Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I know it’s summer time and a lot of you have already been digging in your gardens for a while now, but I thought I’d show you guys a fun idea for painted garden markers, or how to create a a great gift for your favorite green thumb.
Plaid Crafts sent me a fun bundle of supplies and told me I could create anything I wanted with them.
I received stencils, paints, brushes, Mod Podge, and a gift card to go shopping at Walmart to buy a few things I might want to make over. I ended up buying a few wooden spoons from the Kitchen Tools aisle, a nice terra cotta pot from the gardening section, and a couple of other things to play around with.
I decided to create some cute garden markers and a painted pot using the Chalkboard Paint Plaid had sent me, and a few of the acrylic paints.
I painted the wooden spoons using the chalkboard paint, and the yellow and white acrylic paint. I used a small brush to paint all of the spoons, and only had to do one coat of the acrylic paint for full coverage. I taped off a large circle on the terra cotta pot, and created a few stripes with the tape on the wooden spoons. I did two coats of the chalkboard paint, on both the spoons and the terra cotta pot.
After the chalkboard paint was dry on the terra cotta pot I decided to paint it white. Might have been backwards, but I decided I liked the look of a white pot with the black chalkboard paint much better. I only used one coat of the acrylic paint on the pot as well. And I really loved how well it covered the rusty terra cotta clay color.
After I painted everything I let my spoons and pot dry for a little bit, and then pulled the tape off of the spoons.
I decided to seal the spoons with a couple of layers of Mod Podge, where I had used the acrylic paint…
After the the spoons were dry, I used some tissue paper, to stuff in the pot and help hold my garden marker spoons in place. Then I put a few packs of seeds in with the garden markers, and tied a sweet bow around my pot. I used a chalk pen to write on the chalkboard surface of my garden markers and pot.
Hopefully my favorite gardener will enjoy getting this gift as much as I enjoyed making it for them.
For more great ideas, or if you’re interested in seeing what Plaid Crafts has to offer be sure to check out Plaid on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter. And you can also see a ton more crafty ideas by checking out the Walmart Crafts on Pinterest too.
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.