Eat Drink & Be Mary: DIY House # Flower Buckets


DIY House # Flower Buckets

Today y'all are in for a real treat.  Meet Tela.  Not only is this girl extra crafty, but she's a real life friend.  Sister, actually.  We went to the same college, and were in the same sorority, just not at the same time.  We actually met once (but this was well before either of us were a part of blogland) at a sorority function.  

She really is a sweet as she seems, and her kids are even cuter in person.  Today Tela @ Sweet Southern T is sharing one of her most recent DIY projects with y'all.  House Number Flower Buckets.  

Hi there! I am Tela and I blog over at Sweet Southern T.  I am just a good old southern gal who grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and moved closer to the city with my Hubs to find jobs and start a life.  We are still good old southern folk, just living in the burbs!  I love everything yummy, pretty, thrifty, clean, fun, crafty and organized.

Every Monday I make a list of PINspirations that I have found to ease my Pinterest obsession.  One of my PINspirations lists was here...go ahead...I will wait here on you. Now that you are familiar with it, you are sure to remember this Pin of the flower buckets.  Well here is my Sweet Southern take on it...

First I went to my local "small town hardware store" to buy my galvanized buckets.  You can't find these just anywhere, but if you find some that are old and rusted they will work beautifully as well.  I was not as lucky so mine will just have to age with this southern gal!

I then printed off an oval with my house numbers in my choice font Baskerville Old Face, that I created in Microsoft Paint.  

I then cut out the oval and traced it onto the bucket with a Sharpie.  After the oval was traced, I cut out the numbers and placed them onto the bucket to make sure they still fit inside the oval I had traced.  

The next step was to paint the oval.  I chose to paint it with some black chalkboard paint that I already had. Any black paint should work, but you will want to make sure it is made to stick to metal.

Once the black paint dried, I was able to trace my numbers with a pencil onto the oval.  This is where the chalkboard paint came in handy because the pencil showed up and was easy to apply to the paint.

Do you see the little paint peel on the 9?  I was impatient and started tracing before the paint was completely dry, but it will be fixed in a bit...don't you worry your pretty little head.

I then began to fill in the numbers with White Wash acrylic paint.  I did this with a small water color brush and applied two coats to each number.

After watching that paint dry...believe me it was EXCITING!  Can you hear the sarcasm??  After the white paint dried, I applied the Krylon ColorMaster Clear Gloss to protect the paint from weathering and also make it have a shine.  I ended up applying two coats of this for good measure.

Finally, today I was able to plant my beautiful Viola Celestial Starry Night flowers that I found on clearance at Walmart!  They bloom from Spring to Autumn, so we will have plenty of time to enjoy them before I stick some Pansies in the buckets for the Winter.  These flowers are perennials, so I will probably get them in the ground before they are completely foregone.  That way I can enjoy them next year as well.

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Now I consider myself decently crafty, and believe me if I had a house of my own I would definitely be making some of my own.  Thanks to Tela, one day I'll be making these for my very own house hopefully sooner than later.  What is your most recent DIY project?  Will you be making this for your house?

Now go visit her at Sweet Southern T and stay up to date on her other crafty wonders on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

Check out this smiling, sweet girl, Nina!  photo 600x100_zpsa3741db1.jpg


  1. these flower buckets look great!! Thanks for sharing Tela & Mary! :) I'm trying to get my act together and work on some pinterest projects..

  2. Awww Mary I love the intro!!! Thanks so much for letting me guest post!

  3. I admit - I clicked just because of the title! I am so glad I did. I have been wanting to do something like this for our new house, but just wasn't sure how. Thank you so so much for sharing - such a timely post girl!

  4. This is so cute and is such a great tutorial!

  5. This is such a great idea, came out lovely.

    A Joyful Kind of Life

  6. Those are beyond adorable! I can't wait to be in a house so we can do something like that!

  7. This is so cute and easy! I love it!

  8. Such a cute DIY! Definitely pinning this to make for our home!



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