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Monogrammed Flower Pots – and other Plant Pot Hacks

by Al - April 15th, 2015.
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Flower Pot/Plant Pot Make Over

Mother’s day is fast approaching (May 10th, 2015) and instead of heading to the mall to purchase gifts for all my mommy friends, I opted to create handcrafted gifts.  And since I am obsessed with all thing garden, I decided to personalize a few inexpensive clay plant pots. You can pick up flower pots from IKEA for as low as .45 cents. Although I am sure you have a few clay pots lying around – so no shopping necessary🙂 BTW, these would make a great Birthday, Father’s day or Just because gift as well.

Monogrammed/Personalized Plant Pot

Monogrammed/Personalized Plant Pot

The process is simple, and (like I said) chances are, if you are a DIY enthusiast or a crafter, you may already have most of the supplies in your craft stash.

You will need:

  • Plant pot
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • A stencil of your initial
.45 cent IKEA Plant Pot

.45 cent IKEA Plant Pot

I found a few plant pots at IKEA for .45 cents. They were coated with a high gloss beige paint (say NO to beige). Since the finish had a high sheen, I had to cover the plant pot with 2 coats of spray on primer. After priming the pots, I painted on my base color – the color of my monogram. I only applied the color to the area that I will be placing the letter. In the example below, I wanted my letter to be yellow, so my base color here is yellow. 

Monogrammed flower Pot

Monogrammed flower Pot

While I waited for my base paint to dry, I prepared my monogram on my computer. In this case, I typed lower case letters a and ‘m’, madethem bold, sized them to 3.5 x 3.5 inches and printed the letters to a sheet of  ‘sticker’ paper (blank adhesive printer paper). I cut out my letters and once the paint dries, I affix each letter to a plant pot.

al Mc

al Mc

You can use any word processing or imaging software – I used Adobe Illustrator – and you can chose any font you like – upper or lower case. I happen to think that lower case fonts are more interesting. 

Monochromatic Monogram

Monochromatic Monogram


Once I was happy with the placement of my letter, I applied several coats of paint to the plant pot. I waited for the paint to dry, then I removed the letter to reveal a perfect monogrammed flower pot. I completed the process by applying a layer of polyurethane to seal and protect my project. This way, you will be able to use the pots indoors or out doors.


a is for Al

Since I was in a painting mood, I decided to paint a few more flower pots with abstract designs.

abstract shapes3

Abstract shapes

I had a few funky color nail polish that I picked up from a clearance bin in a dollar store. They were .25 cents each. Although I a fan of bold colors, I was a bit nervous about using these polishes. They had a high chemical smell and I was afraid that they could be carcinogenic or that I could loose an appendage if I applied them to my fingers and tootsies. So, after arming myself with a face mask, I taped off a few abstract shapes and painted a few funky colored shapes on my Ikea plant pots.

Abstract Plant Pot

Abstract Plant Pot

I like that you get a different pattern each time you rotate the pot. It’s like you have a new planter at every turn.

Perfect for succulents

Perfect for succulents

These planters have no  drainage holes, so I would not recommend planting directly in them. They are essentially a plant pot cover. Go ahead, use the cheap plastic pot that your plant came in – jus hide them or cover them up with you chic DIY plant pot.

abstract shapes4 I know what you are thinking, all my friends initials are ‘A’ or ‘M’, well no, those are my initials. I am keeping these masterpieces for myself:)

abstract shapes5


9 Responses to Monogrammed Flower Pots – and other Plant Pot Hacks

  1. I’m ah thinkin’ I’m ah likes dee abstract pics! Yes siree bob! Dats what I likes!!!! ~hehehe~

  2. Nifty! I great way to make your pots looks better and unique! #alphabetphoto

  3. What a great little diy project. I love these so cute. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  4. Thank you. I love sharing at #sharewithme

  5. Thank you. Love your photos. #alphabetphoto

  6. Yep. The abstract pics are everything:)

  7. What a fun way to give a personalized gift! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  8. A very doable flower pot makeover! Gotta love those. Thanks for joining us at Idea Box Link Party! Hope to have you party with us again this week–party is live at 6am Thursday!

  9. What a great little diy project.

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