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Friday, December 13, 2013

FrogTape®- Quick Gifts for Gardening Friends

This post brought to you by FrogTape provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC. All opinions are 100% mine.

Gift Pot

If you've ever painted a terracotta pot using tape- you know that the textured surface can make less than perfect lines. But wow. Look at those nice clean lines! You can get those kind of perfect lines on all sorts of surfaces like stucco or cinderblocks using FrogTape Textured Surface

It takes a couple extra steps, but the end result is so gorgeous and clean. 

For this project- you'll need:

  • a terracotta pot- I chose a medium sized pot
  • a saucer for the pot that will work as a lid
  • FrogTape® Textured Surface Tape
  • Latex paint- I used a high gloss interior/exterior paint
  • brushes
  • a wet cloth

Pick a pot and a saucer that the saucer is the right size to fit into the top of the pot as lid. Base paint both.

Base painted pot

 

I chose a close to TARDIS blue color and a light apricot. I also bought enough extra paint so this summer my daughter can paint her room door (it's a little cold to take it off the hinges and paint it now!) - She'll be using this tape when she paints her door. 

Let the latex paint dry for 3 days before taping according to the instructions. Then tape like a present. You'll tape the pot and lid separately.

Taped pot

Now it's time for the part that makes this tape work so good. Take a wet cloth and go over the edges of the tape. That activates the edge sealing. Then use the bottle of edge sealer and scrub over the edges with that. Let it dry and paint with your second color.

Nearly immediately after painting, remove the tape. Let dry.

What I'm doing with this pot is filling it with seeds that I know are reliable here in Anchorage, and including a page of notes about my experiences growing them. First I'll put in a pair of gardening gloves to block the hole at the bottom- then make up individual packets of my favorite seeds.  Tie a small garden trowel to the top of the pot with a piece of jute string and it's a perfect gift for a novice gardening friend. So she can use the pot immediately, I'm also putting in some herb seeds. 

Follow @FrogTape on Twitter for lots of great #TexturedSurface ideas.- Create your own projects and pin them using the #TexturedSurface hashtag to share them. 

 

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