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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!

Got a question about this project?

  • Jim W Jones Jr
    Jim W Jones Jr Atlanta, GA
    on Jan 6, 2016

    THESE ARE JUST THAT......ideas.....I thank this person for what they are trying to do, no one said they were foolproof, these are just being given so that you can be creative with dollar store pots.

  • Leoneyross
    on Feb 7, 2016

    Fabulous ideas and very do-able, thank you

  • Subha
    Subha Aliso Viejo, CA
    on Mar 12, 2016

    Love them all.

  • Catpainter
    Catpainter Sonoma, CA
    on Mar 12, 2016

    You don't have to buy special paint to antique your plastic pots. Just use leftover latex house paint. My house was gray-blue and I wiped on paint and ragged off until I got an antique look. Used some of my acrylic artist paints in moss greens and grays and browns with a fine sponge to simulate moss and age. Choose pots with nice lines. My plastic ones duplicate Italian terra cotta pots and weren't that expensive and I used some that look a little like the one introducing the article. I have an expensive gifted Smith and Hawken pot that looks very old. I just duplicated the colors on a plastic pot and it looks almost the same. Used the spray stone paint (from a previous project) as a base and then sponged it with my antiquing colors. I bought some that look like stacked stone at a garage sale and used the a ragging off method on them using my current earth-colored house trim colors over an expresso base - look very expensive and lots of visitors comment on how gorgeous they are. Dollar store pots aren't made to last. Buy better quality pots at garage sales - heavier plastic and easier finish to work with. If you see an expensive pot you really love, figure out how to duplicate the finish. You come out with a much more professional looking pot and you can keep at it until you get it the way you want it.

    • Kelli
      Kelli Clallam Bay, WA
      on Mar 13, 2016

      @Catpainter Good idea. I have sooo much paint I'd like to use up. Thanks for adding this.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Mar 13, 2016

    I agree, Catpainter - I'm amazed at the number of people who think they have to buy "special" paints for all these various craft ideas. One can achieve amazing results from just playing around with those Dollar store craft paints!! (To me, that's the fun part ... seeing what I can do with a few $2.00 bottles of craft paint.) 😊

  • User
    on Mar 13, 2016

    É só ter criatividade, com as tintas, decoupage e etc...

  • MaeGatineau
    MaeGatineau Canada
    on Mar 15, 2016

    I painted some dollar store pots with leftover paint from my kitchen and a few with leftover pain i used on my stairs than sprayed them with clear spray to protect them spray again in the fall

  • Patty Scott
    Patty Scott Katy, TX
    on Apr 7, 2016

    I have never seen that sized pots at the dollar store. The biggest I have found is a gallon maybe if that. Love the ideas. Just wish our dollar store sold that size. :(

  • Linda fyffe
    Linda fyffe Henderson, KY
    on Apr 13, 2016

    you can buy paint at any habitat store plus brushes helps habitat for a future home for a family

  • Anita Gordon Palmer
    Anita Gordon Palmer
    on May 24, 2016

    I bought these Tipsy pot polls in Intercourse, PA. Took some old terracotta pots and painted them.

  • Matty watts
    Matty watts Gracemont, OK
    on Jul 9, 2016

    I bought 4 at the DG store early spring .

    WANDA San Antonio, TX
    on Jul 23, 2016

    Same here no pots this size. Rather big Terra cotta pots. Love these pots.

    WANDA San Antonio, TX
    on Jul 23, 2016

    The plastic pots do not last to long in the hot Texas sun.

  • Angelofmerci40
    on Jul 29, 2016

    I think this is a marvelous idea, can't wait to try it

  • Ronald Rat
    Ronald Rat
    on Oct 17, 2016

    brilliant creative ideas thank you

  • 4evanaggin
    on Oct 19, 2016

    I just want to say that although I am a city girl, born and raised I love my south and southwestern neighbors These Ideas are so awesome, mostly in NYC its concreat but I love plants and greenery and maaking my surroundings feel outdoorsy. Thank you again

  • Dara
    Dara Milledgeville, IL
    on Dec 29, 2016

    много ми харесват вашите идеи,благодаря

  • Sherry H.
    Sherry H. Valdosta, GA
    on Dec 30, 2016

    Using a drill make a hole on 2 sides of your pot. Find or buy some rope, brown or colored. Take a end of your rope going from the outside through and tie a knot, tight. Now do the other side, tie knot. If you want to paint do this first, spray paint first. Now you can hang from a limb. Oh yes drill a couple of drainage holes on bottom for water to drain. Good Luck. :)

  • Debthoms955
    on Feb 14, 2017

    Numbers 5-10 looked like clay pots...... Were they all plastic pots from $ store?

  • Louis.hargrove
    Louis.hargrove Murfreesboro, TN
    on Apr 4, 2017

    yes its just the first of april here so it will be a summer project

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