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Gilded Terracotta Clay Pots

Take old worn out clay pots and turn them into something beautiful again. It's easy to do with gold leaf.  It only takes a few steps and a steady hand so here we go.  Found on

Terracotta pots - new, used, large, small - whatever you want.
Gold or Silver leaf found at all craft stores
Size - the glue to adhere the metallic leaf with
Spray sealer for the leaf - found in the same area as the leaf.

Normally you would follow what the leaf directions are for applying. But, in the case of clay flowerpots which are porous you will have to adjust.  The easiest way to do this is brush on a length of glue at a time & immediately apply the leaf.  Don't wait to apply the leaf to the size because it will dry almost immediately.  Continue around the entire rim of the pot until complete.

Try not to brush the glue over the existing leaf as it will dull the shine. After all
pots are gilded, coat them with the spray sealer. If you like the worn look on the bottom of the pots don't spray that part with sealer because it will clean the look of the flower pot up.

That's it.  Plant and enjoy!  Perfect for a holiday table or wedding reception.  Elegant and classy!
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:46:42 PM 

DIY Project - Gilded Terracotta Flower Pots

Here is a clever way to dress up your terracotta flowerpots that may be looking a bit worn. You can use old or new pots, either way the gold leaf will dress them up and give them a cohesive look. We thank for this clever idea.

Terracotta pots
Gold or Silver leaf - available in sheets at most craft stores.
Size - the glue to adhere the leaf to.
Spray sealer for the leaf.

Normally they recommend following the instructions when applying the leaf to items but in this case, because the flower pots are so porous, the size dried immediately. So they recommend you apply a length of glue and immediately apply the leaf. Don't wait. It will dry immediately. Continue around the entire edge of the clay pot until you are complete. Just try not to brush the glue over the existing leaf as it will dull the shine.

Once all the pots are gilded, coat them in a spray sealer. If you want to retain some of the natural patina that accumulates on the worn pottery, avoid spraying the sealer there.

We think these gilded flowerpots would be perfect for a holiday table, a wedding display, or a New Years Party. Simply elegant! Give it a go and let us know how you do?

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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 10:18:00 AM 

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