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C terra-cotta pots small can of blackboard paint straight-edged paintbrush

1 Clean the surface of the pot as directed on the paint can (the paint will not adhere properly to a greasy or dusty surface). Allow the pot to dry thoroughly.

2 Carefully paint the rim of the pot with the blackboard paint. Allow it to dry. then plant with herbs.

Use chalk to write the name of the herb on the pot. For fun. use both the common and Latin or botanical names: if you bought the herbs at a nursery, both names should be given on the label.

1 Wash the pot in warm soapy water, then rinse. Wipe over with vinegar or methylated spirits and allow to dry.

2 Trace your chosen letter onto thin cardboard or stencil film, and cut out the stencil with a fine craft knife.

3 Lay down some newspaper to protect the work surface. Use spray adhesive to stick the stencil to the surface of your flower pot.

4 Spray the newspaper until the spray is fine and even, then spray lightly and evenly over the cutout area of the stencil. To avoid seepage and drips, spray two or three very thin coats rather than one thick one. Allow the paint to become touch-dry between coats, then peel off the stencil.

7) Remove any oversprays or seepages with a cotton bud dipped in turpentine.

6 Allow to dry completely, painted side up. to prevent the paint from running. Plant with herbs.

Felt pot

This unusual pot stands about 5 in. (13 cm) high. Rll it with herbs and either leave it above ground or plant it in the garden -the herbs' roots will eventually grow right through the fabric.

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C 12 * 16 in. (30 X 40 cm) industrial felt, 3 to 4 mm thick

□ sewing thread and needle

Q stranded embroidery cotton

- terra-cotta, galvanized iron or plastic flower pot to use as a template

□ brown paper or newspaper

□ 2 pins or toothpicks

□ sticky tape

O paper scissors

1 To make the template, tape a pin or toothpick to the top and bottom edges °f the poi. aligning them, and letting them protrude a little beyond the edge: these will act as markers for the start and finish point of the template.

2 Lay the pot on the paper, pins down. Mark this point which will be the left edge of the template. Starting at the pins, slowly roll the pot across the paper, tracing along both top and bottom edges as you go. Stop when you reach the pins again.

3 Remove the pot. then draw vertical lines at each end of the template to join the two curved lines. This forms the template for the body or the pot.

4 Draw around the base of the pot.

5 Cut out the paper pieces along the marked lines. Note that you do not need a seam allowance. When you have finished, you should have one pot piece and one base piece.

Pin the paper pieces to the felt and cut carefully around them.

Bull the straight edges of the pot and oversew them together with a sewing thread in a matching color. With stranded embroidery cotton, work a line of cross stitch along the seam, from side to side. This decorative stitch strengthens the join. Using sewing thread, oversew the circular base into the bottom of the pot.

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