Here is a easy, 20 mins or less, DIY pottery project. When Laurie Cosgrove [lauriecosgrove.com] for full instructions, was wanting something fast and simple she made these wonderful and colorful flowerpots painted with a tribal feel to them. Perfect for planting in come next Spring.
Start with smooth terracotta flowerpots. Our's are perfect because they are imported from Italy and have velvety smooth sides. Not like Chinese or Mexican pottery which is very porous. Cover the flowerpots with chalkboard paint from Home Depot.
Use colorful paint to trim the rim of the flowerpots and the saucers that fit under them. Go to Pinterest to find patterns you like and can be inspired by. Detail on with small brushes or as she likes to use, a sponge brush. Either way decorating the flowerpot should be fun and creative.
Creating this wonderful arrangement is not all that hard. If you look closely it's just pots inside of the large pots and then filled in with broken pot pieces. Before we get ahead of ourselves let's step back a bit.
First you want to get together all the broken pot pieces you have laying around. If you don't have any then it's time to find the inside pots first. This will help when deciding the largest pot for the outside. Get all the pottery pieces together. Lay out a small pattern on the ground with where you think the pieces of pottery will fit the best.
Next get the largest pot that will hold all the pieces of pot shards & other smaller pots. Fill the base with potting soil. Next place the medium size pot inside the large pot. Fill around it with another medium pot shard and then put the smaller pots in front. Fill the space in the back with soil and place the med large pot there. You should now have the arrangement you want.
If this isn't exactly right, keep replacing pieces with others till you get the right layout. Now it's time to fill the pots and shards with the plants, succulents or cactus. Place them into the pots and fill the pots with soil as you move around from pot to pot. Leave enough head space to place the decorative rocks.
If any of the pots or pot shards move then pack in more soil till its holding them firmly in place. Phew... now sprinkle lightly with water trying not to water the plants themselves but the soil they are planted in. Once the soil is moist you should be able to top the pots with decorative rocks.
When choosing a plant to pot up a great tip to keep in mind is to select a plant that highlights the strength of the pot and creates a balance.
Check how fast the plant grows. You don't want to put a fast growing plant in an undersized container. It will become root bound and needs to be re-potted within a year. You can continue to trim it but it will look like a small sock on a big food. Out of place!
Check out the root system. Is it trailing or short and stubby. Make sure there is room to handle those roots without over crowding. Herbs tend to travel so make sure that you keep them in smallish containers and keep them trimmed that way they won't take over the whole yard but stay contained in the planter.
Short on cash? How about using plants already around the yard. Bedding plants look good in containers. Know where you will put the planter once it's planted? Find plants that will like the amount of sunshine the pot will get. This is important because a shade loving plant will not like being potted and placed in an area where direct sunshine will hit it.
Try using ground cover from around the yard to pot. Forget-me-knots or campanula which tends to be invasive. Do you plants bloom in colors. Try limiting a container to one color for a unified look. If you are into a more eclectic look then pack all colors into one pot and have an explosion of color to view.
Harmonizing plants? Well, it's pretty much up to you. Do you really like one type of plants like succulents, cactus, flowering greens or all green and no flowers? The more complimentary the planters look the more natural the grouping will appear.
Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer. We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!
These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months. Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor. When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors. This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.
Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles. A few points to remember is to take care when watering. Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more. Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.
Here is the list:
Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer. Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.
Ferns - So lovely and many different types. Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy. Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors. They like a humid atmosphere. Fertilize in Spring or Summer
Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches. Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.
Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions. Don't you see these everywhere? Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome. Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow. Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light. When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.
Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about. Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters. It saves money & time!
Are you tired of Winters harsh weather yet? Better not be because it just started. We have many more months of dreaming about our potted flowers & patio planters before they can come to life. So, in the mean time we have a quick & easy project that will bring a touch of Spring indoors.
Get a few terracotta garden planters. Of course we love our because they are not only available in many sizes but the clay is a stunning product that imports to us from Italy. Select a few sizes that will work great for planting indoor herbs. The look of one size of pot all lined up in the kitchen window is also very popular and pleasing!
Make sure the pots are clean and dry before painting. Coat each pot with white paint and let dry completely. Then using grit paper rub the areas on the pottery where you want the terracotta to show through. This gives the pots the distressed look we are going for. Rub the lips, the sides and around the base to create an interesting pot.
Now fill with potting soil and herbs purchased at your local nursery or garden center. Not only are these lovely but they smell so nice. Now you have your own European Distressed looking flowerpots but you have added a touch of Spring to your indoors.