Stylish DIY Container for the Balcony Gardener on a Budget

by Fern on June 29, 2010

in Frugal Container Gardening,How To,Popular

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Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean using ugly containers. If you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into converting a cheap plastic pot into something unique and stylish, then you can have nice looking pots for less than $20. Hunt down garage sales and scour Craig’s List to find inexpensive pots. Then with $10 of paint and stenciling supplies, you’ll be well on your way.

Supplies Needed

  • Plastic pot
  • Spray paint (for background color)
  • Outdoor house paint (for pattern color)
  • Smooth paint roller
  • Stencil
  • Stencil paint


Lay out plenty of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Place the pot upside down and spray paint on in short, even strokes. When entire exterior is covered, flip the pot right side up and paint top of pot edge and the top two inches inside the pot. Allow to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Use your stencil to mark out the placement around the pot with light pencil marks (so that you can space it out evenly). Apply the stencil glue to the back side of the stencil according to the package instructions. Place the stencil in the first spot and smooth it down so that the stencil glue is holding it in place. Use the paint roller to apply an even coat of paint all over the stencil. Skip a spot and reapply the stencil to the pot and roll another coat of paint on. Repeat all the way around the pot until your pattern is complete.

Allow the paint to completely dry overnight before planting.


UPDATE: Adriana of Anarchy in the Garden has posted tons of photos from the Patchwork Festival where I used this pot in a tomato growing demonstration.

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