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4 Easy Ways to Dress Up a Terra Cotta Pot

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Kara
07.01.13

A traditional terra cotta flowerpot isn’t exactly an eyesore, but we think leaving it in its original state squanders some serious design potential! That’s right, a terra cotta pot can be as pretty as the flowers it holds. Whether your décor style skews modern or antique chic, these inexpensive gardening staples are basically a blank canvas of opportunity! Here are four easy ways to pump up your terra cotta flowerpots:   

1. Gold-dipped. Give your planters the Midas touch by dipping the bottom half in gold paint. Spray with a clear acrylic sealant and let them dry overnight before you start planting.

2. Lace. This upgrade is simple, so it’s perfect to do with kids! Apply a coating of no-heat fabric glue to the area on your planter that you want to be lace, and then adhere your lace to the pot. Apply a second layer of glue to the lace to secure it in place.

3. Fabric.  We want to let you in on a little designer secret: that scrap fabric you have stuffed into your craft drawer has a lot of potential. To give a terra cotta planter a pattern, spray an even coat of adhesive on the outside of the pot. Then, quickly and carefully apply your fabric to the pot. Smooth out any edges with a plastic knife and trim any excess fabric with a pair of scissors. That’s it!

4. Spray paint. This is one of the easiest ways to give your terra cotta pot an upgrade. Grab a bit of painters tape and tape off sections of your planter to create a pattern. Spray paint just the inside rim of your planter to give it a pop of color, or mix it up with alternating shades. Make sure you spray your pots with a clear acrylic sealant at the end to protect the paint from water! 

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