Faux Terracotta Planter

by Erin
6 Materials
1 Hour

Here's how I turned a basic holiday popcorn tin into a planter that looks like a terracotta planter.

We all have them; those holiday themed tins we received from friends and family full of treats. But once all of the goodies are gone, for some reason I'm not able to throw them out, and I now have a shelf full of them in the basement. But this particular tin that arrived full of popcorn was so huge, and I knew immediately what I was going to do with it. I'm a bit of a crazy plant lady, and large planters are not cheap.

After giving the tin a thorough cleaning, I drilled holes in the bottom of the tin for drainage.

I wanted to add some depth and texture to the planter so I used some thick corded rope and used a hot glue gun to attach it. I started at the top of the tin, making a complete circle around the top.

I continued to work my way down the tin, wrapping the rope around and gluing as I went until I reached the bottom.

The next step was to prepare the paint to make a thick, clay-like mixture. I used interior flat wall paint that we had left over that was a dark stone color.

I combined the paint and baking soda and stirred until thoroughly mixed. Keep adding baking soda until you're happy with the consistency.

The next step is to paint. You can see here how thick the paint becomes with the baking soda to give it the texture of terracotta. I used a large brush for the tin, and then a smaller brush to work the paint mixture into the rope.

Once dry, I filled with potting soil and added the newest member to my plant family. She seems happy so far!

Make sure to save the lid from the tin! To trap any excess water or soil that comes out through the drainage holes, I placed it under the planter as a catch.

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  • Lynne Lynne on Mar 02, 2022

    Awesome work! I have some of these leftover, and i am going to try this.

  • Lisa Lisa on Mar 02, 2022

    learned hard way it will crack no matter

    how much sealer applied. ended up using fibatape first from big box store to give

    strength x grip.