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.
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
- A stencil of your initial
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since I was in a painting mood, I decided to paint a few more flower pots with abstract designs.
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.
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.
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.