Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Make these pots for Mother's Day or other gift occasions. They make great housewarming or welcome gifts for new neighbors.
This is a suitable project for teens and tweens old enough to wield a glue gun.
I've decorated the pot with a red dyed rosette of twine. You could add leaves if you like.
Other suggestions for decorating the pot:
• Silk flowers on the sides;
• Decorative buttons;
• Tiny readymade satin rosettes;
• Designs made with Elmer's glue and then covered with glitter (be sure to let one side dry before moving on and lay the pot on its side while drying); or
• Old pieces of jewelry.
You can also make a matching clay saucer to hold the pretty pot.
Jute wrapping helps a pot hold moisture for the plant.
• 4-inch clay pot
• 1 roll of jute twine
• Glue gun
• Red food coloring or color of your choice
• One 7/8-inch decorative metal or plastic button
Find the end of the twine on the roll and remove the scotch tape that may be on the end. Use the glue gun to place a small amount around the end of the twine. Once it is cool enough to the touch squeeze the end to make it as compact as possible and to glue all the strands tightly together.
Begin gluing the jute to the pot from the bottom edge.
Start by placing just a couple inches of glue on the pot. Press and repeat.
As you glue the twine around the pot, make sure you're holding the twine out straight so it will glue down evenly and as close to the previous row of twine as possible. You shouldn't see any open spaces between the rows.
Continue gluing the twine around up to the top.
Cut the twine off the roll and, as before, apply some glue to the end to secure all the strands. Glue the end down.
At the top edge it doesn't matter if the end shows because the plant will cover it later.
If you'd like to embellish your pot with a jute rosette, please come back tomorrow for the conclusion of Jute Decorated Flower Pot for Mom.