Dress up plain terra-cotta pots with our free templates.
Exterior paint (black and white)
Plaster of Paris
Laser-printed pattern (link below)
Acrylic gel medium
Spray spar urethane
Gather materials. Paint the pot's exterior black. Let dry.
Mix white chalk paint: two parts white exterior latex paint to one part plaster of Paris. Apply a coat of chalk paint, right. Let dry.
Use a sanding block to lightly distress the finish and reveal the undercoat, right.
Cut away excess paper from a laser-printed copy of the pattern. (You will need to print the pattern on a laser printer for the pattern to transfer.)
Apply acrylic gel medium on the pot where the image will transfer. Position the image facedown in the wet gel, right. Let dry 24-48 hours.
Soak the pot in a shallow tray of warm water with the paper submerged for one to two minutes, right. Rub off the paper, leaving the image transfer in place.
Seal the pot with spray spar urethane to preserve the finish