Spring is one of my favorite times for portraits because of the beautiful pastel colors! When I saw the lovely backgrounds on the Portrait Innovations Online Galleries, I knew that these backgrounds would work great with my photo flower pot project!
I thought a personalized flower pot would make a lovely gift for a grandmother to say "We love you".
I started out with a 10 inch terra-cotta flower pot. I picked some spray paint that coordinated with the colors in the photograph! I went with a pretty aqua blue color.
I found a jug of cleaning solution in the garage that was taller than my flower pot and could hold my flower pot up off the ground for easier painting! I painted my pot outside behind my house where there was less wind.
I put several coats on my pot and painted the upper inside of the pot too. I let the pot dry thoroughly before starting on the picture.
The great thing about having portraits taken at Portrait Innovations is that you can get a CD of all the images! This CD comes in very handy when making DIY items.
Trying to adhere a photo printed on photo paper to a curved object like a flower pot can be very difficult. I decided to print the photo I wanted to use on regular paper. I popped my Portrait Innovations CD into my laptop, picked the photo I wanted and printed it off at home!
I used Mod Podge Outdoor to adhere the frame and photo to the flower pot. I adhered the frame first with a small paintbrush. I put a light coat of Mod Podge on the back of the frame and put it onto the pot where I wanted it. I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles with my fingers.
Once dry I went ahead and did the same thing with the picture. I put a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the picture and placed it on the frame in the position I wanted. I smoothed it out and let it dry.
Now I put a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the picture/frame. I also put a coat of Mod Podge over the entire flower pot on the outside so that it would have an even look and gloss. I let it dry in between coats and did 3 coats of Mod Podge.
This project could now be considered complete! You can add some ribbon to the top or other embellishments or you can leave it as is. You now have an adorable personalized photo flower pot to give as a gift!