Fleurs Garden Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Use stencils and Delta’s Texture Magic Dimensional Paint to transform an ordinary clay pot into extraordinary garden décor.


  • Clay pot and saucer, 6” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Foliage Green, White, Antique White
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Hauser Dark Green, Antique Green


  • Stencils: floral background, small script alphabet
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Gel Stain Medium; Exterior/Interior Varnish: Matte; Satin Découpage Medium
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paint, Cashmere
  • Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons Expression Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series E55, 3⁄4”; Flat Shader, Series E60, #4; Filbert, Series E67, #4, #8
  • Palette knife
  • Dover Publications Redouté Flowers and Fruits CD-Rom and Book
  • Computer with printer
  • Stencil adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, ruler, pencil, masking tape, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Sand pot; wipe dust with soft cloth. Mark 2-3⁄4”x3-1⁄2” rectangle below rim and inner rectangle, leaving 1⁄4” border. Apply masking tape along inside lines of larger rectangle to prevent seepage.


Use palette knife to apply Cashmere to pot, leaving rim unpainted. Adhere background stencil around pot; apply Cashmere to openings. Mix Light Foliage Green, Antique Green, and White to make green mix; basecoat rim and inside pot. Stencil “Fleurs” Cashmere.


Mix Antique White with White; paint inner rectangle. Use computer and CD-Rom to print Anemone clip art to fit inside inner rectangle; cut out. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to découpage Anemone to rectangle. Basecoat frame and saucer with green mixture.


Mix Gel Stain Medium with Hauser Dark Green; apply to pot and saucer, wiping excess with paper towels. Apply varnish.

by Barbara Greve

Welcome Friends Garden Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Look closely! Use an old chair seat to create this welcome sign, or any sign, for your garden!


  • Vintage chair seat or wooden plaque, 15” square
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Cadmium Yellow, Warm White, Olive Green, Leaf Green, Salem Blue, Sapphire


  • Stencils: floral vine of choice; lowercase alphabet, 1-1/2” tall
  • DecoArt Americana Gel Stain: wood stain of choice
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”, 1⁄2”; Golden Taklon Liner, Series 595, #1
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Sisal rope

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



If using vintage chair seat, remove old finish and sand. Apply stain to seat or plaque; wipe with soft cloth.


Stencil “welcome friends” with Lamp Black; shade top right side of letters Warm White. Let dry.


Stencil vines and flowers across top left and bottom right side of sign. Add additional vines and flowers as needed. Stencil leaves and vines Olive Green; shade undersides Warm White. Stencil flowers Salem Blue; shade centers Sapphire. Stencil dots in centers Cadmium Yellow. Use liner brush to paint Leaf Green vein through leaf centers. Let dry.


Drill two holes in top of sign. Insert two sisal rope lengths through holes and knot ends at top.

by Mary Ayres

Floral Welcome Sampler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Are you a cross-stitcher who also loves to garden? We have the perfect project for you! Make this sampler and get ready for the planting season to come.


  • White 14-count Aida cloth
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Panoramic frame


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped two times)
  • Quarter Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth


Size / stitch Count

Approximate finished design size: 2-9/16”x10-3/4”; stitch count: 150 w x 35 h

Welcome Sampler

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. To find center, fold fabric in half and in half again; mark with contrasting thread.

3. Use two strands of floss to cross-stitch and one strand to backstitch designs as shown on chart. Stitch quarter stitches where blue and gray meet near end of watering can spout. Use two strands for French knot (bird’s eye).

4. Press design from wrong side through pressing cloth as needed. Frame as desired.

Other Options

  • Stitch design on towel.
  • Use waste canvas to stitch design on tote bag or café curtain.
  • Use a single motif on a fingertip towel.

by Alice Okon

Bird Hut

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


With a cozy little perch to sit upon and plenty of seeds to nibble on, this hut is a bird’s idea of paradise! Paint clay pots to create an inviting retreat for all your feathered friends.


  • Clay pots: 3-1⁄2”, 4-1⁄4”
  • Clay pot saucer, 6”
  • Wooden items: ball knob, 3⁄4”; large oval (sign), 2” long; dowel, 1⁄8” diameter
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Kelly Green, Thicket, Calico Red, Real Brown, Tapioca
  • Black cording, 3 yards


  • Fender washer, 1-1⁄2”
  • Steel nut, any size
  • Drill with 1⁄8” masonry bit
  • Plaid FolkArt Crackle Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt All-purpose Sealer
  • Paintbrushes: shader, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape, scrap wood, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)



6-1⁄2” tall (not including hanger)

Bird Hut

1. Drill holes in center of saucer, ball knob, and just above rim on 4-1⁄4” pot. (Note: To prevent cracking, apply masking tape inside pot at drill-hole point. Hold scrap wood piece behind hole while drilling. Do not push drill through pot; allow bit to work its way through pot.)

2. On covered work surface, basecoat saucer Kelly Green, clay pots Calico Red, sign Tapioca, and ball knob Real Brown. Sponge paint saucer Thicket. Use shader to paint 1”x1-1⁄4” Black door hole as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Crackle Medium, then Real Brown topcoat to 3-1⁄2” pot.

3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to trace sign lettering and details, and to draw shingles on roof (Figure 1) and wavy border around door hole. Apply sealer.

Figure 1

4. For perch, cut 3” length from dowel; insert end into hole in door hole. Adhere sign to roof.

5. Cut cording in half; fold each length into halves. Holding cording folds together, tie knot 2” from fold. Thread cording ends through hole in knob, then 3-1⁄2” pot, 4-1⁄4” pot, and saucer. Thread cording through fender washer; tie double overhand knot 6” from end. Thread cording through nut, then tie another double overhand knot. Trim cording ends.

6. To fill, place feeder horizontally on work surface, slide knob toward hanger, place seed inside bottom pot, then flip saucer up to keep seed inside. Adjust hanging cords by sliding knob down next to roof top. To release more seed, slide knob up, then lift bottom pot.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Stamped Garden Gift Set

Stampendous introduced their Winter CHA release just a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to create a few projects using the new Cling Flowers stamps. How about a giveaway of one of the new Stampendous stamps?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by February 14th and I will randomly select one person to receive one of the new Cling Flowers stamps from Stampendous.

The flowers are gorgeous, and they inspired this gardening set which is perfect as a Mother’s Day or birthday gift.

Here is a side view of the box:

1. I started with a leftover box from clementines. It was easy to cover with a coat of white acrylic paint.

2. Stamp Stampendous flower images (Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Carnation, Violets, Sweet Peas, Seed Catalog) onto white cardstock using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Stamp Violets twice.

3. Color flowers using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils and a water brush. Let dry.

4. Tear cardstock around flowers. Sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Cut tissue paper to fit sides of box. Stamp Seed Background onto tissue paper repeatedly using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Adhere tissue paper to sides of box using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Sponge edges of box using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

6. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over surface of tissue paper; let dry.

7. Adhere colored flowers onto sides of box with Zip Dry Paper Glue.

The clay pots close-up:

1. I bought two clay pots from the store and, since it was off-season, I actually got a good deal on them.

2. Paint fronts of clay pots with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

3. Stamp flowers of choice, one each, onto tissue paper using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry. Tear tissue around images.

4. Adhere stamped, colored flowers onto fronts of clay pots using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over each surface to seal image.

5. Apply VersaMark embossing ink around edges of tissue paper and along top of rim on first clay pot. Sprinkle wet ink with Stampendous Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Enamel; heat emboss enamel. Quickly, while enamel is still hot, sprinkle same areas with Fran-tage Lavender Glass Glitter.

6. Repeat Step 5 with second pot.

Here are the plant markers close-up:

1. Die cut three Labels Twenty-Two shapes from white cardstock.

2. Stamp flowers (Nasturtium, Carnation, Sweet Pea) onto labels using Jet Black water-resistant ink.

3. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry.

4. Sponge label edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Apply brown Tim Holtz Distress Stain to three wooden plant stakes. Let dry.

6. Adhere labels to tops of stakes. Tie green fiber around stakes beneath labels.

7. To finish gift set, stamp Botanical Blooms Background using lavender ink onto full sheet of tissue paper. Assemble gift set as shown.


  • Stampendous Stamps – Botanical Blooms Background CRR162, Seed Background CRW088, Seed Catalog CRR161, Morning Glory CRP185, Carnation CRP186, Nasturtium CRP187, Sweet Pea CRP189
  • White tissue paper
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Ink pads: Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lavender; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink; Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Stain
  • White acrylic paint
  • Beacon Adhesives – Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish
  • Die-cutting system and label die of choice
  • White cardstock
  • Green fiber
  • Wooden plant stakes, three
  • Stampendous FREG021 Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous FRG05C – Lavender Glass Glitter
  • Recycled wooden fruit box

Don’t forget, leave a comment to win your own Stampendous Cling Flowers stamp. Happy Stamping and Good Luck,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)