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Painting Terra Cotta Pots – How To Make This Easy DIY!

Painting terra cotta pots is an easy DIY project that you can do in one afternoon. You can find these pots at virtually any dollar store, Target, Wal-Mart, or any home and garden store. Thrift stores and junk stores are great places to find them too and will definitely save you a few bucks!

This project is easy and 100% customizable to your style. Painting terra cotta pots is a thrifty decor project that you can do to update or upcycle old planters while adding fun new decor to your home.

This is a simple DIY that you can do in less than an hour after your pot is clean. Budget-friendly and simple are my favorite kinds of DIYs. I was inspired by one of my Target Dollar Spot finds and thought I could make something similar by painting a terra cotta pot!

Painting Terra Cotta Pots

This pot is perfect for my newly refreshed spring dining room. Since I’m a certified plant killer, I’m adding some faux greenery to my happy little planter.

Supplies for Painting Terra Cotta Pots

Simple Instructions

  • Make sure your pot is clean and dry
  • Paint a base color and let it dry fully (don’t forget to paint down inside the pot a few inches)
  • Use a contrasting color (I chose black) to freehand a few wavy lines around your pot. Or whatever pattern appeals to you.
  • Let dry
  • Cut a length of twine, burlap, ribbon, or fabric to line the top rim of your pot.
  • Attach with hot glue or any other adhesive you prefer
  • Add faux greenery and for a fun touch, use letter tiles tied with embroidery for a whimsical saying.

How to Makeover Terra Cotta Pots

Make sure your pot is clean and dry. Mine was left outside for a bit so I washed it thoroughly with soap and water. Terra cotta pots really soak up water so it took a full day to dry.

Paint your base color and let it dry – I originally thought I’d leave it white, however,  it was just too plain and I want to dress it up like my Target find.

An antique side table with a white potted plant and decor.

I used a small brush and free-formed some wavy lines around the pot. I was inspired by my most recent Target dollar spot jar for this step. It had an interesting imperfect design of the lines.

My hubs thought I just couldn’t paint a straight line until I told him I intended for it to look that way!

A painted terra cotta planter with green plants inside on an antique side table with a brass lamp.

 Next, cut a length of ribbon, burlap, or whatever else you want to line the top of the pot with. Then use the glue gun to attach it to the pot.

A white and black striped potted plant on a side table with a brass lamp and decor.

And next,  I used my letter tiles from the craft store to spell out “hi” and tied each with some embroidery thread.

Close-up of a painted white and black striped potted plant.

Finaly, add any greenery or flowers that you like. Succulents are a good choice if you have a black thumb like this girl. Plus, they require very little watering. Hang your letters on the pot and done!

Painting terra cotta pots is such an affordable way to add some new decor to your house without spending big bucks. And planters can get expensive! I originally shared this post on The Crazy Craft Lady Blog as a contributor. I’m so excited to share it with you!

If you loved this dollar store planter makeover, check out my top DIY planter ideas along with a good lesson learned on an outdoor planter shelf!

7 DIY Planter Ideas

Plant Shelf Makeover

And my latest planter makeovers with DecoArt Paint!

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Amber Ferguson

Thursday 7th of June 2018

HI Melissa! Featuring you today at Thursday Favorite Things! You are welcome join us again this week too. Thanks for sharing!


Friday 8th of June 2018

Thank you Amber!!


Wednesday 6th of June 2018

I love how you have decorated these ordinary pots. They are so pretty. Love them. Stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured. Hugs, Bev


Friday 8th of June 2018

Thanks Beverly! I'll definitely stop by!


Thursday 24th of May 2018

Oh these pots have turned out so well, Melissa! I love painting, and I will consider this as a fun project to do with my kids.They will enjoy it.


Tuesday 29th of May 2018

Thank you Stephanie! It's such an affordable project too and I love the idea of including the kiddos!

Amber Ferguson

Thursday 17th of May 2018

What a great cute! I hope you will come over and link up this post at Thursday Favorite Things! Leave a comment for a chance to be featured at next week's party. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Thank you Amber! I'll definitely do that!