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Mother's Day Decoupage Flower Pot

When I was looking for easy, inexpensive DIY Mother's Day present ideas, I ran across this article that tells how to make decoupage flower pots. What a perfect Mother's Day gift idea!

The great thing about this craft is that the clay flower pots you need for this project are only between $1 - $3, depending on the size of the pot. You can get them either at your local craft store or at Walmart. The prices were about the same.

decoupage flower pot

For this project you will need:

  • Clay flower pot
  • Images for decoupage
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge
  • Craft paint
  • Acrylic sealer

If you want to give your pot an aged, rustic look, you might want to follow the instructions here. I decided to go a simpler route. For my paint colors I chose brown, a dark yellow, and fern green.

I used a regular kitchen sponge to sponge paint around the top of the flower pot. I first sponged on a layer of brown paint. After that dried I sponged on a layer of yellow paint, then green. I finished with another light layer of brown paint. I really liked how the colors blended together.

If you are going to cover the whole bottom of the pot with cut-outs, then you don't need to paint the base of the pot, but I just used a couple of images so you could still see the pot. I decided to sponge brown paint on the base of the pot.

Next decide on what you want to decoupage onto the pot. I chose these vintage flower pot images. Love them!

Cut your images to fit on the flower pot. You can have as many or as few as you like. When you are ready to decoupage, use a paint brush or sponge to apply decoupage to both the backs of the images and on the surface of the flower pot.

After gluing all the images on the flower pot, apply a layer of decoupage over the entire flower pot. After this coat, let dry for about an hour and then apply another coat.

Lastly, use a spray acrylic sealer (found with glue at craft store) to apply a clear, protective (waterproof) top coat to the flower pot.

Fill flower pot with potting soil and flowers. Now you're all ready for Mother's Day, with very little money spent! You can even make one for yourself while you're at it.

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