How to Paint a Ceramic Flower Pot

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I really love spring but it is taking entirely too long to arrive this year.  I decided that I would learn how to paint a ceramic flower pot and fill it with flowers to bring a bit of spring inside.  One reason that I like ceramic pots is because they weigh more than plastic. As your plant gets larger, it may get top heavy and if you plant in a plastic pot, it may tip over with the extra weight. That doesn’t happen with a ceramic pot.

How to paint a ceramic flower pot

How to Paint a Ceramic Flower Pot

I chose a white ceramic pot so that the colors I painted with would show up bright and vibrant. Darker clay pots don’t give that same vibrant look in my opinion.  I’ll be using my ceramic flower pot inside so I didn’t have to worry about weatherizing it to keep it safe from the elements. The ceramic pot I chose is 7″x10″ so it’s large enough to fit a variety of different flowers in it. This would make a beautiful gift for Easter, spring or even Mother’s Day. I love the way it looks on top of this three drawer chest.

Because I am far from an artist, I wanted to go with a design that didn’t require a lot of painting talent. I can’t paint and when I try, it’s not pretty. Thankfully, this drip design is something that anyone can do. All you need is a variety of different colored acrylic paints.

How to paint a ceramic flower pot

Lay down newspaper or a drop cloth over your work surface.  Prop your ceramic flower pot upside down so that the top edge of the flower pot is not touching your work surface. You don’t want the paint to dry with it attached to something.

How to paint a ceramic pot

 

How to paint a ceramic pot

How to paint a ceramic pot

Start dripping the first acrylic paint around the bottom edge of the ceramic flower pot. It will drip down the side to create an interesting design. Continue dripping different colored acrylic paints around the edge until the ceramic pot has the design you want. You can use as many or as few colors as you like and fill in more or less of the ceramic pot with your design. It’s all about personal preference.

Let the pot dry completely and then fill it with our favorite flowers.  Because this pot is not glazed, I left the plastic flower pot on that the flower came from to protect the ceramic pot. You can always finish the entire thing with a clear spray varnish if you want to place the plant in it directly or use it outside.

What type of flowers would you put in your ceramic pot?

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  1. I love your painted pot. This would be a great mothers day gift idea that even my kids could help make. Your flowers are pretty there too.
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  2. That is really cool! My mom has a bunch of planters laying in the garage from yard sales. I will have to decorate a few of them up! 
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  3. Ellen, that's gorgeous and I can't believe how simple it is.  It definitely looks so springy and has me even more hopeful for sunny skies and warmer weather!  
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  4. Totally pinning this on a teen craft board! Looks like a craft even this #uncrafty lady could do. I really like your chest the flower pot is displayed on, too!
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  5. I love how this turned out.. the colors are my favorite..thanks for sharing.. would look great in my office, will give it a try, bet the kids would love to help, too...
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  6. Those are super cute. I would put some aloe plants in my pots. I am horrible at keeping flowers alive. lol. But aloe... that I can do.
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  7. This is such a non traditional, and artistic way to paint a flower pot that totally works! My kids would love for me to do this!  
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  8. That looks so FUN to make. I like that they are easy to customize for gifts just by choosing different paint colors. Love it!!
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  9. That looks great Ellen - looks easy to do and like one of those that you pay a fortune for at the home stores.  I love it.  Pinned & Tweeted!
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