I have drooled over those huge, gorgeous, chippy, peely urns for ages. I’ve dreamt of the perfectly aged pair flanking our front door. I’ve gasped at the high prices for the real deal. I’ve been shocked by the still, high prices of less dramatic ones. I gave up on my dream…until I spotted some items at the Dollar Tree. I’ve walked past there cheapy, plastic pots countless times. I’ve even fallen prey to purchasing them for a couple of quick projects in the past. This time though, inspiration struck all too differently. I had the bright idea to turn 4 of their plastic pots (2 square & 2 round) into a set of faux vintage urns! The only thing missing here is size. Although, for the Dollar Tree prices (everything’s a dollar y’all!), I was willing to settle on size until I can afford the real deal. Read on to make your own for just a few bucks!
All it takes is a few dollars, some leftover paint & little elbow grease to make these darlings happen!
Print the tutorial & supply list below!
- 2 square pots (Dollar Tree)
- 2 round pots (Dollar Tree)
- cream/white spray paint
- assorted black/gray/white paints
- paint brushes
- t-shirt rag(s)
- 2 bags Spanish moss (Dollar Tree)
- assorted flags or other decor items
- Paint all 4 pots- chalk spray paint recommended. Apply as many coats as necassary. Let dry.
- Coat pots in white glue. Let dry till tacky.
- Add a layer of paint over glue. Light grey used here. Let dry.
- Use a t-shirt rag to sponge on a layer of black paint over the light gray. Let dry.
- Use a darker gray &/or white paint to add more dimension. Sponge on/off with t-shirt rag. Let dry.
- Continue layering paints until desired look is achieved. Let dry completely.
- Arrange square pot upside down in desired area. Set round pot on top, right side up.
- Pour a layer of rocks into round pot for weight.
- Fill the rest of the way with crumbled newspaper. Add more rocks on top if necessary.
- Use one bag of moss on each urn. Pull apart & arrange over top.
- Insert flags or other decor items in pot over moss.
- Switch up flags with pumpkins for fall & pinecones or greenery for winter!
- Paint with just one color for a cleaner look. Layer paint colors for a worn, vintage vibe.
My husband even loves how they came out, so you know it’s good!
Honestly, I’m already thinking up what I’ll put in them next & I’m counting down the days until pumpkins are allowed!
Will you be making a pair? They’d look lovely all white or black or a funky color like turquoise or red! Or even pink! The possibilities are endless! I have a feeling that this isn’t the last set I’ll be making either.
Please share with me on our Facebook page if you make some! I’d love to see!
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