Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pots de basil

A friend of mine recently moved into a new home with her hubby and two kids. And last week she hosted July Crafty Club in her new digs :) 

One of the Crafty Club ladies came up with a great idea a few weeks ago --- to shower our friend with housewarming gifts when we showed up at her house for Crafty Club last week!

We all started brainstorming (and Pinteresting) ideas for cool homemade housewarming gifts. Each of us created something totally unique and brought it along with us the night of Crafty Club.

I'll share all of the homemade gifts the ladies made in another post, but for the time being I'll just share with you what I made for my friend.

I went the 'simple' route because the only time I had to make this was the day before Crafty Club & while the kids were napping (I procrastinated...big surprise).

I used painters tape to create a simple design on a cute little pot and then plopped a plant into it. Easy and inexpensive.

I found a cute 6" clay pot at Menards on sale for $1.50.

And picked up an organic, locally grown Basil plant at our farmers market for $2.50.

I used painters tape to create a simple design on the pot.

And taped around the inside of the pot so the paint didn't drip inside.

I used indoor wall paint (from a sample pot of the wall color in our kitchen - Mountain Haze).

The painting took no longer than 2 minutes to do & it covered really well.

I made copies of two of my favorite Basil-induced recipes to attach to the plant:

Here's the finished pot.

With recipes attached.

The plant was welcomed with open arms, as I found out she loves Basil!

And it only cost me $4.00 because I already had the painters' tape, paint, soil and recipe cards :)


  1. You, my dear, are awesome! I really really wish I could be part of your crafting circle. It sounds like you have such fun nights!
    Here is my favorite basil dish (besides pesto):
    Avocado basil pasta
    8 oz dried bow tie and/or wagon wheel pasta
    2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and coarsely chopped
    6 slices bacon, crisp cooked, drained, and crumbled (I obviously use veggie bacon for my bowl)
    2/3 c chopped fresh basil
    2 T lemon juice
    1 T olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    ¼ t group blk pepper
    1/8 t salt
    ½ c finely shredded pecorino romano cheese

    1. Cook pasta. Drain
    2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the avocados, bacon, bacon, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, pepper, and salt. Add the hot pasta and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 servings

    1. This sounds DELICIOUS!! We will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing.