Revamp your outdoor patio with the addition of a fresh, above ground herb garden!! After the 100 year freeze we experienced in Houston earlier this year, I was faced with re-planting much of our flower beds and gardens. The kids and I set out with the goal of creating pollinator beds, a butterfly garden and to experiment with some herb plants. I stumbled up on this adorable above-ground planter, and decided to add my own design flair to the exterior using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. Within minutes, I was able to customize not only our patio herb planter, but a galvanized watering can and adorable herb labels.
Personalize a Planter using Permanent Vinyl
Permanent vinyl is the perfect way to add character and personalization to any item, and was the ideal choice for our outdoor planter. I have fallen in love, like many, with the farmhouse design style. So, with that design aesthetic in mind, I scrolled through Cricut Design Space for inspirational images. These simple garden silhouettes added just the right amount of detail to the front of my white enamel planter.
Once in Cricut Design Space, choose this dresser project, then correctly size up, or down your images. While I used textured black permanent vinyl for my design, any color or type of permanent vinyl would also work! Once your cuts have been completed, unload the mat with your designs, then using a scraper, gently rub over the surface of your vinyl design in its entirety. Finally, remove the excess vinyl surrounding your design and using transfer tape, apply your designs to your backyard herb planter individually.
Personalize your Watering Can
Why settle for a boring watering can, when you can dress it up to your liking!?! This galvanized watering can design was the perfect foundation for my floral design application. And, the textures and design were ideal for my farmhouse vibe. I liked the simplicity of this floral design I found in Cricut Design Space, but chose the same textured black permanent vinyl for my personalized watering can.
How to Print and Cut Herb Garden Markers
Now that I had personalized my above-ground herb garden planter, and my watering can, it was time to plant! I chose herbs that we regularly use in our family recipes, such as rosemary, lemon basil, mint and chives. Once these herbs were planted, I wanted to label them so that not only I could remember which was which, but that my children could be involved. The DIY herb garden markers were created using rustic wooden rounds, wooden dowels, hot glue and adorable print and cut mason jar labels. In Cricut Design Space, modify the label size to work with your herb markers, then print onto cardstock, and then cut using a light grip machine mat and your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. While I chose to have my kiddos help write the labels, you can add text using the “add text” feature when customizing the labels in Design Space. Once the herb garden labels are cut, use craft glue to add them to your herb garden markers.
I love how easy it was to update my back porch using my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine! Our herb garden is not only really stunning to look at from my kitchen window, but it has been something that our entire family has enjoyed creating and using.
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