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50 Easy Ideas For Painting Clay Pots

Are you looking to turn your simple terracotta and clay planters into something special? You’re in the right place! I’ve put together a collection of more than 50 fantastic ideas for painting clay pots.

Each one comes with a step-by-step tutorial, so you can easily transform your pots into eye-catching decorative pieces.

What’s great about these projects is how simple they are. All you need are a few basic supplies to get started.

As you browse through the list of creative ideas below, you’re bound to find several that catch your eye and match your skill level.

4 painted clay pots ideas, one rainbow colored, one decoupaged, one drip pour painted and one with aged effect.

Whether you’re new to DIY projects or an experienced crafter, there’s something here for everyone.

If you’re looking for even more ways to spruce up plain pots, check out the tutorials on hydro-dipping painted concrete planters and turning a plastic pot into a durable, stylish piece.

And don’t miss our easy garden craft tutorials for more fun and creative ideas.

50 Easy Ideas For Painting Clay Pots

Check out the inspiring list of ideas for decorating plain planters. And remember to check out our helpful tips and FAQs at the bottom of the list.

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For more garden art crafts, you may love these tutorials for whimsical concrete gnomes and a large concrete garden mushroom!

After exploring the easy ideas for painting clay pots, you might feel ready to start your DIY project.

But before you dive in, here are some tips and frequently asked questions that could help make your painting project a success.

Tips For Painting Pots

  • Paint the Inside: For a more polished look, consider painting up to the first inch of the inside of your clay pots. This detail makes a difference, especially when plants are placed inside.
  • Use a Primer: Applying a paint primer before your regular paint coat can lead to a smoother finish.
  • Protect Your Workspace: Lay down newspaper or plastic garbage bags to keep your work surface clean from any paint spills.
  • Achieving Straight Lines: Prep Your Pots: Always clean your clay or terracotta pots before painting. Equally crucial is ensuring they are completely dry before you start painting.

FAQs For Painting Clay Pots

Pots get wet, so even if it’s used inside the best paint to use is outdoor paint or use a clear protective outdoor top coat.

There are benefits and drawbacks to sealing a clay pot before you paint.

The advantage is that it will help protect the paint finish. The disadvantage is that you are making the pot less porous so that it will hold in more water.

Part of what makes clay and terracotta pots so great is that they don’t hold too much moisture, and you are at less risk of overwatering.

Sealing before or after will reduce some of the permeability.

Terracotta is clay. It’s the term for the type of clay. It has a different makeup of minerals, which gives it an orange hue instead of a gray one.

The terms can be used interchangeably.

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  1. Does paint and other materials seep through the pot and kill the plants? Is there a prep to help? Are there certain types or brands that are safe?
    I’m excited to try your ideas, but I don’t want to risk my plants.

    1. Hi Anne,

      Acrylic paint won’t seep through, but even if it did, it’s water-based and is perfectly safe for all plants. Any type of acrylic paint will be safe, latex too. I suppose there could be an acrylic paint that could have a lacquer base too, but it would be unusual. I’ve seen it sometimes with metallic paints.

      I don’t think there was anything else in the list that would be harmful, most other things just had materials like mod podge, which is just glue and is safe- especially with such a thin coat.

      These tutorials aren’t from me, but many of them include how to prep the pots for painting. I know if it were me, I would use Dawn dish detergent- just a bit, with warm water and a soft brush to wash away grime and residue. Acrylic and latex will stick nicely. I would spray a top coat of Rustoleum 2x clear Acrylic top coat spray paint to help protect the paint surface.

      Now one thing you should know, is that when you paint a porous pot, it does make it less porous, just like when sealing a concrete planter. So you may need to take care and water less often, or add gravel to the bottom, or perlite to help a bit with drainage. It’s not waterproof, but with the topcoat, it’s coming very close.

      I hope that helps!!!