Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I need a little spring…project

I’m at the point that if I see one more cloudy day I might loose it!! So I thought I’d share a great project that SCREAMS spring.


Plant markers
I made this for my sister & she always grows catnip for her cat Oreo. I thought it’d be a nice touch to add a pic of a kitty that looked like him on the marker of the plant that’s just for him : )

You’ll need chalk board paint, paint brush, tape, Mod podge, printed pictures or words, and a few skinny tiles from the hardware store.

First find pictures you might like to use & shrink them down to the size of the tile your using. I searched google photos & also printed the names of plants.
After cutting them to size apply the Mod podge to the back. Then place on to the top of the tile. Apply more Mod podge over the top. Wipe away any excess & allow to dry .

While waiting for the glue to dry, use the tape to mark off the top of one of your other tiles. This space will need to be big enough to be able to write the plant name with your chalk. Now apply chalk board paint. You’ll probably only need 2 coats, but let the first dry completely before adding the next.

That’s it! Stick them right in to your potted plants. The nice thing about these markers are you can use them right now for the plants your starting inside , or the ones that maybe sitting on your windowsill.

Now I just have to keep my cats from eating the plants before I get a chance to plant them outside!

She looks pretty guilty don’t you think?


texwisgirl said...

How cute!!! I remember when you redid that chest to use in your living room. Love that shot of the kitty!!!

teekaroo said...

Love that cat! They always have a bit of a guilty look.

Paula said...

What a great idea for a project. I've tried making plant markers once or twice and they never worked, either too flimsy and easily destroyed by the elements or the writing just disappeared. These look like they're durable and so cute.

That cat looks like it's been up to something :-)

Suz said...

The plant markers are cool... good idea!

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Great idea, Trisha. What a thoughtful gift for your sister. :)

Out on the prairie said...

The cat shot topped off this blog.

Anonymous said...

Very awesome idea, and thank you for the tutorial!! What fun these would be to make and super gifts!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!! and yes....that adorable kitty looks very guilty. ;)

Dawn said...

hahah...oh yes! Very guilty:)
I know how you feel...this white weather has me almost to the point of being blue. I just want to see some green....or pink, or yellow,or even just some blue sky...(sigh).
Great springy craft:)

b. lee said...

the plant markers are adorable ... my girls could help make them too *LIKE*

SkippyMom said...

The pic' of your cat cracked me up. SO cute.

Thanks for the idea. My beloved FIL has a small garden at his new condo and these will really jazz it up for him. He'll love it.

Do they really sell tiles that shape - I have bought tile in years.

Trisha said...

Skippymom- Yes they do sell tiles that shape :) There is also loads of colors to chose from too. You could also use a ceramic paint pen for to label the tile. I might try that too!

b.lee- your so right! Your girls would have fun making these. Totally kid friendly project :)

Allison said...

Aw, she's so cute!

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Thanks! :)