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Mothering Sunday* is just around the corner and what better way to say Happy Mother’s Day to your special mum than making a handmade gift especially for her. I will show you in a few easy steps how to create beautiful plant pots that can be personalised for your mum.
You will need:
- Terracotta plant pots
- Plants of your choice
- Air Clay
- Rubber Stamp set
- Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear
- Chalk Paint ( I used Annie Sloan in Original and DecoArt Chalky Finish in Mint)
- Tape (optional)
Start by painting your terracotta plant pots in the colour of your choice. I chose Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in original and DecoArt chalky finish paint in mint.
You can paint either one block colour or be a bit more adventurous and use two colours. To achieve nice crisp lines, use a tape and paint over a different colour.
Whilst your paint is drying start creating the embellishments using the air clay. I got these alphabet stamps a while ago and finally got the chance to try them out. Roll the clay and cut out any shape you want (you can use mini cookie cutters or small lids for round shapes)
Press the stamps and create any words or text you want. I made a few different embellishments as I was not entirely sure which ones would look the best. To create a nice lace pattern on the little love hearts, I used a lace ribbon and rolled over to make an impression in soft clay.
I also used a plant leaf and lavender to create little impressions in the clay (but didn’t use them in the end). Then leave them to dry for at least 24 hours (or follow the instructions on your packet).
Make sure the plant pot and clay embellishment is clean and free of dirt, grease and oil. Apply adhesive to the pot and the clay embellishment . To maximise bond strength wait approximately two minutes for adhesive to partially dry before joining both surfaces.
Press surfaces firmly together (this glue is repositionable, it provides an instant bond but is repositionable for a short time). Allow for a minimum of 24 hours for full cure. Seal the paint using clear varnish.
Plant your chosen plants and your Mother’s Day gift is ready for your mum!!
* Mothering Sunday 31st March in the UK