Drop Cloth Planter Tutorial

We have been working on our garden for a few weeks now and I shared that process a couple times on my blog as well! You can check out the layout of the garden HERE , a sign I made for the garden HERE, and the garden marker tutorial HERE.But I also would like to add some more planters, but the whole theme of our garden is affordablity, recycling and using things in different ways. I am really liking how it is coming together and these little planters my husband came up with are so much fun!!

We were looking around the home improvement store and just couldn’t find any planters that were really, well, cheap. Anything that was a decent size was around $3 and up. While that is not a huge price, I thought it could be better. That is when we found ourselves in the painting section and Wade dropped the knowledge to me on how to maker these:

Seriously? They are so stinkin’ cute and the small drop cloth is under $6, that will make at least 4 planters and there will be some left over for another project (I think this blogger can figure out something to do with left over drop cloth!).

Perfect. They work out to under $1.50 each, and the bigger the drop cloth, the more squares you can get and the cheaper each planter gets. Genius idea.

Here is how we did it, we started with laying out the drop cloth.

Then I cut 2×2 foot squares, this was a 4×5 foot drop cloth so it was pretty easy to follow the creases.

I rounded off the corners, which is not shown in this picture, but this is the step you would do that. I just used scissors.

Starting putting soil in, you need more than you think.

But if a newly 3 year old helps you in her mismatched pajamas, it goes pretty quick.

Then put your flower in the top of the mound of soil, making sure to break up the roots and cover it, just like in the ground or pot.

Start gathering the drop cloth up around and grab some twine. This is where you choose which way you like better, I thought both were cute. If you like the gathered way, you would wrap the twine around at this point and tie it a couple of times.

If you liked the triangular way, then you fold it over to get the shape, gather the corners and twist them. Then tie the twine around each one into a couple of knots and a bow.

And you are done!! Aren’t the cute?

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3 Responses to Drop Cloth Planter Tutorial

  1. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain March 27, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Cute and clever!

  2. Linda Bouffard March 27, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Very nice work. Original. Take care, Linda

  3. Niccola Drake March 27, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    I love this idea. I am in the process of setting up a class garden and can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.
    Niccola
    http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/chocolate-pudding-painting.html