Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with a Spring Herb Garden



By Ellen Luckett Baker

It’s almost here! With the first day of spring coming up (March 20th) and weather beginning to warm, we were eager to dig in the dirt around here. So here’s a quick idea for creating an herb garden.
This is a great way to use plain terra cotta pots that you might already have on hand.

* 6″ or larger terra cotta pots
* fabric or patterned paper
* decoupage glue
* herbs of your choice

Simply cut out your letters according to this template. We used fabric since I have loads of it, but patterned paper would work as well. Then have the kids brush the back of each letter with the decoupage glue and adhere the letters to the pot. It’s a great spelling lesson and my kids loved to get goopy glue all over their hands. Brush over the top with more glue and continue to cover the entire pot for a glossy look. Allow to dry for 48 hours.

Then plant with your favorite herbs, put your pots in a sunny spot and enjoy fresh herbs all spring and summer long!

About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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8 Responses to “Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with a Spring Herb Garden”

  1. maureen Mar 19 at 10:14 am Reply Reply

    LOVE this idea!!!!

  2. Randi Mar 21 at 2:54 pm Reply Reply

    Love this idea – I’ll definitely be making some!

  3. Jennifer Mar 21 at 4:18 pm Reply Reply

    Cute pots! My kids would love doing this.

  4. Asata at Life Chef Mar 24 at 9:32 am Reply Reply

    Love this idea! Doing it today!

  5. Lynn ( Mar 24 at 9:35 pm Reply Reply

    What a terrific idea! The terracotta posts are so adorable. Can’t wait to do this with my niece. She’ll enjoy this project…we’ve been gardening together since she was a baby.
    Thanks for sharing,

  6. tracy Apr 06 at 2:41 pm Reply Reply

    This is totally a neat idea!!! I love how it looks! And I love that it’s a very child friendly craft, too. I’m definitely going to try this- the timing is perfect; I need to transplant a little pot of basil I just received, and label my current rosemary & lavender pots. Thank you kindly for sharing!!! Hooray! All good wishes

  7. geek+nerd Apr 15 at 9:15 am Reply Reply

    This is so adorable! I love the font in the mismatchy fabric and paper on the pots!!!

  8. rebecca Apr 26 at 7:26 pm Reply Reply

    L-O-V-E it!!! I’ve been thinking about how to spruce up my herb planting this summer. This is perfect!

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