Everything has a purpose and if we are creative sometimes, more than one. It is that wonderful time of year when everything is starting to bloom, the sun is showing up and I am outside enjoying my yard. This year as I am looking over my outdoor furniture, it is clear I have several items that have deteriorated and need re working. The chair pictured is wood and I don't feel safe using it for the intended purpose, but I do believe it would make a great planter. I also have an area in mind for it in my landscape to help divert my puppies from running through. You know what I mean if you have dogs. They have an entire yard to play in, but my flower beds are much more appealing.
I found a pot that was a good size and traced the circle of it on the chair. Then I cut the shape a few inches to the inside of that diameter in the boards. These are slats that slipped in to the chair frame so I had to be careful they would not slip out and still be able to hold the weight of the pot and dirt. You can see I braced the slats on the front with a new 1x4 piece of wood. Then on the back side I took the slats out and using the pot to fit placement, put two pieces of 1x4 stacked in order to have a level frame. This also helped stabilize everything because the chair was wobbly.
Here is my chair spray painted. I didn't go over it with two coats because I thought the weathered look would be just right. Especially since it is missing a slat in the back.
As I said before I don't like to throw things away if I can figure out another purpose, so the leftover pieces I cut out became a sign. Here they are laid out.
I used the 1x4 and a few screws to tie all of the pieces together. The wood is very soft and even thought I was careful I had a little splitting but since it is the back, you won't see it once hung on the chair. I spray painted the sign the same color as the pot. Then I used some acrylic paint to create the text and some clear spray sealer so it can stand up to the elements.
Here it is placed in my landscape. This area is near my front door and my dogs tend to use it as a cut through. I haven't had any luck keeping a plant alive so this will help keep the area filled. The red color will also help attract hummingbirds. I have a feeder right next to the chair.
Here you can see around the chair several other hardscape elements.
Once everything was placed, I added dirt, flowers and some stones to pull everything together.
Here is the chair from a different view. I think it adds a wonderful pop of color to my front yard. The cost was minimal because I had all of the building supplies. The entire project took a couple of hours because I had to let the paint dry. My only real expense was for the dirt and flowers. The best part is I didn't throw away something that still had life in it and instead created outdoor art.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
This summer is rapidly coming to an end here and it has been a great growing season. Most of my flowers and plants have done really well. I have several beautiful pots on my front porch that were not so lucky.
Most of the day these four planters are in full shade. I tried several different plants in them but nothing has prospered. As you can see from the photo above the light just does not make it to that area.
Yesterday I visited my local Dollar Stores and picked up several wooden birdhouses and some small wooden fairy fence. I was also able to find some artificial cattails and other grasses. I even looked in the toy section and picked up some frog bath toys and figurines.
A small bag of polished rocks helps pull everything together.
So now when you walk up to the front door, you aren't disappointed by dead plants. Instead the pots have some magical whimsy.
All of it was very inexpensive and it took me longer to shop for everything than to install in the the pots. This will last until the seasons change and I pull out my fall decorations.
This would be so much fun to do with children. The shopping trip to your local Dollar Store may surprise you once you start thinking miniature. There is a wealth of creative possibilities there. I may even paint the houses or decorate them with some twigs and pine cones in the future. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
This year my Christmas tree is a little different. I get alot of junk mail like most people do but when I received one from Home Depot (no affiliation) a few weeks back I decided to click on the crafty ideas. They were advertising a Christmas tree using a dress form. As you can see from the picture above I successfully followed their directions. It is not hard at all and if you are a crafty person you might have most of the items needed already.
Of course you need a dress form, a couple of crates depending on how tall you want it to be and some chicken wire. I used three crates and was able to get a three foot wide roll of the wire for about $14.00. I only used about 8 feet of it so a lot left over for another project. I also used burlap to create the dress bust.
If you look at their project they use real cuttings from trees and zip ties. I pulled out our artificial tree and was able to just hook the limbs in starting at the bottom and working my way up. The tree I used is a 7.5 foot so I had enough branches. If you use a shorter tree, you may find that three crates is too tall to cover everything up.
Here is a close up of the burlap. I just wrapped it around the form and used straight pins to anchor the top in several places. Then I took folds or darts in the front on each side using the same pins.
Here she is ready to decorate. That was so much fun. You could literally go wild with this part. I can imagine using trees that were white or pink. If you used real branches it would smell really great also.
This idea would be so pretty in a craft room or if you have a little boutique I am sure you will get a lot of positive comments on this tree. You could even keep it up throughout the seasons. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
A place to be creative. It doesn't have to be a whole room. It can be a table or closet or corner in your house. If you are thinking about making a space for yourself and are not sure if it would be worth the trouble; let me tell you that it really is.
I chose to use the dining room for my craft area. It is an open concept floor plan and the room is very much in the flow of traffic so the furniture I used needed to be functional yet attractive. I didn't want it to look disorganized if I had a project in progress so a lot of storage was needed. I looked online at all of the craft table options and chose to pull something together with separate pieces. I went to our local Sam's Big Box Club * No affiliation* and found the cube room organizer. The link goes to an 8 cube piece but in our local store I found a six cube so I am not sure if my model is still available. I purchased three of them and then bought a 3/4 inch piece of best quality plywood for the top. I stained the plywood with several coats to match the cubes as closely as possible and then put several coats of polyurethane on it. Once it was dry I attached the top with "L" brackets, so it would not have a possibility of tipping.
I wanted to have an interchangeable way to note what each bin had in them because you can't see through the material. I used canvas scraps and an indelible marker to write each type of craft item I intended to store. I also used some pretty stamps and ink to add some embellishment.
The neat thing about this method is the use of safety pins to secure the canvas around the handles. Now if I ever want to change them it will be no problem.
I have enjoyed this space so much and am really glad I took the time to paint and decorate it. Now when I feel like working on something, I have a place to store all of my materials and if I don't finish right away, it can stay set up without bothering anyone else in the house. I hope this blog has encouraged or given you some ideas for your own craft space. Remember enjoy your crafting, share what you learn and be generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
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