Give a large, solid-colored container new life with a intricate and exotic designs inspired by mehndi, a form of body art created by applying symbolic designs on hands and feet using henna. We used delicate doilies to embellish this pot with a weathered, patterned finish.

By Kate Carter Frederick

Customizing a plain container adds the color and appeal of special effects. Layers of paint supply even more texture to our grooved resin pot. Choose paint in several hues (we used light gray, dark gray, and black). The secret to the crackly finish is white crafts glue that’s extra-easy to apply when thinned with a splash of water. Use doilies to stamp on patterns. Two coats of spar urethane protect the painted finishes from moisture.

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 4 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Painting
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Step 1

Paint A Base Coat

Brush a coat of dark gray exterior paint onto the pot. If you are using a textured pot, make sure to put plenty of paint on the brush to get into the crevices. Let dry.

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Step 2

Create Crackle Effect

Brush on white crafts glue. When the glue has begun to dry but still feels tacky, brush on a coat of light gray exterior paint. Let the crackle finish dry.

Step 3

Apply Doily Pattern

Pour black enamel paint onto a disposable plate. Lightly dip one side of a doily into the paint and press it onto the pot. Remove the doily, being careful not to smudge the edge of the transferred paint, and let dry.

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Step 4

Decorate Remaining Pot Surface and Seal

Repeat step 4 around the exterior of the pot, reapplying paint to the doily as needed. Let the paint dry. You can also use another doily or stencil and dark gray exterior paint to repeat the process and create a one-of-a-kind pattern. Spray on two coats of spar urethane, letting dry between coats.

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