Add a fun element in your Outdoor space with these Volkswagen Inspired Painted Terra Cotta Pots which are really easy to make. Come check it out!
It’s safe to say Spring is here which means time to add focus on Outdoor Decorations and Makeovers. Today I am sharing with you guys How To Paint Terra Cotta Pots inspired by the Volkswagen Car.
These are really simple to recreate and I mostly did it freehand. But these Terra Cotta pots definitely make a bold statement and add an interesting element in your Outdoor Patio Space/ Garden.
If you like this project then you will also love how I transformed five Clay Bowls and gave each one of them a unique look. So do check that out when you have read this post!
If you do a quick search you will find tons of ideas on how to Paint Terra Cotta Pots but I didn’t really come across any which was inspired by the Volkswagen Car and I think it is such an adorable Idea.
I also painted a Terra Cotta Pot last year and gave it a marbling effect which I didn’t use it for the outdoors but in fact used it as a Gift “Basket”. It was a really unique Idea as well.
But let’s jump into Todays Makeover.
DecoArt Multi-Surface Paints ( I used the color Purple, Blue, Red, Pink, Green and Light Blue)
Circular Shaped Item ( One big and One small like a bottle cap)
Tutorial for How To Paint Terra Cotta Pots – Volkswagen Inspired
STEP 1 – Prep the Pot
What I mean by prepping the pot is to thoroughly clean the pot if it is an old Terra Cotta Pot, give it a good wash so all the dirt, dust, and grime is off the pot before you paint it.
If it is a new pot you don’t really have to worry about much but always better to give it a wipe. Basically have a clean slate before you start.
In my case, my Terra Cotta Pots were already potted with herbs and what not so I couldn’t take it out and had to work my way around it.
Which honestly wasn’t that hard and only one side needed to be painted so it was all good.
People also often ask what is the Best Paint For Terra Cotta Pots and I used DecoArt’s Multi-Surface Paints which works really well for Outdoor Spaces as well as there Outdoor Living Paints will work really well as well. You can even use Acrylic Paints for Terra Cotta Pots.
Then there is the question of Sealing the Pots, I personally don’t seal my pots but you can, of course, go ahead and seal the pots using a Spray Sealant or even a Sealant that you can paint onto the pots.
STEP 2 – Sketch Out The Design Onto The Pot
Before I begin I wanted to add I also have a Video on the whole process of How I painted these Terra Cotta Pots.
Okay so first off pull up an image of the Volkswagen Car on your phone or laptop as it really helps when you are painting. Just do a quick little google search.
First off I traced the design onto the Pots using a Pencil. You need two Circular Shaped Items one medium size and one small. For the Medium Sized, I used the lid of a Jar Jam and for the small one, I used a Bottle Cap.
First, go ahead and trace Two Curves onto the front of the TerraCotta Pots almost like a curved “V”. And on both sides of the curved arcs using the bottle cap circle trace out two circle shapes which were going to be the “headlights”
Then in the middle using the Medium Sized Circule Shaped trace out a circle and in that Circle draw out a “V” and a “W”. The V comes on the top and the W at the bottom.
I did this all freehand firstly because I was on a time crunch and secondly, my pots were going to be placed outside so not that many eyes will see the design in the first place so I was okay with it being freehand.
STEP 3 – Painting the Terra Cotta Pots
When the design is sketched out and ready it makes the painting process super quick and easy.
All I had to do was pour out my Multi-Surface Paints onto a disposable plate, dip my flat brush, and start painting.
The way I paint is to first outline the shapes with the paint so when it comes to filling out the design it can be done in a few minutes as I am not worried about going into the design part.
These Multi-Surface Paints are great as they give complete coverage in one coat and give a clean finish every single time.
Fill out the design completely with the Light Blue Paint. As you can see I only painted one side of the Terra Cotta Pot because realistically when I was going to place it outside only one side of the pot, was going to be shown always hence the reason why.
Then comes the part of filling out the smaller circles which were going to mimic the headlights. I used a Beige color and filled out the circles using a narrow pointed paintbrush.
I did the same with the Middle Medium-Sized Circle and filled it in with the Beige Paint Color as well. You could also use white color for this part as well.
At this point, I realized I had to retrace the V and W onto the middle circle as the beige paint had covered it all.
But that wasn’t a problem as it took me two seconds to sketch it out again.
STEP 4 – Painting the Logo
The final step was to paint the logo. I first outlined the Circle with the same paint color I used on the Terra Cotta Pot which was purple and then painted on the V and W logo.
Honestly this was such a quick and simple project and in total I painted 6 pots in an hour or so.
The last step is to seal your beautiful design and you can do so by using DecoArt Dura Clear or a Sealant of your choice.
And that was it.
What do you guys think?
These pots are part of my Balcony Makeover so you stay tuned for that Reveal which is coming up in the next post or so.
In the meantime, you can also check out my Backyard Decorating Ideas Posts for some more inspiration.