Garden Pot and Thermometer
Transform a clay pot and plastic thermometer into outdoor art. Before Mother Nature has a chance, you an easily give your garden set a weathered appearance, making it fit perfectly with its surroundings.
- Terra Cotta air-dry clay, 1 pkg.
- Clay pot and saucer, 8” diameter
- Outdoor thermometer, 2-1/2”x6-1/2”
- Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheet, 1” thick, 6”x10”
- Cookie cutters: Leaf, 1-1/4” across; Round, 1” diameter
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Arbor Green
- DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
- Foam cutter
- Rolling pin or acrylic brayer
- Leaves (fresh or artificial)
- Woven placemat
- Beacon Adhesives Hold The Foam! Adhesive
- ruler, soft cloth, paintbrush
- 1. Center thermometer on plastic-foam sheet; trace. Cut 3/4"-deep groove into plastic foam to fit thermometer. Cut plastic-foam sheet, leaving 1-1/2" border around thermometer and rounded point at top as shown.
- 2. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Apply glue to front and sides of plastic-foam sheet. Cover plastic-foam sheet with clay; trim excess. Use rolling pin to smooth surface. For texture, press woven placemat onto clay. Cover back of thermometer in same way.
- 3. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out leaves. For texture, press leaves onto clay leaves; remove.
- 4. Press clay leaves onto outside edge of thermometer as shown. Adhere thermometer to plastic-foam sheet.
- Clay Pot
- 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay. Roll clay to 1/8" thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out leaves and grapes. Create vein lines in same way as thermometer.
- 2. Press leaves and grapes onto pot as shown. Roll thin strips of clay and curl; press onto pot along grape clusters as shown.
- 1. When clay is dry, mix equal parts Light Buttermilk and water; paint pot and thermometer. Use soft cloth to wipe excess paint. Repeat with Green Arbor.
- 2. Apply varnish.