Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fabulous Flower Pots

Colorful front porch pots full of gorgeous blooms can really help to keep up the illusion of a perpetual spring when Lowcountry heat and humidity slaps us in the face each July. Livening up ones outdoor entryway with plant life is also most inviting to neighbors and guests and is relatively easy to rotate with the seasons. But the idea that I would like to share today isn't so much about the potted plants, but the pots themselves.

A combination of a surplus of specialty quilting fabric under my desk and a lack of desire to go out looking for fabulous and most likely expensive new pots (sometime being cheap is the best way to live green) came together and became a fun little project to try. I enlisted my kids in picking favorite prints, cutting them to size to fit plain old
galvanized buckets, and mixing up a gooey watery decopaging medium of elmers glue and water. We then made sure the fabric was completely soaked through with the glue mixture before molding it onto the buckets. A few extra coats of glue on top ensured that the fabric fit like a glove. A day or so of drying time, a few coats of a clear acrylic polyurethane to protect from water and solar abuse and a few holes drilled into the bottom for drainage and we were ready to pot some plants. Hope a few of y'all will give it a go as well.

1 comment:

  1. What a clever idea! I think you guys should sell these - they are beautiful and unique and an eco-friendly way to recycle old pails and fabric remnants.
    By the way - congrats on the wonderful article about your home in Do it Yourself magazine. I am now a big fan :)