Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.    

Using some leftover contact paper I had lying around from this project, I whipped up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones my store-bought houseplants came in. 

Inspired by these solid brass planters from Ferm Living, I created hexagon and pentagon vessels for a fraction of the price. One roll of $10 contact paper will make  anywhere from 10-20 planter covers like these, depending on the size. 

Here's how to make your own:


  • Scrap Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Copper Contact Paper (on Amazon)
  • Small Plants


1. First, measure the diameter of the widest part of your plant, which is most likely the very top of the plastic container it came in. Then, measure the height as well.

2. Next, measure a piece of cardboard to the length of your diameter in step one and roughly the same height as what you measured in the previous step. Cut out.

3. Roll out a sheet of contact paper and place your cut out cardboard on top, leaving at least 3/4 of an inch all the way around before cutting the contact paper to size, as shown in photo.

4. Next, score the cardboard every 1-2 inches with a pair of scissors or an Xacto knife. This will create the various sides of your faux copper planter. *There are five sides to a pentagon and 6 sides to a hexagon, so score your cardboard accordingly.

5. Remove the paper backing from the contact paper and place the cardboard down slowly (centered so that there is excess contact paper on all sides), one scored increment at a time, bending and pulling up the pieces that have been attached to the contact paper as you go. This will help avoid bubbles and bumps that have to be smoothed out later.

6. Cut slits in the contact paper at each score mark, on all sides. Then, one by one tightly pull each flap over and secure to the back.

7. Secure the ends in the same way, before folding the faux planter up and joining the two ends with another piece of contact paper.

8. Cut and tuck in excess from either side the same way you did in step six. Then, add your plant and you are done. 

Use as covers to conceal ugly vases/ containers for flowers or for potted plants. 

You can also take this a step further by painting designs and patterns onto the covers after they're finished. Or cover them in marble contact paper, instead of copper, for a completely different look.

What do you think? Will you be making any of these geometric covers for your store-bought plants?

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Danielle on Aug 07, 2015:

Very nice!

Danielle on Aug 07, 2015:

Very beautiful!!!

Anonymous on Apr 26, 2015:

These look great! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous on Feb 05, 2015:

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MellyMel on Jan 03, 2015:

Foremost- please know that this is coming from a kind and helping place in my heart and not a know-it-all-jerky place.... I just wanted to make one tiny correctional note on the instructions to this AWESOME diy. Steps 1 and 2 say to measure the "diameter" and height of the original container of the plant; using these dimensions the DIYer then cuts the cardboard (or whatever material choosen) to the correct size. After some shaping & beautification, the result is a cover that slips right over that ugly plastic pot it came in. Knowing that the cover has to be a.) big enough around to slip the ugly pot inside but not b.) big enough around to create a gap that will expose the ugly pot, and c.) tall enough to cover the plastic pot but not d.) too tall that it completely encapsulates the plant...these measurements are pretty important! So, my correction is this: please do not measure the "diameter" of the original pot and use that as the length to cut your cardboard. Instead, measure the circumference of the pot, add about 3/4", and that will be your length. Measure the height of the original pot and add maybe 1/4", that will be the height of your cardboard piece. Then follow the original directions because this is an awesome DiY that I love and have used many times (I'm a sucker for the 1$ mini succulents sold at my farmers market :) Many thanks for this wonderful DIY!

Linda T on Apr 01, 2014:

SInce there are so many Contact papers, one could do any colour, or use normal construction paper with the 'frosted' contact paper to waterproof it.

Brittni Mehlhoff on Mar 31, 2014:

Thanks Kat. :)

kat on Mar 28, 2014:

I love this!!!! Such a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!

xo, Kat

Brittni Mehlhoff on Mar 26, 2014:

Thanks Alicia and Evie.

alicia on Mar 26, 2014:


Evie {Domestic Whimsy} on Mar 25, 2014:

So brilliant! Those plants look super happy in their shiny little houses :-)

Brittni Mehlhoff on Mar 25, 2014:

Thanks Capree. :)

CapreeK on Mar 25, 2014:

Love, love, love these Brittni!

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