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birdak
« on: July 18, 2010 11:05:23 PM »

Back in the spring when we were picking out plants for the garden. I was wandering through the herb section and I thought that a little herb garden to tack on to the big veggie garden would be nice. I don't often use fresh herbs in my meals so I don't know a ton about them, so I just picked the ones that smelled nice.

Anyway, I'd had them planted and growing for about a week when I went to the local produce market and noticed they had adorable hand painted signs for the veggies ( I'm kind of a typography nut, and I loved the vintagey feel of the type) So I decided to make some for my herb garden.

I used an old scrap piece of cedar wall paneling and sawed it into approximately 2.5"x4" blocks. Then I sanded it down and rounded the edges for a softer look. I then looked up some vintage fonts that fit my plan, and I copied out my herbs names onto the wood in pencil. Instead of using paint, I used sharpie and a nice red marker I had because I knew it would look cleaner when I was finished.

Then I clear coated the signs with a clear varnish, and I glued paint stir sticks to the back with contact cement. (The stir sticks are the perfect size for the sign posts and I'm really pleased with myself for thinking of them.)
Et voila! The finished product.


(not shown: a Sage sign. it was still drying)

A few of my favourites to show you some detail:





This is my first project that I've uploaded to craftster so I hope you all like it!
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010 11:33:39 PM »

those are lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010 12:24:12 AM »

These are really, really pretty.  You make me want a garden so badly!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010 04:16:53 AM »

Beautiful! I love that the signs are so earthy and garden-friendly.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010 07:35:51 AM »

They're gorgeous! Parsley is my favorite font, with Basil close behind.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2010 08:34:22 AM »

These are sooo cute.  I want to make something similar for my herb garden over the winter, I will have to keep these in mind Smiley  thanks
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010 09:16:22 AM »

I love those! Much better than the crappy plastic ones they sell at stores.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2010 09:47:50 AM »

Beautiful! I love that the signs are so earthy and garden-friendly.

Yeah, I purposely tried to use re-used or scrap items to keep the garden eco friendly. Besides, re-used/scrap=free, and who doesn't like free?
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2010 11:38:22 AM »

I also like free Smiley Hooray they look awesome!

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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011 12:26:48 AM »

your signs are lovely, perfect for a herb garden, my herbs are all in pots at the minute waiting for warmer weather so they can go outside, they do need some signs . . .
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