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Decorate a terra-cotta pot with wooden disks, then add a splash of color with an easy-to-paint bluebird design you can download for free.
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Spray two coats of spar varnish on the inside and outside of a clean terra-cotta pot and let dry.
Using a miter saw or a miter box and handsaw, cut 1/4-in-thick circles from three sizes of dowels. (We used 1/2-in, 3/4-in, and 1-in dowels.) Sand one face of the circles smooth.
To simplify sanding the disks, tape a strip of 120-grit sandpaper to a flat work surface and rub the disks back and forth along the length of the sandpaper.
Apply a dab of adhesive to the back of a disk and press it in place against the flowerpot. Repeat as desired to apply disks of different sizes to the pot, filling in between the large disks with smaller ones as needed where you'll add the bird pattern. Add as many disks as you like around the rest of the pot.
Download and print the bluebird pattern. If necessary, resize the pattern to fit the size of your pot. Use transfer paper (available at crafts stores) to draw the shape of the bird on the disks.
If you don't have transfer paper, rub the edge of a pencil lead on the underside of the pattern until it's dark. Then trace the top of the pattern with a ballpoint pen to press the pencil graphite against the disks.
Use a woodburning tool to darken the pattern on the disks. Then paint the bird, branch, and leaves -- avoiding the burned lines. After the paint dries, apply two coats of spray spar varnish to the entire pot and let dry overnight before using.