Monday, December 17, 2012

Decorating a 2 Liter Planter with Recycled Paper

In a previous post I did a DIY demonstration on how to turn a 2 Liter soda bottle into a draining planter. This is how to decorate it using recycled wrapping tissue.

You will need:
Decoupage Glue (I prefer mod podge, but feel free to select you own brand of glue)
1 2 liter bottle planter
1 paint brush you don't mind losing
Leftover wrapping paper
Acrylic Paint
Water Resistant Finishing Spray
Marbles or Pebbles

Step 1:
Follow the instructions to turn your 2 liter into a planter Recycled Soda Bottle Planter.
(Cut your 2 liter into 3 pieces separating the center from the top and base. Push the bottom segment into the body segment and then turn the top upside down and press it into the body segment as well.) 

Step 2:
Crumple your recycled tissue for texture and then tear it into small sections about 1 inch by 1 inch or so.  Paint a thin coat of glue onto a small section of your planter. Attach a piece of tissue to the glued section. Dip the brush in the glue and smooth the paper down to the plastic. Continue until the entire piece is covered in smoothed tissue.  Allow to dry.

Step 3:
When your tissue covering has dried, tape your stencil to the planter.  

paint over the stencil in your desired colors.

Step 4:
Once the paint has dried, remove the stencil and coat with water resistant clear coat spray.

Step 5: 
Fill the bottom with marbles or pebbles or stones for proper drainage. Then cover with soil and plant whatever you like. 

I tend to continuously plant cuttings of philodendrons, pothos, and begonia as gifts.  They are easy to grow as they require little attention or water for happiness.

1 comment:

  1. great idea! visiting you from the etsy recycled artists team :) great blog!