Drip Drop Painted Terra Cotta Pot

So I’ve been on a bit of what I call an interior gardening kick lately.  Basically, I have a small houseplant problem and might be running out of places to put them.  Anyway, I ran across this adorable little cactus the other day and decided to paint a terra cotta pot to showcase it.  The colors will make a tad bit more sense later – I have another craft project that I’ll hopefully get around to some day that includes these colors.

Anywho – I went to my local Michael’s and picked up a terra cotta pot and some terra cotta paints (they’re right by the pots so they’re easy to find).  Then when I got home I just turned the sucker upside down and dripped a few paint drops and let them rooooll on down the sides.  Quick, easy, and still cute.  Score!

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I’ve also done some research and looked up some other painted terra cotta pots for inspirational ideas.  Have a look and click on the ‘source’ beneath the pictures to be taken to the originator…

Solid Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Colorblock Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Lady Bug Painted Clay Pot
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Neon painted terra cotta pots
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Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~ Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

Are you an Ikea fan?  I am.  I totally am.  Some of their stuff is cheap and not worth buying.  Other stuff though, totally worth it.  A while back mom and I were wandering through Ikea (I can’t even remember what for now) and we found this guy…

The Ikea Socker Greenhouse

Isn’t he adorable?!?!  I just *HAD* to have him.  So I paid for him and he went home with me.  I knew immediately what flowers I planned to put in him.  African violets.  Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment.  I went with Hubs to Lowes and we picked up 4 of them plus pots and special potting mix.

Here’s what I will say – getting this sucker together was not easy.  I totally had to stop at one point for fear of breaking it and get the Hubs to help me out.  Truthfully, if it didn’t entail a thirty minute drive, I probably would have exchanged the greenhouse for another one.  We kept getting snagged on a bent part and Hubs had to manually unbend it without ripping the whole thing to shreds.  In the end, he got it to work.  It doesn’t close perfectly but I’m ok with that.  He’s still freaking cute.

He’s hanging out right now in our dining room.

Close -up

His perch in our dining room.

Opening the top

Flower close-up

Truth is, I potted this sucker at least a month ago and guess what?  The flowers all died.  Just the flowers though… the foliage is still looking great.  I’m fairly certain the reasoning for this is a lack of humidity.  This is where the whole thing about this greenhouse being damaged from the get-go comes into play.  I’m going to try something different with them to raise their humidity level (filling the ‘saucers’ with rocks and water, then placing the plants on top).  Hopefully it’ll help.  If not, this may mean that I have to find another plant that will thrive.

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Birdcage Planter

So you know how the other day I posted about my loot from Goodwill but said at the bottom that I had three other projects I had to get completed first?  Well, this is one of the three.

You see, my friend DK has a friend who LOVES to have garage sales.  I mean this lady LIVES FOR IT.  DK, being the awesome gal that she is, lets her friend host garage sales at her house.  Nice huh?  Well they had one a few weekends back and I went over there to raid it before they sold anything I could makeover.  I came home with three pieces, one of which was this Christmas-y birdcage thing.  I assume that this guy was at one point part of someone’s Christmas decorations.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but he’s sort of a dingy gold color.

I picked up a Maidenhair Fern at our local nursery.  I honestly chose him for no other reason that I liked the way he looked.  Lucky for me, he should do relatively ok inside.  My only concern is that we might keep it too cold in our house for him.  We’ll wait and see how he does though.  Want to go know to care for your own Maidenhair Fern?  Go here.

I also went rummaging through our collection of pots to find a good pot to plant this guy in.  My husband was THRILLED with this pot that I found because it has a dragon on it.  He’s such a boy.  I like it too though so he got a bath (he was kinda yuck from sitting in our backyard side yard storage area for ump-teen years).

I started by taking the birdcage apart (3 screws holding the bottom ‘panel’ in place) and tossing the gross ornaments.  I gave him a good scrub and noticed that one of his ‘spokes’ had broken off on one end.  So, I had my super-handy husband solder the sucker back together.

Then I attacked him (the cage, not my husband) with spray paint.  I honestly wanted an ORB (Oil-Rubbed Bronze) color but couldn’t find the spray-paint I wanted at Wally World so I settled on a copper color instead.  I’m so happy that I did.  The color is gorgeous against the leaves.

I mixed 2 parts potting soil with 1 part vermiculite.  If you’ve never heard of this product before, no worries, you’re not alone.  I only heard of it a few years ago after doing some research for the garden we were working on.  Basically, it’s seed starter mix.  It’s light and loose which allows the plants to get their roots growing easily.  I also added some moisture granules (basically these guys suck up moisture when you water the plant and distribute it slowly over the course of a few hours/days.  This, I’m hoping, will help our little fern since he likes a moist environment.

Once he was planted and put back together I put the little guy on our breakfast table.  So far he seems happy there but we’ll see.  If he starts looking puny I’m going to move him to our screened-in porch where it’s much warmer.

So, what do you think?  How do you like our Christmas-decoration-turned-planter?

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