DIY Craft Project: Painted Pots
Painting terra cotta pots is a fun way to turn an ordinary object into something extraordinary. Plants, pencils, paint brushes and pens - a pot painted by your child’s hand adds a little personality, organization and flare. Hand painted flower pots are great gift ideas for grandparents too. Terra cotta pots are readily available at your local garden center in various sizes and shapes.
Acrylics work best for painted pots as terra cotta is clay, a naturally absorbent material. Acrylics are glossy and bright. If you choose a water-based poster or tempera paint, then finish the whole thing with a glossy, clear polyurethane spray to make the paint vibrant and prevent it from flaking, fading or washing away. Make a whole bunch of them and, most of all, have FUN.
Here’s a good painted pot How-to from Martha Stewart on the Michael’s website too.
As seen in the Young America All Seasons Design Guide