How to make a one of a kind hand painted rock garden.
Great gift for people who love gardens but are not so good at keeping them alive :)
Hi I thought I would share with you a little sneak at what I have been up to lately. I am a big fan of pinterest as you will know if you are following me. I find it an endless source of inspirtation and a very clever idea's provoking images that then tickle my fancy to get the inspiration juices flowing. I am an all sorts crafter. A bit of this and that. So when I have a gift to make for a special friend. I first have an idea and then I get to work bringing it all together.
My tips for where to start.
1. I think about that person and what they may need or like for their gift.
2. Once you have decided what kind of thing you are going to create. Think about the tools and items you will need to create and finish this item.
3. Get all your tools together first. For me that is not hard. I have a huge amount of craft items and tools. So rarely do I have to go buy something to create it. But then again you never know what you may need if you have a quick trip to the house of my worship. "Riot or Spot light"
4. For this project I need a glue gun tool, glue sticks, river rocks variety of shapes and sizes, terracotta pot, small rocks, glitter, acrylic paint and paint brushes, sharpie paint pens, gadrden soil, fairy garden bits plenty of time to paint each rock.
This took more time than I expected so give yourself plenty of time to finish it. You do have to wait for each layer of the rock to dry well first. For someone like me that is so frustrating to wait so I also use my trusted hair dryer (which I never use for my hair of course - such a true crafter) as I can never wait to watch paint or glue to dry! I am not patient one bit.
So here is where I first started with the idea. I have made fairy gardens for this friend. Well lets kindly say she has more weedy pots than pretty flower pots. But she does work hard and does not have time to potter in the garden.
So I let off the hook mostly. So that got me thinking what if I created her a garden that she could not kill. Rain, hail or shine too much sun or not enough, inside or out she can not kill it. Thats when I look up pinterst "painted stones" Well there was heaps of inspiration to choose from. So I decided to create this fairy like cactus garden for her.
Then I get the size pot I want to use. It was a large pot so I only filled it on the top and added a fake bottom to it to save soil. As it's only for show remember. You don't even need to add soil. You could just add card board and fill in with sand or stones.
Then next its stone painting time the best part. These stones came from in and around my garden. I only had to buy the small stones. Everything else I had in my craft storage.
This was such a fun project I really enjoyed making it. I thought the finished product looked great. Easer on smooth river stones but mine were rough sand stone but they still painted up fine. I found the paint brish worked better on the rough stones. But if I was to make more with smooth stones. I would use a painty pen for time.
So first select your stones or rocks then start to base paint them as required.
You can either paint them all with a paint brush or use a painty pen for the outline works well too.
I painted my stones similar shardes of green. My advise is to use minimal colours for maximum effect. Too many colours may confuse your eye.
So as you can see here I selected rocks that went together nicely. Thinking succulents in your mind while seeing what was glued where. So you can glue first then paint latter. That I will leave completely up to you which way you go. I painted first then glued together.That way you can just paint over the glue and leave marks on your paint work. As you can see I painted some stones hot pink for the flowers and then I added glitter dust to them so they would sparkle when the sun hits them. Sadly the photo's outside just did not do them any justice. They sparkled nicely which looked great. But on pinterest I noticed some glued fake flowers to the top that looked good too. I think you will like making them so much you may need to make a few different ones to play with.
There is no end to how you can paint your cactus. Bold and simple like these here or more detailed with shades and high lights. Remember experiment and have fun. These images below are the ones I found on pinterest. Not sure who made them but how cute are they. Good for teacher gifts or kitchen window shelf love it. I also loved the red lady beetles and the game tic tac toe , checkers idea's.
So start to add them into the pot. Move them around to see what works together. Higher at the back for visual looks best. I then added some small stones which I bought from the base warehouse and then bring it home with glitter and fairies and butterflies on a stick.
Rule of thumb in my gift wrapping never ever leave out the glitter or glam. Plenty of that stuff in and all around. My friend would expect nothing less from me. I finished hot glueing on some fimo flowers and some more glitter. Added a small sitting fairy and a butterfly on a stick.Then time to wrap it all up. I created a home made rock garden tag for the gift with watering instructions lol. I just love silly nonsense gifts.
This gift was ready to add some curling ribbon and its tag. Now it did take a whole day to make from scratch but it was worth it. You can't buy this in a shop anywhere and you can't beat gifts like that.
Here is the gift tag I made for the project. I just made this in comic life which I must say I use for everything. It is very user friendly for my limited computer skills.
I hope you enjoyed this little project as much as I did making it. I am not great a the whole blog thing. But I have started to make lots of photo's during my creations. So when you ask me how I can give you a visual how, where and why thanks Michelle Fenton.
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