Happy Spring my friends! I'm excited to show you how I aged terra cotta pots and used my new Cricut Explore Air to create Spring themed gifts.
Yup, as of March 20 it's technically ‘Spring' and so I hope that the weatherman in your town has gotten on board with the calendar.
I was looking for a way to make some very simple Spring-themed gifts for friends, neighbors and family, came up with an idea and love how it turned out. If you are anything like me, this time of year you are yearning to soak up all growth that this season brings.
Flowering spring bulbs are a great way to do that and so I knew I wanted to go that direction. If you start soon enough, you can force some bulbs indoors. But if you're like me and don't always plan ahead, you can always find a pot of bulbs at your local hardware store that are just starting to bloom and divide them as needed.
I picked up a pot of 5 Hyacinths that were just about to start blooming for less than $9.00. While at the hardware store, I also picked up 4″ terra cotta pots and saucers. The total for each pot set was less than $5.00.
I do love terra cotta as is, but since I'm all about channeling moss and greenery this year, I wanted to give my pots a little treatment to make them look aged and mossy.
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This is really so very easy-peasy and also quick as the acrylics dry so fast.
Here's a wee little video showing how I aged terra cotta pots. Note that in the video I used more paint than I recommend in 75/25 ratio for both the white and the brown glaze. The still pictures in this post reflect me using closer to the 75/25 ratio.
So, I had my aged terra cotta pots and my hyacinths, but I was looking for just a little something extra to finish my little potted gifts. And since this project corresponded with me looking for things to make with my new Cricut Explore Air…it was another kismet moment.
I used my Cricut to make the little signs for the pots. If you are new to Cricut, using images in Cricut Access is the easiest place to start.
And since I was plumb out of popsicle sticks but did have some leftover balsa wood from my son's Pinewood Derby Days in the garage, I used the Cricut to cut the little sticks out. I'm still exploring all the possibilities of this fun little machine!
Here are some of my takeaway about using the Cricut Explore Air for this project:
If you have a Cricut and are interested how to use images from Cricut Access and the ‘Print then Cut' feature of the machine, I made another little video to show how I did that.
If you need a little housewarming gift, a Teacher Appreciation Day gift (yup, that's right around the corner!), a hostess gift or just a ‘Happy Spring' gift; I hope you are able to use some of these ideas. It was almost as fun to make these gifts as it was to actually give them! I can definitely see myself making more of these aged terra cotta pots, I do love the way they turned out.
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