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Craft projects are always fun to make. When it comes to garden pots, they can be decorated in a number of ways with the help of glue, paint and different materials. Here is a list of some truly creative projects for you.

Mosaic pots
Mosaic pots can be made using old pots you will paint in a desired colour. To make a mosaic, you can use pot shards, tile shards and even vase filler chips. You can use the pieces of the same, or different colour. Paint the pot with adhesive and place the broken pieces on the pot one by one to make a mosaic. Leave the pot to dry.

Barked and twig pots
Barked and twig pots have an elegant and rustic feel to them. For a barked pot, find twigs you will cut into several pieces, each 2 cm long. Paint the pot with an adhesive and paste all pieces on the pot one by one until you cover the entire pot with twig pieces. For a twig pot, first measure the height of the pot and cut twigs into pieces of equal length. Arrange the pieces one next to each other and tie them up using the jute twine. Apply adhesive on the pot and stick the twigs on it.

Roped pots
Roped pots are so easy a DIY project you can do it in literally two minutes. One advantage of the project is that you can use any pot, jar, bottle no matter how old, or new is because the container will be entirely covered in the rope. Find the container you will paint with adhesive and then start wrapping the rope around it.

Message pots
For this kind of decoration, choose terracotta pots. Firstly, apply white spray paint and wait the pot to dry. When dry, use chalkboard paint and make a message board on the pot. Now use the chalk and write the message of your choice on the board. If you want a permanent message on the pot, consider a permanent marker you will apply over the chalk.

Painter’s tape pots
For these pots, you will need two colours. First paint the pot in one colour and leave it to dry. Now you will need the painter’s tape. If you want the triangle design, cut the tape into squares of a desired length and then cut them into halves to get small triangles. You can also make the stripe design with a strip of the tape. When the pots are dry, apply the tape. Now paint the pots again in a different colour. When dry, peel away the tape.

Shabby chic pots
For a truly vintage look, which has come back in style with designer pots and planters, you will first need to apply white acrylic paint. When dry, sand the pot to get the shabby chic look. Find the lace applique and paint it the same white colour. Apply adhesive on the lace applique and glue it to the pot.

Gold-dipped pots
Use acrylic paint in a desired colour and apply two layers to get opaque coverage. When dry, use the painter’s tape and apply it 2 cm up from the bottom of the pot. Cover the rest of the pot with the aluminium foil. Now, use gold spray paint and spray the bottom of the pot. You can also spray the pot saucer in the same gold colour.

Painted pots
For this project, you will need a bucket you will fill with water. Add a few drops of acrylic paint in different shades. Don’t stir the water because you want to get streams of different colours floating on water. Insert the pot in water and turn it the full circle to paint it. In this way, you will get interesting patterns. You can also paint the pot with a natural dye.

You do not need to be an experienced crafter to follow these tutorials. They may be easy to make, but they do make a difference in your garden!

All images courtesy of flickr.com/creativecommons

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