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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

a kids christmas keepsake [burlap wall hanging]

christmas keepsake burlap wall hanging

I cannot take credit for this adorable idea.  My daughter brought this sweet burlap reindeer wall hanging home right before her Christmas break last year when she was in kindergarten.  sniff. sniff.  Her teachers had each child make one and I loved this idea so much that I made one with my son this year.

Here is what my daughter’s looks like

burlap wall hanging kids craft idea

It’s amazing to see how her writing has progressed too!

So here is what you will need to create this special keepsake with your own kids or grandkids

  • brown burlap
  • thick tree branch [or thin dowel]
  • ribbon of your choice
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • Elmer’s glue
  • brown [washable] paint
  • white+black felt
  • glitter [red, gold, or colors of your choice]
  • a kid

To start I cut a piece of burlap to 16″ x 20″.

christmas keepsake_kids burlap wall hanging

This next part is so important if you do not want the edges to fray.  Remove one strand of burlap along 3 sides of your piece.  Once you do that, pull out the strands of burlap just below that one you removed.

special christmas keepsake_kids burlap wall hanging

kids christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

You should now be left with something that looks like this

burlap christmas wall hanging_kids keepsake

I grabbed a stick [my son is a "stick magnet" so it's easy to find one] and simply wrapped the remaining edge over the stick and hot glued it.

burlap wall hanging_christmas kids keepsake

I added some of my favorite red+white ribbon as the hanger and tied it onto the stick

kids christmas wall hanging_burlap keepsake

Our stick was a bit too large so I simply sawed it down a bit.  Looks pretty already huh?

Now for the fun [and messy part].  I did this next step outside [sorry to anyone reading this while buried up to your eyeballs in snow].

christmas keepsake_a kids burlap wall hanging

The only brown washable paint I had on hand was this copper colored glaze by Martha Stewart.  [I have NO idea what project I originally bought this for].  I poured about 1 cup of this into a plastic container, grabbed my boy and had him do a practice run…

kids christmas keepsake_a burlap wall hanging

We dipped his right foot into the paint, wiped off the excess and pressed his tootsie onto the center of the burlap

kids christmas keepsake_burlap rudolph wall hanging

Next was to make our reindeer’s antlers so we repeated this step with both of his hands

kids christmas keepsake_a burlap rudolph wall hanging

Tell me this isn’t a project right up his alley

burlap wall hanging_a kids keepsake

So after hosing him off [not joking] I started adding the glittery details

a burlap wall hanging_kids christmas keepsake

I found this glitter pack at Target for $3.99 [in the kids' craft section].  It comes with green, red, gold, silver, white, pink, purple and even black!

a kids christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

I added the red first and made Rudolph’s nose and added my boy’s name

a christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

Then the year in gold glitter

a kids keepsake_burlap wall hanging

I wanted to use the white glitter for his eyes, but poor Rudolph looked possessed so I grabbed my box-o-felt and made his eyes from that instead.

a kids christmas keepsake_rudolph burlap wall hanging

a christmas kids keepsake_burlap wall hangingl

a kids special christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

To add some more detail, I put a glob of Elmer’s glue onto each antler tip and sprinkled black+gold glitter on top.  I wanted to add more glitter, but at this point I thought it was pretty and had to force myself to stop.  Now just let all the glue dry [I let my dry overnight before hanging it up] and enjoy your sweet keepsake for years to come.

a kids keepsake_rudolph burlap wall hanging

a kids christmas keepsake_burlap christmas wall hanging

Here are both kids’ keepsakes.  This is such a fun [and a little messy, but who cares] project to do with your kids.  And if you’re in need of a last minute gift idea for the Grandparents this is a good one!

christmas keepsake burlap wall hanging


linking this crazy project up to:

The 36th Avenue


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