make a custom photo planter {a tutorial}

mothers day gift

Spring is in full swing, so I wanted to celebrate by creating a keepsake that’s perfect for gifts, or just to display in your own home! This decoupage photo planter fits the bill, and is easy to create to boot. Let’s get started…


  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Photos
  • Foam Brush
  • Ribbon
  • Planter
  • Plant

mothers day gift

Step 1: I started by spray painting my planter white, but this is completely optional! To get your photos, use Photoshop or another photo editing software (I know most can do this!), to take your images and resize them. From just under the rim of my planter to the bottom was approximately 3″. I wanted to make two rows of photos, so I sized my photos 1.5″ tall by 1″ wide. I resized 20 photos, and also converted them to black and white (also optional). Print out your photos onto glossy paper.

mod podge crafts

Step 2: Cut out your photos, and mod podge them onto your planter. This took a few minutes, so you may want to do this in front of an episode of your favorite show (I mod podged to Parenthood and the time flew by!)

photo planter

Halfway there!

planter diy

Step 3: Once your photos are mod podged down, let dry, and seal with three thin coats of Mod Podge, being sure to let each coat dry fully before applying the next. Use Mod Podge or hot glue to affix a length of ribbon around the rim of your planter.

mod podge planter

Step 4: For a finishing touch, add bow to your planter! Take a length of ribbon and hot glue the two ends together (first  picture below). Press the middle of the ribbon together in the center, and attach with another drop of glue (second picture). Take a smaller length of ribbon, wrap it around the middle, hot glue it in place, and then take your finished bow and attach it to your planter.

planter diy

And that’s it! Add a plant, give a gift, and make someone’s day!

mod podged planter burlap and blue

link love {favorite DIYs and tutorials}

Still looking for that perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Don’t have time to order something online?
I’ve got you covered! Here are some darling, perfect-for-mom gifts that you can make yourself!

gardeners apron via sew mama sew 

pom pom cowls via the purl bee

journal cover tutorial via bloom 

family tree printable via my little buffalo design 

ruffle apron via sew mama sew 

mother’s day bouquet via bhg