Lately, there’s been absolutely no “budge” in our budget, if you will. That means no extra money for pots to repot my precious mums! Pots are expensive, not to mention that I unfailingly have champagne taste on a Natty Lite budget, so I knew it was best to not even go looking and just figure something else out. Enter: The Dollar Tree *angels singing, heavenly light shining down on local Dollar Tree*. I scooped up 3 black buckets for 3 bucks, some cheap potting soil and hoped for the best.
The hubs helped me drill some holes in the bottom, ya know, for drainage and what not. This took about 5 seconds. He’s so cute, I love him!
Then I filled them up with potting soil and repotted my plants and gave them a good soak. The “pots” are a little big, but the black color goes well with my Halloween décor and there’s plenty of room for growth.
So of course after I finished I thought to myself, “Self, these pots need a little something extra.” I thought about all sorts of things, like ribbon, some braided yarn, or something really Halloween-ish but none of those options seemed right. And then it hit me, OUR LAST INITIAL! PERFECT! So I printed out a huge L in a font I liked, laminated it and cut it out to make a stencil. I taped the stencil to the pot with some painter’s tape to see if it fit and it did!
Then, I used some old newspaper to cover everything else so I wouldn’t get anything on the rest of the pot. Fancy, huh?
I busted out my handy white spray paint, as seen in this post, and got busy. Now, I kind of figured that my stencil wasn’t leak proof and that some paint would get under the stencil and I would need to do some tough ups. And booooy, did I! Here’s how it looked after the spray paint and removing the stencil.
It was a full on Monet. From far away it was ok, but up close it was a big ol’ mess! So I grabbed my giant Sharpie and cleaned things up a little bit. Muuuuch better.
And here they are!
Disregard the gourds, they’re temporary until I can get my hands on some pumpkins from the farmers market. The L turned out great and I love that it breaks up the 3 blank “pots”. I still think I’ll add something else to the other 2, but we’ll see once I get some pumpkins and such up there. Anyone else have any fun fall activities goin’ on?? I’d love to hear all about it! It’s fall, ya’ll!!!
Thanks for stoppin’ by!