This is definitely the summer of DIY flower planters at DIYShowOff, isn’t it? We’ve always been so busy with projects INside the house, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer. I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flowers and flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.
- Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
- DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
- Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters).
- Krylon Clear Coat
- Rebar (mine is 42″)
- Potting soil and flowers
- Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)
Ombre flower pots Tutorial:
I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:
- Blue Jay Blue
- 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
- Robin’s Egg Blue
- 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
- Blue Bahama
For each pot, I started with one of the base colors above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. I then elevated my pots to make painting/drying easier.
Then added white to the paint and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot.
And added more white and repeated.
When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot. Then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside.
I did the above steps for each paint color for each terra cotta pot.
Then I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots…
then flipped and painted the bottoms and let them dry overnight.
Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:
Your mind is a garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers.
Or you can grow weeds.
making sure that the sizing was correct for each pot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.
Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.
Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…
and applied the stencils to my terra cotta pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually. Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper.
Next I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.
I removed the vinyl stencils as soon as I was done painting and let everything dry for 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.
Then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat.
Once that was dry, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for more ombre effect…
And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.
Watered them too.
Then topped off the rebar with my finial…
Colorful and happy! More DIY planter tutorials:
How to Make a Chandelier Flower Planter
How to Make a Tire into a Planter
How to Make House Number Flower Pots
How to Make a Vertical Pallet Herb Garden
This post is sponsored. Vinyl and transfer paper supped by Happy Crafters.
I love the quote you picked for your garden pots. I have the same toppling tower of pots in almost the same shade…bit more teal. Its such a fun accent piece for the garden, and a wonderful way to showcase such a powerful message.
Oh, my, I love it! The colors are so pretty, and of course I love the purple flowers! Can you believe Haven is almost here? I hope I won’t be too starstruck this year to say more than Hi to you! 😀
I’m loving this feathered ombre look.Very pretty!
Wow, that really turned out cute – I love the beautiful ombre and the stencilling idea!! Thanks for posting the “how-to” and for the other great links!!
These are so super pretty! I love the tilt they’ve got going on, too…totally think we could find a way to pull this off on our patio!
Luv the look. Enjoy reading about crafty people & hoping to gain their knowledge with doing the projects.
These turned out great! I really like the ombre affect, and the finial for the top.
Roeshel, I just can’t get enough (isn’t that a tune from the 80’s, ha!) but seriously I love your planters. You know your PlanterChandy is already on my long list of to-dos and no the unbelievable Ombré! I love it! Especially in the shades of blue you chose and the those inspirational words…all of it. Very cool!
Cheers to you and yours,
I love, love, love these. And you used my favorite color.. light blues…. sigh. I hope I can do these also.
Roeshel, this is just gorgeous and I love the color! I would love to make something like this and it’s going on my to-do list! That chandalier planter is also totally stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your how-to, pinning and will share on FB this week. Have a wonderful weekend!
Sooo cute! Your endless creativity amazes me!!
Roeshel this is SO COOL!!!! This is my favorite stacked pot project I have seen. I LOVE it. Pinning.
loved the stenciled flower pots would like to add to my garden
I have been looking for a tutorial for the stacking planter and this one fits the bill, SO CUTE!! I would love to have you stop by and share this on our #OHGWW this week!
Hope you are having a wonderful spring!
Oh my gosh, your staggered planter is wonderful and would add so much color to a backyard!
Love it and did one of my own! I was a big job but very fun and rewarding once I got it in place! Thx for sharing your talent so I could do this too!