Anyone else having spring fever at the moment? Not the allergies – although I have that too – but the overwhelming urge to plant everything in sight. Sowing, pruning, propagating, repotting! It’s all well and good until you realize you got ahead of yourself and you’re running out of plant pots. To every problem its solutions (one of which is obviously Amazon same-day delivery), and I come bearing the gift of DIY with this simple plastic plant pot makeover. Read on to find out how to upcycle any simple plant pot you found in your stash and turn it into a cool planter that deserves a place in your home.
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For this Quick Plastic Plant Pot Makeover, you’ll need…
Step 1: Paint the plastic plant pot
To start, apply a few coats of terracotta paint to your plant pot. It’s a good idea to give it a light sanding with a sanding block beforehand, especially if the planter has a very smooth surface. This will help the paint adheres to the plant pot and prevent chipping down the line.
When painting, brush from side to side, not vertically. This brush strokes effect will look like genuine ceramic that was turned on a potter’s wheel.
Step 2: Attach the raffia
Before you glue on the raffia, create some marks around the top to make sure the raffia is evenly spread out around the pot. I sure as heck did NOT use maths for this, eyeballing is the only theorem I care about (#MathematicallyChallenged). Just make sure you have an even number of marks.
Natural raffia contains very thin strands, you’ll want to avoid those and select some of the wider pieces of raffia in your bunch. Next, glue a strand of raffia on every mark you created around the top. Try to glue them far down enough that it will still look neat once you place the plant pot inside.
Step 3: Weave the raffia around the planter
Now, start weaving the raffia by grabbing 2 strands and knotting them about 1 inch down the side of the pot. Repeat with the next 2 strands and continue knotting this way all around the planter.
Once the first row of knots is done, add another row below. This time, knot in the middle by taking one strand each of previous knots above. This will create a diamond shape.
Continue adding rows of knots in a diamond pattern until you reach the bottom of the planter. I had to do 4 rows of knots but this number may vary for you depending on the height of your own planter.
Step 4: Finish up the woven planter
Finally, when you have completed the last row of knots, cut the strands short leaving about 1 inch below the planter. Fold this extra inch and apply a line of glue to hold these strands. Do this with all the raffia strands until every piece has been glued to the bottom.
That’s all, now you can turn the planter over and start figuring out the crucial stuff: what plant will put in here and where will you place your planter. Real-life decisions…