Saturday, February 12, 2011

Quick & Easy - Decoupage Pots

The dollar store is a magical place. Here's how I gave our bathroom a small face lift for around $4.00, and about 30 minutes time.

I found these terracotta pots at the dollar store. The big huge plus, other than the price was that they were made in USA! I picked up two and hoped they would survive the drive home, I've broken a few things in my lifetime! Thankfully we made it home. The pots sat for a few weeks, no plants in them, but still, not broken either! I was sorting my scrapbook paper setting aside what I thought I'd be using for some wall art in our bathroom when the pots caught my eye (so did the Mod Podge!).

STEP ONE: I am not much of a researcher, I tend to make an experiment out of everything and didn't look into treating the pots with anything before I painted the trim. You may or may not want to do this, I had perfectly good luck with painting over the terracotta color, my colors were on the darker side, so if you're using a lighter paint you may want to do a base coat of something or other! My first step was to tape around the pot just below the top lip. UNNECESSARY step, the paper you'll be adding around the base of the pot will cover up any painting mistakes. It's still kind of fun to use the blue painters tape!

STEP TWO: Paint around the top of the pot. I did about 3 coats to make sure there were no light spots.
STEP THREE: (Because I do everything a little back
wards) Cut strips of your favorite paper, I cut mine about an inch and a half wide.
STEP FOUR: If the paint is dry and you have taped along the edge, remove the tape.
STEP FIVE: Get your Mod Podge and a sponge brush and start applying the strips of paper!
STEP SIX: When all paper strips are applied you may have to do some trimming of the paper. To finish the bottom of my pot I folded the strips under the base and Mod Podged the bottom.
STEP SEVEN: Give the whole pot, not including the inside, a coat of Mod Podge and let dry!
STEP EIGHT: Show these puppies off! :)


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  1. Very nice end result. Love the colors and easy directions.

  2. Those came out great--I love your choice of papers.

  3. These are so cute! Great color choices!

  4. All you need to do to treat your pot is paint sealer or modge podge. Paint it all around the inside of the pot. It will prevent liquids from sealing through the pot and bubbling the paper. I use it on all the pots I paint.

  5. Thank you, The Dean is in! That is great news, seeing as I wont have to run out and buy anything, plenty of Mod Podge in this house!

  6. I like the result :-)

    why does is it a plus that the pots were made in the USA?

  7. I just got some vintage Holly Hobby gift wrap paper, and wanted to do something with it... now I know what to do! Thanks!

  8. Linda, I thought it was a plus they were made in the USA because I rarely see anything at the dollar store made in the states, I was happy to spend, if only a dollar, on something made right here.

  9. Resweater, take a picture of your pots if you can and send it to us!, we'd love to show off your work. P.S., my aunt LOVED and LOVES Holly Hobby, my grandmother used to make her outfits inspired by Holly Hobby. I'll see if I can find a picture of one of the outfits, bonnet and all!

  10. Darling! Love the use of paper. Great colors too.
    Thanks for adding your link to Get Your Craft On. Can you please link back. Thank you.

  11. Adorable!! love them! i gotta try this soon! thanks for the tutorial too!!

    Tea Diary

  12. So stinkin' cute. You have just inspired me to do something with the pots I have stored under the deck. Thanks for sharing you super cool pots.

    Hope you are having a great weekend,
    Cha Cha

  13. Hi there- so cute and love that the pots are made in the USA! Visiting from

    i'm your newest follower.laura