Sunday, May 12, 2013

TOOLBOX PLANTER

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Can I just say we are CRAZY EXCITED to share this with you?! This is the project we have been working on over the last week or so in preparation for Mother's Day, and I totally think this is the BEST gift we have ever given our mom on this mother-loving holiday, because she actually liked it as much as we did! 

What is this incredible gift we made, you ask? It is a toolbox planter! We took a simple, boring toolbox like this....

  
And turned it into something like this....



Talk about a transformation!! I mean, the first tool box looks nothing like the second toolbox!! (Although, that may have to do with the fact that we forgot to take a "before" picture of the actual toolbox we revamped, so the toolbox in the first picture is in fact not the same as the toolbox in the second picture. But, it is EXTREMELY similar, I promise.) 

Now, if you are wanting to make your very own toolbox planter and add some fun color to your hard, the first thing you want to do is find a toolbox (duh) and prime it. We got the toolbox at WalMart for just under $8, and used the Kyrlon White Primer. Then, find a cute spray paint (and by "cute color" I mean a "fun, bright, not super-boring-neutral color," but I guess you can pick an un-cute color if you want) and start painting! We used the Kyrlon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint in "Blue Ocean Breeze". Talk about a darling blue--Krylon captured the vibrant blueness of the sky in a bottle with this one!


 Next up is adding the "TOOLS" part--after it has had sufficient time to dry, of course! You will want to measure how tall you want your letters to be (we went just under 2 1/2''), and design it on your computer so you can easily print it out and trace (unless of course you a "pro-eye-baller"--which I doubt you are, no offense, so just take the extra time to design wisely in order to prevent potential crafting disasters. We jumped on Microsoft Word, typed up "TOOLS" to the right size, and picked a BOLD font so it would be easy to trace. After printing, we used black tracing paper to trace the letters easily onto the box. 


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It is time to fill in those letters! Break out an acrylic paint in a bright, contrasting color, as well as a handy-dandy paint brush, and have at it! Just remember what you learned in kindergarten: STAY INSIDE THE LINES! We used the Delta Acrylic Paint in "Fuschia." (Actually, we originally tried to use a paint pen, but it wasn't working well, so we switched to paint... Oh, and we used a heat tool to speed up the drying process--you can use a hair dryer or whatever to do this, or just wait for it to air dry.)


 Okay, the next thing you want to do is find some swirly stamps and use the same paint you used on the letters to add those cute swirls on either side of the "TOOLS." We highly recommend you enlist a partner to help you perfectly place the swirls (because you can't exactly erase it!), so we asked our new puppy, Shadow, to help. He loves crafting with us, and he was a big help, and gave us fantastic feedback. But chances are, you don't have a cute, crafting puppy like ours, so feel free to ask a human friend or family member for a little help if you need to. 

 At this point, you are basically done with the crafting part, and you are onto the planting part. Drill holes in the bottom and add some gardening fabric to the bottom, as well. Fill her up with some potting soil (we used Miracle Grow--not sure if it grows miracles, but it seems like good stuff) and stick in whatever flowers you choose, arranging the colors and various kinds accordingly.


And there you have a super cute, colorful toolbox planter to add to your yard or garden! What color of paint and flowers are you going to put in your toolbox planter? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading, and happy painting and planting!


Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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**Materials!!
Toolbox--Walmart, $8
Krylon Spray Paint--Hobby Lobby, $3.59 with 40% off coupon
Delta Paint--Hobby Lobby, $1.37
Flowers--Home Depot, $1.69 per 4-pack

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