DIY Face Planter

I’ve been wanting to get a head or face planter for quite some time. But, I was always put off by the cost. I’m a very frugal person, so paying more than $50 for a planter is just not in my budget. So, I figured out a way to DIY my own Face Planter.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I realized that I already had all of the supplies I needed to create a DIY Face Planter.

  • Terra Cotta Pot (I used a 6″ pot)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop face stencils I used are discontinued but TCW698 a great alternative
  • Americana Chalky Finish in your choice of color ( I used Everlasting)
  • Brushes: 1″ angle, 3/8″ flat and #1 flat
  • American Paints of your choice
  • Markers: I used Fude Ball and Tombow both in black, pencil
  • Americana Sealer Spray

After making sure my pots were clean, I applied 2 layers of the chalky finish paint using the 1″ angle brush.  I also painted one saucer dish.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Paint the inside rim also for a completed look.  My plan is to pot bushy and trailing plants in them so it looks like the girl’s hair coming out of the pots.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Using a regular pencil, I traced the stencils onto the dried pots. 

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

You can also use some tape to help you keep the stencil steady, but I just used my hand.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Using the 3/8″ flat brush I painted the face a flesh tone. I used the #1 brush to paint the eyes and lips.  I also used a combination of the Fude ball pen and marker to trace the face and details.  With the Fude ball pen be careful not to smudge it.  I love this pen because it writes on anything, but it does go on very wet and takes a little while to dry.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

To seal the paints I used Americana Matte Sealer spray.  Definitely use this spray outside with good ventilation.  Let is dry about an hour and then you’re ready to plant!

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Once I transplanted my house plants, I realized that the face was sitting a little too low and the white pot rim was too distracting.  So, I decided to paint some leaves onto the rim to connect the plant to the face.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

The girl with the rosy cheeks has a Hoya Carnosa plant in it with a beautiful draping look to it.  The girl with the dreamy green eyes has a Cotyledon Pendens succulent in it.  This plant was a bit tricky to transplant because the little leaves are very touchy and can fall off easily.  But, I got it in and I think it will be staying in this pot forever!  But, I love the bushy and arching look it has.

DIY Face Planter created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Now these are just suggestions for you and you can draw any style face you like.  The stencils are a great resource to use if you want a dramatic face but are not use to drawing faces.  Or you can free hand it and do a much more whimsical face.

I’ve added many more samples in my Container Gardening Pinterest board.  Simply click on the image below to check them out…

Container gardening pinterest board by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I hope you enjoyed this brief tutorial and give it a try yourself. 

Thanks so much for visiting friends!

 

Blessings,

 

 

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