I fell in love with these wonderful Richard Taylor Leaf Planters from Pottery Barn.
So what did I do? I set about getting one for myself! Can you see mine below?
Follow along and I will show you how to get one for yourself. All it takes is about $5 and a little effort.
Start with a basic terra cotta pot ( and don't forget to use your 40% off coupon at the craft store!)
Mine was 7" tall by 7 1/2" wide.
Halfway in between the two PB sizes so I would guess this one would be priced at
Mine costed about $5 (for the pot and the clay)
Spray it with some Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer and let dry.
While it is drying, get some oven bake clay, roll it out and cut out with a leaf shape cookie cutter.
Joanns has a lovely set for $2.99 with 3 different sizes in it-(again remember the 40% off coupon!)
Add some veins to the leafs with a sharp knife tip or pin or something of that sort.
Make more leaves until you have a pile!
(I used 50 of them)
Bake the leaves, cool, and then just start hot gluing to the pot.
One on the bottom, one on the top pattern, overlap them a little.
Work your way around until you have done the whole top edge of the pot.
Paint one coat of tan paint.
Mix 1 part antiquing medium (available in a craft paint size container)
to 1 part paint. Brush on and wipe off.
Do this with 3 colors:
Dark dark brown or black
The pic above is after the black layer, I still had the other 2 layers to do.
When the antiquing layers are done,
brush on lightly another coat of the tan that was used as a base coat.
Do not mix it with antiquing medium or wipe it off at all.
You want this coat to cover a little more than the antiquing layers did.
I also recommend sealing it with some sort of waterproof sealer so that you can water your flowers without having the paint come off.
Here are some more pics of the finished results:
I am really tempted to make a family of planters like this.
I could have a really fun display on my front porch steps!
But for now it's just gonna rest on a little table inside my front door with some faux flowers.
You see, we still have snow so I will have to wait to use it outside :(