Whether you live in a terrace, an apartment, the suburbs or on acreage, pots allow you to bring greenery to any space, inside or out. There is a wide variety: plastic, terracotta, fibreglass, even cement. While all look great, it’s easy to add a modern touch – painted, patterned containers are hot right now!
Geo designs 1 (above),2,3. Be at the cutting edge with a geometric-pattern pot that won’t break the bank. From a garden centre, choose a pot (the colour doesn’t matter) and, if it isn’t glazed, seal the inside with a pot sealer and let dry. If you don’t like the exterior colour, paint over with the desired shade and let dry. Use painter’s tape to create a pattern, then paint over it. You can also use spray paint for an even finish. Add succulents or architectural plants, such as sansevieria or cycads.
4. The dribbled-paint effect is easy to achieve; all you need is a pencil, paint, a brush and a teaspoon. Use pencil to roughly draw a wavy border around the lip of the pot, then paint within the lines. Load the tip of teaspoon with paint, place near edge of the border and tilt handle of teaspoon up, so paint dribbles down the pot. Continue this around pot until you have achieved the desired effect.
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6. Air plants (Tillandsia sp.) don’t need soil to grow, so can be placed anywhere, such as hanging on vintage racquets. Secure them with dabs of hot glue to the underside of racquet and position as desired. Allow to dry before hanging.
7. Have a friend who thinks they have a brown thumb? Encourage them by painting a message on a pot. Take a terracotta pot and seal insides with pot sealer, then paint exterior with white paint. Let dry, then use a fine paintbrush to add words of wisdom.