How to Make Designer Garden Planters


Transform your plain garden planters into designer planters with a little creativity and a few supplies from your local craft store. Cover the planter with embossed copper, aluminum or brass foil to make a metal planter that will stand out on your patio. Create a mosaic design on the face of your wood, clay or plastic planter to add color and texture to your garden. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to completely change the look of old planters into designer works of art.

Designer Metal Planter

Step 1

Measure the individual sides of your planter. Cut a section of metal foil to fit each side of your garden planter.

Step 2

Place the foil on top of a stack of newspapers. Tape a stencil with any design that you like onto the metal. Trace over the stencil design with a stylus. You can use any blunt tipped instrument as a stylus; your objective is to crease the metal so that it is embossed on one side. Placing the foil on a stack of papers allows the foil to give when you apply pressure with the stylus.

Step 3

Create your design on all of the metal foil sections.

Step 4

Attach the metal to the outside of your plain garden planter with waterproof construction adhesive.

Designer Mosaic Planter

Step 1

Place a clean planter on a work surface with one side facing up.

Step 2

Glue ceramic mosaic tiles onto the planter with waterproof construction adhesive. You can use thinset mortar to attach the tiles, but the construction adhesive works just as well for small projects and is significantly less messy. Arrange the tiles randomly to create a freeform mosaic effect. To make a mosaic image, draw the image onto the planter first, and then fill in with mosaic tiles. Leave between 1/8 and 1/4 inch between each tile. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 3

Create a mosaic design on each side of the planter.

Step 4

Apply grout between the crevices of the tiles. You can use a grout float, but your fingers work just as well on a small project.

Step 5

Clean away the excess grout. Warm water and a sponge will remove the wet grout. Apply a coat of grout sealer within three days.

Things You'll Need

  • Planters
  • Metal foil
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharp household shears
  • Newspapers
  • Stencil
  • Tape
  • Stylus
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Ceramic mosaic tiles
  • Grout
  • Grout seal


  • How to Mosaic

Who Can Help

  • Crafting with Copper Foil
Keywords: metal planter, mosaic planter, planter design

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.