Painted Succulent Planter

Whether it’s the smell of biscuits cooking in grandma’s home, the sound of kids laughing as they run around the yard, the smell of fresh cut grass… there’s always those few things that remind you of home. Being from New Mexico, there are a few things that always bring be right back: green chile, sunsets, and desert plants. Or as it’s trending on Instagram, #succulents.

I am obsessed with these little plants. Succulents are plants that are commonly found in the desert and are sometimes known as fat plants because they can have thick stems and leaves for retaining water. I know a lot of people are into them because they’re pretty difficult to kill, seeing as they don’t need a lot of water. But I just think they are adorable and so homey.

Making your own succulent planter is so easy. I’ve seen about a million and one different planter ideas on Pinterest, but I wanted something really simple. I love terra cotta pots, they’re so rustic and the greatest part might be that you can paint them! Which is exactly what I did.

What you need:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • A foam brush
  • Succulent plants
Tip: to make polka dots, use the stick end of a foam brush!


I decided to do different designs on my planters, but as a rule of thumb you always want to have an odd number of pots, it just looks better in odd numbers for whatever reason! I did simple patterns and the pots took only a few minutes to dry.

Then I added some fresh potting soil to the bottom of the pot and broke apart and crumbled the soil that was attached to the succulent plant. Then you place the plant on top of the soil and fill in the rest of the pot with new soil.

 

 

 

I can’t wait to make a few more of these and put them around the house. I have these on top of my kitchen bookshelf right now. The entire project cost me less than $15! Do you love the succulent trend? What other creative succulent planters would you make? These would be perfect favors for a party or wedding, too!

Head on over to my blog to check out more! I’m sharing a delicious apple crisp recipe today as well!

DIY Rustic Photo Collage Frame

When I got married, I knew I wanted to have a hand in making some of the “props” for the wedding. One thing I really wanted to make was a seating chart. After some searching, I came up with the idea to utilize a frame and hang paint chips with names written on them as the seating chart. Here is an in action photo from our wedding of the final result.

What I loved about this frame was that after the wedding I was able to reuse it afterwards. So I wanted to teach you all how to make a DIY photo collage frame of your own. This is such a versatile decor piece in your home that you can change out as often as you like or leave up for months at a time.

Surprisingly, this is a really easy craft to make. You’ll need:

  • -A frame (look out for sales on backless frames!)
  • -Short nails
  • -Thick wire (20 gauge or thicker) like this
  • -Needlenose Plyers/Wire Cutters
  • -Hammer
  • -Photos/memorabilia
  • -Mini Binder Clips like these (or another way to hang things on wire)

Start by getting your frame ready. If necessary, paint and sand frame. I wanted to go for a distressed look, so I took a piece of sand paper and lighted sanded the edges to allow the natural wood to show through.

You may want to get your frame ready to hang as well (if there are no saw tooth hangers attached already). When I first used this for the wedding, I spaced out each row an inch a part. But for the house, I wanted there to be enough space in between to hang vertical pictures as well as horizontal. So there is about 3 inches between rows. I would recommend measuring out the distance you’d like your rows to be apart, starting with an inch from the top of the frame.

Next take the raw end of your wire and wrap the end tightly around the nail towards the head. Then use the hammer to nail into the board, even with your measurement. Repeat on opposite side and with other rows.

DIY Glitter Milkbone Jar

If you have a dog, it’s likely that they are the center of your world. If you don’t, you probably know some crazy person who does have a dog and their dog is the center of their world. I always love to send little treats with my friends for their pups whenever I see them, usually those treats are homemade dog treats or store bought milkbones. But what if you would one-up your usual doggie gift? That’s where this DIY project comes in.

This is a super easy project that will likely take you less than 30 minutes and cost less than $20, depending on the supplies you have.

You’ll need:

Glitter

Mod Podge

A jar of some kind

Painters Tape

Foam Brush

Hair spray or clear acrylic sealer

Step one will depend on how you want your jar to look. The first time I did this I decided to have about an inch of glitter on the bottom edges of the jar, almost like it had been dipped in glitter. This time, I wanted to do something a little different. Steven helped me to tape off three large sections where the glitter would go (he’s much more OCD than I am and I love him for it). Mark off whatever design you’d like (you can be ambitions and do multiple stripes, chevron, polka dots, etc!) Make sure the tape is sealed so that you will have crisp lines.