Better Budgeting: Frugal Crafts: Country Garden Plant Pokes

Frugal Crafts: Country Garden Plant Pokes

by Amanda Formaro

Frugal Crafts at BetterBudgeting: Country Garden Plant Pokes

These plant pokes give a personal and homey touch to your garden path. Easy to make and pretty to look at!

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What you need for each plant poke:

3" wood heart
12" wooden dowel
acrylic paint in antique white and contrasting color of your choice
crackle medium
craft pens
material scraps
white craft glue (Tacky glue)
font pattern
matte finish sealer spray

Instructions:

Basecoat the wooden heart and the dowel with antique white (or with contrasting color depending on the look you want, the basecoat will show through the cracks) and let dry completely. Apply crackle medium according to directions (to the heart only), a medium coat works well. Allow it to dry for 15-25 minutes, until tacky but not completely dry. Next apply a medium coat of your contrasting color over the crackle, do not excessively brush! One or two strokes is enough. Let dry, crackle will begin to work within minutes.

Once the contrasting color is completely dry, you can use craft pens to draw on square patches or small hearts, or draw stitch marks around the outer edges of your heart. Use the pens to write the herb and flower names on using this font pattern.

When dry, glue the dowel to the back of the heart. Tie a piece of scrap material in a bow or a knot around the dowel, just below the bottom of the heart. Apply two coats of matte finish sealer spray, allow 15 minutes between coats.

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