While there are some holidays I go all out for decorating there are others that I like to keep really simple. The 4th of July is one of those. Summer is time to relax and I think just adding a few little touches – especially for a big cookout or BBQ – can be fun but it also doesn’t have to break the bank.
These 4th of July Dollar Store planters are so easy and inexpensive to make. My kind of Summer craft! If it weren’t for the paint drying time I could almost label this as a five minute craft.
I popped into the dollar store – we have several different stores: Dollar Tree, Dollar General and one other one I can’t remember at the moment. Dollar General is actually the closest and I figured I was overdue for some dollar store crafts so I grabbed a few things including these $1 planters.
$1 for a pair – what a bargain. I’ve also made a mental note to myself to get these at yard sales, however. I had planned to use some spray paint and patriotic washi tape to spiff these up but when the Hubs and I went to Home Depot to grab more plants, I spied this:
Patriotic Duck Tape! How fun is that?? Now this was $4 and change for the set and I decided to save the red and white stripes for the holidays. You can also find some fun duck tape on Amazon like this one that can be found HERE
Here are the supplies you need:
- Plastic Planters Of Your Choice
- Red and / or White Spray Paint
- Duck Tape Of Your Choice
- Plants Of Your Choice (I used coleus because I kill impatiens)
- Potting Soil
That’s it – I told you this was simple! I already had spray paint, so I started by spraying two planters red, and two planters white. You could also use a bright blue as well, of course. I let them dry in the sun for about four hours and then overnight because I didn’t get back to the next step until the next day anyway.
I failed miserably at remembering to take pictures at this point (we’ll blame it on the heat) but, you know what to do. Spray them outside in a well ventilated area and let them dry completely. After about two hours I DID turn them right side up and that is when I sprayed the top rims – I didn’t worry about coating the insides.
For the Duck tape I simply followed the line along the outside rim towards the top of each planter and placed it on. Note – Duck tape is pretty strong stuff so if you have to remove it it WILL take off the spray paint.
There is no great way to get duck tape to lie flat on a curved surface so I had a few creases. Does this face look concerned? (picture me looking not at all concerned).
Unlike this cat that was born with these (so awesome I had to share) eyebrow markings and will always look perpetually concerned, I was not.
Because if you come to my house for a 4th of July gathering and notice creases in my festive duck tape on my dollar store planters, then we have quite possibly failed as hosts. Here’s some grilled corn, enjoy.
I played around with them inside just for fun but I think these will definitely be lining an outdoor table for our 4th of July festivities and I can’t wait.
I hope to have another 4th Of July Dollar Store craft for you very soon but if you have a favorite easy and inexpensive craft idea I’d love to hear all about it in the comments. The “lazy days of Summer” are here and the pool is beckoning so I can always use some inspiration!
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