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Go potty with craft

Give old terracotta pots a new lease on life with funky colour and a bit of creativity. Children will love decorating the pots, then fill them with herbs or flowers and they make great gifts for the festive season!

You will need

  • A selection of Resene testpots
  • Resene Waterborne Aquapel
  • Old or new terracotta pots
  • Selection of different sized brushes
  • Pencil or pen
  • Selection of herbs and salad seedlings
  • Potting mix and trowel

To make

  1. Clean pots if necessary first. Seal with Resene Waterborne Aquapel inside and out. Use different sized brushes to paint stripes, solid colour or patterns around the pots. Leave a gap between the colours (you’ll paint this next) so that they don’t run together. Let the first coat of paint dry.
  2. Finish painting your base colours round the pots and let them dry. Draw additional designs with pen or pencil, using simple shapes like crosses, bars, hearts, spots, wiggly lines, vertical stripes, checks, diamonds, circles or ovals.
  3. Paint the designs onto the pots. Choose contrasting colours for extra impact. Let the paint dry.
  4. Pop a stone over the hole in the bottom of each pot, then half fill with potting mix. Remove the herbs from their containers and loosen the earth around the roots. Place them in the pots to decide what looks good with what. A mix of heights, colours and leaf shapes work well. Once you’ve decided, place them in and fill in the gaps with more potting mix, so each plant is well supported. Water gently and place in a sunny spot outside. This makes a fantastic gift!

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