My friend Shalimar is an actress, improviser, voice-over artist, and a bunch of random other things out in Los Angeles (see her stuff here). Bouncing around from improv shows to auditions to babysitting and back doesn’t leave her with any time or energy for much else. She’d see pictures of my garden and long for one of her own. But, that requires space and time–two things she doesn’t have. So, I thought I’d send her some sort of easy garden starter pack. It was a really easy and inexpensive, yet personal, project to pull together and made a perfect gift. With the help of Target and Michaels dollar sections, everything is possible. (The shipping cost more than the project itself …)
If you’re interested in making one that looks like mine, here’s what you’ll need:
- A clay pot
- Spray paint
- Jute twine
- A silver or gold marker to personalize the pot
- Herb seed pods
- Little signs
- A box for packaging
I spray painted the flower pot with chalkboard paint. Use whatever paint you’d like; I just happened to have a can of chalkboard paint lying around. Give it a few hours to dry before handling it and writing on it. Once it dried, I glued some twine around the bottom (shown in the very last picture) to give it some spunk, then wrote an inside joke on it …
On the front: Never let anyone dull your sparkle
On the back: … ever.
Shalimar is a nanny on the side and overheard a parent say this to the 5-year old babysittee*. We thought it was so dramatic and extra. And this was how millennials were made, folks! (Myself included, depending on your data source.)
*Likely not a real word.
Target. Oh, Target. Sweet, sweet Target. You always carry the perfect, cheap little items! I snagged these little seed growth kits and packs of garden stakes for $1 each. The pack of stakes came with 4 stakes, which was more than enough for this gift box. I picked up a pack of greeting cards and little signs from Michael’s to finish off the kit. I got one of those cute $5 boxes at Michaels to use as a container for the goodies. Sometimes you can snag one for $2!
This box had to make it from DC to Los Angeles in one piece, so I shoved in a bunch of newspaper to serve as padding. It worked wonderfully! Shalimar received everything, all intact, within a matter of days and finally had a little garden. The little basil pod from Target was amazing. Just take a look at that little guy grow! This was such a fun gift to make. If anyone out in the interwebs tries to make one too after reading this, I’d love to see it!
UPDATE: She totally killed that plant. 🙁