I was browsing in the library when I came across a book all about modern farmhouse design. No I don’t live in a farmhouse (I live in a mid-century rancher) but I love that the modern farmhouse aesthetic captures rustic, vintage, industrial, and clean lines all at once. It’s a great way to capture both masculine and feminine in your home and you can have individual elements reflecting each of these sub-styles, and more of one than the others. In other words, you can totally make up your own version of modern farmhouse! For this project, I took two elements normally used in rustic decor (chicken wire and terracotta pots) and with a bit of spray paint, coaxed them into the more modern direction!
My modern farmhouse flower pot makeover is part of this month’s Dose of DIY Blog Hop! Our theme this month is using flower pots in indoor or outdoor decor. Scroll down to the end of the post for links to more flower pot ideas (please excuse us for being a week late this month!).
Modern Farmhouse Flower Pot Makeover
- Chicken wire (available in small-ish rolls at the hardware store)
- Terracotta pots
- Wire cutters and flat nosed pliers
- Metal file
- Spray paint for the chicken wire and pots
- Waterproof sealant spray
- Gloves to protect your hands (optional)
- SAFETY NOTE: Always wear protective eyewear when cutting wire
Cut a length of chicken wire, big enough to wrap around your pot and overlap about an inch. Place your chicken wire flat on a surface. It’s easier to work with (later) with the coils of your chicken wire going horizontally. Place your pot on its side about 1 inch above one edge of the wire.
Wrap the chicken wire around the pot. It won’t go around perfectly as the flower pot is narrower at the bottom but that’s okay. Bend about 1 inch of the wire underneath the pot. Wear gloves if you like to protect your hands.
Overlap the edges and using your pliers, wrap the wire ends together to connect the two edges. This will be the back of your pot so do it as neatly as you can but it also doesn’t have to be perfect.
So at this point it looks like this. Next, we’ll trim the excess off the top.
Turn the pot so the “front” is facing you. As mentioned, I like the coils going horizontally in this project. This makes it easy to trim off the excess at the top by cutting through the single lengths of wire rather than through the (thicker) coils. So I just trimmed off the wire so that I’m left with the coiled edge at the top. I filed the ends of the wire with a metal file. Below, I’ve marked where I trimmed.
So in the end, you have this. You can stop here if you like!
You should be able to remove the pot from the wire and the wire should keep its general shape.
Now for spray paint. If you’re planning on displaying your pots outdoors and/or you’re going to pot plants directly in the pots, spray the terracotta pots first with a waterproof sealant. I used a copper metallic color for the wire and white for the pot to keep things looking crisp and clean. Spray the outside of the pots with sealant again. I plan to keep mine indoors or on our covered porch. And I plan to keep my succulents in a separate pot and take them out to water.
Once dry, insert the pot back into the chicken wire form. All done with my modern farmhouse flower pots! They’ll look cute anywhere in the house. Can’t wait to make more. You can even add a little tag on the side with a clothespin or metal clip.
My modern farmhouse pots are part of A Dose of DIY, a monthly blog hop featuring some of my favorite bloggers! It’s always an honor to be among them. Click the links below to see their creative flower pot ideas for indoor and outdoor decor.
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