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Linen-Covered Pot

Floral-print linen can elevate a standard terra-cotta pot. To add fresh petals, simply slip a peak-season hyacinth or tulips (in their original vessel) inside.

flower print linen pots and bag

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2021

Introduction

To make this handmade gardening gift, all you need to do is learn how to cover a terra-cotta pot with floral-print linen fabric—no sewing required. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Valentine's Day craftshandmade gifts for her, and handmade floral gifts.

materials

  • Linen fabric (Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics Hokkoh Poppies Linen, in Orange and in Blue, $40 a yd., stonemountainfabric.com)

  • Terra-cotta pot and saucer

  • Fabric scissors

  • Découpage glue (Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue, and Finish, in Matte, $7.44, amazon.com)

  • Paintbrush

  • Plant and soil

steps

  1. On a work surface, lay fabric flat. Place pot on its side on top, and gently roll as shown in the illustration, tracing top edge as it rolls; repeat to trace bottom edge. (The arc it makes is the size of your pot.) Add 2 1/2 inches to top and bottom edges of arc; cut out fabric.

    linen-covered pot illustration
  2. Brush half of pot with glue, including inner rim and bottom. Press and smooth fabric onto sides and over rim and bottom to adhere. Brush remaining half of pot with glue; continue pressing and smoothing fabric to cover entirely, inner rim and bottom included, overlapping edges in back. Brush fabric with another generous layer or two of glue, making sure to cover exterior bottom and interior rim. (The more coats you add, the more water-resistant your finished pot will be.) Let dry completely.

  3. To cover saucer with fabric (recommended only if keeping plant in original vessel; if repotting, do not cover), place it rim-side down on fabric. Trace and cut out a circle about 3 inches larger. Brush top, sides, and bottom edges of saucer with glue; smooth on fabric. Add another layer of glue over fabric; let dry completely. Place plant in pot.

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