Month: May 2017

How I Weatherproof My Decoupaged Terra Cotta Pots

Got Terra Cotta – Pots or Planters, Like this one? 

How about we turn it into something that looks like this. Watch the video here:         This is one of the few times when I will not be using chalk paint-I’ll be using Martha Stewart’s Multi surface paints like these. I may have said in the DIY Video that these come in a pack of 12 but it looks like I should have said 10. These colors are stunning. I use them on bottles, cans, boxes, and of course, planters. Terra Cotta is very porous.  For that reason you have to seal it to make it waterproof and weather proof. Here’s the main reason I used these paints as opposed to chalk paints. These paints can be baked on in order to make the item you’re working on, waterproof. The paint becomes permanent. You do not have to bake your project, and in some cases you can’t. If you prefer not to bake your project you can leave this to air dry for 21 days. You can’t use it or add anything over the top of the paint for 21 days while it cures. That’s not very practical for today’s purposes though. We want to decoupage! We want to add a UV protectant, and we want to put this outside for the spring and summer. So here’s how we can cure this a lot more quickly. 

Make sure your paint has dried for at least one hour, it must be dry to the touch, no tackiness before you put it in the oven. So if you’re working on a terra cotta pot, paint it, leave it dry for at least one hour (longer is fine-if you can’t get back to it until later in the week, no problem) Place your pot in a room temperature oven. Set the oven to 350. When oven reaches 350 set your timer for 30 minutes. Allow oven to cool back down to room temp with your pot still in it. Then remove. Then we can begin to decoupage. I wanted to make sure I had napkins that flowed in an upwards direction. Like these. So that it looks just like flowers are growing up the pot! You can purchase these napkins here:

Now we can Decoupage our Terra Cotta Pot! 

I took a fine artists brush like this one, (a filbert brush)  which you can purchase here: to wet the area of the napkins I wanted to use. I tore the flowers out from the napkin – making sure I didn’t separate them yet (you want to make sure you are only decoupaging with the top ply of the napkin) I then began to decoupage. Once I was finished decoupaging …

Let’s add the waterproofing to our terra cotta pot now. 

it’s all about the Spar Varnish. This is the varnish that is used on boats, whether they go into a lake, the ocean or just sit in someone’s driveway. The surfaces of a boat usually get all of the elements depending on where you live but they certainly take the brunt of the sun and the water. For that reason you need to protect them with something specific, and that would be this:    If you are outside of the US, you can google “Spar Varnish” in your country and see what comes up. I am not sure if this is available in all countries. You’ll notice that the label says it is meant to be used over Exterior Wood. Just so you know, I have been using this for years over my decoupaged projects and it works perfectly. 

Here are some of the other items you’ll need for this project. 

Viva Decor Napkin Decoupage glue                                        


DIY Any Glass Jar Into a Storage Container!

 Got Glass Jars? 

Spaghetti, Pickles, Salsa, Olives, what else? How about glass jars that you just have from who knows where? I keep some of my prettier or larger glass bottles because I know I’ll be able to do something pretty to them, but I also love to store my foods in jars. Plastic has all kinds of problems unless it’s BPV free. , Metal can be especially harsh on acidic ingredients -one of the reasons that salsa is sold in glass jars and glass just seems that much more substantial to me. 

Let’s do an image transfer over decoupage.

The large glass jar above with the word Cocoa on it was a lot easier to make than I thought. As the video shows I first painted the jar with Chalk paint.

You can use any color. If I was going for an ocean theme I would use this beautiful color. You do want to make sure your tissue papers look pretty over the color though. When you click on the link above though you can select whatever color you want. Also you would want to decide if you would like to make your jar simple and just paint it any pretty color and add the transfer to it? Or like me, would you like to add some decoupage papers around it to make it look even prettier?  In the video I showed how to add this high gloss top coat called Triple Thick. and sprinkle some of Martha’s very shiny coarse glitter along with the other 2 that are included in this pack to add some added depth. But if you don’t like glitter you can add embellishments like these and trust me, these sparkle in certain spots making the pearls stand out and really compliment your piece. These come in different colors so you’ll want to get the one that matches your project. But you may not want to add anything except for lovely tissue papers to decoupage like the ones I used here.     and on the larger jar I used this paper (pink blush hydrangea watercolor) 

If you would like to have a Matte Finish on your project you would do well to use this one.   I find this one to look invisible once it’s on your surface, no shine, no gloss just a clear protective cover over your work. 

How to do an image transfer over decoupage…

When making the large Cocoa jar (which I immediately put to use tonight…I first painted it, then decoupaged the large blush pink hydrangea over it. Let it dry, added one more coat of decoupage glue and by the way, this is a good decoupage glue for you to use, and once it dried I used another Liquitex product called Liquitex matte gel medium. I have been doing transfers for years and let me just say that I was constantly getting frustrated with myself before finding this. I always thought it was me as I followed instructional video after video, blog posts and book instructions on how to do transfers. Finally I found this one when reading a blog post about a different subject. The blogger was writing about how frustrated she was with decoupaged plates because there were uneven spots of dryness through the plates. Even after years, some places looked wet and some looked dry until she started to use this. I bought it for that same reason but in a pinch I experimented with it on a transfer and FINALLY I was so excited to have transferred one of my pictures onto a piece of canvas successfully. I now use it all the time no matter what the surface is for the transfer. Although I have found that chalk paint really takes hold of a transfer. Back to our regularly scheduled blog post though…I used this paper          and tore away the word Cocoa. I applied my gel medium only over the spot where I was going to place the word and after smoothing it out with my fingers I placed the tissue paper with the image side down,  (the words will be facing the correct direction as you place the word down.) The tissue paper is so thin that this will look as if you simply ordered papers that came to you backwards. Yes the words are backwards but that is only so that when you lay them down to transfer them they will be facing in the right direction. Have I confused you yet? The video makes it a whole lot easier than I probably am. Once  laid the paper onto my decoupaged surface I placed the glass jar into my cold oven. I set the oven to 170 degrees and once I heard the ding to let me know I had reached that temperature, turned the oven off and left the jar to sit in there for a half an hour. When I took it out the paper (and gel medium) were completely dry. I then wet my fingers and began to rub away the thin tissue paper leaving only the word “Cocoa” behind over my decoupage. By the way you can also use the words printed in reverse here for lables -you will find Coffee, Sugar, Flour and Tea on this sheet.


If you would like you can watch the video and see how I made my kitchen organizing jars. You can also do this with bottles. 

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Have fun!