It is not often I attempt to do a craft I have seen on Pinterest, but last summer I decided to give one a try.
I am always looking for crafts my granddaughters (ages 10 and 6) would like to do. I saw this one, and thought it would be perfect. We have a breezeway patio where everyone likes to sit when they come over and the idea was to use these “lights” for table centerpieces. As you can see from the Pinterest photo this is an amazing looking idea.
The first problem I encountered was finding the “glow-in-the-dark paint”. Pinterest recommended Rusteoleum brand, so that is what I went in search of. There are several craft stores and home improvement stores in our area and I was sure one of them would have it. They didn’t. I ultimately ordered the paint from an on-line site. For two cans of the spray paint the total charge was approximately $12.00. That may not sound too bad, but the cans are half the size of a can of regular spray paint.
I purchased new flower pots, and when the spray paint arrived I was ready to get started. NOT JUST YET! Before you spray the glow-in-the-dark paint on you have to paint the flower pot with white spray paint first. So, off to the store I go to get the white spray paint. The instructions on Pinterest did not mention this. It also did not mention how many coats of paint were needed. I was committed now because of my investment in the glow-in-the-dark paint.
It took three coats of white spray paint to cover the clay pot. Oh, do not use the cheap white spray paint. I did that on one flower pot and it took the entire can to get good coverage. Once the white paint dried I started with the glow-in-the-dark paint. It also took about three coats of that to get good coverage. It took both cans of the glow-in-the-dark paint to do three small flower pots.
My idea was to let my granddaughters paint designs on the flower pots once all of the paint was dried. Needless to say we never did finish this project because we were so disappointed in the way the flower pots looked. Even with all the coats of paint it was uneven. I will tell you, this is not my first time to use spray paint so I know how to do it. Total cost for the Pinterest project was around $10.00 per flower pot and they certainly do not glow much. I should have been able to take a photo of the “finished” product without a flash but it wouldn’t work. It is so dim the camera automatically flashed. I could have bought some pretty amazing looking patio lights for that amount of money.
The photo of the pretty flower pots is courtesy of the Pinterest web site. The pathetic looking flower is courtesy of none other than myself.