It’s no secret that I love flowers.
It’s no secret that I love books.
It’s no secret that I love my Silhouette Cameo machine.
So what’s a girl to do? Yep, I combined all three into a super cute and super easy distressed white washed terra cotta pot and made flowers out of pink card stock and old book pages with my Silhouette Cameo. I love how it turned out and it really was super easy!
Yep. Pick a flower, grab a book, cut, paste…WaaLaa a pretty flower pot! With the weather finally turning warmer (notice I didn’t say warm, because it isn’t warm in Chicagoland yet – arghhh), I’ve been itching to get my fingers into the garden and plant some flower pots. That little pop of color by the front door and around the deck makes me smile. This white washed flower pot is the perfect addition to a deck or patio and did I mention, it’s super easy to make???
I’ll explain how to distress and white wash a terra cotta pot in another post next week. Today, I want to share how I made the book page and card stock flowers, added them to the terra cotta pot and then protected the design so it’ll withstand the outdoor elements.
Here’s my supply list:
- Terra cotta pot
- Old book pages
- Card stock (I used Paper Source text weight fuchsia)
- Modge Podge – Matte (found at any craft store)
- Modge Podge Acrylic Sealer – Matte (found at any craft store)
First, pick a flower:: Silhouette has a ton of flower designs, so you can easily buy your favorite. I decided to make mine by free hand drawing the flower, the stem and the circle center. I kept it simple, because usually simple is best for me. Plus I knew I wanted to layer the design for more interest, so… simpler is good.
Then, create the flower outline:: Whatever base flower design is chosen, use the offset function to create the background shape with the same floral outline. Because of the size of my flower pot, I decided on a flower that was about 1.5 inches round. For the background, I offset the flower by 0.10 inches.
Choose your papers:: I cut the flower in the fuchsia paper and then cut the stem, center circle and flower outline in the book page paper. This may seem obvious, but just in case…. I tore sheets from an old book.
Then I layered the flower:: book page on the bottom, then the pink cut flower next and the book page circle on top. I just grabbed my daughter’s glue stick to glue the three layers together.
Now to add the design to the flower pot:: I poured some Modge Podge Matte (because I didn’t want a shiny or glossy look) on a plate and used a paint brush to glue the layered flower and the stems around the pot. With a foam brush, I brushed a thin coat of Modge Podge all over the pot. I covered every inch of the pot and the flower/stem design. I did three coats and let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another coat. You really can’t mess this up, so go for it!
Then to protect the pot:: After the third coat of Modge Podge was dry, I sprayed three thin coats of acrylic sealer, letting each coat dry before spraying another coat. The sealer is what protects the design from the outdoor weather and water, so this is an important step. I used the Modge Podge Matte acrylic sealer, but you can use any acrylic sealer. About 24 hours later the sealer should be dry and your pot is ready to plant with flowers.
I made these flower pots for Mother’s Day gifts this year. Honestly, they’d be great as teacher appreciation gifts and a hostess gift for a book club too. And shhh… can you keep a secret? My cost for all the supplies for the pot and the flowers was about $5 each. Yep. Very inexpensive and really pretty! Can’t beat that.
This was the first time I joined The Silhouette Challenge. Yes, I know you’re asking “What’s The Silhouette Challenge Michele?” Good question. Each month, a fabulous (yes!) group of gals make projects centered around a theme using a Silhouette cutting machine.
The theme for the month of May was flowers. My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today. Whoa! Did we hit the mother load of awesomeness around flowers!! Please be sure to take a look at the projects below for some truly amazing Silhouette inspiration…about flowers!
1. Create & Babble // 2. Kate’s Paper Creations // 3. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 4. Tried & True // 5. unOriginal Mom // 6. Mama Sonshine // 7. Adventures in All Things Food & Family // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. The Outlandish Momma // 10. Whats Next Ma // 11. Dream a Little Bigger // 12. Silhouette School // 13. Creative Ramblings // 14. Our Rosey Life // 15. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 16. Practically Functional // 17. Minted Strawberry // 18. Two Purple Couches // 19. Simply Kelly Designs // 20. Grey Luster Girl // 21. TitiCrafty // 22. My Mom Made That // 23. Architecture of a Mom // 24. My Paper Craze // 25. The Sensory Emporium // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. Mabey She Made It // 28. McCall Manor //