Terra cotta pots are inexpensive and can be painted and transformed into pretty decorative containers. This is a guide about painting terra cotta clay pots.
I have SO many terra cotta pots that have just accumulated over the years. So like all my other craft projects, I decided through trial and error to explore the possibilities.
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By Amy from Wheaton
Those are beautiful. Your front porch looks just like mine. I was noticing also the flower box on your window sill. Something I never would have thought of. Did you make it also? If so, can you give instructions for that? Thank you for sharing.
I cannot find the instructions for making the terrra cotta lighthouse with the smaller pots. I find the picture of the yard lighthouse but not how to put it together. Please help. thank you. kass @ centurytel.net
The image on the flower pot looks like the Eiffel tower to me, not a light house! : )
Tired of those orange clay pots? Buy some acrylic paints and give them some color. Add a plant, and you can use them in-doors or out, plus have the enjoyment of a hobby. I did not take classes, just start experimenting, its fun and creative.
By Gardener10 from Santa Barbara, CA
Beautiful painting, I have a question: How does, or does, the paint affect when you water the plants, does it cut down because the paint keeps moisture in?
Beautiful pots. You have a wonderful talent. God bless your hands. Thanking you for sharing
Wow! You're quite talented! I'll give your idea a try but mine will be simple doodles ;-)
I like to dress up terra cotta pots with acrylic paints. One technique is to use three colors or more and a sponge. You only need a small squirt of each color, making it great for using those leftovers.
Make sure your pot is dry. First, spray inside and out with a good coat of polyurethane or lacquer and let dry. You'll want to use three or more colors of paint. It just takes a small amount of each. I squirt my darkest shade onto a paper plate.
Start with a slightly damp sponge, dip it into the paint, then blot onto a newspaper a few times. Lightly press the sponge to the pot to apply paint. You don't need to totally cover it. Each coat needs to dry completely.
Next, repeat with the next lighter shade. Be sure to let some dark show through. Keep repeating dark to lightest. I usually paint the rim and inside just past the dirt line. It's finished when it's to your liking.
After the last color is dried, use a coat or two of clear lacquer or polyurethane inside and out to seal paint from moisture or your pretty paint will bubble and peel.
At the DIY TV site, there are all kinds of projects to do using clay pots. I've made bird feeders, light houses, and even a clay pot boy. These make terrific, low cost gifts out of pots folks want to toss or give you for cheap. My friends all say this would be a good moneymaker at bazaars or craft fairs.
It's the lacquer or poly that really makes it. I've done a few without that protection and the paint just wears off.
While I have never painted clay pots, I have used the Krylon fusion paint on plastic pots, and they turned out fabulous! Not having the tangerine color I wanted in fusion, I simply used pumpkin in a regular spray-on and it has worked out well! The fusion paint will literally BOND with the plastic in 7 days. I used it on the patio table and much more! It has worked out extremely well. I would not believe how some old scarred and marred pots turned out looking fabulous!
My granddaughters and I have done this for years. My 8 year old was 4 when she started and the 4 year old was 2. Beautiful keepsakes for catchalls in the house too. They use acrylics but embellish with their fingers, finger tips, makes dandy violets, centers, polka dots, etc We use strips of masking tape to mark off designs too for colors.
However, our clear acrylic spray paint is the last coat on it. Mine are outside all summer with flowers potted and they never loose their paint, colors. One of our cutest is the jelly bean pot. All black and then one pinkie finger dipped in the colors and applied here and there. Most of our pots we choose a wash color--clear, mist, gold, bronze, etc and mix half with water. it gives it a glaze look.
Tegan did one with alternating strips, painted them orange, black, etc. Calls it her Tigger pot, as her Tigger hangs over the edge of it and catches things on her dresser.
We do these and put beanie babies in them. Paint accents the color off the animal used. We donate these to ACS Relay for Life auctions. They are snapped up quickly. We charge $10 and they go. We do all sorts of different sizes, depending on the need.
I love painted flowerpots, and I think in the spring they make a fun statement. One of the most popular outdoor motifs is watermelon. I have watermelon cups, plates, and pitchers, so I decided that I wanted to make watermelon flowerpots to match.
Christmas (or any occasion) is getting closer, and it is time to start making some homemade gifts. This hand-painted terra cotta flower pot can make a nice gift for a colleague or friend.
Do you prime your flower pots before painting? I find with some colors I need to do multiple coats, not just 2-3, but more like 8-10 when using lighter colors that I want to cover most of the pot in. Do you recommend some sort of primer first?
I usually prime my pots with Mod Podge first.
Do you need special paint for terra cotta?
Just plain acrylic will do, they sell special paint but don't waste your money on it. The terra is so porous that regular paint will hold. If you use a black matte finish paint it will make your pot like a chalkboard without spending extra money on special paint.
How do I marblize a clay pot? If I paint it first with white, then put water in a tub, with spray paints of various colors, do I need to seal it or will the paint from the cans do that?
I use either modpodge or a spray can of clear sealer.
I am doing the flowers for a wedding on May 17th. My sister-in-law (to be) wants mossy terra cotta pots. What is the best way to do this faux or not, in a month? Help! Thanks.
Cher from Provo, UT
Hi Cher! These instructions are on HGTV. I hope they help! http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_floral_ ... article/0,,HGTV_3421_1370692,00.html
Smear some plain yoghurt over them and leave them outside in a damp area. The moss forms as if by magic!
With your time schedule spray paint the pots with mossy colored craft paint and then use spray glue or paint with tacky glue and roll in loose moss. I've covered green oasis blocks this way and it works great. You can buy thin sheets of plastic covered with moss, too, that you could wrap around pot, but the other way is a lot easier.
Easily make a beautiful pot for a plant. Everything you need to make it can be bought at Walmart craft dept. except the clay pot, that is the garden department.