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Monogrammed Flower Pots - and other Plant Pot Hacks

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. [caption id="attachment_1528" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Monogrammed/Personalized Plant Pot Monogrammed/Personalized Plant Pot[/caption] 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
[caption id="attachment_1520" align="aligncenter" width="401"].45 cent IKEA Plant Pot .45 cent IKEA Plant Pot[/caption] 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.  [caption id="attachment_1531" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Monogrammed flower Pot Monogrammed flower Pot[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="400"]al Mc al Mc[/caption] 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.  [caption id="attachment_1533" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Monochromatic Monogram Monochromatic Monogram[/caption]   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. [caption id="attachment_1527" align="aligncenter" width="400"]blue_a a is for Al[/caption] Since I was in a painting mood, I decided to paint a few more flower pots with abstract designs. [caption id="attachment_1536" align="aligncenter" width="400"]abstract shapes3 Abstract shapes[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1534" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Abstract Plant Pot Abstract Plant Pot[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1539" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Perfect for succulents Perfect for succulents[/caption] 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 shapes4I 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  

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