Use these upcycling ideas to create decorative displays of plants and flowers…

CHOPPING BOARD SIGN

1 Wash and dry an old chopping board before applying a coat of furniture paint. Allow to dry, then sand down so some wood shows through. Wipe off any dust then apply a layer of wax to the board, following the maker’s instructions.

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2 To stencil, secure a template to the board with masking tape and dab with paint gently. Remove and leave to dry completely.
3 Nail two D-rings on the back and thread with twine or rope to hang. If you like, you can add a picture-frame hook and cable to attach an old jam jar to the front. Hang and style with flowers, and don’t forget to add a little water.

DRAWER SHELVES

1 Clean the surfaces of old desk drawers with a damp cloth and then paint with chalk paint, rubbing down the edges for a distressed look. You can also paint on a lighter colour in places with a dry brush for a more time-worn look.

2 Hammer two D-rings on either side of the drawer near the top and thread with some picture wire.

STENCILLED BUCKET

1 Clean an old bucket or planter with warm soapy water, then dry off. Tape a stencil onto the surface with masking tape, taking care to cover the curved surfaces. With a brush, dab paint over the template, being careful near the edges so the colour doesn’t run (using thick paint will make this easier).
2 Remove the template and allow the paint to dry. Style up lots of little pots or one large pot with blooms for the final flourish.

HERB TEAPOTS AND MUGS

1 Pot your herbs directly in the enamel vessels – just remember to add a layer of grit at the bottom to help with drainage. Finish with a layer of pebbles, if you like.

2 To make the teabag-style tags, cut out a square of patterned card and fold in half. Pierce through the middle of the fold and thread a length of string though, leaving a small amount behind. Write the herb name on a smaller piece of card then staple the whole thing together to complete the tag. Attach the end of the string to the inside of the planter with sticky tape.

SUCCULENT TERRARIUMS

1 Add a layer of grit or pebbles to the base of your glass vessel for drainage. Sprinkle with a layer of activated charcoal (to keep the soil fresh), then cover with specialist potting soil for growing succulents.

2 Plant the largest succulent first, then work smaller ones around it. Finish with a decorative layer of pebbles or moss.

TRI-TONE STOOL

1 Update old furniture using paint in on-trend accent shades. Stools and chairs are ideal for this, as you can paint legs or sections of spindles in different colours. Apply a base coat of furniture paint if it’s needed, sanding down around the edges when dry for an aged look.

2 Choose three colours to highlight different areas of the chair’s legs, allowing each colour to dry before starting the next one.

3 Seal with a coat of wax; apply according to the instructions.

 

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