- Photo printer
- Printer paper
- Decorative paper (optional)
- Craft glue
- Small bowl
Decorating a flowerpot turns a plain flowerpot into a pot as eye-catching as the plant itself. Although you could paint the flowerpot using acrylic paints and then seal it with an outdoor sealant, using photographs to decorate transforms the pot into something special. A photo memory flowerpot is an easy way to display photographs from a special memory. Place the completed pot on your windowsill, then add your own décor or give it as a gift instead of the giving a gift of a traditional photo in a frame.
Print photographs using a photo printer. Do not use photo paper, since the chemicals will bleed when you attempt to glue them on the pot. Instead, use a standard printer paper or decorative paper of your choice. The number of photographs needed vary depending on the size flowerpot you choose and the size photographs you print. However, for a medium sized flowerpot using 4-by-6-inch photographs, you need three.
Trim the photographs with scissors to remove excess paper.
Mix together two parts white craft glue and one part warm water in a small bowl. Stir to combine. You want the glue thin, but still opaque.
Apply the glue you created in Step 3 onto the back of the photographs using a paintbrush. Place the photographs onto the flowerpots with the images facing out. Smooth them out with your fingers to remove any air bubbles.
Paint a second layer of glue on top of the photographs. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Using a photo printer ensures the pictures are higher quality than using a standard printer.
If desired, cover the entire flowerpot with decorative paper before adding the photographs. Or, use a paper memento to cover the flowerpot first. For example, use a wedding program with wedding photographs or a map with summer vacation photos. This will cover the exposed areas of the flowerpot the photographs do not cover.
To create an antiqued look, print the photos in sepia tones. Then, add 1 to 2 drops of brown food color to the glue mixture.