Every mom has something at their house that you look at when you go home and think ‘throw that away mom’. I think my mom has 23 of these things laying around her house. She is remodeling her basement and I told her it was time for her ugly potted pansies to hit the trash can. Then I realized there is no sense in throw away perfectly good planters; and I could give them a new life!
I had so much fun doing this little up-cycle. I cannot wait to do more tutorials with faux plants because I love everything low maintenance (and fake plants are pretty low maintenance.)
Here was what I started with. I somehow took photos of them so they didn’t look as awful as they actually look in person. You believe me that they were really a sight for sore eyes, right?
They were dusty to a point that it somehow wouldn’t wipe off. How does this even happen? The foam they were in was like rotting away so they were sagging. They just needed a facelift!
Michaels has the most gorgeous selection of faux florals. I have to buy at least two stems everytime I go in there! This time I actually had a reason so I went a little crazy. I loved the clean look of these white flowers and the two toned green of the foliage.
I started by spraying my planters. Rustoleum has this line called ‘Matte Hammered’ that I just LOVE. I sprayed it black first, then did a coat of the matte hammered on top. The reason I did this is because I didn’t want to try to use full coverage of the Matte Hammered but I need it for more things! It still gave an awesome effect and I didn’t use as much as if I was trying to cover up the terra cotta. Win-win!
Then I grabbed some Flora-craft foam and cut it to fit in the pot. I’m not sure why it has taken me my entire life to realize I could use floral foam. Life changing.
I then simply arranged the flowers in a little arrangement then stuck some faux moss over the foam to hide it!
That’s it! I so hope my mom loves them. I thought it would be a simple little Mother’s Day gift that took a minimal amount of time, used something she already cared about (heaven knows why), and looks beautiful! Plus, fake flowers never die!