The other day I came across this beautiful painted wooden spoon tutorial. I trashed all my wooden spoons a while ago after finding splinters in my cookie dough, but I figured I could apply the same technique to a terracotta pot. I love the contrast of the high gloss shellacked paint next to the matte terracotta. This would make a great Mother’s Day gift with a set of DIY herb markers and a plantable Mother’s Day card tucked inside!
terracotta pot and saucer
shellac (available at hardware stores, this kind worked great)
twine & hot glue (optional)
1. First tape off your planter. This part is a little tricky since the pot tapers. I found it best to tear roughly 2″ pieces of tape and overlap them around the pot, being careful to form a straight line with the bottom edge of the tape.
2. Prime the pot and saucer and allow them to dry. I let mine dry for about an hour. You can skip the primer if you want, but then you’ll have to apply more coats of paint to get full coverage.
3. After the primer is dry, paint the pot and saucer with acrylic paint. Let the paint dry and reapply if necessary. My pot needed two coats of paint.
4. Next you’ll apply the shellac to give the paint that high gloss shine. If you’re using spray shellac, cover the unpainted edge of the pot with aluminum foil to make sure it stays shellac-free and keeps its matte finish. Apply the shellac according to the package instructions. I used two coats. Carefully remove the tape after your last coat of shellac.
5. Let your planter dry for 24 hours or more before setting it in the saucer. Otherwise you might have problems with the shellac sticking.
6. If you like, tie a bit of twine around the pot. The twine adds interest by bringing in another texture, and it will also cover any imperfections where paint may have oozed under the masking tape. If you have trouble with the twine slipping down, a few dots of hot glue here and there should solve the problem.