Although I loved doing this I am so glad that the flower pot fountain is done. It has been my summer project and I am ready to have it out to show you.
Here are the written instructions. If you need to know more specifics just leave me a comment and I will get back to you. Thank you all for your patience!
Flower Pot Fountain with Solar Powered Pump Instructions:
I got this pattern from a painting magazine.
I used acrylic paints that are easy to find in craft stores. I will leave contact information at the end if you would like to have the exact colors.
Paint brushes: you will need an oval mop 1”, and flat sizes 1”, #’s 4,10,12 a script liner #1 and if you decide to use or make a stencil for the leaves a ¼” stencil brush.
Other supplies: brush cleaner, floating medium, stencil and stencil adhesive spray if you are using a stencil, leaf stamps, sponge, graphite paper, stylus, Exterior interior varnish
Water pump and tubing
Drill and masonry bits to drill holes in the clay pots
Round bastard file (yes this is the name)
Surface: round terra cotta pots: 2 ¼ inch-3
4 inch short fat (Azalea?)-1
10 inch short fat-1
15 inch short fat-1
Terra Cotta Saucers- one each 6, 10, 16 inch
I had to make a change from the pattern on this as the 16 inch is where I put the solar water pump and it needed a 3 inch water depth. If you are putting your pump where I did check to make sure that the saucer is deep enough. I thought I had done this, I did a test without water and it looked like it would work. Do a water test with the pump prior to painting and save yourself some trouble. If the water depth doesn’t work change saucers, in my case I needed a minimum 3 inch depth.
Preparation: For me this was the easiest part of the whole project. Soak the 4 and 10 inch pots and the
Saucers in water for 3 days (I used a garbage can). See bottom note
Drill holes in the saucers along outer edge. You should find this easy to do. Make sure you are using masonry bits.
Use the bastard file to enlarge the center hole of the pots as needed for tubing. Don’t go to large with this as you only want it big enough to fit the tube. Check for size a couple of times.
On the #10 pot you will want to file the top edge to accommodate the cord from the pump so that the pot can sit level ½ inch should be fine but check to make sure. You will need to file in several other places on edge to allow water to flow back to the pump the depth on this should be at least ¼ inch.
When this is done make sure you allow a minimum of 3-4 days to dry the pots.
Painting: Use photo as a guide. Do not use sealer but do make sure you use a generous amount of paint. Allow no exposed terra cotta whatsoever. The drain holes in the saucer are tricky so paint them well and check.
Base paint all the pieces in a light tan color. I had to do at 3 for the outside of the pots and 2 for the inside.
Using floating medium you can mix a dark rose color with a dark tan and slip slap the paint onto the pots for a mottled look.
If you are using a stencil use painters tape to put it on. Otherwise trace on your pattern with graphite paper lightly. Paint the pattern in with alternating light green, dark green and purple. Shade and highlight where the leaves would be darker or lighter as appropriate.
Mark the squares on the rims of the 2 larger pots to fit the leaf that you have. To separate them, alternate with light and dark green with white. Do the rims in dark purple covering the rims with dark brown over the purple.
Apply 4 or more coats of varnish and allow drying for 10 days.
Notes: If you are using a solar power pump with a battery you will need to cover it. If you are planning to use the 15 inch saucer for this (I did not) you will need to soak and make the necessary opening in this pot.