How to Paint Garden Pots

Updated July 19, 2017

Painted garden flowerpots can spruce up any garden with bold, bright colours. Store-bought painted pots can be very expensive for the homeowner on a budget. Instead of buying the expensive painted pots at stores, you can paint and decorate your own garden pots. With a little paint and creativity, you can have colourful pots of your own without spending a fortune.

Clean the terra cotta pot with warm water. Make sure all the price tags are removed. Let the pot dry completely before painting.

Pick a colour of the acrylic craft paint for a base colour. Apply a small amount of paint to the plastic plate. Add a little water to the paint to thin it out to allow for easier painting of the base layer.

Dip the foam brush into the paint and apply the paint to the garden pot. Work around the pot with big brush strokes. Cover the outside of the pot and the first few inches on the inside of the pot with the paint. Do not paint the bottom of the pot.

Allow the garden pot to dry before you add another coat. Depending on how rich you would like the colour, apply as many layers of paint as necessary to achieve the look you want. Always let the pot dry completely between paint coats.

When the base coat is thoroughly dried, you can add different designs with other colours of paint. Place the paint on the plastic plate and dip your paintbrush into the paint. Apply the paint directly to the garden pot. You can make any design you wish. Some fun ideas include stars, flowers, polka dots or stripes.

After you are done with the designs, let the pot dry again. This may take a while because the paint needs plenty of time to dry.

Spray two coats of clear, water-based acrylic spray to the garden pot. This will seal the paint in, so that the paint will not run or get scratched off.

Things You'll Need

  • Terra cotta garden pot
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic plates
  • Foam brushes
  • Warm water
  • Clear water-based acrylic spray


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