Hi everyone. I'm excited to share this project with you on a Sunday!
We are HUGE salad eaters, and I'm hoping that this idea will pay off and extend our growing season a bit longer than normal -- whatever that is for Oklahoma this year!
I purchased a galvanized 5 gallon bucket last year and while I've used it for some other purposes, it now has an extended use plan in place. I'm really liking it's new purpose and I'm sure it will be fun to clip, cut and pick from this mini-sized container garden in the near future!
To decorate the bucket, I created a hot glue freehand stencil/stamp. I really like the freedom you have with creating one. Just be sure you use a surface that will release the glue once it's cooled. A teflon baking mat or crafting mat might be perfect! I used the back of an old warped and no longer used cutting mat for a die cutting machine. There were a few spots where the glue didn't release as easily as I'd hoped, but it did work. You might notice that little spot of tape on the stencil in the lower portion of the picture. That was where the stencil tore just a little while I tried to get it off the mat.
Here's a photo of the stencil taped to the bucket.
Now the fun part starts! I grabbed my eBrush and the new siphon adapter; some ink I added some alcohol to and started spraying. I just kept things to a pretty simple palette of 3 -4 colors and sprayed. Gotta love how it turned out!
I made a few plant pokes - with some oven bake clay -- They're stamped and sprayed with some Pearl Ex using the siphon adapter and the eBrush; I used some hardware punch dies for the lettering dipped in Staz-On black ink. Be sure to make the hole for your pick -- I used a craft stick for mine. Bake as directed. Add any additional embellishments and seal for outdoor use if desired. Look closely at the picture below and you'll see them.
Plant your salad as desired -- we have cucumbers which will be trellised, leaf lettuce, spinach, a few carrots and radishes planted right now in this bucket. Looks like we're off to a fairly good start. I have back up seeds sprouting and we should be able to sustain the 'garden' into the hottest of weather without everything going to seed because this bucket can be moved and can be replanted with seedlings as needed!
Here's to some happy crafting memories for all of us in the days to come! Check back soon... we have some great ideas to share using Craftwell's eBrush and the Siphon adapter.
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