50 Easy Ideas For Painting Clay Pots
Transform your plain terracotta and clay pots into pretty ones you can display with paint.
I’ve gathered over 50 amazing painting clay pots ideas that come with tutorials so you can turn your pots into beautiful decorative pieces.
The best part is that this is such an easy DIY project and only takes a few supplies.
And with the variety of clever ideas listed below, you will surely find ones you love and can easily make.
Supplies Needed To Make A Painted Clay Pot
Many of the supplies in these tutorials are common and can be found at local craft stores.
- Old clay pots
- Plain terracotta pots
- Spray paint
- Acrylic craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Foam brushes
- Paint markers
- Top coat sealer
Tips For Painting Clay Pots
For other ideas for what to do to style up a plain pot, take a look at these hydro-dipped painted concrete planters and one made from a plastic, madeover to be durable.
You may also enjoy these tutorials for easy garden crafts.
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Unique, Pretty and Colorfully Painted Clay Pots
Rainbow Painted Flower Pots for Kids or Adults
Check out these gorgeous rainbow flower pots. DIY Candy will show you how to paint these in just a few easy steps.
Paint your own black and white flower pots | planters.
Make a terracotta pot design that looks like it was store-bought. These geometric shapes are easy to make using a common material.
How to Cover a Pot with Lace | Making Joy & Pretty Things
Here's a unique way to dress up plain clay pots. The outside of the pot has lace wrapped around it.
It's a wonderful way to add texture and style.
DIY Valentine’s Day Dollar Store Craft – Pot of Hearts
This is such a sweet DIY Valentine’s gift, and totally unique. It’s an easy pot to make too.
Make Easy Geometric Painted Flower Pots
Make fun geometric painted clay pots with different colors. These are sure to brighten up any room.
DIY Glitter Flower Pots
Get your glam on with these glitter flower pots. Choose different colors of metallic paint for your base coat, then finish with some sparkle.
DIY Gold Ombre Planters
These beautiful ombre terracotta pots will fit with just about every interior decor style.
Easy DIY Painted Flower Pots for Kids to Make
If you love quotes, then you'll love these super cute planters. They'll cheer you up with a funny saying and their bright colors.
DIY Galaxy Flower Pot
We're treading into extraterrestrial territory here with this neat galaxy-like painted pot.
Gold Leaf Planters DIY
This metal leaf planter is a fun way to decorate a painted pot. You can make a set of them and just change the base color.
How to Paint Flower Pots for the Porch
Ready to decorate your outdoor space?
Don't worry. These can be kept on a porch or in the garden since the paint supplies are specifically made for outdoor use.
Painting Terra Cotta Pots – How To Make This Easy DIY!
Get ready to fool your guest with this high-end-looking pot. It mimics a piece this DIY'er purchased from a store.
The burlap collar adds a warm touch.
Easy DIY Painted Windowsill Pots
These plant pots have a simple design. Just place them on a window sill for the perfect indoor herb garden.
Unicorn Planter DIY - Red Ted Art - Kids Crafts
How about these adorable succulent planters? These sweet pots are super easy to make. Just make sure you’ve got some white acrylic paint on hand.
Faux Concrete and Gold Painted Pot
I'm a big fan of concrete –if you didn't know. But if it's winter where you are, making an actual concrete planter may not be an option.
This terracotta pot looks incredible with its faux concrete finish.
DIY West Elm Inspired Succulent Planter
Here's a crafty way of getting around buying a pricey succulent pot.
This tutorial will show you how to make a pot inspired by a West Elm pot.
DIY Ombre Plant Pot
This painted pot tutorial will show you how to use a painted effect to get graduated coloring on a pot for an ombre effect.
Create Your Own Spring Flower Painted Terracotta Pots
Nothing says spring more than flowers, so if it’s still chilly where you live, this tutorial will help pull you out of the gloom.
Take a look at the tutorial to see how to make these pretty little flower planters.
Easy Spray Paint Marbling Tutorial
Have you heard of hydro-dipping? It's a fantastic technique for marbling an object. And it's unbelievably easy and mesmerizing to do.
But, of course, you'll have to check out the tutorial to see it for yourself. You'll be hooked, I'll warn ya!
Buffalo Plaid Painted Pots (with video tutorial)
Here are great gifts to make for the holidays since Buffalo plaid is classic and versatile. It's the type of gift you can give to anyone.
Painted Terracotta Pots
A simple and adorable idea for pot painting! These are quick and easy to make.
And the design certainly makes plain terracotta pots look much more inviting.
How to Create a Marble Effect with Paint
Here’s a nice idea for painting pots. Aren’t these soft and beautiful looking? Here’s an easy way to get a marbleized look on your planter.
Ideas For Painting Clay Pots To Look Aged
How to Age Terracotta Pots with Paint
Aged terracotta has a certain charm, and you can easily get that look with chalkboard paint following this tutorial.
Easy DIY: Painted Terra Cotta Pots
You can use alternative materials to get an aged look. This DIY'er came with other paint options to accomplish that rustic feel.
Beautiful Aged Terracotta Pot Paint Makeover
Painting terracotta to look aged really is an excellent way to makeover a pot. This one came out very pretty, and it looks shabby chic.
Remember that style? It predates the farmhouse style.
How to Distress a Flower Pot
This distressed planter fits right in with the aged looks. This is the easy way to achieve an aged finish.
How to Age a Clay TerraCotta Pot with Paint
These weathered clay pots came out looking gorgeous. There's a trick here to getting that nice soft look, and it's a special but easy-to-find material.
You'll have to click on the tutorial to find out what she used.
"Aged Pottery" DIY with Paint & Terracotta Pots
Here’s a way to save big bucks on your home decor. This DIY’er figured out a way to mimic high-budget pots and create an amazing texture –for cheap.
You won’t want to miss this one.
Ideas For Using Decoupage For Clay Pots
How To Decoupage With Napkins To Make Beautiful Garden Pots
You can make such pretty pots using napkins! Using decorative napkins to dress up your pots is a great idea.
Just be sure to have plenty of Mod Podge on hand.
DIY Farmhouse Style Decoupaged Pots
I love the soft and subtle look of these decoupaged planters. It can be so easy to get a beautiful design on your pots this way.
Rustic Decoupage Terracotta Pots
Here’s one with a lovely rustic and vintage theme, and it doesn’t use napkins.
Poured Drip Painting Pots Ideas
Drip-Painted Flower Pots
Have you tried drip painting yet? I haven't yet, but it looks like it will be a blast and you can get so creative with it.
Drip Paint Pots Tutorial
Here’s another poured paint tutorial, and it’s got some great tips in it, so be sure to check it out.
Poured Paint Pots
This painted pot idea uses a few different techniques in the pouring, giving the pots some additional effects.
How to Paint a Ceramic Flower Pot
Even ceramic pots need dressing up! The pretty poured paint colors do a lot to give it depth and pop.
Pour Painting Flower Pot
You couldn't pick a more perfect, fun project for kids. Just make sure you prep your workspace. I can promise this one is gonna be messy.
Painted Clay Pot Crafts Ideas
Scandinavian Inspired Stacked Terra Cotta Pot Trees
Add some Scandinavian holiday decor to your home this year.
This awesome modern pot craft may look intimidating, but using a paint pen makes it very easy to accomplish painting the details.
Plant Pot Turtle Craft
Here is a really fun idea. You’ll never guess what materials were used to make this adorable turtle- outside of plant pots. Hop on over to the tutorial to see.
Plant Pot Bee Craft
These super cute bees are perfect for making to give as a gift to a kid. You’ll get a big broad smile out of them with this gift.
Flower Pot People: Create These for Your Garden
I bet you hadn’t thought of this one! If you can make bees and turtles from pots, why not people?
Clay Pot Elf Craft
If you need a quick gift for a kid that you can be sure they'll love, this is the perfect tutorial to get started.
Minnie Mouse Planter Pot
Do you have any Mickey or Minnie mouse fans in the family? Make a cute Minnie Mouse stocking stuffer or gift for them!
DIY Bee Clay Pot Craft
Here’s another kind of bee pot craft. This one makes use of several pots. I love that you can set it down to sit on things.
Easy Spring Ladybird Plant Pot Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
For something bright and cheery, this craft is perfect for making with kids.
It will also help them learn the body parts of a ladybug at the same time.
Superman Planter Craft
Superheroes aren't going away soon, and this one is still a classic in my mind.
So make this for those die-hard superhero movie fans you know.
Clay Pot Lighthouse: make a DIY lighthouse using terra cotta pots!
Boy, is this a clever one! This is an actual functioning candle that looks like a lighthouse. With a few extra supplies, you can make a neat outdoor light!
Keepsake Painted Clay Pots Ideas
Handprint Flower Pot: An Easy & Adorable Year-Round Keepsake
If you’re searching for good ideas for keepsakes you can make with your kids, you’ll want to look at this idea for making handprints on a flower pot.
Fingerprint Flower Pots
This diy project is one you can easily decorate with and is also a keepsake. The flower petals are your child’s thumbprint.
It’s a great way to make memories and keep them.
Footprint Butterfly Clay Pot Craft
Here’s a unique way to hold onto memories. Use your child’s footprint in the shape of butterfly wings for an adorable planter.
Fingerprint Flower Pot Craft
Jazz up a painted flower pot with kid's fingerprints by adding buttons to the flower's center! Such a cute idea!
Don’t forget to Pin it for later!
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.
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!!!
Thanks so much for the detailed reply!!