Last week I spotted something (gasp!) unsightly in my home. A clay pot that about a month ago I’d painted white, was slowly reverting back to brown. After a few weeks of watering, the clay color was starting to come through the paint. (pictures below) Instead of repotting my plant, which it didn’t need, I choose to give it a little makeover. This DIY coastal rope planter is incredible easy! Although I suggest using a planter that doesn’t currently have a plant in it. Check it out:
Above is the after pic. I had all the materials on hand and you really don’t need that many. I would say it took me about 45 minutes BUT only because I left the plant in the pot and used a very skinny rope. It would have been a lot quicker if this was just an empty pot. Not to mention that a thicker rope will take up more space, which in turn will take you less time to cover it.
- Clay pot – any size will do
- Rope – I used macrame rope because it was what I had on hand but again a thicker rope would take you less time!
- Glue – I used E6000 which you can pick up at any craft store. You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough glue for your project because you’ll be using a lot!
- Toothpicks – I used these to dab the glue onto the pot because I found it allowed for neater gluing
- Something to cover the table – I used parchment paper to put the pot on and a ziplock bag to put the glue on
- Lazy susan – I didn’t have one on hand but it would have made the whole process a lot simpler!
- Bag clip – You’ll need something to hold the end of the rope until it’s done drying once you’ve finished the project
I made sure to start my rope at what I considered the back side of my planter. I put a huge pile of glue of the ziplock back and dipped the toothpick into it. Then dotted the glue along the outside of my pot. (See arrow in above pic) Initially I started without the toothpick but the glue comes out in large goops that showed through the rope, something I didn’t want. The toothpick allows for a much neater and cleaner look. As you start to glue it’s also important to lightly push down the rope so your pot isn’t showing through in any spots. This also allows for much neater horizontal lines of your rope. You’ll keep going till you get to the very top.
I found that once I got to the top of my pot that dabbing the glue on the pot wasn’t enough. Put a dab of glue on the pot AND on the top of the previous rope. This helps hold your rope in line as you go along the very top portion of your pot. Below is a bird’s eye view of this.
Once you’ve completed gluing the rope around your pot, you’ll want to grab your bag clip to hold the end of the rope in place while it dries. I picked up these cute anchor bag clips at Home Goods (see below)
I gave my rope planter a good 72 hours to dry. Another tip that I realized before starting this diy project: Make sure you don’t need to water your plant during the time it will take your glue to dry. I made sure to start a full four days ahead of when I would need to water my plant.
After I finished my coastal planter I wanted to put her somewhere she’d be seen. Especially since she looks so much better in my white and turquoise home than all the brown clay pots I have! I really love the look of this planter and how it fits in perfectly with my coastal home. I have enough leftover rope to probably do two more smaller pots. I also like the idea of using a thicker rope on the bottom of the planter and a thinner one on top (or vice versa!). Just to change up the look a bit, since I don’t want all my planters to look exactly the same. You can see more pics and a close up below of the finished project.