Easy crafts for lazy people: Marimekko inspired plant pots

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a DIY project! My latest adventures with a paintbrush resulted in some cute clay plant pots with a design inspired by Finnish textile company Marimekko.

If you’re new to this site, I’ve been doing this series called Easy crafts for lazy people. It’s all about the fact that I’m really into doing creative stuff, yet incredibly impatient about getting to the end result. Sometimes I’m willing to sacrifice a spotless end result, just to get there faster. However, in the hands of someone capable of more diligence, these ideas could give even better results!

Here’s another one of these projects. We just recently decided to green up our place (finally!). Being the novices we are to the world of plants, we started out with some species that are easy to care for: ferns, herbs and succulents. I couldn’t help myself. Instead of getting the 4$ pre-enameled pot covers, I had to get the plain ones, knowing that their blandness wouldn’t last for long.

This is the type of pot we had to start for:

plain clay pot

This is what the end result looks like:

Painted clay plant pots_Marimekko inspiration

The process is really simple. All you need is some regular acrylic paint (I chose three shades: carmine red, cerulean blue and titanium white) one or two paintbrushes and some newspaper to protect the surface on which you are working,

Start with a first coat of white, which you will let dry for an hour or so (though less should be enough). Afterwards, let your imagination run free! The time you will invest in this project depends on your chosen design and your ability to paint quickly or not. All in all, I’d say I was done in 2 hours (counting the time spent waiting for the coats to dry).

If you are not already familiar with the work of Finnish design company Marimekko and are a fan of colorful textiles and Scandinavian design, check them out. Here are some examples of their products:

marimekko_spring2013_textile5 Marimekko Marimekko print Marimekko print flowers

Their work requires deep pockets, so for now we’ll stick to being inspired by their beautiful fabric design.


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