I went to the hardware store on a mission but to be honest I was in sort of a pissy mood. Already having started the project once, and not happy with where it was going I had to head back out to the hardware store to buy even more lumber and supplies. It’s a part of this whole craft blogger gig and I get it but a craft fail is isn’t tops on my to do list. I just hate wasting supplies and time and money and I was walking around avoiding the wood section where I knew I’d get even pissier realizing how much I didn’t want to start over. Meh.
I perused the freaking plumbing section for ages (plumbing… seriously! that’s how desperate I was to not face my failure!) and when I stumbled across the garden center and saw all of the pretty mums I instantly got happier. I mean, fall is coming, even here in The Valley. True it’s been in the nineties most does but I actually got to wear a thin hoodie the other day and it made me supremely happy.
So I’m going around with these mums in my cart and I realize that I don’t have any pots. But as it turns out pots can get quite expensive and so I figure I’ll wait and purchase some at the Mexican import store down the road because, they’re seriously like $6 for a gigantic sucker of a thing. But while still avoiding the wood section I see paint cans and I remember… I have some of these at home! And then I decide I’m going to plant my mums in them and really add some fall color to my porch! In the end, I’m so happy with the results that I even added a few props to the area. It’s not all up in your face fall, and that’s okay with me because right now it’s like 89 degrees and a whole bunch of fall leaves feels stinkin’ ridiculous in this kind of heat!
For this project you will need:
- Matching paint
- Empty paint cans
- Chip brushes
- Potting soil (I used Miracle Grow Moisture Control)
First you’ll need to find colors that roughly match the flowers of your mums.
Shake that business up and pour it around the lip allowing it to drip down. Place on a piece of cardboard and set somewhere it can safely dry. Since it’s still hot here mine cooked on the concrete in the sun but you can leave yours in the garage or somewhere you just don’t have to worry about children or pets running into them. The heavier the paint the longer it will take to dry.
If you don’t have a color that matches your flowers you might have to mix something up. The beauty about this is it doesn’t have to be perfect and it will still work well so just mix up something close.
If you don’t want to drill holes in your paint cans to allow excess water to drain you’ll need to use potting soil that protects against over-watering like Miracle Grow Moisture Control.
Props like paint chips dipped in paint and a paint covered lid help to finish up the scene. I’ve temporarily moved my little succulent garden I made a while back so that my fall colors get the best spot on the porch.
In the end, I’m so stoked with this little area and I’m really happy I can bring a little bit of fall decor to my hot as all get out front porch without feeling like a jerk :)