Snowman Terra Cotta Pots

I absolutely LOVE Pinterest!  There are so many super cute ideas and pinning them is so much fun!  On my Pinterest board, ho…ho…ho…holiday cheer, I have several ideas that I wanted to try and make for this holiday season.  As you can see, if you glanced at my board it is filled with snowmen ideas.  I just LOVE snowmen! 

You need just a few things to recreate these adorable little pots. 

  • Terra cotta pots
  • White spray paint
  • Acrylic paint in black and orange
  • Netting/tulle or cellophane
  • Peppermints
  • Ribbon to tie up the packages

To begin, make sure the pots are clean and free of dust and dirt. 

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Next, paint the pots evenly with the white spray paint.  My fabulous assistant (aka my awesome husband) used a screw/bolt with a head larger than the hole in the bottom of the pot and used it to hang the pot so he could spray paint it easily.  It worked like a charm!

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We then set them out to dry and the lovely Texas sun.

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I also painted a few of the pots with regular acrylic paint.  We’ll see at the end if they turned out differently. 

I painted on the black rim.  And ended up doing two coats for better coverage. 

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Next I traced on the eyes and the carrot nose with a pencil.  I then used black paint for the eyes/mouth and orange for the nose. 

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I think the mouth looks a little wide so I may repaint them.  We’ll see. 

I had purchased some tulle already cut into 10” circles to make it easier on myself and put a handful of peppermints in the center of each one.  I then placed it in the pot.  It did not leave enough to tie off with a ribbon so I now have 25 10” tulle circles to use for another project! 

I then bought some gallon sized plastic bags at the dollar store and guess how much they cost me?  That’s right, a dollar!!!  haha!!  I cut them to make sort of a cone and then filled it up with peppermints and placed it inside the pot.  Wrapped it up with a cute bit of ribbon and there you have it!! 

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(((hugs))) ~lisa

Coffee Filter Craft

I came across several packages of unused coffee filters at work.  About 6 months prior I had thrown out about 8 packages so I knew that we weren’t going to use these either.  I decided to look up on Pinterest things that I could do with coffee filters.

As luck would have it there was a baby shower coming up at work and I stumbled upon a really cute garland made out of coffee filters, so BAM!  The decision was made.  I was going to try it.

Here’s what you need:

Coffee filters (you can get them super cheap at the dollar store or save them from being tossed at work like I did)

Food coloring

A pot of cold tap water

Glue gun

Here’s what you do:

Now I had read the instructions on several projects but when it came time to do it I decided to just wing it.  Well not totally wing it.  But I wasn’t following step by step either. 

I gathered the coffee filters, some red food coloring (my project was going to be pink for the baby shower), and a pot with cold water.

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I put some red food coloring, about 3-5 drops in the pot of cold water.  The amount of coloring you are adding depends on the coloring you are going for.  I was trying for a pinkish color. 

I then added all the coffee filters and let them soak for about 30 seconds.  I then wrung them out.  You can wring them out pretty good as they are not too flimsy.  You will want to get as much water out of them as possible to help with the next step. 

I then tried to just air dry them by leaving them spread out on the counter.  They were taking ::forever:: so I put them in the dryer.  Now I checked on them every 30 seconds or so until they were dry because I didn’t want anything catching on fire or something equally hazardous.  They dried really quickly that way.

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{I totally need to make sure the lighting is better for my pics!}

Next I took them individually and folded them in half then brought up the other two sides to make the beginning of a flower shape.

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After folding I stapled them at the bottom to hold them together.

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I then got out my glue gun and started to glue them into a white coffee filter.

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The original plan was to make a bunch of little flower balls but things didn’t go quite as planned.

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The flower didn’t look full enough to me.  Hmmm….not sure really what to do as the original plan also included gluing the two of the above flowers together but like I said, it was not looking as full as I was wanting it to.

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They look fine in the pic above (except for the lighting issues) as they look fluffy and like they would hold up  But when I tried to attach it to the ribbon I was going to hang it with they just looked kind of floppy.  And floppy was not the look I was going for. 

After some deliberation and multiple attempts at forcing them to look like some of the pics on the internet, I ended up just making a big flower ball and this is the finished product!

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So while in my mind it was going to be several much smaller flower balls I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out. 

Here is a pic of how it looked in the break room at work.  Notice how we took it old school with the decorations by adding the paper chain!

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  • What cool things have you created lately?
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(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

My necklace/bracelet jewelry holder

Who is addicted to Pinterest?  It’s okay…you can raise your hand…you are among friends here. 

I admit to having a slight addiction to Pinterest meaning that several times a day occasionally I will peruse all the boards and get lost in all the awesome things that I could create.  I was looking for a new way to hold my necklaces and bracelets so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. 

I came across several ideas that would totally work and decided I could make one.  And when I say *I*, I mean my husband…haha!!  Here are some of the inspiration photos that I got off of Pinterest that got my creative juices flowing.

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I absolutely LOVE the hand doorknob in the pic above.  Isn’t it awesome?!  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I even looked online so if you find it be sure and leave me a comment because even though the project is finished I will add that puppy somewhere in a heartbeat. 

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These two pics were cool looking but I wanted something larger and of course…more awesome! 

But first things first.  This is the way I used to store my necklaces.

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I know, I know.  Not very creative really, but I didn’t have a whole lot of options.  I give myself some credit for thinking to use the hangers but I admit it’s not the best solution. 

And here are my bracelets.

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Stored neatly….well let’s just say stored in these nice plastic trays that I’ve had forever.  Thank goodness I found some cool photos to inspire me.

Because I wasn’t following an actual pattern or anything we figured we would start planning the layout to determine what size boards to purchase.

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Trying to figure out the spacing was a little tough.  We measured and tried to space things out to make it look a like they were randomly placed but making sure there was enough room between the knobs for the necklaces and bracelets to hang. 

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If we ever did this project again, I would space the knobs a little differently.  Seems to be a little too much spacing between the bracelet knobs, but that is more of a design flaw and not on the part of the constructor as my hubby was laying it out as requested and he did a great job. 

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After figuring out the dimensions, we purchased some 1/4” 2’x4’ MDF project panel board from Home Depot for around $15 including tax. 

I purchased knobs at Hobby Lobby (a local craft store in the area) in the clearance section for around $50 for 43 knobs.  You can find knobs at any home improvement store or craft/hobby shop.  I did find some really cool looking ones but they were $4 each!  Aaaccckkk!!!  I stuck with the knobs that were around $1 each. 

A buddy of mine gave me several door pulls and we used one on this project to hold some larger earrings that don’t fit in the containers I normally use.  I have plans to use the other door pulls for another project soon.  Be sure and check back and see what I’ve created. 

After purchasing the board Marvin did a test run to see how the knobs would work.

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Looks like it is going to work!  He adhered the knobs and he cut down the end of the screws on the knobs as they were made to fit drawers/cabinets and were too long. 

10 how does it look

I really liked how it was turning out.  Marvin then used some leftover paint from our master bedroom/bath remodel to paint the boards.

11 painting the boards

We gathered all the knobs and started attaching them to the boards. 

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We put it together and hung it up in our closet.  It looked close to what I had envisioned in my head but not quite there yet.

15 testing how it looks

Something seemed to be missing.

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Marvin thought it might look more “finished” if we put a frame around it.  He bought 3 strips of molding for around $3.70 each and cut them to fit the boards.  We then gave them to my dad because we needed clamps to hold the frame together while it dried.  My dad also let us know that they sell molding with a little ridge on the back that helps it make a better frame so you might want to ask at the home improvement store if they have anything like that. 

Almost there!  Now I just need to add my jewelry.  🙂  Doing a bit of a ::happy dance:: about how it turned out.  I’m not sure if I’m going to leave the frame white, paint it green or possibly paint it another color.  What do you think?

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Dad also created a hanging device out of scrap wood.  There were two pieces to it.  One was attached to the back of the board and angled downward and it interlocked with a piece that you attach to the wall.

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The other piece that was attached to the wall was angled upward.

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Tada!!!  The finished product!

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Marvin and my Dad did an awesome job of bringing to life what I had envisioned.  I think it looks awesome!  Now in the space right above the lower board I was thinking of putting our initial with buttons glued on it (another Pinterest inspiration) or maybe something else.  I was also thinking that since everything seems to be boxy looking I should try to put maybe an oval in that space.  Not sure why I’m so concerned with “decorating” my closet but those are just the things coming to my mind. 

So the total cost, not including the hanging piece my Dad made, was about $76 total.  Or about $38 for each one depending on how you like to look at things.  That’s not too bad for some custom pieces but if you are trying to keep costs low you could use scrap wood from previous projects and shop around a little more for the knobs.

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  • What projects have you tried lately?
  • How do you store your jewelry?

(((hugs))) ~lisa