One of the sweetest couples I know recently purchased their first home. So naturally, I wanted to make a handmade housewarming gift. My brother and super-awesome sister in law both like to cook; so I wanted to make something special that would look pretty, but could also be functional.
I came up with the idea while browsing through a dollar store, and I saw these cute little metal herb signs, that came with stickers for the herbs that look like they were written in chalk.
I went to Home Depot and picked up a 1×3 board, which costs $1.77. I then cut 3 pieces to about 16 inches long, and 2 more pieces to about 5 inches. I also grabbed three terracotta pots from the dollar store.
I wanted the wooden base to be simple and rustic looking. I assembled my five pieces of wood, and just glued them together using wood glue. It took me all of about 1 minute to complete. I then let that dry overnight.
The next day, I stained the base a dark oak colour, using Varathane gel stain. I prefer the gel, since it’s way easier to control drips, and I personally don’t wipe it off. I like to let it set into the wood. I did two coats of the stain.
While the stain was drying, I removed my herbs from their plastic containers, and replanted them into their new terracotta pots. I then gave them a big drink. This step was a big messy, and I should have done this outside, but oh well. Live and learn 🙂
That’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back again on Wednesday with the new post. See you then.
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