How to embellish plastic flower pots

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How to embellish plastic flower pots
You can embellish plain flowerpots to match your decor. (A pot of basil image by Sophia Winters from Fotolia.com)

Plastic flowerpots are inexpensive and available in a wide variety of plain colours. They come in many sizes to host the tiniest African violets to huge tropical plants. Often, you want to add a little life and decor to your plastic flowerpots to enhance the room. Uncomplicated techniques can help you decorate your plastic pots to match any decor or theme in your home or in your patio area. Embellishing your plastic flowerpots will create a one-of-a-kind pot for your beloved indoor or outdoor plants.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plastic flowerpot
  • Scissors
  • Pictures from old magazines or gift-wrap
  • Paper towel
  • Rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar
  • Small foam craft brush
  • Découpage glue or diluted white household glue
  • Damp sponge

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the theme for your plastic flowerpot. For instance, if it is a small pot that you want to place on your kitchen windowsill, you may want it to have a kitchen utensil or cooking theme. Alternately, if you are an avid collector of weather vanes, coins, or seashells, you may want to decorate the plastic pots with these sorts of pictures to match your den or game room.

  2. 2

    Cut out pictures from magazines or old gift wrap to embellish your plastic flowerpots. Tilt your scissors slightly to the right to create a smooth edge on the paper.

  3. 3

    Decide where you want to place your pictures on the plastic pots. You may place them randomly over the entire pot or even overlap them, so that none of the background colour is showing.

  4. 4

    Clean the outside area of your plastic flowerpot with rubbing alcohol or distilled white vinegar and a paper towel to remove any residue.

  5. 5

    Dip a wet, small foam craft brush into some découpage glue or white household glue diluted with a bit of water.

  6. 6

    Spread the glue onto the back of the picture, making sure to cover all the edges.

  7. 7

    Press a damp sponge onto the picture area to press out any wrinkles or air bubbles.

  8. 8

    Continue to spread the glue onto the back of each picture and place them onto the plastic flowerpots wherever you desire.

  9. 9

    Allow the plastic flowerpot to dry completely.

  10. 10

    Add two or three more coats of the glue and allow the glue to dry between each coat. This will seal your plastic flowerpots and give it a lovely finish.

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