Monday, May 6, 2013

Painting Clay Pots: Easy DIY Cheap Pots the Way You Want Them!

DIY clay pots for by front doors

I was really frustrated because I was trying to find two medium size pots for under $50 to use by my front entry way. I originally wanted something that was NOT plastic and was either a dark gray or a dark blue. IMPOSSIBLE.

All the nice pots are $50 or more for one! The cheapness inside of me scoffs at such thievery! So I decided that I'd make my own pot my own way.

DIY clay pots for flowersThis Is How You Do It: 

  • Tera-cotta pots
  • Clay Sealer
  • Paint

On a sunny day or in a well ventilated area, sprayed the pots with clay sealer completely both inside and out (or as much as you're willing to paint). This will prevent the paint from soaking into the clay, so it is essential unless you want to use a gallon of paint! 

After it dries (usually 24 hours), painted the pots whatever color you want! You can add stencils or designs, paint in your address. Have fun!

It was so easy, so cheap, and it looks perfect! And, yes, it was under $50 for both. Win!

Clay pots: $14 each = $28
Clay sealer $7
Paint-- I already had it (and no you do not need fancy paint, but outdoor paint is recommended if they will be outside)

Total: $35.

If you don't have the paint, you don't need much. Honestly, you could buy the smallest size of paint or even a sample size and be fine. Or you could even use the acrylic paint at the craft stores. You can also buy painting gloss if you want your pot to have a bit of a sheen!

This is really one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever done. The hardest part is waiting the 24 hours for the sealer to dry!

This is what my finished pot looked like:

decorating clay pots for dinner

I really love these around the summer holidays because they look great with a flag! 

painting clay pots for flowers

Happy Crafting!

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