How to Decorate Plastic Plant Pots

Updated November 21, 2016

Gardeners often take pride in making their gardens look beautiful and useful. They choose attractive containers–painted or glazed–to accent the plants. However, these containers can cost a bundle. Fortunately, with a little artistic talent and a few simple tools, you can decorate plastic pots to look like their richer cousins. Not only does this save money, it gives you the freedom to paint or cover your containers however you like.

Measure the height and width of the bottom of your pot. Add the numbers together and add about 4 more inches. For instance, if your pot is 10 inches tall and 7 inches wide at the bottom, your final measurement is 21 inches. Cut a square of fabric 21 inches on each side.

Set your pot in the centre of the fabric square. Spray the sides thoroughly with spray adhesive. Bring the corners of your fabric up and press the fabric to the sides of the pot. Bring the rest of the fabric up, pressing it in pleats around your pot. It will bunch; quickly arrange the bunches in an attractive pattern. Allow the adhesive to dry for an hour.

Cut a piece of rattan rope and tie it around your pot in a bow, like a gift. You may also wrap it in several coils around your pot for a more finished look. Glue the ends down with spray adhesive.

Turn the pot over and cut X’s in your fabric over the drain holes with a utility knife. Fold the fabric around the edges of the holes and glue them down. Let the glue cure overnight.

Spray the entire pot and fabric thoroughly with spray sealer. The sealer will make the fabric stiff, holding it in place and protecting it at the same time. Don’t forget the bottom and inside of the pot.

Flip your pot over and spray paint it evenly with a base colour. The colour may be anything you like, from terra cotta orange or French blue to bright red or sunny yellow. Choose something that goes with your garden theme. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour.

Tape a stencil flush to one side of your pot with painters tape. The stencil should match your garden theme. You can use celestial symbols for a magical garden, scripture verses for a spiritual garden or running wolves for a primitive garden.

Squeeze a little acrylic paint out onto a paper plate. Dip your round stencil brush into it, blot it once and apply the paint to the stencil in a swirling motion. You may use more than one colour, but make sure all your colours contrast with your base colour. Allow the paint to dry overnight before removing the stencils to avoid smearing.

Things You'll Need

  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Rattan cord
  • Utility knife
  • Spray outdoor sealer
  • Spray paint
  • Stencils
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper towels
  • Acrylic paint
  • Round stencil brush
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