Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Christmas Gift: Windowsill Herb Garden (with Vintage Silverware Markers)

It's black Friday. You could go out and brave the mall... 

Or, you could stay home, with a warm drink in hand, and make your own gifts!


A windowsill herb garden is a thoughtful gift that will bring a touch of nature and life inside, and will last after the Christmas tree and decorations come down. Fresh herbs make cooking healthy foods more flavorful...Perfect for the new year, after holiday meals and cookies have been enjoyed! ;)



Here's what you need for the Windowsill Herb Garden (affiliate links provided):

- A variety of herbs
- Potting soil
- Gravel
- Twine
- Gift tag
- Herb markers (optional)

*Using vintage canisters (I used vintage copper canisters) will make the garden unique, though simple silver soup cans would work just fine too!

Planting your herbs:

1. Poke holes in the bottom of your cans for drainage (make sure to use a drip plate during and after watering).
2. Fill the bottom quarter of the can with gravel.
3. Add potting soil and herbs, leaving about 2" from the top for room to water.
4. Using twine, tie a printed or hand written gift tag around the cans.

Here's what you need to make your own Vintage Silverware Markers (or you can purchase them here!):

  - Mallet
  - Hammer
  - Ultra fine point sharpie marker (black)



Making your silverware markers:

1. Wash your vintage silverware (just because).
2. Preferably on a concrete surface (I used our garage floor), hold down the spoon handle with one hand (gloves recommended), and pound the spoon flat, using your mallet. If you don't have a concrete surface available, you can also place the spoon in between two flat pieces of wood and strike the mallet on the top piece of wood. Remove the top piece of wood and continue flattening. (While a hammer can be used, it may scratch the spoon.)
3. For the herb names, hammer the letter stamps one at a time, beginning with the middle letter (to help with spacing). If you are able, have a "practice" spoon to get the feel for the steel stamping process.
4. Using a thin, black sharpie, fill in the stamped letters. Wipe any excess marker off with rubbing alcohol.
5. Press the handle of the spoon into the soil near the respective herb.



As you can see, my lettering is not perfect. Then again, they didn't come off an assembly line. So perfectionists out there, let's chalk it up to handmade charm.




If you feel inspired to sing while you work, changing the lyrics from "Silver Bells" to "Silverware" - there is no judgment here...

6 comments:

  1. Hi Julie , cute, cute , cute !!!! I've purchased a stamped necklace before but I love the herb marker's :) what set's it off is your little vignette in copper tin's and the jute with wood chalkboard's tied around them !!! Creative as usual :)) Hope you and the family had a lovely Thanksgiving day !!! Tammy❤️

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  2. Oh, my daughter would absolutely love this! I am going to have to give this a try!

    You made me snort coffee out of my nose..."Wash your vintage silverware (just because)...

    Thanks for the chuckle and the great gift idea! Happy Sunday, friend!

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  3. What a fun project! I like how they turned out. I've seen stuff like this for sale but never knew how it was made. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  4. What a wonderful project. This will make a great gift too.

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