Monday, August 5, 2013

31 Mod Podge ~ Favorite Pictures Flower Pot

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest

This year I am changing jobs...and rooms.  I've been teaching 4th grade reading for the past several years and decided to accept a Reading Coach position this year. 
Come on team...we can do it....Rah Rah READ!!!
No, really...Although I will cheer anyone on...to get them to ADORE reading, in my new position I will work with teachers to improve reading instruction in their classrooms.

So what does this have to do with Mod Podge?? Well...I am trying to make my training room welcoming and cutesy (a classroom for grown-ups!)  I LOVE having plants and pictures of friends and family surrounding me at work so lets do the math...

Mod Podge + plants + pictures =  Favorite Picture Flower Pot
 
Look at me with that awesome equation and I don't even teach math!

Supplies

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest

I already had a terra cotta flower pot on hand so I drove to my local arts and crafts store and bought some Mod Podge.  Can you believe this is my very FIRST project  masterpiece I have ever created using Mod Podge?
Then I printed out some of my favorite pictures on photo paper. (I decided to do black and white)

Cutting and Mod~Podging

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest
 
 
I cut out the pictures and starting placing them on the pot using a thin coat of Mod Podge.
 
How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest
 

I placed them randomly, overlapping at times.  It was kind of like a puzzle...fitting all those beautiful faces in the PERFECT place!

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest

I was loving the look!

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest

When I finished placing all the pictures I put a coat of Mod Podge on top.

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest
 
I have to admit...I FREAKED OUT  thought I had ruined the pictures... but when it dried clear I was THRILLED! I put three coats on top, allowing to dry in-between coats.

A Touch of Ribbon

I bought some red gingham ribbon to wrap around the top but it wasn't as easy as I thought.  The ribbon had wire and I didn't like how it laid.  I really wanted the ribbon to look like it was part of the pot sooo... I cut the ribbon into small rectangles and trimmed off the wire.  Then I placed them around the top one piece at a time.  Then I put two coats of Mod Podge on top.

I LOVE how it turned out!

How to Make a Mod Podge Favorite Picture Flower Pot. Brought to you by Life After Empty Nest

Now I will have my friends and family at work with me each day...and that brings a HUGE smile to my face!

Now what shall I make next with my left over Mod Podge?  Give me some ideas!

What other creative ways do you display pictures?

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Thanks for Reading!
xoxo








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31 comments:

  1. This is adorable. LOVE the idea of having family and friends with us at work each day! How cool is that?!

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    1. Thanks Carroll! Whenever I glance at the flower pot, I'll be reminded how lucky I am!!
      xoxo

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  2. Awesome..!!This is such a nice way to show your love to your loving one..!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm thinking it would be a great gift too!
      xoxo

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  3. Hey Sharon...This is what I'm thinking...
    MOD~PODGE Flower Pot THEMES:
    CHRISTMAS/WINTER HOLIDAY- Green & Red with photos of Christmases Past or Winter Holiday- White & Blue with photos of Holiday Events/Snow People/Snowflakes, etc.
    ENGAGEMENT/WEDDING- Bridal Color Scheme with photos of the happy couple/bridal party/family/friends, etc.
    End of Year TEACHER GIFT- School colors with photos of teacher/students/field trips/classroom & school events, etc.
    Just to name a few...The Theme Ideas are endless...!!!

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    1. Such great ideas Lisa!! I'll give you credit when I steal...I mean... use them!
      xoxo

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  4. I adore this idea!! It would not only be great to have this around the house but, it would make the perfect gift! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I'm so glad you stopped by! I'm thinking several people may have these (as gifts) in their future!
      xoxo

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  5. Hello Sharon,

    Lol! This is a coincidence! I found you on the Best of the Weekend Link-up party - you're the entry right before me. And we had almost the same craft idea! How funny is that?

    I really like the idea of using a clay pot as a collage. This would make a great hostess gift :)

    Cheers,
    Becky

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    1. I saw your project as well Becky! I can't believe we were linking up about the same time and ending up right next to each other! I LOVE how you used the wood. I "pinned" for a future project!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo

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  6. Sharon - I just LOVE this idea! This is just an amazing idea for a gift! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and definitely sharing this on FB and Twitter over the weekend. Have a great evening and a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I LOVE your Best of the Weekend!! So glad I had something to link up this week! Super excited that you'll be sharing!! Happy weekend to you as well!
      xoxo

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  7. Ohhhhh, I really like this. Such a great idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d}.

    Pinning.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Mary Beth

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    1. I'm so glad you like it Mary Beth! Thanks for hosting your fantastic party each week!
      xoxo

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  8. Sharon,

    How fun! What a great way to see your loved ones at work.

    Followed over from the Spotlight linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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    1. I have enjoyed looking at theme as I started back this week!

      I'll hop over and visit you...thanks for the invite!
      xoxo

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  9. I love your flower pot! That would make a great gift for a girl going off to college too!

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    1. That is a GREAT idea! The possibilities are endless!
      So glad you stopped by to take a look!
      xoxo

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  10. I LOVE this project...It's like a photo gallery but no nails are needed! Thanks so much for sharing at the Project Stash!

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    1. I love the fact that I didn't have to ruin a wall to display these pictures either!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo

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  11. I really love this project...simply amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at the Project Stash!

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  12. How many pictures did it take? And what size pot is that?

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  13. How many pictures did it take? And what size pot is that?

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  14. I came across your post after looking up ways to decorate a flower pot. I'm curious: how has the decoupage held up over time with use and many plant waterings? I know that sometimes paint can bubble up over time if a terracotta pot isn't treated with sealant.

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    1. The pot has held up very well Aura! I have not had any bubbles...perhaps the Mod Podge sealed it!
      Let me know if you try making one...and if you have any suggestions!
      xoxo

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  15. Hi, I was thinking of using as gifts to some people as wedding gifts and I was wondering how long the pictures stayed on?

    Thanks :)

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    1. I made the pot almost a year ago and the pictures are all still fully affixed. If they start to come off you could put another coat of mod podge on. They would make great wedding gifts!
      Let me know if you make some Thaina!
      xoxo

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