Turn old pots into fab planters
Craft: Let your plants and imagination grow with terra-cotta pots decorated in fabric.
Scripps Howard News Service
I love my garden and having plants inside the house, too. I'm always buying small terra-cotta pots with plants. After transplanting them into the garden, I'm left with a huge surplus of pots piled high in my basement, and they're too good to throw out. So I love this re-purposing project. All you need is a mountain of terra-cotta pots and a (small) mountain of scrap fabric.
Outdoor Mod Podge (optional)
1. Make sure your pots are clean. You want the Mod Podge to bond securely to the surface.
2. Lay your pot on its side on top of the fabric, and mark with pencil about 1 ½ inches above and below it to figure out the width. Then wrap the fabric around the pot to figure out the length of fabric you'll need, add 2 inches and mark with pencil.
3. Using pinking shears, so there are no loose edges, cut out the rectangle of fabric to wrap your pot in.
4. Paint Mod Podge from the top of the pot to the bottom one section at a time. Adhere the fabric. Work your way around the pot like this until the ends meet. Use pinking shears to cut the extra ends of fabric so that one edge overlaps the other by about a half-inch.
5. Now you will have extra fabric above and below your pot. Use regular scissors to cut slits at about every inch from the edge of the fabric straight down to the rim or bottom of the pot. This is so that when you fold the edges over, they won't wrinkle too much.
6. Apply Mod Podge 1 inch below the interior rim of the pot. Fold down one flap of fabric at a time, overlapping them and painting them down with Mod Podge. Do the same for underneath the pot, painting the bottom first and then securing each flap at a time with more glue.
7. If you want to place dirt directly inside the pot and be able to water it (without using a smaller plastic container inside the fabric-covered planter), you will need to add a couple of coats of a waterproof sealer, like Outdoor Mod Podge.
There are many ways to use these pretty planters. You can keep them on your desk to hold pens or craft supplies, put them in your kitchen for fresh herbs, or as a great gift with a packet of seeds wrapped up in a fabric bow.
Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com.