If you love crafting with clay pots and making them pretty, you’re going to love these 50+ ideas for pot decoration. Perfect for beginners!
Do you love flowers? Do you enjoy having pretty things in your home? Maybe you’re looking for a unique way to decorate an outdoor space. All of these are great reasons to try pot decoration. And I’m going to show you how to do it with some great ideas.
Pot decoration is the act of adding different materials (fabric, paint, clay, vinyl) to the outside of pots, urns, planters, and other terra cotta or ceramic containers in order to create something beautiful out of them. It’s really easy, even with the tapered shape that most pots provide.
Decorating Plant Pots
We have a guide for clay pot painting, but these projects go beyond simply painting. There are a variety of types of supplies and methods used, so you’re going to get a ton of great ideas.
Before You Begin
Before you start any pot decoration, you’ll need to prepare your pots. Clay pots found in craft stores, garden shops, and DIY home improvement stores are unglazed and porous. This means they are not waterproof. You’re going to seal the pots.
Unglazed or unsealed terra cotta will draw moisture from the plant and soil keeping the pot moist. Extra moisture may affect the external decoration allowing paint to blister if not properly sealed.
Sealing the Pots
The first step in preparing new clay flower pots is to wipe away dust or dirt. The second step is to carefully seal both the inside and outside. Not only will this help your decorated design on the outside of the pot resist blistering, it will also help the interior to keep moisture in the soil. There are two different sealing techniques:
1. Spray seal the entire pot inside and out with a couple coats of Clay Pot Sealer. Allow each application to dry before applying the next layer.
2. The second method I recommend is to apply FolkArt Outdoor Sealer over the entire surface. For extra protection, apply a second coat on the interior walls of your pot to help create a waterproof barrier to protect your exterior decoration.
If pot decorating sounds like something that interests you, then take a look at the list below for some ideas on what you can do with your pots! There are some great ideas – let me know which one is your favorite in the comments.
This pot decoration tutorial combines two of Lisa passions: indoor plants and fabulous ceramics. With some paint, the resulting planters are totally transformed and on trend, decorated with big painterly brush strokes.
If you ever shopped for planters you know they can get on the pricey side, especially if you’re decorating a whole room or outside area. But, you can create your own with a simple makeover of a dollar store planter and Aimee's tutorial.
Add some Color Shift paint to your pots and then top with glitter paint! These pots are perfectly sparkly and great for giving as gifts to teachers, neighbors, friends and anyone else who needs a little plant action in their lives.
Decorated flower pots are easy to make with lace trim and an airbrush machine (you can also use spray paint). These flower pots are inexpensive and easy to paint, and a new flower or herb is always a welcome gift.
Once you learn how to decoupage flower pots with napkins, you’ll never look at a pot the same way! The active time involved is minimal, though you should plan to wait about 20-30 minutes between coats and 3-7 days before placing your pots outdoors.
During Dia de los Muertos, sugar skulls and other decorated skull-like things are given to the living and the dead. These calaveras planters are perfect for painting and turning into a useful gift! The plants kinda look like hair.
It's fun buying new plant pots, but what if you want them a little more distressed to match your decor? This simple tutorial will show you how to do it! Perfect for decorating old pots too, that might have a few chips and scuffs.
You're going to love this interesting pot decoration process that starts with one word! You can see images of the process at Jessica's blog, learn more about her art, and get a link to her Instagram for more inspiration.
Don't have any painting skills? That's okay, you don't need any for this pot! In fact, it's so easy to make these splatters that even kids could do it. The trick is to pick some great color palettes and the rest is simple.