If you didn’t know by now having plants in the home is very beneficial.
Not only are plants a great aesthetic in the household but there are numerous health benefits of having plants in the home.
And don’t get me wrong, I love plants just as much as the next, but there’s something drab about Terracotta planters.
That’s when I found this adorable DIY tutorial from Wit & Whistle. It’s a DIY Colorblock Terracotta Planter, and it’s a brilliant idea, really simple to do, and a great way to dress up your planter!
Images via Wit & Whistle
Seriously, how cute is this? I love its simplicity and minimalism. There’s a few reasons why I think this is the perfect planter. For one, you can customize it however you want. You make one identical to this or you can make it match your own color palate at home.
I like the idea of also making the colors two toned, like black and green, or white and gold, whatever two colors you like! And then there’s also different tones of terracotta planters to choose from. Plus the design of this planter is so simple, it’s not going to clash with any intricate designs you have in your decor. I also like that you can wrap jute around it to sort of conceal where the two colors meet, or you can leave it bare for a more hand painted look. Love this idea! I feel like making a bunch of these this weekend!
Let’s get this DIY started!
Here’s what you need:
- terracotta pot and saucer
- painters tape (masking tape works, but painters tape is better for two toned)
- paint brush
- acrylic paint
- aluminum foil
- shellac sealer & finish
- twine & hot glue (used in this look, but is optional)
Here’s the how to:
Step #1. The first thing you want to do is tape off your planter. Make sure your line is even. The easiest way is to take 1″ or 2″ pieces of tape and line the tape around the the pot as shown below. This helps make sure the line is straight.
Note:If making a two-toned pot, see step #2 for instructions on priming the pot, then paint it with acrylic paint. Make sure your paint is completely dry before carefully applying painters tape. Don’t use masking tape as it can pull off the paint.
Step #2. Now you want to prime the pot and saucer. Make sure the primer is completely dry before proceeding to the next step. Basically, you can go without this step and skip the primer, but in the long run, you’re just going to apply a lot more coats of paint. Primer is great to use because the paint coats go on more evenly and you don’t have to use nearly as many coats without it just to get full coverage.
Step #3. Okay, so your primer is now dry. It’s time to paint the pot and saucer with acrylic paint. Paint it, let it dry, and see if you need another coat. The pot picture only needed two coats of paint (because it was primed first). Reapply the paint if necessary and let dry. Repeat the process until the coverage is complete.
Step #4. In this step you’ll be applying shellac sealer & finish. This is what gives the paint that glossy shine. This pot is sprayed with Bulls Eye Shellac Sealer & Finish. Shellac also comes in a liquid form, which is applied with a paintbrush. If you’re going to spray on the shellac make sure to cover the edge of the pot. This will protect the matte finish. Apply the shellac safely (follow the instructions on the can, duh). The planter pictured used two coats of shellac. After your last coat of shellac has dried very carefully remove the tape.
Step #5. I know you’re super excited to put your planter on display, but you know as they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” And that’s what you have to do. Let your planter and saucer dry for 24 hours. Do not set the planter in the saucer to dry. You run the risk of ruining your hard work and have problems with the shellac sticking.
Step #6.So, you’ve waited a full day for your pot to dry. The last step (which is optional) is to tie some jute (twine) around the planter. This adds another element of texture and hides any imperfections from the paint. If the twin slips down, use a few dots of hot glue to keep it in place.
Isn’t his lovely and oh so easy to make! If you liked this DIY from Wit & Whistle you might like this awesome chalkboard painted mug! Make sure to check back with DecorSpark for more great DIY tutorials for the weekend!