I have had the best of intentions the last couple of months to re-pot a couple of my house plants that I felt needed some attention. My Christmas cactus didn’t bloom this year and the Queen of the Night plant my boss gave me last year had yet to produce a single bloom but had instead turned into this overgrown octopus looking plant with vine-like tentacles growing mostly on one side. I honestly don’t know if that is how it is supposed to look but the soil was hard and crusty and the water just ran right through the bottom of the pot. The problem with my orchids are for an entirely different post. Of course I have procrastinated until the winter months to finally get around to this project when potting soil and pots are hard to find at most stores – including Walmart. So imagine my surprise when the Dollar Tree actually had both of those items this week. The pots are very plain and nothing fancy of course but they did inspire me to try out a new project for a jazzy and modern DIY flower pot project.
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At the Dollar Tree I found these shiny round plastic planters that were perfect for this type of project.
I will be honest with you, I didn’t just come up with this project the moment I saw these blue pots. I pondered on it for hours after I brought them home. The pots are okay the way they are of course, but can a crafty designer ever just leave anything alone if a quick DIY project would make them even better?
Those who know the answer to this or either laughing or rolling your eyes right now.
I had so many options running through my mind.
Did I try out a modern fabric and Mod Podge? Did I finally tackle those stencils I have in my craft stash? How about those paint pens I have yet to figure out how to use with making a mess? Tried that and still made a mess. Thankfully I could remove the paint from the pot. Did I use the washi tape I had on hand?
Nope – didn’t like that either.
You can probably tell I wanted to use up some the craft supplies I already had and didn’t want to make another run to the craft store. Mainly for two reasons – I have too many craft supplies already and it is very cold outside right now and I like my warm house.
What I did know, is that the project needed to be fun, whimsical, modern, and very very easy for anyone to duplicate.
A few simple items were all that was needed to make this modern DIY flower pot.
Standing in my craft room I noticed a bag of makeup sponges and inspiration was found! These are the perfect shape and size for a modern sponge technique.
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Using white acrylic paint, I dipped the wide side of one makeup sponge in the paint, tapped off the excess on newspaper and then applied the sponge image to the pot. Then using the narrow edge of the second makeup sponge, I repeated the process and made an impression next to the first image. I repeated the pattern around the entire circumference of the pot.
Even though I liked the fun design, it still needed a little something. I grabbed a pencil and used the end of it to add small paint dots above each sponge stamp and all around the top rim of the pot.
The entire project took me less than 20 minutes to complete both pots and anyone with makeup sponges, white paint, and a pencil to can easily make a similar project of their own. And spend only $1 per pot from the Dollar Tree to make it.
To help the acrylic paint to stick to the shiny surface of the pot even better, mix the paint with just a little bit of matte finish Mod Podge or Tacky Glue.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8;10