Last week I shared the gifts that I gave my roomies at the Bloggy Conference I attended, and I sponged painted clay flower pots for the ladies. I am all about using the craft supplies I already have on hand, so I decided I would use the small clay flower pots that I have been stock piling.
I made 5 of these clay flower pots and each one of them is a different color. Let me start by saying that sponge painting was not my original inspiration. I saw on pinterest that you could paint flower pots with nail polish. I grabbed all the nail polish that I don’t use any more and headed outside to start my flower pots.
You can follow this great step by step tutorial if you would like to try this technique. I found my inspiration from Henry Happened. Let’s just say that her clay pots turned out way better than mine. I completed one and moved on to the sponge painting technique.
Maybe this is not as bad as I think, but I wanted mine to have more nail polish coverage. Maybe I did not use enough nail polish? I had 2 things happen that told me to move on. My polish kept balling up and dropping to the bottom of the bucket and once I dipped the clay pot bottom and pulled it out of the water, I had huge clumps of nail polish that settled in one area. I had to wipe the clumps off.
Plan B, sponge painted clay flower pots!
I went to my craft room to find paints that I had on hand. Remember, I like to use craft supplies I own! I cut up a sponge and used lids to my plastic paint containers. I started by using a cream color as my base. I randomly placed sponge paint marks all over the clay pot. I let it dry and applied a second color over top of the base color. I wanted the clay to show through, so that is why I used the sponge to apply both layers of color.
This is such a simple and easy way to make a hand crafted gift!