How to Decorate Flower Pots

Do you love to buy decorated flower pots? Some of them can be quite expensive. You can now customize your own. There is no limit to your design. If you can print it, you can make it! *Imagination is all you need to create one of a kind flower pots within minutes. 
(There are no messy glues or paints needed.)


 For this project I used my laser printer, printer paper, terra cotta pots and a woodworker’s transfer tool. 
You can find the woodworker’s transfer tool on my sidebar. 
That’s all you need to get started. Print out your design using your laser printer. Cut your picture down to size to fit your terra cotta pot. Now heat up your woodworker's transfer tool. (Be careful as it heats up pretty fast.)
 I used a pot holder to keep the terra cotta pot from rolling while I transferred the image. Place the picture facing down on your terra cotta pot and start rubbing the round tip of your woodworker's transfer tool on the paper.  
It's That Easy!!!


Here you can see the image is starting to appear on the pot. I just rubbed the woodworker's transfer tool back and forth on the paper. *The heat from the woodworker's transfer tool melts the toner off the paper.  Pretty cool huh! The terra cotta pots inside can get quite warm while you’re working with the woodworker's transfer tool. Be careful not to touch in there while you’re transferring your image.


Here is a great close-up. You can see all the details of the picture I'm transferring onto the terra cotta pot.


Sometimes some of the paper sticks to the terra cotta pot.  


When you’re finished with transferring your image let the terra cotta pot sit for a few minutes.


 Now just run the terra cotta pot under warm water and rub of the remaining paper. 

You can print in color or black and white. The terra cotta pots work well with either as you can see.


This terra cotta pot I added some twine. I just wrapped the twine around twice and tied a knot. Then I added a white candle.



Here I added a mini rose bush!


These make wonderful gifts and they sell like hotcakes!!!


I hope I've inspired you to make your own terra cotta pots!

*You can buy the 'Queen Bee with Hive' art image from  The Decorated House.
Art is copyrighted and not for reproduction in anyway.
The other images are free from the The Graphics Fairy.
Happy Crafting!
XO,
Dee
The woodworker's transfer tool is on my sidebar.
*I have heard from other bloggers the woodworker's transfer tool 
works on chalk paint.

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72 comments:

Karen said...

I love them Dee!

Chatty Crone said...

You make it look so easy and they are so beautiful! sandie

Ivy and Elephants said...

How neat are these! They can be designed to suite any decor. I have to give this a try!
Hugs,
Patti

Maureen said...

Very nicely done and a great tutorial!

Connie said...

These are wonderful. You are a sweetie to give us such a great tutorial, too. Thanks so much :)

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Dee, I love this project! You never disappoint me with your amazing ideas! Who would have thought about a terra cotta pot? You have taught me everything I know about this transfer tool! Thanks for sharing another fabulous idea!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are beautiful. I love pretty pots.

Giancarlo said...

Un felice week end per Te...ciao

Dawn said...

Dee these are terrific, and the graphics you picked are perfect:)

Anne said...

those are so beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These turned out great, Dee! I love them and the images you chose. I haven't had much luck with the transfer tool, but I'm always up for trying again!

Diane @ The Checkered Apple said...

Love these Dee!

Linda Walker said...

Dee, they look amazing! I have to try that--it looks so easy!
Linda
mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

Cindy Mcgough said...

very nice!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful!

Woodworkin' & Good Eats said...

Hi Dee, so nice ti hear from you. Connie has 4 generations of the name Rose in her family so she named the boat Gypsy Rose.

Really cool flower pot designs!

Donna Heber said...

These are so adorable Dee! Wonderful project.

chateau chic said...

What a great way to dress up ordinary pots!!
Mary Alice

Debbiedoo's said...

Those are awesome Dee. SO pretty. You are the master at that tool. I am pinning these, I love them so.

Holly McDonald said...

that's awesome! They look great!

Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

Holly at Not Done Growing

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really do make it look so easy! I love the designs you chose and would love to try this project! Thanks for sharing your fun!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Dee,
Love how these came out!! So Pretty!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Debbie

Nicole@nicole-southerncharm.com/ said...

I just love what you did with these flower pots! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Dee, this is sooooo cool! What a fun and easy way to transfer. You posts look so upscale now! Please stop by TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS and share this great tutorial! Link goes live every Wednesday at 8:00 pm. Everyone will love this!

Calypso In The Country said...

Dee, I love this idea - so cute!
-Shelley

Cynthia said...

These are some of my favorite graphics. I pinned these.

Cynthia

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the posts and I see unlike a lot of transfer methods, it transfers the brown color too, not just black and white!

Carol

Janine Huldie said...

This is absolutely awesome and great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing Dee!! :)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Okay every time I see you do something with this tool I say to myself, "I HAVE to get one of those". These are so cute! I don't have a laser printer though but I guess you can just take your images to a local printer and have them do that?

Diane said...

I love decorating clay pots with transfers and paint. Thanks for the tutorial and I really like that transfer tool that you use. Now following on GFC and hope you'll stop by for a visit.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Dee! The pots are really cute and thanks for sharing the tutorial.
xx,
Sherry

Debra Oliver said...

Hi Dee, wow, these are wonderful. love the look! thanks so much for coming by to visit!

SavannahGranny said...

Dee, these are so neat! Wow, I made a poem. You are just the most creative crafter. These are just the cutest pots ever. I have to try this but must check out the tool. My girls and I can have fun with this.
Thanks so much for sharing, Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

Back again! I just pinned this but how do you get that "Pin" button to show up in the center of your pics?
Hugs, Ginger

The French Hutch said...

Wow, these are gorgeous Dee. You really do make this look easy. I love the graphics you used. This sure is a great way to dress up terra cotta pots and I have many. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Wow, Dee - this is such a great idea! I have got to give this a try for sure! Featuring you over on the Worthing Court FB page tonight.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it! Great graphics on the terra cotta pots.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is totally amaizng. I definitely need to try this. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

Christine said...

Oh so ORIGINAL!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

those are great looking pots. So glad you're back to blogging.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They look great, Dee! I've had a woodworkers tool forever. I think I tried the transfer attachment once. I really should play with it more.

Donna Wilkes said...

I might have to break down and buy one of these transfer tools. Love those pots.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your flower pots are fantastic! I think they are so much prettier embellished.

Glamorous Mommy said...

Very neat technique!! Visiting from StoneGable blog :)

Fotini

Little Miss Maggie said...

You sure work magic with that transfer tool. These are beautiful, Dee.

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

Dee- I just love these pots. Need to get that tool. Do you think it works on all surfaces?

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that is such a quick and great way to add some interest on those pots. Yours turned out beautifully

Art and Sand said...

I love the idea of decorating the pots. You make it sound so easy. I will have to get a woodworking tool.

thanks for the inspiration.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Wow! Love this! Love your selection of graphics.

Cottage and Broome said...

What a great project! Simple and easy, I just wish I had the woodworkers tool! Have a great weekend, Laura

Jenna LaFevor said...

So charming! Love them! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Cute!! Must get me one of those tools!!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a pretty and creative idea, I'm partial to bees! Thank you for your comment on my store, I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.

Carol Dee said...

I am so going to have to try this! Great look. (Love the bees.)

Patty said...

Yes you have inspired me! Thanks for introducing me to this.

The French Hutch said...

Stopping in to say hello. Wishing you a happy summer.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Amber Koogler said...

Cool!!! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

Dimples & Pig Tales

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

These are awesome! I have always wanted to do something like this with my terra cotta pots. I also wanted to stop in and say thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

These are really cute. I think they'd fit in with a lot of different design styles. I might have to try it!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Thanks for linking up to our Pinterest party Dee...this is awesome!

Ticking and Twine said...

This won't work w/ an inkjet printer though will it? Thanks.

Brandi said...

This is amazing, Dee! Your pots look so nice. I am always purchasing rub on transfers online. It's great to know I can print them out at home and get the same results.

Laurel Stephens said...

These are the best transfers to pots I've seen, Dee. Thanks so much for sharing your method!

Daniella said...

Hi Dee! I was so happy to see your comment! How are you? How is everything going? I hope you are well and things are awesome!!
Another gorgeous project!! Your home is just beautiful!!
xxDaniella

Ticking and Twine said...

Hi. I bought this tool and tried the project but mine are not nearly as dark and crisp as yours? How long must you go over the image? What is wrong?? Help please!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That tool sounds pretty amazing!

Those pots are so super cute! Love them!

Thanks for linking up to the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. We hope to see you again this Sunday!
http://acultivatednest.com/

Gail Wilson said...

super tutorial Dee! love the colored one.
thanks for sharing at ccc

catching you!
gail

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

For the first time in months, I had time to visit a link party. I saw these featured and fell in love with them. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were yours! Love them Dee! Fun project!

kelly thompson said...

these are great! love the bees!

Abed Nadier said...

Those are awesome! I would make these for my wife but there's no way mine would turn out that great so I've been looking for flower pots for sale online. Lets hope I find something. Great post!

Marisa said...

I hope you receive this message. I just bought a Samsung Xpress Mono Laser Printer from Staples and I can't get my images to transfer using the Citra-Sol method. I thought laser printers were the same since they use a toner cartridge. I saw where you use your home laser printer, so I was just wondering if you might know. Thanks. Love your blog.

BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living said...

Hi! Love these terracotta pots - can't wait till Spring starts, then I get out in the yard and make fun stuff like new POTS! (Sharon)

Thanks for sharing on Simply BeBetsy.... you're a dear.

The best to you,
Sharon and Denise

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