All you really need is:
- 2 paint cans (You can find them for around $4 in the paint section of your local hardware store)
- Pencil (Sketch the outline of your paint drops)
- 2 mini paint brushes (one for each color)
- Paint (Update: I used acrylic paint for this project but would NOT recommend it because of the contact it may have with water. I would recommend using REAL paint. To save money- try & score the mini paint samples at your local hardware store instead of an entire quart)
- Plants (I used 4 different succulents so my dad won’t have to worry about watering them, and they seemed a little more “manly”)
The paint drip design really is just as random as it looks. I tentatively sketched an outline of the paint drips on the cans, but really had no specific game plan in mind. As I painted, some of the paint dripped outside of the sketched lines, which worked even more perfectly! My advice on the actual sketching/painting… go with the flow. I have almost no artistic ability at all… so if I can make it look like dripping paint so can you. I promise.
I did use a thick layer of paint to cover the silver bucket. After painting the yellow can, I would recommend using a darker color if possible. I mean, the yellow was do-able, but the green covered easier and was more forgiving with the brush strokes in the long run. Just my opinion though…
Personally, I like that the mini can only had two drips, while the larger can had lots of drips. I think the yellow looks more realistic, which is a bonus since that “look” is super easy to sketch. But as always, do whatever fits your style.
Because these cans were going to double as planters, I added a little drainage hole to the bottom of each using a drill.
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DIY-ing a Pallet Sign
With lots of intimidation and quite a bit of hesitation, I decided to create a pallet sign to add to his patio. (Enter some serious muscle).
I enlisted my better half to carry this way-heavier-than-I-expected pallet home from a dumpster nearby. (I say “nearby” loosely… more like 1/2 mile of trucking this thing home). Poor Matt, such a team player.
After we he got this bad boy home, we got to work tearing the wood apart.
Tearing the Pallet Apart
Needless to say, the muscle part of this duo took care of most of this demolition as well.
Thanks to Matt, we were left with some weathered pallet wood that would eventually make up the Pallet Sign.
We laid out a rough draft of the sign and decided that the tiny pallet leftovers just weren’t sturdy enough to back this heavy sign. We headed to Home Depot to buy some new wood.
But first, these dangerously scary nails needed to go. With the back of a hammer and some more muscle, we got those last nails out in no time.
To identify how big our strips of wood needed to from Home Depot, the project manager did some measuring.
Since the whole sign was 21 inches long, we picked out one long strip of wood and had it cut down (for free) to 20 inches. The total at Home Depot for the wood, a whopping 97 cents.
Reconstruction of the pallet sign
After we did some more measuring and re-adjusting, we were ready to nail. One pallet board at a time, we leveled, and used these nails to secure the boards.
Until we were done!!
Sturdy? Check. Level? Check. Proud? Check, check double check!
Personalization and Paint
Now, the fun part– adding a “little” finish to the already weathered pallet strips. I didn’t want to add a fresh coat of pure paint onto this sign because I figured that would eliminate the vintage charm this wood already offers. However, without a little color I knew the wood was just too unfinished for my dad’s style. The compromise: watering down paint to give it a vintage washed look.
I used a small jar of an old paint sample for my paint base. #hugemoneysaver. Instead of buying an entire gallon, Home Depot will create a sample of any paint color you choose for around $3. How could you beat that?
Before I took my (paint + water) concoction to the pallet sign, I sampled it on a piece of leftover wood. If you want the darker look, use less paint. I wanted my finish to be a little lighter, so I added more water to the paint. There’s no rhyme or reason to my mixture, I just kept adding a little bit of water until the consistency was exactly what I was looking for. It’s sort of like creating the perfect pancake mix… kinda?
Some of the pallet wood absorbed more of the paint than others; giving those strips a darker look. Clearly each strip looks a little different, which was A-ok with me! The more weathered charm, the better.
The next step: adding some words! I traced some letters that I printed off the of computer with a pencil.
I filled in the lines with a few itty-bitty artsy paintbrushes and some white paint.
About an hour and a half later, I was so excited to present this treasure to my pops.
- Pallet Wood……… Free
- Backing Wood…. $0.97
- Nails………………. $1.30
- Paint………………. already had it
- paint brushes……. already had them
- Total Cost: $2.27
A personalized gift….. Priceless
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Like most men, my dad is into “swill.”
Yep, we’re an Irish family and we definitely like to get our swill on.
Lately my dad is digging bourbon whiskey. Single malt, single barrel…I don’t really know much about the stuff…but I do know that he loves it! So I thought it would only be fitting that his Father’s Day gift reflects his drink of choice.
Consider this project a “DIY for a guy!”
Your first step will be to actually find and purchase the perfect bottle. Finn and I ventured to a local alcohol mecca (this place is legit huuuuge!) to try and find a cool-looking bottle.
Our must-haves? Not too large. Glass. Cool Design. We knew we would be taking the label off because when it gets wet (which it will because it is a soap dispenser!) the colors could run and it would be a mess. So we wanted the glass to say the name of the alcohol, instead of just the label.
After you find the right bottle. Drink the entire contents in one sitting. Then break out the power tools.
Kidding. Just want to make sure you guys are following along. (We simply poured the rum into a separate decanter that we will slowly drink)
Once you have a clean and empty bottle, use goo gone to peel the label off of the glass bottle.
I then had to find a soap pump that fit the bottle. After doing some research, I concluded that many pumps are similar in size. I decided to go with this one, simply because it was on sale at Target and I liked the dark, shiny color.
In order to get the pump to stay in the bottle, you’ll need to use a cork.
I went with the cork that came with the original Captain bottle.
I chopped off the pretty wood top.
And then drilled a large hole through the cork until it fit the pump.
It took a little finagling to get it on there, but it ended up working out just fine.
Our guest bathroom now has enough soap to last a lifetime #seriouslythatthingishuge
I ended up using the purple soap dispenser (with no top) as a vase. Win, win!