How to Decorate Plastic Pots

Updated February 21, 2017

Plastic flower and herb pots are inexpensive but may also be boring to look at. You can add some colourful decor to your home or garden by decorating the plastic pots using a variety of arts and crafts items. With the help of a few markers or some bright paint, you can turn basic plastic pots into works of art. Decorating pots is an excellent way to get children excited about planting and gardening, and can make a fun summer project.

Decorate your plastic flower pots with ribbons to add some country flair to your garden or patio. Choose a ribbon colour that best suits your home, and tie it around the top of the pot and make a bow. You can also one around the middle of the pot.

Paint a basic brown plastic pot to match your home or to express your personality. Using craft paints made specifically for plastic, create designs or patterns on the pot, or paint it one solid colour. If you have children, let them each have their own flower to grow, and allow them to customise their own pots.

Use a hardy fabric, such as heavy cotton or burlap to wrap around the plastic pot. Cut out the appropriate amount of fabric, cover the pot with it, and then tie it at the top with a ribbon or a piece of string. This will work best on pots that are indoors or in a screen patio.

Glue beads or rhinestones to the pot to add some glamour. You can choose to cover the entire pot, or just make a few designs, such as hearts and stars. This glamorised flower pot will make a great addition to a girl's bedroom.

Use a waterproof marker to write inspiring sayings, words and phrases on your plastic pots. For great gift ideas, customise the pots with your friends' and family members' names. You can also write "happy birthday" or "happy anniversary," along with the date, to commemorate a special day.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic pots
  • Markers in various colours
  • Glue
  • Paint in various colours
  • Beads
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.