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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use your printer to size the image to fit your pot.
- Make sure you use a reversed image.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is what it will look like when the image is completely moistened.
- Begin to GENTLY rub the paper off with the pad of your finger.
- This is another picture showing the progress as the image is being revealed.
- Once the paper is removed let it dry again. It won’t take very long this time.
- 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
- 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!
- 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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