This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plasti Dip. All opinions are 100% mine.
As a mom of four children, you’d think I’d have enough on my plate, but recently I got it in my head that I wanted to get a pet. When my husband immediately vetoed that idea, I decided I would become a plant mom! I found a huge sale at our local nursery, and I bought me some amazing houseplants. But have you SEEN how expensive planters are??
I decided I’d buy some cheap terra cotta planters, which run anywhere from 50 cents to a few dollars, and I turned to my trusty Plasti Dip craft paint to jazz them up. It’s so easy to create your own DIY Monochrome Plant Pots using Plasti Dip, and they turned out SO cute! The greatest part is that when I totally botched my first batch of planters, I was able to peel the paint right off and start again!
For this easy DIY, you’ll need only a few supplies.
- Terra Cotta plant pots in any size you need
- Plasti Dip Craft (Get yours at Amazon)
- Masking Tape
- A craft knife
To begin this easy craft, first grab your planter and decide what kind of design you want. I’ll be honest – I tried several different techniques, and some worked better than others. But with a little care, you can get some pretty awesome designs!
For some pots, I decided to go with very simple color blocking, and I used my masking tape to tape off areas that I wanted to keep the original terra cotta color. You could paint all of the pot, but I liked the idea of leaving a few areas of clay.
If you are wanting to create more rounded shapes like circles, hearts, etc, you can simply tape off a block of space, draw your shape with a pencil and then use your craft knife or scissors to cut around the shape. Then, you can remove the shape itself so that the paint will form the shape, OR remove the outside tape so that the shape itself will be the color of the pot and the rest of the area will be painted.
Next, once you have all of your pots ready, take them outside or into a large well ventilated area like your garage, and get painting! I like to place mine inside a cardboard box so that it can catch the overspray.
Your first coat should be really thin. You will barely see the color at first, but it’s important not to make it too thick, or your project will look drippy. Wait about 15 minutes after the first coat and then go ahead and spray another. The color should look a lot better now, but you still need to try to keep it fairly thin. From the third coat, you can apply it a little bit thicker. Just be sure to wait a sufficient time between each layer so that it has adequate time to dry.
Once you are happy with the coverage, wait about 24 hours for them to fully cure. Place them somewhere warm and dry until you’re ready.
The final step is to remove the tape, and this is where I blundered spectacularly. With most paint I’ve used, you want to remove the paint when it’s still a little bit wet, but with Plasti Dip, this can be difficult. I find it works a lot better if you wait until it’s dry. That said, if you simply tear the tape up, it will pull the paint up along with it since the paint is meant to be removable. To properly remove it without destroying your work, I suggest using your craft knife to gently go around the area where the tape is adhered and separate it from the rest of the paint. Then, you can pull it up and reveal your design!
A few other things I learned – if your paint can is too cold, it can cause your paint to spray everywhere. To fix this, set the can into a small bowl of warm water for a few minutes, and it should make it so that the paint sprays more evenly. Just don’t use super hot water or leave it in too long.
Also, while the paint is peelable off of most surfaces, there were a few small areas that it didn’t fully peel off my pots. It wasn’t a big deal to me, as I kind of liked the look of it, but make sure you read the instructions carefully to decide if this is the right paint for your project.
What do you think? Do you like my finished plant pots? I think this means I’m really and truly a plant mom now!