How to Turn Plastic Planters Into a Beautiful DIY Urn Planter

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
6 Materials
45 Minutes

Looking for a budget-friendly way to upgrade your porch? Learn how to turn plastic plant pots into a beautiful DIY urn planter with this easy tutorial!

You can create a gorgeous stone-textured urn that will add charm and elegance to your home's exterior.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Follow along and let's get started on your porch makeover!

How to make a DIY urn planter

1. Gather Materials and Tools

I ran over to my local Home Depot and grabbed some planters right off the shelf, along with some primer and some textured finish.

Stone finish spray paint

This stone finish comes in lots of different colors, so you can make sure it matches your outdoor decor.

Front porch urn ideas

I decided to create my porch urns with square bases and round tops, so I grabbed a square bottomed flower pot, 2 smaller pots to use as the pillar, and a large circular pot for the top.

Upcycled planter

2. Measure Pillar Pots and Determine Placement

Measure your pillar pots before you grab the glue just to make sure that everything fits correctly and that you know exactly where to place the smaller pots.

Attach the smaller pots to the base pot using glue

3. Glue Pillar Pots to the Bottom of the Base Pot

To stick the small pot down, dab some glue around the rim and press it down onto the bottom of your base pot. After the plastic pot is glued down, put a weight on top of it (I used a can of stain) to help things dry.

If you see glue popping out around the rim, that's okay. Just wipe it around the edge. Once we get to the point where we paint and stain, you won't see anything.

Glue the small pillar pot upside down to the bottom of the top pot

4. Glue Second Small Pillar Pot to Top Pot

Now onto the top of the urn.

Using the same technique, glue your second small pillar pot upside down on top of the top pot of your urn. Once you clean it up and weigh it down, slide it to the side to dry.

Connect the two sides of the urn by gluing the pillar pots together

5. Glue Pillar Pots to Connect Urn Sides

Next, just add some glue to the bottoms of your 2 pillar pots and connect the 2 sides of your urn.

Smooth out any excess glue

Wipe away and smooth down any excess glue to make a smoother surface for your paint and textured spray.

Paint the urn with a base coat before applying the stone-textured finish

6. Apply a Base Coat of Paint

Once everything is all dry and good to go, spray on your base coat of paint.

Upcycled planters to gorgeous urn

Make sure to cover the entire urn so that no other colors show through once you lay down your stone textured spray.

Spray the DIY urn planter with stone paint

7. Spray Stone Texture Finish on Urn

Once the base coat is dry, spray your stone texture all over your urn.

Enjoy your beautiful new porch urns, perfect for adding style and elegance to any outdoor space

And there you have it! A beautiful DIY urn planter to welcome guests to your home.

You can use your urn in the yard as a bird bath, or fill it up with soil and flowers for your front porch.

More Upcycled Planters

For more ideas, check out this Cute DIY Birdbath tutorial.

Here's an example of mine looking lovely on my summer porch

Good luck and have fun! I hope that you have enjoyed this DIY urn planter and that it has inspired you to take on more home decor projects in the future.

If you have any questions or comments about this tutorial, please feel free to share them with me in the comments section below.

And don't forget to show off your new porch accents to your family and friends! Thank you for choosing to embark on this crafting journey with me, and I look forward to bringing you more exciting DIY tutorials soon.

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  • Mary Mary on Aug 30, 2022

    Why won’t he answer any of the questions?

  • Lois Buchanan Lois Buchanan on Aug 31, 2022

    Hmmm! I have the stuff, most of it, to do this! But I wonder will it stand up in a heavy breeze?

  • Patty Patty on Aug 07, 2023

    Is there a purpose of spraying a base color?

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  • Judith Judith on May 25, 2023

    I like the idea. Your planting could be improved- plant a trailer vine to soften the edges. Plant a tall plant for interest, fill in with shorter plants.

  • Lisa Lisa on Aug 27, 2023

    mitch you are ridiculously talented.