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How to Make a Pottery Barn Faux Potted Plant

April 20, 2011

Okay! Now that we’ve made our faux dirt we can get on with our PB knock off. (Here’s a link to a little inspiration.) Once again, we’ll start with the supplies:

  • a small terra cotta saucer (I used the 3″ diameter variety)
  • styrofoam
  • hot glue gun
  • white glue, a la Elmers
  • a craft stick
  • side cutter
  • a serrated knife
  • a plastic container rescued from the recycle bin
  • newspaper
  • silk flowers, about 4 or 5 stems of each will do
First we’ll cut our flowers to length using the side cutter. Then we’ll use the serrated knife to cut the styrofoam to fit inside our saucer.
We’ll adhere it to the saucer with a splotch of hot glue.  Although it’s not shown in the picture,  it’s a good idea to fill the spaces around your foam with the extras you cut off when trimming the larger piece. This will save on ‘dirt’ later.
Next, stick the flowers into the center of the styrofoam. When in place, fix them with a shot or two of hot glue.
(Now comes the fun part!)

Use your fingers to sift through your faux dirt, breaking up any clumps if necessary. Then dump the dirt into your plastic container. Add a tablespoon or two of white glue to the dirt and mix.
When thoroughly mixed (the dirt should be pretty pasty), lift the dirt out of the container with your fingers and spread around the top of the styrofoam, getting up to the stems to hide everything below. Use the craft knife to push down on the top of the dirt to get it even. I kind of used it like a putty knife.
After the dirt is dry, it will darken and really look like dirt. Promise! PB displays these guys in glass vases. Looks great! If doing this, they look best if the faux flowers fall below the top of your vase, so you’ll want to keep this in mind when cutting your stems.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2015 3:16 pm

    Thank you so much for posting on how to make faux dirt. I refuse to buy already put together plant arrangements at the store and this just gives me an extra look. If I have leftover real dirt, that is what I was using in plant arrangements outside.

    • JoAnn permalink*
      September 15, 2015 7:51 am

      You are very welcome!

  2. Maureen Klusaritz permalink
    April 20, 2015 7:52 am

    I tried using modge podge didn’t get very hard?

    • Jo permalink*
      April 23, 2015 10:40 am

      Yeah, Mod Podge doesn’t set like plain old white craft glue.

  3. Graziela permalink
    April 26, 2011 8:58 pm

    That faux dirt thing….VERY clever!!! Love this!

    • Maven permalink*
      April 27, 2011 6:38 am

      Thanks! I thought so too. ;)

  4. April 26, 2011 7:14 pm

    These are my kind of plants! Love it!

    • Maven permalink*
      April 27, 2011 6:37 am

      They’re perfect for any thumb-color. Green or otherwise. ;)

  5. Meghan permalink
    April 23, 2011 2:41 pm

    Um, you’re Awesome. That’s all. I will be doing this :) So so neat!!

    • Maven permalink*
      April 23, 2011 5:13 pm

      Aw shucks, thanks. :) Glad you like it!


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