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Decoupage Pot

If your mother, grandmother, friend or favorite aunt loves flowers, plants and you, make them a custom planter where memories continue to grow.  This decoupage planter will bring everyone much joy, because it’s filled inside with their favorite plant, and decorated outside with treasured color copied photographs of friends and family.  If you have never decoupaged before, this is a great first project, as it is simple and quick to make.

  • 1 clay pot

  • White glue

  • Foam paint brushes  for glue and if using brush-on paint

  • Mini paint roller

  • Family pictures (enough to generously cover the pot)

  • (Optional) Botanical or other gift wrap

  • Yellow or other color spray paint or acrylic brush-on paint 

  • Polyurethane (spray or brush on, oil or water based)

  • Plant to fit pot (hydrangea, rose, etc.)

  1. Spray paint the exterior of the clean clay pot.  If you like you spray the inside of the pot too. 

  2. Make color copies of family photos.

  3. Cut out photos and gift-wrap (gift wrap is optional).  (Note: cutting out bodies and flowers, versus simply cutting              pictures into squares, makes for a more interesting finished pot.)

  4. Pour glue into small bowl and dilute it with just a little bit of water.  The glue should be a bit runny but not too                  watery.

  5. With brush, apply white glue to back of picture and press it onto the pot.  Now also apply glue over top of                        photo.  Use mini paint roller to smooth air bubbles and glue.

  6. Repeat step 5 until the entire pot is covered. 

  7. After glue is dry, apply several coats of polyurethane, let dry between coats.

  8. Slip favorite plant into découpage pot, leaving plant it in its original container.  This way you protect your work.

My best,

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