DIY Hand Painted Ikat Pots
It's been a long time since I've done a DIY project on this blog, so I'm excited to post these DIY Hand Painted Ikat Pots. Perfect to do on a rainy afternoon and they make great gifts. I was inspired by the Color Block Terra Cotta DIY on A Beautiful Mess (one of my favorite blogs). The post was done by Rubyellen of My Cakies, a super cute photo blog. I've always had terra cotta pots lying around the house and loved the idea of painting them after seeing the post. So I decided to put my own spin on it. I've wanted to do something with the Ikat design, so I thought this was the perfect fit! I'm really, really happy with the way it turned out...
How to Make DIY Hand Painted Ikat Pots
- Terra cotta pot
- Paint (I used acrylic paint by Golden)
- Paint brush
- Cup of water
- Paper towels and paper plate
- Instant drying lacquer spray (if pots will be outside)
- If you're wanting to do light colors like I did, you will need to give the pot a base coat in white. It took three coats for mine. Do not mix a lot of water with the white paint for the base coat because that dilutes it. You want it to go on pretty thick so that the terra cotta doesn't show through.
- After the base coat has dried, it's time to paint your design. This is where you can get creative. I LOVE the look of the ikat design, that's my thing. It's pretty easy to do and consists of different layers of colors, letting each layer dry in between. However, if you're not really into painting, feel free to try your own designs and see what you come up with...
- If you're planning on keeping the pots inside, then wasn't that easy? After the paint is dry, just place your plant in the pot and enjoy!
- I really wanted to be able to keep mine outside, so I went to the local hardware store and found this instant drying lacquer spray that will protect the paint from rain and such. After the paint has dried on the pot, take it somewhere outside to spray the pots with the lacquer. I also put some plastic on the inside of the pot, so that the spray doesn't get in there and seep into the soil. Spray the entire outside of the pot and the top. Let it sit overnight to make sure that it's completely dry before you put the plant in.
- I was pretty paranoid about the spray seeping into the soil so I placed some new plastic inside the pot to make a small barrier between the pot and the soil. Then I put in my succulents and they were good to go.
This past weekend I went to the nursery and picked out the pretty succulents you see above. Succulents are some of my favorite plants. Since I'm not the greatest at gardening, they are also ideal for me because they don't take much water (yay!) and thrive in a dry climate like San Diego.
So that's it! I think this is a great summer project. I really had fun painting the pots and would like to do more. :)
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