Succulent Planters

It’s that time again…time to share with you this month’s Lowe’s Creator project. The theme this month was “pop of color” and I thought some simple succulent planters would be a perfect touch to our back deck decor.

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This project is seriously SOOO easy.  And if you love succulents like I do, this is a fun way to display them in and around your home.  All you need to do is pick up some succulents and clay pots from Lowe’s.  I spray painted the pots with Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish and then let them dry completely overnight.

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Then I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut out the herb names in vinyl lettering which I used as a stencil and stenciled the letters in black paint.  I like doing the stencils rather than just using black vinyl because it gives the word an older, vintage look.  If you don’t have vinyl cutting machine you can stencil the old fashioned way and make your own stencil with an exact-o knife or stick some letter stickers on the pot BEFORE spray painting it your color desired and then peel off the stickers.  (Paint black on the pot before you place the stickers on).

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That is seriously all there is to it.  I also took a light sandpaper and kind of roughed up the paint on the pots so that they aren’t totally perfect looking! I love them!  These would also make a fantastic teacher’s gift or Mother’s Day gift!

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Have you had a chance to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Lowe’s and Cricut for my time and participation in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer Network. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.



DIY Wood Box

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

Another month, another Lowes Creator Challenge.  This time we were given a few different challenges, I chose to make a table centerpiece.  I know I have made some in the past…like the following:

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Christmas Table Centerpiece

How to Build a Wood Box

Table Centerpiece

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This time around, instead of building a box, I wanted to see if I could core out a wooden pine beam and make a centerpiece out of it.  This way those of you who are not inclined to build your own box can make one this other unconventional way!  Plus it was fun to challenge myself to try something out of the box (pun intended)!

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We picked up a 4 x 6 pine wood beam from Lowe’s.

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We decided to fill it with succulents so that they would be easy to maintain, especially because I don’t have the greenest thumb.

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We determined how long we wanted it and settled on 28.5 inches in length.  We cut it with a circular saw.

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Determine how deep on the sides how big you want the center cut out hole or trough to be and draw a line with a pencil for a guide.  Then take a 1.5 inch drill bit and drill down into the wood.  Be sure to NOT drill all the way through the wood so that the dirt and water stay in the box.  (You can drill a small drain hole, for the excess water, if you want…we did not).

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Drill 4 holes, one in each corner.  Then take your circular saw and cut lines from the drill holes along the beam.  You are just breaking up the wood so that you can easily chisel it out.

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Take a hammer and chisel and break out the wood carefully.  Please remember to wear protective eye covering and gloves as an extra precaution.

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Clean out the center of the box as cleanly as possible.

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When it is all cleaned out you can sand the inside but it won’t be noticeable so it is up to you.  We sanded along the top edges and a little on the bottom to remove any splinters or really sharp edges.

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Then stain or paint your wood box.  We stained ours with MinWax’s Red Mahogany.

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Fill your planter with a good potting soil and then fill it in with your succulents or plants of your choice.  You could also fill it in with candles or some Christmas ornaments!

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And that is it.  This was one of the easiest projects to complete and really took all of about an hour (if you don’t count the down time waiting for the stain to dry.  I have used it out on our back deck patio all summer.  Now that it is colder we moved it inside and it is now sitting in our laundry room window sill!

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And…this DIY Wood Box project of mine was picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online November 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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If you are interested in how I made these DIY Table Linens, you can find this post here:

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Succulent Planter—Not Just a Housewife

I am so happy to welcome Stacy from Not Just A Housewife today as part of The Idea Room Summer Series! I love Stacy.  She is a good friend and so creative.  She can wield a power tool like nobody’s business and I love that about her.  You are going to love her as much as I do.  Be sure to stop by her blog for some amazing inspiration and projects.

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Hello! I am Stacy and I blog over at Not Just A Housewife. I am excited to be guest posting here at my good friend’s Amy’s blog. Isn’t she awesome? I am going to share a simple DIY project that anyone can do. Succulents have become very popular and I think that two of the reasons are because they are harder to kill than regular house plants since they don’t need to be watered as regularly and because they can be planted in unconventional planters. The don’t need a ton of soil to survive since they have shallow root systems. I have seen them planted in old logs, shoes, tool boxes, and even old toys. So when I got this container I knew it would be the perfect place for a little succulent garden :) It needed a bit of a facelift first.

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I cleaned it really well and then used spray paint in my favorite off white color, Heirloom White.

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I have found that in my area, Home Depot is the best place to find a wide variety of succulent plants. I think succulent arrangements look best if you have different sized leaves, different, shapes, and different colors.

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I filled the planter with a little potting soil and then took the succulents out of their little pots and placed them in the planter the way I thought they looked best. I filled in the gaps with more potting soil. There is a special kind of potting soils for cactus plants that has a more sandy feel to it. If you can find it, that is the best kind to use. And if your container doesn’t have drainage holes, add some gravel or other rocks at the bottom to aid in drainage. Do not over water. Allow the soil to dry out in between watering.

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I put this next “my spot” on the couch. It is a sunny spot and I hope it will be happy there :)

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Thanks for letting me share my project today. And please stop by my blog and check out all of my other projects, tutorials, recipes, and gardening!

Grow a Succulent Garden and $250 Giveaway

*This post is a sponsored post with Miracle Gro.  I was given Miracle Gro products to use, however all opinions, statements and ideas are my own.

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With summer right around the corner, teachers and students are wrapping up the school year.  I am always looking for a fun and unique way to show my children’s teachers how much we appreciate all that they do for our kids all year long.  I like to give them something they will actually enjoy using in their classrooms and/or their homes.  A good teacher can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

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This season, Miracle Gro wants to inspire everyone to get out and Gro something. There is a way to incorporate “Gro-ing” into a myriad of different DIY projects—and you don’t have to be an avid gardener or live out in the country to accomplish it!  All you need is a little creativity and inspiration—and you can create a beautiful, living piece of art for just about any occasion/recipe/area of your home!

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So, with that in mind, I wanted to make a simple but lovely succulent table top garden that my children’s teachers could enjoy and continue to grow after my children move on.  If you want to make one, it is really so simple and you just need a few things.

Succulent Garden:

  • Pot or Container (I used a small pail)
  • Old Dictionary Pages (to cover the pail)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil
  • Succulents
  • Miracle Gro Cactus and Succulent Plant Food

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Take some old dictionary (or other paper) and cover the pot with them.  Use a couple of layers of Mod Podge on the front and back of them and attach them to the container.  I specifically used the “teacher” and “grow” dictionary pages along with a couple of other words that remind me of a great teacher.

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Fill your container with Miracle Gro Moisture Mix Potting Soil and leave about 4 inches at the top.  Plant your succulents and then add more potting soil and fill in the soil to the top of the container.  Gently pack the plants into the potting soil. 

*For best results drill a couple of small holes in the bottom of the container and place some gravel in the bottom to ensure proper drainage.

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If you are giving this as a gift to a teacher you can print out this fun little label “Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!”

To print the label simply click on the image.

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Simply print out the label and cut it out.  Then paste it onto a piece of dictionary paper and then glue that onto a rectangle piece of black paper.

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For an extra touch, I added a little metal stake in the pot with the word “grow” on it.  It is simply an old spoon with some vinyl letter stickers on it.  Just stick it in the soil.  This is a pretty simple way to grow something beautiful as a gift or for your own home.

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The makers of Miracle Gro would like to get The Idea Room readers involved in their Gro something campaign by offering a $250 American Express cash card to help one lucky person jump start their own #GroSomething Spring/Summer Project.  This way you can go out and GroSomething as well.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win simply follow the directions in the rafflecopter box below.

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on May, 19 2013 . One winner will be chosen and mailed a $250 American Express Cash Card. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above.  Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

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