If you’re looking to take your container garden from drab to fab, try one of these 21 amazing flower pot painting projects!
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Every year, I look forward to the spring planting season. Seeing flowers bloom again always seems to boost my mood. To prepare for the season, I always like to dress up my patio with decorative pots.
Below, I’ve collected the best flower pot painting tutorials from my blogger friends so you can spruce up your planters, too! I can’t wait to try some of these techniques!
Stacked Painted Flower Pots
Why paint one flower pot when you can paint several? Get my tutorial on how to paint terracotta pots for lots of tips to get you started. It’s a great way to beautify your container garden.
Check out my sister post on how to decoupage flower pots for a similar “painted” look using napkins!
Rae Dunn Inspired Flower Pot
Add a touch of humor to your flower pots with this easy Cricut craft with a free SVG file. (I love getting a brand-name look for less!) Head over to Single Girl’s DIY for the full tutorial on these DIY Rae Dunn pots.
Boho Modern Painted Terracotta Pots
Give an old planter new life by turning it into a statement deco piece inspired by the Japanese art of sashiko. These boho modern planters from Shrimp Salad Circus are so trendy!
DIY Aged Terracotta Planter
You wouldn’t believe what this aged terracotta planter looked like before it got a new paint job! Do Dodson Designs shares expert tips on painting to achieve a rustic effect.
Aged Terracotta Pots Using Other Methods
Sometimes achieving a “painted” look doesn’t require traditional paint at all. My 100 Year Old Home has two very unique techniques for creating these aged terracotta pots. (My mind is blown!)
Concrete Painted Herb Pots
These concrete painted pots are perfect for an indoor herb garden. Satori Design for Living shares her secrets for creating this French Country style look.
Upcycled Faux Concrete Planter
If you’re starting with a ceramic piece instead of terracotta, you can still create your own faux concrete planter. This tutorial from A Blue Nest uses only two shades of paint to completely transform a $5 thrift store item.
Copper Colored Clay Pot
For a sophisticated modern look, try making these copper-colored clay pots from The How-To Home. The trick is getting the perfect metallic paint.
DIY Modern Marbled Pots
If modern is more your style, you’ll want to try making these DIY marbled flower pots by The DIY Nuts. I’m dreaming of all the color possibilities with this project!
Aged Terracotta Pots
These mossy green aged terracotta pots would make the perfect container for a topiary in the springtime. 2 Bees in a Pod has a step-by-step tutorial to guide you.
Shabby Chic Painted Pots
It’s amazing the effects you can get by using painting with objects of different textures. Take, for instance, these DIY shabby chic pots by Salvaged Living. She adds burlap fabric and wood stain for a unique color and texture combo.
Matte Painted Pots in Solid Colors
Sometimes a simple solid color is all you need to bring clay pots to life. These spring colored pots by Songbird have a beautiful matte finish and add such charm to the room.
Dry Brush Painted Pots
For a more subtle effect, you can also opt to use very little paint with a technique called “dry brushing.” These dry brush painted pots from My Family Thyme have just enough color to create visual interest.
DIY Stenciled Planter
These stenciled planters are so easy to make and add such a lovely accent to a patio or porch. Get the tutorial and details on the stencil from my friends at Sustain My Craft Habit.
Cricut Stenciled Pots
For another approach to stenciling, try this DIY herb pot tutorial from The Honeycomb Home. Roxanne uses a Cricut to create her stenciled labels before painting, and isn’t the string a cute touch?
Chalkboard Painted Flower Pots
If you want the option of changing your flower pot labels with the seasons, try making these unique chalkboard painted herb pots by Sweet Pea. What a smart idea!
Painted Herb Pots
For a slightly different spin on the chalkboard trend, check out these painted herb pots with chalkboard labels from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. How pretty they would look on a window sill!
Anthropologie Inspired Pots with Paint Markers
Another fun twist on painting pots is using paint markers. These Anthropolgie-inspired DIY pots by Casa Watkins Living would add a pop of color and playfulness to any outdoor space.
Drip Painted Pots
Paint pouring is all the rage these days, so why not try it on clay pots too? Crafts by Amanda chose fun neon colors to make her drip painted pots especially playful.
DIY Soda Bottle Planters
Who says you need terracotta pots for painting? These adorable kitty cat planters from Salty Canary have a whimsical touch and look great with her boho/vintage style decor. Head over to her tutorial to see what I mean!
Fingerprint Flower Pots
How about getting the kids involved? These fingerprint flower pots from Crafts by Amanda make the perfect keepsake gift idea for spring! Plant seeds or flowers in your pots to give for Mother’s Day or for a birthday.
Notes on Painting Pots
Before you get to town painting your own pots, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind:
- Will the pots stay indoors or outdoors? For outdoor use, you may want to consider using a clay pot sealer and/or varnish to protect them from the weather.
- Do you want a shiny finish or matte finish? Some paints, like chalk paint, will have a matte (non-shiny) finish, while metallic paints will have a high-gloss sheen.
- Do you want to spray, brush or draw? You’ll notice there are a variety of techniques used above. Spray paint is always an option for full coverage and a smooth finish, while a paintbrush may add more texture. These days, paint pens offer even more possibilities to add fine detail.
I hope you’ll enjoy trying some of the tutorials above to beautify your homes and enjoy your garden!