Chalkboard Plant Markers

Designer: Kate Carter Frederick

Color plant markers using easy-to-make chalkboard paint.


Materials:

  • Outdoor paint (latex or acrylic) in desired colors
  • Unsanded-grout powder
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Wood plant markers
  • Foam brush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Cloth
  • Chalk pencil

1.  Mix 14 cup outdoor paint with 1 tablespoon unsanded-grout powder to make chalkboard paint. Store in an airtight container to keep from drying out.

 

2. Use a foam brush to paint one side of wood plant markers with paint; let dry. Paint other side of plant markers; let dry. Brush on a second coat of paint, and let dry 24 hours.

 

3. Lightly sand both sides of the plant markers. Brush on a third coat of paint; let dry. Sand lightly.

 

4. Prepare the writing surface of your plant markers by rubbing both sides of each marker with chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth. Write each plant name on the markers using a chalk pencil.

Oven-Baked Clay Mushroom: How-To

Designer: Katie Leporte

Moss and a small air plant become dense shrubbery when placed next to a cute clay mushroom.


Materials:

  • Oven-bake clay: white (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist’s brushes
  • High-gloss decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Florist wire
  • Clear Glitter

1. Shape oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) into the following shapes: several tiny balls for spots, one 112” round disk for the cap, and one 1″-long tube for the stem.

2. Press clay balls onto cap to make spots, leaving each one slightly raised. Shape cap so it’s concave on the underside. Press cap onto stem.

3. Push a 134” length of florist wire through the center of the stem, leaving 1″ of wire exposed. Bake mushroom according to clay manufacturer’s specifications. When cool, paint mushroom as desired. Brush with high-gloss decoupage medium; sprinkle with clear glitter.

Spring-Inspired Foam Wreath

Designer: Jan Carlson

Inspired by springtime renewal, this moss-covered wreath starts with a foam base.


Materials:

  • 14″-diameter plastic-foam wreath
  • Preserved sheet moss: natural green
  • Reindeer sheet moss: chartreuse and basil-green
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 212“-wide decorative ribbon: faux bark with moss
  • 14“-wide double-stick tape (such as Scor-Tape)
  • Double-sided cardstock: light purple small dot, dark purple small dot, light green small dot, newsprint, light green large dot, light purple large dot, dark purple large dot
  • 314×5″ wooden plaque with jute hanger
  • Spray paint: hammered metallic silver
  • Sticker letters

1. Cover foam wreath with preserved sheet moss using hot glue. Glue small patches of chartreuse and basil-green reindeer sheet moss on top of the preserved sheet moss as desired.

2. Determine length of hanging ribbon. Cut decorative ribbon to determined length and loop the ribbon through the wreath at the top. Secure ribbon ends together with double-stick tape.

3. Referring to “How to Make a Paper Flower”, below, and the patterns here, make one light purple small dot flower, one dark purple small dot flower, and one light green small dot flower. Cut three leaves from light green small dot. Glue the flowers and the leaves to the top of the wreath, atop the hanging ribbon.

4. Print butterfly patterns here; cut out. Cut two large butterflies from desired cardstock. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere two butterflies together using a small piece of double-stick tape.

5. Cut six small butterflies from desired patterned paper. Fold each wing at the body. Adhere three butterflies together using double-stick tape. Repeat to make a total of two small butterflies.

6. Hot-glue butterflies to wreath as desired.

7. Remove jute hanger from wooden plaque. Spray-paint plaque with hammered metallic silver paint; let dry.

8. Adhere sticker letters to plaque to spell the word Grow. Add brackets around the word and add dots from the letter i‘s on the sticker sheet to the corners of the plaque.

9. Tie jute onto wooden plaque. Hot-glue the jute to the inside of the wreath so the plaque dangles in the round opening.


How To Make A Paper Flower:

 

1. Trace the flower pattern found here onto a 6″ square of double-sided patterned cardstock.

2. Cut out the wavy spiral on the drawn lines.

3. Roll up the spiral, starting from the outside and working toward the center. Secure the base of the flower with a large dab of hot glue.

Happy Camper Party

Gather your friends and head to craft camp! Print our free decorations, activities, recipes and more as offered in the Spring/Summer issue of Make It Yourself, on newsstands April 11-July 11, 2017.

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Get invitations, decorations, screen printing patterns, a scavenger hunt game, and recipes to host your own Happy Camper weekend.

Get the free party kit here.


While you’re camping, make your own terrarium featuring cute details!

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Hanging Herb Garden

Designer: Anna Marino

Up to 12 herbs can grow in this clever hanging planter.


Materials:

  • 47×50″ piece of chalkboard fabric
  • 2—35×38″ pieces of landscape fabric
  • Tape: masking or duct
  • Heavy-duty sewing thread: black
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal straightedge
  • 112“-diameter dowel 50” long
  • Chalk
  • Herb starter plants

MEASURE AND MARK THE GRID

1. Lay chalkboard fabric right side up on work surface with 47″ sides at top and bottom.

2. Referring to the Fabric Marking Diagram, measure 612” from the top edge of the fabric. Using a pencil, mark an A line across the width of the fabric.

3. Measure 512” in from each side edge and mark D lines along the length of the fabric.

4. Measure 5″ down from the A line and mark a B line across the fabric from D line to D line.

5. Measure 512” above bottom edge of the fabric and mark a C line across the fabric from D line to D line.

6. Measure 11″ below the B line, and mark an E line from D line to D line. Measure and mark another E line 11″ below the first E line.

7. Measure 9″ from a D line and mark a vertical F line from B line to C line. Measure and mark two more F lines so all are 9″ apart, making a grid of 12 rectangles.


STITCH AND CUT THE OPENINGS

1. Referring to Diagram 1, measure 5″ from the top of each grid rectangle and mark a 6×1″ rectangle in the center (112” from D Line and F Line). Repeat for each rectangle.

2. Turn fabric over with right side facedown. Measure 412” from the bottom edge and mark a line across the width of the fabric.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, lay one piece of landscape fabric on the wrong side of the chalkboard fabric with a 38″ edge of the landscape fabric centered along the marked line. There should be 4″ space between chalkboard fabric and landscape fabric edges along each side. Tape all landscape fabric edges to wrong side of chalkboard fabric.

4. Turn chalkboard fabric over with right side up. To secure layers, stitch on marked 6×1″ rectangle through both fabric layers in each of the 12 grid rectangles (Diagram 3).

5. Place layered piece with chalkboard fabric right side up on cutting mat. Using a crafts knife and a straightedge, cut through center of a stitched 6×1″ rectangle as shown in Diagram 4, angling cuts to each corner of stitching; cut right up to, but not through, the stitching. Repeat in each grid rectangle.

 

6. Referring to Diagram 5, fold under the cut edges inside each 6×1″ rectangle to make an opening. Topstitch around each opening through both fabric layers. Repeat for all 12 grid rectangles.

 

7. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Repeat Step 3, positioning the second piece of landscape fabric on top of the first.

8. Turn layered piece over with chalkboard fabric side up. Stitch along all D and F lines; then stitch all B, E, and C lines to complete grid.

9. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Turn and sew a 12” hem along each side edge. Sew a 1″ hem along bottom edge.

10. On wrong side of chalkboard fabric, measure and mark 612” from top edge (same as A line on front). Fold top fabric edge down to A line. Sew edge in place to create a hanging sleeve.

11. Insert dowel into hanging sleeve. Label each grid pocket using chalk. Insert herbs starter plants into grid slits. Embellish with chalk lettering as desired.