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How to Make Sand Pots

Classic designs like this urn take on an old-world appearance, but more modern shapes look great with a stonelike, sandy finish as well.

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2015

Introduction

Sources

Vintage Decor paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Ivory, $10 for 8 oz., michaels.com
Titebond III Ultimate wood glue, $7, homedepot.com

 

DIY Planter Boxes

materials

  • Plastic bin, larger than planter

  • Landscaping sand (available at home centers)

  • Planter or garden ornament, preferably fiberglass or plastic (if ceramic, use a plastic liner inside)

  • Multisurface paint in a pale, sandy color and paintbrushes

  • Waterproof wood glue

steps

  1. Fill bin about halfway with dry sand (if sand is damp, spread it in shallow bins and let dry first). Cover planter completely with multisurface paint; let dry.

  2. Mix together 2 parts glue and 1 part paint (mixture will be thick). Brush mixture onto one side of planter, including a few inches inside rim. Working over bin, pour sand over glued area. Turn planter over and press into sand. Repeat with other side of planter. (For a planter with lots of intricate details, work in smaller sections—but don’t overlap, or you’ll have a seam.) Touch up as necessary with dabs of glue mixture and sand. Let dry overnight before using.

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