This is another Christmas make, admittedly far too late to be of use to anyone for Christmas 2013, but it makes a nice gift anytime of the year, or you could go crazy and treat yourself…
This is what you need:
- terracotta plant pots
- chalkboard paint and brush (I used a sponge applicator thing, which I think gave a smoother result)
- masking tape
- chalk or one of those fancy chalk pens
- something to plant in your pots, and some soil
This is what you do:
- mask around the top and bottom of where you want your chalk paint to go-I did mine around the rim bit, but then as soon as I had, I saw a post where someone had painted the whole pot and left the rim terracotta, which looked really effective
- apply the chalk paint carefully and leave to dry-I did two coats to get a nice even coverage
- remove the masking tape
- plant and label by writing on your chalk paint
I planted mine with
whatever herb plants were left in Waitrose on Christmas Eve Rosemary, Basil and Mint, teamed them up with some recipe card suggestions, my jar of preserved lemons, a pack of posh pasta and some oil, and this super sweet book I found in a charity book shop
and put it all in a hamper, which needless to say, I then forgot to take a picture of…
Love this idea – although I admit, I’d like to just make the plant pots for my own kitchen, rather than giving them away!
Agreed! It was super easy, so as soon as I can track down some more pots I am going to do some for us!
I’ve often bought unloved herbs in supermarkets at reduced prices & planted them in terracotta pots or plastic lined baskets which I’ve picked up at carboots or charity shops to give as gifts. Growing them on a little beforehand so they look healthy & worth lots more than I paid. Love this idea of using chalkboard paint & making a foodie hamper with all the extras is a brilliant idea.
You have greener fingers than me Vivienne-our biggest challenge was keeping them alive until we could gift them..!
It’s a really nice idea – but I particularly like that you included the little book – makes it extra special.
Thankyou! It was a really lucky find 🙂
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