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Shell-Covered Pots

Embellish clay pots with shells for a beautiful -- and practical -- container that gardeners will love. Be sure to wear a protective dust mask and use latex gloves while painting and sanding the pot.

Source: Martha Stewart


Tools and Materials

  • Handmade clay pots (Those with a rough finish work best; we used 7-inch pots.)
  • Ingredients for paint solution (For the paint colors, we used: 2 cups water, 1 cup lime, 1 tablespoon acrylic paint.)
  • Ingredients for paint solution (2 cups water, 1 cup lime, 1 tablespoon acrylic paint)
  • Protective dust mask
  • Whisk
  • Latex gloves
  • 2-inch chip brush
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Drying rack
  • Fine-grit (220) sandpaper
  • Dremel glue gun with fine tip
  • Shells
  • Plant in plastic pot that is slightly smaller than decorated pot
  • Spanish moss

Shell-Covered Pots How-To

1. Mix paint solution with whisk. Use a 2-inch chip brush to paint exterior and just inside the lip of the pot.

2. While the paint solution is still wet, spray with water using a spray bottle on the stream setting. Let pot dry on a rack for one hour.

3. Lightly sand pot with fine-grit sandpaper to create a distressed finish.

4. Use a glue gun to affix shells to pots.

5. Place plant inside finished pot. The pot will weather better if the plant is in a plastic pot within the decorated pot. Place Spanish moss around rim of pot.


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