DIY cachepots to match your style, using adhesive shelf liners! A quick, frugal and easy solution for newly bought indoor plants with ugly pots. All you need is leftover scraps from shelf liners and scissors. Upcycling and decorating in one DIY go.
The idea came to me when I was painting mom’s spicy yellow kitchen and I wanted to add a living plant to style (I am using the word “style” with extreme platitude here) the room. I found a plant but it came with a plain plastic pot and I wanted to cover that. I had one scrap piece left from lining the cabinets and it so happened it was just the right size to dress the pot.
Fast forward, we bought 3 indoor plants to add some life and decor in our living room. And because – live – Green is In and makes every space look more inviting. Well, I did not have any decorative pots to put them in and I did not want to rush myself and buy planters I am not in love with. Until I find the right planters, I need an easy and frugal solution to hide the ugly plastic pots our plants came with.
Aaand since I love DIYing with scraps (like here), adhesive shelf liners to the rescue!
Here is how to DIY your own cachepots out of shelf liners, if you ever find yourself in a similar cachepot-less situation.
1. Measure the height of your pot. Add at least 2 more inches to that and cut. The extra inches will be folded to create seamless lips on the top and bottom – which adds stability and make the cachepot look finished.
2. Measure the circumference of your pot and add an inch. The extra inch will be used to “close” the cylinder.
3. Cut your rectangle, using the grid lines for straight cuts. If you can’t cut straight, no worries, you can fix that when you fold the “lips”.
3. Fold and stick the extra height inches on both sides, remove the protective paper – only at the extra part – and stick (use the grid lines for help).
4. Roll your piece of adhesive liner. That way, it will be perfectly cylindrical and neat. I used a rolling pin but a bottle or even the rest of the liner cylinder, will also work.
5. Remove the protective paper of your extra inch (from number 2) and stick your cylinder closed:
If that is too much hassle for you and the cachepot will be against wall, you can always use tape and place the stuck part facing the wall.
6. Insert your pot and enjoy. 🙂
Once I had one cachepot, I thought it made sense to make a set of three cachepots in different heights, and place them together.
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- The thicker the liner, the better it will hold against creases.
- They are super easy to wipe clean.
- Look great in sets of different heights.
- There is such a great variety of liners you can make cachepots to your personal style: floral, striped, monochrome – you name it!
It is not a craft that lasts forever. The liners will eventually get too many creases from handling but, by then, we’ll probably have found good looking permanent cachepots – and if not, we can always make new ones with a different liner. 🙂
Now for the hard part: keeping our new plants alive. Crossing fingers!
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