Planter Projects How to Make a Terracotta Pot O’ Gold
Terracotta pots are functional for the gardener who wants a simple and long lasting planter. They can be taken into the designer side, though, with a little bit of imagination. In this project, we dipped our terracotta planters in Gold Leaf to create an upscale look that would work well with just about any home décor.get started
Shop for Terracotta Pots
You can find most of Southern Patio’s terracotta pots in select retail stores such as The Home Depot. For this specific project, we used our 6″ Standard Pot, 6″ Azalea Pot and two of our 6″ saucers.
Paint Your Pots
We decided to go with matte black paint for the base of our pots. The shiny Gold Leaf against the dark, black background gives the terracotta pot an upscale appearance.
Use a small or medium sponge brush to apply two coats, letting them dry for 24 hours in between applications.
Warning: your matte black paint may look like a dark or navy blue at first. Wait until the paint is fully dry to determine the actual color.
Paint the Inside Rim
Don’t forget to paint the inside rim, too!
After the Painting
After you have waited for both coats of paint to fully dry, you will need to gather another small sponge brush, some Gold Leaf and some spray adhesive. You can find any of these items at your local arts and crafts store.
You may want to practice spraying the adhesive on something else before you spray the terracotta pot. Remember, a little goes a long way and anything that comes into contact will stick to whatever surface it is on.
Apply Gold Leaf
Gold Leaf is extremely thin. We recommend taking some from its package and placing it on a paper plate. Use tweezers to apply it to the sprayed part of your pot.
Dab as You Go
Place the gold leaf one piece at a time with your tweezers and then use a sponge brush to dab it so that it straightens out on the pot. It’s OK if the gold leaf comes out looking less than perfect. With this particular terracotta pot, we were going for a distressed gold look. So, as we were applying the gold leaf, we scraped away excess with a dry sponge brush.
Apply Clear Acrylic Spray
If you are spraying indoors, it is a good idea to do it in a room with an open window so that air can flow. Grab a plastic backdrop such as a garbage bag that you can spray against.
Spray a thin layer of clear acrylic spray to lock in the Gold Leaf and make your pot shiny!
Once you get comfortable with applying Gold Leaf, trying creating a stencil pattern for another pot.
Here we took a piece of thin cardboard and drew a star which we cut out using a blade.
Tape Stencil to Terracotta Pot
Be sure to use plenty of artist tape to secure the stencil to the terracotta pot. The tape will also act as a shield when spraying the star (or other design you may come up with) with adhesive spray.
Apply Gold Leaf to Design
After you spray your pattern lightly with adhesive spray, remove the tape and gently apply your Gold Leaf. It should stick only to the area that was sprayed. You should be able to remove any excess with a dry sponge brush.
You Deserve a Gold Star!
Finish off your pattern terracotta pot with a light coat of clear acrylic spray and you’re done!
We got fancy with one of our saucers and trimmed the rim with gold leaf to accent our gold star.
Plant a pretty succulent in your new decorative pot or fill with candy for a sweet treat!