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☞ Super Nifty Crafty Time! DIY Planter Edition

September 1, 2011

I know the interwebs are full of this kind of thing (or, even this exact thing), but, I fell in love with this idea and wanted to give it a go for myself.  It’s pretty easy to make this cool little guy, so let’s roll….

creative craft idea1.  Find something that’s hollow, and fun.  I found this zebra at the grocery store, and was enamored by her sweet face.

how to make your own planter from a toy2.  Cut a hole in the top.  Careful if it has a seem, as you’ll want to avoid it.  I used my trusty Joyce Chen scissors as those things are small and will cut through almost anything.  I then sanded down the edges with sand paper.

How to make your own neon zebra planter3.  Make holes in the bottom, for drainage.  I used my flex shaft with a drill bit, and it was a piece of cake…

How to make a neon zebra planter

4.  Prime the beast.  I coated my zebra with a layer of white primer and let it dry for a bit…

5.  The fun part—>Painting.  I painted my project with a couple of layers of orange fluorescent spray paint, letting it dry between coats.

6.  Where it went wrong—->After I had sprayed it down, let it dry, and it was looking great, I applied a coat of clear sealer.  I know the folks over at Ace Hardware (in Jakarta) don’t have a great reputation for being helpful or knowledgable, BUT, the guy recommended I use this, and I gave it a shot.  It left a very uneven and whitish coat of “gloss” over my now beloved beast.  I let that mess dry overnight and gave it a couple more go overs with the fluorescent paint in the morning and it was good to go again.  There must be a better sealer out there, but I’m just going to skip it for now.

neon zebra planter craft project7.  Ta Da! The planter is done and ready for a plant.  I’m still working on finding something cute to put in there, but for now I just picked something from outside to show the general finished product.   It looks great in a variety of places.  Have a look….Now, to find a Hebra for my Shebra ;)

neon zebra planter

☞  If you aren’t into crafting but love the idea, you can purchase a neon planter for yourself online at:

Bloomin Happy 2009 or Crazy Couture  Enjoy!

▷►▷ Bonus Ideas For the Crafty Soul  ◁◄◁

Take this idea a step beyond the obvious, and give these ideas a spin….

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The kitchen, a kid's room, the bathoom, or on your dresser...this guy can go anywhere :)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Pamela permalink
    September 1, 2011 3:03 pm

    What a cute idea….now take it to the next level.

  2. September 6, 2011 1:23 am

    Love it! GOing to look through my Son’s toys to see what I can use ‘-)

  3. September 6, 2011 2:57 pm

    You are so crafty!! Love the idea and the photo step-by-step instruction!!

  4. September 11, 2011 3:37 am

    How cute! I’m super into DIY-ng too! Loving the creativity with the toy zebra! Now you are making me want to buy a drill. Did you get it here in Jakarta? What else do you do with it? =D

  5. September 11, 2011 4:43 am

    Thanks :) I did get the toy in Jakarta, but not my rotary tool(it’s from I posted some bonus pics of Zebra ideas, & more DIY ideas are around the corner… :D

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