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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


A few weeks ago when I put out my fall decorations, I didn't have a spot for all of the succulents that I planted earlier in the summer.  Then, I came across this project:


Ashley of Sugar & Cloth used copper pipe caps for these darling little planters.  Well, you can bet I wanted to do that too, especially with the colors working so well for fall.

After searching around town a bit, I discovered I needed to revise my plan for 2 reasons:
1. I couldn't find them!  I didn't see anything at Lowe's, and Home Depot had a copper cap but it was only about 1" in diameter...way too small for the size of my plants.  And for one that size,
2. Copper is expensive! I wanted 5-6, and for the larger sizes it would really add up.  The tiny one was around $4 at Home Depot.  The HD associate suggested checking at a local specialty plumbing store, but I knew that would really be getting into the big bucks! 

So, while walking around Lowe's, I thought I would just get some pvc plastic caps and use copper Rub & Buff or spray paint on them.  Then, I thought if I was going to do that, then I probably had things around the house that I could use.

After a quick hunt, here's what I came up with:
2 thrifted silver cup/bowls?--probably less than $1
Cans from mixed nuts, mushrooms, and corn

I liked the mushroom can the best because it didn't have the ridges along the sides that shout "I'm a spray painted can!".  I used the corn can anyway because I liked the size...and the ridges did end up adding an interesting little bit of texture. (Be careful of sharp edges if you are working with cans!) 

With my 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, this came out to around $4, and I have most of the can left for another project.  So, for around a dollar or two, I got 5 little faux copper planters...less than what it would have cost for a teeny-tiny real copper one. 

And here's how the little cuties turned out...

Just right for adding a bit of fall to my kitchen table!

These would also be so cute filled with little pansies, or if you use some larger containers mums or cabbage.

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Infinitely more important than anything I'll ever write about here, please say a little prayer for this precious boy today, and whenever he comes to your mind in the future.

His name is Xander and he's been heroically fighting cancer since he was a baby.  He is beginning yet another round of countless treatments today, where he will have a bone marrow biopsy before later undergoing a stem cell transplant with cells harvested from his mother.  These sweet people are long time friends and I'm amazed at their unwavering faith and courage in the face of mind-numbing fear all of these years.  There are lots more details that I'll never understand, but I'm asking our Father for wisdom for the family and doctors, courage, His will to be done with regards to Xander's healing, and stability for the family and brothers and sisters as Xander is out of town and family is back and forth for an extended time for this treatment.   Thank you for joining me in lifting up this precious, brave boy!

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  1. Jennifer, sorry to hear your friend Xander's story, what a courageous boy. Praying for his healing and strength for his family. Pinning your great diy in hopes many more will see it and prayers will be abundant.

  2. God bless that sweet boy. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. Doesn't his plight put everything in perspective?

    Love your DIY planters….the copper color is so pretty for fall and I love the upcycling of cans and thrifted bowls. Your photography is really lovely too - nice crisp pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  3. God bless Xander and his fight, also prayers to him and his family.
    Love your smart DIY Jennifer, and goes to show you what you can do with your good taste!
    xo Nancy

  4. That is a totally cool DIY project - and I LOVE the price :)

    Said a prayer for Xander and will continue to pray for him and his family. So heartbreaking - he's such an adorable boy!

  5. Love the DIY project and will definitely be saying prayers for precious Xander!

  6. Such a great project! I'm totally adding this to my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration. I've pinned and shared on FB.

    I will definitely be praying for Xander. What a tough situation. Praying for strength for he and his family. And, complete and total healing!

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