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Flower Pot Painting Ideas for Mom

Flower Pot Painting Ideas for Mom

Moms like gifts. But they love handcrafted gifts from their kids on Mother’s Day. Painting a flower pot with a custom design is a great project for dad and the kids and it only takes a couple of hours of creative fun to complete.

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    Moms like gifts. But they love handcrafted gifts from their kids on Mother’s Day. Painting a flower pot with a custom design is a great project for dad and the kids and it only takes a couple of hours of creative fun to complete.

    • Step 1: Craft a Flower Pot Design
       
      Use chalkboard paint to create flower pot designs

      Settling on the right design is the hard part. You can choose any size of pot or planter to use. If you don’t have something in mind, peruse Internet sites for great ideas. Sketch your ideas out on a piece of cardboard or paper to make sure your design ideas will work. You don’t want to have to start the whole project from scratch because of improper planning or because some important details were not taken into account.

      If you also will be including a particular plant in the pot, you can use paint color to complement the color of the plant that will grow in the pot. For example, the greenery of the plant can be augmented with a pot painted in blue or yellow. Using contrasting colors works well too. For example, you can paint the pot in colors that are on the opposite side of green on the color wheel, such as a shade of red. Think outside the box by painting the pot with metallic paint in rust, antique metal or gold or copper. Or use a specialty paint such as chalkboard paint to create designs that can be easily changed if need be.

      You can take those color ideas to the next level by painting geometric shapes, such as polka dots or squares in different complementary or contrasting colors over a base color. Use words or images to create a pattern or a simple motif. Paint images on the pot with a mother’s day theme, such as May flowers or butterflies. Or spelling out a Mother’s Day message for mom is a good choice as well. You can use stencils to create shapes and letters for better precision than doing it freehand.

      Don’t forget that you also can add features other than paint, such as decorative stones, mosaic tiles or other ornaments, or use a decoupage technique. Decoupage is an artistic method of pasting images you’ve cut out and collected onto a surface, not unlike a collage. You can find images you like in books, magazines, postcards, or gather images from the Internet. Trim images to fit and attach them in patterns, as a single image or cover the entire surface of the planter with your ideas.

    • Step 2: Get Ready to Paint the Flower Pot
       

      When you’re ready to paint, choose an area outdoors or a space with adequate ventilation, such as a garage. Protect the floor or ground with a drop cloth or tarp.

      You may need to prepare the pot’s surface so that paint adheres well. If so, lightly sand the surface with low-grit sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections and to roughen the surface for optimal paint adhesion.

      Safety Alert!

      Always wear protective gloves, safety goggles and a dust mask when sanding.

      Painting the pot with a coat of primer ensures that whether you are working on stone, metal or plastic, your paint job will last. Use a high-quality water-based latex primer, such as True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Primer/Sealer if the pot will be used outdoors. For indoor pots, use True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Primer/Sealer. You also can skip priming by painting your first coat with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Exterior Paint for outdoor applications or with True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium Interior Paint for indoor pots. If your design calls for spray paint, try True Value’s line of aerosol paints, such as X-O Rust Paint and Primer In-one or EasyCare® Premium Décor Spray Enamel line.

    • Step 3: Decorate the Flower Pot
       

      Use a brush to apply the base coat with even strokes. If you will be using spray paint, go slowly, holding the can about 12" from the surface. When using spray paint, you should apply the second coat within 1 hour or after 24 hours. Remember to watch for overspray that might mar adjacent surfaces. Let the paint dry completely, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    • Step 4: Paint
       
      Paint colorful flower pots to give as giftsUse waterproof glue to decorate flower pots with ornaments

      When the base coat of paint has completely dried, it’s time to add your decorative touches. If you’re attaching stones, shells, tiles or ornaments, use a high-quality, waterproof glue or adhesive that is meant for outdoor use, even if the pot will remain inside. When using stencils, simply attach the stencil in the desired location on the planter with painter’s tape and then use a small paintbrush and paint to color in the letters or images. Carefully remove the stencil and repeat in a different location. Attach pictures with craft glue or a similar adhesive. Once the glue has dried, you can seal the surface with a waterproof sealant, such as polyurethane, or another type of varnish to protect your work.

      Safety Alert!

      When completing this project with children, be sure they are being supervised at all times.

    • Step 5: Fill the Flower Pot (Optional)
       

      If you want to include a plant with your planter pot gift, fill one-third of the pot with potting soil and insert the plant stem or root ball. Fill in around the sides of the root ball with more potting soil, pressing lightly. The plant should be at the same soil level as it was originally and there should be a 1/2'' to 1'' space from the top of the mix to the lip of the pot.

      Water the plant, thoroughly soaking the potting mix. Then allow it to drain. Use a liquid plant food such as Scotts Miracle-Gro® Liquid All-Purpose Plant Food.

      Great job! Mom will love her new handcrafted Mother’s Day gift.

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