Fairy Garden Stones

Spring!  I feel like I’ve been waiting for you longer than usual this year.  I love your beautiful warm and sunny weather.  I also love that I can finally begin to plant my cute little herb garden. My husband always laughs at me when this time of year rolls around.  “You and your herbs!”

I’ve always loved growing fresh herbs at home.  They’re pretty low-maintenance.  A sunny location, well-drained soil, and plenty of water is all you really need.  Most herbs that I plant will thrive where we live in New York throughout the spring and summer months until the first frost arrives.

Cooking with fresh herbs whenever possible makes me really happy.  I always feel a little old-fashioned (but in a good way) when I go outside to trim off some pieces here and there to bring inside to work with.

My grilled chicken tastes so much fresher when sprigs of fresh parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and basil are added to the marinade beforehand.  I think you’ll agree that just about ANY Italian recipe will benefit from the addition of fresh basil.  Try adding fresh chopped parsley and thyme to your soup as it simmers on the stove, tossing your potatoes with chopped rosemary before roasting them in the oven…I could go on and on.

My point is that EVERYTHING I cook seems to taste better when fresh herbs join the party.

Here’s a fun little project you can work on as you plant an herb garden of your own.  It will give your garden a cheerful pop of color and also allow you to identify what you have going on down there in the dirt as well.

Materials:

Small Round Stones (cleaned and dried)
Acrylic Paint (in multiple colors)
Small Paint Brush
Cup of Clean Water
Paper Towels
Old Box Top
Oil-Based Paint Pen (I used a gold tone made by Craft Smart)
Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating (I used one made by Krylon)

Directions:

  1. Begin by gathering small stones.  This is fun to do with your kids.  You’re looking for smooth stones you’ll be able to write on.
  2. Give them a good rinse with the garden hose, or bring them inside and scrub them in the sink if they’re really muddy.
  3. Allow your stones to dry in a sunny location while you prepare your workspace.
  4. Select the colors you’d like to use and place inside the box top.  Using a small paint brush, paint each stone a different shade using your acrylic paint.  You can paint one side or the entire stone and allow to dry.
  5. Once dry, label each stone with the name of an herb or flower in your garden using your paint pen and allow to dry again for a few minutes.
  6. Bring box top containing your dry stones outside to a well-ventilated area.  Follow the directions of the sealant spray you’re using to coat your project so it’s protected from the elements.  You can add one coat, or multiple coats.  Allow to dry completely before placing them outside.
  7. Have fun scattering your colorful fairy garden stones around your garden!

I hope you enjoy this cute and easy project as much as I did.  It’s like a little garden fairy scattered colorful gems around your garden. It’s easy, inexpensive, and once you buy the paint, marker, and sealant, you can make dozens and dozens of these pretty little guys.  They make a great gift too, so remember this project in the future as special occasions role around. It’s something that your kids can help create, which I’m always a fan of when it comes to art projects.

These stones are so easy to create and, of course, they’re FAIRY pretty.

-CCCara

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