I wanted to take a couple of small plants to work and brighten up my office. I bought a jade plant to join the lucky bamboo plant that I've had for years. The fun thing about new houseplants is a pot to go with it...
I debated decorating a terra cotta pot, but the pots were either a size too small or a size too big. Instead, I opted to buy a cute, affordable ceramic planter; it was the exact color and size I was wanting. Unfortunately, it had neither a drain hole nor saucer, and this pot is small enough to need drainage. I resolved to drill a hole into the bottom and paint a terra cotta saucer to match. I figured if I broke the pot in the process, I was only out a couple of bucks. Obviously, I was successful.
What you'll need:
For the drain hole
- Ceramic planter
- Drill with masonry drill bit - My bit was 1/4". I had a hunch that we had a masonry bit, but Peter was convinced we did not. After several minutes of trying with a normal drill bit, I made him help me look. Low and behold, we had the aforementioned masonry bit. It cut through the ceramic like cake.
- Water - My dad has drilled holes in the bottom of ceramic planters for me before. He always kept the bit wet while drilling; it keeps the bit cool, prevents breakage, and keeps down the dust. It may very well work without water, but I have never dared to try.
- Scrap block of wood - To protect your work surface from accidental drilling. (My pictures don't show this as they were fairly posed, but I did have something underneath the pot to protect the deck.)
- Hearing protection - The screeching sound is not pleasant; our neighbors probably hate us.
- Potting materials - Drainage rocks, potting soil, etc.
For the saucer
- Terra cotta saucer
- Acrylic paint
- Foam brushes
- Plastic lid - I use plastic lids from yogurt, cottage cheese, and Cool Whip containers as a pallette when painting.
- Mod Podge - I used the Matte variety.
Create the drain holes.
Step 1: Pour water into the pot so that the water level is 1/4" to 1/2" high.
Step 2: Drill through the ceramic. Change the water as it becomes opaque for increased visibility.
Step 3: Pot your plant. I would have put a coffee filter at the bottom to prevent soil from leaking out, but not being a coffee drinker, I don't have coffee filters. Instead, I put a handful of drainage rocks leftover from another potting project in the bottom.
Paint the saucer.
Step 4: Paint the saucer; covering the deep red terra cotta with cheap acrylic paint took a ridiculous number of coats.
Step 5: Let dry completely (several hours or overnight).
Step 6: Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to seal the paint job and protect it when wet. Let dry.
Step 7: Admire your work!
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