Now that spring is here, everything is bright and cheery. Wipe away the drab reminders of winter by putting the color back into your garden even before all your flowers have bloomed by painting and arranging colorful containers on your front yard.
Of course, you can easily purchase multi-colored pots from your local garden store, but what’s the fun in that? When you make your own, you have complete control over how big they are, what colors they are, and what they’re made of. What’s especially good about this is that you can make plant pots out of practically anything, as long as you can punch enough holes in them to drain well.
This means you can recycle that old feeder in your attic, or the collection of plastic jugs of milk you haven’t gotten around to putting out on the curb.
First, select the general look you would want and pick out containers that would best show off that look. If you would like something classic, pick out terracotta pots in varying sizes, depending on what you would like to plant. If you’d prefer something more vintage, go hunting in garage sales or flea markets for fun and quirky items like bowls, wooden animal feeders, buckets, or glass bottles. For a truly shabby chic look, pick out unexpected items like old tires, birdbaths, pallets, or even an old chair frame.
There are several ways to add color to the items of your choice, but acrylic paint is the most commonly used. If you’re using something that is porous, like concrete or terracotta, don’t forget to coat the inside of the pots with a sealant specifically made for the purpose, like Thompson’s Water Seal. If you can’t get that, then a couple of coats of spray-on acrylic paint would do almost as well. The seal protects your final splash of color on the outside, keeping water from the paint.
When you’re ready to paint, choose coordinating shades of acrylic paint and simply coat the outside of the pots using either a brush or a sponge. You can choose to keep them plain, or place designs on them with the use of a stencil. If you’re really bold, you can do it freehand.
Finally, when you’re pleased with the way your pots look, simply apply a top coat of acrylic lacquer and leave everything to dry overnight someplace away from the damp.
When they’re ready, you can fill them up with all your plants and put them out in small clusters on your lawn or front yard. These eye-catching colorful spots in your garden will not only show off your green thumb, but add a bright, inviting spot that highlights your home.