Chalk Paint & Twine Mason Jar

Chalk Paint & Twine Mason Jar

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Spring?
This girl is FOR SURE!  I’ve got an easy and colorful way to bring Spring into your home NOW {yes, even if it’s still 30 something degrees outside and you can see more snow than grass}.
Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine
To make your own chalk paint mason jar, you’ll need the following supplies:

chalk paint
foam brush
mason jar {I used a recycled pizza sauce jar}
twine
hot glue/glue gun
floral stems

First things, first.  Put down some newspaper, get out your foam brush, and paint that mason jar!  Mine only needed one coat {love when that happens}.  There are some spots that are streaky and unpainted, but that’s the look I was going for with this project!

Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine

Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine
Once my mason jar was dry, I wanted to add some jute twine to the rim to give the project a more finished look.  Using a few dabs of hot glue, I wrapped the rim of the jar a couple of times, cut and arranged my floral stems, and voila!

Add some color to your home with a beautiful mason jar and some pretty chalk paint via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #masonjar #chalkpaint #vase #twine

I now have a brand new, perfect for Spring-time vase that I’ve added to my Spring mantel.  Best part about the entire project?!  I already had everything on hand…those are the best kinds of projects if you ask me!
Have you ever used chalk paint before?  I’d love to see how you used it!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{pencil vase from chase the star}

Hello Wait Til Your Father Gets Home readers!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star and I’m tickled to be part of Meredith’s super cool Back-to-School series!
I can’t believe it’s already time for our kiddos to go back to school!  Summer just flew by didn’t it?
We do so much to get them ready for school each year, but most of us parents forget just how much work the teachers have to do to prepare!  They have their hands full getting ready to enrich the minds of 30 kids give or take for an entire school year!
This year I thought, why not start the year by giving the teacher a little gift?  Something that says, ‘we appreciate you’?
We decided to give the new teacher a Pencil Vase that I made with very simple materials, mostly found at the inexpensive back-to-school section.
It was so easy to make, YOU can do it too:

 Make sure you have all the materials you need:
Mason Jar (or any type of large jar, tin can, or similar container)
Pencils (I used about 50)
Hot glue gun (and glue sticks!)
Optional: Crayons, ribbon, or any other type of embellishments you like
 Start gluing the pencils to the jar one by one, all the way around.  A little tedious, but it’ll go fast!
I chose to put them upright, but you can turn them so that the eraser is on the opposite end too!
  Once you’ve glued the pencils all the way around, it’s ready to be used!
If you’re familiar with me and my blog, you’ll know, I can’t leave well enough alone..
Sooo, I need to make it fabulous!
I added red ribbon layered with white thin ribbon on the top and bottom, and some crayons to make it fun, but..
..still not enough color.  I went to the drug store and found a pack of foam letters for just a $1!  I spelled out the phrase: ‘School is Cool’ and glued them on overlapping the crayons.
Pops of color everywhere!

 

I stole picked some flowers from my garden (fine, it’s my husband’s garden, because I kill all plants), and added them in my vase.  Love!
A very simple and inexpensive way to show your kid’s new teacher some love, and maybe earn a few extra brownie points come grading time (wink)!
What are you doing to get your kids ready to go back to school?
Thanks to Meredith for letting me crash your blog today!  For more of my crafts, and DIY tutorials, visit me at Chase the Star !
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{guest post: the taylor house}

{guest post: the taylor house}

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere, Taylor House readers!  And a special thanks to Chrissy for asking me to guest post for her today!  I’m so excited to share one of my most favorite projects I’ve ever done with all of you.  I know it’s the 5th of July (and I hope all of you had a fantastic 4th), but this planter is the PERFECT addition for any All-American outdoor space.

This planter, like the Mad Planter,  was also inspired by morning Pinterest perusing which led me to Amy @ Positively Splendid.  I love her version with the house number decal!

Since ours was headed to the back yard, we skipped that part.  I’d love to make another set for the front porch in the future though.  To make a three-tiered planter, you’ll need:

materials3

flowers

3 terracotta pots (small, medium, and large) ($28 total from Lowe’s)

primer (already had on hand)

spray paint (I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor with a Gloss finish in Banner Red and Navy Blue)

enamel (already had on hand)

bricks or stones for largest pot (left over from stack stone walkway project)

potting soil ($4 from Lowe’s)

annuals of your choosing (left over from The Mad Planter)

newspaper or tarp (already had on hand)

star stencil (Martha Stewart Holiday Stencils $3.50 with Michael’s 40% off coupon)

painters tape (already had on hand)

Project Total: about $35.50
(A little pricier than I’d like it to be, but these pots will last forever.  When I’m ready for a new color or design, all I have to do is sand them down and paint again!)
For some reason, a few of the steps were neglected in the picture taking process, but you’ll get the general idea below.
Of course, I started by priming all three pots.  The middle sized pot took two coats of primer, since I’d be leaving some white showing.  I wanted to make sure it looked nice and even.  As you can tell, there is an American Flag theme with this planter.  I chose to put stars on the largest pot.  After contemplating a few methods (stickers, sponges, foam pouncers)  to achieve the look we were going for, my husband and I decided to use a stencil and a foam brush to apply the white stars. He painted all of them for me (lucky girl, huh?).  I think he did a fantastic job, and that they truly resemble the star field on the flag!
While the star pot dried, my husband helped me out again by taping the rim of the medium sized pot so we could get red and white stripes across the top. We tried to tape off the entire pot, but the shape of it kept making the lines curve too much (which we didn’t like).  After about 20 minutes of trying to get it just right, I suggested just taping around the top and love the results!  Once it was taped, I simply sprayed on the Banner Red Krylon paint and gave it two even coats.  The tape and the paint worked beautifully…no runs!
The third tier (the smallest pot) was left solid blue.  I didn’t want the planter to look cluttered with another pattern.  You’ll notice there’s a fourth, red pot in the final picture below.  I’ll show you what I did with that little guy in a bit!

steps

After all the pots were painted, I applied two thin coats of enamel to seal and protect them.  Hopefully this step prolongs the life of the planter for a few years before I have to repaint!

Once everything was dry, I was finally ready to assemble the planter and plant my petunias.

We chose to put the planter on our back patio (that way we could enjoy it more since we spend most of our outside time in the backyard).  Luckily we had some leftover stack stone from a walkway project and set some in the bottom of the largest pot.  This helped to fill most of the lower part of the pot so we weren’t wasting potting soil.

assembly2

assembly

Next, pour some potting soil in the pot and put the medium sized pot on top.  You’ll secure this pot by packing soil tightly around the base.  Make sure to line the pot up to the back side of the largest pot.

assembly3

assembly4

Next, you guessed it, fill the medium sized pot with soil (you could put some stone in the bottom of this one as well if you want).  Repeat the same thing with the top (smallest) pot.  Once I had the medium sized pot where I wanted it, I started to assemble and plant at the same time.

assembly5

Soon, I had this beauty…

planter2

I’m thrilled with this planter project as well and have fittingly decided to call this one the…

I’m really happy that we figured out a good method for applying the stars because it really makes the entire planter if you ask me!

While creating this planter, I realized that I had one more pot left over and decided to stencil on a firework pattern that was also on the Martha Stewart stencil pack that I bought at Michael’s.  I found a home for it on our outdoor table…

tabletop

Thanks again to Chrissy for having me today!  For more crafty ideas, DIY projects, and yummy recipes please become a follower of {Wait Til Your Father Gets Home}!

You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!

Enjoy!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{star spangled planter}

{star spangled planter}

As promised, I’m back this week with the second planter that we created for our back yard.  We stuck with red, white, and blue theme, using good ole’ Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray paint once again in Banner Red and Navy Blue.  This planter, like the Mad Planter,  was also inspired by morning Pinterest perusing which led me to Amy @ Positively Splendid.  I love her version with the house number decal!  Since ours was headed to the back yard, we skipped that part.  I’d love to make another set for the front porch in the future though!  To make a three-tiered planter, you’ll need:

materials3

flowers

(Left over flowers from this project)

  • 3 terracotta pots (small, medium, and large) ($28 total from Lowe’s)
  • primer (already had on hand)
  • spray paint (I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor with a Gloss finish in Banner Red and Navy Blue)
  • Polyurethane (already had on hand)
  • bricks or stones for largest pot (left over from stack stone walkway project)
  • potting soil ($4 from Lowe’s)
  • annuals of your choosing (left over from The Mad Planter)
  • newspaper or tarp (already had on hand)
  • star stencil (Martha Stewart Holiday Stencils $3.50 with Michael’s 40% off coupon)
  • painters tape (already had on hand)
Project Total: about $35.50 (Again, pricier than I’d like it to be, but these pots will last forever.  When I’m ready for a new color or design, all I have to do is sand them down and paint again!)
For some reason, a few of the steps were neglected in the picture taking process, but you’ll get the general idea below!
Of course, I started by priming all three pots.  The middle sized pot took two coats of primer, since I’d be leaving some white showing.  I wanted to make sure it looked nice and even.  As you can tell, there is an American Flag theme with this planter.  I chose to put stars on the largest pot.  After contemplating a few methods (stickers, sponges, foam pouncers)  to achieve the look we were going for, my husband and I decided to use a stencil and a foam brush to apply the white stars. He painted all of them for me (lucky girl, huh?).  I think he did a fantastic job, and that they truly resemble the star field on the flag!
While the star pot dried, my husband helped me out again by taping the rim of the medium sized pot so we could get red and white stripes across the top. We tried to tape off the entire pot, but the shape of it kept making the lines curve too much (which we didn’t like).  After about 20 minutes of trying to get it just right, I suggested just taping around the top and love the results!  Once it was taped, I simply sprayed on the Banner Red Krylon paint and gave it two even coats.  The tape and the paint worked beautifully…no runs!
The third tier (the smallest pot) was left solid blue.  I didn’t want the planter to look cluttered with another pattern.  You’ll notice there’s a fourth, red pot in the final picture below.  I’ll show you what I did with that little guy in a bit!

steps

 

After all the pots were painted, I applied two thin coats of polyurethane to seal and protect them.  Hopefully this step prolongs the life of the planter for a few years before I have to repaint!

Once everything was dry, I was finally ready to assemble the planter and plant the rest of my petunias!

We chose to put the planter on our back patio (again so we could enjoy it more since we spend most of our outside time in the backyard).  Luckily we had some leftover stack stone from a walkway project and set some in the bottom of the largest pot.  This helped to fill most of the lower part of the pot so we weren’t wasting potting soil.

assembly2

assembly

Next, pour some potting soil in the pot and put the medium sized pot on top.  You’ll secure this pot by packing soil tightly around the base.  Make sure to line the pot up to the back side of the largest pot.

assembly3

assembly4

Next, you guessed it, fill the medium sized pot with soil (you could put some stone in the bottom of this one as well if you want).  Repeat the same thing with the top (smallest) pot.  Once I had the medium sized pot where I wanted it, I started to assemble and plant at the same time.

assembly5

Soon, I had this beauty…

planter2

I’m thrilled with this planter project as well and have fittingly decided to call this one the…

 

 

I’m really happy that we figured out a good method for applying the stars because it really makes the entire planter if you ask me!

While creating this planter, I realized that I had one more pot left over and decided to stencil on a firework pattern that was also on the Martha Stewart stencil pack that I bought at Michael’s.  I found a home for it on our outdoor table…
tabletop

 

Since creating the Mad Planter and the Star Spangled Planter, my husband all of a sudden wants to put pots everywhere (and so do I)!  He’s suggested continuing to buy more to put in different spots around the yard and patio.  As I purchase, decorate, and create more planters, I’ll definitely share them with all of you!  I’m continuing to search Pinterest and some favorite blogs for new ideas.  If you have any you’d like to share, please do!

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers! :)

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{the mad planter}

{the mad planter}

Let me just start by saying that this might be my most favorite project I’ve done since starting {Wait Til Your Father Gets Home}.  Since we moved into our house, my husband has made it his mission to completely yank out everything from our yard (front, back, sides, the whole-she-bang).  The yard we acquired was, to be blunt……a hot mess.  We pretty much have a blank canvas to work with now (which is so nice).  It’s fun to be able to plan out exactly what we want to put into our yard.  It would be even nicer if we could just do it all at once, but unfortunately flowers at Home Depot and Lowes are not free!

planter

I’ve been perusing Pinterest (as usual) and have come across some really cool planter ideas.  This one in particular caught my eye from Home Stories A-Z, so I did what I usually do when I find something I like on Pinterest….I showed my hubby.  I always expect him to tell me the things I show him are crazy, or silly, or girly, but he LOVED this concept.  He loved it even more when I suggested some red, white, and blue (I mentioned here, that we are quite the patriotic bunch in our household).

 

I decided to call it…

Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden

To make your own version, you’ll need:

Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden

  • 1-8″ clay pot
  • 6-6″ clay pots
  • Spray primer (primer in a paint can works just as well)
  • Spray Paint (I LOVE Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in Banner Red and Navy Blue–both gloss finish)
  • Polyurethane Spray (you could use poly from a can as well)
  • 10 ft rebar (found at Lowe’s)
  • potting soil (had on hand)
  • annuals (of your choosing) We got two flats of petunias since the planter is smack in the middle of full sun for most of the day and had a LOT left over for a second planter project that I will share soon!
  • newspaper or tarp (had on hand)
This entire project cost about $45, plus we had a ton of flowers and soil left over for my second planter project that I hope to share by Friday!  The cost is a little more than I usually aim to spend on projects that I share on the blog, but I don’t mind because I have made something super unique and that we can use year after year.  Plus, we’ve gotten so many compliments from neighbors (and compliments are nice)!
To get started, spread out your newspaper or tarp and lay out all the clay pots.  Remove any stickers that may be on the pots and begin priming each pot.  I only had to apply one coat of the primer.
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Once all the pots are primed and dry (it shouldn’t take too long to dry, especially if it’s 85 degrees outside like it is here in Georgia today), decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate and begin to spray paint.  As I mentioned, we decided on a red, white, and blue theme.  I think they’d look great with one color or even a stenciled pattern of some kind as well.  The possibilities are truly endless and completely up to you!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Since I didn’t have white spray paint, I just left two of the 6″ pots primed and didn’t apply color.  Don’t you just love the red and blue together?!  (FYI–I applied two coats of spray paint).
While the pots dry once again, decide where you want to put your Mad Planter (makes me smile every time I say that out loud).  We decided to put ours in our backyard since that’s where we hang out most of the time when we’re outside.  I swear, every time we’ve gone outside since putting the Mad Planter in, we comment on how much we love it.  My hubby was nice enough to hammer the rebar into the ground for me (I’m extremely handicapped when it comes to trying to use a tool…I need to fix that).  He thinks he put it about 2 feet into the ground, so a little wind won’t disturb our Mad Planter (I hope)!
Before you can begin assembling the Mad Planter, you’ll need to seal the pots with some polyurethane.  I used a fast drying, clear gloss poly made my Minwax.  Each coat completely dried in about 1 hour (again, it’s amazing what some hot Georgia sun can do for ya)!  I know it’s boring to wait around for paint to dry, but trust me, you need the polyurethane, otherwise the sun and rain will ruin your pots.  I’m hoping that this paint and sealing job will last us for a few summers before we need to sand and re-paint.  Here are all the pots after being painted and poly’ed…
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Time for the assembly!
To assemble the Mad Planter, simply “string” the hole in the bottom of the pot (you know, the one for water to drip out of) onto the rebar, like so…
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
The 8″ pot is the base of the Mad Planter and should lay flat.  The rest of the pots are still “strung” through their water holes, but sit on the rim of the pot below, making each one look slanted.  We filled each pot with soil as we assembled the entire planter, and added some red & blue-ish petunias as well.  I am absolutely thrilled with the end result!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
I LOVE the red, white, and blue-ness of the entire planter!  I also LOVE how it looks against our white picket fence!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
What are your favorite annuals to plant each summer?  Do you have any fun planters that you’ve created and named after Alice and Wonderland characters?  Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear feedback from my readers!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.