If you’re looking to add character to your space in a fun and unique way, then you may want to consider getting a face planter. These unique pieces of art make great conversation starters while giving your flowers and plants a place to grow. There are a variety to choose from, which is what we are going to discuss in this post. We will look at the best ones for indoor, outdoor, and the types of plants ideal for each one.
What is a face planter?
A face planter is exactly what the name suggests… It is a flower pot-like planter that is made in the form of a head with a prominent face. You can find them small enough to be the centerpiece of a table or big enough to be statue-like outside on your porch or lining your driveway.
The faces also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and looks. From a happy and cheerful face to a sad or droopy face, you can find just about every kind of expression. In addition to face types, some also come in the form of a half-face or on top of short legs. As you’ll see below, they can get pretty eclectic!
What are the best flowers and plants for face planters?
Since the flower and/or plant portion of the planter will act as the planter’s “hair,” you can get pretty creative with how you want it to look. There are many plants to choose from, but here are some of the most sought after plants and looks:
- Spider plants: gives the appearance of wild hair.
- Ornamental grass: also gives the appearance of a wild hair do.
- Succulents: can give the appearance of a very chic and unique updo.
- Christmas cactus: flowy and colorful.
- String of pearls: gives a flowy look of pearly (or braided) hair.
The choice of what kind of plant or flower to put in your face planter is totally left up to you and your style. If you don’t quite have the green thumb to keep plants alive, you can always use artificial plants. These are easy to take care of (just give them a good dusting every so often) and you can easily change them out when you’re ready for a new look.
One of the main things to keep in mind if planting real plants is to provide a drainage hole so your plant doesn’t die from being waterlogged. While most planters come with holes or drainage systems, you may need to be prepared to put a few holes in the bottom. This can usually be done by using a small drill bit. Always check with the material of your face planter before drilling holes so you don’t crack it.
How to Plant in a Face Planter
When you take a good look at a face planter, it can seem a bit confusing about how to actually transfer a plant into one. Whether you’re going with a succulent or some other kind of plant, there is an easy way to do it to ensure your plant isn’t disturbed.
Step 1: Soak your pots in water.
Depending on the size of your face planter, you’ll most likely have small pots of plants (typically 2” pots). Place them in a shallow dish filled with water. This will allow the soil to soak up the water from beneath your plant (versus having to pour water over them once planted). When the soil turns dark, that is your indicator that they’re ready.
Step 2: Place a coffee filter in the bottom of your face planter.
If your planter doesn’t have drainage holes, be sure to add a few before placing the coffee filter in the bottom. The coffee filter will keep your soil mix from falling out of the bottom.
Step 3: Fill the planter with potting soil.
When filling your planter with potting soil, leave a dip in the middle for placing the plant and the soil attached to it. Also be careful to not fill the sides with soil. This will prevent soil from washing over once you water your plant.
Step 4: Place empty pots inside the face planter.
This will help give you an idea of if more soil needs to be added. If so, now is the time to do it. Also, it is best to use the empty pots that your plants came in. Fill in the gaps and holes with soil and really pack it in. The soil will settle over time and you’ll want to consider “hair” placement once your plant starts to grow.
Step 5: Remove empty pots and replace them with your plants.
The pots served as a guide, so to speak, for this step, which is when you’ll add your plants into the face planter. The plant should fit snug into the hole created by the pot it was once it. By doing this, you are providing a non-invasive way of transferring your plant from its pot to the face planter.
This method will work for any size planter and with any type of plants you decide to put into your planter.
12 Best Face Planter Ideas
The suggestions below will be broken up into indoor and outdoor options. I’ll also be sure to mention the material as well.
Top Indoor Face Planters
Bossa Linda Head Wall Planter
Face planters aren’t just meant for tables. You can also find wall face planters like this one. It is made from concrete and has a sturdy metal hanger. This one is unique as you can use it indoors or outdoors. The dimensions are 6.5in tall x 5in wide x 3in deep. The head planter cavity is 5in wide x 5.5in deep. This wall head planter has a concealed drainage hole on the bottom to drain excess water and protect your plant’s roots.
Closed Eyes Head Planter
Made of high-quality resin, this durable and lightweight planter is designed for long-term use. You can grow mini cute plants in the head planter, such as herbs, succulents, or cacti. The cute face planter has a drainage hole to drain excess water and protect the plant’s roots. The opening diameter is 3.74 inches with a bottom length of 2.76 inches and a height of 6.7 inches.
Large Ceramic Head Planter Pot
This decorative plant pot with a drainage hole system comes in a large size of 8″ high x 6.3″ wide to accommodate a variety of indoor plants comfortably. To ensure ultimate practicality with mess-free utilization, this user-friendly face pot for plants comes armed with a perfectly sized removable plastic inner container with drainage holes and absorbent cotton wick. Simply add water to the base of the face planter, which will then get absorbed up the wick to self-feed thirsty plants without the need of constant watering or messy saucers.
Terracotta Face Planter with Glasses
Made of top-quality clay and baked at high temperatures, this terracotta planter promotes drainage and breathability. It is a cute cartoon abstract head face planter with glasses, which leaves the design of the boy’s hairdo up to your creative touch. The small hole at the bottom allows for easy drainage and cleanup without the need for a tray.
Zen Face of Buddha Face Planter Pot
This resin-made Head-of-a-Man pot features the tranquil expression of a meditating Buddha. Add a houseplant to give this serene-looking gentleman his own hair. The possibilities are endless – long, short, curly, straight, spiky, soft, bursting with flowers, or a single dramatic bloom. It measures about 8″W x 9″H x 7″D.
Ceramic Half-Face Face Planter
Considered a modern unique head plant pot, this planter is half of a head face shape with a minimalism style. It will look great among the “regular” pots. It’s made of top quality porcelain with a smooth, silky finish making it elegant, clean-looking, and decorative all in one. Use it to brighten up any space. Size: 4.3″ x 4.3″ x 3.5″.
Top Outdoor Face Planters
Female Head Design Face Planter
Made of High-quality Resin, this plant pot is lightweight and durable to use. The Planter’s cavity is approximately 4.92″ wide x 4.92″ deep. The whole pot size is 8.67″ height x 6.3″ width x 7.48″ length. The planter is made with a drainage hole that has a removable rubber stopper that meets your demand for directly planting plants in the pot. It also comes with 4 invisible rubber flower pot feet on the bottom of the pot. The wide and sturdy base keeps the head pot steady when you change plants, prune, or water your plants.
Goddess Head Design Face Planter
The exquisite carving makes the image of the goddess come into being. The lady head planter originates from the goddess in ancient Greek mythology. It has the beautiful meaning of bringing good luck and health to people. When you fill it with bright flowers or artificial plants, a totally classy artwork appears. The head planter pot is made of high-quality resin material, which includes environmentally friendly and no peculiar smell, sturdy, and not easy to be deformed.
Tree Face Garden Planter
Add a touch of forest magic with a planter featuring the face of an old man emerging from the stump of a tree. Sculpted of cast polyresin, the wood grain base and bark accents are painstakingly hand painted in realistic detail. It measures 5-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″, and comes with a drainage hole.
Funny Expression Head Planter
Combines a unique, humorous statue with a functional planter. Hand-painted with a beautiful finish (shades may vary), it is then treated with a weather-resistant UV protectant. Also has a strong cold cast designer resin for years of enjoyment and stable positioning. It is recommended that all outdoor decor and fabrics continue to be treated with to preserve and protect the original appearance from fading, cracking and peeling.
3-Pack Eclectic Face Head Planter
The 3 pieces all have combined micro-expressions and exaggerated facial features to create abstract and playful appearances. This also makes them more vivid and lively. Each one has a top with a large opening that allows you to insert different dried or artificial flowers to meet your various creative needs. The unique craftsmanship provides an excellent and smooth touch feeling to effectively prevent your hands from hurting.
The wider and flat base provides good stability to help rest on any smooth surfaces. They are each made of resin, eco-friendly and odorless, lightweight and portable, making them safe and durable to use. The sizes are approximately 6.30 x 4.72 x 3.74 inches; 6.30 x 2.95 x 8.07 inches; 5.51 x 3.15 x 10.43 inches.
Cute Human Head Face Planter
This charming face planter is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, such as an office, home, garden, kitchen, porch, courtyard, etc. It features a girl shape design, delicate and exquisite, a perfect planter or a home decoration. This cute face planter is made of premium resin material, sturdy, and durable for long-term use.
Buying a face planter to give your space a special touch isn’t hard. All you need to do is go with what you feel drawn to. This is one of those areas where you can truly let your creativity shine through. Some people even like to paint their face planters and decorate them with accessories such as headbands, sunglasses, or face paint (for makeup). The choice is totally up to you. Dedicate a special space for your face planter or fill an entire room, office, or yard with them. They can truly add a unique touch and will definitely become the topics of good discussions.
Start small and build on your stash. Before you know it, you’ll have lots of them. And don’t forget to give them names. If you are on the search for the perfect face planter, use the tips and suggestions above to help you get started.