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Mudcloth Planters



I was first introduced to African Mudcloth 3 years ago when Design Sponge featured a hometour with a chair gloriously upholstered in it. I really didn’t know anything about African Mudcloth (including that it was called mudcloth!) until recently when I discovered that it’s actually made with mud! Say what?! The graphic lines, the hand-drawn quality, and the ever so handsome black and white fit in so well with almost any interior. I like it especially paired the the oh-so pretty botanicals that we’re seeing right now.

I’ve got another project coming up with an actual mudcloth inspired textile, but I thought I’d first create a home for my new little cactus with these fun and simple mudcloth-inspired planters.


Materials: Small Planter, Black Chalkboard Paint, White Chalkboard Pen, “White Pure” Fine Acrylic Paint Pen

1. Start with a matte black pot. Mine was originally white, so I gave it a coat of chalkboard black spray paint to achieve the matte black look.


2. Pull up an image of mudcloth patterning you’d like to emulate, or use my pot as a guide. Begin mapping out your pattern with a wipeable chalk paint pen. The chalk pen is handy, because if you make a mistake, or don’t like the way it looks, just wipe it off and re-try. As you can see, I had quite a few re-tries!


3. Once you’ve got your design mapped out with the chalk paint pen, trace over your chalk lines with the acrylic paint pen, which has a bolder, stronger stroke. Allow to dry and then go over any lighter or transparent lines with another bit of acrylic paint.  Add in your plant, and voila!


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    March 16, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Where did you get the planter from?

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    Rachel | The Crafted Life
    March 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Adorable and super easy! I love it!

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    March 25, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Great idea and I really like the pattern :) Also, thanks for the intro to the mudcloth – had no clue what it is as well ! đŸ˜›

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    Emily Wignall Design
    March 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    the cutest! definitely trying this…the chalkboard spray paint was the perfect idea.

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    Vasudha s
    March 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Looks very easy.. Lovely designs..

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    Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    March 28, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Featuring your lovely DIY on the Found & Foraged Linky Party tonight!

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    March 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Love the look and great styling, too! Hopping over from the Found & Foraged Linky Party.

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    Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus
    June 1, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Love this bold design! <3

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