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February 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hi Houzzers from the UK ... when we moved house we found a large stack of old clay flower pots, mostly around 4 to 6 inches high. They look pretty fragile and I doubt whether they are frost resistant, so I'm wondering if anyone has any creative ideas of how I could use some of them decoratively?
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have you got space in the hall,you could put them on the wall or on a plinth mix them with some other decorative items,like a mirror/window or in a window with shelves,maybe in the kitchen or balcony??
February 7, 2013 at 3:05AM   
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You can seal them so they will be ok outside in the cold weather. I am in Michigan last winter my pots broke in the cold. This past summer I sealed my pots and so far this winter they are fine. Our temp has been -4 for a few days but mostly in the single digits. Pots are still fine. Anyway. You can seal the and paint them. I will send a link.
February 7, 2013 at 3:07AM   
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February 7, 2013 at 3:09AM   
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Wrap in burlap with jute rope & use in your kitchen for herbs
February 7, 2013 at 4:46AM     
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thanks all - some good ideas there.
February 7, 2013 at 9:33AM     
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Welcome Home designs
Go on Pinterest. Tons of ideas for clay pots!
February 7, 2013 at 11:06AM   
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I would make a water feature with them. Where they spill into each other.
February 10, 2013 at 7:42AM   
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As they are probably too fragile for long term outdoor use (unless you want to bring them in each winter) perhaps you could make a wall feature of them in an indoor corridor or wall by hanging them and threading low wattage lights (or leds) in them - I imagine 3x3 (row/columns of) pots or 3x4 pots to make a rectangle depending on your space and what wow factor you want.
February 10, 2013 at 7:46AM     
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Hi ASVInteriors - like this idea, too. We have some space in the hall where this might look good, but not sure how we would fix them to the wall. Would it be best to embed the pots in some sort of plaster or build a frame of some description to fix each pot to? I imagine this could get quite heavy to fix to the wall...
February 10, 2013 at 8:22AM   
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You would have two issues:
1. How to wire the lighting into each pot (do they have holes underneath) and 2. How to affix them to the wall without the wires showing.
If you build the entire lighting system into the plaster and then embed the pots - wiring will be so much simpler and even embedding the flower pots.
I have done something similar fairly recently for a client by using a lightweight wood frame, piercing holes to tie the (masks) in this case to the wood with wire (or a strong jute in your case perhaps). I then covered the entire board with burlap to hide the wires. And built a heavy frame around it.
February 10, 2013 at 10:05AM   
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Hi ASVInteriors - thanks again and the example of the mask display looks great. The pots do have a drainage hole in the bottom, so I'm thinking that maybe a Christmas light string might be suitable, so that each bulb could be pushed through the hole.
February 10, 2013 at 12:32PM     
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