How I Made It: Dimensional Designed Planters


gols bar cart turned plant cart with diy planters free printable and gold leaf apothecary jar

I love plants, how about you?

I like the look of adding plants to my decor and I think it does a lot for most interior design types. Planters can get expensive and the budget friendly ones aren’t always… pretty or interesting to look at it. You can take a boring terracotta planter and transform it in so many ways though. I’m going to share with you one way I’ve jazzed up terracotta planters that I picked up from the dollar store.

Southwestern and geometric patterns are hot right now and I love what they bring to a space, but these could be made to have any design on them.

I began by cutting out shapes from foam that I felt has a Southwestern or Aztec feel to them. That meant lots of rectangles, triangles, crosses and variations of those shapes.

cut out shapes from dollar store foam sheets

Then, I places them onto a tabletop covered with paper and sprayed the backs with spray adhesive. If you’re not comfortable using spray adhesive, hot glue will work but may leave bumps beneath the shapes, and a good glue stick would work well, too.

spray backs of foam with spray adhesive

Once the spray adhesive went tacky, I played around with the shapes, layered some and created a design that I loved.

At this point I was very tempted to leave the planters as is. The neon against the terracotta is just so fun!

carefully place foam onto planter

original designs number 2

part 1 of original designs

But I’d bought the paint to use for this project and knew that I’d grow tired of the neon (It’s just not really my style). So then I took them out to the garage and sprayed them all with spray primer.

Once the spray primer had time to dry, I just brushed on the paint. I followed up with another 2 coats, allowing each coat to dry fully.

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I had a lot of fun playing around with these planters in creation and still do have a lot of fun with them. This is definitely a DIY I will do again with some variation in the future. If you create a version of your own, let me know by tagging me on Facebook or Instagram.

variations of foam shape cut out dimensional painted planters

I was inspired to create these after reading the lovely ladies behind A Beautiful Mess blog’s book “A Happy Handmade Home.” If you’re in a creative rut, definitely check this book out! It’s full of wonderful ideas that require little to no skill!

I’ve since painted a couple of them copper. I love the look! I definitely think it’s worth playing around with different paints to get the look you want with these.

Bohemian Style- southwestern tribal inspired dimensional copper planter pot tutorial

Bohemian Style- southwestern tribal inspired dimensional copper planter pot tutorial

Bohemian Style- southwestern tribal inspired dimensional copper planter pot tutorial

Bohemian Style- southwestern tribal inspired dimensional copper planter pot tutorial

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3 dimensional southwestern deign planter tutorial



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