New This Month


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



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


DIY Planter Boxes


  • 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


  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.

Reviews Add a comment