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How To Paint Terra Cotta Pots

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With Glow In The Dark Paint

Put the outside lights away and let's light the way with glow paint instead. This project is so beautiful and colorful. Can you imagine seeing this type of art displaying in your garden or yard?

Painting Terracotta pots with a glow in the dark paint, and lining them up with steps.

What a natural and affordable way that will not only add spectacular colors but a natural light that also shows at night.

How cool is that! I am amazed at what little you need to create such beauty. I mean how many of us already had terracotta pots and still have them over the years. Bringing a unique idea to your plants is just the thing that most of us want anyway, at least I do.

I don't want to have a yard and garden that matches with all of the other neighbors on my block. I want something unique and different. Something that hardly no one else has. So I am willing to take the steps in learning exactly what you need to do to get this kind of look, as well as share it with you today.

Pass it on because it is such a unique way to add beauty to anyone's garden, and if you don't want to someone you know might :) .

Things you will need

1. Plastic cloth, a layer of newspapers, or an old vinyl tablecloth

2. New terracotta pot, you can also pick up one at a thrift store or goodwill.

3. Use sandpaper or you can use a stiff brush, whatever is easier for you.

4. Newspaper, or plastic cover of any kind.

5. Glow in the dark paint.

6. Glow-in-the-Dark paint can be found at any store, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, crafts stores, etc. Depending on the glow paint you use. I will give you some ideas. You probably can also benefit by checking out art stores as well.

You can also mix the paint to create a new shade. However, mixing with non-glowing colors will affect the glow properties of the paint.

7. Clear acrylic spray paint for the inside and Gloss Epoxy Protector for the outside.

Lets get started - How to paint your terra cotta pots

Soak the pot in warm water for about an hour before you scrub or sand the pot. You can add a small amount of bleach to it for soiled pots. Rinse thoroughly, and be sure the pot is completely dry before applying paint.

If you prefer, you can use a sponge brush to apply high gloss enamel paint instead of spray paint.

  1. Cover your work surface. You can use newspaper, an old plastic cloth or vinyl tablecloth or sheet
  2. Cleaning time (like with everything). Scrub all the bumps and imperfections with a stiff brush or use fine sandpaper, being very careful.
  3. Get a damp soft cloth and remove the traces of dust and grit then let the pot dry. If you want you can soak the pot in warm soapy water for about an hour and then let it dry.
  4. Inside of the terra cotta pot spray 2 to 3 coats of clear acrylic spray paint so that it can seal the pot and prevent moisture through to the outside of the pot.
  5. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
  6. Layer the pot with primer paint as its first coating.
  7. Paint the outside of the pot. Use a thin coat glow in the dark paint. Following the directions of the glow and dark paint that you use. Extend the paint to the top 2 inches of the inside of the pot. It isn't necessary to paint any more of the inside if the pot will be filled with soil.
  8. Let the pot dry thoroughly. Then apply a second coat. After that coat dries, apply a final coat.
  9. Seal the pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. This protects the paint from any scratches, adds durability, and makes the pot easier to keep clean.
  10. Allow the sealer to dry completely, and then spray on a second coat. 'Gloss Epoxy Protector' is recommended to protect the neon glow paint.
  11. Set the pot aside to dry for at least 2 to 3 days before planting flowers in it.
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A Word Of Advise

When painting with glow in the dark paint, a little is better than too much. You can always go over the spot again with a little more if it is not dark enough. Let it dry first before doing another coat.

by Krylon

A Neighbors Sidewalk


Glow In The Dark For Concrete "Concrete that glows in the dark. Unlike coatings this is a true concrete that glows in the dark. In other words the photo luminec

Glow In The Dark For Your Driveway Or Steps

This is something that you can use by lining your Terra Cotta Pots next to your steps or your driveway.

There is also a paint that glows in the dark called Phosphorescence.

According to wikipedia:

Phosphorescence is a process in which energy absorbed by a substance is released relatively slowly in the form of light. This is in some cases the mechanism used for "glow-in-the-dark" materials which are "charged" by exposure to light. Unlike the relatively swift reactions in fluorescence, such as those seen in a common fluorescent tube, phosphorescent materials "store" absorbed energy for a longer time, as the processes required to re-emit energy occur less often. You can find this online or in a art supply store.

You can learn more about this type of glow in the dark at wikipedia

These are pots with lights inside, it is NOT glow in the dark paint


Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Become a Reality

Share your crafty ideas here

Canon City Colo on December 18, 2015:

Me again-

Just found out this glow pot for sure does not work. A bunch of reviews by people who tried it said dont waste your money this does not glow! I'm bummed now!

Canon City Colo on December 18, 2015:

Hi again-

Has anyone tried this? I've been reading all over that this doesn't work, that it doesnt glow.

Canon City Colo on December 18, 2015:


Love love the glow pot! Want to make my mother one for Christmas. I dont know if the creator of this pot will read this comment or if anyone else who reads can help me. Step 9 your to seal pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. So you put on the Gloss epoxy Protector on after you spray clear acrylic spray ? Or you do one or the other? Thanks for any guidance I can get!

LorLinda (author) from Denver Colorado on July 09, 2014:

@yayang0405 lm: Thank you my dear

yayang0405 lm on July 06, 2014:

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

moonlitta on February 09, 2014:

Great landscaping ideas, and really fun:)

Carol Houle from Montreal on January 29, 2014:

Never knew this existed. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on July 28, 2013:

woo really great idea

laurenrich on July 26, 2013:

This is an awesome idea. I will do some outdoor projects with this information. Thanks for sharing.

Rick King from Charleston, SC on July 16, 2013:

Wow. The colors on those pots really stands out. That is really cool.

Bingie on July 07, 2013:

Fantastico da provare sicuramente

maryseena on July 06, 2013:

A funky, unique idea! Thanks for sharing.

tsubasa23 on July 05, 2013:

This is such a great idea especially that I love light effects and such! Will give this a try on our garden. Thanks!

Susan Caplan McCarthy from Massachusetts, USA on July 05, 2013:

What a pretty effect.

Rosanna Grace on July 02, 2013:

You've given me an idea for some stepping stones that are a little tricky to navigate in the dark at the moment. Thank you.

LadyDuck on July 01, 2013:

Your terra cotta pots are so nice in the night, great work and thanks for sharing.

dellgirl on June 28, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this information and these tips, itâs really helpful! I learned something new.

GameHelp on June 25, 2013:

Aw these look great, thanks for sharing this!

JRsFavoriteFinds on June 24, 2013:

What a fun and creative idea!

Classy_Chic on June 24, 2013:

Fun Lens, I love the whole glow in the dark idea.

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

this is a nice lens and I always wanted to paint some glow in the dark all around our house, btw, today I got a purple star quest and submitted yours for the recommendation. I hope it works

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

Nice Points which you shared really helpful.

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

Nice Points which you shared really helpful.

acreativethinker on June 22, 2013:

This is such a creative way to renew your plant pots. Great lens, thanks for sharing. :)

LUMOSE on June 21, 2013:

Great ideas.

ChristyZ on June 21, 2013:

This is so cool and creative!

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

I love this idea. I'm going to try it with some of my own pots.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on June 19, 2013:

Great idea. The pots look so festive and bright!

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

WOW! What a wonderful idea!

Fay Favored from USA on June 19, 2013:

This is really cool. Love to try it.

Carol Brooks from Florida on June 19, 2013:

Those pots are beautiful. I like to paint flower pots too so I might just have to make some of those!

rattie lm on June 19, 2013:


Northerntrials on June 18, 2013:

I love paint terra cotta but plants don't so if you use these painted pots for plats keep the plants in plastic pots and sleeve them into the terra cotta. Saves the life of you pots as well.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on June 12, 2013:

This is such a unique idea and beautifully presented. I love the idea. Our walkway is actually not very well lit and has a couple of steps that many people have tripped on... This might help with safety in a very pretty way. Great lens! I hope you're doing well:)

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

What delightful ingenuity, loving it and your tip on not overdoing it is such good wisdom....may the ideas keep rolling in...I know folks will love this and am shouting with a FB like and G+....very cool! :)

Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25, 2013:

Lorlinda, this is a really neat idea! This would work in any sized area. Love the pots, step markers, and your images. =)

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on May 22, 2013:

Great idea for the glow in the dark paint. I've not tried the paint before, but now have some ideas springing up!

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