairs, two different looks. And the best thing is,
 they only cost $4.99 apiece!

Gotta love thrift store shopping for garden projects!