I love these adorable, earth-friendly planters because they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and you can easily customize them to match your color scheme. Also, don’t worry if painting is not your thing. You don’t need to be the next Picasso to pull this off. In fact, you’ll be purchasing most of the supplies from your local home improvement store so this is the perfect project for getting your entire wedding party involved.
- Small clay planter (1 per guest or per couple)
- Potting soil
- Container plants (these usually come in packages of 4 or 6)
- Acrylic paint and brushes
Step 1: Paint your planters. You can create designs simple using stripes or polka dots, use sponges to create an elegant argyle like I did or go whimsical with cute sea creatures for a beach themed wedding. To ensure a somewhat uniform design, set up an assembly line and assign one task to each of your helpers (i.e. one person can paint a stripe around the top of each pot, then someone else can add polka dots).
Step 2: Fill each planter with potting soil, leaving about 1” at the top. Don’t pack the soil in too tightly to ensure that your plant will be able to breathe and create a small hole in the center.
Step 3: Gently remove the plants from their plastic packaging. You can do this by squeezing the bottom of the packaging in the same way that you would squeeze an ice pop out of its wrapper. Add one plant to each pot ensuring that the roots are completely covered with soil but again, make sure you give it room to breathe.
Step 4: Hydrate your plants. Don’t drown them but be sure to water them thoroughly to ensure that they’re looking their best for your big day. Plants can take a few days to perk back up after they’re transplanted so plan accordingly. (I recommend starting a week or two ahead of time and then asking a trusted friend or family member to take care of the plants until it’s time to give them away. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to do transplanting on days that are naturally rainy and damp so if your weather forecast is calling for a drizzle, take advantage of it!)
Succulents make a great alternative to flowering plants so check your local home improvement or garden store for options. Herbs such as basil, rosemary or lavender are another great idea because they serve a function in addition to looking pretty. Also consider the time of year you’ll be getting married and do some research to see what sort of plants will be in season, especially if you have your heart set on a certain type.
These painted planters make great favors but as an added bonus, they can also double as centerpieces if you’re looking for ways to cut costs. And although I’ve never done this, you easily turn them into your escort cards by adding a ribbon around the pot and attaching a small tag printed with each guest’s name and table number.