One of my favorite picture frames in my house is one that I stained several years ago. I spilled nail polish on a portion of the frame by accident, and, instead of throwing it away, I decided to revamp it instead.

First, I removed the glass. Then, I took a long strand of twine and wrapped it around the frame, going over the stained portion. I used a hot glue gun to hold it all together and then replaced the glass. Now, this frame sits with others like it but stands out because of this simple yet noticeable embellishment.

Since revamping this frame, I have found myself taking on small projects that are similar to transform objects with small steps. Often, one of the best ways to improve plain objects is to do it yourself. When browsing planters at the garden center recently, I noticed that customers are often faced with two choices: Spend too much money on something that they like, or settle for something that is just OK. Instead, try revamping your planter to suit your style.


Here are some tricks to help you along the way:


Hit the paint section of the hardware store and choose your colors. You can go for a monochromatic scheme or try a fun design. Think outside traditional pottery or vase colors and opt for designs that will complement your space. Metallic paints fit many different design themes and can lend a modern flair to your piece.

When you’ve made your selections, ask for sample sizes, which should be more than enough paint for your project. You can also use spray paint.


Choose outdoor fabric or even simple burlap to cover your pottery. Treat the pot like a present, and wrap it before you plant. Secure the edges with a hot glue gun.



Start at the base of your pot, and wrap a single strand of rope around it, moving up as you go. Make sure to keep the rope taut and avoid overlapping. Every one or two wraps, add some hot glue to secure it.

Bedazzle it

Use a hot glue gun to apply embellishments to the pottery. Crushed glass, mirror chips, seaglass, wooden or iron letters and the like all make for nice options.

Fill it

Remember that part of the style of the planter comes through what goes inside. Consider what you will use it for before you decorate it. The planter should complement the colors, shapes and sizes of the plants you choose to fill it with.

Have a comment or question for Joanne? Email her at