- Arts and Design
DIY Home Décor: Home Decorating Ideas, South American Style
Add some South American flavor to your house - and don't worry, I don't mean jalapeños! A DIY
It is easy to create some desert-inspired décor for cheap, and even if your taste is not the spicy Mexican flavor traditionally adorned with bright colors and geometric designs, you can personalize it! You don't even have to be that crafty for this do-it-yourself décor, and it's cheap!
Here's what you need (pictured to the right):
- craft paint
- glue gun
- spray enamel
Here's how to do it:
- Gather your materials.
- Wash the pots (I used some that had been hanging around for, well, years.)
- Pick a design and paint it.
- To put ropes on your pot, measure the length you need ahead of time. If you want three layers, cut three ropes in the size of each layer instead of wrapping it around consecutively.
- Spray on the clear enamel, let it dry, and you're done!
- If you want to make geometric designs, it helps to use masking tape. I didn't use it for the triangles (to the right) because I preferred the look that came from freehand-ing it, but I did use tape for the top and bottom to create a crisp line and leave the bare clay pot near the paint.
- If you make designs, try outlining them with a complimentary color - it really makes them pop and adds a great accent to your design. I used yellow to outline the alternating triangles which are gold and yellow-green.
- Trim off the scraggly pieces of rope that have frayed before you spray on the clear enamel.
If you don't want to make your own, here are some great places to buy them!
- Mexican Pottery - Rustic Southwest Pots and Décor from Mexico
Imported Mexican pottery. Free shipping on terra cotta pottery and aged-clay artifacts, Mexican earthenware pots plus black clay Oaxacan.
- Mexican Talavera Ceramic Planters, Big Ceramic Pots, Lizards, Sun Faces, Garden Accessories, Mexican
Mexican Talavera Ceramic Planters, Handpainted Mexican Ceramic Pots, Talavera Ceramic Lizards, Talavera Decorative Sun Faces, Garden Accessories
Or learn more about Mexican arts!
- National Museum of Mexican Art
Located at 1852 West 19th Street in Chicago, IL
- AMOCA: American Museum of Ceramic Art
"AMOCA :: American Museum of Ceramic Art" :: Home Page :: It is the mission of the American Museum of Ceramic Art to educate by presenting, collecting and preserving significant ceramic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the p