How To Make Urn Planters

An ivy urn planter is very unique and beautiful but if the arrangement isn't just right it could take away the beauty of the urn.

If you love flowers, real or not, you probably have quite an array in your home or office. Flowers are loved by so many people because not only do they make you feel good they also come in styles and colors to brighten any area. Planters, too, come in many different styles and it's sometimes hard to decide just which planter will look best with which plant.

Urn planters are unique because not any old arrangement will look just right in them. Because of their unique shape and style the plant needs to be a little less dominant to allow the urn to be displayed properly. One of the most distinguishing features of an urn is its handles. Since most pots don't have handles you want to choose a plant that grows in a way that the handles can still be easily seen. Whether the plants are real or silk is not the question when it comes to using urns. The real question is how to arrange the plant to show off the urn and its handles. Most flowers are colorful and may take away from the beauty of the urn. Plain greenery may be okay but should not grow straight up from the urn.

Ivy is a great choice for an urn plant because it has uniquely shaped leaves and grows in an interesting manner. Ivy plants have three points on the leaves and can be placed in the mouth of the urn while allowing an ivy strand to travel up and over the urn. The three-point leaves are unique to plants, contributing to the overall one-of-a-kind look of the urn arrangement.

To make your own ivy urn start by using Spanish moss to fill the mouth of the urn. Really deep urns would take an abundant amount of Spanish moss so fill it with something else, like styrene, first. Place a block of styrene in the urn then fill the opening with Spanish moss. Allow it to fill the entire mouth and then hang out somewhat over the sides. Begin placing the ivy in the mouth of the urn. Short pieces of the ivy should be placed in the mouth then allowing a few long pieces to tumble over one side. The handles of the urn should be in plain view without being covered by the moss or ivy. The urns look best if a few pieces seem to be standing slightly taller than other pieces but where only a few strands tumble completely over the side. Make sure the pieces that do go over the side go over together and not in different places on the urn.

If you're placing a real plant in the urn put the styrene inside first then set the pot with the ivy in it on top of the styrene. Be sure it sits level. Remove the pot before watering the plant if it has holes in the bottom for draining.

The size of the urn doesn't matter. Even the tiniest of urns can be made into an ivy planter. Be sure and choose tiny ivy for small planters and large ivy for huge planters. Do the same arrangement of small plants on top but only one strand going over the side for small urns. Don't mix other plants with the ivy since that's distracting enough to take away from the appearance of the urn.

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