Chalkboard Planter: The Perfect Gift for Your Teacher

As school holidays beckon, it’s time to say thank you to our wonderful teachers for all their help and care over the last year. But are you fed up with the same old gifts for teachers? Are you feeling crafty and want something special and personal to give. Well, here is my step by step guide to making a chalkboard planter which combines crafts and plants, my favourite things!

A unique chalkboard planter for my lovely teacher Mrs Sneddon

A unique chalkboard planter for my lovely teacher Mrs Sneddon

I am going to show you how to make a chalkboard planter where you can write your own special message…

What you need:

How to make it:

1. Paint the top rim of your plant pot white (I gave it a couple of coats)

Chalkboard planter

Paint the top ridge of your terracotta pot white

2. Paint the bottom section with blackboard paint (allow 2-3 coats)

Add your blackboard paint

Add your blackboard paint

3. Once dry, draw on your measuring tape around the top using your black marker pen

Draw on your measuring tape marks

Draw on your measuring tape marks

4. Add your message in chalk. I wrote “Thanks for helping me grow” on one side and “Lulu x” on the other but you could draw/write whatever you want.

5. Plant your plant, being careful not to smudge your artwork.

Carefully add compost and your plant

Carefully add compost and your plant

And there you have it, a wonderful, unique gift for your lovely teacher.

A BIG thank you to my clever Auntie Nicola Simm who inspired me to make this gift.

A HUGE thank you to Mrs Sneddon for being my wonderful teacher this year!

Finished chalkboard planter

The finished chalkboard planter

Hugs & kisses,

Lulu xx

 

We’re Going On A Bug Hunt

This week is National Insect Week so there is NO better time to get outdoors and go on a bug hunt. Not sure where to start? Well, read on to find out how to go bug hunting and some great kit to use…

A bug hotel, there's got to be LOTS of bugs living here!

A bug hotel, there’s got to be LOTS of bugs living here!

What you need:

My lil sis Tilda loves to go bug hunting too!

My lil sis Tilda loves to go bug hunting too!

Where should you go?:

Bugs can be found pretty much anywhere. Have a look in your own garden and you will find all sorts of things from butterflies to beetles, lacewings to ladybirds, slaters to snails. Head off to your local woods to see if you can find something different lurking deep inside. Or I LOVE to visit Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre which is great for bug hunting and pond dipping.

A brush can help you gently get a bug into your jar to look at

A brush can help you gently get a bug into your jar to look at

What to do…

Well, remember to be quiet and gentle when you are bug hunting so you don’t scare any bugs. Also, be careful where you are going so you don’t get stung by any plants or bugs. Under stones and old logs are great hiding places, look under leaves of plants and in their flowerheads and have a dig in some soil.

Look under old logs for bugs

Look under old logs for bugs

Things to think about…

A magnifying pot is perfect for a closer peak

A magnifying pot is perfect for a closer peak

Nets are great for helping catch flying bugs like butterflies

Nets are great for helping catch flying bugs like butterflies

Consider making a home for some of the bugs you find. Bug hotels are great fun to make with lots of materials you will probably have lying about the garden.

You can do a lot of bug hunting using old spoons and containers from your kitchen (remember to ask your parents before you start digging in the soil with their best silverware!)

Remember to takes notes and draw pictures of what you find

Remember to takes notes and draw pictures of what you find

My favourite items to go bug hunting with are:

Magnifying glass

Magnifying Glass, £8.49*, perfect for taking a closer look at all those bugs

 

Magnifying Pot, £3.99, A great way to keep bugs safe while you have a good look

Magnifying Pot*, £3.99, A great way to keep bugs safe while you have a good look

 

Bug Net, £7.99, great for catching flying creatures like butterflies

Bug Net*, £7.99, great for catching flying creatures like butterflies

Bug Box, £5.99, perfect for looking closely at those flying creatures 

Bug Box*, £5.99, perfect for looking closely at those flying creatures

Happy bug hunting everyone!

Hugs & kisses,

Lulu xx

*Price correct at time of publication

Love Local Mag

We share some brilliant tips on how to keep children entertained outdoors throughout the summer holidays.

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Our Pick of Unusual Planters

Planters are a great way to add colour and panache to any garden, however big or small. They can also help to deal with all sorts of issues including soil quality, pests, access. But a planter need not be as simple as just a run-of-the-mill pot that you see at the garden centre. From floating planters to upside down pots and even planters that send messages to your smart phone, we have some of the latest, coolest ways to garden…

The Sky Planter

Growing plants upside down – awesome!

The LYFE planter

We SO want one of these. LYFE is a zero-gravity growing system allowing you to cultivate your favourite plants in mid-air. Yup, mid air! They are designed in Sweden and use magnetic levitation to literally hover in mid-air. They are currently raising funds through Kickstarter…

LYFE planter

The Lyfe planter levitates!

 

The Foody

We are currently trialling this revolutionary growing system which allows you to grow fruit, veg and flowers in a limited space using 90% less water than traditional growing methods. It is very stylish too and will look great on a patio, deck or balcony.

Lulu and The Foody

Lulu and The Foody

Plug & Plant

This is a stylish new interconnecting system which you can plant up for culinary or decorative purposes. Create a wonderful vertical garden in your kitchen with year round access to fresh herbs. Maybe have a flower wall in your living room. Or add it to your fence to create a green wall outside. The Plug & Plant even has a sensor which will send a message to your smartphone to tell you when it needs watered! Impressive!

Plug and plant

Plug & Plant to create a wonderful vertical garden

Sky Planter

Are you bored with your plants going traditionally in pots on the patio? The Sky Planter could be the answer to your dreams. It is a unique pot which grows the plant upside down allowing you to save space and conserve water as well as creating an amazing talk point in your home.

Sky planter

Upside down plants. What a wonderful focal point in a room.

The Greenbo Planters

If you have some boring railings which need brightening up then consider the Greenbo Planter. It can fit all shapes of railings up to 10cm wide and is self mounting. It is also non drip and recycles the water too. Plus it comes in gorgeous bright colours!

Greenbo

Brighten up your railings or fence with these gorgeous planters

Hopefully you are feeling inspired to do a bit of gardening and brighten up your own homes.

Thanks for reading

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