2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
THE HANDMADE HOLIDAY LINK UP IS A LINK PARTY FOR ETSY SHOPS, HANDMADE SHOPS OR A HANDMADE ITEMS THAT YOU SELL

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Dirt: an inspired herb pot

I’ve been brainstorming holiday gift ideas lately and created this pretty blue herb pot that was inspired by a picture I saw recently.




These will make great gifts for the holidays and year-round gifts especially with a pretty lavender plant.


7625267896_42b431ee47Here’s the photo of the herb pot that inspired my project. It’s from Torie Jayne’s blog. Isn’t it gorgeous? She purchased these herb pots and I fell in love with them when I saw them.


Blue Herb Pot Collage Final
  1. To replicate the herb pot, I started with an old ceramic pot that had seen better days. I washed it and repaired a few chips with crafters clay.
  2. To make the medallion, I used Martha Stewart Crafters Clay and shaped the pieces into round medallions. I tested out a variety of imprints using brooches and other jewelry. When the medallion is about halfway dry – gently press it against the pot so it takes on the curved shape of the pot. Set aside to dry.
  3. While the clay medallions are drying, paint your pot. I chose Martha Stewart craft paint in Surf.
  4. I wanted the rim to look like the original inspirational pot so I mixed white craft paint with a tiny bit of black chalkboard paint. I dabbed the paint on rather than using brush strokes to resemble the clay like texture.


The jewelry I used to make the medallion imprints were all from the Styled by Tori Spelling craft jewelry I posted about earlier year. Note: the clay medallion is painted with Martha Stewart metallic craft paint in Silver.


I’m thrilled with how this turned out and can’t wait to make more for gifts.


But before I make gifts, I need to make a few more for myself. I’m envisioning a several of these lined up in my kitchen window.

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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19 comments:

  1. Carolyn,

    Thank you for sharing! I have a lovely collection of different shaped terra cotta pots and I do believe a few would be perfectly suited for these pots. Thank you so very much for sharing your inspiration!

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  2. Carolyn you are one of my BLOG IT FORWARD Posts.
    http://itssoverycheri.com/2012/09/10/blog-it-forward/#

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  3. Gorgeous Carolyn! love the colors with the lavender...perfect. Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  4. Those are adorable Carolyn and anyone would be thrilled to receive such a lovely gift! :-)
    Vanessa

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  5. Man girl, you are GOOD! That looks so wonderful. I am always amazed at the great craft project you create. Serious!!

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  6. How beautiful! I love the medallions!!!

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  7. Those are gorgeous! Lavender is my absolute fav!!!

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  8. Me too. I absolutely love the clean smell of lavender!

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  9. These are just gorgeous!!! ( love lavender also )

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  10. sheer genius! The brooch imprint creates a perfect decorative medallion. Reminds me of some ear rings I purchased years ago that were made from an antique button (cast in metal). A lovely gift idea!

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  11. Wow - yours is almost exactly like the store-bought version! Great job replicating it, and I loved that you used a jewelry brooch for the medallion imprint!

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  12. Cute!

    I started my very first "Weekend Warmth" Linky party...and there are no rules. Please join in!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

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  13. Oh you are just awesome Carol...thank you so much for taking the time to share at our first linky party....you bring so much inspiration to other and I appreciate that you chose our party to do so as well...xo

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  14. You are sooo creative!! I love this! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/09/crush-of-the-week-thnk-pink-features/

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  15. How fabulously beautiful and inspiring! I am SO going to do something like this! I am so happy that you linked up at happy hour. I really love your blog!
    jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  16. This is beautiful all around, plant, colors...love it!

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