Create ambiance for your garden or walkways this harvest season with these trendy terracotta torches. Place them along your front path, beside the BBQ, or use them to brighten your front entrance.
3 terracotta pots, any size, 9 cm diameter
1 dowel, 1 cm diameter
Acrylic artists paint
Artist’s paint brushes
Small hack saw
Step 1. Preparation:
1. With a damp cloth, wipe away dust and dirt; let dry. Terracotta tends to hold moisture so be sure pots are dry before applying paint.
2. Apply a coat of white primer (or white acrylic paint); let dry.
Step 2. Paint the pots:
Use your imagination! You can stencil, sponge, or paint freehand any design you want!
1. Apply 1 coat blue of paint, let dry.
2. Paint the rim of the pot yellow, let dry.
3. Dip the point of a thin paint brush into yellow paint and softly dab onto blue surface of the pot. Don’t be concerned with spacing, it’s much more effective if the polka-dots are scattered.
1. Apply 1 coat of yellow paint to entire pot, let dry.
2. With a steady hand paint parallel horizontal red lines in a triangular shape, point at the top (ascending). On the opposite side of the point, paint parallel horizontal red lines in a triangular shape, point at the bottom (descending).
Punchy plaid pot:
1. Divide the pot into four equal vertical sections, giving four areas. Mark the divisions with pencil lines for clarity.
2. Divide the pot in half horizontally, giving 8 areas. Draw a pencil line around the pot for clarity.
3. Extend the vertical lines up onto the rim of the pot, to create four more areas. You should now have a total of 12 areas: 8 large, and 4 small.
4. Cover every other area with painters tape and paint colours 1 and 2, let dry.
5. Repeat above step with remaining squares and paint colours 3 and 4, let dry.
To give a more "authentic" look, forego the tape and paint freehand.
Step 3 – Fasten the dowel:
1. Dip a small cloth into brown paint and rub on the dowel. Or, paint solid black to achieve a wrought-iron faux finish.
2. Using the glue gun, dab glue generously around the dowel, 1" from the end.
3. Insert dowel into opening at bottom of pot. Hold in place until secure (about 30 seconds.)
4. Let it set for 10 minutes.
Step 4. Finishing touch:
1. Line bottom of pot with tin foil to level.
2. Add a tealight and light up your garden.