Monday, June 16, 2014

Fun & Colorful Terracotta Pots

These pots are so fun for your patio, deck, or even your kitchen windowsill!! I wanted some cute pots for my herbs and everything I found, either did not match my colors on my patio, or were ridiculously expensive. Of course, being the crafty gal I am, I knew this was a challenge for m!. With a little research,  a few Terracotta pots, some polyurethane, and some paint, I created these gems. They are surprisingly simple and take so little of your time. And, of course, you can paint them for herbs, like I did, or for flowering and seasonal plants. Imagine a cute Poinsettia in a Christmas pot for yourself, or as a gift. The possibilities are endless!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Terracotta pots in the size/s of your choice
  • Terracotta saucers to fit your pots
  • Polyurethane or Thompsons Water Sealer
  • Acrylic paints in your choice of colors (you can find at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby in brands like FolkArt or Martha Stewart)

Here’s how to do it: 

  • Allow your pots to sit somewhere to completely dry and get that pale, chalky look. 
  •  Next, paint the inside of your pots and the inside of the bottom of your saucers with the polyurethane. Allow to completely dry and then apply a second coat. 
  •  After they are completely dry, choose the color of acrylic paint and pattern of your choice and get busy painting the outside of your pots and the saucers. Don’t be afraid to try out polk-a-dots or maybe some chevron stripes! I painted the main part of my pots, and the saucers black and the rim a mossy green. **NOTE** Don’t forget to paint the inside of your pot at the top…this will be still visible after you’ve potted your plant. 
  •  Next, after your paint has completely dried, apply a coat of polyeurethene. This step is optional depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. I was going for a chalkboard paint look,  so I skipped this step. Also, for my final step, I used a white paint pen to write the name of the herb. You can also just use chalk but remember if your herbs will be outside the chalk will most likely wash away.
 I love the way these turned out and plan on doing more with much larger pots for a few container gardens. I'd love to see pictures of your creations. Have fun!!

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