DIY Chalkboard Paint Glass Jars

 

I’ve been slowly decorating my new apartment with a heavy, heavy emphasis on “slowly.” It took me a month and a half to get a couch—I haven’t sat cross-legged on the floor that much since kindergarten. But I’ve finally got the larger furniture out of the way and can now focus on the little details, much of which I’m DIY-ing.

Instead of storing all my grains, seeds and cooking supplies tucked away in cupboards, I decided to use glass kitchen jars and spruce them up with chalkboard paint labels.

Pulling it off is easy; you’ll need:

  • Glass jars (I scored mine at TJ Maxx for under $5 a pop)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • A small paint brush
  • Chalk

Use the painter’s tape to outline a square on each jar. You’ll then paint inside the tape—and prepare yourself, you’ll need to do about five coats to get a solid chalkboard square on the glass surface. Once it has completely dried, set the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it. Wipe it clean, and you’re ready to write.

I filled mine with quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds and rolled oats, but the possibilities are endless.  And, since chalk is—shocker!—erasable, you can switch up the jars’ contents as your cooking needs change.

DIY Beachy Twine-Wrapped Flower Pot

I recently got a basil plant so that my succulent, Lafayette, would have a sibling and, more importantly, I’d have a fresh supply for my culinary adventures. Never one to let something go un-bedazzled, I decided to turn my basil pot into a DIY project.

To go with the beachy theme of my bedroom (it gets the best sun, so I keep my plants there), I went for a hemp twine-wrapped look. To achieve it, you’ll need:

  • A terracotta pot
  • Permanent adhesive (I used E600)
  • Hemp twine (or regular, non-hippie twine)
  • Q-tips or a small paint brush

I saved the plastic container the E600 came in so that I could use it as a dish for the E600. I found it was easiest to squeeze a little onto the plastic, let it sit until tacky, then paint it on little by little using the q-tip.

Using this technique with the glue, slowly wrap the twine around the pot, starting at the bottom and winding upwards, adding glue as you go. When you get to the top, hold the end in place with a chip-clip or clothespin until the glue has completely dried.

Cut the twine and you’ve got yourself a beachy, hemp-wrapped flower pot!

I filled the pot’s dish with glass chunks and beads (purchased at A.C. Moore) and some sea glass I collected during my travels in Colombia a few months ago.

Be on the lookout for some delicious basil-flavored recipes on the blog!

DIY Mosaic Tile Flower Pot (because plants need to dress well, too)

Lately, I’ve really wanted a kid or a puppy. This is frightening considering I still think it’s appropriate to do keg stands, I buy new underwear on a monthly basis to avoid doing laundry, and I know more about the Real Housewives of New Jersey than I do about the current presidential campaigns.

Since I’d probably accidently kill a puppy or small child within a few weeks, I’m aiming my sights a little lower with this tiny little plant. Baby steps.

I named him (yes, I assigned the plant a gender) after True Blood’s always-fabulous Lafayette. And it would be doing LaLa a huge disservice if I didn’t dress my Lafayette as fiercely as he dresses on the show.  A boring terra cotta pot just wasn’t going to cut it for any son of mine. *snaps fingers with a neck lean*

I found small tiles in various shades of blue at AC Moore, and knew they’d be perfect for jazzing up Lafayette’s pot. My bedroom is decorated in a blue, tan and white theme (beachy is the only look I know how to pull off when it comes to home décor), so the tiles would look great on Lafayette and in my room. Win win.

I used super glue to attach the tiles to the pot (I tried using hot glue but it wasn’t cutting it), and then decided to add some white to the exposed terra cotta remaining. The only problem? I hadn’t bought white paint or a white paint marker.

Luckily, I had some white matte nail polish that worked perfectly for the small surface area I had to cover.

Once the white paint issue was resolved, I had to figure out where to get some extra soil. Lafayette is petite and there was just no way he was going to fit in that pot, regardless of how small it was. Like trying to put an Olsen twin in a pair of size 4 pants—she’d be swimming in ‘em.

I went on a little adventure around my apartment building until I spotted a flowerbed with some bright and alive-looking flora. Using…a spoon…I “borrowed” some soil and used it to fill out Lafayette’s pot. I also made sure to explain to him that after his freshman year of college, he wouldn’t need the extra soil and would fit into his pot (aka “fat pants”) juuuuust fine.

My little Lafayette (who I love so dearly now) looks small and alone on my gigantic windowsill, so it probably won’t be long until I give him some sisters and brothers. Truth be told, I’m now pretty much obsessed with taking care of plants and will feel a great void until I’ve stuffed my windows full of them. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the unnecessarily awesome outfits/pots that come with each new child of mine.

Image credit for the sassy pics of True Blood’s Lafayette: MamaPop.com