Friday, May 11, 2012

Fabric Covered Flower Pots



When you start a garden, you may be shocked at how expensive decorative pots for your flowers can be. This is a quick and easy way to jazz up your flower pots with scraps of fabric. You could also use paper, just make sure you seal your pot well before planting.

To make these decorative pots you will need:

Plain Terra Cotta flower pots (I got a 3 pack of tiny ones from the Dollar store!)
Fabric scraps large enough to cover the surface area of your pot
Mod Podge glue
Scissors
A paint brush or sponge to apply glue
Spray on clear coat(br> Paint and Ribbon to decorate pot rim (optional)

To start, I used a piece of plain copy paper to make a template for my fabric. I wrapped it around one of my pots, and pressed against the edge between the pot and the rim, and along the bottom edge of my pot. You will end up with an arc shaped piece of paper, kind of like a rainbow. Then, I used my template to cut out fabric for each pot.



Once the fabric is cut, apply some glue to your pot in a thin coat. Lay your fabric over the glue (I start in the center of my fabric to avoid spreading it out crooked or getting puckers and gaps in the fabric) and smooth the fabric over the glue. Make sure to get glue under all of your fabric so it sticks evenly.



Once all of my fabric was glued down, I applied another coat of Mod Podge over the top of my fabric. Allow this to dry completely. I found it very helpful that I only had fabric going up to the lower rim of the pot so I could rest the pots upside down to dry. I left mine overnight to make sure all the glue was dried completely.



Next, add ribbon, paint or anything else you might like around the rim of your flower pot. You could use chalkboard paint if you want to be able to label your pot year after year. Apply a clear coat to the final pot to seal it and you are ready to plant!



To create the arrangement I have here, I placed one of my pots on top of an old thread spool. :) Don't these look extra bright and cheery? I'm also a sucker for anything teeny tiny, these certainly fit the bill :)

11 comments:

  1. These really look cheery, I'm going to make some of my own. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Let me know how they turn out, I can't stop looking at mine on the window sill. They are kind of making my other plants jealous...

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  2. They look great, awesome job! They make me wanna decorate mine. :)

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    1. Thanks! You really should, they're so cute :)

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  3. Is getting the fabric on without wrinkles a problem? Whatever the case, these are really cheery!

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    1. I didn't have any trouble getting it on without wrinkles, but I think it was mainly because I took the time to make a template first. If you tried to just use a straight strip of fabric, I think it would prove much more difficult.

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  4. This is a great idea, a row of these on my windowsill would look fab.

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  5. Awesome idea. Great way to get rid of your scrap fabrics. I'm going to try it. I've done it with wrapping paper and scrapbook paper. :-)

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  6. Gail PlaskiewiczMay 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Can you use these outside or would you need to do something w/the fabric to waterproof it? I have some pots like this that I use for herbs and would love to brighten them up. They are a boring clay pot color. I do put them on our porch when it rains because then they almost flood and the plants die if they get to much water. I really like this idea.

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    1. If you were going to have these outdoors I would definitely recommend adding a protective clear coat over the mod podge just to be on the safe side.

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