Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hybrid Tutorial!

Well, summer is almost done here, the kids go back to school here in 4 weeks! I am almost back into my daily routine. I have missed blogging, let me tell you! :) I thought I would pop in today and share a little something from a guest post I recently did. 

Here is a tutorial I recently shared on Traci Reed's blog. 

With school starting up soon, I thought this would be a great time to share this hybrid tutorial with you! When I did this, it was for a friend that loves gardening, and it says "All Things Grow with Love." I was thinking that you can easily change it to something like... "Thanks for planting the seeds" or some other cute and catchy teacher"y" saying as a lovely back to school gift for your child's new teacher this year! How sweet! Here is what I made:


and if you are interested in doing it, I made a little seed packet template to share with you as well. It is absolutely nothing fancy, just workable :)


It is only in .psd format, and if you would like to download it, you can do so HERE.

Just take a look and follow along. You will have a finished project before you know it!
I used Traci's kit Farm Fresh 4 U


The first thing you are going to do is make and print out as many seed packets and you like. You are also going to make a pretty cover for the pot itself, if you want to, in this case I did. I simply measured the height and width of the pot I was using and made a mini LO to go on it. 


Then you are going to cut out all of those pieces. 


The next step is going to be to crease and then fold along the tabs, as well as in the middle (between the front and back portions) of the seed packet. 


Next you will use some double sided tape, or a tape runner and the first tab you need to stick down is the one on the bottom of the bottom face of the packet. You need to tape this one on the inside and stick it down, otherwise it will interfere with the finished size of the template...do not ask how I know that! *See it down first in the 2nd picture? Then you are going to fold the tabs on the sides in and tape  on the TOP of these tabs, which is the patterned part here. This way when you fold in the middle and press together the tabs will stick to the front of the seed packets, easy peasy! Then you just slip in your seed packets.


The next thing to do is adhere the pretty covering onto the pot. In this case I was able to use my tape runner as well, since I had a very lightweight plastic pot. Once attached, you are going to put a piece of Styrofoam in the pot, which will hold the seed packets in place. I cut a round piece off of some left over that I had, you do not have to have a specific kind, it is great for using up left overs!


Next I printed out two plain papers from the kit, put them through the paper shredder and then crumpled the up. I loosely added them to the top of the pot which gave a really cute grass like affect to the project, but I did not need to purchase anything extra to do it. 


The last part is to attach the seed packets to the sticks they are on and then poke them into the Styrofoam. I used BBQ skewers, because for some reason we have a bagillion of them in our house, but you can use wooden downl, wire, anything you have really. I used a heavy duty packing tape to adhere the stick to the back of the packets, it helped give it a little more stability. Then just rearrange the "grass" as you like and you are done!


I thought this was a really fun project, but not too difficult. I am pretty sure a nice little surprise like this would make any one smile. I hope you give it a try! 


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4 comments:

  1. This is adorable and beautiful! I love it. Thank you for the easy step by step process

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Aug. 13, 2011. Thanks again.

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  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [14 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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