DIY Painted Lotus Pods

With the projects I have been working on lately, I am beginning to feel like a forager of the forest.  Either I am desperate to pimp out mother nature, or I have some small amount of Snow White in my blood and the clock is ticking until a bird lands on my finger as I sing to woodland critters.  Oh well, not matter which it is here is another tutorial.  This time on painting dried lotus pods.

Materials Needed:

      • Dried lotus pods.
      • Rust-Oleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish in Antique Brass Metallic {7274}
        • *This can be found at Home Depot, which is where I purchased mine.  I have seriously searched every craft store around for a lovely rich deep bronze color, to which I could not find.  Most of them appear pretty orangey.  I wanted more of an espresso chocolate brown.  If you are wanting the espresso richness, this one is the one you want.
      • Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating (Optional)

Directions:

  1. To paint, place pods flat side down on protected surface.
  2. Shake can of Rust-Oleum – lots.  And lots.  And then some more.  The directions say to shake it for 2 solid minutes.  It may seem like overkill, but I am sure it’s to get the metallic luster evenly dispersed throughout the paint.
  3. With paint can, hold about 10-12 inches away from pods, point and spray.  Nice, slow, even movements for a thin layer of paint.
  4. Allow to dry about 5-10 minutes.
  5. After dry, you may want to pick the pods up by the stem and rotate slowly with one hand while spray painting with the other.  This is just to cover any crevices on the sides that may have been missed.
  6. Allow to dry 5-10 minutes.
  7. Leaving pods face down, coat them with clear acrylic Krylon to seal.
  8. Longer dry time of 10-15 minutes.
  9. Once dry, flip pods over and lay on their sides. and repeat steps 2 and 3.  Make sure you spray from a low angle so you can get the tops covered in one coat.
  10. Allow to dry about 5-10 minutes.
  11. Inspect each pod to ensure all surface areas have been coated with paint.  If not, touch up area with paint and allow to dry.
  12. Again, do not rotate the pods and spray a layer of the clear top coat.
  13. Wait two hours before handling.

Now you have painted lotus pods.  Ready to display as it, or use in other projects and home decor. 

Enjoy!

Carrie

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