I like to do crafty projects. Crafty projects that are simple and don’t cost much. A few years ago I bought a pile of terra cotta pots for 10 cents each. They have been sitting in the basement or garage waiting for me to do something with them.
The primary website I used was Better Homes and Gardens, search terra cotta pots.
Step 1: Wash pots and let dry.
Step 2: Paint pots with primer. It might take two coats of primer to get a good cover.
Step 3: The fun part, coming up with a design and colors.
Step 4: Paint.
My house decor is Americana; I love stars and stripes. I saw this blog post via Google+ and knew it would be a perfect. I had stars left over from a long ago scrapbooking attempt; I taped them to the pots and painted around them. After the paint dried I took the stars off and touched them up. I used to much paint and some of the stars were more like blobs, therefore no two stars are alike making my pots “rustic.” I used painting tape to create the stripes. After painting the blue and red I peeled the tape of and was left with a white stripe.
Sage Green is the color of my entry and the purple was from some project idea I don’t remember. The white stripe on the top two pots were made by placing rubber bands on the pots. The upper left pot had one rubber band, while the upper right five. I placed two rubber bands together to make a wider swirl stripe and one rubber band at the top.
On the silver pot I used tape for the stripes and spray painted the silver. The bright red pot was also spray painted. I then used chalkboard paint for the black accents. The blue pot was spray painted and speckled with silver. I didn’t like the spray paint as well as painting because it was uneven or drippy.
The red and white pot was painted and again I used tape to make the stripe.
This was a fun project. I had all the supplies I needed and freed up some space in the basement. Living in the middle of nowhere it’s nice when I have the supplies I need at the time an idea strikes. Rainy days help keep the creative vibe going. The family and friends I have given pots to enjoy the thoughtfulness of a homemade gift.