Last weekend husband bought some mint plants, and they’ve been languishing indoors every since. It was on my agenda to pot them for the past couple of days (you know you can’t plant mint in the ground, right?), but I couldn’t just put them in a pot.
Because this has been a week of hardware store projects, I decided to make a jute twine-wrapped pot, which is super easy, cute and messy. (Note: this post has affiliate links for your reference.)
What You’ll Need
- a flower pot — mine is a 10-inch pot I got on clearance at Target at the end of last summer for $3.14 (similar, but more expensive)
- twine — I used what we had in the house, which is jute twine with a weight rating of 7 pounds
- glue — hot glue would make sense for this project if your pot can take it, or use any glue that is OK for plastic and can be outdoors if you want your pot to go outside. I used E-6000, which is heavy-duty, industrial stuff you might not want to use (and if you do I have cautions below)
How to Make a Twine-Wrapped Pot
Lay down a line of glue and place the twine on top. This is going to get really messy really fast.
I eventually figured out that I could squeeze a little glue out with my right hand and push the twine into place with my left and got a pretty good rhythm going. I also used our rock wall for support and it scratched my pot up. Oh well, it’s going outside anyway.
Keep winding until you’ve covered your desired area, or run out of glue, time or patience. My hand actually got tired of squeezing so I gave up after about 20 minutes of work.
Allow to dry.
E-6000 Tips and Warnings
This will probably merit its own post at some point, but E-6000 is serious business. I was afraid of it for a long time. Crafters love it because it is strong, clear, bonds to most anything and is super-permanent.
It’s also really toxic. For the love of your brain cells, please do this project outside when kids are not around. You really shouldn’t get it on your skin, which is inevitable with this project, so wash up as quickly as you can. (Or do like I did: wash, rub, peel, wash some more, rub some more, peel some more.)
Keep a paper towel handy for the glue tube to sit on when you need to put it down because it will drip. You’ll also want to clean the nozzle really well before you put the cap back on, or you may never be able to take it off again.
Do you pretty up planters or leave them plain? I’d love to hear your ideas.