The simplest plantings become more artful when highlighted by metallic structures. Modern materials assume an ancient sculptural form to frame foliage when anchored into evocative urns. These gold- and copper-wire obelisks are made of decorative wire. The 6-gauge aluminum wire, which is more malleable than steel or copper, is thick as a stout plant stem and available in a treasure trove of colors. To echo the subtle gleam, brush a plain plastic pot with a thin coat of metallic paint.
Lightly sand the resin containers. Sand more in some spots and less in others. Barely dip a dry paintbrush into the metallic paint and dab off excess on a rag. Lightly brush the paint on a small area then dab the paint with a rag; let dry.
Fill the pot three-quarters full with potting mix. Add plants and fill in around them with potting mix. Water thoroughly.
Using wire cutters, cut 4–6 pieces of wire the same length. Bend them into matching shapes, such as simple arches. You can use a piece of cardboard to create a guide to help with uniformity.
Evenly space the shaped wires around the edge of the pot, pressing them into the potting mix. You should have at least an inch of each wire in the soil for stability. If you get them into the container and want to change the shape, feel free to reform the wires.
Gather the free wire ends in the center. Roll a 2-inch piece of florists clay and press it into the plumbing pipe reducer. Push the clay-filled copper piece over the gathered ends to hold wires in place.
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