Tuesday, June 18, 2013

35 June Monthly Challenge: Polka Dot Planters

This morning I was gazing out our patio door at the recently installed deck rail {more on that soon}, and noticed that the pretty white planters that we have had for a couple of years now, were looking a little stark next to the white railing.


Cricket cricket....

The planters are nice and I really had no intention of painting them since I already had recently planted some flowers inside.  But they needed something.  A little pizazz!  So, I channeled my new found obsession for gold and polka dots, and whipped up a super quick update.

I was about two seconds away from duplicating the gold leaf project I did on the vase on the front porch, when I opened my craft drawer and spotted the gold foil sticker paper I had from a previous project.

The sticker paper is a simple sheet of gold foil with an adhesive back.  For me, it was the perfect solution for the planters because it wasn't permanent, but would still give me instant glam.  I used my Silhouette to cut the fonts from the foil.


Each letter was it's own sticker, and since I am no good at perfectly lining up letters and evenly spacing them, I decided to let the template do it for me.


I stuck the cutout of the word onto the planter first.  Then, stuck the individual letters inside and pulled away the outer portion.


Already looking pretty darling, I wanted to take it up a notch and add my love for polka dots.  So, I snagged to nearest kiddo and had him partner up on the rest of the project with me.

He punched polka dots with a craft punch, out of pink indoor/outdoor vinyl.  We had a crafty, pj porch party!


So chic, fun and pretty!


I love the gold and pink, they are a fav color combo.  I adore that it is temporary should I change my mind someday but should also last until that day comes.  And most of all, I am super smitten that the planters are no longer boring schmoring... They are now bright, cheerful and even little bit glam!


 


A quickie little spur of the moment update, that will add all sorts of fun to the entire patio project!  I am so SO excited to get it done and throw our first non-crafting, non-pj patio party! {although those rock too!}

 

35 comments:

  1. What an easy way to make simple flower boxes pop!

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  2. those are great! just a little tip - when you are applying your vinyl to things you can buy inexpensive clear contact paper from the dollar store and use that to pick up the letters from the sheet and place them on whatever you want to adhere them too. then you don't have to worry about the spacing!

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    1. Such a smart tip! Thank YOU! You just saved my sanity in so many situations!

      xo,
      Jen

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    2. look up the "hinge method" and you should find some good videos of how the pro sign makers apply vinyl. Rub the contact paper onto the vinyl, use painters tape to make a hinge, get it all lined up and level, then peel the backer paper off, rub onto the surface and peel off the contact paper. Everything stays put and you can make sure it looks okay in place before committing.

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    1. Hi Emily!

      It is called "Sail" font. :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  4. What a great little project...with BIG results. Love the outcome!

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  5. Those look great! I may need a silhouette when I get a house!

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  6. Really cute!

    Also, I am amazed (and a little jealous) that you can sit outside in long sleeves and long pants! Here in Pensacola, FL you can't even walk outside without sweating. It is NOT fun, and it isn't even really summer yet.

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    1. We are finally getting some warm days, but also still have cooler mornings and evenings. :) I am excited for the heat waves to come... any day now!

      xo,
      Jen

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  7. Love these so much! Your blog is such an inspiration every single day. I pinned your gorgeous photos from this project! What kind of camera do you use?

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    1. Why thank you Katie! That makes my heart smile and I appreciate you popping by each day!

      I use a Canon 5D Mark II.

      xo,
      Jen

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  8. Once again, I am I'm awe of your genius!!
    ~Megan

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  9. Where did you get your planter box? I have been looking for one like that for my apartment.

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    1. Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/202704595?storeId=10051&keyword=202704595&jspStoreDir=hdus&Nu=P_PARENT_ID&selectedCatgry=SEARCH+ALL&navFlow=3&catalogId=10053&langId=-1&ddkey=Search&AID=11210757&PID=3662453&SID=skim725X1094482X2f0d984eac9853397bb73b813f37ab49&cj=true&cm_mmc=CJ-_-3662453-_-11210757&N=5yc1v&R=202704595#.UcEmYpxQomQ

      I purchased them awhile back and they have held up to two winters so far! Love them!

      xo,
      Jen

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  10. Hi Jen,
    Your blog has truly inspired me into sorting my home out! Finally..... :)
    It often takes just one thing to tip us over and give us the motivation required to create change, and your blog was it for me.
    My house was full of clutter and with two little kids and myself being on maternity leave for 20months, it was starting to drive me nuts. I'm working my way through draw by draw, corner by corner, shelf by shelf and every time I open a newly organised draw, I really do smile with joy. The best part is, that all the areas that I have manged to de-clutter so far, have stayed de-cluttered and organised.....everything really does know where it's home is if you give it one.
    From one mum to another, from across the seas in Australia, THANK YOU.

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    1. Thank you so much for popping by with your sweet words today Cherry! It makes me glow inside to know that you are finding ideas and inspiration here at this happy place of mine. That is what it is all about! Kudos to you and all you have been accomplishing!

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  11. I really love the way they came out!!!

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  12. Love it! If Kate Spade made planter boxes this is what they would look like. :D

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    1. Oh my word, I adore that association! Love me some Kate Spade!

      xo,
      Jen

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  13. The pink & gold look absolutely great together. It's amazing what you can do with some vinyl and sticker paper. Just goes to show that you don't have to break the bank to spruce up.

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  14. LOVE this!! I would love it if you share at my {Work it Wednesday} Linky party!

    xo
    amy
    http://theblissfulbee.com/work-it-wednesday-linky-party-no-2/

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  15. These are absolutely adorable. I love how you incorporate your boys into your projects as well.
    I feel like I would never think to decorate a planter this way- you're so creative!
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

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  16. Ooh I love a project that is sweet and simple! They turned out so cute! It really punches up the space and gives it that little extra "something". Thanks so much for sharing, Jen!

    ~Abby =)

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  17. That is seriously cute! What a great idea!

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  18. So cute! I love that he helped you out, especially since they were pink polka dots :)
    {lamourcheznous.wordpress.com}

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    1. Hee hee, me too! My boys love to craft though, anytime I am working on something for the blog, you can bet they are right there next to me whipping up a little project of their own!

      xo,
      Jen

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  19. When I apply vinyl letters I want to stay in line from cutting I use transfer tape. It is slightly sticky. You rub it over your letters after you have weeded out all the extra vinyl so only your letters remain on the backing sheet. You rub the transfer tape onto the letters, carefully peel off the transfer tape with the letters perfectly in tact, and then apply to your surface. You can get it at almost all the craft stores with the vinyl! :) (Oh, and your planter is super cute, too!)

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    1. Thanks Laura! I actually use transfer paper for vinyl all the time. The sticker paper isn't vinyl so for some reason, it didn't even cross my mind, but I am guessing it would have worked the same way. I love the suggestion above about contact paper as well, as I am guessing that it is far less expensive than the transfer stuff.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  20. Oh my word, that is adorable! I feel like I need to go find all the plain things in my house and decorate them :)

    -Ashleigh
    www.facebook.com/craftistas

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  21. This is such a cute idea!! It is gorgeous, yet simple. This post makes me want go find something to glam up in my own house! :0

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  22. how cute jen, i like the gold and pink combination!

    huggies♥
    rea

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