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31 January 2016

Clover Planter with Gold Leaf Plaid

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I am skipping over Valentine's for a moment because this little planting project needs some time and you will want it to be ready by St. Patrick's Day! Join me as I make a gilded, walnut planter chock full of REAL LIFE clover!  Let's start with the planter, shall we?  Here are the supplies you will need:

How to Use Gold Leaf to Decorate a St. Patrick's Day Planter

Supplies:

Instructions:

Start with your gold leafing.  Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the planter and place the gold leaf sheets (THIS TUTORIAL of mine gives more detail on gold leafing).  Oncve they have completely dried, it is time to make your gold tape "plaid".  Duct tape goes on after the gold leafing and washi tape finishes off the plaid.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Applying Tapes - Copy

A little duct tape on the top needs to be snipped so that it can fold neatly over the edge of the planter.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Sniping Duct Tape - Copy

Once the gold leaf is dry, before OR after you add the other tapes, you can begin the staining process.  I used a deep walnut stain to complement the shining, St. Patty's day GOLD!  For a fun look, you can leave a little bit of decoupage glue on the foam brush, dip into the walnut stain and apply.  See the difference below:

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Walnut Finish

Now that we are finished with the fun decorating, it is time to get serious.  We will be planting actual plants in this planter, so we need to seal it just a bit.  My tool of choice is just a little plastic wrap in the bottom/sides of the planter, but you could also use a plastic planter insert.  It basically just stops the wooden planter from rotting from the damp soil.  If you are going to use your planter outdoors, you could certainly drill a couple drainage holes in the bottom, forgo the plastic and use the planter for a single season.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Addplastic - Copy Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Clover Bulbs - Copy

Time for clover!  The clover roots are weird looking wormy things :)  When purchasing, you want to look for "oxalis" and I would caution beginner gardeners to grow these from roots, NOT seed as they can be a difficult plant to grow from seed.  Many of the online sales of "REAL Irish clover seeds" are scams.

2 Types of Clover Oxalis - Copy

Soak the roots until slightly plump then plant them under a light layer of potting soil.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Soaking Clover

Now we wait...

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Sun


 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!


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