DIY Christmas Sprouting Pots

Turn planting pots into Christmas centerpieces for easy DIY Christmas decorations.

| Winter 2015

  • Christmas Pots
    Turn small planting pots into easy Christmas table decorations.
    Photo by Kellsey Trimble

  • Christmas Pots

These little Christmas pots are reminiscent of the spring season, with green peat moss. The candles are strictly decorative and are not to be lit.

Christmas Pot Materials

• Small planting pots — metal, terra cotta or ceramic
• Clean rag
• Masking tape
• Black chalkboard paint
• Ribbon, 1⁄2-inch wide
• String, twine or floral wire
• Bells
• Preserved peat moss
• Tapered candles, slightly taller than the pot
• Chalk — not dustless


1. First, you’ll need to paint the planter pots. After wiping them clean with a damp rag and allowing them to dry, place masking tape around the pots where you don’t want to paint. I placed tape over the top half of my pots, so only the bottom half shows the chalk paint.

2. In a well-ventilated area, set the pots on a surface covered with newspaper, and spray all the way around them with chalkboard paint. Let them dry for an hour or so. Apply a second coat of paint, and let dry for a few hours.

3. When the pots are completely dry, pull the masking tape off. If there are areas where the paint seeped under the tape, don’t worry, as they will be covered up with ribbon.

4. Cut your ribbon into pieces long enough to wrap around the pot and tie in a bow. I used sheer white and red ribbon so I could layer them, and still be able to see both colors. To keep the ribbon from sliding down the pot, use a couple dots of super glue or hot glue to keep it in place. Using string, twine or thin wire, tie a small bell onto the center of the ribbon bow.

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