Ten-Minute Painted Terracotta Pots

5 Materials
$3
10 Minutes
Easy

Hi! It's Jess from Jessica Welling Interiors! I recently did a re-potting marathon with many of my indoor plants. A lot of them were outgrowing their planters, some have been making babies during quarantine, etc. But big planters are expensive! And I need a lot of them for the indoor jungle I'm working on over here. So I got some very inexpensive terracotta pots, and added a bit of modern flair.



Today I have a quick and ultra-easy project for you. And I'm not just saying that... each of these pots literally took me five minutes! Let's get to it!

Supplies

Start with a basic terracotta pot. This one has a little more modern feel since it doesn't have the ridge around the top. But any kind will work for this.

Tape the Pot

I used Frog Tape to mask off triangles along the bottom of this pot. I used scissors to trim the tape where necessary, and ran along the edges of the paint with my fingernail to be sure it was adhered.

Apply Paint

I used a small artist's brush to apply a thin layer of white acrylic craft paint to the triangles. I started each brush stroke on top of the Frog Tape, and moved toward the exposed pot. This helps create clean lines.

Remove Tape

I let everything dry for a few minutes, and then carefully removed the Frog Tape before it was completely dry. As you can see, the lines are very sharp and crisp!


The paint dries very quickly, but I would let it sit and cure for a few days before adding soil and plants. Or better yet, add an artificial plant that you won't have to water!

That's It!

The paint dries very quickly, but I would let it sit and cure for a few days before adding soil and plants. Or better yet, add an artificial plant that you won't have to water!

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  • Catherine Conely-Mink Catherine Conely-Mink on May 31, 2020

    Hi! Do you seal the pot then, or are you using an insert, so that watering the plant doesn't damage your paint?

    • Hi! I've actually been trying to figure out whether I should seal it. You mean from the inside, I assume?

    • Leslie Leslie on Jun 06, 2020

      There is clay pot sealer. You spray the inside. Michaels has it and Lowes has Thompsons water seal in a spray too. May I ask where you got your pots? I like the ones with no lip. Thank you for taking the time to answer.


    • Ebonie Manning Ebonie Manning on Jul 14, 2020

      Leslie, I have seen the ones with no lip at Meijers.

  • Margaret Margaret on Jun 06, 2020

    Would it be a good idea to use an artist seal over it as well

    • Ruthann Nissly Martinez Ruthann Nissly Martinez on Jun 07, 2021

      If you use regular craft paint & you don’t put a sealer on it it can scratch & show dirt. Also if you find that the pot is soaking up the paint it needs to be sealed before painting.

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