4 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Pots

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Hello Springwatchers! Are you as excited for the new season as I am? The weather might still not be springish enough outside, but it’s nice and warm at the home & garden supply store for sure. Yes, we’re going shopping!

While your little herb cuttings are silently making magic happen in their cups, let’s prepare their future homes by dressing up the containers you are going to transfer them into. Terracotta pots have such a nice feel to them! You can get your hands on endless varieties for a wide range of prices, but since you’re going to modify them anyway, I suggest you buy the basic ones in multiple sizes with saucers.

Bellow you will find 4 techniques to make your newly acquired planters pretty. Make something similar or use these as inspiration and create your signature look. Enjoy!

Decoupage

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Decoupaged pots using tissue paper and textile

How romantic is this flower pattern Aniko of Place Of My Taste used, while Sara at Tell Love and Party made a modern striped pot for her first cactus. For a decoupage project you will need decoupage glue (tempted to write Mod Podge, but it’s not available here), decorative tissue paper or textile of your liking plus a brush. Basecoat your pot if you like with acrylic paint first. Cut fabric to fit your surface. Apply glue to your pot, carefully cover with fabric, smooth out to remove bubbles (wrinkles are part of the charm!). Let dry for 15-20 min. and seal with another layer of glue. Ta-da!

Chalkboard

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Distressed pot with chalk label

Chalkboard patterns are undeniably having their moment right now and I’m really fond of the rustic touch they add to any space. To achive the shabby effect Taryn of Design, Dining and Diapers has created, paint your pots white or a weak pastel hue, then gently sand off the paint here and there, making it look weathered. Attach chalkboard labels, and voilá.

Rope and twine

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Planters dressed up with twine

Get your glue guns out and give your recently painted pots an upgrade by wrapping them in jute twine. Try to make the circles as tight and neat as possible, without burning your fingers like I do every time. I love how Andrea of The Beautydojo even stamped hers with words of motivation. If you have the superpower of knowing how to crochet, you can make something similar to the ones on the right I found on Pinterest (source unknown), and I will hate envy you for it greatly.

Painted & Patterned

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Gold patterned pots
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Chic and modern metallic planters

Follow Maria’s idea posted on The Melrose Family and use masking tape to produce patterns on your pots, spray paint them gold, allow to dry and gently peel off stickers to expose the result. Experiment with other metallic colors if you like: just have a look at Jen’s incredibly stylish white and silver containers spotted on The Effortless Chic.

Have you tried any of these techniques before? How did they turn out?

Be well,

Fruzsi

Plant pot featured in title image by INCOGNITO

Start Your Herb Garden

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Although it’s still grey and moist outside, spring is around the corner. Temperatures started slowly crawling up and it’s not pitch dark anymore when I make my morning coffee. Birds feel it too, they just can’t stop singing even on the rainiest, ugliest of days.

Don’t know about you, but this aprés Valentine’s end of February is usually the time when I get really fed up with the whole winter thing. Seriously, not even a steaming cup of mulled wine, my absolute cold-season favorite will cure spring fever.

I am desperate for the new and fresh, something green for a change and I’ve found a way to get a bit ahead of nature: it’s the perfect time to start your very own countertop herb garden. Better yet, it is fit for small spaces, a spot indoors with enough natural light will do just fine.

Don’t quite have a green-thumb? No worries! I’ve selected a few culinary herbs I have experience with, and I can say that they are as easy to handle as it gets. My essentials are mint, rosemary, sage, oregano, marjoram, tarragon and thyme. Very versatile, they can be used either fresh or dried, for seasoning food, making teas or coctails alike.

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Selection of culinary herbs to start your herb garden

Starting your herbarium (collection of herbs) in your windowsill or on your sunny kitchen counter is easier than you think. Select the speciments you want. All the above mentioned herbs are perennial, meaning they don’t die after one season.

You can buy seeds and follow the planting instructions on the packaging. You can also cheat and buy the grown plants, but then you’ll miss out on the fun… Be careful though with herbs sold in the supermarket, because my experience is they tend to give up soon due to the poor conditions they are kept in. Better go to your local garden center, where you’ll get expert advice too.

Another rather inexpensive way to start your own herb garden is propagating by rooting from cuttings. Go ahead and ask someone who already has these plants, all of them multiply nicely. What you need to do is cut off young, healthy shoots of about 5-8 cm, strip off lower leaves and plant them in moist soil. I put my cuttings in a small cup of water first, and plant the shoots when they’ve produced tiny roots. Remember to keep them in a light place and water regularly.

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Cuttings from sage for propagating

Now we sit back, relax and wait 3-4 weeks for signs that our herbs are alive and well. Until then I will bring you cute ways to decorate the pots and containers you’re going to transfer the plants into.

I’d love to know how it’s going for you, so tell me about it in the comments below!

Yours,

Fruzsi

 

Watercolor featured in title image by Yael Berger

Herb watercolors in collage by Cheryl Oz