The West Elm planters are 3.5 inches tall. I was able to find white ceramic planters at IKEA that were also 3.5 inches. They do not have a smooth surface, but for $1.49 a piece, I can make them work. The Sharpies were more expensive than the pots: $2.49 each. Still, a bargain compared to the West Elm version; the planters sell for $12 each.
I found the easiest way to apply the dots is to work in a diamond-shaped grid. This helps to evenly disperse the dots on the surface of the planter. Do one diamond at a time.
After you complete the first diamond, add the next set of dots right below. If you make a mistake, use the cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to remove the Sharpie dot. The alcohol will not remove all of the marker, but most of it will come off. You can use acetone to completely remove the Sharpie, but it will also remove some of the ceramic finish. Only use acetone if the mistake is really bad.
Head back to the top to start the next diamond pattern. Continue in the same top-to-bottom pattern. After you complete this section, start again from the top until the entire planter is covered in dots.
Add silver dots in the same manner to the second planter. To make the Sharpie dots permanent (washable), you need to "fire" them in your oven. To do this, place the planters on a cookie sheet and into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the planters bake for 30 minutes. After half an hour, turn off the oven and let the planters completely cool in the oven. Remove the planters when they are cool enough to handle.
The firing step is not absolutely necessary if you do not plan to wash the planters. The Sharpie dots will stay on pretty well. Add some fun plants or extra pens to your new micro dot planters. Smile. It only cost $8 for two stylish accessories.
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