Faux Marble Planters

4 Materials
30 Minutes

When it comes to real life, I want REAL.

But when it comes to DIY, I have no problem at all with a little faking. That's how I made these planters that look like real marble.

faux marble planters

To get started, you only need a few supplies: a terra cotta pot, some acrylic craft paints, a watercolor brush, and a sea sponge.

I love to work on parchment paper, but a paper plate will work fine too for a mixing palette.

faux marble planters

Start with a base color to cover the planter.

faux marble planters

I chose an off-white (DecoArt's Light Buttermilk), and used three coats.

Don't forget to paint inside the planter too. I painted the inside of the rim and that worked fine.

faux marble planters

After the base coat dries, it's time to start adding detail.

Since marble is characterized by diagonal veins, that's what we're going for. Keep in mind that there's no "right" way to do this since we're imitating a natural product.

If you paint something you don't love, just use a baby wipe or your damp sponge to wipe it off and start again.

Before painting, squirt a little paint on your paper (or plate) and add a few drops of water to dilute it. That will help keep your lines soft and more natural-looking.

Use the watercolor brush to lightly drag a grey line from the top to the bottom of the planter in a diagonal pattern.

With every accent you add, be sure to extend it over the top and down inside the rim too.

faux marble planters

Once it dries a little, use the damp sponge to smear some of the line so it looks more natural.

Then add a second color near the first and repeat the smearing process.

faux marble planters

Use the last color with the damp sponge and pounce it over the veins. This is where you'll really begin to see the character show up.

faux marble planters

Finally, repeat the pouncing with the white paint, this time going all over the planter. It's a subtle effect, but it helps blend everything together and adds splotches of color, making it look more natural.

faux marble planters

If you aren't happy with how it looks, keep adding more paint in small, diluted amounts with the sponge until you get a look you love.

faux marble planters

When they're dry, add your plants and you're all done!

I love using mine for DIY Topiaries, but they'd make great planters for live plants too.

If you want to use them outdoors, just coat them with a good spray sealer and you should be just fine.

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1 question
  • Trecia Gillett
    on Apr 18, 2019

    Could this be used on a plastic planter? This would be a good thing to cover up my ugly stump in my front yard.

    • To Work With My Hands
      on Apr 18, 2019

      Hi Trecia,

      I haven't tried it on plastic, but I would expect it to work just fine. Keep a damp cloth (or better yet a baby wipe) handy so you can easily wipe away anything you don't like before it dries and cures. You could even practice on an empty food container first if you wanted before committing to a real planter.

      Enjoy the process! It's lots of fun and every one is totally unique!

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