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Paint a Pot

Magazine article Sunset

Paint a Pot

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Terra-cotta dresses up

Ordinary terra-cotta pots turn fashionable when you add vivid colors and labels. Use them for growing young herbs or annual bedding plants; they can go indoors or out, as long as there's no danger of freezing.

TIME: About 1 hour, plus drying time

COST: About $35 for the three pots


* Terra-cotta pots (ours measure 71/2z inches tall, 5 3/4 inches wide)

* Pottery sealant spray

* Acrylic paint: one 4-ounce jar each of blue and green (or two colors of your choice)

* 2-inch-wide foam brush

* Masking tape

*Sheet of vinyl letters

*Spray-on clear acrylic coating (gloss)

* Sheet of self-adhesive laminate (optional)


1 Spray the inside of the pot with pottery sealant; dry for 24 hours.

2 Paint outside of pot green (or your first color); allow to dry for about an hour.

3 Wrap masking tape (or a strip of the self-adhesive laminate) around the top or bottom third of the pot. …

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