How to Make Pretty Painted Flower Pots

How to Make Pretty Painted Flower Pots

Close up for pots

Caylin Harris

Getting Started

It's time to get your plants out of those sad plastic planters they came in and get them into something a little more custom. Painting your own terracotta pots is easy and the result is something that feels playful and modern—plus, since you can choose your own colors they’re guaranteed to fit in with your home decor. Taking the time to repot your little seedlings now, gives them plenty of room to grow and look good doing it!

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for painted pots
Caylin Harris

This project is so easy to complete and doesn't require too many materials. Here's what you'll need to do this at home:

  • Terracotta pots
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes (a few varying sizes)
  • Painter's tape (depending on your design)
  • Plants

Terracotta pots are super affordable which means you won't have to worry if you accidentally make a mistake. They last forever and never really go out of style either, plus they can be found at your local craft store, which makes it a one stop project because you'll be getting paint there too.

Figure Out the Design

Drawing out ideas for pots
Caylin Harris

You might be asking yourself if this is worth an entire step. We're here to tell you it absolutely is. Getting started with no plan and no inspiration will lead to mistakes that you might not be able to cover up. Take a minute to do a few little sketches of how you want your pots to look, especially if you'll be making more than one. If you want to go even further, try painting out some of the designs you'll be making on your pot just to get a feel for them. Practice makes perfect and it's way better than having to cover up a mistake.

Tape Off Your Pots

Painter's tape on pot
Caylin Harris

This isn't always a necessary step; it really depends on whether or not you want to do a colored rim or a crisp line instead of something more abstract. If that's the case you're going to need to use painter's tape. Place it on the terracotta pot and on the edge you want to paint, run your thumb over the edge to make sure it adheres completely.

Paint Your Pot and Allow to Dry

Painting terracotta pots
Caylin Harris

Get your paint together and then get started! It makes sense to have a variety of brushes on hand to vary the types of lines or dots you want. Just keep in mind that you'll want to start on one side and work towards the other to avoid smudging. If you're going to overlap colors start with a neutral color on the bottom and then work up to darker colors so it properly covers, working in the reverse will make it really hard to cover spots of darker colors. To make abstract leopard spots, start by placing a brown dot, let them dry and then put three black dots over top towards one side.

Then figure out which little plants to add to each pot, make sure you give them plenty of room to grow!