August 20, 2014

Yard Sale Makeover No. 4 - Milk Glass Succulent Planter

Not sure if you call these candy dishes or planters or cat bowls. So I'm calling it a milk glass thingie.

You can buy one of these milk glass thingies at practically any thrift store in any city on any day. I found mine at a yard sale though and it's part of my Yard Sale Makeover series.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Oh, did I mention these succulents are rubber?

Yeah. I got tired of my real ones dying.

Rubber doesn't get all picky about when you water it.

Or the amount of sunshine it gets.

Plus you can throw it in a closet if you get tired of it.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

And best of all, they are amazingly life-like. If you think about it, most succulents pretty much feel rubbery, so why not skip the hassle and just buy rubber!

I said rubber, not rubbers. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Now, normally I wouldn't do a tutorial on something this simple, but you know what? There's a lot of readers out there that may like the look, but not exactly sure how to pull it off.

So if you're bored already, just scroll on down to see the photo of my red truck :) Otherwise, let's get on with it!

Supplies needed:

  • A milk glass thingie
  • some rubber succulents
  • if your container is round, a styrofoam ball - if square, a block of styrofoam
  • a knife to cut the styrfoam
  • Spray adhesive (optional)
  • Sand (optional)

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Cut your styrofoam to fit your container. In my case I had a round bowl, so I cut my ball in half.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

This part is optional, but to give it a more finished look you can spray adhesive on the part of the styrofoam that will face up. And then sprinkle sand over the adhesive.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Followed by spending half an hour trying to scrub the adhesive and sand out of your fingernails, because you thought it would be a good idea to just hold the ball in your hand while spraying and sprinkling.

Place the sand covered ball in your thingie and one by one poke your succulents into the styrofoam.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Until you have it covered.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

And it looks gorgeous.

And you're patting yourself on the back.

I used all the succulents I had, but you could certainly do it with less.

Where do you find rubber succulents?

I bought mine as part of a pre-done "planter" at the local supermarket and then just took them out of their display and put them in mine.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

I've also seen these rubber succulents sold in bags at Walmart and sold individually at Hobby Lobby and most of the other craft stores.

These are some rubber succulents "planted" in a teacup in the back of my red toy truck.

Using rubber succulents in your home decor.  Includes a very simple tutorial to create a succulent dish.  via houseofhawthornes.com

((waiving Hi to all the people who skipped the tutorial))

So to sum it up. Rubber is your friend. Reuse those milk glass thingies you find in thrift stores. Read my blog often.

Here are the other Yard Sale Makeovers I've completed so far:

Vintage Ekko Tomato Slicer Turned Photo Holder
How To Turn A Thermos Into A Lamp
Wall Pocket Turned Wall Organizer

You can find the original post with all of that weekend's yard sale finds that I will be doing something with soon - HERE.

Edited to add - thanks for all your input on Betty, the mid-century modern chair! I think I'll keep her and give her a new outfit.


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August 18, 2014

Mid-Century Modern Madness

I bought Betty, a funky mid-century modern chair, at a yard sale a few weeks ago.

For $1.

Yes, someone was getting rid of her for the price of a hashbrown at Mickey D's.

Mid Century Modern Chair from Marble Chair Company - via houseofhawthornes.com

August 13, 2014

Plumbago Is Not A Pain

Plumbago is a flower. Lumbago is a disease.

Well, maybe not a disease per se, it is another term for lower back pain.

But the point is . . . heck I forgot my point.

Plumbago - one of the stars of the summer garden.  A perennial down South, an annual up North. From  houseofhawthornes.com

Oh, yeah, I keep getting plumbago and lumbago mixed up.

August 11, 2014

The Weekend In Yard Sale Land

Hey, I bought a rake. A hay rake :)

It's actually longer than this, but when I tried to fit it all in a photo, you couldn't tell how cool it really was. And baby, this thing is cool.

You may just see this again when I start decorating for fall.

Vintage wooden hay rake next to my gorgeous Plumbago flowers

Five bucks.

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