Saturday, August 20, 2011

The March of the Toys....or Rather, Planters!

After a few weeks of painting, cutting (both toys and my hands), more painting, planting, and constant mothering, I have a bunch of new planters ready for Vergennes Day on Saturday!  The process is time consuming... once I finally find the toys at yard sales, thrift stores, and occasionally on ebay, they're thoroughly washed, a hole is cut in their plasticky exoskeleton, they're primed twice, given three coats of paint, sealed with mod podge, and then planted.  And since spray paint does not work (it will remain sticky permanently) all this is done by hand with a good ol' brush and tube of paint.  And whenever possible I grow my own plants, but I don't consider that part of this project.  That's an entirely different hobby/obsession...

Oh yeah, and all of this takes place in my living room, kitchen and porch...

But it's fun!  It's really just so darn much fun.  Finding the toys, choosing the paint, figuring out what plant will look good and thrive in each container,  I LOVE it.  So here are a few of my latest creations:

If you just can't get enough of planter pictures, and I know you can't, I have more on my flickr photostream!


  1. Once you are all done, I must know what is left. Thinking of getting a few for my bathroom...and maybe also the office.

  2. You got it! I'm hopefully going to be selling them out of a pop up gallery in Williston from mid-October to mid-December, so I'll be making more if you don't see anything you're drawn to.