DIY crafts not only let you be creative but also helps you learn new techniques like how to age terra cotta pots. Which turns out to be the cutest budget-friendly gift to give to a friend!
There are so many reasons to love a great DIY. DIY crafts let you be creative and vulnerable at the same time, as you learn new techniques with amazing tools like Iron Orchid Design Products (IOD). I also love them because they make great budget-friendly gifts, causing others to want to be on your gift-giving list.
So if you have completed a great DIY project, like my DIY Farmhouse Coasters or even my DIY Shabby Chic Bathroom Decor, you know exactly what I am talking about when I say there are so many reasons to love a great DIY. These Aged Terra Cotta Pots will just keep adding to that list of reasons to love a great DIY craft.
DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots
DIY aged terra cotta pots are a great budget-friendly gift or perfect for a special lady in your life for Mother’s Day. I just love a good DIY project that also can be a gift, so let’s get started!.
- Terra Cotta pot planters – 1 large, 2 small
- Dixie Bell Paint – color Fluff
- Soup cans, water, and paint stirrer to mix paint
- IOD Molds – Monarch
- IOD Clay
- Quick Thick Titebond or Hot glue
- Floral Swag Stamp
- 220 Sandpaper sanding block
- IOD China Blue Ink
- IOD ink pad
- Brayer roller
- Dixie Bell Gator Hide or Polyacrylic spray
- Baking soda or Plaster of Paris
- Dixie Bell Vintage Duck Egg
- Dixie Bell White Wax
1 – Grab your old soup can, Dixie Bell Paint color Fluff, paint stirring stick, and water. Add into your soup can and stir, to thin out your paint to create a whitewash color. Be sure to only make what you will need for this project!
2 – With gloves on, grab your sponge and begin to cover your large Terra Cotta pot planter as you wipe smoothly over your pot. Be sure to pull it through as your wipe. It will take 2 coats, and remember, a lot of paint goes a long way. Tip* You will seal the pot after the project is finished, so don’t worry about it now.
3 – After 2 coats of paint on your pot, pat your sponge coloring all around to give it an aged look.
4 – Place your pot to the side to dry.
5 – Grab your 2 smaller Terra Cotta pots, IOD Monarch Molds, and IOD Clay. Add a little cornstarch to your brush and dab some into each mold with your IOD Molds.
6 – With your IOD clay, grab a tiny section in your hands to make it malleable, to fit into your mold. The rim on the mold will give you a nice, crisp edge once you have added the clay inside your mold completely. Push and smooth out your mold with a flat edge. Fill in the amount of butterfly/bee molds you want to use for your DIY Aged Terra Cotta pots. You decide and have fun. Tip* Save your IOD clay in a little Ziploc, so it doesn’t dry out.
7 – Carefully remove by pressing on the back of your moldboard and popping it out. They need to be wet to work with for this project so they adhere to your pot.
8 – Grab your Titebond glue and place some on the back of your mold with a popsicle stick to keep your hands clean. You will add your moist mold to your clay pot, helping it to adhere to the side. Be careful not to smoosh the detail from your mold as you carefully place it on your pot. You can add them all over your pot, or just on the front if only that part is being seen.
9 – Attach your clay and be sure to let your pots dry at least 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
10 – Grab your dry large pot and rolling pins, pool noodles, or rolled-up towels to place along the sides, to keep it from rolling around as you work. Eyeball where you want to put your Floral Stamps before placing them on your pot.
11 – Grab your Floral Swag Stamps and condition them. With a 220 grit sanding block, brush over your stamp. This will help it soak in your ink to be successful with your project. Tip* This only has to be done to your stamp if it is the first time you are using it. Using your IOD stamp pad, China Blue color, load up the color.
12 – With your Brayer Ink Roller in hand, add some ink to your pad. Simply roll your Brayer roller back and forth over the stamp pad, and then roll over the stamp you selected. Tip* This saves some ink and doesn’t fill in the negative area on your stamp you don’t want to show.
13 – Carefully place your stamps along with your pot, pressing in place. Try to keep it still, but it gives the project character if it is not perfect. Commit to your placement, but remember to have fun.
14 – To clean your stamps, soap and water or baby wipes will do the trick. Once dry, place back in plastic packaging to keep safe until your next DIY project.
15 – To seal your stamped pot, use your Gator Hide from Dixie Bell or a poly acrylic spray. Place aside to dry. Tip* I prefer a spray-on this project, so it doesn’t smudge my stamps.
16 – To finish up your smaller pots, grab your baking soda and Dixie Bell Vintage Duck Egg into a mixing bowl. Using a 1:1 ratio, mix up to prepare your paint making it a little more textured. Tip* You don’t need a lot. With a paintbrush, just simply cover your pots, being sure to dab your color onto your molds. It is okay if the molds are not totally dry. Be sure to cover the whole outside of your pot and the inner edges that could be seen.
17 – Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process, or patiently wait until they dry before doing the next step.
Two Options to choose from to finish up your DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots:
1 – With your whitewash paint coloring used from step 1 on your large Terra Cotta pot, simply brush over your pot in a thin layer, a section at a time. Grab your baby wipes to spread the coloring all over, creating a gorgeous aged look. It will help add dimension to your molds and really make them pop.
2 – With your Dixie Bell White Wax as a sealer, rub it over your whole pot to help add the detail to your molds. Place as much as you like to get the look you are going for. This sealing technique will only work for pots not resting outside in the heat. So your covered porch, or inside the table will keep these in good shape.
Tip* If these pots are going outside, remember to seal them with a poly acrylic spray or Dixie Bell Gator Hide to keep them safe.
I can promise you the hardest part of this DIY spring craft is deciding which beautiful plants or flowers you want to have on display in your amazing DIY Aged Terra Cotta pots.
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