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Upcycling Project: Plant Pot Door Numbers

by LaurettaCWright
Plant pot door numbers

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.

Plant pot door numbers


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!

Plant pot door numbers

Plant pot door numbers

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! 

Pin It For Your Home BoardMake these delightful dual purpose planters - to display both your blooms and your door number!

67 comments

Sarah-Dawn Pope 4th October 2018 - 10:18 am

Now I’ll have to move somewhere with a house number. My farmhouse has got rather a long name! Or I could put 14 lettered plantpots along the garden wall….

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LaurettaCWright 5th October 2018 - 7:32 am

Ha ha! Or you could use a window box to display your house name – thinking outside of the box – geddit?! lol

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Tracy Nixon 4th August 2018 - 9:34 am

What a great idea! I might give these a go! Thank you!

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bev 11th June 2018 - 8:04 am

What a fab idea! Totally nicking this!

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LaurettaCWright 11th June 2018 - 9:11 am

Nick away! 😉

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Kim Styles 8th June 2018 - 11:41 am

this is truly a great idea! I only have room for one pot so both numbers would have to go on the same pot!

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LaurettaCWright 10th June 2018 - 7:40 am

You could do that Kim – you could even make your life easier by going for a square plant pot. 🙂

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Rachel Butterworth 25th May 2018 - 11:49 am

What a great make. I might attempt it this bank holiday weekend.

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LaurettaCWright 28th May 2018 - 8:02 am

Best of luck if you do Rachel – and would love to see the finished result 🙂

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Libby Alexander 5th May 2018 - 7:06 pm

This is so clever. I’ve just bought some paper with Bees on (I adore bees) and this would look great in my garden. Am having a garden makeover at the moment, with lots of cottage plants…. lavenders etc ….. so these would fit in beautifully. I may have to give it a go.

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LaurettaCWright 6th May 2018 - 6:25 am

OOohh I love bee things – planters with bees would look great!

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Kimberly Meadows 4th May 2018 - 9:47 am

I love this!In fact going to give it a go over the weekend.

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LaurettaCWright 4th May 2018 - 9:59 am

Oooh good luck – let me know how you get on – I’d love to find out!

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Marlene 15th April 2018 - 6:18 pm

I wouldn’t have thought of pots to display house number, they look great!

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LaurettaCWright 15th April 2018 - 7:03 pm

Thanks Marlene – glad to have inspired!

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Anne Marie 15th April 2018 - 3:54 pm

This is a great idea. I love the numbers pattern 😊 And the plants are gorgeous too 😉

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LaurettaCWright 15th April 2018 - 4:44 pm

Thanks Anne-Marie – they’re still going strong too! 🙂

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Anthea Holloway 13th April 2018 - 1:08 pm

What a super idea and so decorative too. I love them and I shall follow suit.

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LaurettaCWright 13th April 2018 - 1:17 pm

Great to hear you’re a fan Anthea – thank you!

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Anthea Holloway 13th April 2018 - 1:07 pm

This is such a good idea and so decorative. I love it!

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Tamsin Allen 13th April 2018 - 9:52 am

These are so cute and unusual. Would work well for children’s names in bedrooms too. 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 13th April 2018 - 3:41 pm

Yes – that could be a nice idea….as long as they didn’t have a really long name 😉

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Stacey Sheppard 12th April 2018 - 11:40 am

I really like this idea. This would work really well for the bottom of the steps up to our flat. Might have to give it a go!

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LaurettaCWright 12th April 2018 - 11:41 am

Best of luck – I’d love to see the finished product if you do!

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Catherine 12th April 2018 - 9:37 am

I absolutely love these! Everyone always has problems finding the number on my house so this would be a great solution.

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LaurettaCWright 12th April 2018 - 11:30 am

Ah thanks very much – best of luck if you decide to make them!

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Jenny Kakoudakis 12th April 2018 - 8:28 am

That was very inventive. I have to admit that I initially thought the numbers were crafted out of moroccan tiles! So I thought to myself: this will not be so easy…. HEHE, They’re looking so good now! I once has a very expensive zinc black planter complete with tall bay leaf tree stolen from outside our home, maybe something like that would have deterred the thieves.

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LaurettaCWright 12th April 2018 - 11:34 am

I think mosaic tiles would actually ‘weather better’ than the materials I used, but mine are situated in a porch so (should) remain dry!

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Zoe Everett 12th April 2018 - 7:04 am

What a cute idea, I would never have thought to do this but it looks great!

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LaurettaCWright 12th April 2018 - 7:26 am

Thanks Zoe – it’s challenging coming up with something a bit different, but I enjoyed the project!

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Camilla Bellord 11th April 2018 - 10:19 am

What a fun and brilliant idea! Very original!

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LaurettaCWright 11th April 2018 - 1:29 pm

Thanks Camilla 🙂

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Evija 11th April 2018 - 10:06 am

Such a great idea to use plant pots for your house numbers.. I love when people think outside the box and this looks just right up my street!!

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LaurettaCWright 11th April 2018 - 1:30 pm

That’s very kind Evija – thanks very much! Good luck if you do it yourself!

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Claire 11th April 2018 - 9:56 am

Lovely idea, your pots look great.

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LaurettaCWright 11th April 2018 - 1:30 pm

Thanks Claire – it was fun to do!

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LaurettaCWright 8th April 2018 - 7:44 pm

Thanks Irene – best of luck if you do!

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Iris Tilley 6th April 2018 - 8:25 am

Love the idea of having your door number in your plant pots and I bet the postman would be happy too lol

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LaurettaCWright 8th April 2018 - 10:01 pm

Ha ha! Yes it would be a help to him/her wouldn’t it?!

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Ashleigh dougherty 6th April 2018 - 8:13 am

Really cute idea instead of having ordinary door numbers! I may have to give these a go x

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LaurettaCWright 8th April 2018 - 10:02 pm

Thanks Ashleigh – best of luck if you do!

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Nayna Kanabar 4th April 2018 - 7:09 am

What a fantastic idea to upcycle the pots to give them a new look. They look really unique. Great idea .

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LaurettaCWright 8th April 2018 - 10:02 pm

Thanks very much Nayna – I was pleased with the result, although if I did them again I might go for something even more different like 1 pence pieces or coloured pebbles…

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Sarah 2nd April 2018 - 10:52 pm

Love these! A fantastic way to upcycle plant pots, and I love the idea of numbering them! Cute x

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LaurettaCWright 8th April 2018 - 10:03 pm

Thanks Sarah – just a bit different aren’t they?

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Laura 2nd April 2018 - 5:06 pm

I love this, such a fun idea to make some door numbers and upcycling and making your front prettier. Great DIY project

Laura x

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:30 pm

Thanks Laura – it seems to have gone down well in terms of an easy upcycling project. It was fun to do as well!

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Maria 2nd April 2018 - 2:25 pm

These are so cute and such an ingenious idea!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:32 pm

Thanks Maria – it was a simple but fun project to do 🙂

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Tanya Brannan 2nd April 2018 - 11:13 am

I would never have thought of doing something like that! So simple yet amazingly effective! Thank you for sharing a great Idea

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:28 pm

Really glad you liked it Tanya – and thanks for commenting 🙂

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Bryanna Skye 1st April 2018 - 8:11 pm

Lovely idea! People always seem to miss the number on our gate so this would be really helpful and cute for spring/summer

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:27 pm

It’s a nice idea for an easy spring project doesn’t it? Just make sure you get nice blooms that last outdoors and you’re good to go!

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Eva Katona 1st April 2018 - 8:10 pm

I love everything upcycled and this looks like a lovely and do-able project even for a not so crafty person like me!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:26 pm

It really is Eva – you can be really creative with a project like this too – I’ve thought of other materials you can use – 1 pence pieces, dried pasta, even badges!

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Bethany 1st April 2018 - 6:59 pm

These are so cool and cute, I’d love to do these, simple but effective.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:24 pm

Great that you like them Bethany – they are really easy to achieve.

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Rhian Westbury 1st April 2018 - 2:19 pm

That’s such a good idea to display your door number as it’s stylish but also practical x

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:24 pm

Thanks Rhian – it’s something a bit different isn’t it?

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Codie Wright 1st April 2018 - 2:03 pm

This is such a fun idea! I think I might give this a go for our home! x

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LaurettaCWright 2nd April 2018 - 10:50 am

Oooh good luck – let me know how you get on! 🙂

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Kira 31st March 2018 - 8:21 am

Love this! We are currently doing some upcycling in the lounge . Saves money and refreshes the place 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 31st March 2018 - 5:23 pm

That’s the great thing about planters isn’t it? They’re so versatile! Best of luck with the lounge upcycling!

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Kara 31st March 2018 - 8:18 am

I love this idea, will have to do it for home as people can never see our number

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LaurettaCWright 31st March 2018 - 5:24 pm

Ha ha! You could even use luminous paint that lights up in the dark! There’s so much you can do!

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fashionandstylepolice 30th March 2018 - 9:27 pm

I like these dual purpose plant pots. They look so nice and very useful.

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LaurettaCWright 31st March 2018 - 5:25 pm

Thanks – bit different aren’t they? I haven’t yet seen any of our neighbours with them – I might just be the first!

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