Flower pots with flowers drawing
Flower pots with flowers drawing
How To Draw Flower Pot

How To Draw Flower Pot How To Draw Flower Pot

Now the fun begins! Decorate the pots to your taste. Flowers, lady bugs and dragonflies are obvious choices. You can also paint your bird bath with personal touches that suit your home. If you like cats, paint a cat on the bottom pot. If you live near a lake, sail boats and lighthouses might be suitable. This is entirely up to you and it’s the best part of creating your own!

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Paints in assorted colors suitable for your design. You can use Patio Paints or Plaid Durable Paints for the best resistance to fading. I have successfully used Sears Weatherbeater Satin or Flat as a base coat on many bird baths.

After giving the footprints a few minutes to dry, I used the Sharpie to draw a very simple butterfly body and antennae in the centre.

If you would like pattern ideas for your bird bath, here are few publications that I have used.  They all feature flower pot designs which can be easily adapted for use on a bird bath. Some of the publications listed are older and quantities are limited. Search for these at Amazon to order.

Copyright © – Patricia Petrat – Patricia’s Pots – All rights reserved.


StenSource – Not your average stencil. This site sells stencils that are made and SHAPED to fit flower pots. There are many beautiful designs to choose from for different sized pots.

Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive-A small tube is around $2.00

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Draw a line with a pencil, below the rims of the small and medium sized pot onto the pot below it. After you unstack the pots to paint them, this will help you define the area that will be exposed when the pots are stacked. You don’t want your design to be hidden!

Bring your bird bath inside to a warm, dry location for the winter months.

You’ve seen them in magazines, on television and in books. Well, hunt no further. Here are complete instructions for you to make your own Terra Cotta Flower Pot Bird Bath.

Seal the inside of all the pots, (and the saucer if it isn’t waterproof), with oil-based polyurethane -2-3 coats. I also recommend sealing the lower edge of the largest pot, (the edge that will rest on the ground), as opposed to painting it.

If you can, apply the polyurethane in a sunny place. The sun will “bake” the polyurethane as you work, causing it to set-up a little quicker. Let the polyurethane dry completely before handling your pots to paint them.

A word about Thompson’s Water Sealant; many visitors have suggested using Thompson’s Water Sealant in place of polyurethane to seal terra cotta pots. I have never tried this, so I don’t know if it works! Now that the pots are sealed inside, after they dry, they are ready to be painted with your choice of base paint.

You can make each pot a different color, or they can all be the same. Paint them to match your house if you like! Soft, pastel colors will be best for painting brightly colored flowers and patterns. Remember, don’t bother painting too far above the lines you have drawn which indicate where the pots will overlap.

It is a good idea to go over your lines an inch or so, just to be sure of good coverage.  

We carefully pressed one foot onto the pot, washed it off, then painted the other foot and pressed it on so that the two straight edges were in the middle (with a small space between them) and the two arched edges were pointing outwards.

Because of the potentially {very} messy nature of this project, we opted to do it outside with the garden hose and a pile of old rags nearby (and I’m thankful we did…things got MESSY despite my precautionary steps).  To get started, I applied a thick layer of paint to Grae’s foot.  In our case, we used purple and green (Auntie Judy’s favourite colours) with a little bit of white in the middle, but you could obviously use any colours you like.  One thing I would say is that if you want the colours to mix together where they meet, you should probably help them along with your paintbrush while on the foot.  I expected the mixing to sort of naturally happen when Grae’s foot was pressed down on the pot, but it didn’t (not a lot, at least).

Another option for protecting your work would be a water-based polyurethane. Read the instruction label and look for soap and water clean-up, and a product that is meant for use over painted surfaces. I don’t recommend oil-based polyurethane for painted surfaces. It is yellowish in color and over time it will cause your work to have a yellow tinted appearance.  Whatever you choose, remember it won’t be permanent. Your bird bath will likely require refinishing and touching up every other year. After all, it will be outside in the elements!For the saucer of your bird bath, try to find a waterproof type that won’t require any treatment inside the bowl, where the water will go. For the outside, Patio Paints are again preferred.

Your best bet for decorating terra cotta that will be used outdoors is Patio Paints. I know they are a little pricey, but they are fade resistant, non-toxic and designed for outdoor use. Patio Paints also make a clear, non-toxic sealant that will protect your handiwork.

One – 20″ diameter clay saucer. If you can find a waterproof saucer, that’s even better; you won’t have to seal the inside of it. If you choose pots that are smaller than those listed above, just be sure your saucer is 4″ larger than your largest pot. This will keep the bird bath base and bowl in proportion.


A few weeks ago, Gracen’s {great} aunt sent me this photo of a footprint butterfly flower pot and asked if Miss G could make her one.  After some serious detective work, I believe that the photo was originally shared on Carol’s Classic Gifts and Decor’s Facebook page, but I could be wrong (please correct me if I am!) Though there were no instructions attached, the project looked pretty straight forward, we went for it.

Do not place your bird bath directly on the ground. It will last longer if you minimize contact with the ground and moisture. Set on treated lumber or a patio stone. Conceal the lumber or stone with pebbles or mulch if desired. Starting with the largest pot, carefully stack pots into position. If they don’t fit together without wiggling, use self-adhesive foam weather stripping, (the kind you use around windows and doors), to fill in the gaps. Apply the weather stripping to the inside of the rim, (where it won’t be seen), of the pot that’s wiggling! The foam will help to fill in these gaps and stabilize the bird bath. Gently work the pots into place. Do not press down on the pots or saucer – they will crack! HOW to CLEAN and STORE your BIRD BATH

As a final step, I gave the butterfly part of the pot a light spray of matte sealant, just to make it a little more durable.  Ten minutes later it was dry and we had an adorable personalized gift that was both easy and inexpensive to make.

Stack the pots, starting with the largest pot, upside down, on the bottom, then the medium sized pot, then the smallest pot on top.

If you purchase Plaid Decorator Blocks to decorate your pot, they come with a pattern suggestion sheet and how-to instructions. You can also buy more than one set of blocks and mix patterns and shapes. You can use Decorator Blocks, stencils and stamps to help with your design process. Plaid does offer their products for sale at their web site. See below for specific suggestions.

Outdoor Companion – Mary Engelbreit – This book is loaded with beautiful photos and ideas for outdoor projects, (including a bird bath).

HOW to INSTALL your BIRD BATH: I recommend that you glue the saucer to the smallest pot. This will prevent critters from breaking it when they climb up for a drink of water! This is also safer if you have children.

To glue the two pieces together, run a generous bead of Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive on the smallest pot where it will be attached to the saucer.  Always hold both the saucer and smallest pot when handling them, even after they are glued together.

Turn the saucer over on the floor and place the small pot in center of saucer bottom-let dry overnight. I don’t feel it’s necessary to glue the remaining pots together. It should be stable enough without doing this.

Besides, if it’s all glued together, how would you move it inside for winter storage? It would be nearly impossibly to lift!

Patio Paint Clear Gloss Sealant or some other water based sealant for sealing the painted surfaces of your project. The instructions for Patio Paints and Plaid Durable Paints don’t call for one. I have always used one in spite of this. A sealant helps protect against water damage. Ultimately, this is up to you.

I hope this information makes your flower pot bird bath project a little easier.

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Sand away any rough spots or loose clay particles on the rim, bottom edge, and outside of the pots and saucer.

Don’t use abrasive cleaners or scrubby pads. They will scratch the finish!

If you love making personalized gifts, be sure to check out our ‘I love you’ pillowcase, our hand-shaped ring dish, our clay handprint keepsakes, and our paper strip handprint keepsake.

When you’re finished decorating/painting your bird bath, let it dry thoroughly. Then seal the entire outside, (even the unpainted outside areas of the pots that won’t show),  with at least 3 coats of water based polyurethane. There are several of these on the market, available at craft, hardware and paint stores. Check to see if the product you select is OK to use over a painted surface. I stress water based polyurethane because oil based products have a yellow tint and will likely discolor your design.

Here’s what we used…  A clay pot large enough to fit Grae’s growing feet on the side, some acrylic paint, a few old foam paintbrushes, a black Sharpie (though black paint and a fine brush or a paint pen would be great also), and lastly, a matte spray-on clear coat.

Then we flipped the pot over and wrote a little message so that Auntie Judy will remember who made the pot and when it was created years down the road.

Oil based polyurethane for sealing the insides of the flower pots.

The two larger pots on this bird bath are painted light green, the small pot is yellow, and the saucer is white with a blue scalloped design. On this bird bath the large pot is painted light green, the medium pot is light blue, the small pot is yellow and the saucer is white with blue stripes.

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