A DIY Fabric Covered Garden

August 01, 2011   //  Posted in: Decor, DIY, Gardening   //  By: Emily   //  8 responses

My original intent in going to Home Depot last week was to find some new large plants to occupy terra cotta pots that I had given an overhaul. The updates to the old pots that were taking up space in the basement weren’t anything complex, just something that I had seen on Pinterest and decided it was worth trying for myself.

Pretty fabric covered planters via Pinterest.

After all, I still had some leftover pieces of Urban Outfitters blanket fabric from when I made Cody’s dog bed. May as well do something with them, right? Burlap or an ivory fabric would be pretty too, but I didn’t have any around the house.

Fabric scraps. Just enough for one more project. I made a DIY Modge Podge-like substance using a recipe I found online somewhere that called for a combo of Elmer’s Glue and water to form a loosened-but-still-sticky syrup, which I painted onto the pot before applying the fabric on top of it. And there was no “formal” recipe, it was just a little of this, a little of that until I was satisfied with the consistency and it held the fabric in place.

Fabric coating in progress.

I used lots of smaller pieces of the same fabric which gave it slightly more of a patchwork appearance and made it easier to apply and cover the pots smoothly. I have no idea what nips and tucks the makers of the pinned pots had to perform in order to get theirs looking so smooth and flawless.

A fabric covered pot.

I didn’t apply Modge Podge over the fabric, but left the surface soft. Anniversary Jade is right at home in the medium-sized pot. (Note: It’s still planted in it’s original terra cotta pot, just set inside the other pot. Because terra cotta pots absorb and hold so much water, I wouldn’t plant directly into the fabric covered pot in the chance that the saturated clay repels or disinigrates the modge podge glue.)

Anniversary Jade in a covered terra cotta pot. A little fern that I salvaged from a clearance rack is thriving in the smallest of the pots (again, the fern is not actually planted in the fabric-covered pot), and the largest pot , which I thought was going to end up being perfect for the 10″ potted Umbrella Tree turned out to be a smidgen too small (unless I wanted to reduce the pot size holding the tree) but perfect for the Wandering Jew I bought on-the-cheap from Wegmans over the winter. Potted like it is and trimmed back, it sort of looks like a curly-haired man but I’m still adoring it’s pretty leaves with purple undertones.

Wandering Jew looks like a man with curls, no? Coupled together, the matching pots will be cute moving around the house with the sunshine.

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    6 years ago - Reply

    Those turned out great! I would totally put one in my art room with pens in it, because I’m weird like that.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Not weird at all, in fact, a wonderful idea. I’d also use them in the kitchen for spatulas and spoons beside the stove if the pots I chose weren’t once filled with soil.

  • Julie
    6 years ago - Reply

    Great job! I almost chose this for my “challenge” ;)

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Thanks Julie! If you do it, I want to know about it – I wish mine had turned out as smoothly as the ones that were pinned!

  • Kara
    6 years ago - Reply

    I considered this for my challenge too, but didn’t have any great fabric on hand. Love how your pots look.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Thanks Kara! If you ever try it, I’d love to see how they turn out.

  • Emily @ I Love Farm Weddings
    6 years ago - Reply

    I LOVE this idea to spruce up plain pots. In fact, I have two that I’m staring at right now that are going to get a makeover!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Glad you liked it, Emily! Thanks for the nice comment.

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