from splinter to… Splendid

Small Wood Tote

Tote B&A

I finished another easy project this week. With school ending soon, I had two all day field trips I chaperoned with my kids, a half day school project/craft and my parents came to visit. I am looking forward to June 14th when school is finally out for summer and some of the running is over.

I bought this cute little tote thinking I would paint it. It’s pretty small. It will hold two pint size Mason jars. I brought it home and cleaned it up with Lysol wipes and a toothbrush and Q-Tips in the corners. I then set it on my kitchen counter and set a couple of small plants my kids planted for me for Mother’s Day in it. It’s been sitting there a couple of weeks and it has grown on me. I decided a week ago it was to cute to paint it but it still looked blah.

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I finally figured out what I wanted to do to it. So far I have figured out two uses for it: 1) to hold 2 plants in pint jars and 2) to hold forks and knives in pint jars for a cookout. My mind went to work and I decided to make a reversible sign for it. I might make one more sign and who knows what other uses I come up with and will need more signs.

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I found a piece of 1/4 inch mdf in my wood stash and cut it to size with my jigsaw. I then spray painted it red. I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut two designs on white adhesive vinyl. I decided to put “grow” on one side and the knife and fork on the other. I think I might do at least one more small sign in lime green to match my outdoor table set I posted about last week (if you missed it you can see it here – Candle Holder). I think when I do it I will do one side with a fork and spoon and the other that says, “forks and napkins” in a cute font. But the possibilities with my reversible & interchangeable sign are endless.

I love how it turned out. It added color but nothing permanent. I can easily remove the small nail and still use it without a sign at all. There will be a tiny hole on one side that nobody will ever notice. And now it is SPLENDID!

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Tuesday at Our Home with Our Home Away From Home ∝

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WEDNESDAY

Wow Us Wednesdays ∝

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Creative Spark ∝

THURSDAY

Vintage Charm ∝

Home and Garden Thursday ∝

The Creative Exchange ∝

Lovely Little Link Party ∝

Making Broken Beautiful ∝

The Handmade Hangout ∝

FRIDAY

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party ∝

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Sweet Inspiration ∝

Link Party Palooza ∝

A Morning Cup of Joe ∝

Peace, Love, Linkup ∝

The Creative Circle ∝

Feathered Nest Friday ∝

Flaunt It Friday ∝

Creative Collection ∝

SATURDAY

Share It One More Time  ∝

SUNDAY

DIY Sunday Showcase ∝

Sundays at Home ∝

That DIY Party ∝

Silver Pennies Sundays ∝

Get Your DIY On (First Sunday of the Month)

18 Comments

  1. Becca

    What a great idea … love how you dressed it up (and that it’s reversible). So creative with such a fun Summer pop of color!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  2. sherry

    It is splendid now! I love the fork and knife that you added to it!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  3. handmade by amalia

    A cool upcycle! Love it.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  4. Katrin

    I love it, it looks very cute as is and didn’t need any paint! You’re right that the little added signs give it that extra special detail! I also love that you can use it in so many ways and for different occasions you might need it. Great idea!!!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  5. Edye

    Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    Reply
  6. Betsy

    What a clever idea to make a reversible and detachable sign. This little tote is perfect for holding all kinds of goodies. Thank you for sharing at Talk of the Town.

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  7. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    Great idea to make a sign that can be removed and changed. I can see this tote used in so many ways. It’s so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  8. Crystal@WhatTreasuresAwait

    Such a great idea to make the sign reversible…I love it both ways! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thanks!
      Mandy

      Reply
  9. Emily

    Cute idea! I really like how versatile the sign is. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

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  10. Ashleigh

    Thanks for sharing at Peace Love Linkup! The next linky goes live tomorrow at 6! Hope to see you there! : )

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you for featuring my tote at A Morning Cup of Joe Linky Party.
      Mandy

      Reply

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