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02 Jul 2013

You can easily dress up a set of plant pots to add a splash of colour to your home or garden.

Apply an even layer of modpodge or clear acrylic sealer to the outside of the pot, ensuring that the pot is covered from the inner top edge to the bottom.

By simply using patterned fabric, you could decorate your plant pot so that it matches your décor. Here’s how… 

What you need

Flower pots
Fabric scraps – look out for fabric shops with a bargain bin where you can pick up fabric scraps at bargain prices.

ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer
Paintbrush

 What to do

Step 1

Before you start on this project, make sure that your flower pots are clean and thoroughly dry.

Wherever necessary remove any sticky labels by soaking the pots in warm, soapy water beforehand.  

Step 2

Cut a strip of fabric to wrap once around the pot.

Apply an even layer of modpodge or clear acrylic sealer to the outside of the pot, ensuring that the pot is covered from the inner top edge to the bottom. Do this in small sections to avoid any mistakes.

Step 3

Cut a strip of fabric to wrap once around the pot. The fabric curves around as you stick it on, so allow extra room at the top and bottom for this. 

Step 4

Place the fabric at an angle and smooth it down with your fingers starting from the top. Ensure that the fabric sits flush against the surface, paying close attention to where the pot bends out at the top.

Step 5

Continue applying sealer, smoothing the fabric in small sections until you completely cover the outside.

Buying decorative flower pots can be quite expensive but it's easy to make your own fabric covered flower pots to brighten up your home or give as a gift.

The sealer takes a while to dry, so you may need to restart the process again.

Step 6

When you reach the end of the fabric, trim away any excess material, leaving a 2cm overlap. Cut slits in the overlap and fold it over and secure. Do the same thing for the bottom piece.  

Step 7

If you are placing the pots indoors, finish off your project with two coats of clear acrylic sealer.

Pots meant for the outdoors will need two coats of polyurethane sealer. Make sure that you cover the entire pot from top to bottom for maximum protection. 

Buying decorative flower pots can be quite expensive but it's easy to make your own fabric covered flower pots to brighten up your home or give as a gift.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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