Remember my chalkboard labeled planters I shared with you in this post. I love those planters, but I knew the day would come when I had to move my plants to bigger planters. If you recall from that post, I had told you that I had kept the plants in the original plastic pots they came in. Well, my mom (my plant expert) had visited me earlier last week and told me that if I wanted my plants to live, that I needed to transfer them to bigger planters. Now, I just couldn’t let another plant die on my watch… I think I would be banned from ever caring for another plant again! So I decided to take my mother’s advice… she is the plant expert after all. Hey, I’m even surprised these plants survived under my care for this long. ;)
Of course, I can’t keep the transfer to bigger pots simple. If my plants are to move to a new home, they couldn’t be any ordinary planters. So, off to work I went to make a new home for my plants.
I grabbed some things that I thought might be helpful with my project…. terra cotta pots, book about plants, Mod Podge, gesso, potting soil plus a few more things… burlap, stamps, ink pad, acrylic paint, and sealant.
The plan was to Mod Podge some of the book pages from the plant book onto the terra cotta pots. You didn’t actually think I got that book to learn more about caring for my plants, did you? Of course not…. then again maybe I should have. ;) Ha!
To get started, I first applied gesso onto the book pages and then Mod Podged them onto the pots. At first I applied the pages as whole pages, but, since the pages were wide, the curve of the pots made it difficult to avoid air bubbles. Instead I tore the pages in random sized strips and pieces which made the Mod Podge process easier.
Using a sponge and brown ink stamp pad, I stained the planters. Then I sprayed them with a few coats of sealant.
The saucers were painted with acrylic paint, and once the paint was dry, stained them as well. I also sprayed the saucers with sealant. The staining method of using an ink pad was just a random idea I thought of (not sure if anyone has done this) and I’ve only used it with the Versafine brand which dries almost instantly (on paper it does dry instantly). If you do decide to use this method, with any other ink I would recommend testing it out first or at least wait for the ink to dry before handling.
For the finishing touch, I made stamped burlap labels and hot glued them on.
Of course, lets not forget about the actual plants. Into their new home they went! I planted them, watered them, and will watch them grow! [Fingers crossed. ;)]
Hopefully my plants are enjoying their new home. We’ll have to wait to find out. ;) What do you all think of their new home?
In the next post I’ll be sharing with you how I actually displayed my new planters, so be sure to come back!