How To Decorate A Planter With Custom Fabric

June 12, 2018

How To Decorate A Planter With Custom Fabric

Flowers and other plants are a classic decoration to bring into an interior space. Whether you go for something that's alive and interactive or you choose to go for something fake and forget about it, how you choose to display your plant says a lot about the kind of person you are. What would you want your planter to say about you?

Expression through potted flower pots can be fun and rewarding! Custom printed fabrics open up a world of opportunity when designing your space. Here's what you need to know to get started...


  • Terra cotta planter pot
  • 1 yard Premium Cotton Twill of your desired design
  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Outdoor paint
  • Plant or flower of your choice
  • Potting soil


Start by making a template for your fabric.

With a piece of tissue paper large enough to cover your pot, wrap it around the planter. You may fold it inside the pot or even use a piece of tape to get a form fit and keep it in place.

Draw a straight line from the bottom lip of the rim all the way down to the bottom edge of the pot. 

This will help guide you on how long your fabric will need to be to wrap around the base of your pot.

Trace with your pencil along the bottom lip of the rim. You may have to crease your tissue paper into this corner so your tissue paper doesn't rip.

Once you’ve finished tracing around the upper portion, flip your pot over and trace around the bottom edge of your pot. You can hold your pencil at an angle and use an shading technique if that's easiest.

 Now that your template is complete, lay it out flat and begin cutting along the lines.

 Position your template on top of your fabric and pin it in place ensuring there aren't any folds or creases.

With your template securely pinned, cut out your fabric.

Remove your template when you finish cutting. 

Your fabric now should look like an arch. Wrap it around your pot to ensure it fits properly. Trim any excess fabric if its too long in any places.

Prime your planter with paint. 

You can choose to do this step earlier on so it has some time to dry.

Brush a layer of Mod Podge over the area of the pot you just traced once the paint has dried and glue the fabric down while it's still wet.

Smooth out any air bubbles and make any other adjustments necessary for a perfect fit.

Focus on covering the rim once the rest of your pot is dry.

With a second piece of fabric, cut it so it's long enough to wrap around the circumference of the rim and just wide enough to cover the outside of the rim and about an inch inside your pot.

Paint Mod Podge around the outside of the rim. It’s fine if your glue gets on the fabric below, you'll revisit this later.

Glue the fabric down around the rim, smoothing any air bubbles along the way.

Trim your fabric if needed in any places.

Cut notches in your fabric around the opening of your planter. 

This will help the fabric lay more flat when you glue it down.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge all over the planter - on top of the fabric and on the inside.

Smooth out any imperfections while the glue is still wet. It will dry clean and clear, don’t worry about the glue looking foggy.

Feel free to add any extra decorations once the glue has dried completely.

I had a glue gun ready to go and added a lace trim under the lip of my pot to cover the seam where my two pieces of fabric met.

Plant your flower or any other kind of plant and enjoy! 

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