I love being inventive with everyday household objects, especially if it means you can give something a dual purpose.
And that's what this post is about: dual purpose planters – ones that display both your blooms and your house number!
All it would take was a little upcycling. And so, as part of Wayfair's Home Expert programme, I put myself forward to take on the challenge.
I call it a challenge, but actually it was such an easy project to make and takes just a few hours (including the glue drying time) to pull the whole look together.
Let's take a look at the equipment you'll need:
- Plant pot(s) – the number of pots will obviously vary on how many digits your house number has.
- Patterned paper to create your number, but you can also use mosaic tiles or even paint your numbers on yourself.
- Paint! You can choose to repaint your plant pot to match your front door – or opt for something a bit more vibrant and paint the inside of your posts.
- Outdoor varnish to protect your pots from the elements! I brushed mine lightly with outdoor varnish but you can also get spray varnish which works really well.
Here's how to make the Plant Pot Door Numbers…
1. Choose your plant pots! These gorgeous looking pots cost an affordable £23.98 for two in the sale. In fact, Wayfair has a plethora of planters to choose from, but I opted for a more textured planter that would survive the outdoor elements – and its neutral colour means that my beautiful blooms will really stand out.
2. Next choose the paint you'd like for the inside of your plant pot. I painted mine a brink pink fushia to contrast with the grey exterior. I used acrylic paint and then used outdoor varnish to help seal in the colour. Remember, you don't need to paint all the way inside your plant pot – just the top couple of inches as the soil will come up near the top anyway.
3. You now need to decide on what you'll be making your numbers from. I chose patterned paper from a scrapbook decorating notebook, but you are only limited by your imagination – you could use most types of materials or even use everyday objects to make your numbers – how about buttons, badges or mosaics for example? Before you glue them (using suitable glue that bonds to most materials), arrange them until you're happy with the look. As my planters were natural and therefore quite porous, I found some coloured card that matched the paint colour I used to stick my numbers to. It just meant that I had a greater surface area glued to the planter itself.
4. Varnishing your decorated planter is a great idea for increasing its shelf life – and is especially important if you are planning on putting them outdoors.
5. The final step is to plant some flowers – I chose these pretty pink ones to celebrate the beginning of spring!
And here's the finished result!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the dual purpose Plant Pot Door Numbers – plus any items that you've managed to give a dual purpose to!
*I teamed up with Wayfair for this post to celebrate the start of spring and a love of greenery!