Modifying Ikea's Fejka 4' Potted Plants to fit in small planters.

 

I love Ikea’s small, $3.99 potted plants for shelf fillers. Most of the time, the standard 4″ pot size is perfect for dropping into small pots or the  trophy cups dotting my shelves, but as my collection of white-ware planters has grown, I’ve found situations where I needed a smaller plant or a less vertical plant to look just right.

So here’s a quick, easy tutorial on deconstructing an Ikea Fejka to use the plant in a wider range of vessels.

 

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

First, insert a flat head screwdriver into the gap between the faux “soil” and the pot. Use leverage to pop the soil and plant off the connectors holding it in the pot.

 

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

 

 

The “soil” and plant will come out in once piece, pull the “soil” from the plant firmly to separate.

 

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

If you need a squatty plant, you can stop here! One Fejka was perfect for my shallow and wide elephant planter, once the pot was removed from the plant.

 

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants - Vintage White Elephant Planter

Store art supplies in vintage planters - Hawk-Hill.com

 

Further Modifying the Fejka:

 

Sometimes Ikea’s $3.99 plants are too big for a small planter- but a better deal can’t be found on smaller plants- so I experimented with splitting a plant into two sections, for use in small vessels:

small spaniel and elephant vintage planters
These small spaniel and elephant planters require a smaller plant.

 

First, grab scissors and a sharp knife and turn the plant (post separation via instructions above) upside down. The center will be conical and easy to cut with sharp scissors.

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

 

Carefully cut up the cone on one side, and make a second cut directly opposite.

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

At the top/center, it became easier to work with a sharp box knife. Separate the two sides.

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

Your plant will now be in two pieces. Rolling the pieces slightly to maintain a dimensional look, insert into your smaller container and arrange.

My white-ware planter collection is mostly for displaying art supplies, however for the oddly shaped planter or for moments when my planter collection grows faster than my art supply collection, ikea’s Fejka is a stylish, inexpensive filler.

 

 

Store art supplies in vintage planters - Hawk-Hill.com

 

 

 

 

vintage planters - Hawk-Hill.com

 

 

(PS- don’t trash the weighted pot left after this project! It’s perfect to use in a  Fountain made from Flea Market Finds)hacking Ikea's potted herb plants

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