Upcycled an old, leaky birdbath into a beautiful succulent garden! I mixed about 2 parts compost to 1 part builder's sand and mounded it up in the birdbath basin using small rocks, then added the succulents.http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com
I picked up a bunch of plates at yard sales and thrift stores for around a buck a piece and hung them in a free-flowing, organic look that crawled around a wall corner. Crazy? Possibly. Weird? Probably. :) You can see details here: http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2011/05/grann...
Choose a color scheme: If you want to create a plate arrangement like mine, start with
your color scheme. Maybe you already have a vintage plate collection to use, but for me I just started my collection off of newer plates and ones I had in my stash. I decided on white, aqua blue, cobalt blue, and soft green.
Have fun choosing the colors that you want for your plate display, and make it personal to your taste.
Choose a good variety: If achieving an eclectic look like I did, just be sure to mix up all your shapes, patterns and colors that together make a cohesive piece of art on your wall. Nothing too matching, but complimentary to each other.
I stayed within a simple 3-4 color scheme so my plate arrangement didn't get too crazy, and I tried to choose the same values of colors. Nothing too bright as to stick out like a sore thumb.
Choose enough: I had more plates than I ended up using. I was happy to have enough plates to play around with, because as you see below I ended up editing and cutting down the amount of plates I used.
For more about how I created this plate wall, you can see the rest of the post here.. http://www.deniseinbloom.com/plate-arrangeme...
Hi Everybody! Man, what a whirlwind this has been since I posted my tire ottoman idea. I know the power of Social Media, but wow! For those who have suggested and asked, yes, I have considered and have decided that I will be marketing my ottoman. Hopefully I haven't hurt the possibility of sales by sharing all the down and dirty how-to details with everyone. But, hey, generosity can only be rewarded, right? For all you DIYers, I know you can make your own, but for those not so
inclined, I'll have tire ottomans for sale soon--and of course for much less than my inspiration ottoman! Yay for recycling! Go Earth!