Sunday, September 29, 2013

El Dia de los Muertos Mod Podge Flower Pots

One of my very best girl chums celebrates Mexican culture. That means a big chunk of her October holiday decorations are actually El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) decorations over Halloween decorations.

I found some Día de los Muertos sugar skull fabric while surfing Etsy. Somehow, the fabric ended up in my mailbox. It is funny how often that happens when I surf Etsy.

I took advantage of the situation to try something I have wanted to do for a while – use Modge Podge on fabric. I made Day of the Dead flower pots as a gift for my friend.






I used Outdoor Mod Podge in case my friend wants to use them outside. After I had a few coats of indoor craft paint on the flower pots, I realized the paint will not hold up outdoors and switched to spray paint. That’s why the paint on the top of the pot looks a little lumpy shiny. Let’s pretend it adds character and is not an almost oops.

I’m not sure how my fabric Mod Podge flower pots will work with a real potted plant inside. To be safe, I’d use the Modge Podge flowerpot to disguise an ugly put practical plastic flower pot. If that is not your thing, my fabric covered flower pots make a festive candy dish or candle holder.

How to Make Mod Podge Fabric Flower Pots



Never leave a candle burning unattended, don't play with matches, yadda, yadda.

You will need:

Terra cotta flower pot
Paper for a template (scrap paper works well for this)
Pencil
Scissors
Straight pins
Paint
Paint brushes 


Make it:

1. Paint the lip of the terra cotta flowerpot with paint that coordinates with your fabric and allow it to dry.

You don't need to paint the whole flowerpot. 
You will decorate the bottom part of the pot with fabric.

2. Place the sheet of paper on the side of the flower pot and trace the shape with the pencil to make a paper pattern. Cut the pattern from the paper with the scissors. With the design on my fabric, I decided to make a series of panels in order to cut the sugar skulls from the fabric. Feel free to create a one piece wrap around pattern if it works better with the pattern on your fabric.

Snip! Snip!


3. Pin the paper pattern onto the fabric with the straight pins and cut the pattern from the fabric out with the scissors. Remove the pins and paper pattern from the fabric.

4. Use a paint brush and Mod Podge to glue the fabric to the flower pot. Allow the Mod Podge to dry overnight. Tip: I have separate brushes in my craft room designated for just paint and just Mod Podge since I am rubbish about thoroughly cleaning every bit of stuff from my paint brushes.



5. Use the paint brush to apply a top coat of Mod Podge to the fabric on the flower pot to seal it and allow it to dry overnight.


6. Fill up your flower pot and celebrate!

My friend loves her Día de los Muertos flower pot decorations. She filled them with pillar candles to make a festive centerpiece.

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