Clay flower pots and plastic grower pots offer many uses besides holding plants. Several crafts can be made with either pot for both decorative and functional purposes. Additionally, reusing plastic grower pots in new ways reduces waste and is good for the environment.
Traditional terra cotta flower pots come in a variety of sizes, from as small as a teacup to as large as a barrel. Because of the varying sizes, many different crafts can be made from terra cotta flower pots.
Small terra cotta flower pots in graduated sizes can be turned into wind chimes. Simply decorate them by painting them either a solid color or with decorative painting techniques such as sponging and apply a coat of polyurethane after the paint has dried to protect it from the outdoor elements. Thread a heavy-duty and weather-proofed piece of nylon rope or twine through the drain holes in the bottom of the pots with the largest flower pot at the top; the progressively smaller flower pots should hang below. All the flower pots should hang upside down on the twine-like bells. At the end of the twine, tie a wooden bead or two that has been painted and polyurethaned to serve as the bell chime.
One very functional way to use terra cotta flower pots indoors is to create a gift basket using the pot as the basket. Again, the terra cotta pot should be decorated with paint and then polyurethaned for protection and preservation.
Because terra cotta pots come in several different sizes, you can customize your gift basket. Small items like buttons and beads for crafters could easily fit into a small flower pot. Coffee, tea, cookies and chocolates would fit well into a medium flower pot. Larger items like trowels, bulb diggers, seed packets and other small gardening tools would fit well in a large flower pot.
To seal your gift baskets with a professional touch, wrap them in brightly colored plastic wrap and use a warm hair dryer to stretch and mold the plastic wrap to the gift basket.
Reusing and Recycling
Plastic grower pots offer many creative ways for reuse. Save various sizes and use as sand molds in a child's sandbox or at the beach. Fill a larger one with sand and set it outdoors for smokers to use as an ash tray. Keep a stack handy in your vehicle trunk for visiting the you-pick produce farms in your area or for visits to your local Farmer's Market.
Also, be sure to ask your local nursery or greenhouse grower if they accept returns of empty plastic grower pots; many nurseries offer this service to their customers.
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