DIY: Herb Planter (from Michaels Stores)

Recently I was feeling very crafty and I went on a major shopping binge at Michael’s Stores. Here it is slightly assembled. Do you see what I see? Pure crafting BLISS.  (and maybe, even a slight sign of SPRING DECORATING).


I had a bajillion ideas that didn’t quite “gel” so admittedly, I had to run back for “Craft Haul #2″. Do you ever do that?  You have too many ideas and they only come together once you get started. So, here might have been a teensy little craft haul #3 in there.

Eventually, there was rhyme to my reason. A method to my madness. A Bogart to my Bacall.

Something GREAT is about to happen.

I decided to create TWO (maybe three, or fourteen)…terrific projects. Because I love Michaels THAT much.

1) A DIY Herb Planter - At the Michael’s event I was working, I demonstrated specialty painting and distressing techniques, along with several vintage labeling options using chalkboard paint, twine, and Sharpies. I gave attendees choices of each.

2) Burlap Art Silhouettesee my next post for more details and a sneak peek below!


I wanted to change the orange terra cotta pots as a first step. So I created a lot of watered down paint mixtures with colors that matched my own home.  First I layered on pure white. Then I would mix colors with water.

Like so:


No judgement on the nails, m’kay? I’m a craft blogger….not a beauty blogger.  ;-)

Applying the first layer…very, very watered down.


Apply the paint as sparingly or generously as you wish.

NEXT–DISTRESSING: The technique I used was to REMOVE the damp paint as part of the overall distressing.  (Layering paint, then dabbing it off….REPEAT).

See? Almost dripping wet…


 Next…dabbing off the paint with a wet cloth (lots of water used).


Yes, I’m in my robe.

This is what happens after I distressed the first coat of paint. I would repeat this process with a variety of colors. (Paint. Dab off with wet cloth. REPEAT).


More information coming on how I distressed the crate itself. But to be honest, much of my craft project was simple assembly of items. Finding items that complemented each other.  This project was so fast and so inexpensive that I decided to pick up a variety of labeling options to show readers what the possibilities were.

Here is one option. Plain labels…with my own handwriting. Along with a wooden “HERBS” sign during the event itself, which was assembled in the unfinished wood section of Michaels (my favorite aisle of the entire store).



Trying out handmade labels…


Later, I got the inspiration to do vintage numbers.


Project #2:  Burlap Canvas Art (see separate post)

For the burlap project, it was simply assembling the items.


Burlap Canvas, Bakers Twine, laser cut wood frame (I love these), Craft Paper, Mod Podge, and my printer. 


See ALL the crafts that were created for this event!

About Jeanette L.

A Practical DIY & Home Decor Blog With A Love for All Things Vintage.
I show you how to achieve a home that reflects your own personal style. I love expensive-looking items, but still honor my single Mom budget. I'm drawn to shiny objects...and love to decorate with vintage photos, art deco, vintage travel posters, subtle faux finishes, sports and rock memorabilia. Smart DIY projects that are fun, and give you confidence to say "hmmm...I can do that!"


  1. Love these! Enjoyed getting to know you + your blog from the Pinterest Party!

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