Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day DIY

Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY

My bf had a genius idea to turn old stumps into flower pots by drilling out the insides, sanding the outside, and treating the wood to protect it from rot, thus creating a more natural, from-the-earth- type flower pot.

So for Mother's Day I decided to take this concept and create something on a much smaller scale...
I'm not sure what these might be called, just
handmade decorative pieces or paper weights for your Mom- made with love .

Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY

Start out with some wood cutting:

We cut down a dead branch 2 1/2" to 3" inches in diameter, from our favorite tree in the backyard (all its branches spiral up in a medusa-like hairstyle).  If you don't have access to a tree you should be able to find cylinder wood blocks at your local craft store.
Sawed it into roughly 2 and a 1/2 inch sections.

Sanded down the outside; top, bottom, and sides with a wood chisel and sand paper.
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
Drilled down the inside about a half inch with a wood drill... (I would not recommend drilling in your hand!!)
There we go- much safer :)
...'till they looked like this:
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY


Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
Then we took a walk down to our local park (another great thing about Cincinnati, we have loads of public parks) and picked up a a couple "plants" to hot-glue into our "flower pots."

My bf found this burdock weed, which he spray painted gold, and I went for a mini tree looking type thing which I think was originally honeysuckle.
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
 I kept mine all natural, no spray paint this time.
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
Since the branch we used for our base was already dead and wasn't going to be used outside exposed to the elements, we didn't worry about preserving it, but we did decide to spray paint the bottom to seal it off, just incase.

We had an incident where we brought stumps inside our house from a tree that had been cut down by the city, thinking they would make cool end tables with a bit of glass on top.  We should have realized that they were not fully dried out because they ended up seeping water all over our floors which we didn't realize until we moved them a few weeks later, it was a mess!

So to protect these mini stumps we wrapped the sides in masking tape,
and spray painted the bottom.  You could also spray paint the whole thing or create patterns with the masking tape- there are endless possibilities, which ever you prefer.

And now for the decorations!

I wanted to hang little ornaments from my "tree."  I decided to create paper heart-shaped ornaments but didn't have any colored paper so I had to get creative (you could also string up small photographs or pictures or even jewelry, whatever you can think of!). 

I painted a piece of sketchbook paper, back and front, with the colors I wanted and used a blow dryer for quick drying.  I used Golden and Grumbacher acrylic paint which you can get in sets for a good price.
I cut out the hearts and used a needle and thread to create a loop to hang them up.  I also used some mini seashells as ornaments.  I had collected these from a trip to the beach in Florida (the seashells already had small holes in them, large enough to fit thread through).
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY

Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
Then hot glued my tree into the drill hole with a hot glue gun.  You have to be fast with this because the glue will dry quickly and if you don't get your 'plant' stuck in there fast enough you'll end up spending quite a bit of time picking out dried glue and trying again.

I then threaded my ornaments and hung them up.  Voila!  And you're ready for Mother's Day!


Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
 It fit nicely on my Mom's desk.
Life Is a Girl's Best Friend Mother's Day DIY
Hope you all are having a wonderful Mother's Day.  If anything be thankful for the gift of life she has bestowed unto you.  Much love.

♥ RB

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