I love making chalk board signs with all my heart! I am a big perfectionist when it comes to these. I made these for a friend back in May. I love finding new fonts and having a clear space to design a cute sign!
One of my best friends, Molly Burns, let me keep this. (We go WAYYYY back. Like WAYYYYY back. We have been friends since pre school. Since we were like....2 years old. Since pre school!) I actually took it from her trunk while I was house-sitting/cat-sitting/house-cleaning for her while she was in Arizona at a family reunion. I saw it there in her trunk...and she keeps lots of random crap in her trunk/car. There were a few pieces of what I thought were just wood from our local lake. I then texted her later and was like "Hey. I took one of those pieces of wood from your trunk. I have this Pinterest Project that I want to do with it. " Molly responded with, "OH MY GOODNESS! WHICH ONE?!" I was like...."uhh..idk just like some random one?" She was like, " My Dad collected those his last trip to New Mexico..I am so glad you took one. Please do what ever you want with it. My Mom is so happy you took one! You are family! Keep it in the family!" I almost about cried when I saw this text. Molly is always there for me, always supporting what I do, she is basically my sister. Making this project felt really special to me. It may just be a piece of drift wood to some people...but this drift wood went through a hell of a journey to get here and a great man brought it back to Dallas. Jim Burns.
I started by laying down some Sphagnum Moss and soil that I bought from Home Depot. I sprayed it down real good and laid the moss in the bottom of the drift wood. I then started putting down some succulent cuttings that I bought from various places. Once I had those all settled in, I filled in the holes with rocks and laid regular moss on top. I got the regular moss from Michael's Craft Store in the plant section. I spray it every once in a while with water and give it lots of love :)
Everyone knows how amazing googly eyes are? I hot glued these to my lil' growing cactus about 4 months ago..be careful. They may look soft and not prickly...but they have these little hairs. ZE LITTLE HAIRZ ARE EVIL! I was planting these like any other plant (like a BOSS) NOT. Watch out! Those little hairs will just stick on you and look like peach fuzz! Anyways, so I planted the cactus and put some colorful rocks on top and put these googly eyes on the cactus. Mean less to say, the hot glue did not harm them in any way. They are so big now! :)
I ordered these on Amazon. They are currently unavailable for some reason. But, I am SURE you can find some other ones!
The very first thing I did was outline a circle on the dinosaurs back with a sharpie. I then cut a hole in the dinosaurs back with a dremel! (I actually had my husband do this....cause I am incapable of doing things with tools sometimes). Once we had a hole cut in the dinosaur, I put a polyurethane sealant on the dinosaurs so that the paint wouldn't rub off. I filled the hole with some cactus/succulent soil (but not too much, because you want to be able to put a small succulent in there too!) Once I had a lil' soil in the dino, I put a small succulent in the soil. I got most of the succulents from Home Depot and Calloway's. I then filled around the edges with some aquarium rocks that I got from a local Pet Store. Then...voila! You have an amazing and beautiful plastic dinosaur with a succulent in it's back! How awesome?
I made these back in December. I bought those "cheap-o" clay pots from Home Depot. While I was at the HD, I also bought glitter spray paint! (cause that exists). I painted the pots with some acrylic paints. (shown below picture of final project). I let the pots dry, I put about 2-3 coats. Once the pots were dry I filled them with cactus/succulent soil (make sure not to fill them too full...once again, gotta have room for the cactus or succulent!). Put the succulent in the hole, top the soil off with aquarium rocks. I got mine from a pet store close by. They have many colors! (hot pink is the best). Then you are done! And, HEY. Make sure that these get some source of light! Do NOT over water them. Cactus need very little water. So if you are bad at watering your plants.....make one of these! Enjoy! :)
Ranunculus are the cutest flowers of all time :)
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