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I am really shocked by the amount of holiday creep I’ve seen this year! At the beginning of August, my Pinterest feed was taken over pumpkin spice this and vanilla chai that, and just this week I saw Christmas merchandise at the craft store. Loads and loads of it! Not just a few items here and there – Christmas merch has taken over most of the comparatively small store and all things “summer” have been relegated to clearance, which seems downright strange for August in Hawaii.
I don’t really care what the merchandizing trend is, I’m going to take things one holiday at a time. Since I’m writing a solid two weeks before Labor Day, it’s officially still summer, even if you don’t live in the tropics. That’s why today I’m sharing an easy Terra Cotta pot makeover with that fun textured spray paint from before (I used it in this beachy vase project)! It has a decidedly beachy vibe and it’s the perfect way to celebrate these final weeks of summer before succumbing to the flood of Halloween and Christmas projects.
This beachy textured pot is so incredibly easy to make. You hardly need any supplies! All you need is:
- A terra cotta pot! I used a 5″ pot from the craft store.
- Krylon Textured spray paint. I used “Sandstone” in with “fine” texture. It’s available at most home improvement, hardware, and craft stores
- Sea shells, starfish, or other decorations
- Hot glue
- A pretty plant =)
1. Peel off that annoying label that doubtlessly came on your pot and doesn’t really want to let go, then protect an outdoor work surface with cardboard, newspaper, plastic, or something else to keep your lawn/table/sidewalk from being painted. As with virtually all paints, this paint works best when you apply several light coats instead of one or two heavy ones. The textured spray paint will cover the terra cotta, so don’t give up! I applied six light coats to achieve the pictured coverage.
2. Allow your clay pot to dry, then bring it indoors and get ready to decorate!
3. “Dry fit” your shells or other decorations to decide where, exactly, you want them. I applied shells around the upper rim.
4. Very carefully apply a generous bead of hot glue around the “back” rim of a shell, then stick it in place. Be careful! Hot glue is, well, hot! This is a great project for a low temp gun, if you have one.
5. Add your potted plant et voila! You now have a fresh new potted plant in your home.
So how about all this holiday creep? What are your feelings? Are you excitedly pinning pumpkin spice doughnut recipes? Or annoyed that the retails halls are already decked with holly?