May 6, 2013

Upcycled Mother's Day Vase #whatsyourid

I am not a coffee drinker, but I do like to use International Delight while baking or to add flavor to drinks. One of my favorites is the Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream. It is so smooth and rich in flavor.  There are tons of recipes online that utilize coffee creamer. This French Toast Monkey Bread Recipe from Dine and Dish that uses one of my favorite flavors looks tantalizing! Seriously, my mouth is watering.

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 Now on to today's craft:
My son, Mason, LOVES to garden. I do not. I have no idea what I'm doing in a garden. I do not enjoy it and compare it to doing laundry. Luckily his Memere does enjoy it so he gets his fix by going over to her house. He helps her plant, weed, rake; you name it, he does it. While he was helping her a couple of weeks ago he asked her if she would like for him to bring her a flower to add to "their" garden, which he has named the "Family Garden". It was the most sweet, innocent offer. She said she would love it. 
When we got home he asked if we could plant a flower to bring to Memere. I said of course we could, and since her birthday was coming up, maybe he would like to give it to her as a gift. He agreed.
 I decided that since he also loves to craft, we could make our own "vase" to plant the flower in to present to Memere. We went to Price Chopper and picked up some Marigolds. When we got home I grabbed the empty International Delight creamer bottle from the recycle bin.
Have your child remove the wrapper from the bottle.
Using a sharp knife or Xacto knife, trim the top off from the bottle and hit it with some white spray paint made for plastic and set it aside to dry. This is a must - if you try to paint on the bottle with just the acrylic paint, it won't stick. When you try to put on a second coat it will come right off.
Ask me how I know...
Next I gave it to Mason to paint using regular acrylic craft paint in a fun spring color. Set aside to dry. We did two coats.
Once the bottle is dry you can add embellishments. I used one of my Martha Stewart stick-on flower stencils. Mason picked it out and I helped him paint it. I then hit the bottle with a coat of clear spray paint to seal everything in.
Next, add in the potting soil and plant.
Optional - want to make this a hanging plant for a window?
Just punch two holes in the bottle and add string!
Memere's birthday is the 9th and he couldn't wait to give her the gift he made, so she got an early birthday present!

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Happy Creating! ~Kim
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger/Blog Designer by night. She lives with her husband, three beautiful children, and shih-tzu, Mushu. You can also visit her design site, seven thirty three – – creative blog design.  For even more seven thirty three fun, like her on Facebook or follow along via Twitter!

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