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Paper Tube Decorated Flowerpot

Bring inexpensive color and a festive flair to plain terra-cotta flowerpots using nothing but glue and scrap paper.

 Tree with pot wrapped in paper tubes

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Ruler


  • 8-in terra-cotta pot, #94451
  • Plastic sign, #61499 (optional)
  • Moss, #139383 or #251955

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Project Resources


Decorate the Flowerpot

Step 1

Cut colorful patterned wrapping paper into 8-1/2-in x 11-in (letter-size) sheets. You can also use scrapbook or solid-color paper. Plan on having about 70 sheets of paper so you'll have a few extras in case of a mistake.

Step 2

Begin wrapping one corner around a pencil and continue rolling on a diagonal so the tube forms a slight taper to compensate for the taper of the pot sides. When you finish wrapping, hold the tube together with a small piece of clear tape. Repeat for the remaining pieces of paper.

Step 3

Hold the tube against the side of the pot with the wider end of the taper on top. Clip the top end at a slight angle and cut the bottom straight to shorten the tube to length. It should extend about 1-1/2-in above the rim of the pot. Repeat with the remaining tubes so they're all the same length.

Step 4

Apply hot glue to one side of the tube and attach it to the pot. Check that the angled tops all face the same way as you continue adding tubes to the outside of the pot until it's covered. Squeeze the bottom of the tube slightly to keep each tube vertical on the pot.

Step 5

 Tubes covering the flowerpot side
Place the potted tree in the terra-cotta pot and cover with Spanish moss. (Remove the tree for watering.)

Additional Decorations

Step 1

Download the star pattern and print enough copies for the number of stars you want to add to the tree. Cut the border off the plastic sign.

Step 2

Use tape or spray adhesive to fasten the star patterns to the back of the sign. (You can also draw star shapes on the back of the sign with a pencil for a more rustic look.)

Step 3

Cut out the stars, remove the patterns or erase the pencil lines, and tuck them around the tree along with other small ornaments as desired.