Aged Copper Patina Herb Garden- March Pinterest Challenge
Welcome to the March Pinterest Challenge! The purpose of this challenge is to try some of those fabulous pins you’ve been saving! My pinspiration for this Aged Copper Patina Herb Garden was Claire’s vintage seed planters at pictureboxblue.com. Read her original post here. Claire took some rusty cans, decorated them with vintage seed packet art, then used plastic bottle inserts to transform her cans into planters. I was inspired because I had an expensive aged copper patina paint set that had never been used (as long as we’re not counting project fails, the kit had never been used). I liked the idea of using seed packets to adorn my container herb garden.
- 10″ terra cotta flower pot and saucer
- Modge Podge
- potting mix
- herbs and coordinating seed packets- I chose cilantro, oregano, and basil
- paint brushes- 1″ foam, 1″ straight brush, small round brush, liner brush
- garden gloves, if desired
- herb garden template-print yours here
- Folk Art antique white paint
- paper cutter
- Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer, Oxidizing Copper Paint, and Green Patina Aging Solution
- tape (not pictured)
- chalk (not pictured)
Paint the flower pot and saucer with the primer, then the copper paint. Let everything dry between coats. I usually use a hair dryer to hurry things along. I used the 1″ straight paint brush for these steps.
Add the aging solution with the 1″ foam brush. It goes on clear, but as it dries you can see the aged, green patina it creates.
Print your herb garden template (see materials list for link), and cut out each word with the paper cutter. Rub a thick layer of chalk on the back of each word. Tape the words to the top rim of the flower pot. Use the end of your paint brush, or the end of a mechanical pencil, to trace the letters. This method will leave a chalk pattern of your printed words on your flower pot. Paint the letters antique white with the small round brush and liner brush.
For my seed packets, I cut the front of the packets off for the project, and saved the actual herb seeds in plastic sandwich bags to plant later. Back-butter each packet with Modge Podge using the 1″ foam brush, and place them on the pot. I centered the middle one, using the planter rim as my guide. I randomly placed the other two on either side of the center seed packet. Use several coats of Modge Podge. Let each coat dry before applying another. Smooth out wrinkles with your thumb.
Time to plant your herb garden. What can I say? Put dirt in the bottom, add the plants, then pack dirt around them. Don’t forget to water your garden when you’re finished. It’s also a good idea to put a coffee filter in the bottom, so that you don’t lose dirt every time you water the plants. I just learned that trick recently from a good friend. I love my Aged Copper Herb Garden. I can’t wait to feel that homestead vibe when I walk outside and clip some REAL cilantro for my tacos!
Happy Spring !
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