Stenciled Cactus Planter

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: planter, acrylic paint, stencil, mod podge, glitter, brush

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

It may be a pain to clean, but my love for glitter is endless. Thankfully Amy from Mod Podge Rocks teamed up with Plaid to make the coolest stencils I’ve ever used (available for sale at Michael’s). Perfect glitter polka dots with minimal effort? Count me in!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Start by painting your planter with the color of your choice. Because of the terra cotta surface, the paint dries fast and you should be able to do two coats in no time!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Peel your stencil from the packaging and apply on the planter. The stencil is reusable, so don’t discard the film it comes on (and be sure to wash it when you’re done)!

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Dab on a layer of Mod Podge then peel off the stencil. Before it dries, cover dots in glitter. Use a brush to wipe of any excess glitter. Repeat until area is completely covered. Let dry then pot your cactus.

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

For those of you born without a green thumb, here are some few basic tips for keeping your cactus alive and happy—

DIY Stenciled Planter | The Crafted Life

Painted Planter

Time: 1 hour
Materials: planter, acrylic paint, brush, eraser (stamp), sealer (optional)

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

Apply paint to the base of your planter. You may have to wait for it to dry before making touch ups.

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

When you paint the lip of your planter, be sure to paint the inside as well since it will be visible after you pot your plant.

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

For my decoration, I reused the stamp from my geometric cement planter project. This step really takes a while, so brace yourself! Seal when finished (mod podge works!).

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

(Side note, color dipped photos make an excellent backdrop!)

DIY Painted Planter | The Crafted Life

Geometric Cement Planter

Time: 45 minutes + overnight dry
Materials: quick dry cement, water, plastic/paper mold, disposable mixing cup and utensil, pencils, acrylic paint, x-acto knife, sandpaper

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

It’s taken me way too long to jump on the cement planter train (have you seen these diy laced cement votives?!). After this project though, I’m glad that I did! Working with cement is much easier and cleaner than I expected. You can use any plastic or thick paper/cardboard container for your mold, it just depends what shape you want to make. I got mine here.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Pour your dry cement into a disposable container and mix with water, I used about 8.5 tbsp. Stir until it’s the consistency of thick peanut butter, then pour into your mold. To create a nesting place for my air plant, I wrapped a tea light candle in plastic (so I could remove it once the cement dried) and pushed into the mold.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Once the cement hardens, give it about 30 minutes or so, peel away the mold.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

My planter was a bit rough around the edges, so I used sandpaper to smooth it out. Be gentle with this step because the planter still needs to dry overnight before it’s completely set.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Now decorate! I made triangle stamps with pencil erasers using my xacto knife while waiting for the cement to harden.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

DIY Colored Herb Markers

Time: 1 hour
Materials: polymer clay, sculpting tool/rollerstamps, wax paper

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life
project inspired by Wit & Whistle

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life

Start by measuring out your clay and rolling into balls. I used about 3/4 of the 1oz block for each color.

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life

On wax paper, use your rolling pin to flatten each clay ball, keeping the same thickness throughout.

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life

Stamp the name of your herb on to your flattened clay, then shape with a sculpting tool/knife.  I found it easier to stamp first so that in case of an error, I could just roll out the letters and start again.

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life

Transfer your markers to a cooking sheet and bake according to the instructions for your clay. It only took mine 15 minutes at 275°. Let cool, stick in the soil of your potted herbs, and you’re done!

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life

DIY Colored Herb Markers | The Crafted Life