Earthenware Upcycle

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

I have a special ability with plants….you could call me a plant whisperer of sorts……….but I don’t mean in a good way. I mean that when plants enter my home they die………almost immediately, they know their time is up so they give into the inevitable. It’s a gift, what more can I say? I actually I think they start dying as soon as I pick them up at the nursery. My husband rolls his eyes every time I bring a plant home and asks me “why do you do this to yourself?”. He is under no delusion that the plant will survive………I, however, live with the hope that this time it will be different, that somehow this one will be a fighter and make it through. It is not that I don’t care about plants, it’s more that I forget about them. Even the ones that are right in front of me everyday as I wash the dishes, I forget they are there and I am not sure if you know this but plants need water and sun……..it is this whole photosynthesis thing?! What I don’t get is that I have managed to keep a WHOLE HUMAN alive for 9 YEARS, but for the life of me I keep killing plants. How does that even make sense?

So in reality this project is an experiment in futility…..or faith…..we will have to see, I will keep you posted on their progress!

I don’t know about you but I love a good upcycle…..I love creating something out of nothing or creating a high end look for something I bought at the op-shop.

When I was a teenager I would go op-shopping weekly, for trendy retro fashions, the stuff my Mum wore when she was a teenager and without thinking of her future daughter proceeded to discard. Could you imagine the fashions I would have been avaliable to me if she had kept everything?! I thought ahead though…….I have kept my favourite retro fashions I found as a teenager and put them away for my daughter. How awesome a Mum am I? Seriously my teenage self loves me right now!

The point to that whole side story was that I have been into op-shopping forever….I love finding a bargain and I love taking something another person has discarded and making it my own.

So lets take an ordinary op-shop find that you can find EVERYWHERE and mix it with (practically dead) plants and make a little display that will liven up any space and look “trendy” for a couple of (Australian) dollars. You can find Earthenware in every op-shop here, I went on a recent op-shop trek and found so many pieces just sitting there being ignored. Hand made pottery is so on-trend right now. The problem is you have to pay and arm and a leg for it and personally I cannot justify that or explain to my Hubby that I spent $60 on a pot….for a plant I will kill…..I am pretty certain I know how that conversation will go!

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

So I gathered a collection of Earthenware pieces that look like they could be pots and fit together well. Some were little cups, sugar jars and I even bought one that I think was meant to be a salt or garlic holder?

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

I decided to gather a selection of succulents as they are quite “easy” to maintain and keep alive.

You will need to use potting soil made for succulents and cacti plus some little rocks to finish the top off nicely. You can find all of these supplies at your local landscaping supply shop.

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

Potting succulents is easy, fill the pot up a third with stone for drainage.

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

Place in your potting mix.

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

Then your plant.

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

Fill the top with decorative stone.

Colour Saturated Life | Earthenware Upcycle

Now all you have to do is keep them alive!

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create High-End Pots for Succulents

How cute do these look now? I still have a few more to show you……

This time I used the sugar jars (I assume that is what they are?) and a little vase. I took some thick twine, wrapped and tied it around them and hung them on a cool rusty hook we have hanging up outside (you do that when you live on a farm!) and you get this cool hanging display!

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create Hanging Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create Hanging Pots for Succulents

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycle Earthenware from Op-Shop to Create Hanging Pots for Succulents

These three worked for a hanging display as they had that lip on them that the others didn’t have, so the twine could sit in the groove. Are they not super cute hanging up? I cannot decide which ones I like more, which one is your favourite?

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  • Suzanne - July 8, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    I had to laugh reading this, as I too was not blessed with a green thumb. It is an ongoing battle to try to keep a few survivors. The earthenware pots are just lovely and the succulents you planted in them just make them that much more special.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    SuzanneReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 12, 2015 - 9:20 am

      So many of us are plant killers! Haha! Thanks SuzanneReplyCancel

  • Kati - July 8, 2015 - 8:31 am

    Love this! I used a thrifted chicken roaster to plant some succulents, now I think I need to go find some more cause the little individual pots are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Veronika | Tickled Pink Confetti - July 7, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Awwww…this is so lovely! I especially love the green and the hanging ones. This is a little bit like potting a terrarium, isn’t it? Don’t worry about killing your plants… I did it too and in the end, my husband just gave up and took care of the plants himself. I’m also excited to find that you might be from Australia as well. I’ve just been into the blogging world recently, and I haven’t read many Australian blogs. Sorry for being so random. Anyway, thanks for sharing and have a good day!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 7, 2015 - 9:01 pm

      I am all about being random here Veronika! It is so good to hear from a fellow Aussie blogger! Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living - July 6, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    Oh my Mum had such a great range of ceramic pots and bibs and bobs when I was growing up. It is such a great idea to upcycle them like this. Everything looks fabulous with a succulent 🙂 I wish she hadn’t thrown them all out now, I want a cute little pop setup like this!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya @ Rustic & Woven - July 3, 2015 - 5:05 am

    I love these little planters, Gilly! They’re all beautiful, but the hanging display is my favorite. I’m tempted to give this a try, although it sounds like I may have similar “plant whispering” skills, so I’m not sure how fair that would be to the poor plants… :/ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 3, 2015 - 9:28 pm

      Yes, it seems to be quite common for people to be plant killers so you are not alone! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - July 2, 2015 - 9:22 pm

    These look great … I love the hanging display 🙂 Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • shonee - July 1, 2015 - 11:33 pm

    those pots are so darling! I just barely finished a succulents pot myself last week and sadly I can start to see them wilting and curling up….help 🙂 Beautiful pictures as usual!
    -Shonee
    http://www.hawthorneandmain.comReplyCancel

    • Gilly - July 3, 2015 - 9:26 pm

      Mine are still alive so far! But, I have found they don’t survive long indoors, the outdoor ones are doing really well, I just plant and ignore. Good Luck Shonee!ReplyCancel

  • Chiara @ One O - July 1, 2015 - 4:11 pm

    Oh jilly, you really make me feel like I’m not the only plant serial killer! I love your strength in keeping on buying them.. So you think I should keep trying? I want green in my house! Real greeny plants! :-p great pots by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - July 1, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Oh my gosh, those make the perfect planters for succulents! I see a few pieces of pottery every time I go to the thrift store.
    Have a great week, Gilly.ReplyCancel

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