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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Peat Pot Fun!

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Like many of you, I love creating with peat pots!  Isn't it amazing how something so humble looking can be so full of crafting potential?
I picked up a pack of peat pots
  (try saying that three times fast!!) 
last week, and had fun coming up with these.
 As with many of my projects, I often don't have a set plan of exactly how the end piece will look.  I just pull out items from my stash and get to work.  Things usually have a way of coming together, and with any luck end up better than I think they will!
For these little cuties, I started by painting the pots creamy white.
I found some wonderful Frenchy graphics over at the Graphics Fairy and added them to the front of each pot.
 Pretty creamy cotton lace looked perfect around the rims, I think.  I grabbed my stash of buttons, and found these vintage Mother of Pearl buttons, which I added as well.
 My favorite part of the baskets are the sweet handles!
 Earlier this winter I had bought some gorgeous wired garland with pretty silk and velvet flowers.  While I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with it, I knew that it was full of crafting potential!  So I had a bit of a brain storm, and used a bit to fashion cute little handles!
 I'm so happy with the way my baskets turned out, and had so much fun creating them!
 I've put them in my Etsy shop, but you can be sure that I'm going to make some for myself to keep!
Initially I was going to fill the baskets with little bits of this and that, but decided to just add a bunch of crinkled shredded brown kraft paper. That way, the recipients can add their own treats or treasures.  I think they would be so pretty as party favors, or favors at bridal or baby showers!  
And of course they would be wonderful filled with jelly beans or little chocolate eggs for Easter!
 Thanks so much for visiting today, hope I have inspired you a bit!
Have a great day!
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ShabbyESP said...

Hello Donna!!!
Love your Peat Pots!!! I have just finished painting some and was going to decorate them also!!!
But I guess they will have to be on the back burner for awhile. I will be coming to Michigan next week for a bit, not sure for how long but my stuff will be in storage till I decide what I am doing.
Thanks for sharing your Pack of Peat Pots (three times fast) LOL
Suzann ~xoxo~

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, WOW I love your peat pot baskets. So darling. Love those handles too. You are so talented my friend. I picked up some pots at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, but yet to complete anything. You are always an inspiration.
These are just too sweet and French chic!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW Donna, you would never know that they are peat pots. They look terrific. I am on my way to Dollar Tree today and maybe they will have some and will try my hand. There are so many project from all you wonderful talented people that I want to try.
Great post. Thanks so much.

Bente said...

I love the peat pots,Donna, they are all just gorgeous.

Hugs from here

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Your cute little peat pots put me in the spring spirit, Donna! I love their soft colors and how they remind me Easter is coming (despite those darn patches of snow still on the ground). :)

Susie said...

Donna, I loved the pots. My g.daughters may be here next week for a day with me...I have some pots and this is a great idea. I'll post pictures if we do them. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Donna, these turned out so cute! Love the colors! Great job!
hugs, Linda

Musings from Kim K. said...

Peat Pots mean SPRING! You know I'm loving these, Donna. I think it's time for me to make some vintage Easter ones soon.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love them, they have long been on my list to try because they are so cute. I saw mini pots at the dollar store and now I am thinking they would be cute for Easter place setting card holders, filled with jelly beans with the guests names on them...Thank you for the idea!


NanaDiana said...

Donna- Nobody does those little peat pots like you do. I have that one that you sent me and I keep it out along with that gorgeous French decoupaged tray that SOMEONE SPECIAL sent me!;>) You must have so much fun creating those. I know they are each a labor of love. xo Diana


Que precioso !!!!

Okio B Designs said...

I'm obsessed with peat pots! Yours are fabulous! I have made so many over the years, I'm running out of spots to put them in - lol! I should add some to my Etsy but I just can't seem to part with them. =)


john said...

wow Donna what a great idea ! I would never have thought to use these but they have such great texture ....I might have to try and get some to decorate ....thanks so much for sharing ! Gail x

The Porcelain Rose said...

Love them!
I love altered art. These are so pretty and perfect for Spring or Easter.
I've been thinking about what to send my daughter for Easter. Something like this would be perfect.
Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your lovely project.

Donna Wilkes said...

I have been painting peat pots and collecting bits and pieces for decoration. I love the mixed media art look of yours.

Junkchiccottage said...

These are so sweet. I love these. Happy Spring.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those are so pretty--I adore them! What a great project and such a lovely job you did :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are so cute, Donna, and perfect for spring. They are great for little Easter treats. Sweet and petite.

Cindy DIY beautify said...

These are precious! I have some peat pots that I'm now inspired to get creative with, thank you :)

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such gorgeous little pots Donna.