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8th Feb 2023
Community & LivingCrafts and hobbies

REJUVENATE AN OLD POT AND PEBBLES!

Bring new life into the dark corners of your home or garden with this easy DIY cactus decor that looks gorgeous and doesn’t need any watering or sunshine!

You will need:

  • An old pot
  • Selection of stones and pebbles
  • Decorations or ribbon for your pot
  • Craft paints of your choice; a variety of greens, black, white and a contrasting colour for the pot
  • Paint marker pens like Posca, Pintor or Pilot, for finer details
  • Paintbrushes, one fine/thin and one medium, plus one for varnish
  • Weatherproof clear varnish/top-coat
  • Paint palette
  • Project or jewel glue
  • Cup for paint-water
  • Newspaper or cardboard covered in plastic, to protect your work surface
  • Soil or tiny pebbles for your pot filling.
  1. Choose stones and pebbles of varying heights and sizes. Clean them with sunlight soap and water and dry them off.
  2. Choose your old pot, clean it up too and let it dry.
  3. Paint your pot, varnish it when dry and decorate it when the varnish is dry. Add your soil or fine pebbles inside, about ¾ full.
  4. Paint your base colours on your cactus pebbles and pebble flowers. Once dry, add your shadows and highlighting colours.
  5. Once that is dry, add the details of lines, dots, “thorns” and petals with paint pens.
  6. When the details are dry, heat-treat all the stones with a hair dryer for a few minutes, making the paint set permanently.
  7. When the stones are cool, varnish both sides gently, allowing each side to dry completely before doing the other side.
  8. Glue the flower pebbles onto the top of your cactus stones.
  9. When your cactuses are complete, place them in your pot so that they stand like genuine ones.
  10. Place your creation in the spot of choice to liven up the area, and enjoy the view!

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