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Easy DIY Herb Planters

It’s the perfect time of year to start your herb garden and I can’t wait to put together my own set of Herb Planters using Amanda’s tutorial! See the full project below and be sure to head to the bottom of the post to enter to win a prize from one of our Spring Party sponsors.

 

Hello! I’m Amanda, and I blog over at The Kolb Corner, where I share all things related to the home from DIY projects and seasonal crafts, to yummy recipes, meal plans and even decorating tips. My husband and I try to stick to a budget when it comes to keeping our home, so everything I make and share focuses on frugality.

I’m so excited to be participating in this Spring Craft Blog Party! Today I’m showing you how I made these super cute, super easy, easy DIY herb planters for my deck. I love having fresh herbs on hand throughout the Spring and Summer to use in all sorts of recipes. These labeled herb planters are not only cute, but they’re also practical! If you have a hard time keeping track of what plant is what, or losing the little plastic tags that come with your plants, then this project is for you!

Easy DIY Herb Planters

Items You’ll Need:

•Plastic pots

•Painter’s tape or transfer tape

•Spray paint in color of choice

•Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine

•Vinyl (color doesn’t matter)

•Weeding tools

•Herb plants or seeds of choice

** If you don’t have a Silhouette or something similar, you can still do this project using alphabet stickers

First, clean the pots really well to make sure there is no dirt or grime stuck to them.

Next, open up Silhouette studio and type the names of the herbs you are planting. I chose herbs that I use a lot of; Oregano, Chives, Cilantro and Basil. Be sure to pick a nice chunky font for this project. If you choose a script or something with thin strokes, it may be hard not to get bleed through, and it will also be harder to pull the vinyl off later on.

Once you have the names and fonts chosen, cut them out onto the vinyl. You could also use contact paper for this, but I felt like the vinyl stuck to the plastic pots better, therefore making bleed through a little less.

When the names are cut, weed out any excess vinyl until you only have the letters left. Using painter’s tape, transfer the vinyl letters over to the plastic pots. You do this by lying a strip of tape over the letters, then carefully peeling the backing away from the vinyl.

Carefully peel the painters tape away from the letters, leaving them attached to the plastic pot.

Now you are ready to spray paint! Give the pots a few good coats of paint, letting the coats dry between applications. I love using the Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer because it sticks to plastic really well.

Once the paint is dry and hardened, carefully peel up the vinyl labels. I used my weeding tool for this, but tweezers can also work well.

Plant your herbs as you normally would and stand back to admire your hard work!

I love these easy DIY herb planters, and the same tutorial would work for labeling any type of planter. Or you could put some kind of cheeky saying on them too for a bit of fun! I’m excited to have fresh herbs again, but it seems I’ll have to wait just a bit longer since I chose to grow mine from seed. It has just now warmed up to where I can plant them in my neck of the woods. Luckily I chose varieties that grow quickly!

If you love this project, you can check out my other DIY projects here!

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Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Easy Quilting Project: Dresden Pillow Tutorial

I love love love pillows – much to my husbands dismay – and I was really excited for the chance to try out a small sewing project that would allow me to add another fun throw pillow to my guest bedroom. Dresden Quilts are beautiful but I am not an experienced quilter so taking on more than one dresden plate seemed more be an ambitious than I could finish in a month. A single pillow ended up being the perfect project for me to stretch my sewing skills and learn some quilting basics. 

The Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions helped me take on this mini project with little to no quilting experience. In addition, this project calls for 2 fat quarters (or 2 yards of contrasting cotton material), a self healing mat, and a rotary cutter. 

I chose to make 8″ pieces so my first step was cutting 8″ wide rectangles of my chosen fabric. After that, cutting out the dresden pieces is easy. Line up your fabric using the markings on the template to determine where you need to cut. If you were making a traditional dresden and wanted to have scalloped edges after the pieces are cut you would use the yellow markings inside the template to line up the top section and mark out the curved cut. 

My pattern required six of each fabric. Once everything was cut out, we pinned the pieces together with the wrong sides facing. 

Next step is sewing the seams together. After pinning this should be fairly easy to do, just make sure to remove the pins as you go. 

After all the edges are sewn, you should have a circle with a hole in the middle. There are a few ways to fill in the center, but I decided to use a round circle of fabric.

Cut a circle from a piece of cardboard to use as a template and using a needle and thread, sew a wide running stitch around the outside edge. This is called basting. 

Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, hold the opposite end of the string and pull tightly. This will bring your circle edges up around the cardboard. Use an iron to press the edges down and remove the cardboard. You should now be able to see where the edge is to sew a circle around the center with your machine. Pin it to your larger pieced circle and sew down. 

Use an iron to press all your seams flat. This shows the shape of the pattern and makes it a lot easier to work with. 

Using a jelly roll cut of fabric, pin a contrasting color all around the outside of your pattern. Jelly Rolls are pre-cut 2.5″ strips. You could also cut your own but starting with something precut makes things easier. This will be the edge of your pillow. Sew around the outside edge and use your pattern as a template to cut a circle of fabric to be the backside of your pillow. 

You could create two dresden patterns instead but I figured only one side would be displayed at a time. 

Face the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the pattern and use your machine to sew around the edge. Leave 3-4 inches open at the end so you can fill the pillow. 

Use a needle and thread to close up the final seam and your finished pillow is ready to display! 

If you’d like to make a pillow of your own, or are inspired to try an even larger dresden project, make sure to enter our Spring Party Giveaway! Nancy’s Notions will be sending one lucky reader their Dresden Americana Table Topper kit! 

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DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holder

We’re on to day 3 of this month’s craft challenge and I’ll be sharing how to update your desk decor with a spring colored Mason Jar pencil holder! I love how versatile Ball Mason Jars are for crafting and I am so excited to be working with them for this month’s blog party. At the end of the month, one lucky reader will be receiving a set of Ball Mason Jars so be sure to fill out the contest entry form at the bottom of the post. 

Project Supplies: 
Ball Mason Jar
Spray Paint
Modge Podge 
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Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Spring Craft Blog Party Kick Off

Can you believe spring is already here? This year feels like it’s just flown by and summer is already peeping it’s head around the corner. With warm weather on the horizon, now is the time to spruce up your decor and push winter off for another six months with bright colors and fun craft projects. I’m working on a few projects that I’ll be sharing, but I wanted to bring together a few of my favorite bloggers to provide a full month of inspiration for you to enjoy. 

One of the reasons I started blogging was because I love browsing Pinterest and finding ideas that I can try on my own. I am so excited to have teamed up with a group of creative ladies who will be sharing their favorite spring projects right here on Rocky Mountain Bliss all month long. We’ll have a new set of projects available every week, and multiple chances to take home a prize from the party sponsors, Nancy’s Notions, Sublime Stitching, and Ball Canning. At the end of the month I’ll be drawing three winners who will take home a prize from one of our sponsors that will help you get started on one of the projects we showcase this month. There are multiple ways to enter and you can earn several entries throughout the month! 

We’re kicking off the month tomorrow with a really fun Burlap Bunny project that is perfect for adding some charm to your Easter decor! Check back tomorrow for the full project walk through.  Continue Reading…