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Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Pottery Barn Richard Taylor Leaf Planter

Richard Taylor Leaf Planters
I fell in love with these wonderful Richard Taylor Leaf Planters from Pottery Barn.

So what did I do? I set about getting one for myself! Can you see mine below?
Follow along and I will show you how to get one for yourself. All it takes is about $5 and a little effort.

Start with a basic terra cotta pot ( and don't forget to use your 40% off coupon at the craft store!)
Mine was 7" tall by 7 1/2" wide.
Halfway in between the two PB sizes so I would guess this one would be priced at
about $24.
Mine costed about $5 (for the pot and the clay)

Spray it with some Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer and let dry.

While it is drying, get some oven bake clay, roll it out and cut out with a leaf shape cookie cutter.
Joanns has a lovely set for $2.99 with 3 different sizes in it-(again remember the 40% off coupon!)

Add some veins to the leafs with a sharp knife tip or pin or something of that sort.

Make more leaves until you have a pile!
(I used 50 of them)

Bake the leaves, cool, and then just start hot gluing to the pot.
One on the bottom, one on the top pattern, overlap them a little.

Work your way around until you have done the whole top edge of the pot.

Paint one coat of tan paint.

Mix 1 part antiquing medium (available in a craft paint size container)
to 1 part paint. Brush on and wipe off.
Do this with 3 colors:
Dark dark brown or black
orangey brown
light brown.

The pic above is after the black layer, I still had the other 2 layers to do.
When the antiquing layers are done,
brush on lightly another coat of the tan that was used as a base coat.
Do not mix it with antiquing medium or wipe it off at all.
You want this coat to cover a little more than the antiquing layers did.
I also recommend sealing it with some sort of waterproof sealer so that you can water your flowers without having the paint come off.

Here are some more pics of the finished results:

I am really tempted to make a family of planters like this.
I could have a really fun display on my front porch steps!

But for now it's just gonna rest on a little table inside my front door with some faux flowers.

You see, we still have snow so I will have to wait to use it outside :(

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  1. Awesome knockoff! :)

  2. Wow! great job. So clever. A little bit of time and whole lot of savings! Great tutorial, too.


  3. Awesome! Way to save money.

  4. Love it, going to try one myself. Thanks!

  5. What a fabulous idea. I love it. They look so pretty. Great tutorial also. Hugs, Marty

  6. Oh my goodness, that looks stunning! I love how you made your own on a great budget, which looks as good as, if not better than the original! (lovely photos too!!) :)

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. Now that is genius! Love it and, of course, it looks absolutely fabulous!!!!

  8. Wowsers, that is great! Wonderful job

  9. Wow! That is amazing! It looks fantastic and you really saved a ton of money!

  10. You have the patience of Job! I love crafty stuff but I think I would have pulled my hair out already! I do so admire people who can make such wonderful pieces of work.

    Happy PS
    Deanna :D

  11. I've never tried working with clay, but you do make it seem possible to do and it looks great! Thank you for the idea.

  12. These are so cute! You did a great job!! I think you were brave to attempt this.

    Great job!!

  13. You have such a wonderful talent! Great job on the pottery barn knock off! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  14. Great knockoff project. I host a blog party each Tuesday at 8pm. I would love for you to stop by and join the party with this post.

  15. Very sweet little project! And you made it sound easy, too!

    Visiting from Rook 17 :)

  16. I love this! Thank you for showing us how to do it. I may give this one a try! Found you over at Kindra's Terrific Under Ten.

  17. One of the best knock offs I have seen! Amazing job! Thanks sooooo much for sharing your talent.

  18. great knockoff, Pottery Barn has nothing on you!

  19. Wow, very creative!! I love that you made it yourself, for LESS! I like that you can personalize a pot with any pattern using this method. Awesome!

  20. Beautiful pot!
    Beautiful job!
    Beautiful tutorial!


  21. Popping over from Faded Charm to see what you made...These pots are fantastic! xoxo

  22. Love PB...but love knock-offs even more! You did a great job and saved a bundle!
    Visiting from Spring Fling...

  23. Now that is so smart! How inventive of you! It turned out so pretty.


  24. i turned out so pretty, i love the way your transformed such a plain pot into art! thanks for sharing this at my party!

  25. Oh yeah - you did good. What lovely gifts these would be if you made more. I don't see myself doing this - but I'm most impressed with what you turned out!

  26. You go girl.. I would have NEVER thought of that.. they are awsome.

  27. What a fabulous project and yours turned out wonderful!

  28. Gorgeous planter! What an awesome knockoff! I will be sharing this on Facebook. Thanks for linking up!

  29. Feature Alert! Feature Alert!

    That's right! You were featured today over at Today's Top 20!

    Hope to chat soon!


  30. So pretty! You made it look so simple to do, too!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Brag Fest!

  31. i some how missed those pots in the PB catalog.

    you did such a great job. beautiful work.

    thanks so much for linking up with the SPRING FLING!
    have a super weekend.


  32. this looks so awesome! you really did a great job with this. thanks for linking it up with my Show and Share party.

  33. Incredible! You did such a beautiful job making your own version of the Pottery Barn ones, and at a fraction of the price. Thank you so much for sharing your excellent tutorial at "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17.


  34. What a GREAT knock off! This turned out terrific and I'm featuring this today on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's. Thanks for linking up!

  35. I love this planter and have scheduled a feature of it for this afternoon at Extreme Personal Measures. Watch for it!


    Extreme Personal Measures

  36. WOW! Great job! I am now your newest follower. Can't wait to make a bunch of these for around my place.

  37. K you are amazing, and super fun, and incredibly talented, and I love you.

    This is just another wonderful knock off, that I adore, and can't wait to try. I need to start eyeing all these catalogues, dang you just recreate the most awesome things ever.

    Love it.

    I loved it so much I had to FEATURE you today!!

    Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

    THANKS so much for supporting my blog by linking up to **AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and AfterI love having you, and thanks to you, I'm getting close to my goal of having 100 link ups, YAYYY.

    P.S. I'm looking for GUEST bloggers, if you are interested, please let me know!!GUEST BLOGGERS NEEDED

Bella :)

  38. This is simply gorgeous! I love the finishing technique you used too! Fantastic inspired piece. Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today.
    Hope you are enjoying your week
    ~ Stephanie Lynn