Friday, April 5, 2013

From Blah to Blooming

I saw potential in this not-so-pretty dark green metal case when I spotted it at an antique show a while back.  The man I bought it from said it was used by the Marines for carrying equipment or ammunition; that makes sense to me because of the strap that was attached.  I couldn't resist prettying it up with some flowers and stencils.

use a vintage ammunition case as a garden planter
I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the Flowers & Grains stencil, blue painters tape was used to create the grain sack stripes, and a portion of a stencil from Maison de Stencils was used on the bottom half.

vintage ammunition case
Before...kind of blah don't you think?  

upcycled garden planter made from an ammunition case
The inside has three separate compartments and each side has two slots for labels.  I wedged in the two larger plants that are still in plastic containers, and the three little clay pots are sitting on blocks of wood. 

custom stenciled ammunition case garden planter
The back needed some attention too.

flower container made from a vintage ammunition case
Much better in bloom and all prettied up.

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35 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful, and the history of the piece is very cool

    Have a great weekend

    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.ca

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  2. You are insanely talented, my darling! Beautiful!!!

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  3. Another inspired rescue and something kind of ironic about a perhaps ammo box filled with flowers. Well done again!

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  4. It's very pretty! Especially with the stencils. Be careful about it overheating the flowers because it is so narrow it will dry out faster. Sorry, the gardener in my talking...
    Brenda

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  5. Great makeover-I liked your stencil use.
    Linda

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  6. Very cute makeover!! It's gorgeous now!
    Jane

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  7. Wonderful re-purposing...I love the stenciling and the little pots add the gardeners touch. How creative is this! Have A Great Weekend...
    XO

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  8. It's explosively awesome! Very cute reuse!

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  9. Love the "Spring" feeling that you get from the flowers. The box is just way too cute, and I love the stencilling you did on it. Great job!!! :)

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  10. Oh, Betsy, this is just fabulous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    xoxo

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  11. That is totally pretty now, Betsy! I need to get myself to Lowes and get some pretty flowers.

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  12. What a brilliant idea. It certainly looks pretty being a trough for some plants, than it was as an ammunition box. Well done.

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  13. Beautiful Betsy!! I cannot wait to plant flowers outside! I need to invest in one of those Cameos!
    xx
    Anne

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  14. You certainly made it pretty! Love the stencils. I got my Paris stencil and hope things will slow down in the next couple of weeks and I can get some projects done!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  15. If I saw one....all I would see is a military box! You can always come up with the neatest ideas for repurposing! Very nice!

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  16. Love it! Glad the seller could give you info about it's original use.
    Have a great weekend!

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  17. What a cool container! I just love what you did with it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  18. I am so envious, I would love a silhouette! I just bought 2 metal and one wooden box and I think I am going to shamelessly copy a portion of your design. It is always so hard when you find something with the perfect bones and then you want to get the transformation right...you got it perfect!

    Carol

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  19. So nice! I really love it! You are so creative! xoxo Happy weekend!

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  20. Such a lovely transformation...You did a wonderful job with it, Betsy!

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  21. Really cute reuse of an old ammunition box. You go girl. I think you are having too much fun.

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  22. So unique- you transformed it into a wow piece!

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  23. Awesome - what a great transformation. Since it's an ammo container, I can't help but be reminded of the photo from the 60's where the peace activists placed flowers in the barrels of guns. I love the juxtaposition of the two.

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  24. The stamping really brought that piece alive. I like it.

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  25. Wow. The shape of that container is TO DIE FOR! You made it into something lovely, too.

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  26. I love what you have done with this box. Makes me look at amo boxes in a whole new light.

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  27. Hi Betsy! They are indeed prettier and better. I wonder how old is the metal case. If only it could talk, it would surely related a lot of great stories :)

    Have a great week!

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  28. What a beautiful thing to do with something that was used in war! It's certainly been reborn, what a great job!

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  29. LOVE this!! I really need to learn how to use mine...so much to do, so little time :)

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  30. Pretty, pretty and pretty, and I love the contrast with the rough and ready Marine Corps box. My son was in the Marine Corps so it totally appeals to me in that sense too. Great find. I love that it has compartments. Those Marines know how to make a good box! :)
    Liz

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  31. sweet. Are you just using the acrylics and sealing after?

    blessings
    barb

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  32. Hi Betsy, Oh this is just wonderful. Love it. What a great treasure. You are amazing.
    Hugs, CM

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  33. Now this is one of your creations that I could actually do.

    I need to find me a metal box.

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