DIY Mother’s Day Fabric-Covered Planter

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By Michele from SunshineandFlipFlops (Guest blogger for SelfieMark).
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Are you on the hunt for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Many will agree, purchasing a gift for mom is not as easy as one thinks. Between knowing what she needs, wants or already has, can get overwhelming. I’ve always enjoyed giving my mom personal and creative gifts. Sometimes we have to think out of the box and make them something special but in the back of our minds, we still ponder what.  One thing is for sure, Moms deserve it all!

Now don’t get me wrong, I still love receiving the simple gifts from my children. From homemade cards to even those re-wrapped gifts from last year, it truly is the thought that counts especially coming from our children.

These days, moms are unselfish. We put the needs of others before our own. We’re so busy multi-tasking and juggling our duties that our needs come last. It’s so true. I know for myself and even when Mother’s Day rolls around, I’ll be doing what I do every single day because our job never retires, it never ends.

As much as I would love to put my feet up, relax for the day, and be hand- fed strawberries from my husband, it’s just not logical and is not going to happen. -And, you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.

But do you know what will make me happy on Mother’s Day? Just having my family around me on that day. I bet you’re saying, well that’s nothing special? Honestly, it is. Since my family has hectic schedules, it’s hard for all of us to be together at once. With my older children in college and having jobs, there are days that we only see each other when passing by.

Usually on Mother’s Day, my husband along with my younger children will cook me a big breakfast. When I say “big” I’m talking huge! From Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, eggs, bacon, sausages, home fries, and homemade freshly squeezed orange juice. All my favorites! Sounds delicious doesn’t it? My kitchen tablescape looks more like a buffet line. One of the things that I love to do when creating recipes or preparing dinner for my family is using fresh herbs from our garden. Nothing can compete with the freshness especially when you grow them yourself.

So today and with Mother’s Day approaching, I share with you not only a gift for mom but something she will enjoy in her home that takes little to no time to do.

My DIY Mother’s Day Fabric-Covered Planter. These beautiful fabric-covered planters are so easy to make and the best part is you can reuse your old clay or plastic pots. That’s right, just dust and rinse them off. Not only does it save you money but it’s a great way to recycle. It’s also a great way to instantly turn those boring old pots to gorgeous planters.

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First, you will need:

  • Clay Planter Pot
  • Colorful Fabric
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pre-Started Herbs
  • Garden Soil

Next, prepare your space for cutting your fabric.

Keep in mind, depending on the size of your planter pot will determine the amount of fabric is needed for this project. I purchased a yard to give myself wiggle room for errors.

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Begin by placing your planter on top of your fabric. I found it easy to take one corner of the material and then pulling it towards the inside of the pot. What’s great about using fabric especially the type with some form flexibility, is how it works with you.

Now that you understand the concept, its time to start spraying your adhesive onto the fabric to your planter. Using adhesive spray works wonderfully for this craft idea. It fact, it’s seamless. You can also use hot glue but it’s so much easier to use the adhesive spray.  It’s honestly my new best friend!

Once you’ve started to spray the adhesive around the rim of the pot, start placing the fabric on top of it. Simple right? Keep in mind that you want a nice snug fitting or close to it.

Next, you will notice that you still have material on the bottom of the planter. Just trim and spray. If you find that you still have extra fabric like shown above, just pull it through the hole on the bottom of your planter. Having a little extra fabric poking through is fine.

With many herbs to choose from, I decided to pick a few of my all time favorites. Just like Rosemary. I just love cooking with it. Not only does it smell wonderful but the flavor coming from this herb makes any dish delicious.

You can certainly grow herbs from seeds although purchasing a pre-started herb allows this gift to be instantly consumed.

With many variations of fabrics available, you can really personalize  your fabric-covered planter to your favorite colors and designs. You can really go wild and match your outdoor furniture colors so these planters blend in with other decor and furnishings.

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So tell me, how will you spend this Mother’s Day?