Thursday, February 22, 2018

Faux Moss Planter - A Thrift Store Upcycle

It's that time again - the fourth Thursday of the month, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item! Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or just admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

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The Rules are quite simple:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

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I love upcycling items and I'm so excited to be one of the co-hosts for this challenge! But I have to confess and tell you how difficult it is for me to find something from a thrift store to work on. It has to be relatively small  and easy to make over!  I have no room to refurbish furniture or use tools such as electric saws or sanders. My hubby got rid of all of those things when we downsized and moved into a 55+ community. 

Now when I go to thrift stores, I'll usually pick up something that looks interesting and that I can easily carry in my arms!  I also hope that I can turn it into something that might "grab your attention!" Lol! So that's what I was thinking when I saw this planter at the Goodwill for four dollars.


I wasn't exactly thrilled about the price, though. I thought it should have been  three dollars - after all, it's just a planter with a few rust spots here and there!  But wait! In doing a little research, I found something similar on Terrain ( a division of Anthropologie) - starting at $38. Wow, now I think I got a real bargain!
Source - Terrain
I wanted to create something different than adding the usual coco liner and plants, so I decided to use leftover dimensional paint from a previous project to cover the frame - and it really gave it a totally unique look!

The paint from FolkArt that I applied adds a kiss of moss to the overall appearance! It's called Painted Finishes in Moss! It adds lots of texture and dimension!
 You know anything moss is very trendy and quite charming in décor these days!  I also found rolls of faux moss ribbon at the craft store and used it to cover the bottom portion of the frame with the help of hot glue.
Since the planter is for decorative purposes only, the moss was glued to the outside of the frame .  .  .
one area at a time.
until the bottom .  .  .
was completely covered.
Looks real, doesn't it?

And then slivers of moss from the ribbon were added to the top, cascading downward. 
And finally, the center was filled with an ornamental arrangement for a lovely effect.

 I'm really loving the overall appearance! From a empty basic hanging planter into a more natural look, just by adding texture and a touch of nature with faux moss paint and ribbon!


And now for more thrifty creations!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers are sharing below!


  1. I am totally in love with this project! I was not aware of that super cool paint, putting in on my craft supplies wish list! I have never seen a basket like that in the thrift store, very cool find!
    I am with you when it comes to scaling down. After our move last year I promised myself not to hoard things again. My trips to the thrift store are a lot like yours. If I can't really use it, I won't buy it.

  2. What an awesome project!!!!! I love it, I'm going to hit the thrift shops today.

  3. This is adorable and I can’t get over how real the moss looks. It’s a great planter for all seasons :)

  4. Gail, This is really awesome and very trendy! I had no idea there was such a thing as moss ribbon, going to have to look for that because moss is pretty messy to work with. Great find and transformation!

  5. Original y muy, muy bonito. Me encantaría para mi jardín

  6. I am so in love with this moss planter! It is just stunning!

  7. The fairy garden craze has led to the creation of some neat crafting products. I've never heard of dimensional paint or moss ribbon! Got the wheels spinning in my mind. I enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing.

  8. You really took that wire frame to the next level. I may have to check out that paint. Nice job!

  9. You have such a creative mind to imagine that the thrift store planter could become such a trendy item! I love that you found something almost identical for 10x the price online. I have not heard of that moss paint so thanks for bringing that to our notice.

  10. WOW! You did a fantastic job! I am totally pinning this!

  11. I love this. I think the paint is amazing and will need to try it on something. Your project looks fantastic and it is so right to get ready for spring.

  12. Hi again, Gail!

    Swinging by once more to follow your lovely blog via GFC.

  13. Oh Gail believe me you did get a bargain. What you did with it made it look even better then the newer version too. Love love love it!

  14. Gail,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment on my post about blogging!! I appreciate your input and encouragement!! I will continue to post but not as often as I did.
    This is a great project and i LOVE the way it came out!!

  15. Gorgeous. Thanx for the heads up about the mossy paint. As I have black thumbs and love silk flower arrangements, this would be great at my house!

  16. Love your blog and all its purple hues! My fave!..always admire those who are so good at upcycling items like what you've done! Cheers from NYC

  17. Oh I do like this! What a sweet project. I used some moss in a recent project, but I would love to source some of the mossy paint. Will have to see if there's something like that here in the UK. Thanks for the heads up! Sue x via Before & After Wednesday

  18. Awesome, Gail. I didn't know about some of this interesting material! You are a number 1 crafter in my book, girl. Best wishes to you this Spring. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  19. Gail I really love that beautiful mossy look. Can't believe the paint can make it look like that.

  20. OMW Gail, you most definitely caught my eye. It's gorgeous!!!! The Moss painted finished from FolkArt looks like amazing stuff. I've been hearing so many good things about FolkArt I really have to make a plan and see if they'll ship to S Africa. Absolutely love what you did

  21. This is such a great spring project. I love the moss covering. Thanks for the inspiration.


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