For a few years now I have been focusing on living a greener life & one of my alltime favourite things is “upcycling”. No it has nothing to do about cycling (although riding a bike is a brilliant way to save on your carbon footprint by not driving). “Upcycling” is taking something old or outdated or destined for the scrapheap & re-inventing it into something new & trendy & modern.
How cute are these revamped gnomes & pots? Brightens up any garden & easy to do too.
All you need is;
- An old pot & garden ornaments
- Newspaper or a dropsheet
- Sealer, primer & undercoat. I used Taubman’s 3 in 1 sealer, primer & undercoat
- Paint colour of your choice
Firstly wipe off any dirt or dust off the pot you wish to paint. Place the pot on newspaper or a dropsheet. Then apply a couple coats of undercoat (I used a terracotta pot so I applied undercoat until it was white as snow). Leave them 24 hours to dry. With a steady hand apply a couple coats of coloured paint until it is the consistency & colour as desired. Leave to dry. Then go crazy planting whatever flower or herb into your upcycled pot. I thought it would be great to paint some whimsical gnomes for a quirky twist.