DIY Hand-Painted Flower Pots

Looking for a quick and easy revamp for some of those old hard-foam flower pots you’ve got banging around the backyard?
Do-it-yourself: hand painted flower pot tutorial
Don’t pitch them! Even if they’re beat up a bit – those dents and dings are just distressing afterall, and we all know that is super-freaking-cool.


+  Flower pots! These two are those light-weight, hardish foam pots; but you could also paint up terracotta clay pots, ceramic pots, or even those plastic pots.
+  Satin finish spray paint.  I used Rustoleum in Black.
+  Craft, acrylic, or latex paints.  My colors: a medium green, a dark green, off-white/ivory, creamy yellow, and a very, very light pumpkin orange.
+  Cheapy craft paint brushes
+  A couple o’ paper towels

The How To:DIY painted flower pot tutorial - Dry brushing and highlight detail

  1. Grab your pots and rinse off any dirt.
  2. Let them dry… all the way.
  3. Spray paint the outside and bottoms of the pots.
  4. Repeat step 3.  I sprayed these pots with three light coats.
  5. Paint the leaves and flower stems with the dark green paint.
  6. Paint the flowers, including the centers, with the ivory paint.
  7. Dry brush the lighter medium green paint onto the stem centers (i.e. the highest point of the stems), leaf edges, details, etc. If you get too much paint on there, just dab it off with a paper towel.  You’re going for a rough, splotchy sort of highlight effect.
  8. Paint the centers of some flowers with the creamy yellow paint. Dab the centers, while still wet, with your paper towel for a worn effect.
  9. Use the creamy yellow paint to highlight the edges of some flower’s petals.
  10. Paint the centers of leftover flowers with the very light orange paint. Dab the centers, while still wet, with your paper towel for a worn effect.
  11. Use the light orange paint to highlight the rest of the flower petal edges.
  12. Add potting soil and plants…
  13. Enjoy!

Do-it-yourself: hand painted flower pot tutorial

Dry-brushing hint:  Load your brush with paint (just like normal). Brush it lightly across a paper towel to remove the majority of the paint. Proceed to paint. 🙂

Wishing you brilliant flowers & sunshine,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

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