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DIY Farmhouse Decor: Indoor Galvanized Garden Planters with Bonus Herb Growing Guide

DIY Farmhouse Style Indoor Herb Planters

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Don’t you just love one of the most popular home decor trends right now? Farmhouse decor! I sure do; so I knew I needed to come up with a great way to incorporate it into my spring decor.  That’s where my little planters come into play: farmhouse decor meet spring!

Oh yeah, and on top of that, this is more than just decor, it is also a fully functional little kitchen herb garden. You will have fresh herbs at your finger tips for all your cooking needs! 🙂

These decorative planters are easy to whip up and will add that touch of farmhouse style to your home that you crave! You only need a few materials and a little bit of time. Full instructions are detailed below, so read on!

Materials

-Galvanized metal buckets; recommended dimensions of 4in x 5in
-Chalkboard paint
-Chalk or Chalk Marker
-Masking/ Painting tape
-Herb seedlings or herb seeds and soil
-Drill (optional)
-Foam paintbrush

Instructions for Garden Planters

These garden planters are easy to make and will keep your kitchen herbs looking chic all year long! The first thing you will want to do is decide if you need to put drainage holes in the bottom of your metal container. If you do, then drill a few drainage holes.

galvanized pails

If you do make drainage holes, make sure to place your planters on a saucer of some type to collect any excess water and prevent your window sill or table from getting ruined.

I, personally, do not drill drainage holes in my galvanized farmhouse garden planters.My herbs are in plastic pots that have drainage holes already. I just place those in the planter after I have finished watering and draining my herbs.

If any water collects in the bottom of my planter, I make sure to dump it out to prevent root rot. I check them  frequently.  Check out the member only exclusive, Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Indoors, for additional information on root rot and how to prevent it.

Once your holes are drilled, or not 🙂 , tape off the area where you want to write the herb name. I choose a simple rectangle. You can use any shape your heart desire’s. It just depends how complicated of a taping project you feel like attacking.

taped galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Next, using your foam paintbrush, paint the area you have masked off with the chalkboard paint. I like to apply 2 to 3 coats of chalkboard paint to the galvanized farmhouse garden planters. I wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes between each coat.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter with one coat of paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel off the masking tape. It is possible to do this as early as one hour after painting the planters. However, avoid writing on your planters with chalk until fully cured. Usually, 24 hours, but read your paint instructions to be sure.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planter painted

If you feel like skipping the whole painting thing all together, and don’t have the patients for waiting for the paint to dry, alternatively, you could use these chalkboard labels. Just stick them right onto your planters and voila!

I have used the stick on chalk labels for organizing my pantry. All of my baking supplies are in large mason jars with these labels and they work great. They erase well when I want to change the contents in the jar and  are easy to write on.

After the paint is fully cured, write your herb names on the galvanized farmhouse garden planters and pop in your herbs.

finished galvanized farmhouse style herb planters

Aren’t these just darling! I love how simple and chic these turned out. To up the farmhouse decor factor a little more, I keep my planters on the table in this cute little wood tray, lined with galvanized metal.

galvanized farmhouse style herb planters in tray

If growing herbs indoors is new to you, then you should definitely check out my Extensive Guide to Growing Herbs Inside. It outlines everything you need to know from the best location for sun, how to water your herbs, soil selection, and information on how hard various herbs are to grow inside. You can access the member only exclusives by joining the email list.


Anyone can grow herbs, so if you haven’t tried it before, read the guide and then give it a try! I would love to hear all about your growing experiences and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch! Let’s see your spin on how you make these galvanized farmhouse garden planters your own.

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Cloud Photo Birthday Banner

DIY CLoud Photo Birthday Banner

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My daughter turning one was a momentous time for this first time momma. My little miss did just this a few weeks ago. We celebrated by throwing her a magical unicorn birthday party. I wanted to commemorate her first trip around the sun, so I made a cloud photo birthday banner. This birthday banner is a great way  to reflect back on the first year of life you and your tiny human shared. So let’s get to crafting.

Materials:

Cricut (optional)
white card stock
metallic gold sharpie
mini white clothespins
jute twine
glue dots
monthly photos of baby (optional; not needed if you want to make a cloud banner)

Cloud Photo Birthday Banner Instructions:

First things first! Make sure you have a picture of your little love for each month plus a newborn photo!

I used my Cricut for this project, but you could cut the clouds out by hand if you do not have a Cricut I programmed the Cricut to cut out 13 clouds on white card stock (I included a newborn photo). I sized the clouds to be 6 inches by 4 inches.

I used the cloud image from the Cricut Design Space™. The name of the file is April Showers Cloud #M3A253.  Each cloud is 2 layers of paper. You can sign up at Cricut.com.

cloud pieces cut

They have a great promo going on for joining the design space right now. It is based on which level of membership you choose. Joining the standard program, which is what I use, gives you 10%  off on all orders from Cricut.com and within the Cricut Design Space™. If you feel like trying out the premium membership you will receive 50% off all digital orders on Cricut.com and within the Cricut Design Space™.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a Cricut, or you just want to do it old school with scissors, I have made a pattern that you can use. My cloud pattern is slightly different from the one you get with Cricut Design Space. I didn’t want to infringe on any copy right issues. My original cloud will still give you the same feel to your design.

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I glued the two layers together, with the smaller layer on top. I just used a plain old glue stick for this.

cloud pieces cut overlapped

Next, I took a metallic gold sharpie and traced all around the cloud. This gave such a sharp look to the clouds. And added just the pop I needed. The party theme was unicorns and I used rainbow colors with gold and gold glitter as accents!

cloud piece outlined in gold overlapped

Using the same marker, I wrote months on each cloud: newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months….. and so on. You can use a stencil if you don’t like your handwriting. I just free-handed the lettering. I did use a ruler to keep my lines straight as I wrote the months.

complete cloud for banner

I made sure to let all the marker dry to prevent smudging. Then, using glue dots, I attached the photos to the bottom of the clouds. I have a new found love for glue dots! They held the photos in place, and when the party was over, it was easy to remove the photos without any damage! LOVE IT!

Right when I was getting ready to make this project I had just signed up for Shutterfly to get my prints. Did you know Shutterfly now prints 4×4 inch photos? I love square photos, so, of course that is what I used! Also, if you download their app, you can get unlimited free prints. You do have to pay for shipping, but it was very reasonable.

To string up my cloud photo birthday banner I used jute twine and little white clothes pins that I picked up at Michael’s, but these are similar.

finished cloud piece with photo

The best part about this method was when I was done with the banner, I just un-clipped the clouds from the twine. Now, I am able to reuse the twine for whatever creative masterpiece I come up with next!

I love how chic this cloud photo birthday banner turned out. It really looks high end and also doesn’t distract from all the pictures of my daughter, which is the real focus after all! 🙂

finished cloud month garland

Amazing how something so simple is so cool! A hint of creativity, some paper, markers, and scissors (or a Cricut) and you have an awesome cloud garland. I also love that this little craft whips up in less than a half hour!

If you were wondering, I personally have the Cricut Explore One™ with the Wireless Adapter and I absolutely love it. Seriously, I had been swooning over this thing for over a year. I finally bit the bullet and purchased my Cricut right before my daughter’s birthday, which was this past February. I justified it by telling the Mr. I would be needing it to make all of the party decor! Hehehe! I have gotten so much use out of this little guy; it makes my paper crafting so much easier! No more scissor hand cramps! Wahoo.

In just this short time, I have made two happy birthday banners, a one banner for my daughter’s high chair, tons of unicorn cutouts to decorate the house and favor bags for the epic unicorn birthday party and an iron on transfer for my daughter’s onsie! Seriously, this thing rocks. I can’t wait to use it even more!

More Creative Ideas to Jazz Up Your Cloud Photo Banner

In case you are looking to add a little more flair or personal touch to your cloud banner, I thought up a few other variations that would be fun to try!

These clouds would be great with happy birthday stenciled on them!

Another fun idea is to string the clouds vertically, one below the next from a doorway as an entry decor.

Or just string the clouds vertically to add a little fluffy decor to your space.

You could even change it up by varying the type of paper you use to cut the clouds out. These would look super cute and chic with different patterned scrap book paper. Ohhh…and attach little raindrops dangling from the clouds!

I would love to see if you use this idea to create your own photo birthday banner. Tell me how you would decorate using these little clouds? I love to hear your creativity! Happy Crafting!

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Egg-cellent Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

easter egg round up with drop shadow

I can’t believe that in one week it is going to be Easter! This is our second Easter with little miss! Time to start some traditions with her; like Easter egg decorating.

She is still pretty small to understand everything going on, being 14 months and all, but she will be  WAY more into it than last year! Ah, last year…when I stuffed her in an Easter basket surrounded by giant eggs, propped her on a pillow, and took a gazillion pictures! Literally, A GAZILLION! She was only two months old then, and it was our first holiday! I can use that as a legitimate excuse, RIGHT?! 🙂

Ella first easter

Anyways, this holiday loving momma decided to get some Easter traditions started early!  Really, it’s never to early to instill family traditions! Lil miss and I are going to decorate our first batch of Easter eggs ever! I am so excited to celebrate and share holidays with her, not to mention, everyday moments! So, in my normal fashion, to prepare, I did some scouring of the internet and found some amazing ideas for ways to decorate Easter eggs!

I am always looking for inspiration to get my creative juices flowing, and getting ideas for ways to decorate Easter eggs is no different. I am thrilled to be sharing some awesome posts by amazing bloggers. These posts will inspire and teach you unique and great ways to decorate Easter eggs. Here are my favorites that I have discovered and will be incorporating into our own Easter egg decorating projects with my sweet little miss!

So here it goes!

 

A plain Jane egg can be turned into a phenomenal head turner with just a few embellishments and some glue like Angie did from  Little Inspiration.

DIY unicorn Easter Egg

 

This year I seem to really be enjoying the look of simplicity, as seen with these lovely polka dot painted eggs from Diana at The Girl Creative. These look like a great option for my lil miss. Instead of a stamping tool to make the circles, I will probably have her do finger prints.

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I love these eggs Maia and Sara made at Bitte because they are the perfect project for a parent and toddler to do together. The toddler can dye the egg and then mom or dad can add on the details. How fun to show the joys of collaboration at a young age and end up with such a stellar end product, too! Talk about a win-win idea!

bitteshop easter bunny egg

 

Another trend I have been seeing all over the web is the use of water color in place of dye for eggs. I love the look of water color and the flexibility it provides. These water color eggs by Squirrelly Minds are great for adults and kids alike! They turn out so beautiful and unique every time!

watercolor easter eggs

 

Here, Erin from Printable Crush, takes a completely different approach on watercolor eggs by only painting half the egg and then adding beautiful brush lettering. I just love, love, love how these turned out. Also, I am sorta kinda, OK, completely obsessed with brush lettering right now! I have just started teaching myself, so this would be such a fun new surface to letter on!

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If you like a little more of a bold look, as opposed to what you can achieve with water color, why not try acrylic paint. I have found some incredibly talented and creative eggs decorated Star Wars style by Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. These are awesome and her tutorial is great!

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Now, these next two ways to decorate Easter eggs are very simple, but pack a huge punch! I love those types of projects. They are always my favorite! Ann from Duct Tape and Denim made fab galvanized Easter eggs.

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While Allison from  Dream A Little Bigger, made mood Easter eggs. Remember moon rings? I loved those! These are an awesome take on that idea!

 

dream a little bigger mood ring easter egg

 

I also love the concept of using what we already have at home as a way to decorate Easter eggs. Rosemary at Not Just Paper and Paint dyed eggs using coffee, tea, and turmeric. These came out amazing. I love the tones of the color on the eggs.

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What if you just aren’t feeling like painting or dying your eggs. Well, I have another idea, too! How about decoupage?! Yep! And you can decoupage awesome designs and text like Lavender Girl from Kiflies Levendula did!

transfer easter eggs

 

Or get creative like Elizabeth from Frugal Mom Eh, with feathers. These decoupage eggs look so chic. I love both styles.

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Hope this great collection gets your creative juices flowing. I would love to see how your Easter egg decorating turns out and what your favorite egg decorating style is! Let me know in the comments below! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Glitter Easter Bunny Decor

 

pottery barn inspired DIY glitter bunny

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Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! I love every holiday and decorating for them is so much fun! As I was out and about  the other day, I saw these amazing German glitter Easter bunny decorations at Pottery Barn! I don’t know about you, but I pretty much am in love with everything Pottery Barn! 🙂

As I examined these glorious little glittered creatures, I decided two very important things:
1. These are amazing:  I MUST have them in my life and
2. I can make these for way less than that price tag! Each bunny runs $16.50 USD!

If you would like to see my original inspiration you can go here.

I am excited to say that I successfully was able to recreate an adorable version of this glitter bunny along with glittering anything else I could get my hands on at the time! It really is an addiction. I love my glitter and sparkle! Oh yeah, and my bunny costs a fraction of the Pottery Barn one!

Since this bunny  turned out so adorable and was super easy to boot, I whipped up a cute little tutorial to share! So bring on the bunnies! 🙂

Materials

Believe it or not, you probably have most of the materials to whip up this Pottery Barn inspired glitter bunny at home already! All you need is

-mod Podge
-glitter
-bunny statue
-foam brush (not pictured)

Glitter bunny diy tutorial supplies

There is nothing better than a short and sweet material list! 🙂

 

DIY Glitter Easter Bunny

The most important step in making this glitter Easter bunny is finding a bunny with good bones! I hip-pity hopped over to my local dollar store and found this little gem! He is about 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. A perfect size for where I planned to display him! A few other great places besides the dollar store to get a bunny would be a thrift store or craft supply store.

I recommend using a bunny made of a hard material for this project. I think plastic, cement, clay, glass etc. would all work well.  My bunny happens to be cement. Mine wasn’t the best to look at initially, but that is OK. We just need good bones … aka a bunny shape that you like.

 

Once you have found a bunny you can work with, you need to prepare him. Make sure he is clean. If there are any imperfections that need addressed, now is the time to get creative and figures out a way to fix it. My bunny did have one minor flaw; he had some flowers on one side of him. The dark colored flowers were actually carved into the figure and the colored flowers had dimension. Not to worry, I had a plan to fix that right on up.

bunny before glitter 2a1

I grabbed some regular Elmer’s school glue and filled in the carved flowers with the glue. That part was easy.

Next, I used the glue to cover the whole area where the raised flowers were located. I filled in all the little spaces. Then on the edges of the flowers I used my finger to help spread the glue to a thinner layer and blend in with the bunny’s body.

This took a few layers of glue and drying. Insider tip: use a blow dryer to speed up drying time in between coats! Here is what he looks like all covered in glue.

prep of bunny before glitter 1a

OK! It’s time for the fun part. Let’s get our glitter on! I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of mod podge on one side of the bunny.

Next, I sprinkled glitter over the mod podge and shook off the excess. I always use a piece of paper to collect any excess glitter as I work. I prefold the paper in half and then open it back up before I start working. This way, I can easily dump the extra glitter back into the container without making a ginormous mess!

When applying glitter to the bunny it is important to work in small areas. If the mod podge starts to dry at all it will result in the glitter not sticking as well.

An important note about glitter! If trying to recreate the Pottery Barn style Easter bunny decor, it is important to use super or ultra fine glitter. Use of a coarser glitter will result in an  overall different look for the bunny. If you are not sure, I suggest finding something small to test glitter first and make sure the type of glitter being used will result in the desired look.

Once I finished one side of the bunny I let him dry completely, which was about 20 minutes. Originally, I tried to hold him where I had just glittered to cover the other side, but that resulted in my wiping off all the glitter I had just applied and making a hot mess of my bunny.

After the bunny had his first layer of glitter I repeated the glittering steps the same as before to do a second coat of glitter! The more glitter the better is my motto!

Then, to finish off the bunny and seal in all the glitter so it doesn’t shed everywhere ( I live with an anti glitter person, who may or may not have almost had a full on heart attack while I was glittering up our kitchen making this project 🙂 ) I covered the entire bunny in a final layer of mod podge, using mod podge with a gloss finish. I figured that would just add to the sparkle, ya know! Honestly, I didn’t even realize that there were different types of mod podge finishes available. I learn something new everyday!

glittered pottery barn inspired bunny

I absolutely love how my lil bunny turned out and can’t wait to display him for Easter dinner! It is hard to believe that I was able to make him for only a dollar! Yep, one dollar! I had all the other supplies at home already. Even if you did have to buy all the supplies, it is still a super inexpensive project. And its one of those projects I love… a big impact for not having to work too, too hard! 🙂

glitter bunny pottery barn inspired in tulip stems 1a

So find yourself a bunny and let me see how you glitter him up! I’d love to see a photo! Happy glittering! 🙂

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