Posts Tagged ‘cheap’

by Aggi Stevenson

From this…                                                            To this!

Big Lots planter folds for easy storage. At $12.99 each, they are cheap enough to buy several and spray paint them in designer colors to meet every occasion.

Opening the plant stand provides four serving levels.  The rest of the table is filled with various containers/holders. A beautiful wire two tier basket from Ross, a vanity tray from Southern Living, a napkin holder and plate holder from Costco. Notice the same turned leg on the metal pieces even though they were purchased at different places, the style is similar. More on those later. For now we are focusing on the plant stand transformation.

The shortest item is placed on the highest level. The glasses are Luminarc Prism cut glasses from Costco that reflect light and are perfect for formal or every day entertaining.  The middle glass is filled with water and holds two floating tea candles. The cut design in the surrounding glasses, turned upside down, bounces the light around the top of the server.  Note: When the glasses are removed from the top shelf, the candle holder left in the middle may become a little unstable unless it is sitting just right on the middle wire. To guard against tipping, the middle glass needs a larger base or more support. A clear plate or anything of your choosing should be placed underneath the glasses.

The Southern Living Savannah Beverage Server, the tallest item, is placed on the left level to balance the height of the server when loaded. This level also provides room to fill glasses from the spout.  Bread plates and bowls are loaded onto the remaining two levels.  The bread plates are placed between the clear glass pieces to break up the glass. The arrangement wouldn’t be as pretty if the glass was on one side and the serving pieces on the other.

This is a bare bones arrangement without flowers or any other embellishments.  Want more ideas on how to further decorate your walk-around serving table?  It’s coming soon…

A cheap plant stand becomes an elegant server…Imagine that!




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by Aggi Stevenson

Yesterday we discussed how to make your ten minute flower arrangement (featured the day before) become even more dramatic by setting it in front of a strategically placed mirror.

Today I will show you how to make cheap and beautiful art for your home from the same ten minute flower arrangement.


I covered my kitchen island with an old table cloth and set my ten minute flower arrangement on it. I like to mix the old with the new. I then placed a Gregg Shorthand text book by John R. Greeg with 1893 as the first copyright date and laid current reading glasses on the book. I added an antique leather sheath with a broken pair of scissors and a letter opener on the cloth. I climbed onto my kitchen step stool and shot the picture from a higher angle than eye level with my digital camera. I put my camera card in my computer, printed the picture out and framed it. Walla…instant art!


This is the companion print with a very worn Bible lying near by. Again the old with the new. If you are going to make a series of prints, the theme needs to be consistent.



This print is the third of a series of four. I could have hung all four prints together in the same, similar, or mis-matched frames. I chose to use a rustic wall hanging that is designed to hold candles in the rings. Who says you have to use an item only for what it was intended? I put the other two prints in contemporary frames and simply leaned them against the traditional rustic wall hanging. In this picture I left the shorthand book but added a cup of coffee in a white milk glass cup from the 50’s.


This print is the ten minute flower arrangement with the same tattered Bible. The Bible has the same pair of current reading glasses that was on the shorthand book in the first print. You are only limited by your own imagination. Why not have art that means something special to you?

Now go have fun. Create your own artwork!

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