Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!

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Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!

     When I was 7 years old I crocheted a scarf for Mother's Day. It ended up being a totally crooked shape (due to mis-counted rows), but my mom still wore it proudly. Thankfully my DIY skills have improved since then, but one thing remains- I still think handmade gifts are the best! Since no gift is complete without the perfect card, I teamed up with American Greetings to help "Make Her Day" this Sunday, May 14th. 

     My mom is an avid gardener so my Mother's Day gifts are usually plant related. I got all the craft supplies for this DIY, the plants and the beautiful American Greetings cards, tissue paper and gift bags at Walmart. One-stop shopping is a real blessing when you have a toddler in tow! 

     Since becoming a mother I make sure to include a gift from my son to his grandma. Mother's Day is about celebrating all the special women in our lives! For this year's present I decided to make DIY Decoupage Flower Pots. This is an easy and kid-friendly project that can be customized any way you'd like. Let's get crafting! 

Supplies needed:
Terracotta flower pot
White spray paint
Mod Podge & paintbrush
Tissue paper in a variety of colors
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
Spray paint the pots white. This will really make the colored tissue paper pop!
Cut the tissue paper in small triangles
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
When you decoupage it's best to work in small sections. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the pot. 
 Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
 Press a tissue paper triangle down with your fingers and brush another thin layer of Mod Podge over it.
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
You can create any design you'd like. I decided to make an Aztec-ish print. The tissue paper can be overlapped to create additional colors and dimension.
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
Work in small sections until the design goes around the whole pot.
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
Once the Mod Podge has dried, cover the entire pot in another layer. [Note- To keep your flower pot looking great, it's best to put it indoors or on a covered porch. If it's left directly outdoors, the Mod Podge will wear away after time]
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
     No handmade present is complete without a thoughtful card and beautiful packaging! American Greetings has Mother's Day cards not only for moms but also for the aunts, grandmas and other special ladies in your life. I love how the gift bags and cards match the flower pots! I made a second, smaller flower pot for Indigo to give to Grandma. The plants are Hyacinthus that I picked up at Walmart. They smell amazing!!!
Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!

Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!


Ibotta is having a special offer on American Greetings - buy 2 cards and earn $2.00

Decoupage Flower Pots DIY- Great Mother's Day Gift!
Net time you're in Walmart, be sure to swing by the greeting card section for the perfect American Greetings Mother's Day card. Don't forget the tissue paper and gift bags! 
Want even more inspiration? Visit American Greetings to find out more ways to "Make Her Day"!

Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY

Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY




    One of my goals for this year was to improve my building/woodworking skills. I recently purchased a jig saw and let me tell you, I'm loving this thing! If you're unfamiliar with jig saws, they're a handheld, electric tool that lets you cut shapes (like curves) out of wood. They're relatively easy to use, especially if you're cutting out something large with a simple shape. I keep seeing cut-out wall decor in all the home stores. Usually the prices hover around $100 for a basic, painted design. Ever the DIYer, I thought "I can make that!".

     I decided to make a distressed anchor to go with my boho, beach house decor. This was a really fun DIY project, and once you get the hang of the jig saw, the possibilities are endless!
Supplies needed
Print out of this template (Staples does engineering prints for only a few dollars- read more below)
Sheet of project plywood
White spray paint
Sawtooth hanger
Want more DIY Home Decor projects?
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY
Download the anchor template. You can resize it with photo editing software. I resized mine to 30 inches high. Bring it to Staples and get an engineer print. Engineer prints are very large, inexpensive (only a few dollars) black and white prints. Cut out the anchor and tape it to the wood.
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY
Trace around the anchor
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY
Cut out the anchor using the jig saw
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY
Sand the edges and give it a few coats of spray paint.
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY
 Attach the sawtooth hanger to the back
Coastal Anchor Wall Decor DIY

My Patio Makeover with Lowe's!!!

   
 This post has been sponsored by Lowe's. All opinions are my own.
My Patio Makeover with Lowe's!!!
Hi friends, I'm so excited to share today's post with you! I teamed up with Lowe's to transform my outdoor space from blah to beautiful! Summer is all about entertaining so a great patio is essential. My dream was to have a backyard oasis where I could entertain family and friends. Instead I had this...

My Patio Makeover with Lowe's!!!
      Not exactly a warm, welcoming spot! I had this patio put in last Fall. The furniture set is a hand-me-down from my mom. It's in good condition but I didn't love the color. This whole space looks drab and definitely not the backyard oasis I had in mind!
   This space needed a focal point, color, greenery and fun accessories, so I headed to Lowe's

Tips for Refreshing an Outdoor Space on a Budget

1. Paint: If you're working on a small budget, consider painting items you already own to give them a fresh new look. Several cans of spray paint was all it took to totally transform my patio set! I love the gray color and it compliments the stone so much better than the original brown. You don't have to limit yourself to furniture. You can also paint old flower pots and planters to match your new color scheme.

2. Color: Pillows are and easy and inexpensive way to inject color into your outdoor space. Limit your color palette to a few bright colors (I choose blue and green) this keeps the whole look cohesive.

3. Plants, Plants and More Plants! Plants add color, warmth and texture to an outdoor space. They also give you a lot of bang for your buck! Tip- houseplants look great in an outdoor space. Most of the plants in the pictures are from the houseplant department in Lowe's. While you're at it, don't forget flower pots that compliment your decor! 

4. Fun Accessories: Accessories add another dimension to your patio. Think of them as the little finishing touches that add personality to your space. I chose the white garden stool with geometric cut outs and the copper lanterns. 

5. Focal point: Entertaining spaces benefit from having a focal point. Indoors it's a fireplace. Outside, it's a fire pit! Lowe's has fire pits for every budget. Fire pits are perfect for entertaining. They also have the added bonus of turning your outdoor space into somewhere you'd like to spend time in the evening.

Here are some of the great items I purchased to refresh my patio

How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's


How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
How to makeover a patio on a budget with Lowe's
With one trip to Lowe's and a small budget I was able to get this beautiful backyard oasis! I can't wait to start entertaining here. Something tells me I'm going to be very popular this summer 😉
Need more inspiration? Check out Lowe's Patio Guide.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

My Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Product- Jan Marini Hyla3D

My Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Product- Jan Marini Hyla3D

     Let's face it- fine lines and dull skin are something that's going to happen to us all at some point. I, for one, would like to put if off as long as possible! Skin care professionals recommend starting an anti-aging skincare routine as early as your mid-20's. That's right, as soon as our acne cleans up, we have to start worrying about wrinkles! The easiest way to do this is to start using a product that boosts collagen and elastin. I've been using Jan Marini Hyla3D with great results. 
My Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Product- Jan Marini Hyla3D
    Here's a quick dermatology tidbit: Age and sun damage diminish the body’s ability to replenish and maintain youthful levels of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in the skin, leading to loss of volume and visible signs of aging. Enhancing the HA, makes the skin look younger and more hydrated. Hyla3D restores volume to the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
     
     I use Hyla3D at night and in the morning under my makeup (before I moisturize). As soon as I stated using this I saw this my pores looked smaller and my skin was smoother. I was really impressed! I've used some anti-aging products in the past that were way too harsh and left me with super dry, red skin after only one use. This didn't happen with Hyla3D.

     I've incorporated Hyla3D into my usual daily routine of moisturizer, sunscreen and drinking tons of water and my skin really does look plumper and more smooth. Here's to staving off fine lines as long as possible! 




My Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Product- Jan Marini Hyla3D
My Favorite Anti-Aging Beauty Product- Jan Marini Hyla3D
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Do you have an anti-aging routine yet?

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