The calendar says spring has finally arrived but our weather is crazy! Cold one day, hot the next! It’s like someone is flipping a switch between winter and spring! Last spring I did very little in the way of decorating my deck for the summer or in my yard–Mom took a serious turn for the worse and was in hospice and my focus was on her. I truly neglected everything and, to be honest after she passed, my heart just wasn’t in it.
There’s a lot to be done this spring and since nice days seem to be lacking, I decided to start with my clay flower pots. Years of sitting outside filled with dirt and flowers all spring and summer and then stacked on the potting bench through the cold winters left them looking pretty sorry–but nothing a little paint couldn’t fix. I also found citronella candles that fit exactly into the medium sized wide mouth mason jars and decided to paint my pots and mason jar candleholders to match my seat cushions. Its a really fast, easy and inexpensive way to add some color to your deck or patio and tie everything together.
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Clay Flower Pots (new or old)
Acrylic Paint in your choice of color(s)
Polycrylic Sealer (spray or brush on)
PAINTING CLAY POTS
Step One: If your pots are new go right to step 2! If your pots are used, I recommend cleaning the outside with a little mild soap and water, rinse well and allow to dry completely. Clay is porous and holds moisture so you have to make sure the pots are good and dry.
Step Two: Paint your pots. I painted the outside , bottom and a few inches down in the inside, so the color is seen above the dirt fill line. I did two coats of each color, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats. Depending on the type of paint and color you may need more or less paint.
Step Three: I applied polycrylic to the painted area inside the pot and the entire outside (bottom included) to protect the paint from the elements–two coats, allowing for complete drying between coats.
Step Four: Stand back and admire how cute they look. Once dry, pop some plants inside!
PAINTING THE MASON JAR CANDLE HOLDERS
Step One: Wash the Mason jars and dry well.
Step Two: Apply the paint. Sometimes getting good coverage on glass can be a little tricky. Don’t make yourself crazy. Apply one thin coat, allow to dry completely. you can fill in on the second coat.
Step Three: Apply second coat, allow to dry completely. If the coverage is acceptable to you, this is when you would distress them a little. If you want to add another coat of paint go ahead and coat again and let dry!
Step Four: Distressing the mason jars is easy. My secret tool for distressing everything from the edges of furniture, to the raised portions on a mason jar is my handy dandy nail file!! Really! I use a nail file to distress everything. Just use the roughest side and knock the paint off the raised portions of the design on the jar. Wipe clean of dust.
Step Five: Seal with polycrylic-I did two coats. Allow to dry. Screw on the rim (without the center piece) or leave it off altogether, whichever you prefer.
Step Six: Pop in a candle and light her up!
That’s all there is to it! Super simple, inexpensive and packs a lot of punch. On to the next project!
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