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Get One Of A Kind Planters With Paint

Cute planters are a fun way to add interest to your porch and even indoors. Welcome to this month’s DIY Craft Hop if you are here from Birdz Of A Feather. Today I’ll be sharing how to paint terra cotta pots, a great way to get one-of-a-kind planters. You might say terracotta or clay but it’s all the same material.

Terra cotta is my preferred planter material because it’s good for plants. It’s a porous material so it can absorb excess water, which prevents your plants from sitting in soil that is too wet. They are also really inexpensive, which is better for your wallet.

This is a great project for beginners and children. It’s also fun and there’s no wrong way to do it.

Supplies For Painting Clay Pots

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These are the supplies you’ll need, which can all be collected at Home Depot or through Amazon.

supplies for painting clay pots
  • Clay Pots – I like to get them at Home Depot, but if you want to have them delivered you can find them here. I recommend searching by size, 4-inch, 6-inch, etc. and only get pots that come with a saucer or have a saucer available.
  • Painters Tape – You don’t have to use painter’s tape, unless you want to add a stripe or tape off the inner lip of the pot.
  • Paintbrush – Foam brushes are great for this task.
  • Paint – almost any kind will work. I’ve used chalk paint and regular acrylic paint. The only kind I wouldn’t recommend is oil-based paint. I bought the tester sample size at Home Depot.

What Kind Of Paint Do You Use on Terra Cotta Pots?

Clay pots come in every size and shape. I like to use clay pots that have not been sealed because its better for plants, but this means they are very absorbent (with paint too). Be sure to choose a planter that has a saucer so you don’t end up with a mess when you water. The best place to get inexpensive terra cotta planters is at Home Depot or Lowes.

Any kind of acrylic paint will work, but it works better if you prime the pots first. The primer helps to seal the outside so the paint doesn’t soak in.

How to Prep Terra Cotta Pots for Painting

  • The first step before you paint your clay pots is to make sure they are clean and dry. Remember before when I said they are porous? This means you don’t want to dunk them in the sink or you’ll have to wait a day or two. Just dust them off with a damp cloth.
  • I like to put a rim of painter’s tape inside the pot because I don’t paint the inside and that way I have a clean line. If you want to apply any kind of tape to get a design, like a stripe that’s easy to do with painter’s tape. You can also do this after you prime the pots if you want a white stripe.
  • Coat the outside of the pots with primer. The quickest way to do this is to use a spray paint primer.
  • Wait for the pots to dry and then paint them with the color you choose. They will take more than one coat and be sure to let them dry for 30 minutes between coats. I ended up painting over the stripes because I didn’t like the way they looked.

As I was setting my planters out around my house I began to think of all the fun ways I could use them in other places in different colors. What an easy way to add seasonal decor, yellow for spring, red for the holidays. Have you ever painted your clay pots?

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13 Comments

  1. What a fun way to create one-of-a-kind terra cotta pots! I love decorating them! I’ve even made a terra cotta girl a few years ago to sit in my garden, so you know I love painting the pots, Andrea! Thanks for reminding me – I need to get back to painting a few!

  2. Wow! What a great color and I love how they turned out. Amazing what a little paint can do.
    Thank you so much for sharing and wonderful crafting with you

  3. What a rich deep blue. It’s always fun to use paint to make things new or turn them into something different.

  4. We were on the same page this month, Andrea. Never underestimate the power or paint, right? I constantly check the “Oops!” paint section to try new colors in that tester size and have found several for .50! I love the vibrant color you used–lovely! Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. Andrea I garden so need lots of pots inside and out. The tip on taping the inside is a good one. Thanks for hosting!

  6. I’ve never painted a terra cotta pot, great idea using a spray paint primer, I can’t wait to try this, thanks Andrea! And thank you for hosting our great hop each month!

  7. Andrea, these looks so elegant. One would never believe they were just terra cotta pots! They are available in so many different sizes, my mind is spinning over all of the different projects I could make with them! I think I like these in the solid color, without the stripe, too! Thanks so much for hosting!

  8. Love that blue on your pots Andrea! Paint really adds a lot of bang for the buck! Thanks for all your organizing efforts, happy to be hopping with you again! ♥

  9. Andrea, I’ve painted clay pots with chalkboard paint before, but now I want to try painting some with acrylic paint! I just love that rich shade of blue that you chose. They look like ceramic pots now. What a dramatic difference a few coats of paint can make! Thanks so much for organizing our craft hops each month. I really enjoy participating in them 🙂

  10. These are beautiful flower pots, Andrea! It is amazing what a little paint can do. I love the color blue you chose. Pinned! Thank you so much for organizing these monthly hops! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

  11. Andrea, I love decorating terra cotta pots with paint, decoupage or stencils. I’ve never sealed the inside so now I know to do that. The great thing is that you can redo them if you want. Thanks so much for hosting. Always a pleasure.

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