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. 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!
  2. i'd put something that flowers in.  and i LOVE the  colors you used for your ceramic pot, ellen.. pretty!!
  3. I love this look! It is so classic, yet so stylish. I will have to try this craft myself, I am sure it will be great.
  4. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    That turned out nice. Simple and yet pretty. Love the colors you picked !
  5. Jen Temcio @dapperhouse says
    That looks so FUN to make. I like that they are easy to customize for gifts just by choosing different paint colors. Love it!!
  6. So colorful and fun and easy to make! LOVE IT!
  7. Dawn Pruitt says
    I love the colors and how it turned out!  Very fun to make and a great craft for the kids to get in on!
  8. Mel {MamaBuzz} says
    Ellen, I love how you had the paint drip down over the sides; loving this look!
  9. Very pretty flower pot! I love the paint-dripped style. 
  10. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    So simple and super cute, I love this. I will make one for my office. :D
  11. Amy Desrosiers says
    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!  
  12. I love it! What a cute and creative flower pot. I can't wait to make a few of my own to set around my deck this summer. 
  13. Dawn Lopez says
    Such a cute idea, totally perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing!
  14. Amber Edwards says
    I seriously love that flower pot! IT looks so festive and chic! I Definitely want to give this a try!
  15. Mistee Dawn says
    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.
  16. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    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...
    • Ellen Christian says
      It would definitely be something that the kids could help with! Maybe get them each their own pot.
  17. Michele Brosius says
    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!
  18. Catherine L. says
    What a fun way to brighten up your home for spring. I bet it would also look great on a patio, porch or deck.
  19. Mindy Grant says
    What a cute & easy idea!  I love the colors you used. 
  20. Jennifer Soltys says
    Wow... I could handle that!! LOL And it turned out so cute! I love it!!!
  21. What a fun and simple project!! Thanks for sharing!
  22. That is such a cool looking flower pot. I love simple but cute crafts like this.
  23. 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!  
  24. 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! 
  25. This turned out really nice! I've been looking for some fun ways to decorate pots with the kids,.
  26. 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.
  27. That is so pretty.  This would be a perfect Mother's Day gift.
  28. Sarah @ Must Have Mom says
    This is so cute! I love the dripped look! The colors you chose are so pretty and bright!
  29. That looks really cute and it is easy to match the colors of your room when you make it!
  30. Rose Powell says
    Very cool, dripped paint!

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