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I have a beautiful garden. Blooming with veggies and herbs.

And then I woke up.

Truth is: I once had a basil plant that enjoyed a week and a half of green leaves and moist roots. Then it went to herb plant heaven. RIP basil plant. You deserved better.

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

Considering my knack for plant homicide, I’ve decided to bring you a few creative, garden fresh crafts that are safe for the worst offenders. The trick for these projects is to avoid any actual plants. Enter: plantable paper! I’m obsessed with this stuff. Back in the day when Damask Love was just a baby, I did a blog post about making your own plantable paper. If you’d prefer a quicker solution, you can take a trip over to Greenfield Paper, where they have a ton of plantable paper options.

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love BlogTo create a “paper herb garden” I die cut leaves from assorted sheets of plantable paper and tied the leaves onto tags, then arranged them into an oblong box.  The paper leaves can be planted and will sprout fresh herbs and veggies.

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

As an accompaniment to the herb tags, I used Martha Stewart Crafter’s Clay to create herb stakes. They are super easy to do…trust me. Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

{1} Roll out the crafter’s clay

{2} Stamp the clay with the border frame, pressing firmly to leave an impression, but not so firmly as to go all the way through the clay.

{3} Stamp the herb name, again pressing firmly to leave an impression.

{4} Be sure that your impressions are deep enough to be read clearly.

Paper Herb Garden in a Box | Damask Love Blog

Cut out the frame with scissors

{6} Allow your herb tags to air dry over night.

{7} Add some dimension to the herb tags by adding paint. I opted for metallic paint, but you can use whatever you like!

{8} Allow the paint to dry fully.

{9} not pictured Adhere the completed tag to a skewer with craft glue.


Hope to see  you back here tomorrow for  more garden fresh crafting (no green thumb required)!


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10 thoughts on “Paper Herb Garden

  1. Great post. I think we all have a brilliant garden in our heads … which saves us the trouble of watering etc etc.

  2. When I lived in San Diego, I used to work with Greenfield Paper Co for corporate Christmas cards. They are a fantastic little company – love them! Your clay plant markers took it to the next level!

  3. What a great gift idea! Love it. I wish they had a variety pak tho. Just sayin. I have made paper in the past. Maybe if I added some seeds….ones that are clearance for the end of summer………

  4. Brilliant – I would love a row of your little tags grown in clay pots and labelled so sweetly lined up on anyone’s kitchen windowsill!

  5. What a stupendous idea, Amber – I have no idea how you come up with such extraordinariness all the time – lucky for us, though ;oP
    I too, suffer from plant homicide – is there a cure?

  6. I laughed out loud with the first paragraph of this post. I am a plant murderer also. 🙂 If I lived near you, I would search you out just so we could be friends. You have made me laugh on so many of your posts. Your posts that make fun of stationary are fantastic!
    This is a fabulous idea. I hope that I remember this idea when making gifts for much more successful gardeners than me!
    Thank you again for sharing your artistic mind!

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