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Here Are 10 Gorgeous Designer Tricks for Your Dollar Store Pots

You know these cheap Dollar Store flower pots?
Instead of plopping your plants down into dull plastic pots, give your containers a dazzling designer upgrade, with these 8 gorgeous ideas from brilliant Hometalkers!

1. Antique your plastic pots

Wish you had a secret cottage garden of your own? Add century-old English garden pieces to your porch, by transforming ordinary plastic pots from the Dollar Store with just a bit of chalk paint!

2. Nail on slats of pallet wood

If you've got a crush on rustic decor, you'll LOVE this! The middle step might look a little scary, but the result is amazing!

3. Spray paint a faux French patina

Looking for some tres magnifique dressing for your mantel or windowsill? Change the look of any cheap pot (even some unattractive finds, like these), with a pearly, French style makeover.

4. Paint a stoney finish

If your garden's full of brick details and stoney ornaments, paint your pots to match, with this clever upgrade.

5. Cover the surface with sand

Are you a coastal decor addict? Us too! Cover a stack of .99 cent terra cotta pots in grainy sand, and top them off with pretty shells.

6. Paste on graphic transfers

If you're head over heels for terra cotta, it's time to step up your game, by printing or digging out your favorite graphic, and transferring the image to your flower pots.

7. Wrap your pots with rope

Does your outdoor dining area need a drop more interest? These rope wrapped planters are an easy way to add some texture to cheap terra cotta pots!

8. Decoupage pots in paper napkins

Raid the leftovers from your last cocktail party and reuse those pretty paper napkins to update a set of small pots.

9. Gild a pattern across the front

If you're a modern design guru, these pastel painted pots lined with golden shapes are the $3 decoration your home is begging for.

10. Stamp it with a message

Whether you're an admirer of miniature decor or not, you've probably just had your heart stolen by these little flower pots with stamped summertime messages. Think of all the sweet phrases you can add to yours!
Which designer pots will you add to your garden this summer? Let us know how you're decorating your own!

Ask the creator about this project

  • Jayne
    Jayne Roxboro, NC
    on Jul 2, 2015


  • Mary McNamara
    Mary McNamara Johnstown, PA
    on Jul 2, 2015

    I love the $stores ,especially DOLLAR TREE ...no surprises alway $ The possibility are endless ,if something does not turn out who cares ,only lost a buck

  • Judy4justice
    Judy4justice Pleasant Grove, AL
    on Jul 2, 2015

    Am I the only one who will be looking at something in the $1.00 store and wondering how much it cost??I feel silly when I realize what I have done! LOL Love these ideas, love the Dollar Tree too!

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Jul 2, 2015


  • Karen
    Karen Louisville, KY
    on Jul 2, 2015

    Guild the pots?? Hey, let's gild them with gold paint instead!

  • Sarah Henderson
    Sarah Henderson Blanchard, OK
    on Jul 3, 2015

    flower pots/tape/paint

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne Mayfield, KS
    on Jul 3, 2015


  • Bethany W.
    Bethany W. Tallahassee, FL
    on Jul 3, 2015

    Love all your ideas...going to have to try at a couple of them. Thanks!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN
    on Jul 3, 2015

    All excellent. Favorite is the pallet planters. Gorgeous.

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa
    on Jul 3, 2015

    Great ideas!

  • Chris Mullican
    Chris Mullican Estill Springs, TN
    on Jul 3, 2015

    Good ideas!

  • Kinya
    Kinya Kenya
    on Jul 3, 2015

    love the ideas will be trying these out

  • Scott Kern
    Scott Kern Wadena, MN
    on Jul 3, 2015


  • UpState
    UpState Poughkeepsie, NY
    on Jul 3, 2015

    I made 2, 2 years ago that looked like giant huge coffee cups. Unfortunately, I think my neighbor clipped them one night. Cant prove it, cant see them anywhere

  • Heather Stimmel
    Heather Stimmel Parkersburg, WV
    on Jul 3, 2015

    Amazing!!! I will never look at a Dollar store pot the same way again;-) Thank you for your awesome ideas!

  • Fleur_car
    on Jul 4, 2015

    Great ideas thank u luv the wood idea for indoor plants how do we stick them and also the sand one awesome but what happ when u water the plants do they wash out and what do u use to stick them

    • Margie662
      Margie662 Mount Vernon, OH
      on Aug 8, 2015

      @Fleur_car underneath the photos of each pot is a link to click and it shows you how to do the pots.

  • Audrey Nicholas
    Audrey Nicholas Canada
    on Jul 7, 2015

    Love all the nifty ideas-thanks for sharing.

  • Reginamurphy51
    Reginamurphy51 Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Jul 21, 2015

    I like the different design's,Tkx

  • Gladys Anderson
    Gladys Anderson Pelkie, MI
    on Jul 26, 2015

    I like the napkin and decoupage idea; I would like to try it with some expensive Marimekko napkins! Also the paint does wonders to those pots!

  • Carol Ann Hanshaw
    Carol Ann Hanshaw
    on Aug 16, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. I love pots but some are very excpencive and the budget does not allow .

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