Last Minute Hostess Gift: Winter Herb Potted Plants


DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs //

DIY: Last Minute Hostess Gift - Potted Winter Herbs //

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 //

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  • Reply 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. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sarah December 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

    what a lovely gift idea for a home cook! way better than buying herbs each time πŸ˜‰

  • Reply 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 πŸ™‚

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

    brilliant idea! Definitely stealing this!

  • Reply buff November 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Having fresh herbs during the winter is a refreshing idea.

  • Reply sofia November 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Love this idea!!

  • Reply 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!

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


  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

    • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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