Make Your Own Painted Initial Flower Pot

Take Terra Cotta From Drab to Fab!

I love the giant ornate flower pots at the home improvement stores, but I’m not a fan of the big price tag that goes along with them.  I stumbled across a blog months ago about painting your own terra cotta pots (sorry, but I don’t remember the name or I would give you your credit)!  I was in L-O-V-E!!

I like the simplicity of terra cotta, but I also really liked the idea of taking an inexpensive pot and turning it into something beautiful and unique!

I had a few terra cotta pots from previous years.  Unfortunately, only 2 have survived life with little boys.  Also, they weren’t as big as what I wanted to use for this project.  So, I headed over to Walmart and found a 12 inch pot for about $6 with tax.  I’m sure you could find them cheaper at garage sales or thrift stores or maybe even craigslist.

I also bought a can of Thomspon’s Water Sealer (about $5 with tax) to seal the inside of the pot.  It even says on the label that it can be used for terra cotta planters.

I sprayed the inside of the pot with three thin layers of water seal.  Two would probably be enough, but I wanted to make sure.  You need to seal the inside of the pot so water doesn’t seep through and cause your paint to bubble.

This is the inside of the pot after it was sprayed with water sealer.  It doesn’t look shiny or really any different than it did before I sealed it.  Don’t worry, it’s sealed.

Now for the paint!  There are so many options!  I would recommend using an exterior latex paint or spray paint.  I chose a can of red gloss paint and I love, love, love the way it turned out!

I painted the planter on a piece of freezer paper (waxy side).  The first coat of paint, I had the pot on newspaper which worked great until the paper stuck to the pot.  ummm, yeah… NOT the best idea. After scraping newspaper off, I did the second coat on freezer paper which worked out perfectly!

You could also use spray paint or any other paint you have.  Interior paint will not last as long as other types, but you could always try it if that’s all you have.  They also have spray paints that looks like stone or other textures or even metallic.

You could stop at this point and have a beautiful flower pot. However, I decided to add a little more.

Several months ago I won a Mod Podge starter pack from Mod Podge Rocks!  As part of winning, I had to promise to actually use it at some point.  Being a girl that keeps my word, I used the Outdoor Mod Podge for this project.

I printed a W on card stock, cut it out and mod podged it to my flower pot.  Now if I had artistic ability, I probably would have just painted the W on to the pot.  But, I don’t and I knew it would look horrible if I tried.  If you have one of those fancy machines that cuts the letters for you this step will be much easier. (hint, hint Liz.  I need to borrow your new machine next time!)

And here’s my completed project!  It turned out exactly like I hoped it would!

And here’s a close-up!

If you don’t want to put your initial, you could paint on stripes, dots or whatever!

I’m thinking these would make great Mother’s Day, birthday or teacher gifts!

Total Cost – $5 to $18.

  • terra cotta pot – $6.  If you have these already, free is even better
  • Thompson’s water seal – $5.
  • Paint – $7.  I still have a lot of paint left over that I can use on another project.  I probably only used about a dollars worth or even less.  I would have used some spray paint that I had already, but I really wanted a bright red.

How would you decorate your terra cotta flower pot?


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