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HOW TO MAKE MUM SMILE WITH THESE PRETTY PICTURE PLANTERS

 

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The perfect way to display artwork.

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making Mum smile with pretty picture planters.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the challenge is to find something new that will put a smile on her face.

Those of you who read my post Gifts To Make Mama Cry will know I’m all about giving the emotional gift instead of buying into the commercial hype and (possibly) getting something that will not be as cherished.

This usually means a bit of creativity is required but the steps in this week’s projects (yes, there’s a bonus gift idea) are so easy that all you need is the ability to glue.

PRETTY PICTURE PLANTERS

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It’s no secret I love to recycle things – saves the pocket and the planet and makes you think creatively.

Check out my post Trash to Treasure – It’s Easy for more fun recycling ideas.
These pretty picture planters are made of old CD cases – too easy.

 

LET’S GET STARTED

MATERIALS

  • 5 clear CD cases, inserts removed.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small plant pot (I used a broken mug in mine)
  • Plant cutting
  • Small amount of soil
  • Drawings, photographs or beautiful words.

METHOD

  • Place a CD case flat on your workspace.
  • Place the other four CDs in place around the first CD, forming a box with no lid and ensuring the ‘doors’ open outwards.
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Use the glue gun to connect the CD cases.

  • Use the glue gun to add glue to the bottom and side edges of the four CDS and to secure in place.
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All the doors should open out.

  • Put soil in your container and add the plant cutting. Place this inside your CD box. NB: Take the plant out when moving your box as the weight could break your CD container.
  • Measure and cut pictures/photographs/word art to fit inside each CD, and place them inside.
  • One of the real beauties of this creation is that the pictures can be changed/ updated regularly with minimum effort. Grandkids’ doing too much art? Add new pieces to the CD planter. Kids growing too fast? Keep up with their latest photographs by adding them to the planter.
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Update the kids’ hand prints, photographs, artwork – change the picture to suit your mood or theme.

  • Add loving messages with printed or hand-drawn word art. They could change with the seasons – ‘love you Mum’, ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Easter’.

 

NEGATIVE BONUS GIFT IDEA

 

It’s not really negative – that wouldn’t be great for celebrating. But it is a way to use up old photograph negatives.

I still have a tonne of these from the old days before my phone became my camera and everything became digital.

One of the best ways I’ve seen to use these is to pick out your best and use clear craft glue to attach them to a bedside lamp.

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Glue old photo negatives to a cheap bedside lamp.

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Such a great way to use old negatives.

Ridiculously easy and outrageously sentimental.

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Ah, that little face! Nearly 30 years old now – so glad to have the negatives on my lamp to inspire great memories.

If you enjoyed these projects, don’t forget to share them.

Check out my Pinterest Grand Mothers’ Day Board for more inspiration and check in next week for some more marvellous Mothers’ Day crafts.

Until then, happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Using those old cd cases is such a great idea. Forget waiting for someone else to make it for me, I think I’ll be doing this one!
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    • I love recycling things Jennifer and this craft is so practical. I love being able to change the pictures in mine.

  2. This is such a great way to create something useful, yet memorable. I would never have thought of old negatives, but how lovely they look lit up!

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