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Decorating Your Own Containers

Garden centers sell plenty of beautiful pots for container gardening, but they may not always have what you want. Why not get the look you want by decorating your own containers?

Transform a boring plastic pot into a bold, colorful one using a few coats of spray paint. Be sure to use a paint or primer that's designed for plastics. Add color to a clay pot by decorating it with a broken tile mosaic. Just keep in mind that a mosaic will make the pot heavier. If you prefer the look of old terra-cotta pots, you can try these two tricks. Rubbing a new pot with wood stain will give it an antiqued look, and coating a pot with yogurt gives it an earthy patina.

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