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We do a lot of crafts around here. I have always been a maker at heart, and when the kids came along I reveled in banking all the ideas I could, to start bringing out once they got old enough to hold a pair of scissors. If you come to our house, you won’t see grown-up, sophisticated walls – instead you will see artwork on top of artwork, on top of crafts and then some. Because that’s what we are about in my family – being creative and showing it off! School year crafts are always big, and with classes set to start soon, I’ve been stocking up on everything in order to prepare for the busy schedules to come. Today I am sharing a super cute tutorial for DIY herb planters that are perfect for kids, grownups, and everyone in between!
Aren’t they lovely? Here is what you need:
- 2 large cans – washed out
- 2 small herb plants or seeds if you want to start that way
- potting soil
- Mod podge
- multiple pieces of tissue paper, cut into random shapes
- sponge brushes
- popsicle sticks (optional – for smoothing edges instead of using fingers)
Before we get started, I want to talk a little about keeping a clean house, because everyone knows that crafts can get super messy. One rule I like to stick to with crafting is to always keep a spray bottle or two on hand and easily accessible. Luckily I have a running stock of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products for those marker trails and glitter dusted tables, and with scents like Lemon Verbena and Honeysuckle, they are a total treat to my nose! You know how much I love quality ingredients, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products are chock full of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils which make them powerful against dirt and grime. Not only that, but the brand is one I can definitely stand behind. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day® is a proud sponsor of Whole Kids Foundation and will donate $1 to Whole Kids Foundation for each of the first 25,000 cleaning products purchased between 8/24/16- 9/13/16. (Offer valid on all scents of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day® Multi-Surface Spray, Dish Soap, Multi-Surface Concentrate, Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Auto Dish Soap.) Cool, right?
Now let’s get back to the craft. Here is what you do:
First, if you haven’t already done so, empty and wash out your cans with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Dish Soap or Multi Surface Concentrate, then let them dry. After that, gather your supplies and get ready to create! To make these all you have to do is brush a layer of Mod Podge all over the surface of your can, stick on your tissue paper pieces (layering is fine), and then brush on a final layer. Here is a visual to make it a little easier:
Easy peasy, right? Once you have it covered, let it sit for 15 minutes to dry, then go back over with another thin layer of Mod Podge to make sure everything is sealed in place. It will look similar to this:
Let it dry a second time for at least 30 minutes, then move on to your planting. For this, fill your can with potting soil, add in your plant, cover, water, and then you are done!
And that’s it! Aren’t they adorable?!
These are great as a family activity, and my kids love that they have their own plants to take care of now, too! So, what are you waiting for? Get to making!
You can find Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products at your local Whole Foods Market. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® is a sponsor of the Whole Kids Foundation, and they will donate $1 to Whole Kids Foundation for each of the first 25,000 cleaning products purchased at Whole Foods Market to help kids learn to grow and enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. Learn more about Whole Kids Foundation here:
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