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Old 05-14-2012, 12:07 AM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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A women's group of 15 women is being honored at my church. I am in charge of decorating and painting these red clay flower pots. I do not want to use any paint that is toxic to plants.

Are all spray paints bad?

That would be the most easy way to change the color of the flower pot.

I could decorate it after that.
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:23 AM
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Most paints are toxic, spray paint is oil based and IMO the worst.

Water based arcrylic paints can be purchased in craft stores, aren't as toxic, completely dries in a half hour. Apply with foam applicators and decorate.

You could use sea glass, shells or small peices of broken tile to decorate or do the entire pot and grout, depending on the amount of time and project cost.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:43 AM
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One of the projects for children to do at a local farmer's market involves painting terracotta pots. I couldn't get in touch with the woman who heads up the group that does this so I decided to look up kids projects and safe paint and found the following links. It seems acrylic paints can be safely used for what you want to do which is what I think virgode was trying to say. It also seems a sealer might add a layer of protection from anything leaching out of the paint that might be toxic.

How To Paint Terra Cotta Flower Pots For Outdoor Use | DIY Garden Art

Painting Flower Pots Kids Craft

Then there is always the Martha Stewart way: Milk Paint Terra-Cotta Pots - Martha Stewart Home & Garden

Hope that gives you some ideas!
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:15 AM
Location: El Paso, TX
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I used to do a lot of container gardening when I lived in Brooklyn, and I always painted my clay pots with acrylic paint. Sometimes I would mix a small amount of paint in water, use a sponge and "pickle" the entire thing for the undercoat (which is pretty fast, and it dries fast) and then paint bolder designs over that. Definitely seal with an acrylic spray sealer, or all your hard work will peel, fade and/or wash away over time. You can get both the paint and the sealer at a craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:26 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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as far as filling, always put a shard of a broken pot, pebbles or coffee filter over the hole(you must have a bottom hole for drainage) so the oil will not run out the bottom.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:12 PM
Location: Cary NC
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I paint terra cotta pots all the time with spray paint I use them quite a bit for projects. I just paint them outside usually turn them upside down spray let it dry then turn over spray agin and they look great. I've put lots of plants in them and they have done well. After you spray paint them you can decorate with paint pens, I love these it is easy to draw designs, flowers, print short quotes etc. They are fairly inexpensive sharpie makes one and the other brand I use is decocolor. Good luck!
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:13 PM
Location: Kennewick, WA
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I have always just spraypainted, too. Never had a prob with my plants/flowers. Actually, the thought never crossed my mind that the paint "might" hurt the plants?! Maybe I am lucky my plants are still alive
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:18 AM
Location: Prospect, KY
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This is really cute and easy:

Carrot Cupcakes in Flower Pots {Edible Craft} | Living Locurto - Free Printables, How To DIY Ideas, Crafts & Party Ideas.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:32 PM
Location: South Carolina
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the best way to paint clay pots is to go to a joannes or wal marts and get the craft paint and paint them that way and the paint is non toxic and it does last for quite a while . I have always found the craft paint is the best and cheapest way to do it .
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