‘Without struggle, success has no value.’
– Aaron Lauritsen
A cute, affordable and fun DIY project – these planter pots make the perfect gifts for any occasion!
DIY Projects never really appealed to the laziness in me. However, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.
For those of you who know me, you’ll know that my partner is obsessed with plants. We even have a walk-in greenhouse in our house’s sun-room.
So while I was watching him tend to his plants one morning, I had a great idea for a DIY Project/ Christmas Gift Idea.
Why not make some pretty pots for all those pretty plants?
So I started Googling ideas for DIY pot plants, to get some ideas. I found so many amazing DIY ideas, but I am a rookie, so I started filtering out some of the harder looking projects and opted for something more ‘beginner-friendly’.
I settled on the following sites for inspiration, which I found via Pinterest and a few blogs (see below):
MY INSPIRATION CAME FROM:
This was a site that I found really helpful, as it had a list of all the materials I would need, plus a step-by-step guide (very handy for those who have not used a hot-glue gun since Kindergarten).
I chose this kind of style for my pots, because I think they look super beachy and they give off a real hand-made, ‘market’ type of vibe.
Although I chose slightly different lettering etc., this was a really awesome guide for me to stick to.
The next thing I needed on my DIY journey was a bit of ‘plant pun’ inspiration.
I wanted to find some cute little plant related quotes for the pots (Pinterest delivered the goods!) and get some ideas on different lettering.
This little blog page really helped me to start thinking of my own puns and quotes.
The last source of inspiration is a local business in Adelaide, South Australia (where I live). Unfortunately, they have decided to close their business for a while and focus on personal things.
A few of my old work colleagues had pot plants from Rub a Dub Shrub, and the plants always looked so nice in their offices!
I’ve also seen these guys around at local markets etc., and really loved the designs and puns they came up with.
And with that, I got started!
So for me, a really big part of this project was to keep the cost down – I wanted to make some really cute presents for Christmas and birthday gifts, without it costing me a fortune and defeating the purpose.
I wanted these pot plants to be cheaper to make than it would be to go to the market and purchase something similar.
Twine/ Jute Rope
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Gun Refills
Clear Coat Spray
In total, I bought 15 terracotta pots ($24), 2 cans of spray paint ($25.76), 2 rolls of twine ($8), 1 hot glue gun ($8), 3 glue gun refills ($9), 1 stamp set ($8) and 1 can of clear coat spray ($17.98).
So the total for 15 completed pots ended up being:
15 DIY/ HOMEMADE POTS:
15 Home-made Pots:
15 STORE BOUGHT POTS:
15 x $27.95 (RRP Rub a Dub Shrub):
That price comparison was crazy to me – the DIY pots ended up costing roughly $6.85 each to make. And they turned out very, very well (for a first-time DIYer, anyway)!
Wash the pots, let them dry, and then spray paint them with the white paint.
My partner and I ended up putting down a plastic sheet and spraying all the pots on that – we gave them 2 coats of paint in the end, which seemed to work fine.
IDEA: You could always change up the colours, or create stenciled patterns if you were feeling creative – I went with plain white to accentuate the black lettering I was planning on using.
Use the hot glue gun to add the twine to the top lip of the pots.
I struggled at first with the glue gun and where to start with the twine, but after a bit of trial and error, managed to work it out and create something that looked reasonable.
TIP: Start the twine from the top of the lip, but don’t start from the inside of the top, or the pot will look wonky. Pull the twine tight as you go and try and push the twine together as much as possible, this helps lessen any gaps in between the twine.
After you’ve let the twine and glue set, you can then add the lettering.
I used a generic stamp set from K-mart, nothing fancy – with normal stamp ink.
I picked out some of the plant puns I liked and thought up a few different quotes to stamp onto the pots (see image).
TIP: Stamping can be a bit hit-and-miss in terms of getting the lettering straight etc., but I’ve found that having lettering that’s a little bit wonky can add to the ‘home-made’ touch. But if you’re really not happy with your stamping or have made a mistake, I found I could wipe off the ink with a tissue or earbud if it hadn’t dried yet!
Clear-coat your pots.
I’m not sure if everyone does this, but I didn’t want to risk the ink on the sides of the pots running if someone watered their plants and accidentally spilled some.
I used the Boyle Gloss Spray Sealer.
Clear-coating/ sealing is a good thing to do anyway, as this will help protect the pots from weathering, ageing and wear and tear.
TIP: I used a few coats of the clear-coat on my pots – simply hold the can at around 30cm distance and spray all over – it doesn’t matter if you get some on the twine as it is colourless.
Pot your plants.
I let my partner do this, as he is the expert when it comes to plants, but choosing the plants is completely up to you.
We put a variety of different plants in, such as Ivy, Aloe Vera and plants that I don’t know the names of (I’ll have to add them in another post).
IDEA: Succulents are a great idea for this, as they are hardy – so even your friends and family who aren’t ‘green-thumbs’ can enjoy a long-living plant. They’re also quite cheap (or you can get cuttings from someone’s garden for free). Plus there are plenty of succulent-related puns to pair them with!
Wrap/ decorate your finished product!
I decided it would be better not to fully wrap the plants, for obvious reasons, and decided to put a little bow on the pot instead, and pop them into Christmas ‘gift-bags’ I got from the Reject Shop (2-pack for $2.50).
It’s really up to you how you decide to wrap/decorate your pots – but there’s plenty of ideas on Pinterest – click here for some ideas.
(Thanks to my sister Nikyta for taking some photos of the pots I gave her!)
Well, I did it – I finally finished my first DIY project! It was so much fun to have a creative outlet and be able to give them as gifts for Christmas.
Hopefully over the next couple of months I can try out a few other DIY ideas and share my results with you.
Let me know if you’ve done something similar, or try out the above – I’d love to see your results!
Done & Dusted!
How looking after another living thing can help you look after yourself.
I’m not going to lie – when I first began collecting house-plants with my significant other, it was mainly because I wanted our living area to look pretty.
But after a while, I began to realise that taking time to look after our prickly friends was becoming more of a soothing past-time, rather than a way to accessorize the house.
My partner used to get home from work, grumpy and tired, stomping up and down the hallway like a grumpy elephant – but once we started accumulating plants, I noticed that the first thing he would do when he got home would be to make a bee-line for his beloved plants.
He’d make sure they weren’t getting too much sunlight in the spot they were in on their shelves, he went and bought a soil thermometer from Bunnings to check they were getting the appropriate amount of water, and he even wanted to make a trip to Kmart to get a pretty new shelf for them to live on.
I soon realised that my partner’s Self-Care regime was caring for his plants.
Because Self-Care for one person may not look the same to another. My Self-Care regime involves hiding under a blanket and blocking out the world for a while, or having a nice bath with my favourite Lush Bath Bombs.
Caring for his plants gave him something to occupy his mind, get him off the couch and gave him something to be proud of, and that made me happy.
Everyone has days where they get into prickly situations, so to speak. Some days, work is hard, people around us are difficult to deal with, and sometimes things just don’t go the way we planned.
Now I know everyone isn’t born with a green-thumb. I kill pretty much anything that I even attempt to care for (plant wise!), but I have an excellent solution to help you create your own zen space in your home:
Succulents still need tending to, but are a far hardier plant which is generally less susceptible to things like forgetting to water them, or leaving them in the sun too long. Along with being (much) harder to kill, having succulents in your home also provides a range of benefits.
Succulents like Aloe-Vera are perfect for purifying the room you spent all weekend in with the curtains and windows closed, binge-watching Netflix. They were found to be able to remove 87% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in a study conducted by NASA. VOC’s are basically chemicals that are emitted from different sources. Common places VOC’s are found in the house include carpets, candles, stoves and detergents.
Succulents are still plants. And we all know plants produce Oxygen – something we literally need to survive. All the while, these lovely little guys get rid of the Carbon Dioxide in the air for us… What did we do to deserve such caring room-mates?
The prickly plants are pretty all year round, and come in lots of different colours and sizes – perfect for brightening up a dark, depressing corner in your home. Plus you can choose a perfect little pot for them to live in.
Do you know how many times my partner has brought up his plants at dinner tables and parties? (The answer is a lot). So many people ask him for advice, tag him in Plant Sale Events on Facebook and keep an eye out for new and exciting species for him.