Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scrap Wood Patriotic Star Wreath

While we were building our log cabin, I saved ten small scrap pieces of wood from the burn pile and two years later I have turned them into stars!

I made two identical star wreaths. Each star used five pieces of the wood scraps. I arranged them into a star and glued the pieces together.

Then I brushed a vinegar solution onto them to age the wood. (let rusty metal sit in  vinegar overnight to make this solution)

Once the stars dried for a little while in the sun today I attached red and blue pip berries, along with a burlap bow and an american flag with floral wire.

That's it. All done. I hung one on the front door of our cabin and the other one is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Every time we burned scrap wood while building I cringed. I had plans for all of it, however, my husband kept reminding me that as long as we were building there would be more scraps.

Don't you just love making a project from trash!

'til next time,

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Patriotic July 4th Planters

I thought I would share a few quick and easy patriotic planters that I put together for the upcoming July 4th holiday.

A little paint added to an old weathered wooden orchid planter gave this plant a quick patriotic touch.

The horizontal wood slats made this an easy project. I just painted every other slat red, the opposite slats cream and a navy square in the corner. I cut two small stars out of a thin piece of wood and painted them with the same cream color and just glued them directly onto the planter. I'm still debating scuffing it up a little to give it a worn look and then sealing it. Actually, I think I will do that tonight!

I wanted to add a little holiday decor outside as well, so I stuck small American flags into the three hanging red geraniums on the front porch.

Much to my surprise, while I was watering the plants today, I found a bird nest in one of them that has eggs in it. I hope I didn't disturb it too much.

I have had the joy of watching three different nests of babies grow up and fly away so far this spring and look forward to watching this new nest also!

Lastly, I happened upon this fabulous vintage wheelbarrow at a flea market a couple of months ago and knew I just had to have it.  To add another patriotic touch outside, I planted red, white and blue annuals in it.

I hope you enjoy my patriotic planters as much as I do:)

'til next time,

Monday, June 4, 2012

Rusty Strainer Planter Mini Makeover

An old rusty strainer turned planter makes a bright and cheerful summer centerpiece!

I love gerber daisies and picked this one up at our local grocery store today to use as a temporary centerpiece. It will get planted outdoors in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime I get all of this cheerfulness on my table!

Half of the fun is finding a unique planter to display it in. I chose an old rusty strainer for this one.

Super easy assembly - Step 1 - place a plastic liner in the bottom of the strainer 

Step 2 - place potted plant in the liner and surround with moss to cover the liner and pot

There you have it!

 Don't you just love finding fun things to use as planters? I know I do.
Let me know if you have any clever ideas for planters. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

'til next time,