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Recycled Flower Pot

My apartment complex doesn’t recycle, so I always feel guilty throwing recyclables away.  Therefore, I try to re-purpose my “trash” before disposing of it.  My inspiration for this project comes from the following three facts.  Fact 1:  I have been holding on to this coffee canister for weeks trying to come up with a new job for it.  Fact 2:  I have some baby spider plants in need of a home and no spare pots to put them in.  Fact 3:  I am always drawn to the fun pots at the store, but hate paying the elevated prices for these planters.  Brilliant idea!  Make my own fun planter out of a container destined to sit in a landfill for all eternity and find a home for my baby spider plants at the same time!

Materials needed:

  • Plant needing a home and potting soil
  • Container large enough for this plant
  • Something to punch holes through container (I used a large screw and screw driver)
  • Piece of fabric large enough to cover the intended area (fabric on completed project will be slightly darker than original fabric)
  • Paint in a coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes

Instructions:

  1. Begin by removing all labels from from the container.  Thoroughly wash the container and allow to dry completely before proceeding.
  2. Punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of the container.  I made three holes, but this is dependent on the size of the container and the holes.  This prevents the soil from becoming overly soggy and keeps the plant from rotting.  Just remember to use a drip tray under your pot!
  3. Decide which area you wish to cover with fabric.  I chose the flat area in the middle of my canister.  Paint any area that you do not intend on covering with fabric.  You do not need to paint the very bottom or the entire inside of the container.  You only need to paint the inside of the container to just below the soil line.  Multiple layers of paint may be necessary to achieve full coverage.
  4. Measure the height and the circumference (the distance around the container) of the section you intend to cover with fabric.  Add 1″-2″ of fabric to the circumference measurement to allow for overlapping.  Carefully trim any frayed edges.  Paint a small section of the container with Mod Podge and place the first end of fabric over the Mod Podge.  Smooth out the fabric.
  5. Continuing painting on the Mod Podge and smoothing out the fabric until you run out of fabric.  Allow the container to dry before continuing to the next step.
  6. Touch up any painted areas that need touching up.  Coat any area that is painted or covered in fabric with Mod Podge.  Overlap the Mod Podge onto the unpainted surfaces to ensure complete coverage.
  7. Apply two more coats of Mod Podge.  Wait until the project is dry before applying the next layer.
  8. When the container is completely dry, add your plant!  If you are new to potting plants, this video provides an excellent tutorial.

**This post was shared on Trash to Treasure Decorating**

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