Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

DIY Project

Do this Mother's Day flower pot craft with the kids! Decorating plastic flower pots is easy with this how-to guide. Check it out!

If you’re doing some spring cleaning, you’re probably reorganizing the closet. And in your cleaning, you’ve found some worn out dress shirts. Well, don’t throw them out! Because you can use those worn out dress shirts for this Mother’s Day flower pot craft.

The same goes for those old plastic flower pots, don’t toss them. Instead, decorate them!

Keep scrolling for this cool flower pot craft idea.

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, Flower pot decoration home decor piece made with upcycled men's shirts!

Flower Pot Craft Ideas

From time to time we need to freshen up our wardrobe.

Maybe you got a stubborn stain on your nice button up and it’s too bad to even donate.

Well, the good news is, you can create a nifty little flower pot craft with it.

Also, you can fill them with mosquito repellent plants to keep the mosquitoes at bay!

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, Flower Pot Decoration Idea

For this project, we are going to grab a few plastic flower pots from the thrift store and upcycle a few men’s dress shirts.

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, flower pot craft ideas

The entire project ended up costing like two bucks. So, why not? In fact, you can place the plants on your window sill, or anywhere around your home. 

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, flower pot craft ideas

Crafts Made With Clay Flower Pots

Whether you’ve already got the flower pots and shirts to decorate them, or you’re grabbing them from the thrift store, this is a fun upcycling project that you can do any time of year.

You can use either plastic flower pots or clay flower pots.

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Display the pots inside during the cold months, and outside for spring, summer and fall! 


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This flower pot craft is really easy to do. So, follow these simple instructions and you’ll have decorated a plastic or clay flower pot into something truly unique!

Because wouldn’t these make a cute Mother’s Day gift?

Cutting The Shirt

First, cut your shirt into sections with your scissors. Cut around the dress shirt pockets and put them aside. Save the sleeves, buttons, and collars for future projects. Just put them in one of your small storage bins.

Next, once you have sections of the shirt cut and set aside the sleeves and pockets, you can begin to cut it into strips. Cut the fabric into strips that measure 9 inches long by 1 inches wide. The number of strips you cut will depend on the size of your pot.

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Apply Adhesive To Flower Pot

We found that with the plastic, it was easier to use the spray adhesive for applying the fabric. So, simply spray the pot and apply the strips of the shirts in any design pattern you wish.

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, Gluing fabric to a planter

We did try it with Mod Podge, but it seemed to get a little sloppy…

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, Applying fabric to flower pot with men's dress shirts.

Seal With Mod Podge

Then, once the fabric has been glued on to the pot and the adhesive has dried, apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to seal it.

Mother's Day Flower Pot Craft, Applying Mod Podge to upcycled shirt on a plastic planter pot to seal the fabric.

Trim Shirt Pocket And Attach To Pot

Next, trim any excess fabric from around the shirt pocket, leaving both the back and front side of the pocket fabric intact.

Immediately, apply a coat of mod podge to the backside of the pocket. Then, press the pocket onto the pot.

If you want the pocket to be usable, don’t Mod Podge over the front of the pocket. Just simply secure the back of the pocket to the pot and allow the front to remain natural.

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The shirt pocket is a great place to keep the little flower sticks that tells you what each plant is!

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That’s how to craft a flower pot using upcycled men’s shirts!

After everything is dry, you’re ready to plant some flowers or other goodies in your upcycled men’s shirt flower pot decoration!

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5 from 1 vote

Flower Pot Craft

Flower pot decoration using upcycled men's shirts!
Servings 3 flower pots
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
0 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • Mod podge
  • Spray adhesive
  • Foam Brush


  • 3 plastic flower pots
  • 3 men's dress shirts upcycled


  • Cut the shirt into strips, reserving the pockets whole.
  • Glue the strips onto the flower pots with spray adhesive and allow to dry
  • Coat the flower pots with Mod Podge
  • Cut around the pocket and Mod Podge it to the flower pots by coating the back of the pocket with adhesive
  • Add flowers or plants and enjoy!



Using spray adhesive to attach the strips to the flower pots is easier than using Mod Podge here. After you attach the strips, then use the Mod Podge to coat all of the fabric.
Don’t Mod Podge the outside of the pocket as it will prevent you from using the pocket to store thngs.
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $2
Course: DIY
Cuisine: DIY

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a fun and easy DIY planter decoration project you can enjoy making on a raining spring afternoon! I hope you enjoy this upcycled idea!

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