HOW TO HAND PAINT TERRACOTTA POTS WITH THE KIDS
Painting terracotta pots is a fun and relatively easy activity to do with the kids. It's an inexpensive way to add colour to your home and they make adorable gifts. Here is our little guide to painting these with kids.
What to Buy:
- Terracotta pot (available at Bunnings for $2-$3)
- Acrylic Paints (we also got these from Bunnings for around $2-$3 a tube)
- Paint brushes (hopefully you already have some. We just used kids ones. Nothing fancy!)
1. Paint your pot a base colour. Paint the inside lip also as this will make it look much better when finished. You may need to do two coats of paint depending on your paint. In our experience, do this a day before you want to decorate your pots so you don't have to wait for the paint to dry. You may even want to paint the base colour yourself in preparation for the kids.
Note: We usually put a coat of primer on before we start painting, but this isn't necessary. We used regular house painting primer because we had that lying around.
2. Research ideas for your patterns. We went through the kids pj + undie drawer to find some cool patterns on their clothes. In the end the majority of the kids decided to paint fruit patterns.
3. Using a grey-lead pencil, lightly sketch your patterns on your pot. You can paint directly onto the pot, but having the grey-lead as a guide does make it easier.
4. Start painting over your grey-lead sketches. We have found the paints look a lot better when dry. So take it easy and relax. If they need a second coat, there is always time to do this later.
5. If a kid makes a mistake, use a cloth to wipe off the paint. No big deal! Or if it is a big mistake, turn the mistake into a cool shape and add some crosses or dots to make it look like an abstract piece of art (that's what we did!)
6. Once they are dry, they are good to add soil and a plant. If they are going outside, you will want to spray them with some pot sealer, which is available at Bunnings near the terracotta pots.
If you do this project with the kids, we'd love to see your final projects. Tag us #cheekygreen or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org