With Father’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I would stick to tradition and make my favorite dad a little something to personally thank him for not only for being the most amazing man I know, but also, to start to re-pay him for being the most influential DIY coach/fan/assistant I have in my life.
Any question, hesitation, concern, or disaster I get myself into thanks to my lack of DIY knowledge, you can bet that I have my dad to thank for immediately stepping in to help clean up the pieces and get me back on track… all without a bit of hesitation. For the first time in a long time (probably since last year’s gift to be exact), he is on the receiving end of this DIY and not the working end of it. For that reason alone, I know he will LOVE it!
For my favorite DIY coach, I opted to create these paint can planters for him to add to his beloved patio. Not only do these fun lil’ planters capture a mini snapshot of all the DIY aid and assistance my dad tirelessly lends me, but the paint cans also represent him as the hardworking professional he is. Painting Contractor by day; dad, husband, son, brother, coach, therapist, comedian, DIY-er, landscaper, selfless gentleman by night. I hope that when he looks at these sloppy little paint cans, he remembers how thankful all three of his little angels are for everything he does for us- even after a long day of work.
But onto the real question, how can I make one of these myself? Let’s chat about that, first by emphasizing the most important information you will need to know to re-create your own: you do NOT need any artistic talent to successfully re-create these- so get that out of your mind right now. I repeat, you do NOT need any art skills to make one of these adorable paint can planters… You can do this!
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.
Then, I filled these puppies up with some potting soil & topped them off with some succulents. The succulents seem like the perfect mix of manly and low maintenance. I envision my dad adding these to his patio, but hey… maybe he’ll opt to put them inside his office instead?! Whichever he chooses, I hope he loves his new paint cans. Maybe when he retires, we can create a whole garden of paint can planters with his old supplies?! That’ll probably take some convincing…
Happy Father’s Day to one heck of a DIY coach! Once you retire, maybe you can join the DIY Playbook full-time? Think about it…
In honor of our partnership with HomeGoods, we decided to start a mini series (even a mini “challenge” if you will) here on DIY Playbook. We are calling it: 1 Item…. 3 Ways. Can you guess what it’s about?
We wanted to focus on how we could use some of our treasures in more ways than one, so we started challenging ourselves (and YOU!) to do the following…
Buy one item and try to use it THREE different ways in your home.
The first item on our roster…
… this blue vase/jug/who knows really? We found this super adorable treasure from HomeGoods and instantly started brainstorming how shoppers, readers, and rookies like us could get even more “bang for your buck” by using this item in more ways than one.
For only $3.99, boy did we get a whooollleee lot of bang for our few single bucks.
So what did we do with this charming blue jar with a cork on top? Let’s take a look, shall we?
#1. Flower Vase: This seemed like the obvious solution when we first picked this vase up. The blue glass seemed like the perfect contrast for some bright, springtime flowers.
The detail in the blue vase makes these flowers feel a bit fancy. It almost looks like we’re using a super expensive glass vase to display these bright tulips.
#2. Cute Coin Collector: Because who doesn’t have a place to toss extra coins? This blue container not only doubles as a pretty stellar coin collector, but also a super cute shelf accessory with a purpose.
The coolest part of this coin collector is that the coins are almost camouflaged behind the detailed glass. It makes the coin collection a little less obvious and far more acceptable out in the open. You don’t have to be nervous that your cousin’s boyfriend is going to rip off your stash… only because he has no clue that it’s there. (We won’t tell him)…
3. Bath Salt Jar: And rounding out the many functions of this one item…a bath salt holder!
Having a glamorous container full of bath salts will bring you a whole new sense of calm at the end of a long work day.
You can even pair your spa-jar next to your favorite soaps, lotions, and glamorous bathroom essentials.
So what do you think?! Which function is your favorite? Did we pass our first challenge? Are you jumping on the 1 item, 3 ways bandwagon?! We’d love to see what you come up with! Share your ideas, suggestions, or pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)
About a week ago, I shared some office updates & also gave you an itemized list of all of these office treasures. I also left you with a coffee table teaser, and finally… the waiting game is o-va. With no further ado, I formally introduce you to the most recent addition to our office:
When I laid eyes on this CLEARANCE HomeGoods table, I knew she would be perfect for this space. The table costs a little over $100 and in my opinion, totally completes the nook… on a budget! Talk about #HomeGoodsHappy!
I knew I wanted a table that was a little non-traditional for this room and I was also dead set on an “airy” table that wouldn’t block the gorgeous couch. So many of the tables I saw were gorgeous but too bulky and wouldn’t give the couch (our recent splurge) enough of the spotlight.
I toyed with the idea of buying two mini tables to sit side-by-side in front of the couch (and even brought a few home to “try on”), but couldn’t seem to find the perfect combo. So when I saw this airy table that incorporated some industrial hints, I knew she was a keeper! This gem fit all of my must-haves, and it also made the space a touch less girly (a must-have on my hubby’s list).
The texture up close is probably my favorite part! So charming, or shall I say “so masculine and tough”. Those were my choice of words when I was trying to convince Matt that this table was meant to be and would totally add some toughness to the room.
I especially love the geometric pattern on the table. It seemed like the perfect way to tie in some of the other geometric design elements within the room. Hopefully I can keep this look going as I tackle what’s left.
I definitely love how it’s all coming together and am far more motivated to keep on plugging away!
But until then, you can probably find me cozied up in this little space with a good magazine, a cup of coffee, and growing to-do list!
Office To-Do List:
Desk (possibly for 2)
I’m sure there’s more, that’s all I can think of so far…
Now that it’s officially spring, I just can’t seem to get enough fresh flowers. I just love bringing a little of the outdoors right into our home. They smell wonderful, they look cheery and bright, and they give me hope that soon the outdoors will be warm and alive again!
While I love getting fresh bouquets on the cheap at the grocery store, I’ve never been great at arranging those flowers once I get them home. I typically just trim up the bottoms and throw them in a vase without much thinking. But I’m trying to get better to channel my inner florist!
I find long-stemmed roses to be especially challenging to arrange. I love the way they look all bundled together, but once you put them in a tall vase they all spread out and scatter. Lately I’ve been lovin’ rounded bowl vases, especially because they keep all of the blooms close together and bundled. They’re a little different and they’re fun to use to decorate. You can put a low bowl of flowers on a coffee table, styled on a bookshelf, or on a dresser.
Today I’m going to show you how you can easily arrange long-stemmed roses in a bowl just like this one. The best part is you’ll most likely have all of these supplies on hand at home.
I learned this only a couple months ago, when I purchased a few bunches of blooms for our home. The flowers were all gorgeous, but I was struggling when it came to arranging them. So I headed to Youtube and watched a few flower arranging videos. Man oh man, did that help! That’s where I learned the technique that I’m going to show you today!
Just grab some clear Scotch tape and some scissors. That’s all you need!
1. First you’ll want to trim the roses so they fit in the bowl. Just use a sharp pair of scissors and cut the stem on an angle. This will prevent the stems from laying flat on the bottom of the vase, which might inhibit their water intake.
2. Then be sure to take off any of the leaves that will rest below the water line. You’ll most likely have a clean stem that is all ready to be placed in the low vase of water.
3. Next, take your Scotch tape and put a few pieces of tape horizontally across the top of the bowl. Make sure they’re secure on each side, but don’t let the tape go too far down the sides of the bowl. You don’t want to see the tape on the sides when you have your flowers all arranged.
4. Repeat the same process with more tape to create a little grid across the top of the vase.
5. Take your cut roses and arrange them using the taped up grid on the top of the vase. The grid will help hold the stems in place so they don’t flop to the side. You can trim the roses up more to make sure the roses fill the entire bowl and fit.
That was pretty darn easy…wasn’t it?! Now you have a beautifully arranged bowl of flowers that would be a welcome addition to any home! Look at you channeling your inner florist.
So next time you hit up the grocery store, be sure to throw in a fresh bouquet of roses into your cart. I promise it will take you less than 15 minutes to create a gorgeous display for your home.
I loved the project then, and I love it even more now! The lime green-ish plant crawling down the wall is a marguerite sweet potato vine. These “vines” are low maintenance and stunning… the perfect garden combo if you ask me.
And while we’re on the topic, allow me to show you my progress this summer as a first time gardener.
… and after…
One more time. Before…
…and after-ish (more like progress for this one).
If you notice little hints of weeds, you’ve caught me. We are in the process of designing, applying and installing a drainage system, new grass, and even a PATIO!!!
I can’t wait to share the details as they come in but for now weeds and a lack of grass is all the news I have for ya. I am trying to make up for it with plants in a basket, bucket or anything that is not attached to the ground (that’s all I’m allowed). I guess it’s my rookie year when it comes to gardening. Next year… watch out big league-rs! I’m going to swing for the fences and strive to make the landscaping all-star team.
Before homeownership, spring meant something completely different to me than it does now. I used to look forward to spring break plans, new summer fashion trends filling the shelves of every local department store, and the tease of summer vacation just around the corner!
As a new homeowner, my spring break plans are non-existent, a new summer wardrobe is not built into the budget, and there has been no time to think about summer plans just yet.
Spring has transformed into a time of cleaning windows, installing screens, cutting the lawn, and breathing life into the sad excuse we call landscaping. Thanks to a small road trip to the AMAZING Sunrise Farms in Manteno, IL, Matt and I are officially excited to tackle the very new, very intimidating, very springtime task of…. planting flowers. (Dun, dun, dun)
Because we are planning some major landscaping excavation, we decided not to plant anything into the ground just yet. All we really needed to buy were a few plants to fill some flower pots around our house. How hard could it be?
Thanks to an amazingly generous and creative new homeowner’s gift from Casey’s mom (thanks Jan!), Matt and I were officially ready to splurge on flowers for our home. The only problem: we are completely clueless when it comes to any and all things garden.
Still very new to the game, here’s what we have learned so far….
1. Get a cart. Like any other successful shopping experiences, it’s definitely important to get a cart.
2. Use a map. If the greenhouse offers a map… Take one!! The place we visited was HUGE, especially for two people that have no idea where to go, what to look at, or how to go about finding… well anything.
The map helped us navigate each greenhouse and helped identify where we could find specific plants (like ones that needed some shade, ones that needed extra sunlight, ones that needed space…). Who knew plants were so high maintenance? Not me.
3. Read the signs. This greenhouse even had “street signs”… follow them! With the map and the street signs, even rookies like us were bound to stay on track.
4. Enjoy the beauty! Of course you’re on a mission to buy what you need, but make sure you take time to stop and smell the roses. (#Punintended…Sorry, I couldn’t pass it up). I mean, how amazing is this? Matt and I had such a fabulous time walking around and enjoying the amazing scenery of this place. Partly because we had no idea what to do and partly because the beauty and uniqueness of this farm was incredible…. enjoy it.
5. Ask questions (and lots of them) It’s okay to be a rookie! The more I asked questions, the more I figured out that there’s no right and wrong way when it comes to gardening. Much like decorating the interior of your home, if YOU love it and it works for you… that’s all that really matters. Once your questions are answered, you’ll be more confident to choose a plant combo that you love, rather than the one you think is “right”.
6. Read the labels, but buy what you LOVE. Pick flower baskets that you love and that fit your landscaping needs. There are little informative tags that are found in each basket. Once you find a basket that you l.o.v.e. read the tag to see if the plant’s “needs” fit your yard.
We picked a basket with a tag reading “partial shade”, because our baskets would be in a place with…. you guessed it, PARTIAL SHADE! We’re starting to get a “hang” of this gardening thing. Get it? Ha ha, again… couldn’t resist.
7. Think outside of the box! These baskets were so unique, but so much fun! What a great conversation piece to add to your space. Why not try a little something sassy like these baskets o’ sass?
8. Bring a buddy! Preferably a stud-ly gentleman that can carry heavy objects, but any buddy will do I guess. Even if your man doesn’t love to garden, the farm trip was definitely something different that turned into a fun date for us. Surrounded by a farm of flowers, I like to think this was similar to a scene out of the Bachelor, minus the champagne of course. Romantic, right?
9. Get ideas by looking around. Use the baskets and surrounding plants to get ideas of what you would like to plant in your own flower pots. I loved the variety of the basket below, so I used this in an inspiration as I picked out my own flowers.
10. Accessorize! Who knew there were so many accessories available to add some decorating personality to the outdoors? These flower pots were only the tip of the garden accessory iceberg. Be creative, have fun, and as always… create a space that you can be proud of!!
If nothing else, I hope these ten tips make you realize that there is NO right and wrong way when it comes to your garden. Rather than focusing on how much you may not know about gardening, be confident in your rookie skills and enjoy the experience! Happy gardening my fellow rookies =)
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