Easter Baskets: A Different Twist

Easter Baskets: A Different Twist
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flower potsBy Karen Hegre

A different twist on the regular basket type of Easter Baskets! I absolutely love to give these to my gardening friend.....and I love to have these sitting around in the house planted with herbs, tulips and daffodils!!! My Mother so enjoyed getting her 'Easter Basket', and to this day I still make an extra one! (my Mother passed away 6 years ago)

Materials:

Clean, dry clay flowerpots in desired sizes.

Acrylic crafts paints in desired colors.

Disposable foam brushes in varying sizes

Round artist's brushes, size #3 & #5

Masking tape

Lengths of 'subtle' vine or tree branches

5 minute epoxy.

Paint the flowerpot inside and out with color of your choice. Let the paint dry thoroughly. To add stripes, cut pieces of masking tape into the desired width, and place them around the pot in any pattern. Be sure to press the tape-strip edges firmly to prevent the paint from seeping underneath. ( I have also stenciled designs on the pots, however....stripes give it a real 'classy' look)

Using the foam brush, paint the exposed areas of the pot. Remove the tape and let the stripes dry thoroughly. If you want more stripes repeat for a second color. Or....you can use the round brushes to paint thin stripes around the pot.

Cut a length of vine or branch about four times as long as the height of the pot. Bend the vine into a U-shaped handle, and place it inside the pot. Mix the epoxy resin and hardener according to the manufacturer's directions, and epoxy the handle to the inside of the pot. Clamp or hold the handle in place until the epoxy sets.

To make it look even more like an Easter Basket....plant some grass seed and tuck some colored eggs in....or add a little nest and put some small eggs and birds inside the nest!

 

About the author

Karen is a master gardener and avid crafter. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. For more information about Karen and her herb discussion lists please visit here.

 

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About The Author

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Karen Hegre

I feel very fortunate to have met Karen, and to be able to share her wonderful crafts and herbal inspiration with our visitors. She has a gentle soul and contributes not only her words but encouragement as well.

Karen is a Master Gardener specializing in herbs, a mom and grandma. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. They are open to the public May through September.

Karen owns several discussion lists, which we have listed below with the subscription information. All are free to join and a joy to be a member of!

Karen's Herbal Kitchen: A list for exchanging herbal recipes! Click Here to subscribe.

Nature Crafts: This is a list for those who enjoy crafting with Nature and want to learn more!! We will share projects, learn ways of preserving those natural items and much more. Click Here to subscribe.

Keepers Of the Gardens: This list is a 'learning & sharing' list on how to create beautiful back yard habitats for birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife including bees, dragonflies, frogs, toads & other friendly insects & reptiles. Click Here to subscribe.

Aromatherapy One-0-One: This is a list for learning the basics of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. A friendly place for questions and ideas... a place where we can learn from each other. Click Here to subscribe.

 
 

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