Shutter garden

by brae  

To hide the open wires on the door side of the Studio, I painted a Houseworks shutter to make a vertical garden.  The base coat was Lemonade by Folk Art followed by two washes of Asphaltum and Slate Grey both by Americana

The idea came from this image of a shutter holding flower pots.  I found the image on pinterest, but I think I've traced the original source to here.

I painted some wood pots with Robin's Egg Blue by Joann followed by a wash of Foliage Green by Americana, also with a satin varnish.

I used jewelry wire to attach the flower pots to the shutter, using a pin vise to make small pilot holes and attaching the wire holders with super glue gel.

Here is the siding propped in place showing the hole to access the wires.

And, with the completed shutter garden held in place with mini hold wax.

I made the plants and flowers to add to the pots.  I had leftover Bonnie Lavish leaves from the sunflowers I put together.  I added some orange dried flowers for a pop of color.

I painted a laser cut fern kit by Jeannetta Kendall with a variety of greens followed by a satin varnish on the darker of the two sides.

I shaped some impatiens purchased at one of the local mini shows from Small Talk (no web address).  I colored the middle with a yellow pencil.  I added the impatiens to thin stems of floral wire and set them into the leaves.

I had some leftover lavender stalks and Erica moss from The Miniature Garden, when I had made the plants for The Aero Squadron Lounge.

The last plant is a dusty miller by Bonnie Lavish.  All of the pots are removable.

These would make lovely party favors or place cards, no?  :D

20 comments

Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

I just love this Brae. What a neat idea to use a shutter for hanging plants on. I love your mini version and the original inspirational photo one against the bricks. I’d actually love to try one of these in mini and in real life. Love the plants, especially with the splash of orange (my favourite colour).

03/02/13 @ 16:08
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

They are beautiful. Hurry up spring!!!

03/02/13 @ 17:17
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]

This looks amazing! Turned out so great.

Now I want one. :)

03/02/13 @ 18:01
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]

This is so cool!

03/02/13 @ 18:20
Comment from: April [Visitor]

This is adorable. I love that it’s functional too, awesome solution!

03/02/13 @ 18:25
Comment from: kathy [Visitor]

Love it!

03/02/13 @ 19:02
Comment from: Debra [Visitor]

What a clever idea! I love the way it looks on the Artist’s Studio. Gives me an idea for my RL house, too. :0)

03/02/13 @ 20:31
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much!!! :>>

03/02/13 @ 20:57
Comment from: Marie [Visitor]

C’est une excellente idée et le résultat est très joli, j’aime beaucoup.

03/02/13 @ 21:06
Comment from: Pilar [Visitor]

Me ha encantado la idea!!! Te ha quedado perfecto y muy bonito,con esas plantas que son preciosas!!!
Besos.

03/03/13 @ 00:59
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]

This is a really great idea, whether in mini or life sized. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

03/03/13 @ 03:23
Comment from: linda [Visitor]

Brae, you are so creative. I love all your work.

03/03/13 @ 18:12
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

So lovely!

03/03/13 @ 20:13
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!! :>>

03/03/13 @ 22:30
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

Love this!

Would look great in my garden center… you know, the garden center that came to a screeching halt about two months ago? Yeah, that one. :D

Thanks for your inspiration!

03/05/13 @ 05:54
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks! :D It would look awesome in your garden center! :yes:

03/05/13 @ 08:05
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

What a great idea. I’ve never seen one of those before.

03/05/13 @ 11:39
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

03/07/13 @ 07:19
Comment from: kat [Visitor]

wow,love this! i grabbed a coupla decorative mini shutters on clearance at michael’s last yr. that i can’t wait to try this with.thanx for sharing your talents!kat

03/27/13 @ 12:41
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you!!! :D

03/27/13 @ 17:07


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