a plastic pot gets a rustic makeover

I’m so excited to share this latest project with you!  I’m sure at least 95% of you reading this have at least one plastic pot in or outside your home.  I’m the queen of hoarding these.  I have no clue why, because my preference is terra cotta.  But who can resist the wallet-friendly price of plastic!  Not this mama.

My latest DIY victim was our plastic pot holding my beloved fiddle leaf fig.  I don’t have any glorious story of why I came up with this idea, other than I hated the way this pot looked+I had all the supplies on-hand and nicely hoarded away in the garage+I got a crazy hair you-know-where to give something in my house a makeover.  Call it DIY-addiction!

a plastic pot makeover using burlap +mod podgeThis is such a simple project.


  • Mod Podge [matte finish|for all surfaces]
  • Burlap
  • Paint Brush
  • Jute String
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

To start, cut your burlap to the length of your pot and add an extra 2″ [inches] to each end.

Next, paint on a coat of Mod Podge, working in sections.

plastic pot gets a makeover using burlapOnce you have a nice area covered, place your burlap over the Mod Podge.  Be sure the edges hang over a bit.

makeover a plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeBrush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the burlap [it appears white in the above picture, but dries clear].

Keep repeating this process until you have covered the entire pot.

a plastic pot gets a makeover using burlap and mod podgeNow trim off any excess [I obviously measured wrong, as I had a ton to trim].

Because my pot is curved, my burlap was not sticking to the bottom of it.  So I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge around the base of my pot and applied a little pressure to get it to stick.

give a plastic pot an easy makeover using burlap and mod podgeThis is where it started to get a bit messy.  Be sure you have a paper bag handy!

After the Mod Podge was dry [about one hour], I tied some jute string around the base of the pot.

plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeMy original idea was to tie the string around the base so my burlap pot would have a scrunched look to it, sort of resembling a bag. But, I had about 1/3 cup of Mod Podge left and decided to wrap the string around the entire pot instead.

So I wrapped my jute string around my pot in a crazy random way.

give any plastic pot a refresh using mod podge and burlapThen I brushed it with some more Mod Podge.

makeover any plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeAfter another hour, this baby was hard as a rock!

The last step is to glue down the top edge.  I fired up my glue gun and then applied a line of hot glue inside the pot.

burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot a makeover

I pressed the burlap onto the glue with the tip of the glue gun, so I didn’t burn my fingers [I say that after burning my fingers countless times!]. use burlap and mod podge to makeover a plastic potA few seconds and it’s good.  Once your top edge is glued down, you’re done!  I love the way this turned out and love how custom it looks.  It adds some nice texture to the dining room.

store bought plastic pot makeover with burlap and mod podgejute string burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot  makeoverplastic pots makeover with burlap and mod podgeplastic pot makeover using mod podge and burlapa plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeAs I said before, I had these supplies already hoarded away in my garage.  But, if you were to purchase everything here is a breakdown:

plastic pot [20"x20"]…$14.97

all-surface matte finish mod podge…$4.79


jute string…$2.33


TOTAL COST:  $28.83

Not too shabby for something that looks so sweet.  I have plans to do this to a few other pots laying around.

a plastic pot makeover using burlap +mod podgesignature_hugs_amy

8 Responses to a plastic pot gets a rustic makeover

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  2. Val says:

    Love this, Amy! Adding the jute was the perfect touch. Have a great day!
    Fellow plastic plant pot hoarder,


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  4. Mandie says:

    I love this! I wonder how good it uphold with the new outdoor formula? For a planter outdoors? Thank you for posting this! Now I have to try it. Lol
    A fellow craft & scrap hoarder,

  5. Barb says:

    I’m sorry, but this is not at all attractive. Looks cheap and unfinished.

  6. Lindy says:

    Sadly it looks tacky!

  7. Connie says:

    The Look is not worth the work.

  8. Daniel Street says:

    Looks like a bag of shite, I’m awfully sorry.

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