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Painted Bluebird Flowerpot

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.

 Painted bluebird flowerpot

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw or miter box and handsaw
  • Weller 15-piece woodburning kit, #357335
  • Tape measure
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Artist brushes
  • Transfer paper


  • 1-in x 48-in round dowel
  • 3/4-in x 48-in round dowel
  • 1/2-in x 48-in round dowel
  • Clay pot (use pots 8-in tall or larger)
  • 2.5oz clear silicone adhesive
  • Minwax spray spar varnish, #99642

Valspar Signature, 8-oz satin:

  • Deep Space (#4008-8C)
  • Lime Candy (#6011-8)
  • Orange Fruit (#2011-1)
  • Untinted white

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Step 1

Spray two coats of spar varnish on the inside and outside of a clean terra-cotta pot and let dry.

Step 2

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.

Good to Know

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Good to Know

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.

Step 5

 Bluebird painted on dowel disks glued to flowerpot

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.