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The Pinterest Challenge – Fall Edition


I’m taking a break from my four part series, The 4 Most Paralyzing Decorating Fears and How To Overcome Them (I’ll be back on Thursday!), to participate in The Pinterest Challenge – Fall Edition with Sarah at The Ugly Duckling House, Carmel at Our Fifth House, Katie at Bower Power, and Sherry at Young House Love.  I’ll be linking up with them tomorrow but posting here today.

The challenge is to stop (or at least take a brief pause from) pinning and start doing (kinda sounds like a Lowe’s commercial, huh?).  There’s no time like the present, right?

The process was pretty simple:

1.  Pick a pin from Pinterest.  A recipe, a DIY project, anything goes.  Nothing is too big or too small.

2.  Use your pinspiration to create your own version linking to both the pin and the original creator.

Here’s the pin that inspired my project.  It’s painted glass:


I found these fake billy ball flowers at the dollar store and bought two.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I won’t pass up billy balls, especially at a dollar a pop!  I shopped the house for some sort of container to display them in (I wasn’t too taken with the dollar store selection) and came across this glass bottle that we once used for soy sauce (the soy sauce would get a film from being the bottle too long, uh, gross!).

I like involving Anak in my DIY endeavors when appropriate (otherwise I’ll get some work in when he’s fast asleep) especially since he’s in the copy cat stage.   I was using my wire cutters to shorten the billy ball stems so of course he ran over and got his scissors out of his pencil box.  The scissors (obviously) were ineffective so he helped by pulling the leaves of the stem.  And I didn’t even put ‘help’ in quotation marks in that previous sentence; he really did help pull those suckers off!

I wanted to make something fall inspired so I mixed some greens together in a plastic bag.  My paint (I just use those little one dollar bottles of Folk Art acrylic paint that you can find at Michael’s) was old and goopy so I had to mix in a little water.  I knew this was going to thin out the paint but I wanted green, darnit!  No other color was going to do (not even one made by mixing blue and yellow).  I cut one of the edges of the bag (sorta like bakers do with piping bags) and squirted some paint into the glass bottle.  Because the mouth of the bottle was so tiny, I just covered the mouth with the palm of my hand and gave it a good shake.  After the paint coated the glass, I poured the excess paint into the trash and let my painted bottle dry overnight.

Again, here is the original inspiration:


And my fall adaptation:

They are obviously quite different but I am quite pleased with my outcome : ]  Although aren’t those aqua blue vases gorg!  I didn’t recreate this pin but rather adapted the idea for my own purpose.  One con to my project is that inserting the flowers scratches the paint off the sides so I can see why it might be advantageous to use larger vases solely as decoration.  And, as I never read directions (this extends to driving, too, but I won’t go there), I never actually read over the instructions until this post.  The original pinner used surface conditioning for her paint to adhere (now there’s a thought!).

Have you ever recreated a pin?  Is there anything you have pinned that you could see yourself tackling for a Pinterest challenge?

Author: Jennifer @ Brave New Home

Hi! I'm Jennifer from Brave New Home ( I blog about overcoming fear and transforming a house into a home one DIY project at a time.

4 thoughts on “The Pinterest Challenge – Fall Edition

  1. Love the bold colors. I’ve only done white ones with mason jars but this is a great way to get that pop of color you’re looking for rather hunting for that perfect little vase, etc. to bring it all together.

  2. I love the color of yours…looks great! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

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