At best, painted flower pots are cute, quirky, and welcomed additions to any garden. At worst, painted flower pots can be chipping disasters that only last a couple of months. It's essential to learn how to paint a flower pot the right way to help them withstand rainy weather.
We've tracked down several painted flower pot tutorials that will inspire you with cute designs but also teach you the proper materials and techniques to use. Visit each one to find out how you can add some character to your garden.
Make Terracotta Planters Truly Unique With This Simple Trick
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This painted flower pot tutorial might take some artistic skill to pull off, but it's doable if you're willing to be patient and follow instructions. The terracotta color works as the base for a waffle cone, and Tabitha from Fresh Mommy Blog shows you how to add in the ice cream and detailing. Visit her post for further instruction.
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If you're not an artist, painting on a flower pot may not be the easiest canvas for intricate details. The curved shape distorts the surface just enough to make painting a bit more complicated. If you want to avoid making too many errors, work with stencils and a simple pattern. Wendi from H2OBungalow does a great job of explaining how to go through this process seamlessly. Visit her tutorial for more details.
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You might be very familiar with the herbs people grow, or you might just be starting to learn the basics of horticulture. Either way, adding labels to your planter is a cute way to remember what's growing where. Robin from A Home to Grow Old shows her readers how to use tape, letter stencils, and spray paint to add a stylish herb label. An added bonus is that Robin also teaches readers how to age galvanized metal in the same tutorial.
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The team at A Beautiful Mess created this colorful gradient pattern on miniature egg cup planters, but you can use this technique on just about any planter with success. Find out how the crafters used spray paint to make a simple yet impactful gradient in the tutorial.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Not an artist? Not a problem! You don't need to be a dignified painter to have fun painting flower pots. If it makes you feel better, have your kids help you create whimsical garden scenes without stencils or outside inspiration. Just paint what comes to mind. This tutorial will help get you started.
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There are many different tools you can use to paint a planter, but one that is often overlooked is a simple rubber band. We love how Mary Elayne from We Can Make Anything upgraded these basic terra cotta pots with a clever rubber band technique. Visit the tutorial to find out how to replicate this modern look.
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Gradients come in all forms, and one of our favorites is a rainbow gradient. Amy from DIY Candy has fun with brush strokes and color in this painting tutorial. Head to her page to find out how you can recreate your own bright planter inspired by this design.
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Sometimes chipping paint on a flower pot is a bad thing, but other times you want your flower pots to look aged and weathered. Ashley from Cherished Bliss has perfected an aging technique that looks natural and appealing for any garden with a rustic feel. Check out the tutorial if you want to add a coastal or farmhouse vibe to your space.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Joy from Oh Joy! teaches her readers how to create this dipped marble pattern on hanging planters, but the method will work on terracotta planters just as well, too. Get creative with how much you marbleize. If you want to dip half the planter, go for it. This marble pattern would also look good on the entire planter. Head over to her tutorial to find out how to do it.
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What food do you think of when you think of summer? If a watermelon is among the first things that come to mind, then this painted planter might be a perfect fit for your garden. Mother-daughter team Beverly and Gloria of Across the Boulevard do a great job simplifying this project so that anyone can tackle it.
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Want a cute flower pot? Think about simple garden insects you can paint. Two adorable examples are a ladybug or a bee like the ones you see here from The Country Chic Cottage. Angie does a nice job of breaking this project into a couple of simple steps.
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You can paint a terracotta pot in a variety of ways, but if you don't seal them properly, they will have a hard time lasting more than one rainy season. Find out how Jessi from Practically Functional went about sealing her planters after painting them so you can add more longevity to your garden projects, too.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Not everything needs a design to look good. Sometimes the prettiest planters are painted in solid, coordinating colors. You can choose a variety of shades, but keep them in the same tone for a cohesive look. At Home with Ashely goes into more detail about the process on her tutorial.