Friday, May 4, 2012

Clay Pot Wreath Tutorial

I saw one of these on Pinterest and knew
I wanted to make one!


Also featured at Petites Passions

Nominated in the Top 12 Pinterest Challenge
hosted by Two Yellow Birds Decor and
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My Clay Pot Wreath Was Nominated

I tried to find the original pinner in hopes
of finding a tutorial but with no luck.
So here is how I made mine.
{Added Note* HERE is the PICTURE of the
wreath that inspired me, taken by Bees Knees Bungalow,
who posted the Picture on Pinterest}

Gather your materials:
10" or 12" wicker wreath form
Moss of your choice
Your choice of 4 small cactus plants
Four - 4" clay pots, these will hold the cactus
14-16 of the 2" pots
6 - 8 of the tiny 1" craft clay pots 
Heavy gauge wire (I used 16g.)
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun & sticks

Please keep in mind that this is going to be a heavy wreath.
I didn't think it would be, using small pots, but it is.
And clay pots break, so work slowly.
Cut each wire at least 12 to 14" long. 

Begin by putting moss onto the wreath using hot glue.
I used an old wreath I had painted green. 
Run a piece of wire through the bottom hole in the pot.
Twist once or twice to hold the wire in place.
Place the pot onto the wreath in a tilted position.
If you can, run your wire through some of the 
openings in the wreath, then back around the
pot, and back around the wreath; twist wire into place.
I hot glued my pots to the wreath as I went
to help them stay in the tilted position.
Also, bend your wire close to the inside of the pot.
This will leave room for placing your cactus inside later.
Attach the main four pots first, in a N,S,E,W fashion.
Then begin adding the 2" pots, in a sort of
random order, tilted upside down and sideways.
Place your pots as closely together as possible.
You will notice that when you turn over the wreath 
in order to twist the wire, the pots will move a bit.
I found that after I was satisfied at how the
position of the pot looked, to put a dab of
hot glue in between the pots. This will help
hold them in place and keep them from
clanking against each other as you turn the wreath
back and forth, and as it gets heavier to work with.
Just a dab of hot glue will do. 
Soon, you should wind up with something
similar to this. If you wish, you can add more moss
to help cover up some of the wire.

Remember to fashion a hanging loop with the
heavy gauge wire. I double looped mine, for safety.

There is a special blend of potting soil made
especially for cactus plants.  It was a little tricky to
add the soil into the tilted pots, and some did
trickle out of the bottom hole, but after I watered
 them well, it was fine.
**ADDED NOTE: here's a great tip from a Reader:
Put a small piece of screen or mesh in
the pot prior to adding the soil. 
Alas, here is the finished product.
Not too bad, if I say so myself!

Happy Friday, Y'all!
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54 comments:

  1. I'd say pretty terrific!
    Thanks for another great tutorial!

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    1. Hey Christine, thanks for your sweet comment!

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  2. So springy! Love it! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  3. WOW! That is so clever and unique! Very eye catching...I love it! I'm so glad you shared at Shine on Fridays this week!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I really enjoy participating and seeing all the great things folks make.

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  4. Thanks so much for the great idea!!I can't wait to try this and hang it on my back porch!! It will look so good and cactus is perfect since it gets so much afternoon sun.

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    1. I'd love for you to link back so I can see yours when it's made. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  5. Fabulous. I pinned one of these earlier. From a magazine I think. I loved your easy to follow instructions. I do want to make one and I already have the small post. Love the cactus Idea. Doesn't require a lot of attention afterwards. Thanks for the tutorial, your looks awesome. I am pinning this.
    Followed you back on linky.
    Have a great weekend, Ginger

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    1. Hey Ginger! thanks for the sweet compliments. I'm glad you like it and have pinned it :) Hope you "visit" me often. Have a lovely weekend.

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  6. Hi JoAnn, I'm so glad you visited me so that I could come and see your wonderful pot wreath. I have seen the same idea on Pinterest but have never read a tutorial on how to make one. I want to make one of these for my new potting bench. Following you now!

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    1. Hello Jane! thanks for following and commenting :) I think you'll enjoy making one of these. I have also seen the "aging" technique for the clay pots, and wish I had done that before assembling... but there's always next time :) Hope you visit often!

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  7. WHAT?!? That rocks!! It has inspired me for sure! I could see those pots even painted complementary colors!!! OOOO now my brain wheels are turning!
    Visiting from the newbie party!

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  8. Hi Nelly, great idea for a COLORED clay pot wreath, that would be so pretty! Thanks for being a new follower :)

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  9. That is so so cute. Thanks for the great tut too, I may have to try this sometime. thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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    1. Hi Debbie! and thank you for hosting another terrific party! Love seeing all the wonderful items folks make and share. Thanks for stopping by to comment :)

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  10. you could place a small piece of screen or mesh at the bottom of the pots to keep the dirt from falling out :)

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    1. Great tip! when it's time to re-water the plants (not often for cactus, though) hopefully they will slip right out of the pots, like they did from the original containers - then I can go back and do that. Thanks for commenting! Hope you visit again soon.

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  11. I found you on Joy in the Jumble. Love that wreath! I have to make one.
    I am a new follower. ;0

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    1. Hello Kyetra! you'll enjoy making it. Thanks for following along :)

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  12. I love this- very clever, will have to look for some little pots!

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    1. Hi! the littlest pots came from Michaels. thanks for visiting!

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  13. Mine will likely not look like yours as I can never follow directions - but this is a wonderful inspiration! Thank you!

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    1. Hi! thanks for stopping by to visit - they are easy to do, just have to go slow as they can break - Have a good weekend :)

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  14. Love love love this!! I really like the contrast of the terra cotta with the green plants....so very lovely! You placed them so perfectly also. Appreciate you sharing and your great instructions!!

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    1. Your welcome and hope you pop in for a visit often :)

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  15. how stinkin cute it that!! found your blog via the newbie party.
    laura

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    1. Howdy Laura! glad you are visiting from the par-tay! Sticking them in on end and swirling them did give off a SWEET effect =)

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  16. I so wish I would have seen this before mother's day. My mom loves succulents. She'd adore this. Great job!

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    1. Hi! thanks for visiting my blog. You can always surprise her with an "after Mom's day" gift :) then she'd REALLY be surprised!

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  17. What a fun idea! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  18. Whhat size of a wreath did you use and did you by a gravevine or metal wreath. Love your idea and want to make one for my shed in my backyard. Thanks
    Connie

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    1. Hi Connie, I used a 12" wicker wreath from the dollar store - I'd use that or the grapevine, so you can push the wire thru several times for extra hold. Sorry for the late reply - been "off the grid" for a week. Thanks for stopping by, hope you visit often :)

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  19. I am so glad you entered this into the Project Pinterest Challenge!! Best of luck to you!
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com

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  20. I love this pot wreath! I love projects with terra cotta pots.

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    1. Hello Doreen! thanks so much! And I hope to be making one of those topsy turvy clay pot projects very soon! I appreciate your visit :)

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  21. Congrats on making the top 12! I'm a new follower!

    Morena

    http://morenascorner.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you kindly Morena! I was happily surprised :)

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  22. This is just too cute! Love it!! You did a fabulous job. I would love to do one of these but for some reason I can always kill succulents, I think I might over-water or maybe it is the soil. Who knows but I sure do love the way yours look.

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    1. Thanks Jana, and I usually kill them off too, but this one project is really doing well! I don't have to water it at all, being here in the humid South. It's currently living under my front porch light fixture, so it get plenty of afternoon sun and a light "mist" from our rains, apparently just the right combo.

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  23. Thank you so much for being my 200th! I featured you and your cool wreath at my Passion Parade Friday Link Soiree!

    xoxo
    Myric

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    1. Myric, you're so sweet to feature my wreath - I appreciate it! I really like your site !

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  24. LOVE this! Pinned it! Thank you for stopping by Love Bakes Good Cakes - I'm following you via GFC too!

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    1. So glad you like it, and appreciate your visit today :)

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  25. JoAnn,

    That is adorable! Yours looks great! I love terra cotta pots anyway! I have to say that this is one that I haven't seen floating around Pinterest. You definitely have a gift of crafting!

    Thanks so much for participating in Pinned it, Made it! Monday!

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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    1. Hey Tammy! your parties are growing and so fun to link up to! Have a great Tuesday!

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  26. I love how this turned out! Succulents are one of my favorite plants. I have a pot full of them that I bring in the screen porch for the winter each year, but I have yet to get some to grow inside the house. :( I keep trying but to no avail. Maybe I should look for that soil. This wreath is really cool. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. This is actually the first time I have not killed any of these beauties! It has been a total hit for me, not miss here. I have a place in my large master bath that I can put it near a window for the coming winter, so we'll see how it goes. Thanks so much for coming my to comment :)

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  27. oh this turned out super cute and your tutorial is very detailed and easy to follow!

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  28. Thank you for this tutorial! I am pinning so I can make one of these wreaths next spring :)

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  29. great great great!
    yours looks even better then the one that inspired you!
    thanks for stopping by on my blog!
    i am following (i see i can learn a lot from you :)
    Ana

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  30. Oh, this is so sweet! I want to make one for spring! Thank you for a great idea!
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

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  31. I love this wreath! I am not a wreath person and if I have to have one I look for the eclectic and different. This is one I would be proud to make and hang anywhere. Awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks Angela! I have really enjoyed it and so glad that it can be an outdoor or indoor wreath - just be sure to hang it from a stud, it's pretty heavy ;-)

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