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4.12.2024

terra cotta pot wreath

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yes, this project IS a 're-share'!
as i made this wreath for my 2023 'Terra Cotta Christmas' theme,
i did so planning to share it again this spring...

it just captures all the spring 'feels' SO well 
and has endless possibilities for embellishment each season - 
which is really what homeward found decor is all about.

friends, you don't need a whole new set of decor accents each season!
and you certainly don't need to shop for all new stuff...
and bins to store more and more and more stuff.
make your own decor and create a home you love to live in.

continue reading for my tutorial...



we've all seen many versions of wreaths made with plant pots...
most of them are made with topsy-turvy pots in varied sizes
secured to a wire wreath frame. and i love those!
 
i envisioned a simpler version with identical pots in a circle
that could be used in different ways for every season...
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after a bit of trial and error, i came upon a method
that allows the pots to be removed and used for another project later
(which is something i always aim to do with my projects)

here's how to make it:

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supplies:

a dozen terra cotta pots - your choice of size, but they must all be the same size
strong baling wire (it's messy but this stuff is STRONG!) and a wire cutter

note: baling wire is covered with oil. it's not slippery, but it IS messy.
wear thin cotton gloves to protect your hands and have a rag nearby to wipe hands clean
so the oil doesn't transfer to the pot surfaces.

TUTORIAL:
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top row, from left:

* cut a piece of baling wire to serve as the wreath form - but longer.
if you want a 16" wreath, you'll double it to a 32" piece of wire.
(and the larger your pots, the larger your wreath needs to be)

* put the cut end of the wire into the hole in the bottom of the pot
and pull it through about 6" (longer if it's a bigger pot)

* make a small loop in the wire and leave at least 4" straight wire at the end.
then pull the wire backward so that loop is up against the inside bottom of the pot - 
it acts as a knot to hold the pot in place.

middle row, from left:

* beneath the first pot, create another loop in the wire.

* slide the second pot onto the wire from the other end,
letting it move all the way to that loop.
* the open/top end of the second pot will nestle OVER
the closed/bottom end of the first pot.

* continue making loops in the wire and adding pots.
they will move a bit as you work - a flat surface is best.

bottom row, from left:

* gently bend the pot-filled wire into a curve as you work.

*when all of the pots are on the wire, form a loop at the end.

* go to the other end of the wire - the one coming out of the first pot - 
and pull it through the loop you just created after the last pot.
twist the wire to secure it.

 you'll want to adjust the tilt of the pots as they 'nest' in a circle...
they should be nested closely together, not loose.
be gentle as you move them!

pot placement TIP: 
i added the three small pots with real moss on them at the very end.
i wanted them placed together so they would be a focal point of this simple wreath:
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the wreath can be used flat, as a candle ring or around a plant or floral arrangement.

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to hang it, loop a ribbon around one of the pots and tie a knot in the top of it.
loop that over a hook that is secure - either nailed or screwed into the wall
or on a metal wreath hook. 

if you make a wreath with BIG pots, you'll need a wire hanging loop to hold all the weight.
just cover it with ribbon after it's hung.

if you use miniature thimble-size pots, your wreaths can be used
as tree ornaments, napkin rings, or placed on gifts as an accent! 

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i hung my wreath so that the mossy pots faced upward,
then i tucked in a tiny bit of moss green eyelash yarn as a small detail.
adding real moss would be just as easy...
as would adding in silk flowers and leaves for springtime!

 i don't recommend putting soil and plants in this - 
if you want a planted wreath, use a heavy wire/metal wreath frame
and wire to secure the pots to the wreath, then hang from a metal wreath hook.

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a vignette of more pots and plants below the wreath
furthers the spring theme
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i hope this encourages you to look at what you have and what you can make
so that you see all of the possibilities for re-using elements
for more than one season of the year ;) 

related content:

'Terra Cotta Christmas': 2 wreaths using pots


previous spring decor projects using terra cotta pots


shared online:


funky junk interiors | new upcycle ideas #722

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2 comments:

  1. Oh Deb.... you just gave me such a neat accessory to create for a new potting bench I want to make for this summer! I adore this garden vibe clay pot wreath... it's PERFECT!

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    1. oh that makes me SO happy, Donna! i can't wait to see what you create!!!

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