Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quick and Inexpensive Spring Project


I have a quick and inexpensive project for you today.  You can easily adapt this to any season but this one is going to be for Spring and specifically for Easter.  You will need peat pots ~ any size will do.  Mine happen to be the small ones and I think they cost me all of $1.39 for the package of 15 pots.


Paint color of your choice.  I use Antique White craft paint, which I keep on hand; scrapbook paper, book pages, sheet music, anything you want to layer underneath the image; shredded paper or Easter grass; seam binding, ribbon, string, jute, whatever you might have on hand to use for decoration and as a handle, if you want one; and any other bits and pieces you have to decorate it.


I used mostly scrap bits and those small pieces of scrapbook paper I always have left over, but feel they could be good for something somewhere along the line, so I don’t throw them out.  I used a download offered by Julie at EAB Designs here {thanks, Julie!}.  Julie did cones, but I am cutting out the image to attach to the peat pots. I printed mine out on cream colored card stock.


Give an imperfect coat of paint to your peat pot and put aside to dry.  It dries pretty quickly, so while you are waiting you can choose what you will want to attach to your peat pot and cut it.


I used two decorative cutting scissors.  One is called “Victorian” and the other is a simple scallop.


I used Mod Podge to attach everything to the peat pot.   Since I am making these to be little Easter basket/tablesetting pieces I made five.  The two for the males of the family I just cut into a scallop and put them on the pot on their own. 



For the females of the family, I added some pretty papers behind the bunny image.  For my daughter, a page from a Jane Austen book that I received from a swap and some cream seam binding.


For mine, a pretty brown and cream large floral toile scrapbook paper with some tan seam binding.


And for my granddaughter, the same brown and cream floral toile cut into a band to go around the pot with cream and tan seam binding.  I also added a brown leaf garland piece as a handle and stuck a few pieces in the seam binding that is hanging down the sides.



You can continue to decorate it adding buttons or other embellishments.  Add some shredded paper or Easter grass, and any little goodies you’d like, and you’ve got a pretty little decoration for your table or anywhere you’d like to display it!


You can be assured that the faux eggs will be removed and they will have an abundance of Cadbury eggs! 


See my little baskets from last year made out of the  microwaveable rice cups here.

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Debbiedoos said...

What is not to love on this cute project. Love the graphics.

Olive said...

I love this and there is something sweet an d earthy about a peat pot.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Cute! I've seen lots of great projects out there with peat pots!


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love it Kathy!!

Okio B Designs said...

Very sweet!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Just love these, Kathy! anything using a peat pot grabs me!! great graphics!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Kathy, these baskets are adorable!! I have a lot of those supplies on hand at all times. Love it! In my some day nursery I want to do a whole Beatrix Potter theme. I so love any sort of bunny decor!! ~ Jamie

Donna, The Decorated House said...

All these little decorated peat pots are fabulous! Love the bunnies on yours. What a fun project.

NanaDiana said...

Kathy~ These are REALLY cute...and what a good use for those leftover paper bits and pieces. I love th graphic you chose, too. These are just darling- xo Diana

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

What an AWESOME idea - love love love this idea, Kathy and soooo going to do it.

Thanks for being so danged clever and sharing with me, who is NOT so clever!

The Feathered Nest said...

These are just beautiful Kathy!!! I love everything about them...just gorgeous! I hope you're having a wonderful week sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Richella Parham said...

I want to come to your house for Easter! These are just darling, Kathy. You're so smart to use those little peat pots, and the cute graphics are just perfect. What a beautiful, elegant table setting you'll have, and what great favors for people to take home and enjoy!

Marisa said...

Those are so beautiful. So simple and elegant.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love the way you hung them on the chairs!!...They are adorable!

Kelly said...

What a great craft project for Easter! They are adorable. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

What a great idea! The graphics you used are adorable and the peat pots are perfect. Your rice cups were cute, too, but I think I like these best. :)

Angie said...

I adore bunny stuff so I love this idea! So cute and cheap to make!

Olive said...

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Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those are so adorable--I love how you hung them on the chair. Cute!

Pamela said...

Those are beautiful Kathy! I LOVE the graphic and wish it wasn't just in a cone.

Gail said...

Kathy, they are adorable! You are so creative. I love the graphics!! Enjoy your evening, Gail

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Just beautiful! I love how you can hang them on the chair too -- thanks for a great tutorial!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, These are adorable! I hope you have a happy Easter.
xo, Sherry

The Country Nest said...

Love these Kathy!! I think I may try my hand at them. Cadbury eggs are a fav at my home too.
Hope you have a Happy Easter!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great design, Kathy. Love em!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Kathy,

Oh wow these are just darling. You can't get any cuter than this. Super fun project!


chateau chic said...

Very cute project!
Mary Alice

Stephanie said...

Beautiful and very creative.

Melissa said...

SO cute and just the right price!

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