quick idea : liberty plant pots

June 5, 2012  in diy craft projects, flowers

sania pell liberty plant pots

Here is a quick idea to update plain and simple terracotta plant pots with paint and fabric. I made these pots for my book launch at Liberty to help personalise and style my corner of the store. Liberty print fabric works well as the ditsy pattern contrasts against the flat paint and it is available in a multitude of colours and variations, plus you only need a little so it is a great idea for using up those remnants you keep hold of.

sania pell liberty print plant pot

The plant pots are easy to make and add a little detail to an otherwise plain vessel. I bought standard-shaped classic terracotta pots in various small sizes from a local independent garden centre, but they are readily available at big stores like B&Q and Homebase and are very reasonably priced. Paint your pot in a colour that fits with your scheme. I used household paint that was easily at hand, some left-over Fired Earth and a Farrow & Ball tester pot, that both happened to be water based emulsion. I gave the pots two coats to give the terracotta a solid covering and left them to dry.

sania pell liberty pot

To create a strip around the top, wrap your fabric around the circumference to mark the length then cut a strip of fabric slightly longer than circumference by the height of the lip of the flower pot. Stick double-sided tape onto the reverse and stick straight onto the lip of the flower pot, overlapping slightly at the end. Using tape also means you can remove the fabric and re-use it, or change it to another fabric.

sania pell plant pot project

I also cut out some small motifs directly from the patterned fabric. To do this, iron bondaweb to the reverse of the fabric to prevent fraying and then cut out the motif with small, sharp fabric scissors. Using a paint brush and pva glue paint the glue onto the reverse and carefully stick into place. You could have just one motif or continue the pattern all the way around. These are really suitable for inside use only (though may be ok outside for a dry summer). Don’t forget to place them on a saucer though before watering the plants as these type of pots tend to have drainage holes in the bottom.

sania pell liberty plant pots

I photographed them recently in the Curiosity Cabinet project from my new book The Homemade Home for Children, which hangs on the wall in my daughter’s bedroom. The pots and vases in the background create a trompe l’oil effect – a little trick to the eye.

This is just a small, fun way to update something ordinary that can make your house unique to you.

If you like this idea, you may also like my fabric wrapped vases.


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  1. The pots look lovely San! Great photography and styling-as always xx

  2. Kathryn says:

    Love these – great idea – thanks x

  3. Kirsten says:

    These are great, would love to see them on pinterest

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  6. Sajede says:

    your works are really beautiful and lovely…
    I check your blog usually and save many of your photos for myself.they are excellent!
    ..and this is my first time leaving a comment..

    hope you beautiful days and moments 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    ah what an interesting and attractive idea. Maybe you could try an indoor window box to go on a mantle piece with a fabric rim?


  8. These are so elegant and playful! What a great way to upcycle fabric scraps.

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  11. Jenifer says:

    Shelf with these flowers look wonderful.

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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