Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CRAFT: DIY Rope-Wrapped Tribal Cactus Planter

I have this nasty habit of playing search and rescue for abandoned and neglected plants at Estate Sales.  Especially if they are cacti.  Most times, the pots housing said cacti are less than desirable.  Upon being given an amazing rope covered pot from Anthropologie by Jen, I knew I had to recreate the look on all my homely little salvaged pots.  Follow along... you'll be surprised how easy this is!

You will need a glue gun, an old flower pot, some jute twine/rope, paint and a paint brush.

Apply about a one inch length of glue along upper outside rim.  You may want to apply a little glue on the rope to prevent fraying.

In 1-2 inch increments, continue gluing and pressing rope against glue fully along the top outer rim until you meet the beginning edge of the glued rope.  Simply continue gluing, wrapping, gluing, wrapping, gluing, wrapping... all the way to the bottom of the pot.

Make sure the last coil is glued tightly in place and that any frayed edges are glued and secure at the bottom.  Also, try to make sure the rope along the bottom allows for a balanced sitting position for the planter.

Next, go crazy with the paint!  I chose a simple, geometric, tribal print to spruce up the rope.
Imagine the possibilities!

 This project would be an absolutely great house warming gift!  It's unique, personal and just simply adorable!  Plus, succulents are pretty difficult to kill.  Just keep near a window and water once a week!

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  1. I love how you've used the pattern, it gives it a kind of tribal look, reminds me of some of the African things my mum has. Love it

  2. very cute. i love sisal rope. i'm your newest follower. come check out my blog when you have a second at

  3. looks fantastic great job!

    would love it if you could share this on my linky party Serenity Saturday, that runs from sat-thurs @

    Natasha xx

  4. this looks great! i thought you just painted this, but you wrapped it, too. awesome!


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