Ikea hack for the DIY Goth: Black ‘lace’ pots for candles and plants.

Ikea have these really pretty ‘lace’ pots at the moment, but they’re all in green, red or white.  I’ve seen similar pots around other shops too.  Love the design, not so keen on Christmas all year round.  So I did a little DIY custom paint job on them, which you could easily do too.

Let’s get straight into it…

For this project you’ll need:
-Pots of various shapes and sizes.  I used the lacy ones from Ikea, but you could use some you found in a gutter or ones your bought from a fancy shop.  Doesn’t matter where they come from, as long as you like the shape.  If you’re going to put candles in them I’d avoid plastic.
-Spray paint.  Metallic for the insides, black or whatever colour you prefer for the outsides.  Ensure they’re going to stick to the surface of your pots, or get a primer too.  I uses Rustoleum, which has a primer inbuilt and I’m pretty chuffed with their paint, but this isn’t sponsored so go ahead and use whatever spray paint you like.
-Plants. Ensure they’ll be happy wherever you decide to keep the pots.  A plant that needs plenty of sun won’t like it on your bedroom dresser if it’s in the shade most of the day, while a plant that wants shade won’t go well in your sunny windowbox.
-Rocks for the bottom of your pots.  1-2cm diameter. I literally just went for a walk and picked them up from the side of the path.
-Potting mix/soil to suit your plants.
-Candles as you like them.
-Gloves, because spray paint is impossible to get off without also removing your nail-polish, and while you might think that black spray paint on black nail-polish should be easy to camouflage the reality is that it just makes it look like you can’t colour within the lines.  So if you’re cool with avant-garde nails you can skip the gloves, otherwise they are a nail saver. Tip:  if you’re the goth who sharpens their nails to points, maybe skip that till after you’re done wearing gloves, otherwise they’ll just cut through them.


First, remove any stickers from the pots.  Most of them will come off easily.  The ones that don’t will be a complete pain but if you use eucalyptus oil, eventually with a bit of elbow grease and only slight swearing, they will come off.

Only a little bit of swearing.
Only a little bit of swearing.

Find yourself somewhere highly ventilated, outside is good.  If you are outside, close off all the windows on your side of the house so the fumes can’t get back inside.  Yup, learnt that lesson.  Learn from my mistakes people!

Spray the insides of your pots silver.


You can use any metallic/shiny colour, as the purpose of it is to  reflect the candle flame and give you more light. I love black with silver, I always have, but if another metallic colour tickles your fancy, you do you.


You don’t need to spray the bottom of the pots that are going to have the plants in them, but the candle holder will need a full coat.

Spray the underside of the tray around the edge.  Because it has little foam feet that I don’t want to spray over I won’t be spraying the very bottom of the tray.  Which means I can skip getting the stickers off this one. Whew.


Once it’s dry, marvel in the pattern that’s left on your drop sheet/piece of wood and realise that you should have done this on something that would have benefited from a doily pattern.  Nevermind, that’s something to keep in mind for next time.  Or you can learn from my work and make a doily pattern on something that needs it. What needs lacy doily patterns you ask?  Everything. Duh.


Upturn your pots somewhere they can stay till they’ve dried, because once they’re wet you can’t touch them.  You may think that you’re awesome and special and can move them without smearing paint, but you’re not.  And if you try to, you will have to respray the parts you smudged again because you’re a numpty.   So just trust me on this, and do as I say not as I do.


Spray the outsides completely black.


Leave them be to dry.  This will take different amounts of time depending on your local humidity/heal levels, but make an educated guess from the instructions on your paint and don’t touch them until that time has passed.  If you absolutely must check them, touch the underside of your flat pot lightly and see if your finger sticks.  Don’t touch it anywhere that could be seen once the pot is done, otherwise you’ll have to respray it.  Numpty.

Once they’re done, turn them over and marvel at the prettiness you’ve created.

The bottom left pot is actually black on the outside, it’s just really shiny black.

Ok, enough of that, time to fill the pot with plants.  I used a native fern, as it’s fairly hardy and can deal with the lack of sunlight in my bedroom.

Fill the bottom one to two centimeters of your pot with those stones.  I’m just doing this because these pots don’t have drainage so I don’t want my fern’s root soil sitting in water all the time.  If you’ve a pot with drainage you can probably skip this step.


Then start filling with the potting mix, pot the plant as per the instructions, give it a quick water, and move on to the next pot.
The gloves are still useful at this point, though you may want to move on to gardening gloves if you can be bothered getting them out of the shed.  Which I couldn’t.

Note my beautiful hanging potted plant balancing proudly on top of the candle holder. Graceful.

Repeat as often as necessary for the amount of plants and pots you have.  Hopefully those two amounts match up, otherwise you’re in for an interesting time.

Remember how we painted the inside metallic? That’ll help with reflecting the light & making it brighter.Pop a candle in the smaller one, I grabbed these oversize tealights from Ikea when I grabbed the pots.

And voila, you’re done!

These would also make great wedding centerpieces, key trays, anything really. It’s so simple, yet so effective, to DIY so if you see something that you like the shape of but not the colour, give it a go.

What else could you give a coat of paint to?

Ciao, Darklings.

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