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Welcome to my Maker's blog, where I feature my own unique creative projects. I'm seven years out from breast cancer and counting my blessings.

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!

DIY Solar Light Hanging Planter Pole

I saw a planter pole with a solar light on top and knew I wanted one for our yard.

But I didn't want to spend over $120 for one with only two hangers
 and a mingy bottom planter. So, we built
 one ourselves and saved almost $100!



Here's the finished project. A solid 6' tall post with four metal plant hangers and a cool solar powered light on top. It's anchored inside a 25 gallon planter and it came out even nicer than I pictured!

        And here it is pictured below at night with the solar light glowing.
 So pretty!


Here she is below all loaded up with hanging planters and flowers in the bottom tub. 
We painted the pallet boards we attached to the bottom planter and 
also put up a pallet board fence topped with pickets 
(and a butterfly!) right there in her corner.


                    



Here she is ready for her test run. Already she has a classy silhouette. 
The Welding Man made the hanging hooks for this.




And...progress photos below. The solar light installation and the
 planter positioned in the flower tub.
Below is the solar light and the thrift store porch light The Welding Man deconstructed
 then restyled into the top solar light. You can see what he kept and what he tossed.
It turned out GREAT!
          
             
Oooh ahhh, we love it!

               

Here's the supply and $$ breakdown for this  easy project....

Pressure treated 4" x 4" post cut off at 6'...........................$14
25 gallon tree pot................................................................ $6
Solar light ............................................................................$6
Thrift store porch light..........................................................$3
Four plant hangers, on hand
Pallet boards, on hand

This project turned out so well and was so inexpensive we are going to make another one!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pretty Faux Wood Grain Glass Table Top? Yes, Please!

We have this corner on our front deck that needed a convenient table 
and I also wanted it to be pretty. Here is what we came up with and 
made it in one afternoon and, as usual, we did it without 
spending a ton of money. 

In fact, we already had everything we needed
 on hand so it was basically FREE.

Confetti goes here!


Ooh ahh! It turned out even better than I pictured!

Here is the DIY for this fun project...


A friend had given me two round patio table replacement glass circles. 
This is the bigger one at 36" diameter.

For the base we used a nursery tree pot 24" in diameter given to us by our neighbors.

I scrubbed the glass and the pot with a soap pad and rinsed them thoroughly.
I spray painted the planter with flat black spray paint.


I gathered our supplies which included various colors of acrylic latex paint, 
including our house trim paint in the big can. The wood grain tool 
I used is right front and I also used a pair of gardening gloves to protect my hands.


I painted a turquoise stripe and right away before it dried, 
used the wood grain tool to make the design in the wet paint. 
It is so exciting to see the texture appear like magic. 
When I didn't like the way the grain looked
 I simply wiped it off of the glass and redid it.
 It was so very simple and came out so very pretty!


Once the "boards" were completely dry (about an hour in the sunshine) I spray painted 
over the whole BACK surface with flat black spray paint, right over the painted boards.
The black paint made the wood grain pop and made the glass round opaque
 so the planter underneath is not visible.

We put three globs of silicone glue on the rim of the black planter and then
 we flipped the  round  over so the boards showed through
 the glass and centered it on the black planter. 


I LOVE how the glass protects the bright colors and wood grain of the boards.
It is the perfect size and the perfect height for the seating on our deck.
We could not be more pleased with this project, not just because it was free
 but because it came out so amazingly great looking.

And guess what? I still have another glass round in my
 stash so we can make another table. Now that's something 
to look forward to!