My friend Alice swears she’s had a basil plant for over a year, but fresh herbs only seem to last a few days in my care before wilting! I’m hoping having a nice window ledge box to keep fresh herbs in will inspire me to look after them better and actually remember they need a drink and a bit of TLC too once in a while!
This really simple DIY will transform any wooden box into a refreshing indoor herb garden. I got my box from Ikea, and it works wonderfully as it comes with a metal water-collecting tray inside.
You will need
A rectangular wooden box.
Acrylic paint [for the lettering]
Thick and thin paintbrushes.
White paint [I used splashproof bathroom paint, but any water resistant wood paint will do]
Lettering stencils, [or letters printed onto card]
Step 1: Painting the box
Paint the wooden box with the white paint. Depending on the paint you use, it might take a few coats.
Step 2: Making the stencil
Rather than watching paint dry, use the time to make the stencil [if you don’t have shop bought stencils of the right size]. I printed the lettering onto card, and then cut it out carefully using a craft knife.
Draw around your stencil, lightly, with a pencil.
Step 4: Painting the letters
The only fiddly bit – carefully paint over your lettering with black acrylic.
Now fill with your favourite herbs, and don’t forget to water them!
Author: Rohini Wahi
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