This is my last post as the October Afternoon Guest Designer this month. I have enjoyed sharing projects with you and seeing all of your lovely comments - and, seeing my projects pop up on Pinterest too! Also, I want to extend a special thank you to those that have started following my blog (http://www.thepaperretreat.blogspot.com) and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ThePaperRetreat). I love October Afternoon and will continue to share projects on my blog using their AWESOME products!
Since this is my last post, I wanted to make my last project a special one! I have so many fond memories of my grandparents' garden. As kids, my sister and I would spend a week during the summer with my grandparents and we would always help pick all of the goodies out of their garden. Picking strawberries was my favorite. To continue the tradition, I made a gift box filled with mini pots with seeds to start a garden. The Farm Girl collection was PERFECT for this project!
The first thing I did was create the box. The box and fence are SVGs by SVG Cuts. As with my other projects, I had to use SVGs! I love SVGs so much and they provide so many possibilities! I modified the sizes of the SVGs so I could fit six mini clay pots inside and so the fence would fit nicely on the back of the box.
First I cut out the SVGs for the box and fence and assembled them.
Tip: Add cardboard or lightweight chipbpard to the bottom of the box. This will make the box sturdier so it can hold all of those pots@
Next, I decorated all four sides of the box using scraps I had from the Farm Girl collection. What a great way to use up those scraps!
The next part of assembly is making the cute little seed packets! The finished packets measure 2.75-inches x 2.25-inches. I created a template (below) that you can use for the packets. (Print on an 8.5-inch x 11-inch sheet of paper.)
Tip: Use your paper trimmer to cut these lines easily and to score the dotted lines for folding. I used by Fiskars 8.5x11 trimmer. Just slide the blade over the cut lines and use a bone folder tool on the dotted lines (the groove in the trimmer acts like a scoreboard).
Once you have assembled the packet, poke a hole in the center of the lid through the middle layer. Then place a brad through the middle layer and the lid so that the back of the brad is used as the closure for the packet. Then ink the edges of the envelope to give it that worn look.
To finish the packets, cut out the desired seed labels from the 8x8 Farm Girl "Wheelbarrow" paper (from the 8x8 paper pad) and glue them to the fronts of the packets. Then add the seeds to the packets! Aren't the finished packets adorable?!
Next, adhere each packet to a wooden stick using a mini clothespin. I used skinny popsicle sticks that I found at a craft store. This is a fun way to display the seed packets in the pots! Later, when the seeds have been planted in the pots, the packets on the sticks can be used as label markers so you know what is planted in each of the pots! Fun idea, huh? I was proud of myself for coming up with this one ... LOL!
Then, we add the sticks to the pots! To do this, I added mini styrofoam balls to the pots. Then I pushed the sticks into the styrofoam balls.
To cover up the styrofoam, I added some Spanish moss to the pots.
Next up - embellishing the pots! First, wrap some burlap around the base of the pots and secure the burlap using twine. I used twine from October Afternoon's Woodland Park Trims Pack. The burlap looks nice and it provides some protection between the pots. A gift of broken pots - not acceptable!
Then add all of the embellished pots to the gift box.
To embellish the box, I decorated the fence with the Farm Girl Sew Fun Banners (my first time using my sewing machine!), Stickey Keys Alpha Stickers, and buttons from the coordinating Miscellany Pack and Flair Pack.
Also, I created a cute chalkboard sign using lightweight chipboard, a die, a stamp, Farm Girl brads, and chalkboard paint. I just love the sentiment on this sign! The sign can be used as a pot embellishment for any indoor plant! I listed the gift box contents on the cute Farm Girl "Garden Favorites" journal card and aded this to the box too!
To finish the box, I added some seam binding ribbon around the base.
A HUGE thank you to October Afternoon for having me on their blog this month! I will be forever grateful to OA for this opportunity! If you would like to see more of my work and future work, visit me at http://www.thepaperretreat.blogspot.com.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
P.S. - I'm giving away goodies from the October Afternoon Midway collection (12x12 collection kit, 8x8 paper pad, brads, sticky keys, flair and more!) The giveaway ends today, April 26th, at midnight! Stop by my blog to enter if you haven't already ... the lucky winner will be announce don my blog on Saturday!