April 11, 2013

Lilies for Mothers Day ~ Victorian Boot Planter DIY (and $25 VISA gift card giveaway)

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 I love lilies!
They're beautiful,
easy to care for
and smell divine!

 They're perfect for every occasion
from classic to modern
casual to formal
anniversaries, birthdays...
...and even when you need to apologize for forgetting one of those occasions.

Did you know that there are hundreds of types of lilies 
and that they're considered a symbol of refined beauty?
It's no wonder that they were the inspiration for my

Mothers Day Lily Bouquet!

Don't these Asiatic lilies look elegant
in this Victorian ladies' lace-up boot?

I'm excited to show you how to transform
a modern pair of thrift store boots
into a vintage looking Victorian Boot Planter
for the refined beauty in your life!   

 Victorian Boot Planter
with fresh Lily arrangement

For the boot planter:  
  •  1 lace-up boot, leather or vinyl (I found a pair at Goodwill for $5.25)
  • A few sheets of newspaper
  • 1 2oz. bottle acrylic paint in off-white (I used Americana Light Buttermilk by DecoArt)
  • Medium sponge brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Paper towel or soft cloth
  • Brown paint or Distress Ink for antiquing
  • Pearls or pearl buttons
  • Heavy duty glue (I used E6000)
For the arrangement   
  • Lilies* (I used three stems in this arrangement)
  • Viburnum (Snowballs) or another green, leafy filler
  • A tall slender jar (I used a jelly jar)
  • A block of floral foam
*You can purchase lilies at grocery stores, garden centers, and flower shops

Step 1:  Lace up and tie boot.  Fill with a few pieces of crumbled newspaper to give structure while you paint.

Step 2: Use a sponge brush to paint entire boot with acrylic paint.  Use a small paint brush to paint the hard-to-reach areas like the laces.  Set aside to dry.

Step 3:  Fold over one side of boot (as pictured above).  Paint interior of the boot (you only need to go a few inches down).

Step 4: Once boot is dry, crumple and bend to make some wrinkles and wear lines.

Step 5:  Use a bit of brown paint or stain on a dry brush to add antiquing to areas of the boot that would typically show wear (toe, heel, along edges).  Immediately wipe away with a paper towel or soft cloth.  If antiquing is too dark, you can go over it with more of the light paint.  You can also use a Distress Ink pad (I used a light linen color) to add another dimension of age.

Step 6:  Use a dab of glue to attach pearls or pearl buttons to the boot.  Set boot aside to dry. 

Time for the lily arrangement!

Step 7:  Leave the newspaper inside the boot.  It will help support and prop up the jar.  To get the floral foam to fit perfectly inside the jar, place open mouth of jar on the foam and press down.  The jar should cut through the foam and will end up in the jar.  You'll want the floral foam to come 1/4" from the top of the jar, so you may need to repeat the process if your piece of foam isn't as tall as the jar to begin with.  Pour a small amount of water into jar.  Foam will absorb the water.  Continue adding water until the foam will absorb no more.  Insert jar into boot planter.

Step 8: (optional) Remove the pistils from the center of the lilies by gently pulling off. Remove the lily leaves and trim the stem at an angle to approx. 5".

Step 9:  Insert several snowball or leafy green stems all around the jar.  Remove leaves that face the inside.  Insert lilies.  Make adjustments to the greenery as needed to create a balanced look.

And you're done!

How about some more inspiring ideas for how to use lilies and flowering bulbs to brighten up your home and your day?  Visit  HERE.

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  1. I love your boot bouquet! I was wondering where I could find a vintage boot and you so cleverly showed me ;-) If I won, I would buy more lily bulbs for my garden so that I had them at the ready for my tablescapes. Lilies are truly one of my favorite flowers!

  2. I'd definitely Mod Podge a vase and pop my lilies in it!!

  3. Think I would do something with a old suitcase and make a flower planter box out of it.. Think some lilies would look great in it..

  4. The lilies are beautiful! The boot is such a fun idea. It definitely looks awesome in white. I would make a fun flower pot to go with some potted lilies :)

  5. I'd love to take a very close-up high-resolution photo of a lily and then enlarge as a mural.

  6. i love this idea! I love lilies too. They smell wonderful!

  7. I'd love to make a spring centerpiece for my table.

  8. Wow! I'm so impressed with this creative idea with the boot!

    I LOVE lillies so, so much. I wish they weren't very bad for cats or we'd have them in our house more often. The smell is amazing!

  9. I would go to the GW store and find some boots like you or a pair of skates for Christmas decorating.

  10. I would make a door wreath.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  11. I would decorate a photo frame with lilies

  12. I love this planter! I would love to do something similar!

  13. I would make a spring swag for my mantel.

  14. I'd paint a DIY Mercury Glass Lookalike Vase to display the lilies if I won.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  15. I would love to make a wreath for my front door! It looks so bare!

  16. I have a lovely wire basket that I would put wet foam and surround with moss, add to basket with a spring bunny!

  17. Your boot arrangement is such a fun idea! I love it! I'd love to dip dye a vase to put my lilies in :)

  18. This boot OR I would try my hand at making pressed Lily bookmarks...

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  19. I'd love to make a fun vase to display my lilies in! Your arrangement is so creative and unique!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

  20. I would glue it to the edge of the table cloth

  21. I would make a centerpiece for our dinning room table.

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  22. So pretty and clever! Beautiful centerpiece idea!

  23. I would make a centerpiece for my table with candles if I won.

    Name on rafflecopter is Amanda Sakovitz

  24. I would make a centerpiece
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  25. Jenn - I love this so much! How genius are you to make that boot vintage. I'm going to be featuring your project on my new blog DETAILS. I'll let you know when it's up. BTW - I always remove the pistils from my lilies too. They look so pretty but leave such a stain. :)

  26. I'd make a colorful vase.

  27. I would decorate a shelf with them!

  28. I would make a centerpiece using a stacked vase
    Leidy R

  29. I would definitely try to make a Victorian boot if I won because A) I love it! and B) the flowers look so pretty in them!

  30. That is beautiful! What a great way to upcycle old boots!
    Amanda @ Dreamsicle Sisters

  31. id make a garland! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  32. Jenn - I featured your fabulous vintage boot planter on DETAILS today. Stop by and check it out. Any love for my new blog would be much appreciated. http://carolynsdetails.blogspot.com/

  33. I'd buy a large pretty vase and make a beautiful mixed arrangement with them for on top of the plant shelf in my bedroom


  34. I would do a window box outside of my living room!


  35. Love this Jenn!If you need more boots let me know...I was going to make a witch boot at Halloween and never got to it! This is gorgeous and so fun!


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