Give Crockery a Creative Make-Over with Paint and Plants

Colorful bowls printed with leaves

This post was first published in March 2015.

Everyone has some old crockery that they don’t like. It might be something that you got as a gift (those quintessential horrid wedding gifts from 13 years back!) or something that just went out of fashion.

Which brings me to the 4 unused bowls I’ve had in my kitchen cupboard for years now. Sometimes I get into a let’s-throw-everything-out-that-we-don’t-use-anymore mood, but even after several of those, these little creations remained. I realized that’s because I rather like the shape of them, even though the designs were not my style at all. So I got out some paint and started playing around!

palette

You will need:

Paint (I used Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan because it sticks to anything!) | Brushes | Leaves and things to print with | CPG (Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass) Podge

You can paint the bowls any way you like: with a brush, a roller or by swirling it around in the bowl. I painted directly onto the ceramic without preparing the surface first. The paint gives a rough texture which gives the impression of clay – love it!

paint me pretty

The fun starts when you work a with a few leaves or plants from your garden to see what patterns they make. Have a look at the play-with-print session we had earlier – anything can make a print!

natures stamp

To dip a bowl, add some packing tape to the back. This will give you a better grip on the bowl and will help with getting just the right depth of dip on the edges. Leave it dry by balancing it on a can of spray paint – works like a charm!

daintily dipped

To finish, paint the dried bowl with 4 layers of CPG Podge and bake according to the instructions on the bottle. This will seal the paint and prevent it from coming off. I won’t advocate putting it in the dishwasher or using a scourer on it, but you will be able to gently wash it in warm water.

colorful snack bowls

So now you also don’t have any reason to have ugly crockery – go on, paint and stamp them!

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