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DIYPainted Terracotta Pots

Painted Terracotta Pots

Take your terracotta pots and turn them into personalized pieces of art! This is a fun DIY that is great for the artistic gardener or a great activity to do with your little ones. All you need is a few supplies and you've got an easy planter to accent your plant babies.

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Painted Terracota Pots

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Step 1

Wipe down the terracotta pots with a damp paper towel or rag to get excess dirt and grime off that might show up in your paint.

Painted terracotta pots

Step 2

Apply a base layer of paint. Make sure to paint along the inside lip of the pot (about 1.5 inches down). You might need to paint multiple layers if you are using a light color. Allow to dry completely.

Painted terracotta pots

Step 3

Once the paint has dried, wrap rubberbands around each pot to make different patterns like stripes! You can make a more modern and clean design by only painting one half or a small section of your pot.

Painted terracotta pots

Step 4

With a new color, paint on top of the rubberbands (or in your blocked off section). If you are using a light color, you may need to use multiple coats. Allow to dry completely in between each coat and before you remove rubberbands.

Painted terracotta pots

Step 5

Remove rubberbands to reveal your design!

Painted terracotta pots

Step 6

Put enough potting soil in the bottom of the pot so that when you insert your plant the soil level is slightly below the rim of the pot. Add in Dr. Earth RootZone to give your plant a healthy start. Take your plant out of its plastic container and stick into the pot. Add more soil and pat down until the roots are covered. Water generously to release air bubbles. Next, take your decorative pebbles and place on top of the soil and around the base of your plant.

Painted terracotta pots

Shopping List

  • Terracotta Pots - We used 3.5 inch, but you can choose any size you'd like!
  • Craft Paint - at least two different colors
  • Medium - Large Paint Brushes
  • Rubberbands
  • 2 - 3 Plants - We used 2.5 Inch succulents, but you can easily use any houseplant you want or make a mixed container with a few different plants
  • Decorative Pebbles
  • Pike Potting Soil