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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

January 19, 2010

Make-Shabby Valentine Pots

Welcome to my little farmhouse! I'm in decorating mode...like most of you probably are. I am working on Valentines for all my sweeties...college age kids...but they still like to receive chocolate...hahaha...and usually a small gift card in a sweet Valentine card. I wanted to do something a little shabby...with a Valentine flavor to it.
So here I took some terra cotta pots and painted them white with craft paint that was white! They dried very quickly. Next I found some free vintage Valentine cards on line and printed them off onto cardstock. I usually go to Google Images:
And type in:
(Very thrifty decorating.)
These would be an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday party...etc. Fill with candies, small gifts, pencils, little tablets, pkgs. of gum, shower gel, hand cream, lip balm....
I find what I like and print it off onto white or beige cardstock.

Next I had to cut the images smaller...they were a little bigger than what I wanted.

I then decoupaged the images onto the pots...I watered down my white paint quite a bit and painted over some of the images because they were too bright.
I decoupaged the Valentine images onto the front and then a regular image on the back side so that after Valentine's day I could turn them around and use them.
Next I filled them with silk flowers which I happen to love.

Thank you so much for coming by and visiting! Have a blessed day.
Playing along with
Also with Leigh @
What a great blog it is. And the ideas are over the top wonderful!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How simple, how clever, and how pretty those are! Thanks for sharing this idea and the directions. laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Your pots are so sweet, Debbie. And you make it looks so easy!! Great little Valentines Day gifts! :-)


Faded Charm said...

These turned out fabulous. Great idea. One year when my kids were younger they did a similar thing for Mother's Day. The teacher had taken photos of all the kids and then decopauged them onto pots. Then there was a plant set inside each one. A very special gift that I'll always keep.

Regarding your comment on my clocks. None of my old ones work and my son once asked me "Why anyone would have so many clocks that don't work. What's the point!" He doesn't get it and either does my husband. The funny thing is both my husband and I are always running late. Do you think that means anything? Maybe a few more clocks that actually work(hahaha).

Enjoy your evening.


Simple Home said...

I just bought clay pots the other day at Michaels and I wanted to paint them, but I never thought about decoupaging them. I love the idea of putting another image on the back so you can turn them around. Thanks so much for this great idea!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Another great project. Thanks

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

what a sweet project...and a great gift idea!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Debbie! I just did something very similar on empty spaghetti jars! (0; I'm not quite done with them yet, but almost. I'm not sure when, but I'll post them sometime soon. I've done many terra cotta pots! They are so much fun to do, aren't they?! I like stenciling or free-hand painting too! They make beautiful gifts! ~tina

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

Another fabulous idea, Debbie! I like that they will work for Valentine's Day and then afterward too. So smart!

Barbara Jean said...

Great idea to do different designs on front and back.
Why didn't I think of that? =)

Thanks for coming by
I'm off to see what else is new here.


barbara jean

One Cheap B*tch said...

so pretty!

Marigene said...

Those are adorable little pots!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What a sweet idea and so easy to do.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my post. I really appreciate it very much.

I'm enjoying your blog too.

I'll be back again soon.

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my Shabby Cottage today! Decopauge is something I've always wanted to try. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Warm hugs, Esther