If you are like most of the country, you are facing some pretty chilly weather right about now. It’s hard to think towards spring when the ground is covered with snow and your face stings from the cold. I needed a little winter pick-me-up yesterday, so I put together this fun and easy Do It Your Disney project. Save these planters for the first blooms of spring, or use them as a desk organizer like I have. These Mickey and Minnie inspired pottery pieces are sure to make your day a little brighter.
The steps are simple! First, grab your supplies:
- Terracotta planters of any size you would like, and terracotta planter bases
- Paint: red, white, yellow, and black
- Assorted paintbrush sizes
- Circle and oval stencil (optional)
I started by first painting a black stripe around the top of my planters. Let each step of painting dry before moving onto the next step to prevent your colors from smearing or mixing.
While this is drying, move onto the bases of planters and paint those yellow. To fully cover the terracotta and achieve the color I desired, this took me three coats of paint with the yellow. Come back to complete your extra coats while other steps are drying.
Move back over to your planter and paint the remaining outside area red. I used two coats of red paint on mine. At this time, you can also paint the inside of your planter black (or any other of the colors that you would like).
After you have painted the base colors on your planters, allow plenty of dry time before painting the white detail. You don’t want to end up with pink polka-dots! I gave myself about three hours of a break here to allow for the paint to fully absorb and dry.
Once you are ready to paint your dots, decide how big you would like your pattern to be. If you have a steady hand and a lot of patience, you can try to free hand these. I used a stencil for mine. I traced all my dots on with a pencil and then filled them in with the paint. Again, it took me about three coats of white paint to fully cover the red background and achieve the look I was going for.
Voila! Mickey and Minnie planters! If you would like, you could hot glue the bases onto the planters. I just left mine resting though. Until spring peaks into head through the frozen ground, these beauties will be adorning my desk and organizing my office supplies.
This whole project took me less than a day to complete. You could modify this idea to represent your own favorite characters as well. Daisy and Donald maybe? Anna and Elsa? I would love you hear what you think of these!
How do you Do It Your Disney? Let us know your crafty ideas in the comment box below!
Monica is an Alumni of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works.
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