DIY American Flag Pallet ((Happy Fourth of July!!))

Hey y’all and Happy 4th of July Eve!!  We’re packing up and headed to Lake Murray for my momma’s annual (huge) July 4th party, but daddy had to work this morning and Cohen and I were up super early, so we decided to craft a bit!!  I wanted to bring a one-of-a-kind hostess gift to my momma (attn ladies – never show up to a party empty-handed, without a gift for your hostess…even if it’s your momma, lol).  I was kicking a volley ball around the front yard with CJ and noticed the pallets I begged Andrew to bring home last year because I just HAD to have them RIGHT THEN, but of course never did anything with.  So, I brainstormed and noticing the lines of the pallet wood, decided this would be a quick and easy DIY!  It’s even quick and easy enough to do today, tonight or even tomorrow morning just in time for your 4th of July celebration!!

S U P P L I E S

  • Pallet (mine is the standard large size)
  • Acrylic* paints (red, white and blue) *make sure to use acrylic if your pallet is going outside – a water-based paint may run if it gets wet)
  • Paint brushes (I had this pack of 3 in the closet, so it was perfect for the 3 different colors)
  • Painters tape
  • A smaller detail brush for the stars

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S T E P S

1.  Use painters tape to tape off the square for the blue section at the top left corner of the pallet (this is pretty since the natural lines of the pallet are already there).  I just taped off where the vertical middle board was on the back of the pallet and since there was space between the horizontal boards I didn’t have to do any horizontal taping.

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2.  Start alternating the red and white stripes by painting every other horizontal pallet board.  This is where the kids can really help.  Just make sure to paint some red or white paint to mark which colors to use on which board (learned this the hard way).

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I left the vertical boards on the back of the pallet unpainted because I wanted to bring out the natural wood color and a rustic feel, but of course you can paint those as well!  May even look REALLY cool with some kind of designs painted on them!!

3.  Let dry (shouldn’t take too long) and peel the painters tape off.  Paint in the square with the blue paint and set aside to dry completely before the next step.

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4.  My original thought was to use a paint pen to perfectly create the stars, but I was out of acrylic paint pens and like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to use the water-based one I had because I know that with this being outdoors at the Lake it’s going to get wet.

So I found a smaller-bristled detail paint brush and tried to paint a star.  FAIL.  I’m used to using paint pens and I’m awful at controlling a paint brush unless it’s wide, even strokes, so I went with a sort of ‘asterisk’-ish looking star.  I ended up loving the way it turned out because it gave it a little more character (and having to paint 50 perfectly pointy stars stressed me to no end).

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5.  Let dry completely (always the hardest part!) and display!  Voila!

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(((Cohen VERY quickly tired of me trying to tell him what to paint and where (2 year olds, am I right!?!), so I gave him a small block of wood I found in the garage and told him to go to town.  Easier on him, and WAY easier on me.  So that’s what you see him painting in the picture above…and of course I have to give a shout-out to his finished product.  I think I love it even more than mine!!)))

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From my family to yours, I hope you all have the best Fourth of July holiday ever filled with fun in the sun, fireworks and LOTS of amazing cookout food!

H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y ,  A M E R I C A ! ! !

XO LJ

DIY! Gold ‘Dipped’ Flower Pot

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This past week I had a surprise visit from one of my best friends, who stopped by with a bag of my favorite Trader Joes things!  It was one of the sweetest things anyone has done for me in a long time, and although I L O V E D the chocolate, the goat cheese, the baguette and the wine (of course, the wine!!), my favorite thing included in her thoughtful gift was this mini orchid.

I have NEVER had a green thumb, so imagine my joy when the directions simply said “put 1 ice cube in flower pot once a week”.  DONE AND DONE!  The directions also said it needed indirect sunlight, so I knew that putting it on my desk in my office would be the perfect place.

Within the first few minutes of admiring it, I knew that a flower of it’s cuteness was worthy of more than a plain terra cotta pot.  Continuing with my ‘all things gold’ obsession, I got out my gold paint pen and within 2 minutes (maybe less), I had a beautiful and unique little home for my adorable orchid!

 

BEFORE:  Cute, but like all things in life, deserved just a little extra pizzazz.  Enter: gold paint pen (aka my go-to for an easy and inexpensive punch of pretty).

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STEP 1:  Grab a rubber band (I used one of the small clear ones since this was a small pot, but if you have a larger pot you’ll need one with more elasticity).  You want the rubber band to be tight, so the paint doesn’t bleed and you end up with a crisp line.

Arrange it the way you’d like on your pot.  I did a diagonal line because I wanted it to have a ‘dipped’ look, but putting a few rubber bands on it and doing some stripes would look awesome.  You really can’t go wrong.

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STEP 2:  Pick up that trusty paint pen.  I could write an entire blog post on my love for paint pens and the ways they’ve changed my life.  Of course, you can choose any color.  And you can really use any size, but for this one I used a thicker pen so it didn’t take me long to fill in my color.  {{I’ve tested a million paint pens, and the Craftsmart ones have proven to be my favorite for most projects.  Especially the gold – it leaves a metallic shine on pretty much any surface.  You can get them here: http://www.michaels.com/paints/paint-pens/809188072}}

To fill in the color, I just drew vertical lines, side by side until I had gone around the entire pot.  I wasn’t sure if the paint would leave marks on the terra cotta, so I played it safe, but it seemed to soak it in really well, so don’t worry about your lines being exact or straight or anything (yay for no pressure!!)

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STEP 3:  Wait for the paint to dry.  I left mine to dry while I took a shower, but I don’t think it needed even that long.  The paint really does soak into the terra cotta quickly.  Once it’s dry, take a pair of scissors and snip the rubberband and VOILA! 

For pennies and 3 minutes, you have a terra cotta pot with pizzazz!  BOOM!

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