Thursday, May 6, 2010

Craftin' for the Garden

Have you ever started a project but didn't want to tell anyone? You have that overwhelming feeling that it could be good or a COMPLETE DISASTER! And if you say anything to anyone you'll jinx your own chances?

That's what happened with me with my most recent Garden Project. Once we put mulch on the veggie garden walkways it looked so pretty. I'm still not loving the mulch color but it is by far the nicest looking garden I've ever had so I decided that it was time to actually try to label my plants. For those who label their plants, I am jealous of your organization. I, however, lack all the necessary skills for such an endeavor...usually. But, I was determined to change my slacking ways. So, being still very cold here in 5B and with the seedlings needing very little of my attention I decided to get CRAFTY! You know, I just love me some Crafts!
Anyhoo, I started scouring the internet for clipart of taters, peppers, lettuce, etc. for inspriation. Then I hit the dollar store where I found some blank wooden plaques (I had to remove the gaudy ribbons~which my hubby found in the garbage later! He shouted, "HA! I knew it you've been having brothel parties here, Haven't You?" Oh, yeah, he thinks he's funny.) I drilled holes, sand the edges, painted, sanded again, then painted the veggies, then scoured the internet for a fun font, then used transfer paper, and finally painted the veggie names. I was sure that I would ruin them at every single step in the process but except for a few minor blunders I think I did okay.




So. I think I'll put exact variety info on the back. I'm still trying to figure out a way of making it easily changeable.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I lOvE your plaques! What type of wire did you use to make the hangers and posts? Well done and very inspiring!!

CJ said...

Thank you! The wire I bought at Michaels in the styrofoam section. It's wire covered with a natural fiber. The hangers are actually stakes for holding up heavy flowers like Gladiolas. I found them at Lowes for about $0.65a piece. Because I already own tons of craft paints I didn't need to buy any. Each plaque cost a total of about $1.75.

Square Foot Garden Gal said...

Excellent job on those plaques. I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea and add my own spin on it. Although I'm sure they won't turn out half as nice as yours!

CJ said...

I'm sure they'll turn out even better! That's the fun of crafting...adding your own personal flair! Good luck and let me know where to find your pics!

Bonnie said...

Great plaques. I'm always looking for a nice way to make plant markers. Thanks for the project idea.

quiltbea said...

What a terrific idea. Your garden is going to look lovely with those little signs.
Good work.

carolintexas said...

Cutest garden markers I have ever seen! Did you do anything to make them waterproof?

CJ said...

Yes, I put a couple coats of spray on Poly. Thanks for stopping by.

The Ungardener said...

Oh my gosh, they're lovely! :D