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How to Paint Terra-Cotta Pots

Customize a plain terra-cotta pot with a paint dipping technique that's easy and a quick way to turn a basic piece into a trendy accessory for your home.

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Here's how to use paint to turn the basic terracotta pot into a colorful accent for your home or yard. Here's what you'll need: a terracotta pot and saucer, large rubber bands, a small artist's paint brush, all-surface primer, acrylic craft paint, aluminum foil, masking tape, spray shellac, and an X-Acto knife. Stretch the rubber band around the pot angling it so the final result will look like you dipped the pot on a tilt. Paint the pot below the rubber band with primer. Do the same with the saucer. Let them both dry completely. Now paint the pot below the rubber band with acrylic craft paint. You may need 2 or 3 coats of paint to get a bright saturated color. Do the same with the saucer. Let them dry completely between coats. Wrap the top unpainted portion of the pot in aluminum foil. Use masking tape to cover any gaps and to seal the foil to the rubber band. Apply 2 to 3 coats of spray shellac. Do the same with the saucer and let them dry. Scour the paint along the edge of the rubber band to loosen it. Cut the rubber band and carefully peel it off. Now your pretty pot is ready to add color to your home or yard.