Friday, August 12, 2011

Clay Pot Upcycle: #GlueNGlitter

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Every year around this time I like to re-pot my house plants. I have been gathering pots from thrift stores and yard sales all summer in an attempt to be more green. I am in love with milk glass so that has been the focus of my bargain hunts this year. The milk glass is lovely. That being said there is a pot in the midst of all this prettiness that really sticks out. I have a cactus that plain ole refuses to leave it's pot. I am pretty sure the only way it will come out is to break the pot. If I do that I may end up breaking the cactus so in the pot it stays.

Something had to be done about the pot though. Why not an upcycle? I headed to Walmart and garnered inspiration and materials. I came back home with buttons, Elmer's Painters, and Elmer's CraftBond Ultra Stix glue. I laid my materials out on a piece of newspaper along with the pot.

Next I primed my Elmer's Painter by holding the tip down until the paint came out.

Here's what the Painter will look like when it's ready to be used.

Next I glued the buttons unto the pot with the Elmer's Ultra Stix. I drew some connecting lines between the buttons with my Painter.

I continued the process around the top of the pot and I glued a solid line of buttons unto the bottom of the pot. I also added some extra color unto the pot with my Painter.

On a whim I thought I would use some of my scrapbooking letters to add a beautiful word to my project.

The upcycled pot fits in really well with my milk glass.

It's amazing what a little glue and some buttons can do for an ugly pot!

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer's #gluenglitter #collectivebias. My pot was ugly, the idea to upcycle it was all my own, and all the work was done by me.


  1. I never would have thought to add buttons...I love buttons! When my grandmother died I inherited a huge bag of her buttons...when a dress or shirt would wear out, she always clipped off the buttons and saved them! I have them in a tin for my kids and grand kids to play with!

  2. What an easy project, and it totally changed the look of the entire project!

  3. Adorable!! I'm your newest GFC follower, btw! Hope to see you over on my blog!

  4. That turned out super cute. We will def. have to do that soon as we have so many clay pots ;-) Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase!