11/25/2014

Thrifted Holiday Centerpiece


I enjoy dressing up our home for the holidays, but we have a lot of stuff going on, so decorations need to be easy to put up and preferably work for the entire season. For our dining table, I wanted a centerpiece that felt a smidge glam and festive, without being too committed to one holiday (i.e. work from Thanksgiving through New Year's) This thrifted centerpiece fits my quick and easy needs, Plus, it will be a nice reason to buy fresh flowers throughout the season. Or, better yet, a reason for Jesse buy them for me!
Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece
Here is what I gathered for our centerpiece:
Thrifted mirror used as a tray - $4
Vintage Danish modern candlesticks - a gift from my mom last Christmas. Best gift ever!
Target glasses - $1 each
Thrifted faux crystal candle holders - less than $1 each
Taper candles - less $1 each
Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece
I used frog tape to create a zig zag pattern on the Target glasses and then gave them as well as the candle holders a coat of Valspar metallic gold paint. The photo below shows the candle holders upside down. After painting the outside, I let them dry for an hour or so and then flipped them over to spray the inside as well. 
Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece
While the spray paint was drying and airing out, I freshened up the frame around the mirror with three coats white semi-gloss paint. Once everything was dry, I added some candles and flowers from Trader Joe's and we were in business! 
Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece

Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece
I'm loving that this centerpiece will work throughout the holidays, and really it could work year round. What about you? Are you dressing your table for Thanksgiving and Christmas separately? Covering the whole season with one look? Or skipping it all together?
Turn thrifted items into an inexpensive holiday centerpiece


11/23/2014

How to Turn an Old Light Globe into a Planter!


I'm proud to say I've managed to keep an airplane plant, several snake plants and a dieffenbachia alive this year! Since I have a green thumb and all (not really),  I wanted to try adding some air plants to B's room. Being on a tight decor budget, I didn't want to shell out for fancy schmancy glass globes, so I started looking around for things I could re-purpose. As it turns out, many salvage yards have tons of inexpensive glass light globes that work perfectly for hanging air plants!
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger

Supplies:
6 inch light globe - ours is from the Habitat Re-Store!
3/8 inch poplar sticks x 2 - it's a very poplar wood - get it, poplar?
Bandsaw
Yellow Carpenter Glue 
Spring Clamps
Tape
Nails, #18 x 5/8ths

Fine Grit Sand Paper

First, we made two six inch squares held together using glued lap joints. We cut the lap joints by measuring a line about 3/8ths of an inch from the end, turned the piece and made a line half way down the side. - so it looked sort of like an "L."
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hangerThen we cut the pieces using a bandsaw. Look! That's me using a ban saw for the very first time!
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hangerWe applied wood glue to the ends and fit the joints together like puzzle pieces to make a square.
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger
We used spring clamps on each corner to hold the square together while the glue dried overnight. Below is a picture of one square, but we made two. We checked for squareness by measuring from corner to corner.
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger

DIY upcycled light globe air plant hangerNext, we cut four three inch pieces of poplar for connecting the squares together in a cube shape.DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger
The next part is a bit tricky. We arranged the light globe with one square on each side. Then we used a clamp to hold a connector piece on either side.
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger Next, we added a dab of glue to the top connectors and held them in place using tape pulled tight as a clamp. Then we flipped it over, removed the clamps and did the same thing to the bottom side.
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger For extra strength, we drilled tiny pilot holes at each joint, then pressed in a nail that had glue on it.
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hangerWe let the glue dry overnight before unwrapping the cube. We finished it by using a bit of fine grit sand paper to sand away little slivers and dried lumps of glue. As you can see below, the box sits well on it's own and would look neat on a desk or shelf. Since these are going in B's room, we wrapped chain around one corner so we can hang it from the ceiling. I plan to do a cluster of these over his dresser, which of course means I want to re-do the dresser now. Well, maybe just the handles...and the top...and the mirror that goes with it...
DIY upcycled light globe air plant hanger