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Painted Terra Cotta Pots

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The previous owner of the house left a lot of stuff in the yard which included a ton of terra cotta pots filled with dead plants. After seeing a few inspiring designs on Pinterest, I decided to clean up a few of them and paint them. Here’s what you’ll need to make my painted terra cotta pots:

To start, I had to clean up the terra cotta pots in the yard. They were pretty gross.

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I took a hose and a scrubbing sponge to them out in the yard and followed up with a good wipe down with a paper towel.

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After reading around online, I found out that you have to waterproof the pots because the moisture will make the paint separate from the pots. I went with Thompson’s waterproofing spray that I sprayed on the inside and outside of the pots.

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Note: You have to do this before you put any paint on the pots. I tried to waterproof after spray painting, but it just leaves a greasy film on the surface. Oops.

After the waterproofing was dry (about 30-45 min), I spray painted the pots white using a 2 in 1 paint and primer. I sprayed 2-3 coats to get full white coverage. I also made sure to spray about 3-4 inches along the top of the inside to make sure all the visible parts of the pot were painted.

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I let this dry for about an hour or two and used the time to plan a black and white geometric pattern I wanted to paint on the pots.

I started by drawing a diagonal grid on the pots using a scrap piece of mail and a pencil.

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I started filling in certain squares with black acrylic paint and a paint brush to get the diamond geometric pattern.

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I did this all the way around the pot. I also painted a second one with a mix of vertical, diagonal, and horizontal stripes.

Once the acrylic paint dried (about an hour), I took the pots back outside to put on a clear coat of spray paint to preserve the design.

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I let this dry for an hour or two and decided to finally plant the avocado seed I had been growing on my window sill in a plastic cup. You can barely see it in the pot, but I’m super excited for avocados one day…probably waaaaaaaaaay into the future.

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Sparkly Pumpkin Decor

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Traditionally when I think about spray paint, I think colored, flat paint. But there is way more variety out there. On a recent visit to Home Depot, I discovered sparkly gold spray paint! It sprays textured glitter. Its amazinggg. So I started searching for something to spray paint. With an upcoming Halloween themed block party coming up, I decided find something to I could use for the block party decor.

I searched eBay and found some little pumpkins that would be great for some table decor at the block party. The pictures made the pumpkins look WAY larger than they actually are, but I’ll deal with it. Lesson learned. Pay attention to sizing info.

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Here’s what I used:

  1. Gold Glitter Spray Paint
  2. Faux Pumpkins
  3. Tape
  4. Paper Towels
  5. Butcher Paper/Drop Cloth

I started by prepping my little pumpkins. I wanted to keep the stem color so I covered them before spray painting. To do this, I ripped off a piece of paper towel, wrapped it around the stem, and taped it together. I didn’t directly apply tape to the stem because I wanted it to be difficult to remove after spray painting and I didn’t want to damage the stems.

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After I finished prepping the pumpkins, I laid down a piece of butcher paper to protect the floor. I recently bought a HUMONGOUS 1000-foot roll of this stuff. I have big plans for all 1000-feet of it.

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Next, grabbed my can of glitter spray paint, shook it up, and sprayed the first coat of glitter. This stuff is like magic exploding out of a can. I started with a light first coat.

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I built the glitter coverage up over 3-4 coats on each pumpkin. I found that if I sprayed too close, it would just remove the previous layer of glitter and push the glitter out to the sides. No good. Light coats with 20-30 minutes of dry time between coats.

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Next, I removed the tape and paper towel pieces covering the stems. All done! Now I have some cute sparkly pumpkin decor for the upcoming block party!

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Hot Pink Unicorn Wall Decor

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Obviously…I didn’t just get my friend a card for her birthday. I also got her a matching unicorn head! Time to make a giant hot pink unicorn head. She’s a teacher so her classroom was the perfect place to hang some quirky wall decor. Who doesn’t want to stare at hot pink unicorn wall decor all day?

We had been browsing around online looking for her deer head project (which looked kinda creepy to me). I think its the eyeballs that freak me out. The unicorn was way less creepy maybe because he/she’s magical. Magically awesome. We found a few on Etsy that were spray painted and selling for hundreds of dollars. HUNDREDS. That’s crazy to me. This project was A LOT less. Still not cheap, but you pay a premium for magic.

Here’s what you’ll need to get your own hot pink (or whatever color you want) unicorn head wall art:

  1. Unicorn head (obviously)
  2. Spray Paint Primer
  3. Pink Spray Paint (Pink Glow)
  4. Tacky Glue
  5. Extra Fine Gold Glitter
  6. Nails
  7. Hammer
  8. 4-5 Trash Bags/Floor covering

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We started by laying down trash bags to catch any overspray during painting. We may or may not have been successful with that. We used 2 trash bags, but I recommend 4 just to be sure. Also maybe don’t spray paint onto the trash bags, walk on it, then walk on the uncovered part of the floor. Oops.

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We started with a white primer to even out the dark areas of the unicorn head.  Also to cover the super creepy eyes. We sprayed a thin coat for quick drying time and no drips/streaking. At this point, it looked like a horse with a rectangular hole in its forehead.

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While the primer was drying, we decided to glitter up the horn because, everything can always use more glitter. We started by laying down another trash bag on a table. Next, we applied streaks of craft glue along the horn and smeared it into all the nooks and crannies with our fingers (rather, my friend’s fingers).

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Next, it was time for glitter. We used a fine glitter and started dumping it all over the horn. Don’t worry about all the glitter that doesn’t make it onto the horn. We just dumped it all back into the glitter container when we were done. Glitter recycling.

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To let it dry, we leaned it up against the wall. Can you tell we did this in her classroom? We don’t put owl borders in our homes. Not cute for home…super cute for a classroom.

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Now that the primer was dry on the unicorn head, it was time for hot pink spray paint. We did sprayed about three thin coats to cover all of the white primer and to get a true hot pink color. Also, we made sure to get it at every angle. You’d be surprised how many angles are on this thing (behind the ears, under the jaw, nostrils, list goes on…).

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Here’s what it looked like after three coats.

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And now our unicorn head was ready to be reunited with its newly glittered horn. The dry time was about 1-2 hours for the spray paint and horn.

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Now it was ready for the wall. The head comes with a hole in the back for hanging. We hammered a nail into the wall and hung it up!

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UH-MAZING.

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