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10 Super Cute Ways to DIY Succulent Planters

Spring fever is in full effect over here at my house. I am gathering my seeds and garden tools, eagerly awaiting the moment I can get outside and start planting. Well, It's barely April... I have about a month and a half to go (I hope! I do live in Chicago-land.. anything can happen...)

In the meantime, I'm in full redecorate and DIY mode. I really need to trim and re-pot the succulents and cacti that are still alive. I spent hours and hours scouring the internets and found a ton of super cute DIY tutorials for succulent planters.

Here are my top 10 favorite DIY succulent planters:

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1. Easy DIY Tea Cup Planters

2. Succulents in Mason Jars

3. How to Make a Faux Stone Planter

4. Birdcage Succulent Planter

5. Brass Succulent Planter DIY

6. DIY Plastic Animal Planter

7. DIY Succulent Pineapples Planter

8. Simple Berry Basket Succulent Planter

9. DIY Painted Planters with Succulents

10. DIY Hanging Succulent Planter

Don't you just love these? I think the hanging birdcage succulent planter would be perfect for my patio garden, and I'm in love with the toy plastic animal planters. They are so fun! I have a few jade plant cuttings at work and the brass succulent planter would be pretty on my desk. Or maybe I can spray paint it rose gold? Also, the hanging succulent planter is brilliant and I wouldn't have to ask my mom to make a macrame hanger for me. So many ideas!

What do you think? What is your favorite and which DIY succulent planter will you try and make? If you do try this, let me know how it turned out in the comments section below.

 

If you're looking for even more ways to DIY your flower pots, check out these posts: 

10 MORE Super Cute Ways to DIY your Flower Pots

10 DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas 

10 MORE DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas.

I'm sure you'll find a new fun and easy DIY that you'll love!

 

 

 

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10 More Super Cute Ways to DIY Your Flower Pots

It may be only the middle of February, but it's never too early to be thinking about getting your garden ready for spring. I am considering re-painting all of my terracotta planters this year. A few years ago I distressed my flower pots and they looked so pretty. Sadly, I left those pots out over the winter and most of them cracked and broke. This year, I have a bunch of new terracotta pots and I've been looking for new, really cute ways to decorate and paint them. Here are a few of my favorites:

10 super cute DIY painted flower pot ideas

 

1. Hello There Flower Pot Crafts

2. Funny Face Flower Pots

3. DIY Hand Painted Succulent Pots

4. DIY Terra Cotta Pots

5. DIY Painted Terra Cotta Pot

6. DIY Marbled Terracotta Pots

7. Houseplants That Will Make You Smarter

8. How to Create Beautiful Finishes on Flower Pots

9. Decoupaged Terracotta Pots

10. Chalkboard Herb Pots

Aren't these super cute? They seem fairly easy too, which is a bonus for me. I'm leaning towards number 7 for some of my indoor flower pots because I love the colors and the super cute faces.  I'm really loving number 3 and 4 for my outdoor flower pots and number 10 for my herbs. What about you? What's your favorite?

 

If you're looking for even more ways to DIY your flower pots, check out these posts about 10 DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas and 10 MORE DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas, and my newest collection of 10 Super Cute Ways to DIY succulent planters. I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make in an Afternoon

Still not finished with your Christmas shopping? Don't feel bad, I'm not finished either! There is still time to make memorable and one of a kind gifts for friends and family. With photos that you print out from your local photo lab and a few supplies that you probably have around the house you can whip up these beautiful meaningful gifts in an afternoon. Here are some of my favorite DIY photo gifts:

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts
10 DIY Photo Gifts to make

5. Picture Frame Memory Wreath

6. DIY Photo Candle

7. Wood Slice Photo Transfer

8. DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

9. 2018 Calendar Template (shameless plug!)

10 DIY Tile Photo Coasters

Aren't these super fun? They require minimal supplies and time and pack such a meaningful punch. These homemade gifts are so much better than what you pick up at the mall or Amazon.

Which gift are you going to make? Have you created a photo gift that I didn't list? Please share in the comment section below-- I'd love to see what you made!

 

 

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Easy DIY Gifts for Mom + FREE Printable Mother's Day Card

It's the beginning of May and Mother's Day just around the corner! Need a quick gift you can DIY this week? (Pssst! Moms love it when you give them a handmade gift.) I put together a list of super simple, inexpensive DIY gifts you can make for your mom in a few hours. These are really sweet and thoughtful gifts mom will love!

10 Super Easy DIY Gifts for Mom
10 Super Easy DIY Gift you can make for Mom
Easy DIY Mother's Day Gifts

Since you'll also need a card to go along with your handmade gift, I created a free printable Mother's Day card from one of my favorite photos. It's perfect to print out and give along with your DIY gift. All you need to do is download the free pdf, print it out on 8.5×11 heavy paper/cardstock and cut along the guidelines provided, and fold in half.  You will win at Mother's Day this year!

The card will measure 4.75 x 6.24 inches when printed and trimmed.

The card will measure 4.75 x 6.24 inches when printed and trimmed.

Download your free printable Mother's Day card here!

 

Love the DIY gift ideas? How about the card? What are you going to make/give to your mom this year? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

 

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10 super easy DIY photo gifts you can totally make

We all have tons of photos living on our hard drives and on our phones. I happen to have terabytes of photos sitting on multiple hard drives. I'm always looking for easy DIYs to print out and display my photos. I've found a few that I think are easy and would make great gifts for your friends and loved ones this year.

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make
10 DIY ideas for Photo Gifts

5. Photo Gift Box

6. Make Your Own Canvas Portrait

7. DIY Photo Transfer Coasters

8. DIY Photo Ornament

9. Personal Photo Clock

10. Personalized Photo Map (I love this one!)

 

If you're looking for another super easy DIY photo gift project, I recommend my 2016 DIY Calendar templates (shameless plug!) They are a super quick and easy way to print out a calendar with your own custom photos for your family and friends to cherish!

If you want to check out how easy they are, I posted a quick tutorial here: How to use my DIY Calendar Template.

If you find any other awesome DIY photo gift ideas, or if you have tried any of these, be sure to let me know in the comment section below! I'd love to hear how your project turned out and what your friends/family thought of it!

 

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How to use my 2016 Calendar Templates

Hey friends, it's that time of year to get your calendars updated, or to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and family. I thought I'd show you one of my calendar templates that I'm using to make a gift for my friend that features photos from her daughter's princess photo session (shhh!!!! don't tell her I'm making this for her-- it's a surprise!!! )

2016 Calendar Template- How to add photos

How to add photos to your DIY calendar template:

1. Open the calendar page template in your preferred photo editing software. These templates will work in Photoshop (CC and earlier versions) as well as Photoshop Elements. 

2. Locate the photo you would like to use and open it or drag it onto the window with the template that is already open. 

3. Position your photo on the top half of the template where it says "Add your photo here!" Also, in the layers palette, make sure that your image is layered above the layer that says "Be sure your photo doesn’t extend beyond this line!"

2016 Calendar Template Tutorial

 

4. Right click on your photo in the layers palette and select "create clipping mask" from the options. This makes sure your photo will fit perfectly within the template.

 

5. Ta-da!!! Your photo fits perfectly in the allotted space. Simply move your photo around or resize it if necessary to position the photo in the space correctly. When your photo is in the right location, hit the enter key.

6. Save your calendar page! Be sure to "Save As" and save your brand new photo calendar page!

7. Print it!! The templates are all created as 300 dpi files and will print out beautifully. Your calendar page is now ready to print at home on photo paper or to be sent to a print lab of your choice. If you print the calendar pages out at home and you don't use 5"x7" photo paper, be sure to go to the print menu, scroll down to "Printing Marks" and select "Corner Crop Marks." This will add little crop marks that will aid you when you trim the calendar page.

You can find all of my 2016 calendar templates in my art shop here: 2016 Calendar Templates

The templates are available as an instant download so you can start creating right away. They are available in 5"x7" or 4"x6" sizes are are 300 dpi so they will look amazing when printed. The templates ARE compatible with Photoshop and PS Elements.

You can display these calendars in a frame, on your desk at work,  on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! All you need are your beautiful photos.

 

**EDIT** 2017 Calendar Templates are now available and can be found here: 2017 5x7 Desk Calendar Templates

 

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10 More DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas

It's still (only) February, but I'm totally thinking about my patio garden already (it's never to early to start planning, right?)  Two years ago (has it really been that long?) I painted and distressed a bunch of terra cotta flower pots. This year, I think I want to try something a little more fun! 

Here are 10 more easy DIY painted flower pot ideas:

10 Super Easy DIY Painted Flower Pots

1. DIY Gold Foil Lettering on Flower Pots

2. DIY Drip Painted Pottery

3. Pot of Gold…err…Turquoise

4. DIY Chevron Pots

5. DIY Hand Painted Ikat Pots

6. Day of the Dead Planters

7. Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters

8. DIY Painted Pots

9. Dip Dye Succulent Pot

10. Painted Terra Cotta Pots

I absolutely love idea 1 (the gold foil lettering) for my indoor plants. I don't have a cricut so might do something similar with gold foil. (don't worry! I'll post a tutorial when I do this!) I love idea 5 (the DIY Ikat Pots) for my pots outside. I can't believe how easy it looks to make this fun pattern! I think this would pattern pot would compliment my distressed pots nicely.

If you're looking for more DIY painting ideas, check out this post-- you'll find more really great ideas to decorate your pots including several techniques.  10 DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas

If you're looking for even more, even cuter ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor flower pots, stop by and check this post out : 10 More Super Cute Ways to DIY Your Flower Pots

If you're looking for some fun ideas for easy and trendy ways to DIY succulent planters, check out this post: 10 Super Cute Ways to DIY succulent planters

 

 

Have you tried one of these techniques? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments section below-- I'd love to hear how it went!

 



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My distressed painted flower pot DIY

Remember a few weeks ago when I was in the process of painting my flower pots and I posted the list of my top 10 DIY painted flower pot ideas? Well, I did finish them and I LOVE how they turned out!

Here's a quick little DIY on how to paint flowerpots so they look distressed:

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These distressed pots were super simple to make and I LOVE the results!

1. Start with clean, dry pots

2. Spray lightly with Krylon Make it Stone spray paint and wait for it to dry.

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3. Paint with your choice of acrylic paints. I used a combination of Martha Stewart's Wedding Cake, Blue Sky, and Cloud and I just dabbed all three colors on the pot with no real rhyme or reason.

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4. Once the acrylic paint is dry, take a course grit sandpaper and rub some of the paint off!

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Voila! Easy-peasy distressed flower pots!

 

Did you try this DIY? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

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