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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.

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

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

  • Paint the inside of the pot for better results. You can still see up to the first inch of the inside of a clay pot when there are plants spotted inside.
  • Use a paint primer under the regular paint coat for a smoother finish.
    To get straight lines, use painter’s tape, washi tape, or rubber bands.
  • Use newspaper or plastic garbage bags to protect your work surface from paint spills.
  • Clean the clay or terracotta pots before painting and most importantly, make sure they are completely dry before you paint them.

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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Don’t forget to Pin it for later!

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!!!