DIY Decorative Upcycled Pots

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Rather than throwing away and wasting your old juice containers and plastic pots, you can repurpose them into pots for indoor plants, flower vases and crafty display items, which can breathe new life into your home and even create a vintage feel.

DIY specialist Misi Overturf shows us how to create a crafty pot or planter from an old tin, plastic pot and an empty juice carton using a few simple materials, all available at your favourite BUCO store.

Shopping list

  • 1 Liter Plascon Multi-purpose Primer
  • Polycell Polyfilla
  • Alcolin Wood Glue
  • O’Grady’s Chalk Paint
  • Spectra Spray Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Newspapers OR Scrap paper
  • Small bowl with water

EASY DIY:

Watch this short video as Misi takes us through the project, or follow the step by step guide below.

How to start:

  1. Start by shredding the paper into thin strips and then submerging in the bowl of water to soak
  2. Coat the plastic pot, juice container and tin in the Primer

For the tin:

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of Polyfilla with a bit of water and mix until it is a thick mealiepap-like consistency
  2. Apply in layers onto the tin, leaving each layer to dray before applying the next. Shape it as you want with each layer
  3. Leave it to dry overnight and decorate it in the colour of your choice using spray paint

For the plastic pot:

  1. Create a paper mache paste with the wet strips of paper, wood glue and the rest of the Polyfilla mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Apply in layers onto the tin, leaving each layer to dray before applying the next. Shape it as you want with each layer
  3. Leave it to dry overnight and decorate it in the colour of your choice using spray paint

For the juice carton:

  1. Apply 3 layers of chalk paint, leaving each layer to dry before applying the next.
  2. Place a few small pebbles in the bottom of the container to weigh it down so it won’t fall over.
And voilà! A few quick upcycling ideas to make your home look unique or to create an easy gift. Visit your nearest BUCO to find all the DIY project items you need to do more with your home.

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