Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Polka Dot Planter How-To

Monday, the MP Battalion where I work held their Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Each of the four units in the battamed a volunteer of the year, someone who had done an outstanding job over the past year. They each got a special certificate and gift. They were fun to make. Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Chose the pieces you want. I used medium-sized terracotta planters with saucers.

Step 2: Sand them to remove any ridges or rough spots.

Step 3: Let them dry completely. Be sure to flip over so the interior drys as well. I let them dry for more than 24-hours.

Step 4: Paint them. I used 3 coats for the base, letting each dry at least and hour or two before adding the next one. Dependingon the paint you can get creative and drag a dry-brush over the top coat while wet to get striping. After dry, do secondary color. Try sponding a complementing over the top.

Step 5: After the pieces are completely dried, add accessories. I glued ribbon of the complementing color to the rim and then added ribbons.

It is a very easy project, but does take time for the drying. If you want, you can add a clear coat once the paint dries for a shiny look. Later, probably next week, I'll add pictures and instructions for using these pots for other projects.

Until our next cup of tea ...


Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I love the polka dot one!

Spanish Princess said...

Yes, the polka dots were my favorite too. I came home last Friday and made two for me to go in my kitchen. I'll have to post pics when I finish them.

Liz said...

Cute idea!