I will be honest with you. When I first tried to make birch covered flowerpots I could not get them to work the way I wanted. I spent a few very frustrating hours trying to stick wet springy bark to pots, using a variety of glues with no success.
It was hubby who suggested ‘why don’t you just mold the bark around the pot, and leave it to dry in that shape before you try and stick it’. I think I probably looked like a goldfish for a moment while I digested his comment. It is, in fact, really obvious once someone points it out, and it works like a dream.
There are a few fallen Birch in the woods where we walk our dog, so I had been thinking about trying this for a while. With my new found knowledge of working with Birch bark I would suggest that if you do pick some up, that you immediately roll it with the outer face of the bark on the outside and secure it. Bark will naturally curl the other way if left to its own devices as it dries, making it much harder to work with.
How to Make Birch Bark Covered Flowerpots
To make a Birch bark covered pot like ours you will need…
- Pieces of bark
- A terracotta pot
- Elastic bands and PVA glue
We also painted the rim of our pot with a cream acrylic paint.
Our bark had dried out by the time we came to use it so we soaked it in water for half an hour. Then scraped off any lumps on the inside of the bark. We wrapped the bark around the pot, roughly trimming away the excess and left it to dry for 24hrs. We used sticks to stop the elastic bands from damaging the edges of the bark as it has a tendency to split along them.
Once the bark pieces had dried into the shape of our pot, we removed them. Then primed the pot with a watered down coat of PVA glue and let that dry. We painted the rim and the base of the pot in cream, to help disguise any uneven edges of bark once the pot was finished. I would advise allowing this to dry properly. I didn’t, and ended up with finger prints on ours!
Apply a generous coat of PVA glue to the inside of your bark, and wrap it around your pot. Use the elastic bands to keep it in place as you go. We left our pot for a full 24hrs to dry once the bark was glued into place, and it is held on really securely.
I am absolutely delighted with how our pot turned out. Now I’ve found a method that works (thanks hubby!) I have all sorts of objects ear-marked for the bark treatment. If anyone else has come up with other methods of working with bark I’d love to hear about them, please do leave any tips in the comments below.