March 24, 2010

Tin Can Herb Garden

Posted by Becka

Krafty Kidz
Tin Can Herb Garden

You'll Need...Herb Garden
Empty aluminum can
Screwdriver and hammer
Liquid gesso (recommended: Liquitex Basics Gesso)
Acrylic craft paints in colors of your choice
Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish
5-10 small rocks, stones or pebbles
1.5 cups potting soil
4-inch potted herb plant
Flower stickers (optional)

To Make...
Completely wash and dry aluminum can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges from opening of can. Turn can upside down. Parent should use screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can. Use a hammer to tap the end of the screwdriver to make the holes.

Paint outside of can with one coat of gesso. Let dry completely. Once dry, paint desired color; repeat coats if needed. Decorate however preferred-- stickers, rainbows, pom poms, etc... In a well-ventilated area, spray the outside of the completed can with acrylic sealer spray. Let dry.

Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer. Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full. Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can. Fill edges with remaining potting soil, gently pat down so that plant is firmly in the can but not compacted so much that it's too tight.

Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs. Apply flower sticker if desired.

Place your new garden in a sunny window and remember to water them! Enjoy!

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