I found these adorable but plain ceramic pots at Dollar Tree while wandering around looking for a new project. I love taking something simple from Dollar Tree and turning it into something a little more custom and special. Right next to these pots I spotted a ball of sisal twine and the wheels started spinning. I have seen some pretty cute decorated pots at home goods stores but I refuse to pay full price, especially when that price is very near $30.00. This project cost only $4.00 if you count nothing but the pots but I was also able to grab a bag of pebbles to put in the bottom for drainage, craft sticks, and a small bag of soil, all at Dollar tree, bringing my entire total (minus herbs and chalkboard paint I already had on hand) to only $7.00- I think that's pretty great for a set of 3 customized pots.
DIY Herb Pots
- 3 ceramic pots
- craft sticks
- chalkboard paint (how to make your own chalkboard paint)
- clear spray paint
- hot glue/glue sticks
- pebbles, for drainage
First decide how much of your pot you want to cover, You can cover the entire pot in twine but decided that a wide band made a nice contrast to the pretty colors.
Mark all 3 pots at the stopping and starting points so that they are all even. I used a sharpie to mark mine.
Heat glue gun, begin on the “back” of your pot by gluing down the end of your string. Continue making a line of hot glue all the way around, 1″ to 2″ at a time, pressing twine into hot glue quickly. Unravel the ball of twine as you go, dropping to the next line and so on until you have reached your desired band width.
To create the rosette- on the “front” portion of your pot hot glue your string into the center, and then begin gluing in a circular pattern, Use a craft stick to press twine into glue every 1″ or so until you have circled around and made rosette as large as you like.
The sisal twine is quite messy and frayed, to clean it up a bit take your scissors and lay flat against twine to trim stray fibers. Take a moment to also pull off excess glue drips on the twine and also the pot.
Since these pots have no drainage holes you will need to create a well at the bottom for water to drain to. You can get a bag of smooth pebbles at Dollar Tree that can be used over several projects as you only need a small amount for this one. Cover the bottom of your pot to a 1″ with pebbles.
Fill with soil partially, insert plants, fill remaining space with soil.
To create plant markers- Spray craft sticks with a light coat of chalkboard spray paint. Allow to dry, then cover with 1-2 more coats. Use chalk to write your plant names and spray with several coats of clear sealer to keep the chalk names in place permanently.
These DIY Herb Pot would make a lovely addition in the kitchen, on your patio, or make a lovely gift for a friend to welcome in Spring.
More Herb Gardening Tips
- How to Make an Upcycled Soup Can Herb Pot
- How to Start an Herb Garden
- How to Dry Herbs (3 methods)
- Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
- How to Substitute Fresh Herbs for Dried Herbs in Recipes