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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Best Types of Paint for Flower Pots
When planning to paint terracotta pots, it’s important to choose suitable indoor/outdoor paint.
Why Choose Acrylic Paint?
Acrylic paint is a great, affordable option for general crafting, and painting flower pots is no exception. However, you need to make sure the label says it is weather-resistant or made for outdoor use.
While weather-resistant paints add a layer of protection, that doesn’t mean you should expose them directly to rain and sun. Your pots will last longer under a covered porch or patio unless the paint indicates otherwise.
For a small pot, even a 2-ounce bottle of acrylic paint will do the job. You may also have some leftover paint for other craft projects.
Choosing the Finish
Take note of the finish on your bottle of paint, whether it’s acrylic paint or spray paint.
Paints often come in glossy, satin, or matte finish. Which you choose is a matter of personal preference.
You can also use a sealer like this one to add a shiny finish or this one to add a matte finish once you’ve finished painting your clay pots.
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Here are some of my favorite picks for painting flower pots.
FAQs on Flower Pot Painting
Should I seal flower pots before painting?
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.
How do I get a matte finish for a painted pot?
Some paints, like chalk paint, will have a matte (non-shiny) finish, while metallic paints will have a high-gloss sheen.
Can you spray paint terracotta pots?
You’ll notice there are a variety of techniques used above. Spray paint is a good option for full coverage and a smooth finish, while acrylic paint applied with a paintbrush will add more texture. Just keep in mind whether you’ll get more use out of a bottle of spray paint or a bottle of craft acrylic paint for future projects.
How can I add fine detail to my flower pot painting?
These days, paint pens offer even more possibilities to add fine detail like lettering or thin lines.
How long does it take to paint flower pots?
The length of time required to paint flower pots depends on the coverage of your paint. Chalk paints with a thick, matte finish may need only 1-2 coats. Acrylic paints tend to need at least three coats for full coverage. Plan to let each coat of paint dry for at least 1 hour in between coats of paint.
I hope you’ll enjoy trying some of the tutorials above to beautify your homes and enjoy your garden!
If you’re looking for other ways to dress up your container garden, try these fun crafts!
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