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.

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  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!

  2. Carolyn you are one of my BLOG IT FORWARD Posts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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!

  12. Cute!

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

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

  14. You are sooo creative!! I love this! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today!

  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

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


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