peat pots

I love finding ways to make dollar items look like they’re something much more high end.  I find that a nice metallic paint is one way to up the “wow” factor of a simple item.  When I saw a pack of 10 seed pots for $1 in Target’s dollar spot, I grabbed them.  Not for gardening, but for crafting, of course!    With a little paint and some embellishments, these 10 cent pots are now pretty enough for table or home decor!

painted pots

Project estimate:

  • Pulp Seed Pots, 10 for $1
  • Gold paint, on hand or $2 and up
  • Rub on transfers, on hand or $1 and up
  • Doilies, on hand
  • Wire, on hand

Total:  $1 and up


Step one:  Paint the pots with the gold metallic paint.


Step two:  Gently rub the transfer onto the pot.


Step three:  Punch holes in either side of the pot to add a wire handle if desired.

paper shred

Embellish the pots with doilies or paper strips.  To make the paper shred, I folded a page from a dictionary (used in this tutorial) and cut it into small strips.  I then coiled a piece of sisal wire to make a place card holder.


You can also fill the pots with flowers or battery operated tea lights.

painted pulp pot

I’m making a different set in red, white, and blue for the fourth of July.  This project is so quick and inexpensive that you could easily decorate for any theme!  They’d make great favors or gift containers, too.  I’m actually going to use these in my craft room.  They’ll make pretty storage containers for glitter tubes, embossing powders, etc.  There are lots of different ways to customize this project!