Spray Paint and Tissue Transfer Crock Revamp

Finished Spray Painted Crock

I scored large at a recent community wide garage sale here in my hometown, so you are about to see many a thrifty find revamp here at SBLC.  This tutorial covers how I used spray paint and tissue paper transfer to transform this old cracked crock (which cost $3) into this vintage number plant holder.  Ridiculously easy, frugal to the max, happy crafter!


  • Old Crock
  • Spray paint (Krylon Outdoor Tuscan Sunset Gloss Finish)
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Inkjet or laserjet printer
  • Vintage number graphic (I got mine for free at Graphics Fairy)
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
  • Ranger Distress Ink Pad in Tea Dye color


  • Clean off old crock with damp cloth (and dish soap if necessary)
  • Tape off area you don’t want sprayed *using newspaper for larger areas


Old Antique Crock Before

Taped Crock and Krylon Tuscan Sunset Spray Paint

  • Spray desired area per instructions (may want to do a couple of coats)

Just After Spray Paint

  • While that is drying, you can print your image.  Using a thick piece of printer paper like card stock or photo paper as a size guide, cut your tisse about 1/2 inch longer and wider than 8.5×11.

Cut Tissue to Printer Paper Size

  • Fold excess paper over edges and tape to keep in place.  You want the tissue paper to be snug on the “guide paper” since it needs to fit into your printer.

Tape Tissue to Printer Paper

  • Make sure you place the paper in the printer the right way so that your image prints on the tissue paper.  I put mine upside down for the image to be on the correct side.

Put Tissue Covered Paper In Printer

  • Cut the image out and decoupage it onto the surface.  I paint a thin coat of glossy mod podge, place the image, then paint a coat on top of the image, smoothing out the wrinkles as best I can.

Mod Podge and Painbrush for Tissue Transfer

Applying Mod Podge to Tissue Transfer Image

  • Once this dried, I ran my “Tea Dye” Ranger Distress ink pad over the image and crock to unify the layers and give more of an aged look.

Before Distress Ink

Before applying distress ink

After Ranger Distress Ink

After Ranger Distress Ink

I am loving it!  Total project took about 45 minutes.  What do you think? What are you spray painting these days?


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