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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Succulent Wall Art

Succulents are everywhere these days. I have loads of them in my garden plus I have a stash of fake succulents in my studio Here's what I made with those faux plants, a wooden frame and a little ingenuity.

 I love how it turned out!



I got the idea from a gift catalog which listed art like this at a hefty price. I was able to make my version much more affordably.


I started out with a wooden frame that had just the one inch depth I needed. I cut the Oregon state shape out of foam board. 

The BEAUTIFUL planks are scrapbook paper! 

How I wish I'd bought alot more of this paper. On the reverse side it has the painted boards you see on the left side of this project.


I covered the foam board with that gorgeous paper then cut out the Oregon state shape.


Using thin cardboard, I hot glued a one inch strip all around the inside of the Oregon shape on the back side of the foam board.


Here's how it looks from the front. Now I have a place to  put my fake succulents!



I cut florist foam from my stash and hot glued it into the space I'd just made.

Then came the fun part!

I selected a nice variety of fake succulents and put them in place. I hot glued them into the florist foam once I liked the placement. The Oregon state shape got harder to recognize when it was done, but as a pretty art piece with beautiful contrasting colors and textures,

 I call this a win win!

This became a Christmas gift for my daughter and her little family to remind them of home. It turned out so sweetly that I'm going to make another one just for myself!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Repainted Dollar Store Butterflies

I just couldn't leave well enough alone...so I repainted this metal butterfly for my garden!


Before.......................................and after.


I found these metal butterfly stakes at the local Dollar Store and immediately made plans to repaint them for my garden.


I used two colors of spray paint to give me more of a turquoise color to complement our front deck.


 I used the turquoise nail polish to add a bit of glamour and shine to the wings.


And I added just a little bit of the glitter nail polish to give the wings some sparkle.
UPDATE-ALL THE NAIL POLISH I USED FADED VERY QUICKLY IN THE SUMMER SUN. I WILL REPAINT SOME OF THESE BUTTERFLIES BEFORE NEXT SUMMER SO THEY STAY BRIGHT AND FRESH!


Using a fine paint brush I followed the contours of the stamped metal. I added the tiny vein details to each wing then added some white dots. You can see the veins in this close up but not so much when it's outside in the yard.


Wow! I love the pop of color against the bright green. Notice you can't really see the glitter when it's outside. But in my colorful colorful garden this blue butterfly really holds it own!

And here is the Monarch version of my Dollar Store butterflies. What a fun project this has turned out to be!



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