The previous owners of our house left behind a couple of scuffed up terra cotta pots, so I decided to spruce them up a bit with a coat of paint and some cacti and succulents. And by spruce up, I mean that I wanted to find an extremely easy DIY that even I could do. These are basically the only plants I can keep alive because they don’t need much water or care, so to show my appreciation, I wanted to give them a stylish new home with some pretty craft paint. Thanks for stayin’ alive, plants! Keep up the good work.
Since I already had two of the plain terra cotta pots, I made a trip to Michael’s to pick up a few more supplies.
What you’ll need:
1. Small terra cotta pots. I used three.
2. Paint. I used Martha Stewart Crafts multi-surface acrylic paint in yellow gold metallic, mint chip, and lake fog. This is great craft paint and it comes in a bunch of fun colors.
3. Tape. I had leftover FrogTape from painting our house so I used this. I like that I don’t have to worry about bleeding on the edges!
4. Paint brushes.
I squeezed out the paint onto a paper plate and applied it to each pot using the foam brushes I had purchased. I had to use quite a bit of paint because I didn’t want any of the original color showing through, and this paint goes on nice and thin (aka you don’t have to worry about nasty clumps) so layers are totally doable.
The FrogTape made painting the tops of the pots easier, and I decided to use the tip of my finger to create the gold polka dots on the little cactus pot. Such an easy and fun home project — plus, plants look so much better in pots with a bit of character!
Have you ever created your own DIY painted terra cotta pots?
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