Mini Plant Stand Tutorial

I picked up some plants for the boys’ teachers and wanted to make mini plant stands for them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I put together a little tutorial for you below if you’d like to make one too.

You will Need:

1 – 1/2 inch wood dowel

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing fittings

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing caps

Wood glue

1/4 inch wooden dowel pins

*I made these for a 5 inch plant pot. Remember to measure your pot and adjust accordingly. *

First you will need to cut your dowel.

8 – 4 inch pieces

1 – 5.5 inch piece

2 – 2.5 inch pieces

Next drill a hole through the center of the 5.5 inch dowel piece and glue the dowel pin in place. Drill holes in one end of each of the 2.5 inch dowel pieces. Put some wood glue into each drilled hole and insert dowel pin. Allow glue to dry completely.

Now you will assemble the legs of your plant stand. Insert 4 inch dowel pieces into top and bottom of the copper plumbing fittings and put copper caps on bottom of the legs.

Once your glue has completely dried you can assemble the plant stand. I just love how the wood and copper look together! I stained one stand and left the other unstained – I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

If you make one tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your mini plant stands!

Chalk Painted Floors ~ free cement tile stencil download

The original linoleum floors in our main bath were just the grossest pee yellow colour. We aren’t ready to do a full reno of the bathroom but I couldn’t live with them any longer. Here is the before picture. Ew!

I decided to try painting them with chalk paint. I designed a stencil based on my favourite cement tiles and cut it using my Cricut machine.  Scroll down for the free cut file! I am thrilled with how they turned out!  They are a huge improvement over the pee yellow linoleum.

I first gave the floors a really good clean and then painted the entire floor in Rustoleum Chalked Linen White.  I let that dry overnight and then Stencilled on the cement tile pattern in Rustoleum Chalked Aged Grey.  After letting it dry overnight again I put on two coats of a clear coat polyacrylic sealer. They have held up amazing well!

I used my Cricut to cut the stencil.  You can buy stencil material for your Cricut/Silhouette machine.  However I found some clear plastic file folders at the Dollar Store that worked great for stencil plastic. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you could print off the PDF version of the stencil and cut it out by hand.

Click HERE to download the FREE CUT FILE for the cement tile stencil!

If you have ugly linoleum or tile floors give this a try!  Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your project!

Stenciled Shirt using Vinyl and Acrylic Paint

It’s the last Day of School! I managed to finish my teacher gifts (late) last night and love how they turned out. I thought I would quickly share one of my favourite ways to make t-shirts.

I do love using heat transfer vinyl, but if I want a more distressed look to my design or I just run out of vinyl, I stencil my design on with acrylic paint. Acrylic craft paint is permanent on fabric as long as you heat-set it. I just make sure to give it a good press with a hot iron and it holds up in the wash just fine. I sometimes add just a tiny splash of water to thin the paint if I find it is too thick. Don’t worry if the paint seems a bit stiff when the design dries, I find it softens up after you wash it.

I cut my design out on adhesive vinyl using my Cricut machine. It is a bit time consuming to weed and place the vinyl, but the adhesive vinyl works great as a stencil.

Next time you run out of HTV give this method a try!