2 standard 4.3" (11 cm) terra cotta pots
6.7" (17 cm) terra cotta saucer
8.3" (21 cm) terra cotta saucer
9.8" (25 cm) terra cotta saucer
Base color paint - I used Americana Bahama Blue
Antiquing color - browns and black shades are recommended. I used Americana Raw Umber
Clear spray paint
Tip: Terra cotta pots and saucers are already quite affordable, but you can get an even better deal if you shop at craft stores and use coupons (sometimes up to 50% off!). That makes most of your pots less than $1-2!!
Start by making a center mark the bottom side of the 2 smallest saucers. Measure horizontally and vertically and mark an "x" with a pencil or pen in the center. The marks will be covered, so don't worry about having to remove it later. The largest saucer won't need to be marked.
In a well ventilated area, add a circle of E6000 glue on the bottom of one of the pots. Place the pot onto the bottom of the saucer over the center mark. Most pots have a hole in the bottom, so you can see the center mark through it to make sure you've got the pot in the right area. Repeat on the other saucer. Let dry a few hours (the longer, the better).
I recommend acrylic or spray paints on terra cotta. Personally, I love DecoArt paints, and used Americana Bahama Blue. The terra cotta may absorb a lot of the paint, so prepare to paint a few coats. I painted 3-4 coats, and made sure to let each coat dry before adding another layer of paint.
If you don't want to antique the jewelry stand, you can stop at this step and add a coat or two of clear spray paint to work as a sealant.
I started with the largest saucer, and painted around a quater of the inner edge. Immediately take a folded paper towel or a cloth and wipe off the paint. Work with smaller areas at a time. It can dry fast, so you don't want to have too much dark paint over the color. You can always add more paint if the pieces aren't dark enough. Repeat the painting technique until all the pieces are covered. Show Me Cute did a great video tutorial so you can see exactly how the antiquing method works.
To add a white wash, water down a little bit of white acrylic paint and repeat the same process as the antiquing. This just adds a little more dimension to the pots and lightens up the brown a little. Not required, but I love how it looks.
Stack the pots with the smallest saucer on top. If your jewelry stand is in an area that gets a lot of traffic, I would recommend gluing all the pots together to prevent any layers from getting knocked over and breaking. Otherwise, they should be sturdy enough to stack separately without glue.
Add your earrings, rings, and bracelets and you're all set for jewelry organization! Not to mention you'll have a unique piece to display in a bedroom, bathroom, or on a vanity. Could also make a cute cupcake or food stand if you use larger saucers.