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Unusual Upcycled Planters Inspired by Daniele Frazier

Brooklyn-via-California artist Daniele Frazier creates public artworks that focus on themes of ecology, climate change, natural history, and social critique. Her large-scale outdoor artwork Giant Flower (Daffodil) is included in CMA’s 2021 Art Auction and Fundraiser Exhibition, Now is Not the Time, which brings together over 40 world-class contemporary artists responding in ways both subtle and profound to issues of social justice.

Frazier’s giant flower is created out of commonly recycled materials such as rip-stop nylon and aluminum steel. Consider the reusable items you use everyday that are often thrown out, such as a water bottle, tin can, or old toys. How can you breathe new life into these items, allowing something to grow inside? After choosing your vessel, design your own Unusual Upcycled Planter and find out. As your plants grow, find out how easy it is to make the earth a greener place for everyone.

Materials

  • Tin Can or Water Bottle
  • Awl
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Tape
  • Potting Soil
  • Seeds
  • Scissors

Step 1

Find a clean tin can or water bottle with a flat bottom. If using a water bottle, carefully cut the top and tape the top lip to prevent sharp edges. Use the awl to push three holes in the bottom of the vessel. This will help with drainage of your new plant!

Step 2

Paint or design the outside your planter any way you’d like. How will you transform it?

Step 3

Let your planter dry. Pot your plant and add your seeds. Enjoy watching your plants grow from your upcycled creation!

CMA’s 2021 Art Auction and Fundraiser Exhibition, Now is Not the Time, takes place virtually from February 25 to March 11 in partnership with Artsy. Proceeds from the fundraiser exhibition ensure the continuation of CMA’s mission to provide vital access to the arts for children of all backgrounds and abilities from around the globe.

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