We’ve been having some awesome spring weather out here in San Francisco, the trees and flowers are all in bloom and it just makes me want to get planting (in between sneezes, darn you pollen!). House plants are an awesome and easy way to bring some of that spring life into your home, so today we are sprucing up some basic terra cotta pots so your house plants can grown in style.
-Terra cotta pot
-2 Sponge brushes
**You can get a little gold leaf kits that have the sheets of gold, the sealer and adhesive, we like this one
Start by wipe down the pot, you’ll want to get any dust and dirt off. Then plan out your design and pick out your stamp(s) I used some simple geometric stamps I had laying around, but you can make a stamp or use a pre-made one. I found that simple shapes without a lot of detail worked best. Using the sponge brush, paint the adhesive onto the stamp and press the stamp onto the pot (take it off quickly so you don’t glue the stamp to the pot). Wait a few seconds for the adhesive to get tacky and lay the gold leaf over it. Pat down with the clean sponge brush. Wait a couple of seconds to make sure the gold leaf has stuck to the pot then use the clean sponge brush to gently brush away excess gold leaf. Repeat the process till you have the desired pattern or design.
Once your design is complete use the clean sponge brush to lightly brush the sealer over the gold design. It dries clear but I found that it changes the color of the terra cotta just slightly so I painted the sealer over the whole pot just for consistency.
I love the gold on the terra cotta, its got some sparkle but its still subtle. You can also get silver and copper leaf which could make for a really cute set, or if you just want to try out some other colors.
Gold leaf can be challenging to work with, its super delicate and flimsy, and once you get a little adhesive on your fingers its going to start sticking to you. But don’t distress! You’ll get the hang of it, do a couple practice runs on paper or the bottom of the pot to see how it goes on and how your stamp will come out. And don’t stress if your design doesn’t come out perfectly, because gold leaf is so fickle it probably won’t, but that’s just part of the look, and it will look awesome.