Saw this wonderful idea from Lucy Mercer for S'mores fun on July 4th
so we wanted to share it with you here. It's an easy and fun crafty idea using terra cotta clay flower pots, paint and some decorations.
Itís easy to add patriotic style to your patio this July 4 with terra cotta pots and chalky finish paint. These starred-and-striped pots can hold bright summer geraniums, flickering votives, bundles of silverware, or showcase a símores bar.
Cover the pot with white paint, using the foam brush. Let dry, about an hour, or longer.
Tape off the stripes using the painterís tape. Itís easiest to start just under the rim for the first stripe.
Using the width of the painterís tape as a guide (.94-inch works well), tape off the next stripe, being sure to press the tape against the pot.
Paint the red stripes, let dry. Peel off tape.
Paint the blue stripe on the rim, let dry. Sanding the edges of the pot with a sanding sponge adds a rustic look.
Use the white paint marker to draw stars on the rim, and also to clean up any splotches on the stripes.
Optional, but nice: spray the completed terra cotta pot with acrylic spray to seal.
When your patriotic pots are completed, they can be used to display flowers. Geraniums and petunias are pretty and perfect for July 4 parties.
With the 4th of July celebration right around the corner, we wanted to share a few ideas to help your decorate your home or garden area for any parties you may have scheduled. We like to see clay flowerpots use as planters, party favors & more. Any kind of garden planter can be used to create fun and patriotic garden decor. Below are some easy and fun crafts and more.
A really simple idea. Take some red geraniums and repot them into terracotta clay flower pots. This looks nicer than the plastic nursery pots they come home in. Set the flower pots around your patio or garden area in groups of clusters. This makes the flowers look happier and not as lonely as only one planter all by itself.
Take a vintage picnic basket and fill with nursery bought flowers in red, white & blue. Add a few small American flags and some sparkly flower picks and you have created the perfect centerpiece for your patio or porch table. The basket makes a unique & adorable garden planter with hardly any expense. We love seeing recycled items turned into flower pots.
Take plastic buckets, terra cotta clay flower pots or any kind of container and fill with fun items for your party guests. Bubbles, Mini American Flags, head crowns & sparkly bands. This type of party favor is beloved by adults and well as kids. We would add sparklers, charcoal snakes and any other kid friendly fireworks.
Lastly, we just want to show that you don't always need to decorate for the 4th of July with Red White and Blue colors. Here a kitchen colander has been turned into a wonderful plant container filled with red & yellow flowers. By adding a small American Flag to the planter it makes it look festive & original. Decorate your porch or patio using the colors of your other landscape items. Just add the flag and it ties it right into the Independence celebration.
Create an effortless salute to red, white and blue blooms with these clever combination strategies!
Instead of mixing colors in one pot, try a stepped skyline of containers, each holding a single color bloom. The radiating shape of these daisies makes them feel like they are bursting out like fireworks. Use different sizes of planters and heights. It really adds to the character of the pots and creates a wonderful and colorful look.
To successfully marry plants in a hanging basket, do what the pro's do. Combine one type of large flowers like the red petunia shown in the photograph with smaller scaled trailing accent flowers like the cobalt blue lobelias, periwinkle verbenas and white bacopa copa. Create the perfect blend of impact and drape all inside a terracotta hanging planter or ceramic pot.
A bright patchwork of red marigolds and blue campanulas reads patriotic when planted in a shllow white potor ceramic bowl. The low bowl shape draws attention to the vibrant blooms rather than the container. When placed on the ground near the door, the arrangement is the pefect way to greet guests!
Grouping a trio of unexpected kitchen containers is a simple way to transform common flowers into an eye catching accent. Here we used a red colander, white roasting pan and a blue ice bucket. All simple things most of us have around the home. Each one is holding petunias, lobelias and daisies, inexpensive plants available at most nursery and landscape centers.
For the most balanced display, match the proportions of the blooms to the size and shape of the pot! A domed container like the colander looks best with a rounded mound of flowers, whereas a cylindrical container like the ice bucket requires a taller, narrower planting!
A ladder display is best for a small area! Stepladders are great for displaying potted plants & flowers because they take up mostly vertical space. You could place one on a deck or balcony without feeling crowded. To prevent hiding too much of the A-frame try staggering the potted plants right to left, leaving the top two steps bare and choosing smaller, upright plants like geraniums shown.
And for a small scale display, skipping white ensures harmony. In a tighter space, the stark contrast of white can be overwhelming.