I love this time of year. Planting seeds, the beginning of the growing season, feeling the weather warming, hinting at the summer to come. I love it all. This time of year I often like to refresh my houseplant collection. Usually during the winter I lose one or two plants, or I try out a new one that doesn’t quite work out, and with the new growing season comes shelves and shelves of new houseplants everywhere. And with new plants, comes thinking of what to plant one in.
I really like terracotta pots in their original form, the rusty orange color against the greenery of foliage has a classic aesthetic that I will always love. And honestly, the price is damn good. But every once in a while, the urge to gussy one up comes over me. But how? I’ve done fabric and Mod Podge, wrapped one in hemp, painted them, marbled them, white-washed one and transferred a French label onto it, and more. I wanted to try something different. Then my eyes landed upon a bucket of joint compound I had purchased for a painting project, and an idea was born. (This post contains affiliate links. For my disclosure policies, click here.)
Joint Compound (Similar here)
Stencil Moroccan Tile
Clear Coat Spray Paint- Matte (optional)
First, if you are using an old pot, you want to give it a good wash first, making sure there is no dirt or debris on it and dry it completely.
Next you want to position the stencil of your choice on the pot. I used painter’s tape to adhere it to the pot and it worked fine.
Using a palette knife or something similar, scoop up a small amount of joint compound and spread it over the stencil like your buttering bread. Don’t worry about keeping the compound within the design holes, just spread it across the entire stencil. ( It’s much easier that way.) You want a fairly thick coating to get that fresco like texture, but don’t goop it on, otherwise when you lift the stencil it will droop into the design.
After you have spread the joint compound across the stencil loosen the painter’s tape and lift the stencil straight up off the pot. Don’t wait for the compound to dry first, otherwise when you lift the stencil the dried compound will break apart, or your stencil will rip. Even wet, the joint compound will stay in place.
If your stencil did not stretch across the entire pot (like mine) you will need to wait for the joint compound to dry before repositioning the stencil for the next section. It doesn’t take long, I waited about 10 minutes before it was dry enough to continue to the next section. Repeat until your entire pot is covered.
After the last of the joint compound has dried, you will want to paint the base gray or silver color on. To get into every nook and cranny of the textured surface spray paint is highly recommended
When your base color has dried, it’s time to add the secondary color. I wanted a chippy, time-worn look, as if the pot had been painted multiple times long ago and that paint was finally lifting off, so I didn’t want the white to be completely solid. I decided to smear the white paint around with my finger, but you could use a stipple brush or any brush you think will work.
After covering the pot with the white paint, I felt like the stenciled design wasn’t standing out enough, so I decided to add a patina of darker grey paint. Mix some black and white paint together and smear it around the stenciled design, then dip a paintbrush in water and use that to water down the dark gray color, making it run into the edges of the design. Lift the excess dark grey paint with a paper towel.
Next I coated the pot inside and out with Krylon Matte Crystal Clear Coat Spray Paint. This is completely optional, but it will protect the outside of the pot from the elements if I put it outside, and by coating the inside of the terracotta pot it will help keep water from seeping into the clay of the pot and causing the paint to lift from the surface.
Pop in the plant of your choice ( I chose a Boston Fern) and your done!
I hope you enjoyed this Terracotta Planter DIY as much as I did! I just put up some new shelves in the living room and it looks great up there!
As always, have fun! Go nuts! Get messy! Amazing things can happen when you do!
P.S. Here are the fun parties I link to!