DIY Aged Pots with a Vintage Image

DIY Aged Pots with a Transfered Vintage Image by

School ended for me on Friday and I’m excited to kick off my first official week of summer vacation as part of the All Things Home Elements of Summer Tour.  Each day this week, six bloggers will share summer themed projects with posts that include gardening, decorating, crafts, and food.  You can find the links to all of the projects at the bottom of this post.  Since I enjoy gardening, I’m sharing how to make a DIY Aged Pot with a Transferred Vintage Image.



Flower pot and saucer

Paint and brush

Paper towels

Printable graphic  (Mine is from The Graphics Fairy.)

Tissue paper



Mod Podge

Clear spray sealer

Supplies to Make a DIY Aged Pot



1. Put a small amount of paint on the paintbrush and dab the brush on paper towels to remove most of the paint. Brush paint on the pot and saucer to create an aged, weathered effect.

Dry Brushed Pot


2. Tape a piece of tissue paper to a sheet of printer paper and print a graphic from your computer on the tissue paper.

Graphics Fairy Stencil


3. Peel tissue from printer paper and cut closely around the graphic.

Transfer from The Graphics Fairy


4. Brush a small amount of Mod Podge on the pot where the graphic will be applied. Apply image using your finger to smooth out any wrinkles. Brush Mod Podge over the graphic.

DIY Aged Pot with Transferred Stencil


5. After the Mod Podge dries, spray clear sealer on both the inside and outside of the pot to protect the image and paint.

A DIY aged pot looks great holding a house plant.

DIY Aged Pot


I used two identically decorated DIY aged pots for topiaries for my mantel.  To make this, I inserted a dowel into one end of a tennis ball sized styrofoam ball and then covered the ball with Boxwood clippings.  The dowel was then inserted into floral foam in the pot.  Decorative faux moss rocks cover the floral foam.

Topiary using DIY Aged Pot


There are so many ways this craft can be used, here are a few ideas:

· Decorated pots filled with pretty flowers would make a great centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower.

· This craft is perfect for kids. Let them pick out their graphic, print it out, and have fun making their own pot to keep in their room.

· Decorate pots with a school logo and use them for decorating a tailgate table at fall games.

· Paint pots in a seasonal color, apply a seasonal graphic and fill with treats for a perfect hostess or neighbor gift.

DIY Aged and Embellished Flower Pots

Be sure to check back each day this week to see the six projects posted each day.

Summer Tour





Sharing With:
Sand and Sisal, Yesterday on Tuesday, A Stroll Thru Life, Sondra Lynn at Home, Savvy Southern Style, Just a Girl and Her Blog, Katherine’s Corner, Design, Diaper + Dining, Remodelaholic, Little Miss Celebration, Serenity Now, Pink When


  1. I love it! Great idea with the tissue paper, it blends beautifully!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Debbie! I found that cutting close around the design was the key to using tissue paper. When I left too much showing, it looked terrible. Since it was tissue paper and applied with Mod Podge, it was super easy to remove and start over.


  2. aaahh, I love this pot. So fun. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Great idea for a series.I look forward to summer every year, for the warm, not the quiet. I’m glad you get a good long break. Your pot is really nice. I’m not a gardener because I can’t keep things alive. My mom is though. She would like this.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! Your mom would enjoy a pot like this and it would be a fun project for you to do together the next time you visit her.


  4. These look fabulous. I love it. Great tutorial.

  5. This is really beautiful, Paula! I need some inspiration for the deck we just built! Thanks for joining us on the tour!

  6. Gorgeous pot Paula! Thanks for the How-To my friend. Happy Sum, Sum, Summertime to you!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Therese! You know that I am more than ready for summer! I plan to enjoy every single second of it.


  7. This is lovely. It really looks like something found at a local boutique. Or something expensive from Ballard Designs. Well done.

  8. I love this idea, Paula! I bet the boxwood topiaries look terrific in them on your mantel. Great idea for kids too.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Suzy. I’m really enjoying the boxwood topiaries and they should last a long time.


  9. I kick myself every time I see cute pots decorated like this with the graphics. so pretty and every one makes it so easy to do…but I have never done one. maybe this is the push that i need to do something like this.

  10. I love easy projects!! Thanks!

  11. Those are so darling! Love simple crafts this time of the year especially!

  12. This is so sweet. I love projects like this!!

  13. Paula, I know you are so happy to be on your summer break! I always lived for the summers when I was teaching! Love your cute pot and how you turned it into a topiary, too! I loved all your ideas of how you could decorate pots and they would make great gifts. Pinning and sharing!

  14. This is so pretty, Paula! I love aged and worn look of the pot.

  15. Thanks for the Instructions Paula, this is absolutely adorable and looks so easy too!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  16. Hi Paula, What a darling little pot. I can think of so many ways to use it! I love the tissue paper idea. Thanks so much for that tip! Hope you have a fun summer!

  17. Paula,

    I just love this project and so trying it!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Stumbled and pinned! ~Christy

  18. Great tutorial Paula! I am going to have to try this one myself! It turned out so pretty!

  19. Beautiful Paula – I love the aged look on these pots and the graphic combined with my fave – boxwood! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! Pinned and tweeted!

  20. This is beautiful Paula! It is such an easy way to transfer an image to the pot. Did you have any difficulty printing on tissue paper? It sounds like a printer would just eat up the thin paper.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      I taped the tissue paper on all of the edges and it worked fine. I was worried that I would clog it up and ruin it!


  21. Its lovely. The bird is the perfect touch. Hugs P.S. I invite you to share at my hop tomorrow.

  22. What a fabulous idea! It’s definitely on my list of must try craft ideas!

    🙂 Linda

  23. What a cute little flower pot! The graphic add so much to it! Great job!

  24. So pretty! Such a great idea!!

  25. Paula, this is brilliant! I think you know I’ve made “aged” looking pots, but I’ve never thought of adding an image. This little pot is just adorable, and you were so smart to make two for your topiaries! I’m pinning this!

  26. Love it! I need to do this with my terra cotta pots!

  27. Paula,
    Your aged flower pot is charming and I love the vintage look. I would have never thought to print on tissue paper, as my printer would gobble it up. I’ll have to give this a try, because I have a few aged pots around the house but none with a tissue paper graphic.

  28. The vintage pots are beautiful! Would be honored if you would share this beautiful post at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop next week! Blessings…Shari @

  29. You know I love this ( see comment earlier) Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  30. What a great project! Pinning! Have a great week.


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