I have been wanting to make a cute french flower pot ever since I found this adorable free french flower shop invoice graphic from the graphics fairy. If you haven’t checked out her site, do! She has all kinds of vintage graphics you can download for free, and lots of fun diy’s.
So I finally found a pot I liked and a technique to try and off we went…….
I got a brownish colored terracotta pot and saucer from home depot, but of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone! It wanted to become vintage!! So I gave it a very quick and messy coat of paint! I used Pensive Sky by Behr.
Because I wanted the pot to look aged I used a dry brush technique. I dipped the brush into the paint, then dabbed most of it onto the paper towel before I painted the pot. I did a couple thin messy layers. I wanted it to be shaded by the brown color underneath.
but once again, not quite vintage enough…..so out came my trusty sanding block and I just lightly sanded the edges here and there for a little more ware. Ahhh, that’s better! Now to dress her up!
Ok, this is the tricky part…..well it was for me, now that I have it figured out maybe it won’t be so tricky for you! I used the “wax paper” transfer technique. All you need is an ink jet printer, some wax, paper, a piece of printer paper, and some tape…..cut your wax paper a bit smaller than your printer paper. Now to get this to print correctly I had to tape the bottom and sides with tape to my paper. Once I figured that out, it ran through the printer with no problem! Oh and don’t forget to flip your design to make a mirror image……Ooops! Good thing I caught it before I applied it to the pot!!
Now the ink is and will remain wet, so carefully trim the wax paper away from the tape and printer paper. Put a couple pieces of tape on the edges of the wax paper to secure it to the pot BEFORE you try to apply it to the pot! Can you tell I almost messed it up? Since the ink is wet, you only get one shot at placing your design…….good news is if you mess up you can always paint over it and start again!
Now you need to burnish the design onto the pot, use what ever you have! A burnishing tool, popcicle stick, your fingernail or your trusty papmered chef scraper! It will turn dark as you burnish it. When you are done carefully remove the tape and wax paper in one smooth movement. And Oh La La! She’s done! Perfectly imperfect!
Now let it dry good for about 30-40 min. Apply a coat of matte sealer and you are good to plant something pretty in your new pot!
I’ve read that you can use this technique on different surfaces as well, I’m looking forward to experimenting! I’ll let you know how it goes