In preparation for planting season I’ve been hunting down cute pots and stands. When I saw this pot/stand combo from IKEA I knew it was coming home with me! (It actually took 3 IKEA trips to find it, but hey, it’s home now). The major downside though was NO DRAINAGE HOLES.
Nuh uh. Not this time. I learned my lesson with my last IKEA ‘self watering’ pot (the shorter one pictured above). Plants don’t like sitting in wet soil for days on end. It’s the difference between wearing wet socks for a week or having a short, relaxing pedicure. So I could have passed over this great find OR….
Find a solution. And really, adding drainage holes is ridiculously easy with the right tools!
standard drill bits for plastic pots masonry bits for unglazed ceramics like terracotta
diamond tipped bits for glazed ceramics
lots of water
If you’re working on an unglazed pot, soak overnight to prep. This will help the drill move more smoothly through it.
Scratch a small ‘starter’ mark where you want the drainage hole with your nail to help the drill bit to stay in place. With your spray bottle in one hand and drill in the other, slowly go at it. Keep the drill bit and pot surface wet with the spray bottle. This keeps the bit from overheating (and potentially snapping) and the pot from cracking. If you feel like the bit isn’t getting anywhere, don’t be afraid to really give it some force. Just be sure to keep the drill perpendicular to the pot and not at an angle.
Always work up to a bigger size instead of using the largest bit immediately. I started with 1/4″ sizes and went up to 1/2″.
Also, doesn’t the pot look like he has a face now? It almost made me sad to fill it with dirt.
Ah. Pure satisfaction. Now I only add a tiny bit of water to the ‘self watering’ base to give plant baby the humidity he craves but not enough to touch the interior pot. Remember pedicures, not wet socks.
New baby makes his second appearance. May he grow large and healthy to fill out his new home. Still struggling with a name for this one and his new sibling (the prayer plant in some of the photos), so leave me some suggestions in the comments 🙂
When we moved apartments and went from a dark green bedroom to a white one, we knew our white duvet would get lost in the new space. So I started scouring Pinterest (of course) and realized all the colors I liked were easily $200+. Ahahah. Maybe someday.
We still had 2 white duvet covers and with ~$30 in dye, I knew we could get what we wanted without spending a mini fortune. And thus the Double Tub Method was born!
This dyeing method is perfect if you live in a small space or an apartment with communal washers. By dyeing in your bathroom, you can easily monitor your color, won’t have to worry about dyeing the machines, and you can save all your quarters.
For the Double Tub Method you’ll need: dye
1 cup salt
plastic storage bin large enough for your piece to move freely in
Put your plastic bin inside the tub/shower. Fill with the hottest water you can, leaving enough room for your duvet to move freely. Add dye and salt. As a general guideline, one box of powder dye or 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) of liquid dye will color one pound of dry weight fabric.
Pro Tip: Check the item description of your duvet cover online- lots of retailers list the item’s weight. For example, we have a $25 cotton setfrom IKEA and they list the weight as 3lb, 6oz. Win!
Test the dye bath on scrap fabric that’s the same material as your duvet. Once you get the desired color, add the duvet to the bath. Stir constantly with a thick piece of scrap wood for 10-30 minutes until it’s the reached the desired color. The stirring will help achieve a uniform dye.
Rinse thoroughly in warm water, gradually making the water cooler until the water runs clear or throw in the washing machine on a cool setting with an old towel to soak up the excess dye. Optional: To reduce color bleeding, Rit Dye suggests using their fixative immediately after dyeing. We haven’t had a problem washing the duvet with other laundry but have noticed that the color has faded a bit. After washing, hang up to dry or run through the dryer.
Clean up time! Slowly pour the dye down the tub drain with running water. Don’t try to rush this part; the dye droplets can stain porcelain.
Guys, Terrazzo is having a serious moment. Some of you have been on trend the whole time like Marwa over at Enthralling Gumptionwhile some of us are just now dipping our toes. Either way this Terrazzo Earring DIY is a foolproof way to add a bit of pattern and color to any outfit while using up that scrap clay pile 😉
Start by rolling out your chosen colors on wax paper, trying to get them roughly the same thickness. You can use cornstarch to keep the clay from sticking to the wax- it’ll come right off after baking as long as it’s not mixed in with the clay.
Pro Tip 1: Use the same brand of clay throughout, especially if you’re mixing colors. The different formulas make it harder to figure out the correct bake time and can cause your clay to become a sticky mess.
Hack at all the pieces with a long blade. Keep going until you have a nice assortment of sizes.
Pro Tip #2: Slightly dried out clay works best here- you can even just crumble it up instead of hacking at it!
Alright, somehow I don’t have photos of step 3, but essentially roll out your base color a little thicker than what you want your finished piece to be. Drop over your piece pile, cover with wax paper, and gently roll over. Your colored pieces should be nice and incorporated into the base!
Cut out your shapes plus jump link holes (I used these basic circle cutters from Amazon). Bake per clay instructions and assemble. I used standard earring posts from Michael’s & the all powerful E6000.
And honestly I loved this pattern and colors so much I had to make a second set the following weekend! I feel like semi-circles are the spring shape this year, what do you guys think?
PS, say hi to my new baby Monstera! He’ll be making more appearances throughout the blog soon 🙂
Calling all last minute gifters, this one’s for you! With one of the shortest posts on ctrl + curate, print out a few ‘secret’ compliment cards on cardstock and hide them for your friends or Valentine to find throughout the day.
These cards are the perfect way to make someone smile without ever having to say a word. But if a sentence isn’t enough, write your own compliments on the back. Nothing wrong with spreading even more love, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Going through compliment cards on Pinterest was the best part of this project. You find all sorts of gems like ‘you elegant eggplant’ and ‘you smile is as contagious as the flu, but less vomiting’.
I’m 1 work week away from donning head to toe blush and wearing my one matching set. It’s the final countdown to the loveliest, doviest, most tear jerker holiday!
And you my friends are here for the good stuff. 21 gender neutral gifts for that special someone right? A lot of these diy ideas I’ve actually gifted Michael and and they’ve gotten the boyfriend/fiance stamp of approval. So let’s get shopping or crafting!
A living plant (plus pun) beats flowers at the office everyday.
Forget 99 red balloons. Spell it out with L-O-V-E. Do you remember burning cd’s and carefully crafting playlists? Try a modern take with a personalized usb. Ya, they can get music from anywhere now, but the usb will be cute and show you thought about them.
Pretty Things Say it loud, say it proud withdiy message shirts. Make a matching pair for Korean idol levels of cute.
Put together a photo book of your 1st year of dating, the year in review, or places you’ve traveled. Next level tip: Throw in one ‘goal’ picture at the end as a surprise gift. (If you made a travel book, add a picture of a place you want to go together.) Tell you favorite coffee buddy ‘I heart you likeXO‘ with these (mugs).
Date Ideas Stay away from the bars and host a chocolate & wine tastingor beer tasting for two. The cheaper and cozier way to sample spirits. The Dating Divas have a date night and printables for every occasion. The Valentine’s Day ones are extra sweet.
My Drifting Deskhad 90+ free date night ideas already to print for a date night jar.