Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to start thinking green thumb thoughts. Not just what will you plant, but what kinds of DIY planters will you make to put those plants in! Lucky for you I’ve got several to choose from, but this tramp art inspired planter made from dyed popsicle sticks is one of my favorites.
Tongue depressors are such a fun craft medium. It is no wonder they were a popular tramp art medium. The term ‘tramp art’ usually refers to crafts that people made from scraps and that are sometimes slightly crude. The term is no longer used much except when referring to these types of crafts. I happen to be a collector, hence why I was inspired to make my own DIY planter from popsicle sticks!
– Popsicle sticks
– Disposable Cups
– Tacky Glue
Divide up the wooden popsicle sticks into disposable cups. Next mix your fabric dye according to package directions. I used yellow and green dyes to create an ombre effect. Submerge sticks about half way. After about an hour flip sticks and mix-match the dye baths. There is no real rhyme or reason to this method other than getting color variations on the sticks.
Empty out the sticks to dry. Give a quick rinse without washing off all the dye, but removing excess color. Allow the sticks to dry overnight on a flat surface.
I used one of my vintage wooden tramp art vases as my guide. Starting at the bottom I began gluing sticks together in a pattern. You could also use hot glue and try any shape.
Once your creation is dry, there are so many fun options as to what you can do. Stick a flameless candle inside for a lantern. Put a small plant inside land display on your patio. Add a bottom and a handle to make a basket.
DIY tramp art is harder than it looks! I have an all new respect for the people who made intricate versions of this craft. This summer try making your own version. Dye optional, but highly encouraged! What do you think? Kids craft or way cute?
Want more ideas for crafting DIY plant containers? Keep reading!
Ombre Dyed Rope Planter – Wrap a plain glass vase in rope and just add dye. Yet another way to craft a one of a kind planter for your cute container garden!
Dyed Thrift Store Basket Planter – Rescue that ugly thrift store basket and give it an adorable makeover with a dye job and pompoms. All that is left to do is add succulents!