Last Minute Hostess Gift: Winter Herb Potted Plants

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DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Wasn’t Pie Week fun?! I kinda miss it already. I’m already scheming for a possible Cookie Week in December? And maybe more pie. Always more pie.

On Wednesday I’m headed up to the Bay Area for a very short trip for Thanksgiving, so I figured some of you might actually be heading to other people’s homes, too. I love hostess gifts that have a nice personal touch, and since this time of year is so crazy, they need to be quick and easy. I looove having winter herbs in my kitchen for cooking and making cocktails. These herbs will all survive a cold winter – they’re considered “aggressive” herbs, or so they say.

Supplies you’ll need to make this lil’ quick and easy DIY:

- 3 small terra cotta pots
- Assorted colors of acrylic paints
- Scissors
- Painter’s Tape
- Acrylic Top Coat Spray
- Winter Herbs: Rosemary, English Thyme, Mint, Cilantro or Sage
- Paint brushs

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Step 1: Brush each pot with two to three coats of paint. Allow ‘em to dry completely.

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Step 2: You can do any sort of patterns that you like. I figured it’d be nice to do all an assortment of patterns that all sort of compliment one another. For the first one, I cut out triangles from the painter’s tape and placed them on the perimeter of the pot.

I gave it two coats of metallic light gray paint, allowed it to dry and then removed the tape.

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Step 3: Continue with a different pattern. I chose little hand painted dots.

For the third and final patter, I used a spouncer – which is my favorite tool and word – dipped in paint to make a larger polka dot pattern.

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Step 4: I allowed the pots to dry completely, about 30 minutes, and then sprayed each pot with a clear top coat, which will help protect the terra cotta pots against moisture, weathering and overall handling.

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

Step 5: Divide the herbs between the pots and fill with potting soil.

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

And that’s it! Super easy and quick. Tomorrow I’ll show you a cocktail recipe to use with one of these herbs. You know, so you can give your host the gift and then use it to make something. Super classy!

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs // www.acozykitchen.com

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe November 25, 2013 at 4:12 am

Such a brilliant idea! Will surely make these for my family and friends!

xo, Elisa

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Stefani November 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

Love this! Do you have any tips for keeping the herbs alive? I have a terrible black thumb and keep killing mine!

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Adrianna Adarme November 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

All of these herbs pictured are pretty sturdy. If you keep them in a window that gets sun and water them every few days, they should be fine!

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erin @ yummy supper November 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

Adrianna, I’d be stoked if someone brought over a cute little pot of herbs to my house!
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Travel safely!
xoxo
E

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Arthur in the Garden! November 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

Cute!

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sandra November 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

that’s a great idea – now I need to run to the farmer’s market and get me some plants!

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sofia November 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Love this idea!!

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buff November 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Having fresh herbs during the winter is a refreshing idea.

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dishing up the dirt November 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

brilliant idea! Definitely stealing this!

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Natashia November 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Don’t forget to seal the inside with sealer cos the pots are really porous and will make the paint on the outside run :)

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Sarah December 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

what a lovely gift idea for a home cook! way better than buying herbs each time ;)

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Evie Dawson January 24, 2014 at 6:57 am

Wonderful.. These days I am in love with all natural ingredient like spices, herbs, essential oils etc. I am defiantly going to try these diy ideas. ;)

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