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Trash to beautiful faux terracotta

By Shayor Islam Anan

With fast-paced lifestyles, packed schedules, and eating on the go, people all over the world have turned to the convenience of disposable plastics and glass items. Most of those are discarded after use. But what if there was a simple DIY hack that could bring an alluring look to your interior by transforming plastic & glass items into artsy ceramic decor?

You can easily do this with items including plant pots, glass jars, drink bottles, and maybe even plastic water bottles. If you have any spare glass vessels lying around and don’t know what to do with them, you can make them look like ceramic masterpieces with a simple hack that involves a mix of baking powder and paint. It doesn’t hurt to try to give any object a new life!

Transforming plastic & glass items into ceramic masterpieces

The craft project is fun and simple to do on a weekend and turns unappealing second-hand pots into chic, modern cases that brighten up any dull corner. Terracotta’s rustic appeal and earthy undertone makes it a timeless addition to any environment, be it your home, workplace, or restaurant.

Steps of terracotta paint hack

Here’s what you need to do to create beautiful home decor pieces by yourself in 2 easy steps:

Step 1:

Clean your plastic and glass items to get rid of any residue or dirt. Add a teaspoon of baking powder or soda to a cup of paint and mix them together. You can mix any paint color you want. Use a 50/50 ratio of both. Berger Robbialac APE has a wide selection of colors that lets you choose your favorite shades easily.

Step 2:

Apply the paint in sweeping strokes on the outside and inside of the vase. Let it dry, then add another coat of paint. Once that’s dry, place whatever you want inside of it or leave it empty. It is suggested to apply the paint in a circle around the glass, so it looks even more like clay spun on a wheel.

You can use acrylic, water-based interior paint for your items and choose any color your heart desires. You can use acrylic, water-based interior paint for your items. For paint options, Berger Robbialac APE will ensure a smoother finish. 

After the paint has dried, voilà! Now you have your very own terracotta pot with a personal touch. There are some additional touches that may bring textures and designs to your glass and plastic objects.

Useful tips to keep in mind:

  • Any paint can be used as long as it is water based.
  •  Make sure all the paint is dry before adding on another layer of paint, otherwise it will peel off.
  •  Add as many layers as desired – the more paint that is added, the more authentic it will look.
  •  You could also paint the base of an old lampstand, old candle stick holders, bowls, urns etc.
  • You can use your fingers to create natural texture in the objects while the paint is still wet.
  • You can also add sand to the painting mix to give a rougher texture.

Decorating a dedicated thematic space

Decorating a small space with a few pieces is easier and can still create the authentic flimsy look. It can be placed at the entrance of your home where it will be eye-catching and create a natural earthy vibe or you can place it on small spaces around the house.

But you can always take it to the next level and create a wall full of pieces that maintain a  similar undertone or color palette. A wall or space dedicated to a certain color palette can create an alluring illusion of a set piece. It has a hint of sophistication with a regal undertone.

You can take it up a notch and transform a large number of glass and plastic bottles to fill up an entire shelf. Since these are very simple to make, you can change these according to the colors of the season and alter your interior. You can try for pastels bright colors for summer, blues and greens for monsoon and dark tones for winter. The classic colors would be the crème and beige tones.

This transformation not only adds a unique flair to your home décor, it’s also inexpensive. It does not leave a dent in your pocket while ensuring that your home décor is trendy and uses statement pieces. We definitely recommend this easy DIY that personalizes your interior with gorgeously altered items!

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