How to Make Homemade Flower Pots

Overview

Indoor or outdoor flowers in pots are a cheerful addition to any decor. Flower pots can be large or small, and they can be made of just about anything. Even recycled plastic containers can be made attractive by placing them inside a basket, an old cracked bowl, or an antique tub. You can also buy inexpensive terra cotta pots and decorate them yourself with broken ceramics, old marbles, or found objects.

Step 1

Save plastic containers of different sizes, such as water bottles, yogurt containers, or margarine tubs. Cut the tops off water bottles, and use a hammer and nail to make drainage holes in the bottoms of the containers.

Step 2

Fill the containers with potting soil, and sow the flower seeds directly into the containers. You can also plant flower seedlings into the containers.

Step 3

Hide the plastic containers with attractive baskets. Set one or more containers inside a basket and place it in a sunny spot. Take the container out of the basket when you water the flowers to avoid deteriorating or staining the basket fibers.

Step 4

Visit dumps, garage sales, or your own storage areas for old containers such as buckets, old washtubs, shoes, or crockery and cookware that is no longer usable. Repurposing used materials like these is a good way to keep them out of landfills, and they make eye-catching flower pots. Place the plastic containers into the recycled containers, or fill the containers with potting soil if you can make drainage holes in the bottoms.

Step 5

Collect broken tiles or ceramic pieces, marbles, buttons, or found objects like stones, seed pods, or bits of metal like keys and charms.

Step 6

Spread a thick layer of ceramic tile grout on a terra cotta pot with a knife. Press the collected bits and pieces into the grout to make a mosaic around the pot.

Step 7

Add more grout between the pieces to smooth over any broken or sharp edges. Let the grout dry, and then wipe any extra grout away with a damp rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic containers
  • Scissors
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Potting soil
  • Flower seeds
  • Flower seedlings
  • Baskets
  • Old buckets
  • Old washtubs
  • Old shoes
  • Old cookware
  • Old crockery
  • Broken ceramic pieces
  • Marbles
  • Stones
  • Buttons
  • Terra cotta pots
  • Ceramic tile grout
  • Knife
  • Damp rag

References

  • Mosaic Flowerpots
  • Container Gardening Guide
  • Gardening In Containers

Who Can Help

  • Texas A & M: Gardening in Containers
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