Today I'm presenting as one of the keynote speakers at the 7th Annual Arizona Natural Hair Expo here in Phoenix. The title of my talk is "Hair Game Too Strong: Using Holistic Wellness to Achieve the Hair of Your Dreams." This actually leads right into my environmentally-friendly post for today...
Last Friday I posted about New Year's Resolutions and a more sustainable goal-setting practice in the form of a More/Less list. This week I'm sharing a cool new way to manifest your dreams and goals this year, a Vision Board Planter! The concept is simple and easy: create your vision board on a flower pot!
All you need to do is find a pot or planter that you like, cut out images and words from magazines (upcycling for the win!) and decoupage the images onto your pot. Spend a little time in quiet reflection to visualize what you want your life to look and feel like, then choose images and words that reflect that.
Not only is this a physical reminder to go for your dreams and goals, but having a living, growing plant in your vision board pot will also remind you to continually grow, and to always reach for the sun. Here are a few tips to help you with this easy project. (P.S. It also makes a unique, low-cost , environmentally friendly gift!)
Decoupage Glue Sealer (aka ©Mod Poge)
Regular or Foam Brush
Tips and Tricks for Your Vision Board Planter
I like to start at the top of the pot and cover it all the way around before placing the other images. It’s easier to make sure the top is completely covered and it makes the other images easier to place.
If your pot has drainage holes on the sides, avoid covering them with your images. Not only will your plant not drain properly, it can rot or damage the images you put on it. And you definitely don't want that!
Make sure to cut pieces of various sizes. It will be easier to fill all the blank spaces on your planter/pot.
You can also choose to put a layer of random images or a pattern on your planter first so that you won't have any blank spaces. This is totally optional and not always necessary if you kind of jigsaw puzzle your images together and don't mind them overlapping. I think just going for it is more fun!
Whenever I'm done with a magazine that I don't want to keep (or get one for free that I don't really want) I go ahead and cut out the words and images that I like, then recycle the rest of it. Doing this, you'll always be ready when the urge to decoupage comes upon you.
Make sure to get glue thoroughly on the outer edges of your images before placing them on the planter. They have a tendency to flip up and are hard to get to lay flat after they dry.
Wash your brush immediately after use or the glue will dry on it and your brush will be unusable.
Don't think too hard about arranging your images perfectly on the pot. Life is not perfect, and a little bit of freedom never hurt anyone. (Well, maybe it did, but that's not the case with your Vision Board Planter!)
Leave a little bit of a border when cutting out your images and words. Then you can overlap them for full coverage of your planter without having your words and images covered up by other pieces.
Decoupage Glue Sealer comes in all kinds of finishes now: matte, glitter, sparkle, outdoor, glow in the dark...Gloss is my personal favorite, but don't be afraid to go with something different!
If you're still in the mood for some positive reflection, check out my #MantraMondays online event for your weekly dose of encouragement.
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