HOW TO MAKE… WOODEN PLANTERS

Mollie Makes - - Loving -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

10 x 100cm (4 x 393/ 8") balsa wood board, 3mm ( 1 /8") thick (ours was from www.greatart.co.uk) Craft knife Metal ruler Cut­ting mat Strong wood glue Lino Lino cut­ter Trac­ing pa­per Ink tray Roller Print­ing inks or acrylic paint in yel­low, pink and blue Ink stamp pad Wood­work that you won’t need a tool­box for? Yep – say hello to your new favourite planters.

To cre­ate this pair, you’ll learn how to lino print, carve your own stamp and get handy with balsa wood, all with the aim of sat­is­fy­ing your in­ner crazy plant lady. It’s way eas­ier than you might think, and they dou­ble up as im­pres­sive new home gifts, too.

01 Us­ing the tem­plates on page 99, trace a tri­an­gle and a semi­cir­cle onto a sheet of trac­ing pa­per. Cut each el­e­ment out leav­ing some space around the shape, as shown.

02 Trans­fer trace the shapes onto the lino block us­ing a pen­cil. Lift a cor­ner of the trac­ing pa­per up to check the pen­cil line has trans­ferred onto the lino block be­fore re­mov­ing it com­pletely.

03 Us­ing a lino cut­ter, care­fully carve away the neg­a­tive space around the out­side of the design, leav­ing only the area you’d like to show in the print raised. Gouge away the sur­face of the lino slowly and steadily. The key is to build up the depth grad­u­ally, keep­ing the lino cut­ter as par­al­lel to the sur­face of the lino block as you can.

04 Keep carv­ing the block un­til you have re­moved 3mm ( 1 /8") in depth of the lino sur­face and it be­gins to look even. Re­peat for the other shapes in the cho­sen pat­tern design so you have a tri­an­gle and a semi­cir­cle to work with.

05 Test the lino block print us­ing a sheet of scrap pa­per and an ink stamp pad. Press the inkpad on top of the lino block to cover it in ink. Turn the stamp over onto the pa­per, press­ing firmly to trans­fer the ink. Lift to re­veal the print. Carve away any ad­di­tional ar­eas of the lino if needed and test again un­til you are happy with the print.

06 Us­ing a pen­cil, mark, mea­sure and cut the balsa wood into 10 10 x 10cm (4 x 4") squares on the cut­ting mat, care­fully us­ing a craft knife and a metal ruler.

07 Next, pre­pare for print­ing by lay­ing some scrap pa­per down to cover the work sur­face. Squeeze some paint or ink into the ink tray and roll it out across the tray to form a thin layer – a lit­tle paint can go a long way. Roll the paint out re­peat­edly to cre­ate a thin layer to coat the stamp, for a neat print.

08 Roll the ink onto the stamp, mak­ing sure to coat it evenly be­fore flip­ping it over and onto the balsa wood pieces. Press firmly to make sure the ink trans­fers onto the wood. Use the base of your hand to add an even pres­sure, then lift off the stamp to re­veal the print. Re­peat this process for the re­main­ing pan­els of the planter.

09 Con­tinue in this way, us­ing the other stamp and the main image as a guide to build up the de­signs, work­ing with one colour at a time. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the dry­ing process.

10 When the print is dry, glue the sides to­gether us­ing a strong wood glue. Glue one side at a time and hold them to­gether firmly for a few min­utes un­til the glue has set be­fore mov­ing onto the next side. Re­peat us­ing the same tech­nique for both of the planters.

11 Next, at­tach the base pan­els to both of the planters by glu­ing around all four edges and slot­ting the base into the cen­tre. Hold them care­fully in place for a few min­utes un­til the glue has set.

12 Leave the planters to dry for 24 hours be­fore plac­ing pot­ted plants of your choice in­side them. The planters need to be kept dry, so re­mem­ber to re­move the plants be­fore wa­ter­ing.

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