Anthro-Inspired Textured Pot Dupe with Papier-Mâché and Tacky Glue

If you are a fan of trendy home décor, you need to try this DIY! This tutorial will show you how to make an Anthro-inspired textured pot dupe for just a fraction of the price you’d pay at department stores. A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to this papier-mâché project, so grab your Tacky Glue and get ready to make a statement with unique handmade décor!

Supplies Needed:

  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint (White)
  • 9-inch planter pot
  • Joint compound
  • All-purpose flour
  • White tissue paper (14” x 20”)
  • 3/8” sisal rope
  • Plastic knife
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 plastic bowls
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Large spoon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring cups
  • Plastic plate
  • Tape
  • Sifter
  • Scissors
  • Plastic wrap
  • Water


Step 1 Create papier-mâché pulp

Submerge tissue paper to create papier-mâché pulp

Create papier-mâché pulp by tearing 20 sheets of white tissue paper into small strips. Submerge the strips in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes until it dissolves into a pulp.

Step 2 Separate papier-mâché pulp

Separate papier-mâché pulp with sifter

Use a fine-mesh sifter to separate the papier-mâché pulp and squeeze out excess water. Transfer the pulp to a measuring cup. You’ll need about 1 ¼ cups of papier-mâché pulp for this project.

Step 3 Combine ingredients to make papier-mâché mixture

Combine ingredients to make papier-mâché mixture

Create your papier-mâché mixture by combining 1 ¼ cup pulp, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup joint compound, and ¾ cup Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. Stir the ingredients together with a large spoon, then use an electric mixer to thoroughly combine the ingredients until smooth. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick cake icing — add small amounts water as needed if your mixture is too thick.

Step 4: Reserve half of papier-mâché mixture

Reserve half of the papier-mâché mixture

Transfer half of your papier-mâché mixture into an airtight container and set aside.

 Step 5: Create papier-mâché clay


Create papier-mâché clay

Add another cup of flour to the remaining mixture and mix thoroughly to create papier-mâché clay. Form the papier-mâché clay into a ball, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Step 6: Prepare the planter pot

Prepare the planter pot for decorating

Use a ruler and permanent marker to mark three equally spaced lines along the planter pot. Measure and cut sisal rope to fit along the lines. Apply tape to the rope before cutting to prevent fraying.

Step 7: Glue rope to planter pot

Glue the rope to planter pot

Use a hot glue gun to adhere the sisal rope along the marked lines of your planter pot.

Form papier-mâché clay balls and adhere with Tacky Glue

Form 1-inch balls from your papier-mâché clay by rolling a small amount of clay between your hands. Apply Tacky Glue to the rope and press the clay balls into place, approximately 1 inch apart. Repeat this process until your planter is covered in papier-mâché clay balls. Allow the pot to dry for at least 1 hour before proceeding.

 Step 9: Apply the reserved papier-mâché onto the pot

Apply the reserved papier-mâché mixture onto the pot

Use a disposable plastic knife to spread the reserved papier-mâché mixture onto the outside of the planter pot and to the inner rim about 3-4 inches down. Be sure to fill in any gaps with the mixture for a more cohesive look. Once finished, allow the pot to dry for 24 hours.

Step 10: Paint with Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint

Paint your textured pot with Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint

Use a paintbrush to apply a light coat of Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint to your textured pot. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 11: Decorate!

Anthro-inspired textured pot dupe with papier-mâché and Tacky Glue

Once the paint has dried completely, your Anthro-inspired textured pot dupe is ready to display! Pair this creative papier-mâché pot with your favorite houseplant or a few stems of faux foliage and admire your unique home décor.

How will you use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue for your papier-mâché projects? Show us your take on this textured pot dupe and tag us on social media @AleenesDIY!

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