May 30, 2012

French Flower Pots

Bit by bit, I'm getting my front porch ready for summer. Yesterday, I made French Flower pots from large galvanized tubs my husband had squirreled away in the shed. 

1. Drill drain holes in the bottoms of the tubs. 

2. Sand the sides of the tubs to give them a soft patina.


3. Edit and print some free graphics from The Graphics Fairy onto transparencies. 

4. Transfer the ink onto some linen fabric by rubbing over the back of the print with a bone folder or spoon.

 5. Spray the fabric with sealer and let it dry. 

6. Glue the fabric to the side of the tub using spray adhesive.

Et Voila!


  1. Love this idea Laurel. Never knew you could transfer that way. Your porch is looking super cozy now!

  2. Such a creative idea! Your pots look amazing! :-)

  3. What an awesome idea! I love the french flower pots! I think some of these need to come and live on my back porch :)

    Thanks for linking up!

  4. i sooooo adore this project my friend -- it is YOU that is inspiring me!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! thanks for sharing with us all and i am sending you tons of hugs! your porch looks amazing : )

  5. This is so awesome!!! I love the image transfer onto that lovely linen. I think it's the perfect compliment to soften the metal bucket. What a lovely, lovely porch retreat! And thank you so much for the link, and for sharing this at our party. :)

  6. What a great idea! I have some galvanized pots that I've been trying unsuccessfully to transfer an image using freezer paper.... it just comes out smudged and blurry. I will definitely try this!!! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  7. Love this project! So pretty, perfect for summer! Your porch is beautiful. ~ Jamie

  8. Your pots are darling and I just love your beautiful porch!

  9. Love the DIY project. The tubs turned out looking great. The porch looks summer ready and fabulous. Have a great weekend.

    The French Hutch

  10. Okay, love your Graphics Fairy magic once again ... but that porch looks amazing. Inviting. I may be knocking on your door soon inviting ...



  11. Laurel those are fantastic and what I love even better is that I can pick pout which entry is your before I even click on it!:) I always love what you do and appreciate you partying every week with me! Hope your week is going well!

  12. Super cute!! New follower of your blog! Would love if you would check out my blog at too! Have a great day.

  13. Beautiful, Laurel! Love this technique! :) Did you use ink jet or laser printer?

    xoxo laurie

  14. These are great, I'm a big fan of image transferring. You did a great job.

  15. Gasp! I love this!! (As do many others, by the looks of it!) What a fantastic idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!! (Ps. My HUSBAND pointed me in the direction of your site, and am very glad he did!!)

  16. What a fantastic idea. The pots look wonderful.

  17. I never thought of sanding galvanized metal - you are brilliant!!! I love the look of this and now you've given me a great idea, too. New follower here, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!!

  18. Laurel, Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love galvanized pots and the French transfers are my favorite! Love your porch too... Thanks for always leaving me the sweetest comments.


  19. Your flower pots are great, and your porch looks like an oasis! so cozy!


  20. You gotta love those pots their really lovely.


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