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.
If you are into pansies and geraniums, then here is your guide to creating your very own stunning hanging flowerpots.
Hanging flowerpots can be found in plastic, clay pots, wicker, or moss. Finding them is a bit harder than you would think. Many people will find themselves having to create their own. This is not hard to do.
Obviously, the plants you choose to grow will dictate the size of planter you will need. A larger planter leads to higher water retention and bigger more vibrant plants. We recommend you use a pot liner of moss, supamoss or burlap liner which helps to retail water so it doesn't run off. Fill with potting soil making sure you have 5 inches above the base of the planter. Then add your plants just below the soil line. Pansies are a favorite. They are slightly acidic and like well draining soil. Another favorite is trailing lobelia which will hang out the sides. They are less hardy but still durable.
Come winter time, it's time to clean out the planter and put them away till next Spring.
There are so many kinds of succulents available now days and you can easily find yourself standing there at the garden center staring at them and not sure what to do. Here are a few suggestions we saw in Sunset Magazine that should help.
Living Cactus: Start with a neutral colored garden planterand fill with cactus soil. Plant baby barrel cactus and thimble cactus in a off center arrangements and top with dark gravel. The gravel protects the roots and soil but also adds a consistent look and decorative touch.
Succulents in a recycled vase. Mounds of tiny succulents can be packed into a 3" tiny re-purposed containerto create a wonderful look. Fill the pot with moss and pack them in. Use glass, plastic, ceramic, clay or pretty much any type of mini planter you desire to achieve this look.
Simple, Cute Craft Idea for Easter Basket or Decoration!
We see many craft ideas using clay flowerpots all over the web. But, we were drawn to this idea for its simplicity and ease. We thought these clay pots would not only make a cheery Easter decoration but how about a homemade Easter Basket for young or old.
Start with our Italian Terracotta Flower Potswhich are the most compact, smooth clay being manufactured today. Purchase some pastel acrylic paint and paint the pots in a rainbow, solid or anyway you choose to decorate them. Fill with shredded colorful paper available from most craftstores and fill with Easter goodies or treat. How much more simple does it get and look how cute it turns out.
Have them hide around your home for the kids to find Easter morning, give to a office coworker or friendly neighbor. Include a seed packet so they can use the decorated clay potto grow a plant with Spring right around the corner.
We also like the idea of having one already painted, then setting up a craft table for the grandkids on Easter morning while the adults prepare Easter Supper. So many fun ideas from a few clay pots and paint. Have fun!
Love this crafty idea using our clay flowerpots. This project is a bit more involved but look how cute they turn out and you will have them for year of year to display. These would work great for place holders also by writing the names of each guest right on the pot rims.
Supplies for one snowman.
1 - 4" clay flower pot
Blue craft acrylic paint
Matte finish sealer (American DuraClear Stain Varnish
White tissue paper
White pom poms
Scissors, toothpicks, hot glue gun
Directions:Paint the clay flowerpots blue with a white rim. When dry use a toothpick and white paint to decorate the pot with snowflakes. When dry, apply a sealer. Use a liner brush to paint an orange nose onto the back of the spoon. Use a toothpick dipped in black ink to paint the eyes. Use a black pen to add simile and eyebrows. Cut a 1/2" wide strip of felt and fringe the ends. Add a dab of hot glue about 3" from the right end. Place the snowman into the glue, then wrap the scarf around several times, securing with more hot glue.
Cut a small square of floral foam so that it fits snugly inside the clay flowerpot. Insert a snowman spoon into the foam. Tear or cut a sheet of tissue paper in half, roll up and fill the inside covering up the floral foam.
There are 4 different hat options so if you want more detail click this link.
To finish the flowerpots off, top them with sparkly pom poms to look like snowballs.
We saw this cute idea and wanted to share it with our flowerpot craft group this time of year. It's a fun and decorative way to display your potted poinsettia plants available at most garden centers. And, if you have some little ones hanging around the house this will surly make them smile.
2 terracotta flower pots with saucers
Red & Black Patio Paint from DecoArt
1.5" Black Ribbon
Gold glittery self adhesive foam sheet
Paint the terracotta flower pots red and the saucers black, let dry.
Cut 1" strip of white batting and glue to the bottom of each pot. You can substitute cotton balls or pom poms if necessary.
Glue the length of ribbon that fits all the way around the two pots when next to each other, adding an extra 8" of overlap. Cut a square shape from the gold glitter foam sheet, with a smaller square in the center for the belt buckle. Attach to the front.
Use outdoors for holiday decor, or inside as a centerpiece. Either way these are wonderful.
Here are some tried and true planter tips that really help. Check them out and let us know what you think.
Always check you gardencontainers for drainage holes. 99% of the planters we carry have hole in them when they are produced but we offer a few styles that do not. If you purchase a pot that doesn't have a drain hole you will need to make some. Using a masonry drill bit you can drill any pot we offer, including our concrete.
Stop the rot. To help water drain freely, place broken terracotta pots, pot filler, or large pebbles in the bottom of your garden pots. You can always put fine mesh or gravel on top of the filler to prevent the drain holes from becoming blocked. All plants need good drainage. If the root system sits in standing water, they will rot and the plant will not survive.
Reusing old pots is a great way to save money but you should make sure they are cleaned properly. Stored pots can be a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Don't risk not cleaning them. Use a scrub brush and use warm water & and detergent. Make sure you rinse well.
Soaking garden pots in a mild bleach solution and then rinsing works well also.
Claypotsthat are not glazed are porous and when filled with water the water will freeze and expand, causing the pot to crack. Line them with a heavy-duty plastic. Place a layer of pebbles in the base and fill with potting mix. Use scissors to cut drain holes in the bottom. Trim the excess at the top.
As you can see, by taking a few simple steps you can create lovely pottedcontainers.
This is the time of year to be outside enjoying the lovely weather. So, why not do it in style by trying some of these great container gardening ideas and plant suggestions.
We are loving this arrangement called "Summertime flair.! Its full of elephants ear and tons of small colorful flowers. The over-sized leaves of the elephant ears lends a stately touch. They allow you to fill in the spaces around them with beautiful, colorful flowers. Rim the potwith a trailing ivy that will gently cascade over the sides. STUNNING!
This one is called "Meet MiIss Lantana" Tougher than Clint Eastwood, lantana parties in heat, chortles at drought, and blooms in a slew of sunny colors from spring till fall. Plus, it's nectar-laden flowers attract pretty butterflies like moths to a flame. Using a planter that has the same color palette as the flowers is wonderful.
Here is "Bring on the Sun". The high drama, low maintenance container spotlights Variegated Spreading Salmon 'SunPatiens', but leaves room for a foxtail asparagus fern and a 6" pot of Neon pathos. Lots of green and a touch of color. NICE!
Lastly here is a "Quick Container Combo". In the largest pot, working from back to front and tallest to shortest, densley plant 'Liberty Classic Yellow' snapdragon, 'Bouquet Rose Magic' dianthus, and 'Tickled Pink' veronica. Place 'New Look' dusty miller and 'Lemon Ball' sedum in the front to trail over the edge. Pack a powerful, single note punch in the two smaller pots by planting 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum' petunia in the midsize container and more sedum in the smallest. OUTSTANDING!
Here are few fun tips using egg shells to help improve your potted gardens.
Add ground egg shells to the bottom of your potted plants or veggies. This gives the plants a nice dose of calcium which helps stop the blossom end from rotting.
If you have larger pieces of egg shell use them to cover the drain hole so that the soil won't run out. They are lighter than rocks and they will allow the air flow to moveeasier into the soil. Over time they will break down and give your potted plants nutrients.
Add finely crushed shells directly to your compost bin. Make sure you crush them up very well or grind them into a powder with your blender.
This is a easy and natural way to add nutrients to the soil you use next season in your potted plants & vegetables. You can even use a old coffee grinder. Just make sure to clean it out well.
If you have an issue with worms or slugs climbing into your planters, try sprinkling the surface soil with crushed shells. These guys don't like crawling their tender bodies over the sharp shell pieces. This also works well with pets on indoor potted plants.
Cat's like to scratch the soil but the rough egg shells don't feel nice on their paws to they stay away.
Choosing from tons of plant materials and containers can be confusing. Sometimes you don't know where to begin. Well here are a few tips that we hope will help.
First try to figure out what your style of decorating is. Are you into colorful planters with wild patterns and bold pigments? You love to plant green in them and have the focus be the container and not the plants. Or, do you like all white containers? This way you can plant all the colorful flowers you like and change it up from season to season. One season go all pink and the next season you plant all colors of the rainbow. All of these combinations work in a white garden planter or container.
Do you like a traditional look where topiary trees are potted or do you go for something a bit more playful like a bright pot with grass shooting up out of it creating a wild look. Do you like mixing plants in pots or are you prone to one plant style per container? How about smell? Maybe you don't like a lot of fragrance or does the smell of something sweet drifting on the air excite you? Some prefer to group many pots together and others like a simple bold statement!
By answering these questions will help you to get started and make a decision before you spend a ton of money on something you are not happy with. Everyone has different tastes and not one is better than another. Discover what moves you and go with that. There is nothing more satisfying then sitting out on your patio, drinking a glass of tea, and admiring the decorative pottery you have surrounding you.