Home Depot sells 4" mini houseplants for $3, so I got a couple. They are so cute! I also bought some small terra cotta pots and saucers to plant them in. I wasn't crazy about the boring old terra cotta look though, so I decided to paint and stencil them.
First up was a coat of Kilz water based primer. Then I used Valspar latex paint (my BHG mag had a coupon for a free sample pot - bingo!) in Four Leaf Clover. It took 3 coats of paint to hide all of the white primer (the pot in the center of the photo below is after 1 coat of paint, and the one on the right is after 2 coats of paint).
I painted the outsides of the pots and the top inch or so of the inner lip. Here they are, ready to be stenciled.
I used Nueva 2" plastic stencils from Hobby Lobby to trace the letters onto the pots using a pencil.
Since I had 3 pots, I wanted to do "live," "laugh," and "love", with the biggest pot getting the longest word. I just eyeballed the letter spacing. In hindsight, I should have made them a little closer together so you can read the whole word without having to turn the pot.
Then I carefully painted the letters. I used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint in Mint and the smallest brush I could find in my craft stash. Holy cow, it's not easy painting inside the lines! I felt like I was in kindergarten again.
When all three pots were done, outside we went for a quick clear coat - I used Rustoleum's Painter's Touch in Matte Clear since we already had it on hand. (I also painted another pot I was already using inside, which is the one you see on the left in the pic below.)
Once the pots were dry, the plants went in and got a thorough watering.
Sadly, the only room downstairs that gets 'sufficient' sunlight is our half bath...so that's where these babies are going to live. At least, until I forget to water them for a month...