DIY Umbrella Stand Planter

Hey there, My Crafty Spot readers! I’m popping over from JustMomMatters to share a simple project that’s perfect for spring.

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With the weather warming up and Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd, this little umbrella stand and planter combo is a great way to welcome both. The multi-step process is easier to complete if you have an extra set of hands, so encourage your kids to assist you along the way.

What you’ll need:

  • Pot – 20 inches tall, 22 inch diameter
  • PVC pipe- 1-1/2 inch by 2 1/2 feet long (sold precut at any home improvement store)
  • Spray paint
  • Screen
  • Scissors
  • Lava rock – 1 cubic foot (1 big bag)
  • Concrete – 1-50 LB bag
  • Wooden dowel – 3/4 inch by 3 feet long, cut into 6 – 6 inch pieces
  • Saw
  • Level
  • Soil – 1.25 cubic feet (1 big bag)
  • Plants
  • Umbrella

 

Optional:

  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Wheelbarrow

Check the bottom of your pot for drainage. Use a power drill to drill three holes through the bottom of the pot if no holes are present.

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Spray your PVC with a coat of paint. I chose brown to blend with the soil and my umbrella pole.

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Cut a piece of screen so that it fits the bottom of the pot. Use a tape measure and chalk to measure and mark the dimensions on the screen before cutting it with scissors (if you’re a Martha Stewart type), or just eyeball the dimensions and cut it freehand (if you’re more of a slacker, like me). Lay the screen inside the bottom of the pot.

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Pour enough lava rock to cover the screen. Position the PVC pipe in the center of the pot and wiggle it around until it is flat on the bottom of the pot. Add the rest of the lava rock around the pipe until it is secure. It’s helpful if someone holds the pipe still while another person adds the rock. Place a level on the pipe to make sure it is straight vertically.

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Make Your Own Mercury Glass

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Hey there, fellow craft lovers! I’m stopping over from JustMomMatters to share a quick and easy way to breathe new life into all of those old flower vases you’ve collected over the years.

I’ve always loved the look of mercury glass, its’ speckled silver offers a kind of interesting imperfection that’s beautiful. Since it can be hard to find and somewhat pricey depending on the size of the piece, I decided to try replicating the look on my own.  Luckily, my cabinets are overflowing with generic glass vases, bottles, and jars perfect for mercury glass-making.

This simple project gave a few of my glass pieces a whole new personality, and can do the same for yours, too, if you give it a try.

What you’ll need:

  • Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
  • Glass jars, votive candleholders, or vases
  • Squirt bottle filled with water
  • Damp paper towel

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Wash your glass items in warm soapy water to remove any dirt, dust or debris. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap and dry each piece completely.

Set your squirt bottle to the fine mist setting. Test it a few times to make sure it’s good to go before spritzing the inside of your glass votive holder. Make sure not to oversaturate with water, a light spray is sufficient. If you’re coating a vase, bottle you’ll use as a vase, or bowl make sure to spray the water and paint on the outside, since the chemicals in the paint are toxic and may harm you or your flowers.

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DIY Wooden Crate Bookshelf

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If you’re kids are anything like mine over at JustMomMatters, they cherish every Happy Meal toy, every Chuck E. Cheese prize, every goody bag party favor, every broken pencil with no eraser, every chewed up Lego, absolutely everything they ever receive or win or make or find, no matter the condition. They’ll keep it all forever. And, if you’re anything like me,  once their rooms hit maximum capacity and the chaos inside is enough to make your skin crawl, you rummage through their stuff while they’re at school, toss out half, and then try to figure out how to organize the remaining chatskis so they don’t realize what they’re missing.

This easy wooden crate bookshelf is the answer to your little  hoarders problem. It’s an attractively sneaky way to store all of your kids most prized possessions, and since they can be stacked a variety of ways these crates can also work as a nightstand, organizational wall cubby system, or backpack/shoe storage spot. Make the project even easier by staining the wood instead of painting it since staining is the fastest way to finish something when you’re working with bare wood. The wipe-on application makes it a cinch for anyone to get impressive results since there’s less potential for the drips and brush marks common to painting.

If you do choose to paint your crates, make sure to brush on a primer first to penetrate the wood. Priming the wood before applying your paint color will save time in having to apply multiple coats of paint to the crates.

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden crates – available at craft or home improvement stores
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Stain
  • Finishing wax paste
  • Clean rags
  • Protective gloves
  • Metal mending plates
  • #6 x 5/8” flat head wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Baskets

Smooth out any rough patches or splitting wood using fine 220-grit sandpaper. No need to sand the pine wood crates until they are silky smooth (unless you want to), just enough to even out any snags or ugly spots in the wood. Wipe away the sanding residue with a damp rag.

Wearing your protective gloves, brush on a pre-stain wood conditioner. The pre-stain conditioner penetrates the wood, allowing it to accept the stain more evenly. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes before wiping away any excess conditioner from the wood.

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Refresh Your Space: How To Refinish a Stool

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With the season’s recent freezing temperatures, it’s no surprise to find people everywhere suffering from a serious case of cabin fever. But look on the bright side, being trapped inside for a while provides the perfect opportunity to do a little interior redecorating—like refinishing furniture you already own. Giving an old piece of furniture a facelift will not only brighten your home, it’ll help to lighten your mood during these dreary winter months. And a small project, like this thrift shop stool, is a great start for anyone wanting to try their hand at refinishing furniture.

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These steps work for just about any furniture project, though slightly different supplies may be required or work better for other projects depending on the type of material the furniture is made of and the specific results you want to achieve.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Paintbrush
  • Oil-based primer
  • Latex-based paint
  • Wood paste wax
  • Clean rags
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Foam padding
  • Polyester batting
  • Fabric

Prep

1. Detach the seat cushion from the stool frame. Flip the stool over and use a screwdriver to unscrew the seat from the stool.

2. Use scissors to cut the old fabric, pulling and ripping it away from the wooden board. In a perfect world, all of the staples will be pulled from the board as you rip the fabric off. My world is not perfect, so I had to slide a flat-head screwdriver underneath some of the stubborn staples to pop them out.

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