Jonathan Fong
Jonathan Fong
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Marbleized Terra Cotta Pots Painted With Shaving Cream


Terra cotta pots are a staple of outdoor gardening, but let’s face it, they can be a little dull. While there are many ways you can dress them up, here is a painting technique that creates a marbleized pattern thanks to good ol’ shaving cream.

marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
I've used this shaving cream technique for Easter eggs to make swirled color eggs, so I thought I'd try it with terra cotta pots too.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Paint a base coat of any color on the clay pots using chalky finish paint, and let it dry for at least an hour. Chalky finish paint does not require a primer and dries to a matte finish. The matte finish is important because the paint that will later be applied will rub off if the finish is glossy.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Apply shaving cream to a large plate or baking dish, and spread it out with your fingers. You don’t need too much. The layer of shaving cream should only be about a half inch thick.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Place drops of acrylic paint randomly on top of the shaving cream. I use paint specifically designed for outdoor patios because it withstands the elements, and it is actually sold in crafts stores right next to the clay pots. Choose two to three colors.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Dip a skewer into the shaving cream and run it through the paint vertically and horizontally to create swirls in the paint. Don’t swirl the paint too much. You want to create distinct swirls rather than have the paint mix and become muddled.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Place the clay pot at one end of the plate and roll it across the shaving cream and paint. The shaving cream acts like a “cloud” to support the pot as it rolls and picks up the paint. Wear plastic gloves to avoid getting paint all over your hands.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
After the pot is covered in shaving cream and paint, let it sit for about an hour so the paint that's touching the pot becomes set.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Blot off any excess shaving cream with a paper towel. Try to use clean towels as you blot so that the excess paint that has transferred to the towels does not go back on to the pot. 
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Let the marbled pots dry for about two hours before handling and using them.     
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
You can use them as planters for succulents.
marbleized terra cotta pots painted with shaving cream
Or wire the pots to a wreath form for a gorgeous succulent wreath.

Suggested materials:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Shaving cream
  • Chalky finish paint
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  • Faye
    Yesterday

    I will definitely try this, those pots looks amazing!

  • Kathy Graves
    30 minutes ago

    I AM SO LOVING THIS IDEA!!! AND WILL BE DOING THIS ONE FOR SURE, THANKS.

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