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Upcycled pots

From NZ Gardener magazine

Rose Hughes creates a range of colourful flower pots, in both fun and funky styles.

Your will need: 1.5 & 2 litre clear plastic drink bottles (for the bottle animals), terracotta pots in various sizes (for the other pots), pencil, non-permanent and permanent marker pens, scissors, masking tape, wide rubber bands, paintbrushes, terracotta sealer, test pots in your chosen colours.

Cost: $25 excluding paint, sealer & plants.

Step 1 Step one
With the non-permanent marker, mark the bottles with head and ear shapes depending on your choice of creature. Cut the shapes out. Clean off the marks. Using the test pots, apply enough coats to the outside of the bottle animals to give a good painted surface.
Step 2 Step two
Mark the creature’s features, paint using a fine brush and outline using a permanent marker.
Step 3 Step three
Undercoat the terracotta pots with the terracotta sealer. Allow to dry. Create outlines with masking tape and rubber bands.
Step 4 Step four
Paint the pots (I used Resene white, Suzie Q, Turkish Delight, Steam Roller, Half Grey Chateau, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Gumboot) and allow to dry.

4 handy tips for creating colourful terracotta pots

flower pot examples
Flower pots
Tip one
Can't decide on just one colour? Combine your favourites. Simply use low tack masking tape to mark out different areas and paint each in your favourite Resene colour for a one-of -a-kind colour-blocked look.
Tip two
Add some glam with a metallic finish brushed on in a crisscross pattern. Resene metallics come in handy Resene testpots, ideal for small projects.
Tip three
When painting terracotta pots, always finish them inside and out with Resene Waterborne Aquapel before painting them. This will help to stop the water seeping through from the inside of the pot, so your don't get blisters on the paint finish.
Tip four
If you prefer concrete pots with a 'natural look', apply Resene Waterborne Aquapel. It's clear penetrating finish that will help keep the surface looking fresher and cleaner for longer.

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