Make this cute and easy tile planter to dress up those plain 4″ pots! Paint and stencil each tile, glue them together, and drop in a potted plant – simple!
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As much as I love summer, I have to admit that I’ve been eager to see fall flowers show up. For me, they herald the beginning of the new season (regardless of the temperatures), and the excited anticipation of that first nip in the air.
So this year I decided to get a little ahead and make something cute for those rich and vibrant blooms to live in. Plain and boring pots just won’t do!
And, to be totally honest, it gave me a fun reason to get back to that stack of tiles.
Ready to make one too?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Tile Planter:
- 4 – 4″ ceramic tiles
- 4 – fall-themed stencils
- acrylic craft paints
- stencil brushes
- Decoupage medium
- foam brushes
- 4 x 4″ pieces of scrapbook paper (optional)
- masking tape (optional)
This is another super versatile project. You can leave your tiles plain, paint them the same or different colors, or decoupage printed scrapbook paper onto each tile. I painted two and decoupaged two.
Decoupage tip: use a very thin layer of decoupage medium on the tile by spreading it with a sponge brush. Then, use the edge of a credit card to smooth the paper and remove any air bubbles. See the DIY Valentine’s Day coasters project for details on how to do this.
After it’s dry, brush a second thin coating over the top to seal.
Next, it’s time to stencil.
These stencils were so much fun to make – and I designed them to fit perfectly on a 4″ inch tile, making it so much easier to work without extra stencil hanging over the edges.
(Get the details on DIY stencils here.)
Start by deciding which stencil you’ll use for each background. Move them around until you find the arrangement you like.
Taping stencils is optional, but I find it much easier when I don’t have to hold it in place.
It also works best when you have very little paint on the brush. You can always add later, but too much paint causes bleeding under the edges. Start with a light touch.
Layering paint is a great way to add depth and the appearance of light on your finished project. I love how it softens a single stark color.
Make sure you let each layer dry before adding another, but because you’re using so little paint, it dries almost instantly.
For stencils that have small details – or if you want to only use a portion of the design – masking tape is great for protecting those areas from the edge of the brush.
Not only can you blend colors, but you can also use several different colors within a design.
After the designs are dry, spread an additional layer of decoupage medium over each tile and let them dry completely.
Thin layers dry quickly, as you can tell here.
Finally, glue the tiles together and let them dry.
I use this construction adhesive. It does an amazing job and is what I choose for most of my projects now that require glue.
A 4″ potted plant fits perfectly within these planters, so you can change them out all throughout the season with no fuss at all.
Happy fall! 🙂