Ugly Flower Pots Made Beautiful

My biggest goof with this project was that I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture.  Suffice it to say, this was NOT a cute flower pot before.  It was so ugly that tho we put it in our garage sale – it didn’t sell.

Then we got a brain storm.  Why not spray paint it?  So we did.  Painted it white.  And the thing was as ugly and lifeless as ever before.

And then we got smart.  We decided to use fabric to dress it up.  We used Moda’s Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille to Mod Podge the fabric onto the pot.  Then we coated it with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint.  It has held up wonderfully through the entire season.  It looked sooo cute on our front porch!  And the chenille plant in the pot was such a happy, cute little thing creeping and fluffing it’s way down the pot.  Great conversation piece.

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

 

Here’s how we did it:

We started with an ugly, lonely, boring flower pot.

Plain white flower pot

Then we selected the fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda SKU 55041 15

Fabric for the flower pot's new "dress"

Doing a dry test to make sure the fabric was long enough.  This dry test also showed us that we’d need to cut the fabric in two pieces because of the contour of the flower pot – and even then we knew we were going to need to snip the fabric in some places.  More on this later…

Testing the fabric

First thing we did was coat the wrong side of the fabric thoroughly with Mod Podge.  Then we let it dry for 24 hours.  This made it feel like oil cloth and kept the fabric from fraying or becoming too relaxed when we worked with it later.

Ready to Mod Podge

This is a picture after the first side of the pot was done.  Just to give you a glimpse of where we are going with this.  🙂

Preview - the pot half covered

Apply more Mod Podge to your fabric.  (Which has dried since the original coat yesterday.)  And also apply a good coat of Mod Podge to your flower pot.  Get it on quickly, you don’t want to take too long.  Although you don’t want to use globs and globs of extra Mod Podge, if you do apply too much don’t worry because it will be spread out in the next steps.

Applying Mod Podge

Getting the bottom of the pot where the fabric will also be glued down.

Applying Mod Podge to the bottom

Also apply Mod Podge where the fabric will over lap.

Applying Mod Podge where the fabric will overlap

After applying the Mod Podge, begin laying the fabric on the pot.

Laying the fabric on the final side

Start smoothing the fabric onto the pot.  Notice how the contour of the pot is making for too much fabric?  I’ll have to cut a snip into the fabric to help it lie flat.  I also had to cut quite a few snips along the top edge to get the fabric to fold over and into the pot.

Carefully smoothing into place

See the ripples?  These need to be worked out through smoothing and also with some snips.

See the ripples? These need to be worked out.

Smoothing.  They have special tools you can buy for this, but I just used a spatula like thing we had around the house.

Smoothing the fabric

More smoothing – carefully, carefully to get ALL the air bubbles worked out to the edge.

Smoothing the fabric

Snipping the bottom edge of the fabric.

Snipping

Here’s where I had a couple of choices.  I could have let the fabric go crooked, but that messed up how much fabric wrapped around the bottom.  So I opted to cut a slit up the fabric and overlap it.  Because my fabric choice was geometric the slit shows more than it might have otherwise, but it’s not bad enough to bother me.

Dealing with the excess fabric

Here you can see where I option to cut the slit and am in the process of smoothing it down.

Cut and overlap the fabric to allow for the contour of the pot

All smoothed!  Once the Mod Podge finishes drying you will no longer see the whitish film.  Then I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint because Mod Podge is water soluble and I knew I’d be watering my plants.  😉  The clear coat gave the it a really nice glazed finish and it has definitely held up to watering well.

Flower pot covered in Vintage Modern fabric by Moda

Later with a cute Chenille plant….  Enjoy!

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

 

Grace by 3 Sisters for Moda has arrived

It’s here! The beautiful Grace collection by 3 Sisters for Moda. The entire collection has arrived and is on our website now.  Besides the 45″ fabrics, we also got in Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, and 108″ wide backing fabric.  There’s plenty of selection for making some beautiful quilts with this inspiring fabric.

Grace Fabric Collection by 3 Sisters for Moda

Grace Fabric Collection by 3 Sisters for Moda

Back from Ghana

Thanks, everyone for your patience and support while I was gone. I was immeasurably blessed by my time in Ghana. I went expecting to enjoy my time there, but it was above and beyond anything I ever imagined. I loved it. I loved the people, loved the culture, and loved especially what God worked in my heart and life through being there.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that batiks are hand made in Ghana. One day I was driving through Elmina with Conrad and some other SALT to Ghana workers. Through my window I spotted a beautiful display of batik fabrics. I was immediately excited and told Conrad to remember this spot because one day I wanted to come back and see those fabrics. He said, “I’ll drop you off right now and be back in 15 minutes after I run my other errand.” Wow! What a deal. I was totally surprised to walk into that little shack and find a lady in the back of it stamping the batiks RIGHT THERE! I had so much fun visiting with her. When Conrad found out that I enjoyed it, he told me that one of the micro loans the mission gave out helped start a batik business. He was sure that Sister Martha (in Ghana they often refer to each other as “sister”, “brother”, “aunt”, or “uncle” regardless of relation) would be glad to show me the entire process start to finish. Indeed she was! Sister Martha and her crew were wonderful and gave me an excellent education.

They drew their water from a hand dug well.

What you see is NOT what you get…. I declared that they “dyed by faith”! Notice the color of the fabric when they first put it on the line to dry. Then notice the color of the fabric when it is finally almost dry. 🙂