Turn Plain Flowerpots Into Something Special
DIY Pot Makeovers!
See what a little gold paint can do to transform a plain, old flowerpot from GardenTherapy. Gilding items this time of year of popular and really in the holiday spirit.
Start with a clay flowerpot with no texture. We recommend out Italian Flowerpots because the clay is smooth and compact, even through porous. However the best looking finish came from a plastic pot. It lets the shine really come thru.
First clean the pot with soap and water. Rinse well and allow to dry. Place the pots upside down on cardboard. Shake the can of paint long enough to mix or you will have issues. Spray the potsevenly. Let dry. That's it.
Old plastic cup & stir stick
White paint - Gray Paint
Rough Sand Paper
Credit or Gift card you can use to apply pressure
Mix paint in old cup, more white than grey. Wad up paper towel dip in paint and start rubbing on the pot. When you achieve the look you like, let the pot dry completely. Sand the pot lightly.
Take a graphic you printed on a 8 x 10 piece of parchment paper on a plain old style printer. It doesn't have to be a laser printer. Cut to size & starting with the center, press it down on your pot. Use the credit card, press & smooth the parchment without moving it. Carefully life off . Let your ink dry completely.
If you have ever had issues with sleeping at night than this article may help. After tossing and turning all night you may be wondering what you can do to stop this from happening. Meditating, dark light, ear plugs! Who would have thought to try filling your home with potted flowers & plants could help? Here are a few suggestions that we think you will find helpful.
Try placing some of these plant recommendations is beautiful pottery in the living areas of your home. Make sure you place at least one in your bedroom. Why you may ask does this work. Well, not only do these potted plants add beauty to your living spaces but they can clean the air surrounding them. Eliminating toxins, odors, molds. You know how they tell you to get out in nature and try to relax. We recommend that you bring nature indoors by potting up a few of the recommended plants below.
Jasmine - Will reduce anxiety levels, leading to greater quality of sleep
. Lavender - Smells like heaven in a flowerpot. The scent slows down heart rate, lowers blood pressure and levels of stress
. Snake Plant - One of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality and is hardy and easy to care for.
Aloe Vera - One of NASA's top air improving plants, that emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful sleep.
Gardenia - OMG the fragrance is heavenly. Great for bedrooms. Studies show it to as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety & promoting sleep. Potted it's beautiful.
Spider Plant - Similar to snake plant, it is a champion cleanser of air.
Valerian - Simply smelling it's scent will help you fall asleep faster and ensure you enjoy a better quality of slumber.
English Ivy - Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma. Amazing stuff and really lovely trailing out of a traditional flowerpot.
Peace Lily - A superstar plant that filters out harmful benzene, tricholoethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. Also boosts a rooms humidity.
Bamboo Palm - Ditch your chemical laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.
Gerbera Daisies - Bright & cheerful flowers that will put you in a good mood just because they look good. They release oxygen at night which helps you sleep.
Golden Pothos - Our last plant that is an exceptional air purifier.
We aren't saying you need to fill your house with all of these wonderful & health promoting potted plants. Just pick the ones that you like the enjoy the smell. Find some wonderful garden planters and put up a few. Then give it a bit and see if you don't find yourself sleeping better at night! Good Luck!
Place the pot on the kitchen counter to make it easy to work with. Of course if you have a work bench or green house they work also. Starting from the bottom of the garden planter, begin gluing on the rope, keeping it nice and tight. Just glue randomly, every few rows or so. Keep going all the way to the top.
If you want to possibly use this pot like this then don't put the concrete directly into this pot. Use the utility bucket instead so you can use this rope covered garden pot for other purposes later.
Take the bucket and cut the top off it if sticks over the flowerpot opening. Mix the concrete right into the bucket. It took a whole bag for this one. Stick the legless tree with pole right into the mixture. Cure over night. The add the top pieces of the tree with the branches on them.
It makes an artificial tree look real. Now you get to trim it. Good Luck Everyone!
Seeing a Christmas cactus in full bloom is stunningly beautiful. In Winter when everything outside is grey, white & cold the burst of bright color from a potted Christmas cactus is a joy to see.
The stark differences are amazing. As a gift this potted cactus will last much longer than a flower arrangement. Blooming near the holidays makes them wonderful gift and great home decorations.
If you choose to buy one before October, make sure that it doesn't have any visible buds. This will ensure that it is still in dormancy and will be getting ready to set blooms for the holiday. The key to getting the best blooms and a long living plant is to keep your planted Christmas cactus located in a well lit room out of direct sunlight.
In the fall, a potted Christmas cactus will require 12 hours of darkness. It's best to keep your Christmas cactus in a room that has bright, natural, indirect light and choose a room that is not artificially lit in the evening. This will encourage it to set buds.
Water the pot every 3 days depending on how humid your climate it. Indoor winter air is dry and temps are fairly even so watering one a week will be enough to keep your Christmas cactus happy. Mist regularly and don't let the soil dry out. Water when the top inch or two becomes dry.
The potted Christmas cactus loves humidity so keep it away from hot sun. In the Fall, reduce watering to stimulate blooming. Use cactus or succulent soil mix as soil. In the Summer, bring your planter outside and set in a shady location.
Fertilize in the Spring and Summer with a balanced fertilizer. Be aware, if you notice buds falling off before opening, it means you are over watering.
We thought we would put together some of our best houseplant pot tips to help you keep all the indoor potted plants you have healthy & happy thru the Winter months.Most are just simple reminders!
Bug Proof Houseplants - To discourage pests from preying on pottedhouseplants, steep 2 TBS lemon peel in 4 cups of boiling water. Strain the mixture, let cool and spray on leaves. The citrus oil from the lemons repels insects without doing any harm to the plants.
Water Potted Houseplants half as often! You love how leafy green potted plants brighten up the house, but thanks to dry indoor heat, you have had to water them nearly every day.
That is because much of the water evaporates before the plant can absorb it. Corks to the rescue. Use a food processor to grind up 8 to 12 corks, then mix them into your pots top soil.
The air filled cork cells will absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering duties in half.
Filtering your indoor air without a filter! Indoor pollution levels can be more than 100 times higher than outdoors, particularly when the outdoor windows are closed all Winter long.
Your typicalpotted houseplant can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours. The most effective are spider plants. Give it a go!
Put a potted plant on your desk. Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99%. This leaves the eye's surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printer and other office equipment.
Luckily, leafy potted plants can reduce a rooms pollution level by 97% within 50 minutes.
Perk up dull potted houseplants. If your potted indoor plants need a little pick me up, give them a quick rubdown with the white side of a banana peel. The skins rough texture will gently buff away dust, while it's naturals oils with moisturize the plant.
One of the easiest plants to grow potted for indoor use is a Snake Plant. They are the perfect houseplant for anyone who has a black thumb instead of a green thumb.Follow these few tips and you will have much success!
If they gave prizes for houseplants that can take a ton of abuse, Snake plants would be one of them. Neglected for weeks at a time they still stay healthy and fresh looking. Now who could ask for more when considering a potted houseplant?
Potted Snake plants can handle low light which is great for dark winter months. They are ok drying out which is good for homes where the heaters tend to suck out the moisture in the air and the air becomes pretty dry. The soil in pots tend to dry out faster than normal.
But a bonus benefit is they keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. Just by placing a few of them potted in different room, you can remove up to 87% of toxins. Put a potted snake plant next to a bed, on a desk, in a living room or any space where they can go to work.
There are many types of snake plants and many can be found at your local nursery or garden center. We like to seem them mixed up indoors to give some interest.
X Sansevieria Goldn Hahnii - short leaves, yellow border.
X Rhino Grass, Sansevieria desertii - grows to 12" with red tinted leaves
X White Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata Bantels Sensation - White vertical stripes.
So, take a second look at snake plants if you are looking to put some potted plants indoors this Winter. They really are the easiest plants to look after!
Let's take a few minutes and share some facts about terra-cotta. Which happens to be our number one selling garden pottery. Everyone loves clay flowerpots not only because of the way they look but because of the way they perform. Read more.....
Does you family have a garden? Or, do you have friends or family members who like to put potted plants on their front porch, patio or around the yard? If so, chances are you already know what terracotta, (terra-cotta, terra cotta) is.
Terracotta is a clay like earthenware that can be either glazed or unglazed. In addition to being used for flower pots, terracotta is also used for water and sewer pipes, bricks, roof tiles or sculptures.
The word terracotta comes from the Italian words for "baked earth". Since terracotta pottery is made by baking terracotta clay, that only make sense! Terracotta is often used as a word to describe a color. Many times "terracotta" is used to describe a natural brownish orange color.
Terracotta can be easily sculpted into all sorts of shapes. To harden terracotta, it must be heated to between 1,000 to 2000 F. Once it hardens it is still a bit porous, which means it can be penetrated by water. This makes the plants root systems can breathe while being planted in a terracotta clay flowerpot. However, a simple coat of glaze can make a terracotta garden planter water tight.
Terracotta has been around for a long time. It was the only clay product used until around the 14th century. Archeologists have found terracotta that is approx 5,000 years old.
We have a wonderful selection of terracotta garden containers. Most from Italy but others from Mexico, China or Vietnam. These are the back bone of our pottery line because of their beauty and workmanship.
Here is a clever idea we saw on how to fill your winter garden planters and make them look decorative! It's really only 5 easy steps.
Here they are:
STEP 1: Leave 3/4 of the dirt in the outdoor garden pot and fill the top 1/4" with wet floral foam. Decide what to use to create a "thrill" in the planter. In this case birch poles were used.
Step 2: Now fill around the outside of the garden planter. In this pot Western BC cedar was inserted in the floral foam. The plan is to have the greens looking like they are spilling over the side of the planter.
Step 3: Add another evergreen with a slightly different color and texture for contrast. Here it's Blue Tip Juniper. Red Dogwood branches have also been added for a shot of color in this planter. Keep changing it up. Fraser Fir is added as fill and height, making this pottery display look full & 3 dimensional.
Step 4: Now a few Magnolia leaves and Euonymus add more depth. As an eye catcher add a large pine cone to the potted display.
Step 5: Depending on how you feel about sparkle this would be the time to add it to this winter planter. Large silver sparkly wicker balls give a festive feel. Putting different combinations together is easy to do. You can always add berries, holly, curly willow branches, birch logs and all kinds of holiday ornaments. Have fun and be creative.