If you're looking for a way to brighten up a room without a lot of work, these marbled flower pots are a fun way to do that. This is a fun project that even the kids will enjoy making. Marbled pots also make a sweet gift idea! My daughter and I made some for the grandmas for Mother's Day and they absolutely loved them.
First, start with some terra cotta pots. Any size will work! We used tiny ones to start out, but will probably start making larger ones really soon. You can find these almost anywhere for cheap.
First, paint the pots with white acrylic paint. One of my favorites for terra cotta pots is this DecoArt Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White because it only takes 1-2 coats of paint. The reason for painting the pots white first is to give the marble a bright, blank background so that the colors really pop. If you'd like, you can certainly skip this step and try marbling without white paint. This is a really fun project to experiment with different paint colors!
Since the pots will eventually be filled with dirt, you can leave the insides unpainted, paint the top third, or paint the entire inside.
Once the pots are dry, choose 2-3 coordinating nail polish colors. Any brand of polish will work, so I'd recommend using ones that you don't use too often, or check out the selection at the dollar store. Try to choose colors that blend well together (get out those color wheels!) and aren't old/chunky. Metallics and even clear, glitter topcoats look fantastic on these pots.
Prep for marbling with a disposable container that is deep enough for the pot to fit in, nail polishes, paper towels, and toothpicks. MOST IMPORTANTLY, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
- Fill the container with warm water.
*It doesn't need to be hot, but it can't be cold or else the nail polish will dry too quickly.
- Pour the nail polish into the container slowly so it stays on the top of the water.
*If you pour too quickly, the nail polish will sink.
- Using a toothpick, swirl the nail polish colors together to create the marble look.
- Hold the top edge of the pot with your fingertips and dip it carefully into the water. Swirl the pot around and the nail polish magically sticks to the pot, looking gorgeous!
- Place the pot upside down on paper towels to dry.
- After each pot, run a toothpick through the water/nail polish and pick up the excess nail polish off the surface of the water.
- Wait at least 10-20 minutes for the pots to dry.
We let them sit in a well-ventilated room overnight just to be sure.
- Fill pots with soil and your favorite plants. No green thumb? There are TONS of faux plants out there that will look fabulous!!