Venetian Plaster Pots

Alicia W
by Alicia W
5 Materials
3 Days
The Venetian style is everywhere this spring and I just love it! I have a lot of plants in my home so I decided to DIY Venetian plaster pots to show off those plants - real and faux.
I began with a pot that I picked up at the dollar store. I was surprised at how big the selection was. I chose this one because I liked the shape.
If you’ve ever looked closely at Venetian plaster pots, you’ll notice they have raised designs on them. I purchased a silicone mold and paperclay to add the designs to my pots.
A-I begin by rolling a length of clay into a “snake” (like you used to do when you were a kid :)
B-I laid the clay snake into the design and pressed it into the mold
C-Using a puddy knife, I scraped the excess clay off of the top of the mold
D-Then carefully removed the clay from the mold
I placed the clay onto the pot to dry. You’ll do this so when the clay dries, it’s in the shape that you desire.
Allow the clay to dry at least 24 hours.
Once the clay was dry, I used hot glue to glue the clay to the pot.
I thought I would easily spray the pots with textured spray paint and I would be done. WRONG!
The pots that I chose had a coating on them so when I sprayed the pots, the covering began to disintegrate!
After getting over my failed attempt, I scraped the coating and the textured paint off of the pots being careful not to remove the clay designs.
I had some joint compound left over from another project so I smeared it all over the pot being careful not to put too much over the clay designs.
I allowed that to dry for 24 hours.
Once the pot was dry, it was time to add some color.
I used Parchment and Burnt Umber. I didn’t mix them together, just put a little of each color on the end of a dry brush and dry brushed them onto the pot. I wanted some of the white of the joint compound to show through so by dry brushing, the color was added to anything that was raised.
I also wanted a mossy effect so I mixed English Moss and Parchment together. Using a dry cloth, I gently dabbed the color onto the pot.
To add even more depth, I used Burnt Umber and gently dabbed that onto the pot using a dry cloth. It really made the clay designs pop.
I allowed the paint to dry then added a faux Topiary to this pot. I love the worn affect the paint gives to the pot and I’m glad my spray paint attempt failed because the joint compound gives it a great texture.

If I would use the pot outside, I would spray it with several coats of sealer to ensure that it is weatherproof.

You may say, “You spent $14 to make this pot, why didn’t you just buy one for that amount of money?” And I would answer, “Because the pot is 1/4 of the weight of a stone pot, I have enough supplies that I can made 20 more pots, and I have the pride of saying I made it myself!”
Resources for this project:
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  • Tami Tami on Mar 04, 2018

    Could this possibly work if you need to trim a curved piece of wood?

  • Susie Susie on Aug 05, 2018

    Did you start with plastic pots?? Is that why, when you sprayed it, the coating on the pot came off?

  • Susie Susie on Aug 05, 2018

    I wonder if Hobby Lobby has the clay and the silicone molds similar to this?

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  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Mar 04, 2018

    Well done!🙀😻😻😻

  • Susie Susie on Aug 05, 2018

    Me, too, Mary Howard! I think maybe she kind of covered up the mold look too much, by the end. I did love the pot when it showed a more green "mold" look! I'm with you, Mary! 👏😂