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Heart-Shaped Planter DIY!

Heart-Shaped Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Hey friends! I am so in love with this Heart-Shaped Planter DIY I made for the Minnetonka blog. It’s such an easy DIY and I KNOW you can create one for yourself (or make one for a gift). My cost to make this: under $10.

I made a free template you can use to make your own. Head on over AND enjoy!

- Chelsey

Outdoor Concrete Side Table for Under $15!

concrete stool diy tutorial gold spray paint bucket

Last week I shared my Outdoor Concrete Side Table on the Better Homes and Gardens blog! I’m so happy with how it turned out. I actually created 2 of these little stool/side tables. Love them.

concrete stool diy tutorial gold spray paint bucket

For a complete tutorial on how I made this, check out my post (link above). It’s quite simple and inexpensive. I made both of these stools for under $30. Enjoy!

concrete stool diy tutorial gold spray paint bucket

- Chelsey

Concrete Honey Bear

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

Uh oh. I got my hands on some concrete and sorta maybe went crazy and am making ALL the things concrete. CAN. NOT. STOP. Not all of my projects have been successful, but I’m in love with the pieces that worked. Today I’m sharing my Concrete Honey Bear. He’s so cute.

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

Let’s jump right into it. This is how I made him:

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- Roughly 3 cups of Quikrete 5000 Concrete

- 1 Honey Bear bottle

- One 3/4 inch wide by 12 inch high piece of PVC pipe

- Water

- Duct Tape

- Shovel/stick to mix the concrete.

- Large container to mix concrete (we used two 5 gallon buckets)

- Pliers, wire cutters, and blade to peel off plastic

Directions: 

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

- Prep your boney bear bottle. Clean it.

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

- This part is sort of optional: cut the top off the bottle. I did this so I could fit the PVC pipe into the bear.

- Use duct tape to seal off one end of your PVC pipe piece.

- It’s time to pour your concrete! Safety note: wear gloves/eye protection/dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, makes it so much easier (also, the concrete bag is 80 pounds and I couldn’t even move, ha, my husband helped with that). Mix your concrete together with water. I’m not positive how much water I used, but slowly add water until the mixture is slushy. Add more concrete if it get’s too watery. If you’ve never mixed concrete before, I really recommend watching this video by Quikrete.

- Pour the prepped concrete into the bear.

- Push the PVC pipe (with the duct tape portion as the base) into the concrete bear. You’ll have a bit of concrete pour out. Tap the base of the bear on the ground to get air bubble out. If the pipe starts to float to the top, tape it down. Clean up the top of the bear (it’s a bit messy).

- Optional: I chose to remove the PVC pipe after the concrete had set for about 45 minutes. I’m not sure if I’d do this again, but I wanted it out. You can keep it in, if you’d like. I’m 99% sure it will be really hard to remove once the concrete is dry.

- 30 to 45 minutes after the pour, smooth out the top of the bear’s head.

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

- Let Honey Bear dry for 2 + days. I took this bear out after 24 hours, and he still had a few lose pieces on the back. Needed more time. Still looks cute!

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

- Onto the pain in the buns portion of this DIY: Take the plastic off your concrete honey bear. I admit this killed me. Lots of swearing, etc. BUT, I did it. Using pliers, a wire cutter, and a blade. Tips: Use the blade to cut some lines on the back. Use the wire cutters to snip little pieces to get a portion of the plastic to start peeling. Use the pliers to twist off (I’m talking actually twisting the pliers) to pull off the plastic. I worked on creating one big line on the back. I was able to pull it off… after a bit of work.

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

- You’re done! It’s now a cute kitschy pencil holder…. or bud vase? I think I’ll be putting a little succulent in it and putting him outside. Yes, that’s cute.

Concrete Honey Bear // thepapermama.com

Concrete honey bear // thepapermama.com

ALSO, new blog post on Better Homes and Gardens. Can you guess what it’s about? Yeah. Concrete. You gotta check out my Outdoor Concrete Stool/Table.

- Chelsey

Wednesday Goodies: Hanging Lightbulb Herb Vase

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My hubby went through the house and changed all the lightbulbs, and before he could recycle them I said, “Wait, I can use those for this project!” He may have given me that “year, sure” look, but I really had an idea for these little bulbs. I’ve been wanting to create a hanging lightbulb herb vase FORever and now I’ve done it and I love them. I didn’t really want floral vases, I wanted little herb vases. When you pluck a bit of rosemary or sage, the smell is amazing! We have an amazing amount of herbs always available in our yard (our rosemary grows year round) and if we need a bit for cooking, it’s right there. Ready to make one for yourself? Let’s go!

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- Old lightbulbs

- Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Paint

- Painter’s Tape

- Wire

Directions: 

- First we need to prep the bulbs. Make sure you are wearing protective eyewear and gloves. Prepping the bulbs involves breaking glass, and it seems to fly everywhere! Do this project in a space you’re not worried to find little bits of glass later, cause you will find little bits of glass later. Be safe.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Use a set of pliers to pry off the little metal disk on the base of the bulb.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Using pliers or some sort of point, crack apart the glass inside of the bulb. When it’s broken up, pore out the glass. If there are any stuck pieces, use needle nose pliers to pull them out. Break away any extra bits of glass inside the rim. Pour some water in the bulb to swish it around and get any last little teeny bits of glass.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Wash and completely dry the outside of each bulb. Use your painters tape to set up some fun shapes on the bulb. Tear and adjust the tape to your liking.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Paint in the spaces you prepped for painting. Let dry completely before removing the tape. TIP: I put a chopstick inside each bulb and propped them up in glasses to dry.

- So, the Martha Stewart paint requires 21 days to cure completely, but I didn’t really wait for that. Since I’m not putting this in a dishwasher, I think it’s probably ok.

- Cut a couple 10 inch sections of wire. Make a “U” shape with one of the wires, and fold up the tips on each end (see photo below) and this will be your handle. Make a rough circle with the other wire piece, loop the tips onto the circle.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Use some needle nose pliers to twist and tighten the wire on one of the lightbulb ridges and the tips of the “U” handle. Trim the extra bits of wire.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- You’re done! Just needs a bit of wire and some smelltastic herbs.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

We hung these lovely vases in our kitchen. I love it.

Lightbulb Herb Base // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

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If you have a Wednesday post, please feel free to link it up below. And, feel free to link up to these blogs too… Parenting by DummiesProject AliciaJenni from the BlogIn The Moment With, and Live and Love Outloud.



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