Spray-Painted Lantern

Designer: Tari Colby

Put empty plastic water bottles in the spotlight by shaping them into an assortment of contemporary flowers, spray-painting the petals, and adhering them to the outside of a paper-globe lantern.


  • Approximately 50 to 60 empty water bottles in assorted sizes with labels removed
  • Electric knife (optional)
  • Spray paint
  • 20″-diameter paper lantern: white
  • Electrical cord kit
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. Using scissors or an electric knife, cut each water bottle in half. Cut five to nine times from the center to the end of each bottle half to create petals, shaping petal ends as desired.

2. Spray-paint the outsides of the petals. If desired, spray the bottle lids. Let dry.

3. Insert the electrical cord kit into the lantern. Hot-glue the bottle flowers to the outside of the lantern by placing a dab of glue on the bottle necks or the bottoms of the bottle halves. If desired, hot-glue a lid to the center of some of the flowers.


Chalkboard Plant Markers

Designer: Kate Carter Frederick

Color plant markers using easy-to-make chalkboard paint.


  • Outdoor paint (latex or acrylic) in desired colors
  • Unsanded-grout powder
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Wood plant markers
  • Foam brush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Cloth
  • Chalk pencil

1.  Mix 14 cup outdoor paint with 1 tablespoon unsanded-grout powder to make chalkboard paint. Store in an airtight container to keep from drying out.


2. Use a foam brush to paint one side of wood plant markers with paint; let dry. Paint other side of plant markers; let dry. Brush on a second coat of paint, and let dry 24 hours.


3. Lightly sand both sides of the plant markers. Brush on a third coat of paint; let dry. Sand lightly.


4. Prepare the writing surface of your plant markers by rubbing both sides of each marker with chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth. Write each plant name on the markers using a chalk pencil.

Metallic-Painted Coffeepot

Designer: Katie Leporte

Play with the possibilities of linear arrangements by adding metallic triangles to form star motifs on a plain coffeepot.


  • Ceramic coffeepot or vase
  • Stencil (such as Stencil 1 Small Star Pattern from FolkArt)
  • Glass marker: gold
  • Spray stencil adhesive

1. Spray back of stencil with adhesive, and position it as desired on teapot or vase. Trace stencil lines with gold glass marker. Remove stencil.

2. Follow the glass marker manufacturer’s instructions to cure the gold marker lines.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase

Designer: Tari Colby

Give glass votives and shapely glass vases a makeover that reflects your style.


  • Glass votive or vase
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Like spray paint
  • Newspaper or paper towel

1. Wash glass votive or vase with soap and water; dry. Spray water on inside of glass.


2. While still wet, lightly spray inside of glass with mirrorlike spray paint. Holding onto the outside of the glass, swirl the paint around the inside until the entire interior is coated.


3. Place glass upside down on newspaper or a paper towel; let dry. Repeat process with water and paint four to five times or until satisfied with the effect.

Oven-Baked Clay Mushroom: How-To

Designer: Katie Leporte

Moss and a small air plant become dense shrubbery when placed next to a cute clay mushroom.


  • Oven-bake clay: white (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist’s brushes
  • High-gloss decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Florist wire
  • Clear Glitter

1. Shape oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) into the following shapes: several tiny balls for spots, one 112” round disk for the cap, and one 1″-long tube for the stem.

2. Press clay balls onto cap to make spots, leaving each one slightly raised. Shape cap so it’s concave on the underside. Press cap onto stem.

3. Push a 134” length of florist wire through the center of the stem, leaving 1″ of wire exposed. Bake mushroom according to clay manufacturer’s specifications. When cool, paint mushroom as desired. Brush with high-gloss decoupage medium; sprinkle with clear glitter.