How To Decorate Your Terracotta Pots

Monique Natalia

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Terracotta pots are long-lasting, inexpensive and available in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can try to decorate your terracotta pot and play with your creativity to make your pot stand out. A little painting can turn plain pots into an eye-catching pot, adds color to your home and garden, and displays your plants at their best. This article will show you how to paint pots and also in a way that will make them last. It will also give you some decorating tips and ideas! 

Supplies :

  1. Terracotta Pots
  2. Microfiber Cloth
  3. Primer paint
  4. Water Sealent (optional)
  5. Paints (Acrylic/Oil Paint/Spray Paint)
  6. Tapes, Robes, any decoration you want.

  • 1. Setting Up and Preparing the Pot
  • Choose a suitable work environment. Because you will be working with different time of paints or spray paint, you will need to work in a well-ventilated environment. Cover your work surface with newspapers or plastic cloth to protect it. If you work inside, don’t forget to keep the windows open.

  • 2. Prepare pots by brushing them down removing any dirt, Clean the pot in warm water and let it dry
  • Used pots usually have specks of dirt left from the plants or the brand-new one have a couple of layers of dust that needed to be clean before coloring. Start off with brush the dirt with brush or cloth and then soaking it with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. If the pot has a price tag that hard to come off, try soaking it with hot water for an hour and scrubbing it. After that, let the pot dry in a sunny spot. Wipe the pot with a microfiber cloth to make sure the pot absolutely dry.


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    3. Apply water sealant

    This step is totally optional. After you cleaned the terracotta pots, you can apply the water sealant to the inside of the pot. This can help extend the life of herbs that you put on the pots if you are unable to water the plants regularly.

  • 4. Seal the outside of the pot with primer paint.
  • Consider sealing the outside of the pot with an oil-based spray-on primer. If you are going to paint the entire pot one, solid color, then you will need to prime it. Remember to be careful when using spray paint, make sure you give a good rage between the can and the pots and apply a light, even coat. You can apply a second coat, if necessary, once the first one dries. Applying some primer will not only help you achieve a smoother finish, but it will also prevent the pot from soaking up any paint.

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  • 5. Paint your pot.
  • On this step, this is totally up to you how you want to decorate your pots. Pick the color you want for your pots, mix up colors and maybe create new colors. Play with your creativity, design it as you want for your pots.

    But don’t worry we will also give you ideas on how you can decorate your pots!

    • You can use tapes, to block off any parts that you don't want to paint or later will put different colors.

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    • You can mix up paint and other decoration like robes

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    • If you have you can also paint it with metallic paints

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    • Other ideas; (Use beads, brush, etc)


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    Good Luck!