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DIY Painted Plant Pots

My mum loves plants and always had a lot of houseplants so I’ve always had quite a few. However, an increase in popularity means it’s easier and cheaper to get hold of a bigger variety than ever before and my collection has grown (a lot!) over the last few years.

While its definitely become easier to get hold of good quality, reasonably priced plants the pots to put them in are a different matter. Sure, nice pots exist but when you have 120+ plants it can be a pretty pricey endeavour to provide them all with a pretty pot to live in!

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One thing I do have is a lot of pots that I don’t love. There’s nothing wrong with them, but when ones like the above exist it makes me what to display all my plants in nice pots but without having to spend a small fortune.

I picked out some favourite designs from Pinterest to recreate DIY painted plant pots using the pots I had.

These are the pots as they currently are…

DIY Plant Pots Makeover

… and below are my inspiration pictures.

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DIY Painted Colourful Plant Pot
Sansevieria zeylanica

Colourful Sunrise Plant Pot

Time: 25 – 30 minutes

You will need:
– White plant pot
– Acrylic paint pens in a choice of colours

Start by drawing the wavy shape along the bottom – outline the top edge and fill in. Do the same for the scalloped edge along the top.
Outline and fill the wider straight yellow band and then the narrower pink band underneath.
Add the semicircular ‘sun’ shapes along the top of the bottom block (you may need to go back in with the original colour afterwards to get a crisp finish).
Finally, add the black dots on the blank space.

As I used a matt finish plant pot for this project, the acrylic also dried matt which I wasn’t expecting. I was originally going to finish with a spray coat of varnish, but I quite liked the matt effect.

DIY Painted Vine Plant Pot-3
Fittonia

Vines & Leaves Plant Pot

Time: 5 – 10 minutes

You will need:
– Plant pot
– Green acrylic paint pen
– Gold or brown acrylic paint pen

Start by drawing the vines in green pen. It doesn’t matter if they are not straight – this just adds to the natural feel.
Once the green paint has dried add the leaves. Do one side, wait for them to dry, and then do the other side to avoid smudging the paint.

I actually used the same pens for this pot as the sunrise one. As this pot has a glossy finish the acrylics dried glossy too.

DIY Painted Stripe Plant Pot
Jade plant Tricolour

Brush Stroke Striped Plant Pot

Time: 15 – 20 minutes

You will need:
– Plant pot
– Blue emulsion paint
– Paintbrush

Start by painting a line around the base of the pot. To get the organic look of the vertical lines use feather strokes instead of trying to paint a solid line. I found that starting the line at the top and bottom and gently feathering them together towards the middle gave a finish which shows the brush strokes.
Blend the vertical lines into the horizontal base line by gently curving the edges – leaving them joining the base on too much of a straight line looked too disjointed.

DIY Gold White Painted Plant Pot
Pothos NJoy

Gold & White Block Plant Pot

Time: 15 – 20 minutes

You will need:
– White plant pot
– Gold paint
– Paintbrush

Getting a straight line on a plant pot can be tricky – to ensure your line doesn’t run out use an elastic band. I made pencil marks around the pot 2″ up from the base and used these as a guide for where to put the elastic band.
You just need to then paint below the elastic band with your gold paint. Make sure it is fully dry (leave overnight if possible) before removing the elastic band to keep the line crisp.

DIY Drip Plant Pot
Pilea glauca

Bottom Drip Plant Pot

Time: 10 – 15 minutes

You will need:
– Plant pot
– Paint
– Paint thickener such as baking powder (see note below)
– Spoon or paintbrush

This one was a little tricky as I wanted to thicken the paint up to limit how much it would run down the pot. I mixed my chosen paint colour with a small amount of baking powder to thicken it, a trick I saw on Collective Gen. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a fail as the baking powder made the paint lumpy, so I ended up having to pick tiny gritty bits out of it after I’d applied it. It did thicken the paint up, and I like how much it ran, but I think this one needs a bit of work!

DIY Black & White Painted Plant Pot
Ctenanthe setosa

Black and White Plant Pot

Time: 30 – 40 minutes

You will need:
– Pencil
– Black paint
– Paintbrush

This one is a variation of the gold and white above. If you are using a small pot you could use the elastic band trick to create your guidelines for drawing the horizontal lines. As the pot I was using was too large to do this, I marked in pencil three points all the way around the pot; one for the bottom line, one for the top line and one where I wanted the vertical lines to end. I then joined the dots on the horizontal lines to give me a guideline to paint over.

As expected this was the most time-consuming design. I think it looks really striking and even though the line are perfectly straight I like how it turned out.

DIY Painted Plant Pots

And here are all of the finished DIY painted plant pots. I’m really pleased with how they came out and think they are a definite improvement on how they looked before. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the colourful sunrise pot. I love how it looks with the snake plant.

I didn’t end up using the two silver plant pots, but I am tempted to give Collective Gen’s chalk effect paint another go using those, so watch this space!

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