DIY Faux Patina Flower Pots

As I was planting more basil and peppermint, I looked at my old clay pots, and I knew they needed more color! I love the shades of turquoise patina has, so I decided to paint a faux patina.
I went out and bought 4 acrylic paints.

*Metallic chocolate brown from Folk Art


*Bimini Blue

*Spring Green from Apple Barrel

First, I completely rinsed out all the debris out of the clay pot, and let it completely dry.
Then I painted the entire outside of the pot with the Chocolate brown.

I love seeing the metallic sparkle it gave.

Let that completely dry.

After that, I mixed the Spring Green and the Bimini Blue together, and watered it down.

First, I painted on a small portion, and dry rubbed it with a cloth towel, until

I saw the desired patina color effect.

It doesn't necessarily have to be dry, when you add the final color turquoise.
Finally, I used a cloth towel to dry rub the turquoise over the spring green/bimini blue combination.
What I love about this DIY, if there is too much of one color, take a damp cloth, and swipe over the area lightly, not to go too far to the chocolate brown,

Or you can go back and add more color in another area, until you are happy with the look of your pot!

Another flower, I loved seeing in my great-grandmother's garden were her brightly colored Vincas.

The hot pink and fuschia really shows off the turquoise- green patina color!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Have a beautiful day!

xo Christine
Christine Brown
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  • Gail Daigh Gail Daigh on Apr 16, 2016
    As you water the plants, does the patina come off?

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  • Jeannie Jeannie on Jul 01, 2015
    Christine et al, I love the finished look. Good job! This is the look I want on a wooden bar. Do you know if you could use the same technique and/or paints to get the same outcome? I want to use chalk paint (to avoid the prep work) but wasn't sure of the colors to use or the order to paint them. Anyone?

  • Melanie Bradley Melanie Bradley on Sep 13, 2015
    love your color's mmm i would like to do this on my night stand!however my mother gave me all her clay pot's so i will start there thank you Christine