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Project

Shell Flowerpots

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Introduction

We gave these terra-cotta pots an aged look, then trimmed them with seashells.

Materials

  • Powdered milk paint
  • Paint brush
  • Terra-cotta pots
  • Lime powder
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Same-sized shells
  • Tacky glue
  • Tweezers

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    To weather a pot, combine 1 part powdered milk paint (available at crafts stores) with 1 part water. Apply to pot with a paintbrush. Let dry 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Combine 1 part lime powder (find it at garden centers) with 2 parts water; brush on over paint. Let dry 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    Working in a well-ventilated area, sand pot with medium-grit sandpaper until desired look is achieved.

  4. Step 4

    Gather shells that are uniform in size and appearance (or purchase them at crafts stores or online). Affix shells to rim of pot with tacky glue; employ tweezers to adhere the smaller shells.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

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