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DIY House Number Planter and Rental Friendly Front Porch Decor

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Last week you might remember I shared how I was working on a rental-friendly refresh of our front porch. Today I’m excited to show you the results plus a tutorial for an easy-to-make house number wall planter!

Since we rent our little Venice home I couldn’t make any huge changes to the porch, nor did I want to make the financial investment to do so. I opted to do a few simple things that really gave the porch a face lift. It wasn’t in bad shape before, it just was a bit bland for my taste. The first thing I did was create the house number planter, then I added a pair of rail planters, and finished the refresh by painting the front step a dark gray.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

I love how there’s now a little pop of color and texture on the porch. The house number planter makes such a great impact from the street and adds just the right amount of modern decor to the space. The best part is that I was able to fill up all three planters using just one bag of Expand ‘n Gro planting mix. Check out the full tutorial below to learn how you can make your own house number planter.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

DIY House Number Planter

Supplies

Extra large galvanized circle wall planter
Modern house numbers
White spray paint + primer
E600 glue
Ruler
Drill + drill bit, for making drainage holes
Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro planting mix
Succulents
Screws, for mounting the planter
Gardening gloves

Directions

  1. Start by spray painting the house numbers white, or whatever color you like. Apply one thin, even coat and allow it dry for 1 hour. Repeat another coat and let them dry for 24 hours. This step is optional. I chose to paint the numbers to give them more contrast and make them easier to read. Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!
  2. Use a drill with a drill bit fitted for drilling into metal to create 3 drainage holes along the bottom edge of the planter.Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!
  3. Use a ruler to align the house numbers on the front of the planter. Apply glue to the back of each number and position into place. It’s easiest to arrange and glue the first and last numbers first, than adjust the middle numbers accordingly. Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours (and 48+ if you’re in a humid environment).house-number-planter-4
  4. Hang the planter onto the front of our home using wood screws (or anchors and screws if drilling into plaster/concrete).
  5. Fill 1/3 of the planter with Expand ‘n Gro. Slowly add water and use a spade to mix the soil. Once expanded plant your succulents. Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

After planting the succulents in the wall planter, the rain planters were next. First I removed the rubber drainage plugs so there would be proper drainage in the containers. Next I filled each rail planters 1/3 of the way full with Expand ‘n Gro, added water, mixed the soil to allow it to expand up to 3x and planted the flowers. Easy peezy!

Grab a bag of potting soil on Amazon Prime and add some greenery to your home!

I found it easiest to wet the potting mix using a watering can so I could control the amount of water. You could also use a hose, just start with a little bit of water, get mixing, and add more water as needed. Expand ‘n Grow holds up to 50% more water than regular potting mix and can grow plants up to 3x bigger than native soil so it’s the perfect thing to give your new plants a boost. I used my handy paint-dipped garden spade, an old DIY project from over three years ago, to mix the soil.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Grab a bag of potting soil on Amazon Prime and add some greenery to your home!

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The icing on the cake—or rather the new doormat on my freshly painted step is this playful fruit doormat. Just the thing to get the home ready for summer!

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Before you place your next Prime order, add a bag of Expand ‘n Gro to your cart and you’re on your way to an easy home makeover. What would you do to refresh your front porch?

This post was created in partnership with Miracle-Gro and IZEA.

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How to Make Vanilla Extract

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

As soon as I learned that I could make my own vanilla extract I did. I had all the ingredients, vanilla beans and vodka, on hand so I made a batch in less than 5 minutes flat. That was a couple years ago and I’m happy to report that I haven’t bought any ready-made vanilla extract since then. And I can go through it pretty darn quick!

Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make and then go make some! If you package it up in little amber bottles with cute labels they make the perfect gifts to keep on hand. Perfect when you’re in a crunch for a hostess gift or an end-of-the-year teacher gift. And if you’re one of those people who is done with Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving, you can make a batch to keep as Christmas gifts too.

 

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Supplies & Ingredients

4 oz amber glass bottles
knife
cutting board

vodka
whole vanilla beans2-3 per bottle

Directions

  1. Use a pairing knife to cut vanilla bean pods in half. Then score each half lengthwise to open each pod.
  2. Place 2-3 whole pods (4-6 halves) in each bottle. Top with vodka and shake. Keep in a dry, cool place (like your pantry) for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks it will be ready to use. You can keep vanilla beans in the bottle to maintain a strong flavor.

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

I made my labels using my Silhouette Cameo and some mint green adhesive vinyl I had on had. If you have an electronic cutting machine, you can download my label design here.

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Links to Love

Loving this coral and teal Electra Townie bike!

Hellooooo Weekend!

Wow this was a hard week. Ok, make that 2 weeks. Most of my deadlines for the month got piled into a span of 10 days so things have been crazy to say the least. Although I have to do a little work this weekend (like hang wallpaper—which side note: is basically the same thing as going into IKEA with your significant other) I’m really looking forward to the weekend. We’re supposed to have some summer-like weather so I’m planning on hoping on my bike and getting some sun!

This week I’m loving

This mural—it’s inspired by Native plants!
These mirrors.
Instant grad gifts.
The coolest set of dominos. Ever.
Printable free wall art.
Handmade birthday candles?!?

P.S.

Have you seen this week’s video?
Just got these shorts—they have scallops and they are only $20!

Easy DIY Catch All Wood Tray

Make this custom catch-all tray in 5 minutes! Makes a perfect gift for dads on Father's Day!

Ok, so it might have just been Mother’s Day but you know, Father’s Day is just around the corner. And you can get a head start on DIYing a gift for dad by making this crazy easy catch-all tray.  It really only takes 5 minutes to make but it’s oh-so-practical that dad will adore it. And since they are so quick to make you might as well DIY one for yourself too!

Watch the video below to see just how quick you can make one!

Easy DIY Catch All Wood Tray

Download the free printable monstera pattern

Supplies

Square wood tray
Marble contact paper
Printable adhesive vinyl
Printer (I have this one)
Ruler and craft knife
Squeegee or a credit card

Make this custom catch-all tray in 5 minutes! Makes a perfect gift for dads on Father's Day!

Directions

  1. Download the free printable monstera pattern and print it out on a sheet of printable adhesive vinyl. Let it dry for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Use a ruler and craft knife to cut out the 2 triangular shapes. Then trim a piece of marble contact paper to 9″ x 9″.
  3. Peel off the paper backing from one end of the marble contact paper. Line up the edges and place it inside the tray. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any air bubbles and continue slowly removing the paper backing as you smooth it out. Repeat the same thing with the monstera printed vinyl, placing each in a corner. Smooth out any air bubbles and your tray is ready to be gifted or used.

To make the printable vinyl more durable, you can paint the entire vinyl insert with a thin coat of sealer like Mod Podge. Just be sure to use a foam brush (so you don’t get streaks) and allow it to dry for a couple days before use.

Make this custom catch-all tray in 5 minutes! Makes a perfect gift for dads on Father's Day!

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DIY Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bags

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

A couple weeks ago, during Earth Day weekend, I went around Venice and snapped some photos of the landscape, greenery, and of course the sunny blue sky. Today I’m sharing how I took the photos from my iPhone and turned them into colorful, reusable DIY gifts.

After snapping some photos, I edited them using my two favorite editing apps (Snapseed and A Color Story), then I air dropped them over to my computer and headed straight to Snapfish. I selected the Everyday Canvas Tote and in just a few clicks my photos were on the bags. To make my Venice canal photo feel more like a postcard, I used the text tool to add the word, “Venice” to my design. A few days later, my custom printed canvas tote bags arrived!

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Although really cute on their own, I took the colorful totes and added a little texture to them by embellishing them with simple embroidery. This is a fun way to create a completely one-of-a-kind gift for your friends. If you want to create your own embroidered custom photo totes, check out the info below.

DIY Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bag

Supplies

Everyday Canvas Tote
Embroidery floss
Needle
Scissors
Pencil

If you're new to embroidery here are 3 basic stitches to learn.

3 basic embroidery stitches

If you’re new to embroidery (I am!) here are 3 basic stitches that I used to embellish my gifts.

running stitch

This is the stitch I used to create the paper airplane trail. It’s probably the stitch you already know but didn’t know it had a name. Starting from the inside of the bag, push the needle through the fabric and then back into the fabric. It’s the classic over-under stitch.

backstitch

This is the stitch I used to create the word, “hola” and outline the paper airplane. This is similar to the running stitch except there are no gaps between stitches. To do this, start from the inside of the bag and sew one running stitch. Then, from the back, push the needle through the fabric, the about one stitch length from your last stitch. Then push the needle back down into the fabric close to the end of your first stitch.

French knot

My favorite stitch (probably because it resembles a polka dot)! There are a few ways to create French knots but the easiest way I found is by simply wrapping the thread twice around your needle and then inserting it back into the fabric, right next to where the needle came up through the fabric. Pull the thread tight as you do this to create tidy, even sized knots.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

A canvas tote makes a great anytime gift because there are so many ways it can be used. Not to mention reusable gifts are always good for the earth! Below are my favorite ways to use and gift the totes.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

take it on a picnic

Grab your picnic blanket, plates, cutlery, napkins and your favorite treats and you’re all set for a fun spring picnic. Create a tote with a photo of your friend’s favorite destination on it and gift it with all the picnic essentials. Don’t forget mini bottles of wine or a reusable tumbler.

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Take it to the beach

Grab your sunnies, floppy hat, and beach towel because a fun tote makes the perfect beach or pool accessory. Snap a photo of the ocean, life guard stand or some palm trees and gift this tote with summer-time essentials. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Learn how you can easily create your own custom photo tote bag with embroidery.

Get 60% off on Snapfish!

Yes, you read that right! You can make your own embroidered everyday totes with your favorite photos for 60% off. You can also get 60% off their photo travel tumbler too so you can get DIYing your own photo gifts today!

Enter the code SARAHHEARTS at checkout to get 60% off!

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