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From Habitat magazine - issue 09, Diy kidz

Give old pots a new lease on life with funky colour. Then fill them with herbs to add extra zest to your family’s meals!

Supplies for kids pot plant
Colourful herb pots

You will need:

Step 1Step 1: 
Clean pots if necessary first. Seal with Resene Waterborne Aquapel inside and out. Use different sized brushes to paint stripes around the pots. Leave a gap between the colours (you’ll paint this next) so that they don’t run together. Let the first coat of paint dry.

Step 2Step 2: 
Finish painting the stripes round the pots, and let them dry. Draw a design onto the stripes with pen or pencil, using simple shapes like crosses, bars, hearts, spots, wiggly lines, vertical stripes, checks, diamonds, circles or ovals.

Step 3Step 3: 
Paint the designs onto the pots. Choose contrasting colours for extra impact. Let the paint dry.

Step 4Step 4: 
Pop a stone over the hole in the bottom of each pot, then half fill with potting mix.

Finished projectStep 4 cont.
Remove the herbs from their containers and loosen the earth round the roots. Place them in the pots to decide what looks good with what. A mix of heights, colours and leaf shape works well. Once you’ve decided, place them in and fill in the gaps with more potting mix, so each plant is well supported. Water gently and place in a sunny spot outside.

Kids, check out our feature on how to build a raised vegetable garden. Perhaps you can help Mum and Dad with the planting.

styling and words: Helena Dunn
pictures: Mark Heaslip

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