How To Make A Chinoiserie Planter Jardiniere

June 15, 2024

Chinoiserie planters, or jardinieres -- especially large ones -- cost a pretty penny. Luckily, we have a way to DIY our own! As with so many of my other DIY chinoiserie projects, I'm going to show you how to make a chinoiserie planter with little more than a planter, some cocktail napkins and Mod Podge.

chinoiserie planter on mantel

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Today I'm going to turn an otherwise ho-hum planter jardiniere into a gorgeous chinoiserie planter -- with only a few supplies and a minimum amount of time.  

But first things first: so what is a jardiniere?

Jardinière is a French word, from the feminine form of "gardener". In English it means a decorative flower box or "planter", a receptacle (usually a ceramic pot or urn) or a stand upon which, or into which, plants (often in pots) may be placed, usually indoors. 

Now that we have that settled, it's time for the tutorial! 

cement urn filled with preserved boxwood ball

I purchased this cement planter jardiniere filled with a preserved boxwood ball at a pop-up estate sale a number of years ago. I forget the price, but I remember that I got a good deal on it (or I wouldn't have bought it!). It was the perfect vessel for my DIY chinoiserie planter jardiniere project.


1. Mod Podge (either Mod Podge Matte or Mod Podge Gloss; I used gloss)

2. paint brush 

3. planter jardiniere (large concrete planter similar to mine)

Before we get started I have to say that I've shared my DIY napkin decoupage method in no less than FIVE different blog posts already. I've shared SO MANY general tips and tricks throughout those posts that I urge you to check them out before starting the DIY Chinoiserie Planter:  

How To Make Chinoiserie Pumpkins DIY Decoupage

DIY Chinoiserie Vase 

How To Make Chinoiserie Easter Eggs With Cocktail Napkins and Mod Podge 

How To Make Chinoiserie Christmas Ornaments

DIY Floral Decoupage Bunny

Now that you're familiar with the ins and outs of DIY decoupage chinoiserie, you're ready to make that chinoiserie planter. Basic instructions for this project are below.


1. Paint your planter white; let dry.

2. Cut or rip up your napkins. I cut mine into rather large pieces since the planter is fairly large (unlike my other smaller projects -- mini pumpkins, Easter eggs, etc.).

Don't lose any sleep over this. If your napkin has a chinoiserie  pattern, you've got a lot of wiggle room as to size and placement. 

3. Start with small areas, using your paint brush to paint a base coat of Mod Podge onto the planter, followed by putting your napkin in its place and covering it with more Mod Podge to seal it.

4. Continue with this process all the way around the planter.

close up DIY chinoiserie planter in progress

Here's my DIY chinoiserie planter in progress. As you can see, it's almost finished. I apologize for the bad lighting, but I was so excited to get the project started that I forgot to take some in-progress photos until this point  -- which happened to be at night!       

I think the whole thing (after the paint dried, which was very quick) took me about an hour. 

preserved boxwood ball in chinoiserie planter

I'm thrilled with the result, as I've been with all of my DIY chinoiserie projects.

gold arched mirror mantel chinoiserie planters

It was easy to incorporate the new chinoiserie planter jardiniere into the blue and white decor I already had on the living room mantel.

white fireplace mantel decorated with preserved boxwood and chinoiserie decor
Preserved boxwood is an absolute must in my house. I've been decorating with it for years and have never gotten tired of it. 

blue and white mantel decor

thrifted and DIY chinoiserie decor

All three accompanying chinoiserie pieces were thrifted, of course.

gold arched mirror on mantel with faux greens

I shared the moss and topiary-filled chinoiserie cachepot in DIY Moss Bowl Decor.

preserved boxwood wreath hanging on gold arched mirror

This decoupage method can be used with any type of patterned napkins -- it doesn't have to be chinoiserie if that's not your thing!

And if you'd rather not make your own chinoiserie planter jardiniere you can always buy a ready-made one:

Well, that's it for today, friends! 
I hope you enjoyed reading about 
How To Make A Chinoiserie Planter Jardiniere
 and that I've inspired you in some way. 
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Maria said...

This is so beautiful. Something I'd like to try myself! I love greens and blue together.

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