painted planters: art meets the art of gardening

Plant Moderator

Upcycle the ubiquitous terracotta plant pot. With these easy tips, you can bring those boring pots from drab to fab in a day. 

here’s what you need to get started: 

  • Terracotta pots 
  • Foam sponge paint brushes 
  • Acrylic paints in your preferred colours 
  • Newspaper 
  • Matte or gloss sealing spray 
  • Scrub brush or pot brush (optional) 
  • Disposable plate (optional) 
  • Water (optional) 

lets gro #plantproject



step one.

Set up your painting workspace by laying out the newspaper to protect the surface you will work on. 

step two.

Clean your clay pot, whether its new or old. Your scrub brush can help remove grime or mud. Ensure the pots are completely dry, which can vary from a few hours to days depending on size. 

step three.

If needed, thin the paint by squirting a good amount on the plate and adding a few drops of water and mix. Clay or terracotta pots are absorbent so thinned paint allows a more even coat of paint. 

step four.

Get painting! Desired coverage might require two or three coats. You may wish to paint the top interior that is exposed above the soil. 

step five.

Personalize your pots by adding designs, lettering or adhesive decals. Your plant babies deserve a pretty home all their own.  

step six.

Allow paint and decorations to dry. Since these pot materials hold moisture, it may take longer than you expect to dry. Yes, we want our pots to be moist or our plants, but their painted surfaces!  

step seven.

Seal the deal. Select a glossy or matte finish and spray the pot evenly in a well-ventilated area



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