I previously mentioned that I created some personalized candles for my Sister-in-Law for Christmas, and I had all intentions of posting about here, but unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures, except for the finished product. Since, I am not a huge fan of posting without "showing my work", I opted to create a different project instead. First, here's a little bit of the story behind it...
So last year we went to this health fair and visited the Parks & Recreation booth, we played family games and learned about their summer programs and as a gift for stopping by their booth, they gave us these bio-planters. Each little planter contained soil, basil seeds and directions for planting. I thought it was the coolest thing. So me and my girls each picked one up. Guess what? I just found mine untouched and though how neat would it be to make this bland and boring planter into a decorative conversational piece (Yes, this is my new favorite thing to do).
- Plain Planter (smooth even surfaces are easier to work with)
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Embellishment (optional but oh so much fun)
The first thing you'll want to do is cut the paper down to size accordingly, use a ruler to make straight edges. (since I learned that my mini planter wasn't exactly one smooth surface, I had to trace around one side of it and cut out four individual pieces instead of one strip that would wrap around)
Once your strip/s are prepared, you'll want to apply mod podge directly to the plain side of the paper and affix it on the surface of the mini-planter. Be sure to smooth it as you are affixing it, this is to avoid any bubbles and lifting later on. I did this for all four surfaces (if you have a smooth planter, you'll use one strip and wrap it around and smooth it out as your affixing it to each side or if it is round like a candle holder/candle, then you'll smooth it out as your roll it on).
Use the mod podge to seal the exterior. I would hold it by putting your fingers or hand into the open end and seal the exterior that way so you don't get any finger prints or smudges.
While the mod podge is still wet affix the embellishment (depending on your selection, you might have to wait until the mod podge is dry and use glue tape to affix not smooth or heavier embellishments like buttons) and press firmly. Since my flower is paper and its flat, this works very nicely.
Allow time to try then proceed to "planting your seeds"... After planting place in an area that will allow for a good amount of natural lighting. I chose my living room, though it may return to the kitchen (since it is Sweet Basil after all).
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Until Next Time,