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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.