DIY Spring Flower Pots with Patina Copper

Birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, and we are celebrating with these cute spring flower pots! We had some leftover paint from a couple of other projects, so we decided instead of throwing it out, we’d put it to good use to make this patina copper effect. We tried a couple of different base colors, but we can’t quite decide, which one looks the best. Help us decide and  leave a comment below with your favorite spring flower pot look!


Materials Needed:

Windsor One Step Chalk Paint or Marche Chalky Mineral Paint
Lime Lime, Tick Tock and Cherboug One Step Paint
Glazed Over
Copper Leaf
Gilding Size
Sea Sponge
Round Tapered Brush
Terracotta Pots



Step One: Paint the Base Coat

As I mentioned earlier, we tried two different looks. On the left side, we have a spring flower pot with a dark brown (Windsor One-Step paint) base. One the left, we used more of a gray base with a chalky mineral spray paint Marche. In either case, you’ll need to paint your terracotta pot.

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Step Two: Apply Gilding Size

Lightly dab a sea sponge in a small pool of gilding size, then sporadically dab it over the pot. It doesn’t need to be an even or complete covering, just as long as there is enough for the copper leaf to adhere to. Let the gilding size dry and come to tack before moving on to the next step.  If the size is still wet it will not dry under the leaf and the leaf will come off.




Step Three: Apply Copper Leaf

Apply several sheets of copper leaf around the pot. It’s going to be a messy process, but it doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll brush off any imperfections. Lay down as many leaves as you need to cover the size on the design area.

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Step Four: Brush

Once you’ve placed the copper leaf, swiftly move the brush back and forth in a crisscross pattern and remove any extra, unattached copper leaf. A 2 in. round tapered brush is our preferred brush for this. You can save the excess copper leaf for future projects.


Step Five: Mix Your Paint

As previously mentioned, we already had some customized colors from previous projects. We started with a based of Cherbourg then added lime lime until we got the shade we wanted. Then we added some Glazed Over to complete our mixture.



Step Six: Applying Paint

Dip the sea sponge into your paint mixture, dab off any excess on a piece of cardboard then randomly dab the paint onto the pot.

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Step Seven: Apply Lighter Color

To complete the look of our copper patina spring flower pots, we just added a few dabs of Tick-Tock One-Step Paint.


Thank you so much for checking out our latest DIY Spring Flower Pots. We’d love to hear your thoughts on which of the looks you like the best!

Looking for some other ways to celebrate spring? Check out these other posts!

How the Beauty of Spring Shows the Renewal of the Gospel – The Peculiar Treasure

How to Choose Plant Varieties in the Garden – Little Sprouts Learning Garden

Spring Into Action: Earth Day Activities – Ever Change Productions


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