recycled planter

recycled planter

i found this great igloo drink dispenser years ago at a flea market and have used it a ton.  i loved it so much, that even when we weren’t using it, i left it out in our yard because it was so cute.  that was a mistake.  water leaked in through the lid and rusted out the bottom.  bummer.

recycled planter

so now i still get to enjoy it the great container, and it gets used everyday!  here’s how i did it:

first sean drilled a handful of wide holes in the base, so we had adequate drainage.  then i took an old plastic pot, like the kind that plants come in, and places it at the base upside down.  then i took some styrofoam packing peanuts that i had saved up from a recent shipment and filled up the base of the igloo about 2/3 up.  then i added potting soil and plants and gave it a good watering.

so fun!

DIY glittered sandals

DIY glittered sandals

i love the idea of taking an item and slightly transforming it to make it your own!  when i saw this tutorial, i knew i wanted to try it, but my own version of it.  i’m not sure i could pull of a fully glittered shoe, but a strap of a sandal seemed much more me.

DIY glittered sandals

 the supplies are super simple:  sandals (duh), mod podge (the glossy kind is best), super fine glitter, a container for mixing, tape (i used blue painters tape), small paint brush

DIY glittered sandals

 step 1:  tape off all the areas you don’t want to glitter.  i was only glittering the toe strap, so i only needed to tape off that area.  i pressed pretty hard around the edges of the strap so i wouldn’t get any leakage underneath.

DIY glittered sandals

 step 2:  pour in a little mod podge (about a tablespoon) and about the same amount of glitter, and mix with the paintbrush.

this is the key to the project working.  if i were to mod podge the shoe then sprinkle the glitter on, i wouldn’t get the smooth solid glitter look, but more of a chunky layered look.  and also using super fine glitter is great.  it lays nice and flat and give a subtle shimmer rather than a super bold, chunky glitter.

DIY glittered sandals

step 3:  paint on a super thin coat of the glitter solution and allow to dry.  i put mine outside in the sun and they were dry in about 15 minutes.

DIY glittered sandals

 step 4 through 9:  keep painting on more glitter and allowing to dry.  i had to mix up more solution a couple times during the process because it would dry out.  just keep adding layers and letting them dry between coats until you can’t see through to your original material anymore.  it took me about 6 or 7 layers, i think.

DIY glittered sandals

 step 10:  remove tape!  i used an exacto knife right where the strap meets the sole to separate the glitter/mod podge from the tape, otherwise it would’ve pulled it right off!

DIY glittered sandals

 so pretty, right?!  i was afraid the glittered strap would be scratchy, but it was nice and smooth.  i think the several thin layers and the super fine glitter definitely helped that.

DIY glittered sandals

 these sandals are from target.  i love them!  they are super comfy (i have them in black as well).  target also sells a very similar version to my glittered sandals, but i’m super picky about fit, and too much of my toes hung out of the end.  so instead i paid more for a different pair of shoes, bought several supplies and used up a couple hours of my time.    totally makes sense ;)