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Wood Veneer Checkerboard Pot

Stained pieces of easy-to-apply wood veneer give this flowerpot a fun checkerboard look. Make one yourself in just an afternoon.

 Wood veneer checkerboard flowerpot

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Straightedge
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Iron


  • 14-1/2-in-diameter clay pot, #81559
  • 2 - 2-in x 8-ft red oak iron-on edge banding, #16547
  • 2 - Cabot stain, 8 oz, Sapling and Mussel Shell
  • Minwax spray spar varnish

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Step 1

Spray the inside and outside of the pot with spray spar varnish.

Step 2

From a roll of edge banding, cut 50 2-in squares using scissors or a utility knife and straightedge. You may need more or fewer squares depending on the size of the pot. Stain half the squares green (we used Sapling) and the rest blue (Mussel Shell). Let dry overnight.

Step 3

Iron the first square onto the pot under the top band. Work around the pot, alternating the colors and the direction of the grain for a woven look.

Step 4

Begin the next row by placing a green square under a blue one. Repeat the alternating colors and grain directions, and do the same for the remaining rows. As the pot tapers, overlap the squares slightly as needed.

Step 5

Apply two coats of spray spar varnish to the pot and veneer and let dry overnight before using.