I saw this in a magazine and thought, I could make that!
Well, let me tell you, that thought usually sends me down a rabbit hole to where I should have just ordered the vase online to begin with. Ever been there?
I thought these would be great for Teacher Appreciation Week at Coleman's school. It's cute, practical and inexpensive (or so I thought!).
- Choose your wood size: 2X6 wood plank, cut into 6 inch sections or 4X4 cut into 5 inch sections
- Sandpaper, in various grits
- Chalkboard spraypaint (green or black)
- Wood drill bits
1. Sand smooth wood pieces, this is where the labor of love comes into play. Little helpers come in handy for this step.
He didn't want to wear the mask like his brother (not like they were sanding up a lot of dust anyway). See the leftover plank in the background? Makes for a great car ramp the boys tell me.
Mama did a majority of the sanding. I got the pieces smooth and ready for spray paint.
2. Spray paint boards- I did this wearing a mask and outside on the grass. The grass has black paint on it but it will get mowed off later this week.
This is how they look after- I only spraypainted the sides of the skinny boards and went for all four sides of the square one.
As you can see, even with all that sanding, the wood is still not perfectly smooth. That only adds to the character of the piece right? I am going to sand off the overspray on the sides of the skinny boards.
3. Drill the holes.
Jake drilled a hole for me for the flowers with 3/8" bit. For the chalk holes and the skinny board, I drilled the holes with a 1/2" bit (who knew drilling was so fun?).
4. Fill the holes with flowers and chalk.
5. Write a cute message/drawing. Had to take the picture in my bathroom because the nighttime lighting in my house turns all my pictures yellow! I think the "vases" turned out cute, but they only became a "frugal" gift after the first one.
The boys are going to make me one for Mother's Day. Hubby's getting me jewelry! The square one is for Coleman's teacher, he wrote his name and drew a picture of a rainbow. Then he told me what to write for the other side:
Coleman came up with that on his own! I hope he's not the one giving the teacher a whole lot of "hard" work.