Upcycled Beach Pebbles

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I’ve spent Easter in the fabulous city of Dubrovnik, Croatia with the Fiance and just had to collect pebbles from the beach. Again. I don’t think I will be able to resist the urge ever if I’m honest, but anyway. 🙂 This time I went for the bleached white flat ones and predictably, he asked what I plan to do with them. AND the ones from previous trips too, for that matter. Oooops…

Sadly he just won’t take the ‘it’s craft supply, it’ll be good for something eventually’ bulls**t anymore, but being the absolute sweetheart he is, we brought them home. And now I feel the pressure every time I look at them to come up with ideas.

Then the other day I found some olive patterned paper napkins in my pantry that got me thinking. The green-gray motif would go very well with off-white, so I decided to decoupage some of the stock, thus giving my pebbles a new look. I wrote about this easy technique earlier (read it here) and again, I’m happy with how the project turned out.

So without further ado, this is how decoupaged pebbles are made:

Supplies: pebbles, patterned 3-ply paper napkin or tissue of your choosing (got mine from H&M Home, but it’s from a previous collection), scissors, brush, decoupage glue.

Tip: Since you only need a small amount of glue, pour some into a jar lid or small glass bowl. If your glue has thickened, add a little water to dilute.

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Cover your work surface, clean pebbles from dust/sand. Cut motifs to size, separate layers (you only need the top sheet). Apply glue on the pebbles, fit and smooth out cutouts on the surface. Give it a few minutes of dry time and finish off with 1-2 thin layers of glue to seal. Ready!

upcycled beach pebbles 2 ready

Upcycled Beach Pebbles ready 1

Upcycled Beach Pebbles ready 2

They look good in plant pots, decorative bowls, as vase fillers or simply displayed on their own. Also, grill season is upon us, but this year my stuff won’t get blown away thanks to these lovely weights.

Have fun making them!

Fruzsi

4 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Pots

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Hello Springwatchers! Are you as excited for the new season as I am? The weather might still not be springish enough outside, but it’s nice and warm at the home & garden supply store for sure. Yes, we’re going shopping!

While your little herb cuttings are silently making magic happen in their cups, let’s prepare their future homes by dressing up the containers you are going to transfer them into. Terracotta pots have such a nice feel to them! You can get your hands on endless varieties for a wide range of prices, but since you’re going to modify them anyway, I suggest you buy the basic ones in multiple sizes with saucers.

Bellow you will find 4 techniques to make your newly acquired planters pretty. Make something similar or use these as inspiration and create your signature look. Enjoy!

Decoupage

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Decoupaged pots using tissue paper and textile

How romantic is this flower pattern Aniko of Place Of My Taste used, while Sara at Tell Love and Party made a modern striped pot for her first cactus. For a decoupage project you will need decoupage glue (tempted to write Mod Podge, but it’s not available here), decorative tissue paper or textile of your liking plus a brush. Basecoat your pot if you like with acrylic paint first. Cut fabric to fit your surface. Apply glue to your pot, carefully cover with fabric, smooth out to remove bubbles (wrinkles are part of the charm!). Let dry for 15-20 min. and seal with another layer of glue. Ta-da!

Chalkboard

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Distressed pot with chalk label

Chalkboard patterns are undeniably having their moment right now and I’m really fond of the rustic touch they add to any space. To achive the shabby effect Taryn of Design, Dining and Diapers has created, paint your pots white or a weak pastel hue, then gently sand off the paint here and there, making it look weathered. Attach chalkboard labels, and voilá.

Rope and twine

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Planters dressed up with twine

Get your glue guns out and give your recently painted pots an upgrade by wrapping them in jute twine. Try to make the circles as tight and neat as possible, without burning your fingers like I do every time. I love how Andrea of The Beautydojo even stamped hers with words of motivation. If you have the superpower of knowing how to crochet, you can make something similar to the ones on the right I found on Pinterest (source unknown), and I will hate envy you for it greatly.

Painted & Patterned

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Gold patterned pots
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Chic and modern metallic planters

Follow Maria’s idea posted on The Melrose Family and use masking tape to produce patterns on your pots, spray paint them gold, allow to dry and gently peel off stickers to expose the result. Experiment with other metallic colors if you like: just have a look at Jen’s incredibly stylish white and silver containers spotted on The Effortless Chic.

Have you tried any of these techniques before? How did they turn out?

Be well,

Fruzsi

Plant pot featured in title image by INCOGNITO