How to Make Homemade Flower Pots


Small or large, plants need pots from their earliest seedling days until their maturity in full bloom. Why not make your own flower pots? Homemade flower pots make great use of recycled items, are an attractive addition to any room, porch or yard, and make wonderful gifts when they're themed to people, events and holidays. Seasonal themes work equally well at home or as gifts. Let your imagination be your guide.

Things You'll Need

  • Old flower pots
  • Broken glass and china
  • Old non-porous containers
  • Craft adhesive
  • Craft laminate
  • Ice pick
  • Hammer
  • Pebbles
  • Ceramic tile adhesive
  • Old seed packet covers
  • Spackling spatula
  • Glue gun
  • Bits of old fabric, lace, yarn and rick-rack
  • Beads and buttons
  • Craft paints

Finding the Right Containers and Materials and Designing Your Pot

  • Scout out useful containers when you shop garage sales and thrift stores. A lovely but slightly chipped old cup, a colorful antique cookie tin, or a battered ash could make a great plant receptacle.

  • Check out barn sales. You might find a discarded well bucket, some ceramic cookie jars or an old shaving cup that could make a fine homemade flower pot.

  • Look through your own cupboards and closets. An old Army boot, an orphaned high-topped tennis shoe or a lidless china teapot---these are all items that can be transformed into flower pots. Old cracked flower pots are also perfect candidates, as are old beach pails and lunchboxes.

  • Select a theme around which you will build your flower pot design. If you're making your flower pot as a gift, this might be a holiday, birthday, anniversary, back-to-school, thank you or congratulations on a new baby. For a working mom, decorate an old tennis shoe with sequins, pearls and faux gems. For dad, focus on a hobby or occupation theme.

  • Reflect the seasons, your décor or your personal interests when making flower pots or your own use. Consider a patchwork design for the quilter, books and glasses for the avid reader, or spools, measuring tape and fabric pieces for the seamstress.

  • Keep a collection of broken glass, mirrors, pottery and china in a cupboard along with baskets of old clothing, fabric ends, yarn, lace and rick-rack. Save a tin filled with old buttons, sequins, broken jewelry and fake gemstones. You'll mix-and-match them as you craft your flower pot.

Working With Tin and Metal

  • Use the ice pick and hammer to carefully punch out holes in the bottom of the tin. This will allow the water to drain away and avoid rusting out the tin. Metal and tin flower pots, if used indoors, will require an under-dish to protect furniture and fabrics.

  • Decorate plain tin or metal flower pots by using craft adhesive to secure the colorful covers of empty flower packets to them. After the packets have dried securely on the flower pot, coat the packets with laminate to protect the paper from water spills and drips.

  • Include a bag of pebbles to line the bottom of your metal container, if you're giving the flower pot as a gift. The pebbles will improve drainage once the pot is filled with soil.

Working With Pottery

  • Lather a layer of ceramic tile adhesive around an old flower pot, using a spackling spatula. Decorate the pot with colorful glass pieces, old buttons, broken china, beads, buttons, marbles or whatever baubles and materials you're using.

  • Use a damp cloth to wipe any adhesive residue off the decorations before allowing the flower pot to dry completely.

  • Cut colorful old fabric pieces into interesting shapes. Use a mixture of solids, prints and floral fabrics. Use craft adhesive to glue the fabric pieces in a patchwork design onto an old flower pot. Cut rick-rack into small pieces. Use a glue gun to apply the rick-rack to form a border where the fabric pieces meet. The result will be a patchwork quilt design.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cover your work surface with an old towel or newspaper to capture spills, drips and dust.
  • Don't let children work unsupervised on any flower pot project that involves hot glue, broken glass or pottery shards.

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