Monday, April 25, 2011

Dollar Tree. Spray Paint. True Love

Spring Break is upon us! It's amazing the differences in what "Spring Break" means now versus college years. Parties, sleeping in until the crack of 11, shopping for myself, heading out whenever I felt like...replaced by Tea Parties, early mornings, buying size 3T, and never leaving the house without two mini water bottles and baggies of gold fish crackers.

So, what's a mom to do for fun on Spring Break?

I bust out the spray paint when I'm bored. If it's not nailed down, it might get spray painted. The kids have to be careful around me when the warm weather arrives, lest they find themselves coated in Krylon's Gum Drop.

I recently purchased three uuuuuugggly metal mini planters from Dollar Tree for my Girls' Craft Night. They looked like this:

Not so much a fan of the dull brown.

I used some Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze left over from my bunny plaque, and some cheapie WM white spray paint and went to work. (For the record and full disclosure, there was a huge difference in coverage and paint quality! I will be purchasing Krylon for important projects from now on.)

I ended up with these:


What I love about containers like these are their versatility! So many ways you can use little metal planters.

Fill some with candy for a teacher, neighbor, or friend:


Use them to hold utensils at a backyard brunch:



Fill 'em with craft supplies for a night of crafty fun with friends:


Other ideas:

  • The obvious- drill a few holes in the bottom and plant a few annuals.
  • Use them to hold lip glosses, make-up brushes, and eye shadows on your vanity
  • Line up some on a child's art center to hold crayons
  • Hold tea packets, Splenda, and Keurig packs at a coffee meeting
Any other ideas?

I'm off to look for something else to spray paint. I'll be back tomorrow with the next Session in my Commenting 101 blogging series. We'll be discussing Replying to Comments!

Linking to Kate's Fair Weather Forum in hopes the weather here stays fair!


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35 comments:

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Love it! Cute idea. I like how small they are too. I couldn't tell the size of the bins until you put stuff in them.

Have a great spring break :)

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

I love them! I too love the size and think they'd be perfect in my kid's new playroom. I do believe I am going to steal your idea :)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

It's amazing what a little spray paint can do ... LOVE the blue!

MeMeSue said...

Love how the detail shows so much better in the new colors! I can't wait until the weather here gets a tad more warmer...I have a pile of stuff waiting to spray paint...getting excited!!

Meri said...

I might just steal this idea, I have lots of my beloved Apple Green and Antique White left from other projects...I also have lots of lip glosses. ;)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I've learned that you get what you pay for when it comes to spray paint! I refuse to buy the cheapo stuff....it never covers as well and it hurts my finger! I have a few things in my craft room waiting to be spray painted red to go in my half way made-over master bedroom:)

Sara Pierce said...

these are great! so simple and fun! I love anything that can be used for multiple events!

Sara Adams said...

Just saw your idea at Centsational Girl. LOVE this! Will be going to Dollar Tree today. I'm thinking team colors for tailgating. Also, these would be cute as decorating vignettes filled with different seasonal items. Love! Will be hanging around your blog from now on!

Dawn said...

Dontcha just love the Dollar Tree?

I love the idea of using those for utensils!!!

Cherri Engle said...

Cute idea...now I have to head over to the dollar tree for some of these. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

claudia b said...

Love this! I need some kid school supply storage and this might do the trick, thanks for sharing Amanda!!!

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Beautiful! I love that the design really stands out now w/ the new paint. :-)

Kelsey said...

What a great way to organize for spring time! I love the colors you chose also... you have given me inspiration for a crafting room :) Kelsey

CreationsbyJune said...

I used the ocean breeze and gumdrop for some picture frames! Love the Kylon....off brand paint....primer only!

kristina said...

so cute! i'll have to find some of these :) Thanks for visting my blog! i love yours!!!

Gawgus things... said...

Such a good idea! I've got quite a few dull looking pots around the house so me thinks I'm gonna have to get a can of spray paint! XX

Simply LKJ said...

Gotta love spray paint! They look great, and you're right...so versatile.

Jennifer S. said...

So cute! I am headed to the dollar store right now...I love the utensil idea!

Paula said...

I could use some utensil holders for an outdoor retirement party that I'm hosting in a few weeks. I just may have to hit the dollar store to copy your cute idea.

Karen @ THEBUSYBUG said...

Awesome idea. Love the transformation. Bug Hugs!

Chic Crafty Chick said...

Oh, I love that blue color you picked out. That looks like the color my sister in law has picked out for her brides maids dresses. Thanks for sharing the great tip. I may have to get some of that paint.

Jen @ The Decor Scene said...

Gotta love paint! Love this project. Thanks for stopping by my blog Amanda. I'm going to check out the rest of your blog now. Have a great day!!! :)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Those are adorable! I'll have to check out "my" Dollar Tree and paint some for myself. :) Hope you're doing great Amanda, it's always fun to visit!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I've been meaning to comment on this since yesterday. I looove it! What a super cute idea to fill up for Teacher Appreciation Week! GORGEOUS! I love how you used it for plastic-ware too. So cute!!!

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Love that blue color! What a perfect color for spring! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Crystal said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I ran to Pier 1 to look for a bunny on a stick, but alas, there were none to be found...

I love what you did to these planters! I always see them in the Target dollar spot, but they look awful. Now I know exactly what to do with them! =)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I have one of these tins and I spray painted it too. I love the shape of them. That blue is one of my favorite spray paint colors. :)

Xazmin said...

Love to the tenth power!

Also, I had to type "tenth" like 7 times because I kept typing it wrong.

Mimi said...

These are great ideas here! And I love that Krylon blue too! Thanks for sharing!

My Beautiful Life said...

Turned out very cute. Can't beat the dollar store for little containers.

I'm going to have to check into Krylon. I've used Valspar, and Rustoleum. They are OK, but it sounds like Krylon is worth looking into.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Oh- P.S. Since I had trouble last time I tried to put the linky html in my post, I just put it in my sidebar this time.

Thanks again for hosting, Amanda-you are wonderful!

Susan @ Busy at Home said...

I love the ideas for a utensil holders. I'm always sticking things in paper cups and this would be so much cuter. I will have to keep this one in mind the next time I brave the Dollar Tree with my brood!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

You had me at 'utensil holders'. Great idea for a three day weekend, right? So I featured you today on Spray Paint Saturday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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