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7 Brilliant Techniques for Decorating Plant Pots

With spring on its way, it’s time to get ready for all the beautiful blooms.

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1. Macrame covers

Old plant pots are given a brand new lease on life when you put a pretty cover on them, and macrame is perfect for this. The technique only uses knots, making it an easy craft to pick up, and looks great whether strung up or just as a standalone cover. Simply pick up a yarn or string ball, such as Korbond Urban Palette White Acrylic Yarn (406796) and get knotting.

2. Mosaic effect

With some old broken tiles, you can create an impressive mosaic look on the outside of a plant pot. Simply spread a thin layer of mortar on the back of each tile piece to fix it in place, and fill the spaces with grout – this can be mixed with acrylic paint for some additional pretty accents. Just remember to do your research before tackling this project, and take care when handling sharp pieces.

3. Chalkboard paint

By covering the plant pot in chalkboard paint, you can create a canvas for clever changeable chalk designs. Draw a pretty pattern or a speech bubble coming from the plant, which you can fill with a sweet message to your other half, or a reminder to yourself to water it!

4. Embellishments

Whether it’s stickers, gems or interesting shells that you’ve picked up from the beach, a blank plant pot is just waiting to be decorated with all manner of things. This is a fantastic opportunity to use anything and everything that you can think of – get really creative!

5. Stencil patterns

Use stencils and coloured paints to easily make lovely designs that wrap around the pot. The DL Floral Stencil Kit (463859) is a brilliant option for this, as the long, floral images plus the glittery paste will make for a stunning result. Simply take it slow while covering the pot, carefully curving the stencil around as you go.

6. Drip paint

By standing a plant pot upside down and slowly pouring on paint (diluted with water if it’s too thick), you can achieve a brilliant dripping look. Creativ’s Plus Color Craft Paint in Assorted Spring Colours (439422) is perfect for the task and comes in a range of seasonally-appropriate colours. Just remember to do it on a covered surface, and not on your nice kitchen table!

7. Marbling paint

Similar to the drip technique, marbling results in a fantastic design once the paint is dry. Simply pour a few different colours of paint straight on the pot, called a ‘direct pour’, or combine the paints in a jug and pour that on the pot, called a ‘dirty pour’. Then gently move the pot around to spread the pattern.