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.
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.
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.
Using a regular pencil, I traced the stencils onto the dried pots.
You can also use some tape to help you keep the stencil steady, but I just used my hand.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
I hope you enjoyed this brief tutorial and give it a try yourself.
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