May 29, 2020

4 DIY Pot planter painting ideas to showcase your skills

Every gardener has gone the extra mile to make their garden look stunning. No one really wants the old brown terracotta or common plastic pots. People are looking for something unique and creative to define themselves by beautifully exhibiting their living space.

Why to spend money on extravagant planter when you can style your planters yourself in a jiffy.

Here are a few Diy to convert your terracotta pot into a ravishing planter. 

    You will need

    • Terracotta pots (Any size)
    • Acrylic paints
    • Fevicol
    • Clay or Terracotta clay
    • Varnish (Optional)

    Prerequisite Steps

    • Clean the pots thoroughly and remove the dust or soil.
    • Mold the clay or terracotta and make them into desired shapes and glue them with the help of an adhesive.
    • Allow them to dry well and paint it with desired colors. I have used acrylic paints here. Varnish them to protect them from water or dust.

    1) Wise Owl

    2) Tribal woman

    Create few basic shapes and stick it together and create an enchanting tribal look for your pot.
    These are fun to make DIY's as you are in no pressure to make a realistic face. You would be surprised to see the final outcome by just molding basic geometric shapes. When you put all the pieces together your Tribal planter is ready.

    I have added few trailing plants into the pot. When they grow, it would look like locks of hair.

    If you interested to know more about the heart shaped plant then check this out.

    3) Colorful pots

    This simple DIY is very easy and you don't even have to be artistic to make this. Paint the pot in different splashes of the color.The minimalist use of colours with an elegant design would never go out of fashion. Apply a base coat and add any design of your choice. 
    Yes, you heard me right. Any pattern from polka dots, basic geometric patterns to Henna design would look great.

    Diy pot

    4) Mural Elephant pot

    Who does not like antique collection at their home? Pot can be easily transformed to give a rustic look just by adding a few clay molds. 
    Dab the paint with a metallic paint over the black coat to give an antique look. 
    mural look pot decor

    The pots can be easily converted into planters. Creating a small hole at the bottom would eliminate the root rotting. If there are no holes at the bottom for drainage its still ok to plant. But be mindful not to overwater your plants.

    Alternatively, you can use the pots to decor your space. It can also hold your pencils, pens acting like a pen stand.

    I would be happy to hear your favorite style of pot painting.

    Happy Crafting!

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    May 13, 2020

    DIY Craft with Pistachio shells (2022)

    Who does not love Pista's? There are amazing in every form, from having pistachio ice creams to wholesome nuts.

    It has been long since I started collecting those hard-to-crack nutshells in a hope to create some beautiful décor . I absolutely loved making these petals with pistachio shells. I will be sharing a few home décor ideas with Pistachio shells.
    From here on do not throw away your Pista shells.

      Pista craft

      DIY with pista shells

      You will need

      • Pistachio Shells
      • Carboard
      • Glue (Quick fix, All fix or Glue gun works the best)
      • Coffee power
      • Paintbrush
      • Newspaper

      How To Make a Pista Flower

      • We will make the flowers from pista shells. Making the flowers might seem difficult but I will show it in a simple way.
      DIY with pista shells

      • Color these pista shells using Acrylics or spray paint. I haven't used any coloring as I liked the raw feel of the shells. If you like the flowers to be more vibrant, color the shells before arranging them. Allow the painted shells to dry and we can start off with the next process.
      • Cut out the cardboard into a circle shape with the help of a compass or any circular objects. This cardboard would be the base of our circle. The diameter would determine the size of the flower.
      • With 4 pistachio shells, create the center of the flower. Place the shells alternatively like shown in the below pic and stick it with the help of glue gun or all fix (Any strong glue). Hold the setting firmly for a few seconds to help them glue together.
      how to make pista flowers
      • Stick the center part of the flower to the center of the cardboard base.
      • Start layering around the center from inwards to outwards. Glue the base or broader region of the pista shells to the base of the cardboard.
      • Proceed with the layering in a similar pattern to create such beautiful flowers.
      Pista shell diy flowers

      These beautiful pistachio flowers can be used as a paperweight or as a decor piece in your study table or living room.

      Make a Hanging pista shell Decor Piece

      • Take a cardboard and cut it into a rectangular sheet.
      • Just to give the cardboard a texture and stiffness. Tear the newspaper into bits and stick that with the help of fevicol and water mixture. 
      • Once dried it would look something like the below.
      • I have coated the cardboard with a coffee color. To prepare this take one to two spoons of water with half a spoon of coffee and dilute it. Apply onto the surface. Allow the color to dry.

      • Apply the next coating by making the color slightly darker by adding more coffee powder.
      • You can apply as many layers to get the desired color. Every time you are near to the decor, the smell of the grounded coffee is amazing. I personally liked how it turned out.
      You can also apply any color according to your liking.

      Set it up!
      Now you are all set to design your décor piece. Arrange all your scrambled pieced together and your amazing décor piece is ready.

      Pista shell diy

      Adsld a twine to complete the look. And here is the final look.

      You might also be interested in converting old pots into planters -with 4 DIY techniques
      Pista shell diy

       Happy Crafting !!

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      May 12, 2020

      Easy way to grow Lemon Tree from Seed - Proven Technique

      When life gives you lemons, Plant it!!

      Everyone wishes to grow a lemon tree as it has a pleasant citrus smell and taste. I was very excited to grow lemon from a seed. To my dismay I never succeeded in germinating even after multiple attempts. I have found a proven technique where you could never fail growing a Lemon tree from a seed.

        How to Grow Lemon from Lemon seeds

        • Squeeze the lemon juice out of the lemons. Extract the seeds without harming the seeds.
        • Make a fresh lemon juice out of the extracted.
        • Next is the crucial part, choose the healthy lemon seeds.

        Choose Healthy seeds by Appearance Test

          • The healthy lemon looks lumpy, filled, stout.
          • The unhealthy or the immature seeds look skinny, thin and weak.
          • Also avoid the seeds that are damaged while extracting (the seeds cut into half).
          • The difference between the two can easily be spotted. If not, here is a diagrammatic representation.

        Choose Healthy seeds by Soak Test

          • Soak the healthy seeds in water.
          • The floating seeds might not grow into a healthy plant.
          • The seeds that sink into the water are viable.
          • The seeds that pass both the above test can be prepared for sowing.
        Ok, now that seed selection is completed we can dive into preparing the seeds.
        The sticky substance covering the seed should be removed before planting the seed.

        How to remove the slimy substance

          • The slimy substance can be removed by wiping them off with tissue paper or a Newspaper. 
          • Wash the lemon seeds thoroughly and check for slimy or sticky substance.
          • Repeat the above two process till the lemon seeds are nonsticky.
        The lemon seeds have a slimy coating that has to be removed or wiped off. Thus we ensure all the possible ways to support the seeds germination are done.
        The lemon seed has a white outer covering that must be removed. The white outer covering is a protective coating to avoid damages to the seeds. This layer must be carefully removed with the help of a sharp object or knife. Underneath the white layer is the brown layer or the seed that I ready for germinating. The soft brown layer can also be removed.

        grow lemon from seeds

        Process of Growth

        • The initial days of germination can be done in a closed container that has a setting like a greenhouse. I usually place the seeds in a container with tissue and keep it moist. This provides the seeds with necessary moisture content and protects from any harsh environmental conditions like wind, frost, or rain.
        • Spray water to the lemon seeds when the tissue paper feels dry.
        • In a span of a few days you will be able to observe the seed germinating.
        • The lemon seed that has grown to a reasonable amount can be transferred to a small pot, a seedling tray, or an eggshell.
        • I have transferred the seedling into an eggshell.
        • Repot them into a larger pot or container when they are reasonably huge in nice. 
        Happy Gardening!

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