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DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Disclosure: Paint Couture™sent me products to try in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.)

It's been such a long time since I posted a DIY craft project, and I'm so excited to share this one with you guys! A few months ago, I attended a Paint Couture™ painting workshop through my job at Hodge Podge and was totally impressed by the paint line and the other products they carry. Some of my favorites were the Couture Crust and the Couture Crackle! I decided to put them to the test with a fun recycling project! This recycled planter project is perfect for spring / summer gardening, too!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

How To Do It:

1. Clean your coffee canisters (or other recycled container). Let dry.

2. Put on the Paint Couture™ Crust. This is super easy to do -- you can put it on with a brush, trowel, roller, or your hands. I did one container with random spots and the other all over. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Side note: Paint Couture™ Crust can be tinted with Paint Couture™ paint, too!)

3. Paint your recycled containers! I painted mine with Paint Couture™ Angelic. I did two coats of paint on the red container and only one on the other.

4. Once my paint was dry for 24 hours, I applied the Couture Size -- this is the first step in the two step crackle process. You can apply it with a brush or roller. Once my first coat was dry, I went back and randomly applied a second coat in some areas. You will see in the after pictures that doing this produces different sizes of crackle -- small and large. I like doing this so it looks less uniform.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

3. Once the Couture Size has dried 1-4 hours, apply the Couture Crackle. You can also apply this with a brush or roller. The great thing about this crackle is that it crackles itself -- that may sound silly, but I just mean that it doesn't crackle the paint underneath. This is great for this project in particular because I don't want to see the red from my container coming through.

4. Wait 8-10 hours for the Couture Crackle to work it's magic! You'll barely be able to see the crackle, but as soon as you apply the glaze, it pops! I used Paint Couture™ Zinc Glaze over the crackle. I simply applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cloth. Make sure you work in sections so it doesn't dry before you can wipe it off.

5. Make small holes in the bottom of your container for water to flow out. You can make holes with a drill, or with a nail and hammer. You can do this step at the beginning, too, but I forgot until the very end!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

6. Put your plants inside!

Drum roll please... here are the recycled containers now:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Red Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Metal Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

Sorry for all of the photos, but I just wanted to capture the aged awesomeness! Now, if I could just keep these plants alive! As I've shared before, my home is where plants go to die.

What do you think!? What would you create with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle?


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
 Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope you're all feeling lots of love today :) Perhaps you'll get a box of chocolates? If so, save the box! You can turn your chocolate boxes into cute chalkboards! 

A few years ago, I posted a fun tutorial on how you can upcycle your chocolate boxes into wall art. The next Valentine's Day, my awesome friends saved some of their chocolate boxes for me. It was super thoughtful of them, but I had a stash of chocolate boxes in my craft stash that made me feel like a chunk. I finally thought of a way to reuse them-- chalkboard paint!

What You Will Need:

1. Chocolate boxes. I love to use the heart shaped ones, but any chocolate box would work!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
2. Chalkboard paint

3. Primer (optional, but recommended)


How To Do It:

1. Clean your boxes of any left over chocolate gunk. (Don't eat it haha!)

2. Prime your chocolate boxes. This step is optional, but I recommend it because so many chocolate boxes have an image or text on the front that is hard to cover. For mine, I had to do 4 or 5 coats of chalkboard paint just to cover it (which wastes the chalkboard paint). I would rather waste primer! Next time I'd buy the spray primer that's super simple to use.

3. Chalkboard paint it!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
4. Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint as far how many coats you need to paint and the cure time. Most chalkboard paints require that you wait 24 hours before writing on the chalkboard, so keep that in mind. Once it has cured, most paints also recommend covering the entire surface with chalk and then you can write on it.

Now you're ready to get creative with them! 

Here are few ideas to get you inspired:

-- hang several on your wall to create a chalkboard collage
-- use them to leave your spouse love notes around your home
-- turn them into labels for food and drinks at a party
-- decorate with them at your DIY chalkboard wedding
-- make them into place cards at a dinner party
-- use them as photo props in a DIY photo booth

and my personal favorite-- put it on your mantle!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards

So simple, right?

How would you use these cute chocolate box chalkboards?

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

Happy Friday, friends! Most of you know that I write for Crafting a Green World and Feel Good Style, right? Well, today I wanted to share 7 of the Valentine's Day projects that I've shared on both sites. Not to scare you or anything, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I love these projects not only because I created them, but because I used items that I had in my craft stash. Plus, they're easy peasy! So, feel free to check out the projects below, click over to see the tutorials, and pin for later ;-) 

7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

7. Turn a Shampoo Bottle into a Valentine's Day "Mailbox" (this is similar to my Shampoo Bottle into Sponge Holder project!)


Which project was your favorite? Have you been working on any Valentine's Day projects? Leave a link to your projects below and I'll check them out and pin them to my Pinterest boards!

Linking up to these awesome parties:  

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; Bedazzle Me Monday @ Everything Under the MoonMake It Monday at Brassy AppleWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleLife Made Lovely Monday at Life Made LovelyAmaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle; Tuesday--  Tute Tuesdays at A Law Student's JourneyNifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeNaturally-Nifty Linky Party at Natural NestersTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansLink Party at Passionately ArtisticUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 MainFeature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the FridgeFreestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects; Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloSimply Creations Friday at My Simple Home LifeFabulous Friday at Ohh Baby DesignsWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Link Up with Me, Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Show Off Saturday at Nutmeg PlaceSpotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Share Your Creativity at It's OverflowingSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSo Creative Party Time at So Very CreativeCreative Bloggers' Party & Hop at Homemaker on a DimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo ToesSeasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper;