Saturday, 1 March 2014

DIY Painted Triangle Pot Plant & Fiddle Leaf Fig

I have finally joined the Fiddle Leaf Fig crew! Having spotted and fallen in love with these indoor plants on pinterest I finally set about trying to find a well priced version for my home which proved to be harder then anticipated. There is something so wonderful and healing about indoor plants and the Fiddle Leaf Fig aka Ficus Lyrata is definitely a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in. After many phone calls and hours of internet searching we finally found a tree at a suburban nursery in Melbourne - the kind of place that may not be aware of the trend which meant availability and a fairly decent price.

The perfect plant needs the perfect pot and I knew my parents had a few unused glazed pots hanging around their yard so we chose one and set off to grab the potting mix and paint.

The plant we purchased had a number of stems in the pot so my hubby separated the plants and reserved two large stems for our pot... I have to keep reminding myself that it will grow in time and look as fab as the larger versions online!.

I adore the fiber glass triangle painted pots you see popping up on design blogs and in homeware stores and my hubby and I decided to DIY our own. I should say he did the hard work, I did the painting and coffee making... so here is our painted triangle DIY.

You will need:

Painters Tape - we used 3m green tape (Similar to frog tape)
Measuring Tape
Marker (to dot your points)
Calculator (I know right - boring!!)
Small pot of paint in your chosen colour
Stanley Knife

Step 1.
Decide how tall you want your triangles. We chose 10cm approx 4" triangles with an 11cm base. Our pot is about 35cm high or 13.7".

Step 2.
When you know how tall you want your triangles to be mark around the pot to this length. Then place a piece of tape around the pot at this length (see image below)

Step 3.
Now measure the circumference of the pot and based on the width you would like your triangles to be work out how many you can fit around the pot by taking the circumference measurement and dividing by the width of each triangle (Our pot had a circumference of 110cm and we fit in 10 triangles at 11cm wide each). 

Step 4. (see images above)
The best way to get an even triangle is to mark two points around the pot as guides. The first is your triangle width as organised in step 3. We chose 11cm so the first step was to measure and dot out 11cm right around the pot where you have placed the tape. Then mark out the half way point on the top side of the pot to help you locate the point of each triangle. That is the measuring and marking done now to the taping.

Step 5.
Using your marked dots as a guide run the outside edge of the tape from the mark at the belly of the pot to the mark the top lip of the pot. 

Step 6. Using your stanley knife cut away the overlapping tape as shown below

Step 6. Continue placing the tape and cutting away the excess.

I was head coffee maker and baker while the taping was being done!

Step 7. 
Now your are ready to start painting. I chose a water based paint as I find it doesn't seep as much through the tape therefore leaving a nice crisp line. I applied two coats of paint 

Step 8.
Once your paint is dry gently remove the tape and enjoy!

FYI we inherited the pot with the paint splotches!



  1. I really love this...too bad I suck at math!! x

    1. Thanks lady so glad you do!!! I know the maths part totally sent me to sleep... what about your lovely wifey?? If we lived closer I'd definitely get Adam to measure and tape for you! xx Tina

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    1. Thank so much Fiona!! Oh my gosh, I'm totally loving your diamond pin board :) xx Tina

  3. This looks great! Awesome way to freshen up an old pot :)

    1. Thanks so much :) Hoping to paint up a few like this.. on the hunt for gold leaf paint!. xx Tina


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