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Have you ever searched for something on the world wide web [say "modern desk chair"] and found yourself drifting further and further down the rabbit hole? Yes, I’m speaking about myself and from my search on desk chair I wound up on a site selling contact paper!! I curse you, Al Gore for inventing the internet [she said tongue-in-cheek].
So, of course I bought a roll of contact paper in Carrera marble nonetheless!! [While typing up this post I got side-tracked, searched for ceiling fans and wound up on a site that sells industrial plastics! I swear I need help.]
Anyhoo…my contact paper arrived yesterday and in typical fashion I wasted no time finding a victim to adhere it to.
In case you don’t remember these, I hacked my IKEA lacks a while back with overlays. Now repeat that fast 10 times.
They are still holding up just fine. I just thought they could use a little face lift. I gathered up the supplies and got busy.
After wiping off the surface with a slightly damp cloth I measured the top then cut to size, adding an extra 0.25″ to each side.
I am starting to rack up the contact paper projects around here. But, I still think it’s one of the cheapest, most fun, easy, quick ways to breathe new life into furniture and decor. Oh, and my plastics purchase arrived today so stay tuned for that project!
I’m so excited to share this latest project with you! I’m sure at least 95% of you reading this have at least one plastic pot in or outside your home. I’m the queen of hoarding these. I have no clue why, because my preference is terra cotta. But who can resist the wallet-friendly price of plastic! Not this mama.
My latest DIY victim was our plastic pot holding my beloved fiddle leaf fig. I don’t have any glorious story of why I came up with this idea, other than I hated the way this pot looked+I had all the supplies on-hand and nicely hoarded away in the garage+I got a crazy hair you-know-where to give something in my house a makeover. Call it DIY-addiction!
- Mod Podge [matte finish|for all surfaces]
- Paint Brush
- Jute String
- Glue Gun
To start, cut your burlap to the length of your pot and add an extra 2″ [inches] to each end.
Next, paint on a coat of Mod Podge, working in sections.
Keep repeating this process until you have covered the entire pot.
Because my pot is curved, my burlap was not sticking to the bottom of it. So I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge around the base of my pot and applied a little pressure to get it to stick.
After the Mod Podge was dry [about one hour], I tied some jute string around the base of the pot.
My original idea was to tie the string around the base so my burlap pot would have a scrunched look to it, sort of resembling a bag. But, I had about 1/3 cup of Mod Podge left and decided to wrap the string around the entire pot instead.
So I wrapped my jute string around my pot in a crazy random way.
The last step is to glue down the top edge. I fired up my glue gun and then applied a line of hot glue inside the pot.
I pressed the burlap onto the glue with the tip of the glue gun, so I didn’t burn my fingers [I say that after burning my fingers countless times!]. A few seconds and it’s good. Once your top edge is glued down, you’re done! I love the way this turned out and love how custom it looks. It adds some nice texture to the dining room.
plastic pot [20"x20"]…$14.97
all-surface matte finish mod podge…$4.79
TOTAL COST: $28.83
Not too shabby for something that looks so sweet. I have plans to do this to a few other pots laying around.
So it’s coming up on the two year mark since we moved from Utah to San Diego; I figured I’ve run out of excuses as to why the garage is a wasteland of stuff [mostly MY crafting, decorating stuff]. One of many eyesores has been a large cardboard box stuffed with all my wrapping paper. I decided to use what I have on hand and make something simple to store the rolls of paper I had.
- soup cans
- scrap wood
- all purpose glue
- spray paint [optional]
- picture hangers
- Dremmel or metal snips
- fine grit sandpaper [not pictured]
Before I begin, let me tell you about a recent find that I’m so psyched about! If you’re a lover of the whole reclaimed wood look but don’t want to spend the $$$ or know where in the hell to find it [like moi], use fence pickets!!! Yep, I said fence pickets. I was wandering mindlessly [as I often do] through the lumber aisles at Home Depot and spotted a pile of gnarly, raw looking fence pickets. They look old and have such a beautiful distressed appeal. That isn’t even the best part!!! Know what one of these pickets costs? $2.49!!!! I know, right? Crazy. Each picket is 6 feet long x 6″ wide. Ooooh the possibilities!
Lovely, isn’t she??
Anyhoo, back to the tutorial…
First thing you’ll want to do is clean up your soup cans for obvious reasons. [As I was doing this project I still caught a subtle smell of chicken noodle soup].
Then remove the bottom of each can. Some soup cans have a molded bottom where the entire can is one piece of metal. Other cans have a separate bottom that you can easily remove with a can opener. For those stubborn cans that are one molded piece, I had to break out the Dremmel. If you do not have a Dremmel, then you can always use a pair of all-purpose snips.
Be sure to sand the bottom of the can. Yes, you can use regular sandpaper on metal. Be sure all the metal shards are off.
Here is a cool tip to help you cut a completely straight line on a soup can. You can put that on your resume. Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the can. Line up the edge and trace a line on your soup can. This will guarantee you a straight line every time.
While the paint was drying I cut my piece of wood down to 40″.
I attached two picture hangers to the back so this could easily be hung on the wall.
Attach your soup cans to your piece of wood with glue. I placed a rock in each can to keep it in place while drying.
STEP SEVEN [optional]:
This step is totally optional, but I added a few cup hooks to the side to hold my washi tape.
I simply pre drilled a few holes, then screwed each cup hook in place.
I hung my newest creation on the wall in our coat closet at 30″ from the floor.
Add your wrapping paper and you’re done!
I love these soup can projects and love the thought that I’m the soup lady around our neighborhood. I even have my daughter’s teacher collecting them for me at school!
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