With the spring season upon us, it’s the perfect time to dress up your garden with fabric covered flower pots. This easy craft makes a great gift, and you can finally put those fabric scraps to good use.
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How to Make Fabric Covered Flower Pots with Mod Podge
I’ve done quite a few decoupage projects on the blog involving fabric and terra cotta pots, like these DIY charger plates and these decoupage flower pots. Strangely enough, I’ve never tried bringing the two together to make fabric flower pots.
Past Decoupage Crafts
It was about time to try this craft, considering I have plenty of old clay pots and fabric scraps lying around.
These pretty flowerpots make a thoughtful gift for Easter, Mother’s Day, or Teacher Appreciation Week. Of course, they would also look beautiful as a home decor accent on your front porch or patio. Who says you have to give them away? (wink)
You can purchase most supplies at a local craft store, so this is one craft idea that won’t break the bank.
Step 1: Seal the inside of the garden pots
Spray the inside of the clay pot with this sealer, and let it dry 24 hours before beginning to paint or decorate the flower pot.
The sealer will prevent water from staining the fabric or making a puddle around your decorated flower pot.
Step 2: Measure the pot and cut the fabric to size
On the reverse side of the fabric, trace the arc of the rim and bottom of the flower pot onto the fabric with a fabric marking pen. (The pen will not show through the fabric since it will end up on the inside and bottom of the pot.)
Make sure to leave a ½-inch to 1-inch gap in fabric above and below the pot so you can fold the edges of the fabric along the top rim and bottom edge of the pot.
Cut the length of fabric with scissors. You will end up with a shape that looks like a rainbow.
What if I cut my fabric too small?
If for some reason you make a mistake in cutting your pattern, have no fear. You can always glue smaller pieces of fabric onto the pot to cover any bare spots.
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge and attach the fabric
Using either a foam brush or soft bristle brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge directly onto the flower pot. Work in sections to attach the fabric, smoothing out any air bubbles as you move around the pot.
When nearing the end of the flower pot, trim any excess fabric. Make sure to overlap the edges slightly.
Finally, fold the fabric over the top edge of the pot as well as the bottom of your planter.
Place wax paper or the shiny side of freezer paper underneath to prevent the pot from sticking to your work surface.
For best results, let the flower pot dry 20-30 minutes before applying a top coat of Mod Podge.
Step 4: Seal the outside of the pot
In past decoupage projects, I’ve used Mod Podge Outdoor to seal the outside of the pot. It helps make the pot more weather resistant, though it still works best when the planter is sheltered from sun and rain.
For this project, I’m using Mod Podge Matte since I plan to keep the flower pots indoors in a sunny location.
You also have the option of using Mod Podge Ultra, which comes in a spray form and gives a nice, even finish. That product comes in handy when you want to eliminate brush strokes. With fabric, you shouldn’t have much of an issue seeing brush strokes.
When you first apply the top coat of Mod Podge, don’t worry if it looks thick (see above). It will dry clear and smooth.
Let the pots dry completely (at least 15-20 minutes) before adding plants. In areas with high humidity, it may take longer for your pots to fully dry. If it still feels sticky, that’s a good indication you need to wait longer.
Step 5: Add plant stakes (optional)
To add an extra pop of color, you can paint wooden shapes like butterflies or dragonflies and attach them to wooden skewers using hot glue.
I used a combination of blue, aqua, and fuschia acrylic paint to complement my fabric for an extra “springy” vibe. These paints only take about an hour to dry in between coats.
Displaying Fabric Covered Flower Pots
These flower pots would make the perfect gift filled with an Easter treat or spring flowers. If you plan to enjoy your pots indoors, you can add your favorite houseplants too.
Here I’m using a combination of 4-inch Kalanchoe, Begonia, and Polka Dot Hypoestes. For larger pots, you could also plant spring bulbs like daffodils or tulips.
Caring for your DIY Fabric Planters
To prolong the life of your fabric flower pots, avoid placing the pots in direct sunlight. A covered porch or patio would make a great home for these planters. You could also enjoy them on a windowsill.
It’s also helpful to have a saucer underneath the pots, which you can paint with acrylic paint. First, seal the top of the saucer with Clay Pot Sealer to prevent water from leaking onto the surface underneath.
How will you plan to enjoy your fabric-covered flower pots? Let me know in the comments below!