Terra Cotta Plant Waterer & Painted Bottles
This past summer I gave something new to me a try, terra cotta plant waterer. Being that I need a lot of practice with my glass painting technique I decided to pair the terra cotta plant waterer & painted bottles.
Wine bottles to be exact. I have to say I am impressed with what a great job the waterer did in keeping my outdoor potted plants watered. I have yet to try them with indoor plants but I shall this coming winter when I bring in many of my plants.
The plant waterer may look rather strange but these are easy to work with. They are made of terra cotta and let water seep into the soil as it dries to gently but efficiently keep your plants thriving.
Some say to soak them before putting them into the potted plant but I don’t think I did that. The plant was well watered before I sunk this baby down into the soil though. The bottle is empty in this photo, I just need to pull out the bottle from the waterer and refill. The waterer stays in the soil.
Many of the photos I share here do not have the waterer sunk down far enough into the soil but this one shows you how it should be done, push it down until only the very top is showing, fill your bottle with water and hold your thumb over the wine bottle top as you invert it to insert into the plant waterer. You won’t be able to prevent a few drops from escaping as you tip the bottle upside down but it does the job well enough. At least my thumb is not big enough.
(it doesn’t have to be wine, I have read you can even use a 2 liter soda bottle if you are gone a long time)
My green dragonfly bottle is what I used in this geranium plant all summer and it did a fantastic job of keeping it hydrated. I had a geranium in the same kind and size of pot next to this one and did not have a waterer in it. It was not as healthy or nice looking as this one and seemed to struggle.
(I did this to give the waterers a good test for the summer, I started in June so it was a good 3 month test through the hottest part of the year here)
You are not required to paint the bottles but I thought it would be a fun twist and good practice for me. As I get more proficient and confident I can start on some glass painting tutorials for the different designs. I like to get it down and try to make it as easy as possible for beginners.
I did not do two coats on the sunflower, I wanted to see if I could get it opaque enough without doing so. It does look okay but I think I would prefer doing the second coat, yellow is a hard color to get opaque. I modified my regular Sunflower painting technique only slightly to paint this.
The daisies I did use two coats, the bottom coat is Folk Art Enamels Wicker White or you can also use Folk Art Multi Surface Wicker White.
The second coat I used Martha Stewart Multi Surface Pearl paint in Mother of Pearl color. Most of these colors should be available at your local craft store.
I love how the pearl paint adds some shimmer to it. It shows up much better in person, trust me.
Daisy Painting Tutorial
Here is another dragonfly, I used Martha Stewart Multi Surface metallic in Citrine Gold with Americana crystal Glitter Gloss Enamels in Green for the sparkly darker green dots. The wings are the Mother of Pearl by Martha Stewart like the daisy petals with Calypso Sky by Plaid Folk Art veining.
Here is a close up of my dragonflies.
Of course I can never have too many roses. You can see my Painting Roses on Glass tutorial here for the whole enchilada by clicking the red highlighted text.
I added some lavender five petal flowers to go with the roses. I should have a tutorial of that up in the near future. They are fairly easy.
I bought these plant waterers myself, I was not compensated or contacted by the manufacturer to post about them, I just wanted to try some out and I was very impressed. I will update on how well they did indoors after I have used them a few months.
I did receive some of the paints free of charge by both Plaid and DecoArt and some I purchased myself.
Plaid has been especially generous in automatically sending me their new crafting supplies as they release them. I will be sharing more of what I try and what I think as the weeks go on.
Happy planting and painting!