DIY – Painted terra cotta flower pots

Husband wants to add some potted plants to our outside area. He came home from the store with some basic terra cotta pots. I didn’t want to look at basic orange terra cotta, so I asked Girl Child if she wanted to paint with me. Of course she said yes! She never turns down an opportunity to paint.

First, I went to the craft store and bought some paint specifically made for outdoor use. You can probably use any acrylic craft paint or even an exterior latex paint. Exterior paints are self-sealing and should stand up to normal use in a planter very well over time. Terra cotta will absorb the paint quickly so it may take 2 or 3 coats to get the coverage and depth of color that you want.

 For a smooth coat of paint, I used foam brushes.

 I had Girl Child paint the two small ones while I painted the other three. She did a fine job!

Make sure to paint the inside as well. You only need to go about an inch down – just enough so that you will see the pretty color after you add the dirt.

Once the base coat was dry, I stenciled on some flowers using the same outdoor paints. Let the pots dry completely.

Since these pots are going to stay outside all the time, I added two coats of acrylic sealer. This is an aerosol spray that seals the paint and prevents moisture from washing away your paint. The sprays come in in both matte and glossy finishes. Be sure to apply a couple of coats to both the outside and the inside of your pot. If you used non-exterior paints you will want to make sure you have a very good coverage with the sealer so that moisture will not cause the paint to bubble up.

Let the pots set for 3-4 days to fully dry before adding plants. Now I am waiting for some of my seedlings to get big enough to transplant into my new pots…

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