It’s the launch of Ten on the 10th. Every 10th of the month 10 bloggers bring you DIY, crafts, recipes, and tips for under $10. What a fun challenge! Thanks to Stacey at Poofing the Pillows for this genius idea. I have so many ideas for projects and recipes in my head and I can’t wait to bring them to you. My first project for you is how to make a gold polka~dot planter for under $10. I actually completed this project a couple of months ago, on a warm day in October when I could actually get outside and work. I’ve been waiting until my new office was complete to use this planter. And I have a bonus DIY for you.
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After I finished my clipboard project using my HomeRight Tabletop Spray Shelter, I left the Tabletop Spray Shelter (it’s become a permanent fixture in the garage) out on my work table and had to wait a few days for warm weather to return to paint outside.
Here is my original planter, an off~white ceramic cube. You could use any material, such as wood or terra cotta. I knew that I wanted it white with gold polka~dots. I realized that to get that look I would have to spray paint the planter gold first, attach round stickers and then spray paint it again white. That approach didn’t make sense to me. If I wanted white polka~dots, I would have attached round stickers and then painted the planter gold.
TIP: You can have any combination of dots and background. Just remember that your first coat of paint will be the color of your polka~dots and the second coat will be your background. This process is exactly what I did for my clipboard project.
So, how could I keep my white background and have my gold polka~dots. Here was my solution:
For my clipboard project, I cut out circles from 3M Scotch Blue painters tape using my Friskar’s circle cutter ~ which left me with these strips of painters tape filled with circle cut outs.
I just cut the tape into pieces, like making a stencil, and attached them to the planter in a random pattern.
Now I needed to fill in the circles with gold. Since I couldn’t use spray paint, I bought a Krylon gold leafing pen at Jo~Ann.
From here, it was easy to “fill~in~the~blanks”. Like paint by numbers.
And I got exactly the look I wanted for my office. I wrapped the planter in packing paper, placed it in a box, labeled the box “office planter” and set it out in the garage with the other boxes full of office supplies, books, and files. Last week when I was able to unpack all my goodies, all I needed was a plant. Even though my color scheme is pink, white, aqua, and sea-foam green and grey, I wanted some greenery to give the office a homey and organic feel. I needed an easy to care for plant. We had a pot of pothos ivy in the living room that I snitched for my office. I couldn’t be happier with the planter and the plant.
Bonus Project: I wasn’t though using the Tabletop Spray Shelter. I had 3 plain~Jane scissors that I thought could use a shot of gold. First I wrapped the blades in the 3M Command Painter’s Tape and stuck them in a piece of florist foam to hold them up.
Then I sprayed away with the same Rust~Oleum Gold Metallic spray paint that I used for my clipboard project. I repeated with 2 other pair of scissors.
Now the scissors hang on my Container Store Utility Board in easy reach, but out of the way. (I’ll show you more of the Utility Board later.)
So, how much did my planter project cost?
Cost of planter: here’s where you can interpret the cost of this project for yourself. I bought the planter (with an orchid in it) last spring at a charity event. Yes, it cost more than $10, but the total amount went to our local county hospital’s rehabilitation department. So I’m considering it a wash. I hope that’s O.K. with you.
3M Command Painter’s Tape: a freebie from Haven Conference.
Krylon Gold paint pen: $6.49 (If I pro~rated the ink just for this project, it would be pennies.)
Scissors: had for years
Krylon Gold Metallic Spray Paint: already had for previous project.
So the way I look at it, the only supply I had to buy for this under $10 project was the gold paint pen. I’m in under the wire, I got exactly the planter I wanted for my office, and I have a pretty potted plant in my office to give a pop of green to the decor. Win~win all around
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Now please hop on over to the other 9 bloggers and see what fabulous projects they’ve created.
Have a blast!
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Garden Up Green
Live from Julie’s House
Patina and Paint
Poofing the Pillows
The Purple Hydrangea
The Queen in Between
White Spray Paint