With Spring desperately trying to appear my thoughts are turning to the garden. Each year we like to make some improvements to the flowers, plants and general garden maintenance. We’ve been adding to our planter collection, and my husband’s bulb planting has paid off, with crocuses appearing through the snow. Our latest addition to the garden is this elegant grey modern planter from Wayfair. You’ll have to excuse the snow and pretend it’s spring, we’ve had a cold March to say the least!
It can stand alone by itself as it is, but I wanted to give it a little shabby chic makeover that I could change up as needed. What I’m going to show you is a great way to makeover or update an old planter, without it being permanent. You can change up the accessories too to suit your style. All you need is a spool of hessian craft twine, I went for the chunkiest one, a pair of scissors and whatever accessories you want. This little silver wooden heart on a leather thong was originally on an ornament that broke, so I used it for this, but you can get some similar via this link, then just use some of the twine to thread it through. Scroll down to shop the supplies you need.
I really like the textured surface of this planter, and it looks like heavy stone or concrete, but it’s actually really light. It makes for an affordable way to accessorise the garden coming in at just under £30, and no-one will know it isn’t real stone. So what you need to do is start in the middle of one of the sides with the twine, and go round once, overlapping the end. Then you can spin the planter round to keep wrapping in lines. It’s up to you how many rows you go for, I decided on a fairly thick band of 5 rows. You could go all the way down if you like, or do several stripes, add a middle stripe, or top and bottom like I did. Once you’re happy with the thickness, hold on to the end of the twine and cut an inch or so afterwards. Then you can tuck in the end again so it’s not seen. It’s so easy, no gluing required. You can adjust the rows slightly when done.
If you’re doing the bottom of the planter like I did, start a couple of centimetres from the bottom, as it will keep sliding off otherwise. When it stands up you won’t see the slight gap at the bottom. I then attached the wooden silver heart to the top and that was it done! You could add silk flowers and other seasonal variations throughout the year to suit what’s in the planter and the season. You could even add a little blackboard tag or heart and write down the latin name of the plant you have in there. The twine makes it easy to add interchangeable decorations. I can’t wait for the ground to soften so we can get planting and show it off properly. If you fancy a different sort of planter, try these similar ones instead that would work equally well.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again soon.
Disclosure: in collaboration with Wayfair.
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