Trash to Treasure

5 Materials
24 Hours

Turn that free nursery pot that you normally throw away into an gorgeous display planter.

A disposable planter that flowers and vegetables come in when you buy them from the Nursery, HomeDepot, etc. We normally toss them away. I washed and dried it.

I applied one coat of Folk Art “Maui Sand” also going into the planter about one inch down, but depending on what you will use the planter for, you decide how far down to paint the inside.

I used “Paperclay” with Prima “Botanist Floral” but feel free to use any mould that strikes your fancy. I also use a Rope Stripe mould that I had, also from Amazon made by Foyara, but again if you have another you like and it fits, then great. I glued them down with Tacky glue and made visits to make sure all was fine periodically. Huge point here…..I applied the flowers first, and when they were set, I then glued the border on, turned it upside down to set up so to prevent slipping. You really do have to add a strip to these otherwise it is a dead give away that it is just a disposable planter.

After the clay was dry I painted a second coat of the Maui Sands. I love when the clay gives cracking, in fact I try to encourage it because I think it give the piece more personality, and a more aged look. To get cracking I bend it down while the drying process is going on. It is only possible on a flexible surface. This is just my personal choice.

I then applied a whitewash coat using “SheepSkin” Chalk Paint from Folk Art. This is highly watered down. I used a wet paper towel rung out, and worked in sections. Be very careful working the CLAY AREA…..Work as little as possible on the clay. Water and clay are not friendly with each other. You can quickly destroy your mould. I used a brush to whitewash, then wiped off with the towel, gently. Small areas at a time. When completed I kind of sponged the planter with the wet paper towel that had the paint on it so as to not look wiped.

Now the fun part, using a metallic paint, I used Antique Bronze (I recommend it) use a wet paper towel dipped into paint. Now just hit the high points…never the planter itself except the rim. Wipe off any excess with the clean parts of towel. Keep it up until it makes you happy. This is what will give it the rich expensive look, go overboard and you’ll know it, to little and the point will be lost. If you went overboard you'll have to start over with paint, so be careful.

Finish it off with protection. I use Aqua Coat but you may have a favorite. Aqua Coat like others can bubble so work slow. One coat should be enough. I like Aqua Coat because of the easy clean up, water based. I hope you can turn some trash planters into something you can enjoy ...Have fun.

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  • LYNNE JONES LYNNE JONES on Apr 11, 2022

    I think it’s cool, but after all the money/products and time invested in the project, is it really cost-effective?

  • Therese odette davis Therese odette davis on Apr 11, 2022

    This is amazing and fabulous! Can these pots go outside? I live in sunny southern California about 3 miles from the beach. Thank you fellow crafter.

  • Rosario Rosario on Apr 18, 2022

    Just WOW!!

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  • Christina Marie Christina Marie on Apr 18, 2022

    Wow so pretty!! Does the pot get sturdier as you paint it and put the clay on?

    • Tammy Tammy on Apr 18, 2022

      Actually I just tested that, I added some floral foam, a small limb I cut from outside and made a small olive topiary tree that another Hometalk team member shared.

      Because of the glue, paints, mould, and the AQUA CLEAR, the pot is firmer. I was gentle with it and careful with the moulds. I guess hindsight is 20/20 right? We should make a plan with what the pot would be used for and set it up a little in advance....?

  • Robin Robin on Apr 18, 2022

    I am amazed by the beautiful end result! Love it!