How to Cover a Flowerpot in Fabric

Four Parts:Preparing the flowerpotCutting the fabricAdding the fabric to the flowerpotUsing the fabric covered flowerpot

Fabric-covered flowerpots make a nice change for the indoor plant setting. You can choose fabric that matches your home d├ęcor or choose pieces that accentuate the containers as art in its own right.

Part 1
Preparing the flowerpot

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    Paint the pot white. This provides a good background for the pot, especially if the fabric is a little see-through. It's a lot more neutral to have white bounce back than terracotta orange!
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    Paint the saucer as well.
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    Allow to dry completely before proceeding.

Part 2
Cutting the fabric

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    Cut the fabric. Measure the fabric against the chosen flowerpot. The fabric needs to be large enough to cover the outside of the pot, as well as having enough to cover the base of the flowerpot and about 1.5 inches/2cm to wrap over the rim.
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    Cut fabric for the saucer dish as well.

Part 3
Adding the fabric to the flowerpot

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    Sponge Mod Podge over one section of the flowerpot. Decide which direction you'll work in; the important thing is to go in sections and keep working around the flowerpot in the same direction.
    • Work efficiently. Mod Podge will dry quickly, so the fabric needs to be attached quickly. This is why it is best to work in sections.
    • Add Mod Podge to the fabric as well, this will help ensure even coverage.
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    Attach the first part of the fabric to the Mod Podge section. Smooth out to prevent wrinkles.
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    Add more Mod Podge to another section. Add the next part of the fabric. Continue in this way until the flowerpot sides are covered.
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    Bring the remaining edges of the fabric over the rim and under the base. Again, use Mod Podge to keep these fabric sections in place.
    • Trim off any excess before the next step.
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    Paint Mod Podge over the entire flowerpot when the fabric is in place. This provides a protective layer over the fabric.
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    Set aside to dry. Place on something like a plastic envelope folder or a sheet of wax paper, so that it doesn't stick to anything.
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    Do the same thing to over the saucer.

Part 4
Using the fabric covered flowerpot

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    Place small glass jars inside the flowerpot before adding water for live displays. A fabric-covered flowerpot is best used as a vase display decoration, as it won't get dirty from adding soil.
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    If using to grow plants, add soil and the plant. Take care when watering the plant and place a small glass dish or lid under the flowerpot to catch the water (or don't cover the saucer).
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    Use for other things than plants. For example, keep pencils, utensils or notes inside the flowerpot.

Things You'll Need

  • Terracotta flowerpot
  • White paint suitable for terracotta
  • Fabric of choice (choose nicely patterned fabric, such as florals, etc.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge applicator
  • Scissors
  • Glass jars that fit inside the flowerpot, for display


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