how-to tuesday pour paint pots

Pour Paint Pots
I originally saw the idea for these pots here, using big pots & rainbow colors. I decided to give them a whirl at the party with a wide range of colors and very small pots. Here is what we did…

Pour Paint Pots

Supplies:
-scrap cardboard
-foil
-a small terra-cotta pot spray painted white
-masking tape
-acrylic paints (I found the cheaper paints work best, the Martha Stewart brand ones tends to be too thick and would not spread like the cheaper paints. I found mine at Michael’s on sale 2 for $1)

This project is perfect for people of all ages & all skill levels!

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots

Crumple your tinfoil to create a base for your pot. You want this base to hold the pot in the air away from the cardboard. Also make sure that the tinfoil is not touching the edge of the pot.

Pour Paint Pots

Cover the hole in the bottom with a small piece of masking tape.

Pour Paint Pots

Now you are going to begin dripping your paint. Start with a slightly larger sized blob on top of the pot. Then choose another color and make a slightly smaller blob on top of that. Continue with various colors. Each one will be a little smaller and you will notice the paint spreading out toward the edge.

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots

Each time you add more paint it is going to begin to push the paint over the edge in large drips.

Pour Paint Pots

Once the drips are going over the edge you can start a new circle of paint somewhere else on the top of the pot.
You can keep going until your whole flower pot is covered, or leave it with areas of white with colorful drips down over the edge.

Pour Paint Pots

Pour Paint Pots

Allow your pots to dry overnight and for up to 24 hours just to ensure that all the paint is dry. Once dry you can use a screw driver to re-poke the hole in the bottom of the pot. If using your pot as a flower pot (instead of a pencil cup, or small container) make sure to coat your paint with a water proof sealant since the acrylic paints are water based. I think adding a nice glossy sealant would look great anyway as it will really bring the shine back to the colors. If you have any “bumps” of paint drips around the top edge of your pot after it has dried you can also lightly sand these down if you want a smoother appearance.

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6 Responses to how-to tuesday pour paint pots

  1. Melissa says:

    OMGOSH!!!!! I am SO excited you posted this!! Can’t wait to make it this weekend with my kids!! Thank you soooooo much for sharing it!!!!!

  2. Carrie says:

    These look so cool! I’m going to have to do some with the kids this summer. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Amanda says:

    This is so cool!

  4. robbie. says:

    i neeeeeed to make these. now. *calls out of work*

  5. becky farley says:

    those are pretty awesome! Eli would like the messiness of them ;)

  6. Thanks for sharing the link to my post! Your pots turned out great. I love the colors you chose. :)