How To Make a Knock-Off CB2-Inspired Modern Flower Pot

INSIDE: How to create a modern outdoor planter. A Crate & Barrel planter knock-off project.

I have a multi-pocket file folder, that I’m pretty sure I’ve had since my college days, that I store ripped out pages from catalogs and magazines. Call it an ‘I Want My House To Look Like This’ book or a ‘Someday When I Have Lots Of Time, I Will Make’ book. Whatever its name, this beat-up file folder houses all sorts of torn-out inspiration, including a little gem of a unique modern planter from Crate & Barrel (CB2, to be exact).

There’s nothing like a good knock-off challenge! See how I created my own version of a CB2-inspired modern flower pot. (Scroll down to bottom of post for a comparison!)

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how to make a cb2-inspired modern flower pot

Tucked in next to our garbage can is the Leaning Tower of Plastic Pots. You know, those gallon-sized, utilitarian pots that flowers, bushes and vines come in when you put down a small chunk of the kids college fund at your local nursery.


I have convinced myself – and my husband who wants nothing more than to toss the Leaning Tower of Plastic – that I can use these [ugly] pots for many a creative decor purpose. Case in point, this flowery front door decor. Toot, tooting my own horn!

So when I saw this modern $40 planter in a Crate & Barrel catalog, I knew I could use said plastic flower pot to make my own inspired version. I just needed to drink some wine first…

Supplies
– Plastic flower pot
– Wine corks (I used 12)
– Serrated knife
– Crazy Glue (I used this kind)
Self-etching primer
– Spray paint (I used one designed for plastic)

Step No. 1
If re-purposing a flower pot, give the outside a quick spray of water and scrub off any dirt. Let dry.

Step No. 2
Use your serrated knife to carve the corks down the middle so you have two halves. Shave off any unevenness so the pieces will lay flat. I had a total of 24 halves.

Please exercise caution. Saving a few bucks is not worth a missing digit!
Make a Knock Off Crate and Barrel Inspired Modern Planter
Step No. 3
Apply the glue to the wine cork half and adhere to the side of the flower pot. Lay it out in whatever pattern you like best.
Make a Knock Off Crate and Barrel Inspired Modern Planter
Step No. 4
With all the corks glued on, I used my FAVE DIY tool to give the pot a base coat. This will help the paint adhere to the plastic.
Make a Knock Off Crate and Barrel Inspired Modern Planter
Step No. 5
Once dry, I then used spray paint (the kind designed for plastic and exterior) to give it some color.
Make a Knock Off Crate and Barrel Inspired Modern PlanterMake a Knock Off Crate and Barrel Inspired Modern Planter

So for almost $0, I created my own version of a CB2-inspired modern flower pot. Well, not quite $0. We did have to drink some wine first!

What designer knock-offs are you anxious to make for your own home?
Make a CB2 Inspired Knock-Off Modern Flower Pot

Want more flower pots ideas? Check out my e-Book: Don’t Toss the Pots. Craft ideas for those plastic flower pots your plants, vines and bushes come in.
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15 thoughts on “How To Make a Knock-Off CB2-Inspired Modern Flower Pot

  1. Jelica@APrettyFix says:

    So clever Victoria! I have this little collection of wine corks that I’ve been eyeing lately. This definitely gives me some more ideas on how I could use them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Teresa says:

    To be honest, I prefer your version to the original one (which reminds me too much of a hedgehog…). You did a great job, thank you for sharing it at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

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