Today I would like to share a non-card project I’ve been working on over the last couple weeks. Since the husbo and I moved into our lovely home in the fall, we’ve been not-so-patiently awaiting the spring. We’ve been dyinngg to plant a garden full of veggies and herbs. And we did it!!!!! Finished it this weekend! Yay! We have 3 raised garden beds in the yard for all the veggies…. tomatoes, peppers, peas, carrots, lettuces, radishes, beets, etc. I wanted to keep all my herbs nice and close to the house, so on the deck they needed to go. I wanted a hodge podge of ctonainers, so over the past few weeks I have scoured local antique shops and fairs, and collected a few vintage boxes to plant my herbs in.
And all that seemed to get pricey rather quickly. So what is a girl to do? After lots of Pinteresting, I decided I would give a go at creating my own distressed terracotta pots. I picked up four pots at Michael’s and a new skinny paintbrush. ( I have a terrrrrrrible lazy habit of not washing my brushes out after painting and having to throw them away. Everything else had at home. Cheap. And my husband loooves that!
Materials for pots:
Terracotta pots, acrylic paint, brushes, electric sander, graphite paper, free font from the net, printer
1. First I messily painted the pots. Then I splattered paint on them (and on the wall! yikes!)
2. Then I sanded the pots down with the electric sander in random places to create a worn/aged/distressed look, with the natural terracotta showing through.
3. I found a font that I liked on the net, called Past Due. I downloaded and installed the font. Then I typed up the numbers in a Word document, font size 170, and printed it the numbers out onto regular white computer paper.
4. Then I cut around the numbers – just a rough square. Then I taped that right on top of some graphite paper that was cut just a bit bigger. Then adhered the graphite/number paper combo right onto the pot. Next up I used a pencil to trace the printed number, creating a transferred image directly onto the pot.
5. Slowllllly paint the numbers on the pots!
6. Plant your herbs.
7. Eat your herbs all summer long!
Uh oh! I took this before I added my cute little pinwheel to my basil “tool” box! I picked that pinwheel up at Target! It was hard to only buy one….