Ah, my very first DIY project ever! It was such a nice idea to integrate my love of sustainable living into the birthday gift to my friend. And the result was super cute. You are looking at a sustainable DIY fox planter, the best birthday gift for a man turning 37, isn’t it?
My entire blog is dedicated to sustainability in the interior. I want to make sure, during my lifetime I will make as less damage to the climate as possible. Saying that I want to call myself an ambassador of sustainability.
A friend of mine was turning 37. I knew about his passion for everything creative, so I decided to make a birthday gift myself, instead of buying him something from Amazon. I started browsing ideas on the Internet and found this wonderful and cute DIY fox planter. Funnily, my friend’s favourite animal was a fox. Coincidence?
At first, it looked like a simple task. A minimal number of materials and easy to make. But in the end, it turned out a little more complicated. First of all, the shops were closed due to the lockdown in Berlin, and the only option I had was to order online.
The materials I used for this project:
That was it. Besides, I have purchased a plant right from the flower shop. Ironically, even though it was closed, you can still buy it, if you don’t enter the shop, but just tell the shop owner what you want. Easy business.
A little note to myself: acrylic paint is not sustainable, so I was making sure I used as less paint as possible. For my next projects, I will be using eco-friendly oil paints.
Now, the creative part. My cure sustainable DIY fox planter was a work of 3 days, 30-60 minutes each day.
I have made legs and triangular ears of my fox from the clay and attached them to the pot. I also wanted to close the hole in the bottom of the pot, and for that, I used some more clay. Then I have placed the pot in the oven for 40 minutes, as instructed in the clay brochure. I had to extend it for another 20 minutes afterwards, as it was not dry enough.
When the base of the fox was ready, the clay was dry and cool, using the biggest paintbrush I applied the first layer of the white acrylic paint.
I applied the second layer of the white paint, which should be covered entirely because I didn’t want it to have a brown-ish terracotta colour.
After the paint dried, I took a pen and drew carefully a face of the fox. When it was done, I started applying the acrylic paints in orange, brown, yellow and black colours and let me tell you, it turned out amazingly cute. At this point, I was in love with my planter.
I wanted to brush up the edges and re-painted the face, ears and legs, where I felt it needed a second layer.
Finally, my sustainable DIY fox planter was ready. I only needed it to dry and make a nice photo-session for you guys. I put the plant I have purchased for my friend and it looked super cute.
Let me know how you like my sustainable DIY fox planter and if you think you want to see more projects like that in the future!
My friend just loved the gift and I thought, my first DIY project was a total success. Can’t wait to share with you my other upcoming projects.
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