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Today’s featured DIY Project is how to turn Your Terra Cotta Pots into Glamorous Planters! It is an upcycle project where I literally turned garbage into glam with a few inexpensive supplies and a small amount of time. The best part of this project is that you get to customize it to your colors and designs. It is easy enough for older children to do as well! SO have fun turning creating beautiful indoor pots for your plants that have some serious personality!
What You Will Need
terra cotta pots
painters or masking tape
various paints (acrylic and or spray paints)
craft glue (I prefer E6000® Craft Glue for this project)
Embellishments such as washi tape, ribbon, lace, vintage broaches, craft gems, etc.
Step 1 – Wash your terra cotta pots with warm, soapy water. Scrape or scrub off all dirt and grime. Let the pots completely dry.
TIP: While the pots are drying this is a great time to get your ideas together and make sure you have all of your supplies. I like to sketch out some ideas and take notes of colors and designs that I wish to use.
Step 2 – Paint the pots in the base colors. You may want to leave some of the natural terra cotta showing through. You may want to do various colors on one pot. Let dry completely.
Step 3 – Add the painter’s tape to your pots to create the designs that you wish to achieve. I chose to do horizontal stripes for a minimalist look on two, and a trendy astec type design on another.
Step 4 – Carefully paint your second colors onto the pots being careful to not let the tape come up so that you will keep your clean edges. Spray paint is a great choice if you have a lot of uneven surface where paint might bleed under the tape. Let paint dry completely once finished.
Step 5 – Remove and add tape as needed to complete your design. Repaint and let dry. Once your layers of painting are complete move to the embellishment step.
Step 6 – Time to embellish your pots with whatever you think will look good. I used black and white washi tape on one, pink washi tape and a vintage brooch on another and a layered sticker from an old card that I painted black on the other.
I also love the ideas of gluing lace or ribbons around the pots. Bows, fake flowers, gems and jewels, polka dot stickers, printed chipboard, chalk board labels. . . there are so many options!
I filled my pots with green flower foam and some fake flowers because I will be traveling a lot during the summer and don’t want to neglect live plants. But, once fall comes around and we are back in our daily routine, I will of course use some lovely real plants and flowers in these Glamorous pots!
Here are some Click to Buy Ideas for embellishments from Amazon:
What ideas do you have in mind for decorating your terra cotta pots?
robin masshole mommy
Those came out awesome! I absolutely love them 🙂
Oh those are definitely an improvement to old, moldy looking pots. How pretty!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
I love what you did with those pots! They’re so much more fun that plain Jane terracotta brown!
Myrah - Coupon Mamacita
Those pots are lovely! I would have never thought to paint them. I have some pots that I’m going to make all snazzy, too!
Hey, hey, hey! Those are super fancy. I can’t wait to give this a try on my ultra boring pots!
Oh I love them. Fancy is such a great word for them. These would make great house warming gifts 🙂
You always have the best craft projects! I love this idea too! My kids always make me planter gifts each year!
Chelley @ aisforadelide
This is such a great idea! I want to make some of these for my front porch!
Your pots look really cute. You did a good job.
These look so nice. I wish I had know you could do this a long time ago.
That would make a nice decoration for outside. You are talented!
These turned out so good. They are adorable and would make a wonderful addition to my patio!
These turned out great. I love painting pots for my plants. I have different ones for every holiday. They make great gifts.
This would be a wonderful project for Vacation Bible School. You could even bring in plants and have them pot them.
Oh those turned out so beautiful! That is something I would have fun doing this summer. I love beautiful plant pots!
Awww, these look adorable! This would be a fun project to do with the kids too!
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert
My pots could use some sprucing up!
These are beautiful. This would also make a fun summer time project for the kids. I’m sure my daughter would bling out her pots!
This is so beautiful. I love terra cotta pots but, this is a whole new way to love them.
You are so sweet! Thank you Nancy 🙂
I agree with you! wonderful craft activity for older kids. . . especially while they might be getting bored in the summer.
Thanks! I agree that it is a lot fun for the kids.
Thank you Amber! I feel like they are so expensive to buy and I love doing crafts so it makes sense 🙂 I hope you get a chance to make some.
Great idea! My sister is teaching vacation Bible School this summer too!
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