Very Cool French Flower Pots you can make yourself!!!

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  These Mod Podge decal pots are a snap to make! You just have to make some of your own!

I spotted some on Heaven’s Walk, along with an easy to follow tutorial and just had to make one. I love the results so much that I made five more!  I added a few tweaks here and there, so I thought I would share them with you!   My mother actually taught me to make image transfers like this when I was eight or nine years old. Even though we had so much fun creating with this transfer process, the process was much more time consuming in those days. We would brush 8-10 coats of transfer medium on the image, letting it dry in between coats. Then we would gently rub the paper off and apply the image to our surface of choice. This process is still a good one to use on some projects and I have used it in recent years.

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First, find a pot that you like, it can be old or new. If it is old, clean it up a bit. I like to leave some of the mess on, as it gives it age and character.

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  • Gather supplies: Image from The Graphics Fairy, gray and white paint using this paint recipe, pot, Mod Podge, paint brush, paper towels, small artist type paint brush, sand paper or sanding block.
  •  Clean your pot if it needs it
  • Load some white paint brush lightly and dab it onto a paper towel making sure that the brush if fairly dry.

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  • Swipe the paint onto your pot . I like to leave the paint kind of streaky with some of the pot showing through. If you need more coverage, add more paint a little at a time until you achieve the look that you like.

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  • Dip a paper towel into some gray paint and dab it off so that there is just a little bit of paint left on the paper towel.

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  • Dab it onto the pot around the bottom area and randomly in other areas as well. Start with just a little bit of paint and add more until you like the way  it looks.
  • I like a subtle look that it somewhat blended. I think it looks more natural, as if the pot absorbed the minerals from the soil inside.
  • If you end up with more gray than you want in some areas dip your paper towel in the white paint and dab over the gray lightly.
  • Layering the paints this way will give more depth to your finish and your pot will have a more “aged” appearance.

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  • Use your printer to size the image to fit your pot.
  • Make sure you use a reversed image.

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  • Cut the image out.
  •  Trim it close the graphics. This will leave less Mod Podge showing on your pot and make it easier to fit the image on curved or textured surface.

 *****   Using a small paint brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the inked side of your image.

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  • Center the image, Mod Podge side down, on your pot.
  •  Use your fingers to press it firmly onto the surface making sure that all areas are in contact with the pot.
  •  Let it dry well. Try to let it dry at least 5-6 hours. I was impatient with my first pot and started removing the paper too early and some of the image came off with the paper. Don’t panic if this happens, it will look like the pot has seen more age.

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  • When it is dry, apply water to the image with a paper towel. You will moisten the intire image. I left part of it dry so that you can see what it will look like when you start to apply the water.

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  • This is what it will look like when the image is completely moistened.

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  • Begin to GENTLY rub the paper off with the pad of your finger.

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  • This is another picture showing the progress as the image is being revealed.

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  • Once the paper is removed let it dry again. It won’t take very long this time.

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  • Use a sanding block or sand paper to sand over the image, making sure it doesn’t look to new. I like mine to look distressed and faded.
  • You don’t have to sand it; it is up to you

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  • You may seal it with clear matte acrylic spray at this point if you want to.
  •  I don’t use a sealer because I like it to continue “aging”. The more boo boos the better!

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  • This is a picture of a pot that I did, which has a ridged surface. You can see that image adhered just fine. You might also be able to see that trimming the edges close to the lettering was quite helpful here, allowing the graphics to be pushed firmly into the groves and curves.

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This picture was taken after I made the first three pots. I had so much fun doing these that I decided to make more. So, I went outside, gathered more pots and made three more!

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This was such an easy project. You don’t have to make six pots at once, just try one and I bet you will be hooked!

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121 thoughts on “Very Cool French Flower Pots you can make yourself!!!

  1. This is not the first time I have come to visit you here… But today I feel the “urgent need” to tell you how much I love your blog and the tutorials you so kindly share with us! You give me not only the inspiration to become creative, but also the how-to. Thanks so much for being so generous! Greets, Manu!

    • Oh Manu, how thoughtful of you! It is so nice to have Decorating DIY friends and share our adventures together. This project was so much fun I could hardly stop “decal-ing” all my pots! I hope you have fun with it too!

  2. Love it, Kristie! I guess you did learn a few good things from me. Right now, Sophie and I need a quick tutorial on replacing a stuffed bear’s nose!

  3. Kristie — I am loving your blog! I will definitely be repurposing some of my old flower pots. I think these would be so cute to use for gathering utensils, candles or flowers. Thank you for all the easy to follow tutorials. We share a similar design style. Looking forward to seeing what you do next:)

  4. This project is wonderful, thank you for the transfer image information. I went through your blog and I am so inspired! You are so creative and inspiring and I am your new fan!

    • Hi Karen! So nice for you visit! I got it linked up and tried to leave a message, but it didn’t go through. So, Thanks for hosting a great party and creating such wonderful graphics for all of us to use!!!

  5. I’ve seen this technique before — perhaps even in the same blog you cited (Heaven’s Walk) if I remember correctly. However your tutorial and photos take the cake! Very, very well done, lady. I’m off to get some pots now. Thank you!

  6. This was such a great tutorial! I love that you tweaked it with your own techniques and ideas. I will definitely try ~ thank you so much :) I’m pinning it too! ~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

    • Hi Deborah! I used a toner based printer, but I believe that this process would work with an inkjet printer as well. You could use a small graphic and give it a try. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have more questions.

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    • Hi Barbara Jean, I am using a toner based printer for my projects, because my ink-jet printer died. I would think that an ink-jet image would work with Mod Podge too. I will see if I can get a hold of an ink-jet print and try it soon. I will report back after I do. Or if any of you have tried it, let us know how it worked out!

  8. thanks for this tut. love your pots.I have tried it on tea stained fabric but the image didn’t seem that clear, I think it was because I used a laser printed image and the fabric had a loose weave but I’m going to try it with an inkjet printed image instead and see if that comes out better. from chris in oz australia

    • Hi Chris, You might try image transfer paper when transferring images to fabric. I linked to a Graphics Fairy tutorial in one of the above comments, which might help you. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Kristie,

    Love your blog and your creativity everyday but today for sharing the transfer tutorial. Never used Mod Podge but am now going to try this, thanks to your detailed simple instructions. Do you know if you can do a transfer from paper onto tightly woven fabric with the same method ? Or a suggestion for transferring to muslin ?

    Thank you for your generosity and sharing,
    Suz

    • Hi Suz, I have used Mod Podge to transfer images to fabric before, but the method I used was very involved. My favorite method of transferring images to fabric at this time is by way of image transfer paper. In the past I have used an Avery product called T-shirt transfer paper, but The Graphics Fairy recommends, what sounds like a better transfer paper on her website. I am currently experimenting with the Citra-solve method and will let you know how it goes. Please let me know if you have more questions.

  10. Hi, Kristie:
    I like how you applied the graphics to flower pots and I am linking to my blog post for tomorrow morning. You have a great blog and you’re very generous to take the time to make a tutorial for everyone to enjoy.
    Warmest Regards,
    Susan

    • Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by to visit. I am also new to blogging; I started mid to late January. I wish you the best and hope you have lots of joy in your blogging escapades! I hope you will visit again soon!

  11. Thank you, thank you, for your generous amazing tutorial!!! You are my kind of lady!! You are so creative and talented I cannot wait to add your blog to my list of favorites on my Robin’s Nest Treasures blog. I have neglected my blog for a few months because I recently moved, but your pots will be one of my first projects with you as the star. One question. If I spray the outside of the pot with a sealant, can I pot a plant in soil in there and water it without ruining the image?
    I can’t wait to fully explore your blog for more great “treasures”!

    • Robin, so nice to find another kindred soul! I don’t know the answer to your question. Around blogland, I have seen Outdoor Mod Podge, but I bet that it just weather proofs the container. If you cultivate a plant directly in your decorated pot, I would think that the pot will absorb minerals and moisture that will compromise your new finish. Why not keep your plant in a smaller container and place it into your new fabulous creation? I could be totally wrong and there may be a viewer who knows more information,if so, please chime in!! Thanks for stopping by and let me know how it goes!!!

      • Hi Kristie-
        Thanks for your quick response. I agree with your suggestion. I will try potting the plant in a plastic pot and sit it inside one of your terra cottage beauties.

  12. Loving your blog and can’t wait to try these pots. I see from the photo you used MS winter’s day for the white. Do you remember the name of the grey you used please? I have another question re: your painted furniture projects. Have you ever tried a glaze finish over your chalk paint finish. Just wondering if it would work. Your beautiful buffet and hutch transformation has inspired me to paint mine to match my kitchen cabinets. I would need to emulate an ivory base with brown brushstroke glaze over top. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Carolyn, MS Winter’s Day is actually the gray I used; the white I used is Glidden Pure White base. I have not used a glaze on this paint, but I have used a watered down recipe that I think works well for giving age and patina. It is more like a wash, but seems to give the same effect as a glaze, in my opinion. However, I do think that you could use a glaze and the results would be as if you had used a unaltered latex paint as your base. Also, my favorite creamy colors are: Ralph Lauren’s Nantucket White and Mother of Pearl, and Martha Stewart’s Heavy Cream and Glass of Milk. (Psst… RL colors are my favorites, but we can’t get them in Texas anymore! :( Hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear how your projects go!!!

      • P.S. Carolyn, I love RL Tea Stained glaze for a brown glaze, and as we can’t get RL paints here, I have used a watered down version of MS Molasses to glaze/wash over some of my gray paints. It might be a tad too dark for you, I don’t know.

  13. I love this! Thank you for sharing. My only question is w hat kind of printer did you use? I think the Mod Podge will smear the ink of an inkjet, won’t it? Was this from a laser? Thanks again!

    • Good question. Mine is a toner based laser printer. I have not tried transferring an image from a ink jet copy. I hope to try it soon and see what happens. I understand that it is important to use a toner based copy when using Citra Solve to transfer images.

  14. Love this and tried it this morning on some old pots. I was wondering is it normal for ink to be all over your fingers or am I rubbing too hard or too soon?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Michell, I have had image loss when I have started rubbing the paper off too soon and I have had the same thing happen when I have rubbed too hard. Did the image come completely off of your pot?

  15. Where did you get those flowerpots? I love the upper lip that you leave natural and cannot find any. I was considering adding paperclay to make my own lip.

    Printed the images today and cannot wait to get started on this. Thank you.

    • Barbara, I think I got these pots at Home Depot, but it has been a while so I don’t remember for sure. It could have also been Garden Ridge or Ellis Pottery in Shreveport, LA. Wow! I am so impressed that you can create a lip of paper clay! Happy Crafting Barbara!

  16. Thank you so much, Kristie. I am in the middle of trying my first one. I have since read more of all the above posts and saw you are in Texas, too. I have gone to all the local nurseries and will try Home Depot next week. Thanks for the reply. : )

    bh

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  18. I guess I am a problem child as I cannot get this to work for me. Only difference is the paint I am using. I just used plain acrylic craft paint without the grout. Do you think it is the grout that helps the images adhere because even when i am as gentle as can be, if I try to remove ALL the paper, the image comes with it, too.

    Yours came out so bee-utiful. (pun intended…lol)

    • Hi BH, I wonder if the climate has anything to do with the trouble you are having? How long are you letting it dry? If you are in a colder more humid climate, you might need to let your image dry longer before removing the paper. If you haven’t already, let it dry a full 24 hours and see if that works. As far as the grout goes, I don’t think the acrylic paint should have any bearing on the results, but I don’t know for sure.

  19. I am SO glad I found your tutorial, I am going to try this method on a piece of furniture. There are so many different types of Mod Podge, which one do you use, and which one do you think I should use on the painted wood piece? I am also going to use an inkjet printer, so I will share the results when I am finished to let you know if I run in to any problems, and hopefully to let you know it was a success! Wish me luck!

    • Hi Melodie, I just saw your question, so sorry for the delayed response. I use the Mod Podge Matte, because I like a very soft, velvety, matte finish. I used to use the glossy finish, as it was the only one available. It also gives a nice finish. but if you prefer a bit of shine to your pieces. I wish you the best! Let me know how it goes!

  20. I want to do a similar project for a wedding gift. The supplies it calls for are gel medium, ModPodge wood blocks and photos. The point is to transfer the photos onto wood. It is a really neat effect. My problems was that I purchased pictures through a Walgreens store and they did not transfer correctly at all. I am wondering what kind of paper should be used for a project such as this. Is it just regular computer paper?

    • Dusty, Yes, I used regular old computer paper. Try making a copy of the pictures with your printer and then transfer the copies to your surface. Sound like a cool idea!

  21. Thank you so for this post, love your pots …just stunning. I am going to make some very soon but am going to use your process to put an image on one of my doors…can’t wait.
    Kindredly, Lynnie

  22. LOVE THIS!! Who would have thought it could be so easy. Well your tutorial looks easy~I’m going to give this a try. Your pots are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hi Jana, these are really not hard at all. I only run into trouble when I am too impatient to let them dry long enough!!! The waiting is the hardest part!

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  25. These pots are beautiful. I really want to try this.

    I’ve transferred images onto wood using wax paper, but I’ve never tried this Mod Podge technique. Can’t wait to try it.

  26. Just finished 3 pots… this was so easy, and I love how they turned out! The possibilities are endless. I only waited 2 hours to let the modge podge dry before I could not resist testing the image transfer on one of the pots. I am really pleased to say my image was left intact after a liberal application of water and very gentle and careful paper rolling. Thank you for a great set of instructions and idea.

    • Madeleine, so glad to hear about the success of your pots! I just checked out your blog and see that you did a wonderful job! Thanks so much for sharing them here with everyone!!! ~Kristie

  27. Hi! Just wondering how do you mirror an image from graphics fairy to put on the pots??? I see some are offered mirrored, but others are not.

    Thanks!
    Can’t wait to try this on a cement planter I just bought from Lowes!

    • If Karen does not have a mirrored image available to print, then I will ask my husband to flip it on his computer, because I don’t have a program that will flip an image. If you aren’t able to flip it on your computer, then I suggest printing it and taking it to Kinko’s and have them flip it. I have used Kinko’s to flip or enlarge an image many times and the hardest part is the drive over there! Hope this helps.

    • My husband’s computer has the option to flip an image, so I just send it him and ask him nicely to flip and print it! Sorry I can’t be of more help than that. I feel like a cheater! Ha Ha! One option that you might try is printing it out and taking it to Kinko’s and have them reverse it.

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  29. Hi, firstly I love your pots, and have tried to have a go today, I printed the bee and wreath graphic from the Graphic Fairy using an HP printer, Mod podged the ink side, pressed down on pot and waited 7 hours. Wetted the paper and rubbed with finger as gently as possible, but the graphic has gone green? Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

    • Hi Fiona, I have never heard of this happening before. I just googled the problem and came up with nothing. You might go over to Mod Podge Rocks and ask Amy the same question. She has probably had more experience with Mod Podge than I have. I would love to know if you figure out why the ink turned green. I will keep looking for an answer and let you know if I find one. ~Kristie

    • Hi Julie, I don’t think this specific method will work for ceramics. I believe there are other products that are designed for ceramics though. I wish I could tell you what they are. Maybe you could contact a ceramic studio or check out the ceramic department at a craft store like Hobby Lobby. I wish you the best with your quest! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  30. Does it matter what type of paint is used to cover the pot? I waited 12 hours and rubbed very gently but the transfer would not adhere. The paint that I used was some-what glossy. Should I have sanded the gloss off or used a flat or more porous paint?
    Please help me…

    • The paint I used on these pots is a matte paint. I have never tried transfering an image with Mod Podge to a glossy surface before, but I have heard of a product that allows you to transfer an image to glass. I think they are called water slide decals. Maybe this would be a better option for you. Hope this helps. The Polka Dot Closet talks about her experience with them here.

  31. Thanks so much for posting this project (I realize that I was a little late in finding it). I tried it and the results were fantastic! I used some leftover ceiling paint, which was already kind of a gloppy consistency, and it worked out fine. I even tested it a second time on a plastic “clay look” pot and that worked too. (The Mod Podge just needed to dry a little longer on that one.) You rock!

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  33. hmmmm…ok.. i’ve tried twice.. and am failing miserably!!
    i think using inkjet prints are the cause..because the transfer wipes right off :(
    Going to Staples today to make laser prints.
    uggghh.

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  35. Hello
    i recently tried this but it ended up looking like i cut out graphics and glued them onto my flower pot. i rubbed off all of the paper that i could, but the white part of the paper is prominently showing. how do i get it to just show the graphics. or is that even possible?

  36. These are GORGEOUS! Love them. I’m already scheming to adapt them for the Holidays. Quick question…have you ever tried using colored ink? Or will it work with black only? Was thinking of doing pots for mini rosemary trees, chalky sagey green background with dark red printing. Would love it if you could spare me the pain if it won’t work. Thanks for the wonderful how-to. It really inspired me.

  37. FYI – if you are like me and, even after removing the paper knowing that any further rubbing will remove the ink, you can let it dry (it will still look papery) and then coat it with Gel Medium and it will turn out perfectly. Basically, if when it’s wet it looks great but when it drys it looks like you still need to run more paper off, you can use the gel medium and it will retain the “wet” look. Hope this helps! Mine turned out perfectly.

  38. Hello,

    I love these pots and had a go at them over the weekend. I used a toner printer to print the graphics. When removing the paper, it seems like I cannot remove all of it without removing the transfer. I am wondering if perhaps it has to do with the kind of paint, and also the amount of paint. I am using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and perhaps I don’t use enough for the ink to have a base to “grab” onto? I tried 3 different pots, each with a little more paint that the other, and it looks like the one with more paint has better results, but again, cannot remove all the paper without removing the transfer. Does the type of paint used make a difference for the transfer to adhere better to it?
    all comments and suggestions welcome!
    Many thanks,
    Suzanne

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  40. Thanks for this tutorial. They are wonderful and will make nice gifts for my friends and family who garden. I will add a nice bulb and a pretty ribbon. Done and done!

    And thank you for taking the time to interact with your followers. Too Many bloggers forget their manners and don’t do that.

  41. I just love it!!! Would like to try it, but living in the Czech Republic I have no idea what Mod Podge is. Could you please read the label on it, and tell me that the content is? I may be able to find something similar here. Thank you.

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