Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Pot Wreath - BKB Style & Tutorial

My terra cotta pot collecting and wire frame days are behind me.
I've finally made my very own pot wreath. 
With a twist of course. 



Inspired by questions about the picture I took of the one at Bachman's Ideas House a year ago, answering numerous emails and describing my best guess about how it was made....
It was time to make my own.

  • I used a square wire frame - instead of a round one. I had it from my old boxwood wreath. I discarded the dried boxwood and kept the wire frame.
  • I collected pots a garage sales.  They were chippy and worn - which I wanted.
  • 16 gauge wire. (this can vary and be your own choice)
  • Wire cutters.
  • Gloves.
I mocked up the placement of the pots.  

Then I got an idea. Why be normal?

So I painted the pots black. Then painted a few with a white stripes.
 Taping them took too long. I quickly gave up and just did stripes by hand.



I let the pots dry a day before making the wreath.
I didn't want the paint scratching off easily.
  • I 'strung' wire inside each pot, through the drain hole, cut it with wire cutters and 'tied' it to the frame simply by bending the wire around the frame. This is why I wore gloves - for bending the wire.
  • I went like this, attaching each pot, eyeing and arranging as I went. 
  • The wreath is heavy.

I hung it up to see how it would look.

  • Then, I planted succulents.
  • I bought one at a plant sale, one at Home Depot and took one from my own garden.
  • A combo of Hen and Chicks & Sedum.

After I had it planted, something wasn't quite right.

I had the mug o' succulents that I'd planned to take to work for my desk.
I'd bought the mug for .50 cents at a garage sale and put succulents in it a few weeks ago.
But, I still had it at home. Lightning struck and I decided to switch a pot for the mug.
It was just the ticket.


 


I think it turned out quite lovely.
The one at Bachman's had moss tucked into it, perhaps to cover wire or spaces. 
I didn't want to deal with the moss, so skipped it.


Done! Fabulous!
xo jeanne.

12 comments:

  1. Could it be possible that yours is better than the BIH? Oh yeah baby! It sure is better! LOVE, no I should say LURVE the stripes. And the coffee mug? Why that's the cherry on top! You rock! So lovin' the color of your door too!

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  2. Hi, You knocked this one out of the park. Homerun fun.
    Love the addition of the mug, great touch. I just knew you would come up with something awesome. You DID!
    Have a great week, Ginger

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  3. I've Been WAITING for this project to be shown - I knew you were working on it & it turned out GREAT - love that coffee mug addition w/ the great graphics & adds such a nice punch! I've been saving my pots up to do a similar project ever since seeing and pinning the bachman's wreath pic you had the FIRST day you posted it! I was in love even back then! happy summer to you girlie!

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  4. Oh my goodness...Now this is one of the most "Unique" things I have ever seen!
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your post!
    Leticia

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  5. Love it!

    Your picture of the original wreath was one of my first pins on Pintrest . . . before I learned that is was important to look back to the original source. I love that chance brought me to your blog to look at something else and I 'discovered' your wreath!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Your planter wreath is super cute and I've got this linked to my planters post too today, well done!

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  7. Groovy idea! Love it!!!!!!

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  8. thanks so much for sharing, i love your site. i really must do this wreath.

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  9. I love this wreath. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I moved into my childhood home and recently discovered a huge stash of clay pots (over 30).. now I know how I am going use them! Love your knock off way better!

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  11. Maravilhosa essa ideia! Fiz uma guirlanda de vasos inspirada nas suas imagens, e amei o resultado!!!
    Obrigada por compartilhar ideias geniais.
    Beijos.

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  12. Hi. Love the wreath! I wonder if a wire coat hanger would be ok to use with small, lighter pots? Just a thought.

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