Have you noticed the current prices of planters and flowerpots? Basic planters are fairly cheap, but like many others, I always seem to go for the most expensive pots. I really love the ones covered in pine cone bracts. It’s disappointing to want planters and flowerpots that are way overpriced, but after careful examination, I’ve decided I can make any of the expensive pine cone bract planters and decorations I’ve found.
I love decorating with pine cones, indoors as well as outdoors, and the store-bought decorations and planters covered with pine cones are definitely too expensive considering how easy they are to make. Fortunately, my parent’s yard provides access to dozens of pine cones, and I really don’t need to purchase decorations made with pine cones and expensive decorated planters from the store. I can easily make my own.
With spring and summer just around the corner, consider these ideas for unique homemade pine cone covered planters and save yourself a considerable amount of money. Homemade pine cone covered planters are truly unique and very inexpensive. Give this idea for making unique pine cone covered planters a try. You’ll love the results you achieve!
Pine Cone Planters
To make a planter covered with pine cone bracts you’ll need dozens of dried pine cones, a natural clay pot of your choice, acrylic spray gloss, and a hot glue gun. Optionally you can add a weatherproof ribbon around the base of the planter rim to add color and decorative appeal.
Begin by removing the bracts from several dried pine cones, and while removing the bracts by carefully twisting and breaking them off, preheat the glue gun. When the glue gun is hot, begin gluing the bracts to the clay planter starting around the base. Cover the entire planter with pine cone bracts, and be sure to slightly overlap them so very little of the clay pot shows through.
Allow the hot glue to dry completely, and once it’s dry, coat the pine cone covered planter with spray gloss with the exception of the bottom. Once the gloss is dry, complete the planter by tying a weatherproof ribbon around the top, just below the rim. Ribbons can be changed according to specific holidays and seasons.
Adding Flowers and Foliage
Most clay planters have a drainage hole in the bottom, but since the sides of the planter won’t be porous after sealing, add a layer of stone in the bottom of the pot for added drainage. Ordinary limestone is ideal, but shards of broken clay pots will also suffice. In addition, use a clay saucer to help the soil properly drain to help prevent rotted roots.
Next, partially fill the planter covered in pine cones with rich potting soil and add a plant or flower of your choice. Lastly, fill the pot about an inch from the top with additional soil. Water it immediately after planting, and place it in an ideal location according to specific requirements.
Planters covered with pine cones look very nice when topped with moss or polished stones. Live moss is available in some garden centers, and polished stones are available in most craft stores. Besides adding natural beauty, they’ll help hold in valuable moisture since potted plants tend to dry out faster than flowers and foliage planted directly in the ground.