How To Upgrade Plain Terra Cotta Pots 6 Ways

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In this article, readers will learn about six different methods to spruce up terracotta planters. These planters are perfect for gifts and are affordable, with each pot costing around $2. Harli G notes that they are a fan of miniature planters and believes that many others are as well.

The first method discussed is water marbling, a technique that was popular in nail art in 2012. She provides detailed instructions on how to achieve this colorful and fun look using nail polish and a toothpick. Other methods include bedazzling with gemstones, painting simple dot flowers, creating wavy line flowers, and detailed two flowers. Lastly, she shares their favorite method, which involves using polymer clay to create unique and personalized planters.

Key Takeaways

  • There are six different methods discussed in this article for sprucing up terracotta planters, ranging from simple dot flowers to detailed two flowers.
  • Harli G encourages readers to use whatever materials they have on hand, such as nail polish or acrylic paint, to create their own unique designs.
  • Polymer clay is Harli’s favorite method for creating personalized planters.
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Method 1: Water Marbling

One of the six methods to decorate little terracotta planters is water marbling. This technique involves using a bowl of room temperature water, nail polish, and a toothpick. The nail polish must be new and in a variety of colors.

To start, open all the lids of the nail polish so that they can be used quickly. Then, one by one, add a drop of each color into the room temperature water. If the polish does not spread, the water may not be at the right temperature. Continue adding drops until the bullseye design is formed.

Using a toothpick, drag from the outside of the bullseye to the center, working your way around the full bullseye. Dip the planter into the water, making sure not to pull it out right away. Allow the nail polish left in the water to dry before cleaning it up with a toothpick.

It is recommended to make the bullseye big enough to completely submerge the planter and coat it in one bullseye. However, if the planter is too big, it can be done in two rounds. The toothpick can be used to create different patterns, making the planter colorful and fun. No sealing is required, and the design will stay on as is.

Method 2: Bedazzling

For those who love a little sparkle, bedazzling is a great option to spruce up terracotta planters. This method requires E6000 glue and gemstones, which can be placed sporadically across the entire planter. Harli chose to create a sunflower look by placing little flatback pearls around the planter and then dotting E6000 glue around each pearl to add teardrop-shaped gemstones. This creates a sparkly and cute design that looks great from far away and even better up close.

The flowers created through bedazzling can be customized to any design preference, and the process is fairly quick and easy. While the flowers can be time-consuming to create, they are a great DIY gift idea that is inexpensive and sure to impress friends, family, and coworkers.

Method 3: Simple Dot Flowers

In this method, Harli G uses nail polish to create simple dot flowers on terracotta planters. The process is easy and can be customized to the user’s liking.

To begin, she recommends using a toothpick with a flat, rounded shape to create the dots. The user can then choose any nail polish color they desire and place a few drops onto a piece of tin foil. Using the toothpick, the user can then create clusters of dots in a circular shape on the planter. She suggests using five or six dots per cluster.

Next, the user can add a larger dot in a different shade of nail polish to the center of each cluster. She recommends using a third color to place a slightly smaller dot into the larger dot. This creates a simple dot flower design.

The user can also create a wave of florals by adding a wavy line around the circumference of the planter and placing a single dot in the center of each flower. This method takes a bit more time but can create a beautiful and intricate design.

For those who want a more detailed flower design, she suggests using the actual nail polish brush to create clustered shapes that almost meet in the middle. The user can then add a large dot of yellow to the center of each petal and use a toothpick to add tiny dots in a darker color around the center.

Overall, this method is a fun and easy way to spruce up terracotta planters using materials that the user may already have at home. The designs can be as simple or intricate as the user desires, making it a great DIY project for anyone.

Method 4: Wavy Line Flowers

Harli G demonstrates how to create wavy line flowers on terracotta planters using nail polish. This method is perfect for those who have a lot of nail polish laying around the house that they will never use.

To create wavy line flowers, she suggests using a toothpick and a variety of nail polish colors. The first step is to file the sharp tip off the toothpick to create a flat, rounded shape. Next, she recommends making a few drops of nail polish colors onto a piece of tin foil and dipping the toothpick into it.

For the wavy line flowers, she suggests adding a single dot into the center of each flower and then creating a wavy line around the circumference of the planter. She used a variety of colors and added a single dot into the center of each flower. This method took approximately 40 minutes to complete but produced a beautiful and intricate design.

Overall, this method is a great way to add a personalized touch to terracotta planters and make them stand out. It is also an inexpensive and fun DIY gift idea for friends, family, and co-workers.

Method 5: Detailed To Flowers

In this method, the crafter uses nail polish to paint intricate floral designs on the terracotta planter. The design can be as simple or as intricate as desired.

To create the basic dot flower design, the crafter uses a toothpick to make a few drops of nail polish onto a piece of tin foil. They then dot the toothpick into the polish and place 5-6 dots in a circle randomly all over the planter. With a second shade, they add a larger dot to each cluster of dots, and with a third color, they place a slightly smaller dot into the larger dot. This creates a simple yet cute design that can be done quickly and easily.

For a more detailed floral design, the crafter uses the actual nail polish brush to dab the polish into little clustered shapes that almost meet in the middle. They lightly place the brush down, give it a little bit of pressure, and then let up on the pressure to pull it toward the center of each of the flowers to give them a triangular shape. Once that dries, they add a large dot of yellow into the center of each of those little petal flower shapes. When that dries, they go in with a third, darker color and add little tiny dots with a toothpick or dotting tool, overlapping the center color with the petals to make it look more detailed with minimal effort. To fill it in a little more and give a leaf look, they add green to fill in some of the spaces between the flowers.

This method is perfect for those who love intricate floral designs and want to create a personalized, unique planter.

Method 6: Polymer Clay

One of the favorite methods for creating unique and customized planters is by using polymer clay. Although it can be a bit expensive, the results are worth it.

To start, the crafter will need polymer clay, a terracotta planter, and an oven. The first step is to condition the clay by kneading it until it is soft and pliable. Then, the clay can be shaped into any design or pattern desired.

Once the design is complete, the clay is carefully placed onto the terracotta planter. The planter is then placed in the oven and baked according to the clay’s instructions. After the clay has hardened and cooled, it can be painted or decorated as desired.

Polymer clay planters are durable and long-lasting, making them a great option for those who want a more permanent solution for their planters. Plus, the possibilities for design and customization are endless with this method.