DIY Herb Window Box & How to Type Text on a Path
Happy Saturday! For this week’s Silhouette Saturday, I’m showing you how to type text on a path. It’s how I got the “Herbs” text curved within the flourish frame on the box. With cooler weather arriving, it was time to create a window box to bring my herbs indoors. And it was a really simple project.
Let’s start by creating the designs within Silhouette Studio and then I’ll show you how I made the window box. The shapes I used for this project are:
Let’s get to work!
- Start by opening the Vintage Vignette design in Silhouette Studio.
- Draw an arc inside the frame area using the arc tool.
- Type up the “HERBS” text and move the arc over to some open space outside of the frame.
- Double-click the “HERBS” text and a green frame and little circle with arrows in it should appear.
- Use that little circle to drag the text to the arc. As you hover over it, the text should snap to the shape of the arc. Play around with character spacing (shown on the right in the text style box) to get the text to appear as you’d like.
- Finally, select the text and the arc and “make compound path” to keep the text in the arc shape.
Ok, now we’re ready to make the box!
What You’ll Need:
- Trough Box (We made mine to fit the window still above my sink, which gets great afternoon sunlight. We used old wood that had been sitting outside so it already looked weather but you might want to stain yours if you use new wood.)
- Textured White Cardstock. I used Linen Coverstock.
- Mod Podge
- Repositionable spray adhesive (I use Krylon Easy-Tack.)
In addition to the herb design we made above, I used two of the Echo Park flourishes for the sides.
- Mirror one of the flourishes horizontally as shown below.
- Size all designs to fit your window box and cut on white card stock.
- Weed designs, reserving letter centers.
- Spray back of design cutouts with the spray adhesive and stick them on your box as desired.
- Generously cover box front and designs with Mod Podge. Smooth out any paper wrinkles. Place letter centers in with tweezers as shown. After Mod Podge dries, add a bit more over the letter centers only.
- Allow to dry fully, then line box with plastic and/or rocks, top with soil, and plants your herbs.
I took pictures outside since the light it better there but this box is now at home on my kitchen windowsill for the season so we can keep enjoying our fresh herbs!
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