Turn a Plastic Container into a Cute Planter Pot

A few weeks ago I saw a cute planter pot and thought about getting it....but, it was $29.00 and, the feeling of wanting to buy it quickly passed.

I kept thinking about it and then, I walked past the recycling bin and saw an empty cottage cheese container and...bam....I had an idea! I could turn that plastic container into an adorable polka dot planter!

I headed to the Dollar Tree to get a few supplies and then checked my craft room and I had everything else I need to make the little polka dot pot above!

It's an easy, fast, and fun project and it's what I'm sharing this month as part of the Thrifty Style Team! Once you've finished reading my tutorial be sure to keep scrolling to see all of the other projects from the team as well as links to visit their beautiful thrifty inspiration.

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inspiration for my polka dot planter pot

The polka dot planter above (it's from Décor Steals) is the one that sparked the idea for this DIY.

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The black wood bead garland is not necessary to make this plant pot but I bought it at the Dollar Tree as well so I wanted to share it with you. You can't beat it for $1.25!


low fat cottage cheese container used to make a cute planter pot

Wash and dry whatever container you'll be using! I didn't want to use anything too tall because I was concerned that it might be a little top heavy once I glued on the gems.

matte finish glass gems from the Dollar Tree hot glued onto a plastic container for a cute planter pot

I eyed up the placement of the gems and started gluing away using my glue gun. I picked out all the smooth (non-shiny) gems from the bag in the same color so that when I spray painted it the finish would be even.

Wooden feet from the dollar tree craft area glued to the bottom of a plastic container

Once I was done gluing on the gems I attached 4 wooden feet to the base once again using a glue gun.

Krylon Fusion all-in-one spray paint

My original intention to get the same matte finish as the inspiration piece and to use the spray paint above. It was brand new can but when I popped off the cap I broke off the spray button....I was so ticked off...but, I did have another can of black spray paint in the garage so, the project wasn't a total loss but I think I'll redo it with a matte paint...maybe, because I'm just not feeling the glossy look.

plastic container with glass gems glued to it being spray painted

I spray painted the entire planter. It took three coats to cover it all but it is a good finish.

dry foal from the dollar tree to hold fake flowers in place

Once the planter was dry I added a piece of dry foam (also from the Dollar Tree) to the base of the pot and added some faux greenery.

upcycled plastic container turned into an adorable and cute polka dot planter

And, that's it! I really like how this turned out and I may repaint it in a matte black finish as I said and I may also make a few more in pastel colors for spring!

Now for the shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!

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Redhead Can Decorate - How to Make a Fake Orchid Look Real

Our Crafty Mom - Simple Wood Bench With A Boho Vibe

I Should Be Mopping the Floor - Using Wallpaper as Artwork

The How to Home - You are here!

DIY Beautify - Chenille Hearts Bowl Filler

2 Peas in a Pod - DIY Chinoisere Balls

Songbird - Best Flowers for Home Décor

Simple Nature Décor - Decoupage Easter Eggs

Zucchini Sisters - Dollar Tree Spring Wreath Simple DIY

Sonya Burgess - Budget Friendly Art

Exquisitely Unremarkable - Red Thrift Store Glass Vase Makeover

A Life Unfolding - Turn a Jar Into a DIY Terrarium

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  1. Who knew cottage cheese containers could be so elegant! Great transformation!!

  2. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    OMG Mary Beth - this is brilliant. Love the transformation. You are so smart.

  3. Oh I love this Mary Beth! The polka dots are everything 🖤 I had no idea Dollar Tree was selling wood bead garlands! Will have to stop by soon!

  4. I love how this turned out! I like yours better than the original. And the styling with the black bead necklace is just perfect.

  5. Barbara Warner says:

    Great idea! I love using free objects and repurposing them. What a great finished vase you have. Keep those great ideas coming. I love trying these projects.

  6. Absolutely BRILLIANT, MB!!!!! And I'm totally doing this-we eat cottage cheese like crazy around here 😆

  7. Kristi Dominguez says:

    Holy cow, Mary Beth! What a makeover! This new planter turned out FANTASTIC! xoxo, kristi

  8. Libbie Burling says:

    What a great idea for all those old plastic containers! Pinned.

  9. What a great idea for all those old plastic containers! Pinned.

  10. This is the best idea and so thrifty. Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to try this.

  11. Lynne Zemaitis says:

    Mary Beth, your project is genius! I love this idea and can't wait to give it a try! Pinned!

  12. Mary Beth, this is so creative! Who knew a cottage cheese container could be so chic? I'm loving the Boho vibe of your planter. Pinned 🙂

  13. Hello could you tell me where you found the faux greenery? I have been looking for one exactly like the one pictured! Thank you 😊

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Heather! Thanks so much for stopping by. I found that particular faux greenery at Michael's but I've seen similar ones at Hobby Lobby. 😊

  14. Mandee Ross says:

    This turned out to be adorable! Great eye!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Mandee! xo