DIY {fabric decoupage planter}


Part of refreshing things around here has been making updates on old posts and transferring DIY posts (and others) to pinterest. On a weekly basis, I get visitors from Pinterest wondering about a couple decoupage pots I made years ago. (original post here).

Since I receive so many questions regarding more specifics on how I made the pots, I thought it was time for an update. The original idea is from Christine Chitnis in 2010. Her post includes a step by step description. I’m including more step-by-step pictures for those of you that are a bit more visual. Be sure to check out Christine’s post!


  • Terra cotta pot – mine was from Hobby Lobby, 50% off
  • Decoupage – also available at Hobby Lobby
  • Fabric – mine was actually part of my eldest daughter’s crib sheet, circa 2009
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush

6.12decoupagepot-02Step 1: Wrap the pot in fabric and cut it with a bit overlapping – a couple extra inches on the top and bottom6.12decoupagepot-03Step 2: cover the pot in decoupage, wrap the fabric around6.12decoupagepot-05Step 3: trim the overlapping side where you can fold it over just a bit6.12decoupagepot-07Step 4: using more decoupage, fold and press down the overlapping section6.12decoupagepot-09Step 5: Trim the bottom and glue it down with decoupage. Make sure you only cover a little bit of the bottom. You want the plant to still be able to drain.6.12decoupagepot-11Step 6: Cover the fabric with decoupage. You want to evenly SOAK all the fabric. I brushed the decoupage on, but then I smoothed the fabric with my hand. Using my hand allows me to press out any air bubbles and really coat the fabric. If the fabric is not coated evenly, you will get air bubbles and it will dry unevenly.6.12decoupagepot-13Step 7: After the bottom and sides dry, trim and glue down the top. I don’t want too much fabric on the inside of the pot, but I also want enough that the bottom of the fabric is just barely covered by dirt.6.12decoupagepot-156.12decoupagepot-17I recommend keeping these pots inside. The decoupage is not waterproof. However, I did use my last set outside and they lasted for several years. Eventually, they faded and just got too dirty. If you decide to use them outside, just know they won’t last as long.6.12decoupagepot-18


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  • Katherine Bach - Love it! I may have to try a few of these soon!

  • Lindsey p - You know you’re the mom of older kids when…you are willing to coat your hands in decoupage while one of them (presumably) takes your picture. Literally the first thought i had was that i wouldn’t be able to do this craft without another adult. Ha!

  • Emily - That is super cute! I wonder if the dishwasher-safe mod-podge would help them last longer outside? I may need to test that out 🙂 Thanks!

  • AshleyAnn - Emily – I bet it will! Great idea 🙂

  • AshleyAnn - Lindsey – My 6 year old took the pictures! I laughed reading your comment, none of that even crossed my mind! I wasn’t going to include a picture with my hands covered in glue and then she came in and wanted to help.

  • Lyndsay - Ashley! I made some of these for Mother’s Day!!! I’m sometimes on a local tv show doing crafty stuff, and this is one we did for Mother’s Day crafts. The fabric makes the plants look “happier” to me. ha!!

  • Anne Eicher - Love it! My mom used to have one that was decoupaged with little squares (crazy quilt style) of fabric. I always loved it!

  • Anne Eicher - …and by the way, after seeing your coffee mug rack in your hospitality post I searched the Internet for weeks (months?) until I found one at decor steals… I gave it to hubby for father’s day. 😉 (ok, I REALLY wanted to buy it but he’s the one that drinks the most coffee and collects mugs everywhere we go!) 😀

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  • Dee - Oh my gosh, so cute!! Love the cute floral print you chose…How I miss Hobby Lobby and their 50% off coupons!! Having moved from Tulsa, OK back to England 18 months ago, Hobby Lobby is still the store I pine for!

  • AshleyAnn - Dee – the 50% coupons are my favorite. I never pay full price there…for anything. If it isn’t on sale one week, it will be the next. I would miss it too!

  • Sarah Johnson - I LOVE this! I’m thinking about doing this for our ladies craft night at church next month. How long did it take for yours to dry? Also, I was thinking – what if you sprayed the finished product w/ Scotchgard? I wonder if that would make it last outdoors…?