Pinspiration: DIY Dip-Dyed Succulent Pot

July 13, 2015

This month's DIY was actually very close to being a Pinterest fail, haha! In an attempt to save some money on this project, I improvised with whatever was available at Home Depot and Michaels. And, even though I completely botched my first attempt, I learned from my mistakes and put together some tips and tricks for anyone that wants to give this a try! Link to the original tutorial is below.


Terra Cotta Clay Pot

White Acrylic Paint

RIT Dye Tint (Teal)

Krylon Spray Sealant

Foam Paint Brush

Plastic Bucket 

1. I couldn't find any white ceramic pots, so I purchased terra cotta clay pots at Home Depot for $0.97 and painted them white with acrylic paint. Make sure you let them dry over-night before dyeing, otherwise, the paint will bubble and start to peel off (mistake #1)! 

2. Fill the plastic bucket half-way with water, and mix in the dye. I recommend laying out plastic and working outside, so that you don't accidentally spill and stain your counter or table. 

3. Tape the bottom of the pot, covering the hole, to prevent water from getting in (mistake #2).

4. Dip your pot half-way in the dye and hold for 10 to 15 seconds. 

5. Dip your pot again, holding it up higher than the first time, and hold for 30 seconds.

6. Dip your pot again, holding it up even higher this time, and hold until you get your desired color. I had to play around a lot with the second and third layers since the dye doesn't stick to the paint as well as it would to ceramic.

7. Let dry, and spray several layers of Krylon's Spray Sealant on the pot, letting it dry completely between each layer.

8. Once completely dry, plant your succulent!  

I admit that having the original supplies would have been much easier, but I'm still really happy with how it turned out! Not bad for a DIY that was under $5! 

Link to tutorial by I Spy DIY, another one of my favorite DIY blogs! 

xoxo, Jess

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